NFL Draft 2013 Results: What Each Team Did with Their Round 1 Pick
The first round of the 2013 NFL draft provided its fair share of twists and turns. From Eric Fisher earning the honor of being the first overall pick to EJ Manuel becoming the first quarterback off the board, Day 1 certainly wasn't short on intrigue.
Since the draft class didn't feature nearly as much star power as recent years, it needed that unpredictability to provide excitement. At the same time, the amount of depth means every team should walk away really happy with the player or players they were able to get.
Let's examine the entire opening round and break down what each pick means for the teams involved. For a complete look at the draft results and what's to come over the next two days, visit the league's official site.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
The offensive tackle debate raged on throughout the draft process. Both Fisher and Luke Joeckel made a strong case to get taken with the first overall pick, but the Chiefs ultimately decided on the Central Michigan star. He should anchor their line for many years to come.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Joeckel didn't have to wait long after being passed over by the Chiefs. The other option for Jacksonville was a defensive end or outside linebacker to help its lackluster pass rush. Joeckel is a good overall athlete who's terrific in protection and was the safest option for the Jags.
3. Miami Dolphins (via OAK): Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Miami provided the first major surprise of the round. Not only did the Dolphins trade up to get the pick from Oakland, but they selected Jordan instead of Lane Johnson, who could have replaced Jake Long. Instead, Jordan will team with Cameron Wake to bolster the pass rush.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
As Chip Kelly begins to implement his offense at the NFL level, having an offensive line that can handle the up-tempo style is crucial. Johnson is a perfect fit. He's an athletic tackle with the ability to play on either side. He should thrive in the Eagles' system.
5. Detroit Lions: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU
An offense that features Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush is going to put up plenty of points. The Lions hope Ansah will be a significant step toward improving a defense that ranked 27th in points against. He's a speed-rusher with tremendous upside.
6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The Browns were a popular projected landing spot for corner Dee Milliner, but the team opted for Mingo instead. While there's no doubting the LSU linebacker's speed and athleticism off the edge, he's still a bit raw. Cleveland hopes he can quickly develop into a reliable rusher opposite Paul Kruger.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Arizona rotated between four quarterbacks last season and they were sacked a combined 58 times. It's tough to feel comfortable when facing pressure from every angle. Cooper, an active guard who's ready to step into the lineup right away, will help protect new quarterback Carson Palmer.
8. St. Louis Rams (via BUF): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
High marks to the Rams for making this move. They were able to get inside the top 10––and ahead of the New York Jets––by making a deal with the Bills. It allowed them to land Austin, the most explosive playmaker in the draft.
Wide receiver was a gigantic need for the Rams even before the exit of Danny Amendola. The arrival of Austin will give Sam Bradford a player in the slot who can flat out make plays. He possesses elite quickness and can turn a quick slant or screen into a long touchdown.
It was important for the Rams to add that type of player in the draft. They won't able to completely evaluate Bradford as a franchise quarterback until they provide him with more weapons. Although there's still work to do, Austin should be a big help.
9. New York Jets: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The draft fell very nicely for New York. After shipping Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they immediately replace him with the top corner available in the draft. Like Revis, Milliner has shown the ability to defend one-on-one on the outside.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Two straight picks from the national champion Crimson Tide. The combination of Andy Levitre and Warmack should allow the Titans to create a huge push in the middle, leading to more rushing lanes for the dynamic Chris Johnson. That's always a good thing.
11. San Diego Chargers: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Chargers made it three in a row for Alabama. Even though the need for offensive tackle was obvious in San Diego, the top three going off the board early forced a tougher decision. They went with the next best lineman available in Fluker, who fills the key void.
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12. Oakland Raiders (via MIA): D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
An intriguing pick by the Raiders after trading down from No. 3. Questions about Hayden's health after a serious injury during his senior season caused plenty of uncertainty surrounding his draft stock. Oakland is betting he'll bounce back strong and showcase his first-round talent.
13. New York Jets (via TB): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Jets could have selected a quarterback or wide receiver here. They opted for another defensive player in Richardson. So it's clear they are attempting the rebuild the unit with hopes of it reaching a level where it can carry the team again. Richardson will help the process.
14. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Carolina's front office was probably surprised to see Lotulelei on the board. He could have easily gone inside the top 10 and presents very good value for the Panthers. They needed a defensive tackle and walk away with arguably the best one in the class at No. 14.
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
There was little doubt the Saints were going defense with this pick after giving up over 440 yards per game last season. With needs at every level, they decided to take Vaccaro, who was the top safety on the board. Position scarcity helps improve the overall value of the selection.
16. Buffalo Bills (via STL): EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
The Bills needed a quarterback of the future and, after trading down, still had their choice of any of this class' options. Choosing Manuel over Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley and Geno Smith was an interesting decision. He possesses long-term potential, but throwing him into the fire right away would be a risk.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Selecting Jones, who racked up 28 sacks over the past two seasons at Georgia, is a perfect example of why the Steelers are one of the top teams in the league on a consistent basis. They select players who provide value and produce.
