NFL Draft 2013 Results: How Each Team Made the Most of Round 1
The first round of the NFL draft is in the books, and with it we now have the 32 names by which this draft will be judged when we take a look back at it in a few years.
We also know what teams were trying to accomplish with their picks and how need factored in to their decisions, to go along with the painful truth that some of the players that we wanted our team to target simply weren't on their draft board on Thursday night.
Still, each team had a clear purpose with their first-round pick (if they had one) and managed to do something positive on paper when picks were submitted to the league office.
That in mind, let's take a positive look at each of the 32 teams in the NFL on 2013 NFL draft night, and how some of these first-rounders fit with an eye toward next season.
*First-round picks are to the right of each team's name.
2013 NFL Draft Round 1 Results
|1||Kansas City||OT Eric Fisher||Central Michigan|
|2||Jacksonville||OT Luke Joeckel||Texas A&M|
|3||Miami (from OAK)||DE Dion Jordan||Oregon|
|4||Philadelphia||OT Lane Johnson||Oklahoma|
|5||Detroit||DE Ezekiel Ansah||BYU|
|6||Cleveland||OLB Barkevious Mingo||LSU|
|7||Arizona||OG Jonathan Cooper||North Carolina|
|8||St. Louis (from BUF)||WR Tavon Austin||West Virginia|
|9||New York Jets||CB Dee Milliner||Alabama|
|10||Tennessee Titans||OG Chance Warmack||Alabama|
|11||San Diego Chargers||OT D.J. Fluker||Alabama|
|12||Oakland (from MIA)||CB D.J. Hayden||Houston|
|13||New York Jets||DT Sheldon Richardson||Missouri|
|14||Carolina||DT Star Lotulelei||Utah|
|15||New Orleans||S Kenny Vaccaro||Texas|
|16||Buffalo (from STL)||QB E.J. Manuel||Florida State|
|17||Pittsburgh||OLB Jarvis Jones||Georgia|
|18||San Francisco (from DAL)||S Eric Reid||LSU|
|19||New York Giants||OG Justin Pugh||Syracuse|
|20||Chicago||OT/OG Kyle Long||Oregon|
|21||Cincinnati||TE Tyler Eifert||Notre Dame|
|22||Atlanta (from STL via WAS)||CB Desmond Trufant||Washington|
|23||Minnesota||DT Sharrif Floyd||Florida|
|24||Indianapolis||DE Bjoern Werner||Florida State|
|25||Minnesota (from SEA)||CB Xavier Rhodes||Florida State|
|26||Green Bay||DE Datone Jones||UCLA|
|27||Houston||WR DeAndre Hopkins||Clemson|
|28||Denver||DT Sylvester Williams||North Carolina|
|29||Minnesota (from NE)||WR Cordarrelle Patterson||Tennessee|
|30||St. Louis (from ATL)||LB Alec Ogletree||Georgia|
|31||Dallas (from SF)||C Travis Frederick||Wisconsin|
|32||Baltimore||S Matt Elam||Florida|
Kansas City Chiefs (OT Eric Fisher)
Kansas City needed leverage over Branden Albert and got it with its first-round pick, making Eric Fisher the selection when the clock wound down at the start of the first round.
The Chiefs exhausted trade options and debated between Fisher and Luke Joeckel for most of this process, but ultimately decided that Fisher's motivation and mean streak made him a better prospect than his Texas A&M counterpart.
The Chiefs addressed a need and have a protector for QB Alex Smith.
Denver Broncos (DT Sylvester Williams)
Sitting tight at No. 28, Denver let the best available defensive tackle fall into its lap.
Already boasting Derek Wolfe after last year's draft, the Broncos got another 3-4 DE that can move all over the line, and likely spend some time at NT if necessary. Denver didn't have to move to get a guy that fills a need with a high-round grade, making this a great pick for the Broncos.
San Diego Chargers (OT D.J. Fluker)
Like fellow AFC West foe Denver, the Chargers chose not to move up or down the board though positions of need were dropping like hotcakes.
Instead, the Chargers made Alabama OT D.J. Fluker their pick, who will likely slide right in a right tackle and give Ryan Mathews something to be excited about all offseason.
While he's not a finesse guy at all, Fluker has raw strength and surprising athleticism for a man his size. He's a prototypical right tackle who would be a force at guard, meaning San Diego has some leverage with its next offseason move. It might be a bit of a stretch, but Fluker fills a need and helps Philip Rivers avoid being crushed on every other play in 2013.
Oakland Raiders (CB D.J. Hayden)
Oakland didn't like the lot at No. 3, and traded back to No. 12, where it ended up making Houston's D.J. Hayden the second CB taken.
