NFL Draft 2013 Results: Biggest Steals in First Round

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Sharrif Floyd of the Florida Gators holds up a jersey on stage after he was picked #23 overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The NFL draft never goes as planned, although that could be a good thing for many teams.

While a few teams chose to reach for a player they really wanted in the first round, others were fine waiting for a top prospect to fall to them later in the draft.

There were certainly reasons that each of these men fell down draft boards, but this led to a few teams getting great value in the middle to the end of the first round.

No. 14 Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

Prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, Star Lotulelei was considered a top-five pick. An apparent heart issue saw his stock fall a little, but a later MRI showed "no evidence of dysfunction" (via Kevin Patra of

Putting this issue behind him should have put the talented defensive tackle back among the top selections in the draft.

Unfortunately, the run of offensive linemen caused Lotulelei to fall to the Carolina Panthers, where they were waiting with open arms.

The Utah star can penetrate into the backfield as well as take on blockers, which will free up the team's talented defensive ends to make more plays.

This was likely the best-case scenario for the Panthers, and they should be more than satisfied with their first selection.

No. 22 Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

Atlanta needed a cornerback in this draft after losing Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes this offseason. The team was willing to trade up in the first round, but it seemed like the top players at the position would be taken too early.

However, the Falcons did not need to give up nearly as much as they should have to acquire Desmond Trufant.

Arguably the second-best cornerback in the draft behind Dee Milliner was still available at No. 22, and the team made the decision to move up eight spots in a trade with the St. Louis Rams.

Trufant has great speed and can use that to stick with the top receivers in the NFL. This move could end up being huge as the squad looks to contend for a Super Bowl this season.

No. 23 Minnesota Vikings: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

There were a couple of surprising slides in the first round, but few were as shocking as the drop by Sharrif Floyd.

With great versatility to play anywhere on the defensive line at a high level, many projected the defensive tackle to be taken as high as the No. 2 pick. That was not the case on Thursday night.

Instead, Floyd continued to drop due to apparent character concerns, according to Mike Mayock of NFL Network (via Chris Wesseling of

Then again, Jeff Darlington of disagreed with this assessment:

As a result, the Vikings get to fill a position of need with one of the best overall players in the entire class with the No. 23 pick. Pair this with the selections of Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson, and Minnesota had a very good day.

Complete First-Round Results (via

Pick Team Player Position School
 1 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Fisher  OT  Central Michigan 
 2 Jacksonville Jaguars Luke Joeckel  OT  Texas A&M 
 3 Miami Dolphins (via OAK) Dion Jordan  DE  Oregon 
 4 Philadelphia Eagles Lane Johnson  OT  Oklahoma 
 5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah  DE  BYU 
 6 Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo  OLB  LSU 
 7 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Cooper  OG  North Carolina 
 8 St. Louis Rams (via BUF) Tavon Austin WR  West Virginia 
 9 New York Jets Dee Milliner  CB  Alabama 
 10 Tennessee Titans  Chance Warmack OG  Alabama 
 11 San Diego Chargers  D.J. Fluker  OT  Alabama 
 12 Oakland Raiders (via MIA)  D.J. Hayden CB  Houston 
 13 New York Jets  Sheldon Richardson DT  Missouri 
 14 Carolina Panthers  Star Lotulelei  DT  Utah 
 15 New Orleans Saints Kenny Vaccaro  Texas 
 16 Buffalo Bills (via STL)  E.J. Manuel QB  Florida State 
 17 Pittsburgh Steelers  Jarvis Jones OLB  Georgia 
 18 San Francisco 49ers (via DAL)  Eric Reid  LSU 
 19 New York Giants  Justin Pugh  OT  Syracuse 
 20 Chicago Bears  Kyle Long OT  Oregon 
 21 Cincinnati Bengals  Tyler Eifert  TE  Notre Dame 
 22 Atlanta Falcons (via STL) Desmond Trufant  CB  Washington 
 23 Minnesota Vikings Sharrif Floyd  DT  Florida 
 24 Indianapolis Colts  Bjoern Werner OLB  Florida State 
 25 Minnesota Vikings  Xavier Rhodes  CB  Florida State 
 26 Green Bay Packers Datone Jones  DE  UCLA 
 27 Houston Texans  DeAndre Hopkins WR  Clemson 
 28 Denver Broncos  Sylvester Williams DT  North Carolina 
 29 Minnesota Vikings (via NE) Cordarrelle Patterson  WR  Tennessee 
 30 St. Louis Rams (via ATL) Alec Ogletree ILB  Georgia 
 31 Dallas Cowboys (via SF)  Travis Frederick Wisconsin 
 32 Baltimore Ravens  Matt Elam Florida


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