Although Pittsburgh's defense ranked first in yards allowed last season, it's an aging group that lost James Harrison. Adding Jones to the mix not only gives them a potential star off the edge but also somebody who could grow into a leadership role for the vaunted unit.
There are question marks about his transition to the next level, particularly in terms of run support. But there's no doubting his ability to attack the passer, and that's what the Steelers were looking for. It's an ideal fit for both sides.
18. San Francisco 49ers (via DAL): Eric Reid, FS, LSU
After a strong regular season on defense, the San Francisco secondary was exposed in the playoffs. Add in the loss of Dashon Goldson, and it was clear the 49ers needed safety help in the draft. They traded up to make sure they got one of the position's top prospects in Reid.
19. New York Giants: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
A bit of a reach here, but the early run on offensive linemen forced teams in the second half of the round to do that in order to fill a need. The Giants clearly felt upgrading the line was key and they get a versatile player in Pugh, who could slide to guard without missing a beat.
20. Chicago Bears: Kyle Long, OG, Oregon
Another offensive lineman that was a little ways down most draft boards. It's a bit surprising the Bears didn't opt for tight end Tyler Eifert to provide Jay Cutler with another big target. But he should still be happy the line in front of him just got stronger courtesy of Long.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
All the teams hoping to land Eifert probably breathed a sigh of relief after he got past Chicago. Then the Bengals pulled off a minor shocker by taking him with Jermaine Gresham already on the roster. A look with multiple tight ends has proven effective, which probably explains the choice.
22. Atlanta Falcons (from WSH via STL): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Atlanta definitely needed a cornerback from the draft that was ready to contribute right away. They must have started to worry about the available options because they moved up to ensure landing Trufant. He features good ball skills and should continue to improve as a pure cover corner.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd sliding outside the top 20 was great news for the Vikings. The defensive tackle, who was often projected inside the first five picks during the draft process, possesses the raw skills necessary to become a monster in the middle. Very well could turn out to be one of the best picks of Round 1.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
In a draft with so many pass-rushing prospects, a few were guaranteed to fall down the board on draft day. Werner fell victim to that and ends up with the Colts. For a team that ranked in the middle of the pack in sacks, he should provide additional pressure while also bat down a lot of passes.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via SEA): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
More fantastic value for the Vikings. Rhodes is a cornerback that could have easily gone 15 picks earlier without being a reach. Minnesota gets him at the back end of the opening round and receive a player who's got the size to defend NFL wideouts. He excels in man-to-man defense.
26. Green Bay Packers: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Green Bay defense made positive strides last season, moving from 32nd to 11th in yards allowed. There were still a couple needs that needed to get addressed, including bolstering the pass rush. The versatile Jones should be able to play a rotational role for the Packers right away.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Finally, the Texans draft a wide receiver to play opposite Andre Johnson. It's a void that's existed for a couple seasons, but Houston decided to target other areas instead. Now they get Hopkins, who's got ideal size and good hands.
The Clemson product is coming off a monster final collegiate season. He caught 82 passes for over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns. Those type of numbers are enough to believe he's got the talent necessary to take a little bit of pressure off Johnson's shoulders.
Houston's offense needed that reliable second option in order to take the next step. With Johnson, Arian Foster and Matt Schaub, the foundation of a top-tier unit has been in place. The lack of a another threat in the passing game held it back. Hopkins will change that.
28. Denver Broncos: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
With Peyton Manning and his wide variety of talented options on offense, picking an impact defensive player was definitely the way to go for Denver. The Broncos settled on Williams, who's flashed nice upside but will need to become more polished before playing a vital role.
29. Minnesota Vikings (via NE): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Vikings needed a wide receiver, but there were two defensive players they couldn't pass up earlier in the round. Instead of sitting back, they traded back into the first round and take Patterson. He's a playmaker that should fit in well opposite Greg Jennings. A great Round 1 for Minnesota.
30. St. Louis Rams (via ATL): Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Ogletree has the size to play middle linebacker at the next level, but with James Laurinaitis in place, he will probably play on the outside with the Rams. He's good in coverage thanks to solid athleticism and should eventually develop into a dependable, every-down linebacker.
31. Dallas Cowboys (via SF): Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
Interior line help was one of the biggest areas of need for Dallas heading into the draft. Frederick emerged as the top center available in the draft and should quickly help an offensive line that lost far too many battles at the point of attack in recent seasons. He can also play guard.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, FS, Florida
Two stalwart members of the Ravens defense, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, are gone. Replacing them won't be an easy task. Baltimore had options in both areas with this pick, including Manti Te'o at inside linebacker, but opted for Elam. While he's got game-changing talent, there are big shoes to fill.
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