It was a good move by Reggie McKenzie to get another pick, but he only got a second to allow Miami to move into the top three.
Still, if Oakland was as sold on Hayden as the No. 3 pick as the thoughts were before the draft started, this was a huge move to go ahead and add another pick rather than shake up the draft board by taking Hayden in the first three picks.
Cincinnati Bengals (TE Tyler Eifert)
Cincinnati didn't see a need in adding a youngster to an impressive 2012 defense, and instead added a player that will help Andy Dalton right away—tight end Tyler Eifert.
Defenses will have a hard time double-teaming A.J. Green with two vertical and underneath passing threats in Eifert and Jermaine Gresham, making Eifert one of the most shrewd picks of the first round for the Bengals.
Cleveland Browns (OLB Barkevious Mingo)
Cleveland needed a pass-rusher to develop in this draft, and took one for Ray Horton's 3-4 defense by selecting Barkevious Mingo of LSU.
With Paul Kruger already in the fold and Quentin Groves right there in the mix at linebacker, the Browns could afford to take a chance on a raw prospect like Mingo, who should be absolutely released on third-down passing situations in his rookie season.
Baltimore Ravens (S Matt Elam)
Baltimore was another team with several holes to fill on defense, most notably at safety (Ed Reed) and linebacker (Ray Lewis). One of those holes will be eaten up by Matt Elam, who should get a starting nod right away for the world champs.
Waiting to let the safety mess fall out and the linebacker mess also not see any huge names go on Day 1, Baltimore had its choice of players at the bottom of the first round, and clearly had a high grade on Elam at this point in the draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers (OLB Jarvis Jones)
Jarvis Jones and the Steelers felt like a match made in Heaven from the start of the draft, and Mike Tomlin got his man with the No. 17 pick. Jones might not be the most athletic player on the board, but he knows how to play football and get to the QB—two things that are hallmarks of success on Pittsburgh's defense.
Indianapolis Colts (DE Bjoern Werner)
Indianapolis surprised some folks by taking Werner with this pick when there were others that could fill the void left by Dwight Freeney.
However, he's a strong, capable player from Florida State who won't make many mistakes in the run game and has the ability to outlast an offensive lineman when things get nasty in the trenches. He's the kind of hard-nosed, blue-collar athlete Indianapolis has brought to the table the past two years, and should be fun to watch as the Colts try to maintain their success from last season.
Tennessee Titans (OG Chance Warmack)
The Titans have had trouble opening holes for Chris Johnson before, but with Andy Levitre and Chance Warmack blocking there's no longer an excuse for CJ2K to be unproductive.
Expect the offense to rely on Johnson more than ever, and Warmack is the kind of guard who should step in right away and maintain his strength against NFL-level lineman. He did it on a national stage at Alabama, and will have a chance to do so again at Tennessee.
Houston Texans (WR DeAndre Hopkins)
Houston needed a playmaker alongside Andre Johnson, and it got one in Hopkins.
One of the best wideouts in the country at finding the end zone last year, Hopkins adds a layer of explosiveness and down-the-field ability that should really highlight how dangerous Houston can be with two high-quality receivers. The Texans didn't have to move to get him, and that's always a plus in a round like this.
Jacksonville Jaguars (OT Luke Joeckel)
In an interesting yet unspectacular move, the Jaguars made Joeckel their pick at No. 2. He was clearly the best player available and despite having Eugene Monroe, the Jags are looking for help at almost every position.
In terms of need and value, there were few picks in this round that were more slam dunks than Joeckel going No. 2 after Fisher went off the board. If it was the other way around I'm not so sure it would have turned out this way, but Jacksonville did what it was supposed to do and set itself up to take a QB on Day 2 if it so desires without reaching at all.
Miami Dolphins (DE Dion Jordan)
Oakland wanted to trade down, and Miami took full advantage of that situation, making sure it only gave up one additional pick to move into the top three of the draft.
Just think—Cleveland moved into the top three last year to draft Trent Richardson, but it cost the Browns the No. 4 pick, and three additional selections in the fourth, fifth and seventh rounds.
Moving up 11 spots, Miami had to only give up its second-rounder (No. 42) and No. 12. It also got the best pass-rusher on the board, a huge get for Jeff Ireland as Miami tries to stay relevant in the AFC East.
New York Jets (CB Dee Milliner, DT Sheldon Richardson)
The first team to have two picks in the first round, the Jets took full advantage of the news on Dee Milliner being a little bit less medically-friendly to teams to take him at No. 9.
They then turned around and addressed the defensive line with Richardson, a move that doesn't make complete sense when you figure Richardson to be more of a 4-3 DT than a 3-4 NT or DE. However, both picks help this defense re-tool, and John Idzik got two guys who can help this rebuilding effort.
New England Patriots (No picks in Round 1)
New England traded away its only first-round pick to the Vikings, who then selected Cordarrelle Patterson. In doing so, New England picked up four selections, a move that has Belichick written all over it. Another draft, another trade down for the Pats. We'll see what they do in Round 2.
Buffalo Bills (QB E.J. Manuel)
Buffalo managed to trade down and avoid reaching for a QB at No. 8 that it didn't want, but turned around and made E.J. Manuel its pick at No. 16.
You have to love the trade down by the Bills, and although Manuel wasn't the highest-rated QB on most people's boards, he is a marquee QB in terms of size, speed and strength. His production hasn't caught up to his talent, but with Kevin Kolb, maybe the Bills weren't looking for the most NFL-ready talent here, instead focusing on a guy that has better, purer abilities than his counterparts.
San Francisco 49ers (S Eric Reid)
The trade of the night came from the 49ers, who only had to move up 11 spots and give up a third-rounder to get their man in the first round.
Reid steps in right away for Jim Harbaugh, and I can't stress enough how good this trade looks for San Francisco if Reid was the best safety on the board and the 49ers only had to give up one third-rounder to get him. Great move by the defending NFC champs.
Seattle Seahawks (No picks in Round 1)
Seattle's first-round pick this year is Percy Harvin, who should be fun to watch with Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seattle offense. The Seahawks are a step above on defense and improving on offense, making it less vital that they grab a first-rounder this year.
St. Louis Rams (WR Tavon Austin, OLB Alec Ogletree)
The Rams knew what they wanted and they traded up to get him, sending No. 16 and other picks to the Buffalo Bills for Tavon Austin.
Management then had the gumption enough to send No. 22 to the Falcons, for which they got No. 30 and some of those additional picks back. The icing on the cake was Alec Ogletree, the most athletic linebacker in this class, falling to them at that spot.
In Austin and Ogletree the Rams get two guys who could be mainstays of this franchise for quite some time. Huge draft to keep pace in the NFC West and maybe make a stand toward the top of the division.
Arizona Cardinals (OG Jonathan Cooper)
The Cardinals might go down as the forgotten team of the top 10 after this draft is said and done, but that doesn't mean they didn't get an impact player right out of the gate.
With the top three offensive tackles all off the board, Arizona elected to solve some of its running game woes with Cooper, a guy that many feel has way more upside to be an All-Pro caliber player than Warmack does.
Arizona stood pat and took the best lineman available—always a good strategy when aiming to rebuild your offense largely from scratch.
Green Bay Packers (DE Datone Jones)
Green Bay didn't get cute with its pick, and that's a good thing.
Taking Jones wasn't a forgone conclusion if you looked at some mocks, where he would have been selected higher to teams like Minnesota and Indianapolis.
Instead, he fell to the Packers, and Ted Thompson knows a thing or two about how to pick draft picks in the 20s. Jones is a versatile, heady player who knows how to be on the field on all three downs, something that should help Green Bay get better on defense after a letdown in that department in 2012.
Detroit Lions (DE Ezekiel Ansah)
Ziggy Ansah was the second-best pass-rusher on the board and likely Detroit's No. 1 choice at No. 5 after the Eagles took Lane Johnson, meaning management followed its plan and took the best player available.
Adding Ansah to a line that include Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh is downright scary, if all three can grasp their potential and become the separate forces they were expected to be when entering the league.
Ansah is a bit of a project, but he fills the void left by Cliff Avril and should have a chance to grow and improve with a defensive line that could stick around for quite some time.
Minnesota Vikings (DT Sharrif Floyd, CB Xavier Rhodes, WR Cordarrelle Patterson)
The only team to have three first-round picks this year, Minnesota addressed its three biggest positions of need with each pick.
I wasn't a fan of giving up four picks for the one to move back into the first round for Patterson, but Minnesota clearly loves his ball skills and has him in mind to take over Percy Harvin's role on the team.
Getting Floyd at No. 23 is an absolute steal, and Rhodes being available as the fourth CB at the bottom of the round also bodes well for the Minnesota defense. While linebacker is still a concern and the Vikings passed on Manti Te'o (among others), there's a good chance the Vikings set themselves up big with a first-round blowout on Thursday.
Chicago Bears (OG Kyle Long)
The Bears got a little desperate with this pick after watching nearly every first-round offensive line prospect leave the board with the first 19 picks.
Menelik Watson was still available, but the Bears chose to take Long, who spent time as both a guard and tackle under Chip Kelly at Oregon, as the pick at No. 20.
Clearly they fell in love with his athleticism and pro background (father Howie and brother Chris) and won't have to listen to Jay Cutler complain that management isn't taking steps to protect him long-term. Long might not be ready just yet, but his size, speed and potential are all there.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No picks in Round 1)
Like Minnesota, Tampa Bay's first-round pick this year is a player already in the league. Darrelle Revis has a chance to be a special corner again in Tampa after coming off of surgery that kept him out of most of the 2012 season, and Tampa Bay was itching to get its hands on him when the Jets wanted to make a trade.
New Orleans Saints (S Kenny Vaccaro)
The Saints filled a position of need by taking Vaccaro at No. 15, and ensured that he will be tasked with the responsibility of picking up the pieces from a pitiful secondary performance in 2012.
Vaccaro is a hard-hitting, stable safety from Texas who draws rave reviews from scouts on his versatility and support in run coverage, but not all are sold on his ability to be a cover-first guy in the secondary.
Still, the Saints got younger at safety and did so with a player that could have gone in the top 10, which is a win-win at this spot after realizing that there is no second-round pick to be had on Friday.
Atlanta Falcons (CB Desmond Trufant)
In another trade that could wind up being a flat-out steal, the Falcons moved into the No. 22 spot to take Washington CB Desmond Trufant.
A player that has risen through the ranks after his performance in man coverage at both the Senior Bowl and subsequent workouts at the NFL combine and other one-on-one situations, Trufant has an NFL bloodline and is a terrific corner when the ball is in the air.
He didn't have huge numbers in college and the Falcons had to give up some late-round picks to get him, but this is a team that feels it's only a step or two away from being a habitual Super Bowl participant. To get a starter in this draft on your board at No. 22 is a win-win, and Atlanta did just that.
Carolina Panthers (DT Star Lotulelei)
Carolina waited patiently for the perfect storm of DTs to come its way at No. 14, and that's exactly what happened.
Assured of getting one player between Sheldon Richardson, Star Lotulelei and Sharrif Floyd, the New York Jets made things easy on the Panthers by taking Richardson one spot ahead of the 14th pick.
This isn't a confirmed stat, but when watching the broadcast the turnaround between the 13th and 14th selections was one of the shortest of any of the 32 first-round picks, likely because Carolina was giddy to get a guy like Lotulelei this late in the first round.
He'll be a starter, bolster the middle of the line and also provides three-down talent for a team that already has a rookie of the year (Luke Kuechly) and a stud linebacker (Jon Beason) in place. Things are looking up on the Carolina defense, even if it hasn't played a snap together.
Dallas Cowboys (C Travis Frederick)
Dallas always finds a way to keep things interesting with its draft picks, and by taking Frederick at No. 31 after trading down for San Francisco's third-rounder, that's the nicest thing you can say about this pick.
A third-round grade on many boards, Frederick does bring Big Ten, grind-it-out experience to a line that has lacked toughness over the past few years, but the Dallas line is set barring a cut of Phil Costa (re-signed this offseason), Mackenzy Bernadeau or Nate Livings, the latter of whom got huge offseason deals in 2012.
Unless Dallas is giving Frederick an inside track on one of those spots, this is a baffling pick, considering he's most likely going to provide depth at all three interior line positions to start the year. 8-8 teams don't add depth in the first round; they add talent that could push for a starting job.
Enjoy the fact that Dallas addressed a need (a positive), but take a deep breath when panning out what the rest of the draft is going to look like.
Philadelphia Eagles (OT Lane Johnson)
Chip Kelly knew he needed an offensive tackle to protect the QB he'll be grooming for the job this offseason, and Johnson was the best one available at this point.
Joining Joeckel and Fisher on top of the pedestal, Johnson has the potential to be a left tackle who uses his athleticism to pick up the pieces where his technique has failed him so far as a pro prospect.
Expect him to pick it up quickly, as he's done so by playing multiple positions (QB, TE, OG, OT) during his football career. The Eagles quietly landed a huge prospect in Round 1.
Washington Redskins (No picks in Round 1)
Still feeling the effects of the Robert Griffin III trade, Washington likely wouldn't have it any other way. Griffin is expected to be fully healthy sometime during the season, and Washington will hedge its bets on prospects in this draft with the thought of its franchise QB coming back stronger than ever.
New York Giants (OG Justin Pugh, Syracuse)
The Giants complete the NFC East's effort to snatch more offensive lineman than any other division in football by taking a regional prospect, Syracuse guard Justin Pugh.
Projected as a high second-round pick by most, Pugh has good skills and played in a West Coast offense under Doug Marrone that should prepare him for the upcoming grind that is learning how to survive on an NFL offensive line.
With other pieces aging and Eli Manning not getting any younger, this is a huge pick by the Giants to stay ahead of the curve at a crucial position.
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