2013 NFL Draft Picks: Most Surprising Picks in Top 10

Sean FryeFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2013

Dion Jordan was a surprise pick at No. 3 overall to the Miami Dolphins.
Dion Jordan was a surprise pick at No. 3 overall to the Miami Dolphins.Al Bello/Getty Images

While all the prospects were certainly deserving, there were some surprise picks in the top 10 of the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night. 

It started with the first pick by the Kansas City Chiefs and continued with Miami's and St. Louis' picks. 


No. 1 Overall: Kansas City Chiefs Select Eric Fisher

While Eric Fisher was considered to be a better athlete than Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, all signs leading up to the draft indicated that the Chiefs would draft Joeckel. 

Joeckel had the hype of a BCS-school prospect and protected two big-name QBs with the Aggies in Ryan Tannehill and Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. 

But in the end, the Chiefs chose Fisher out of Central Michigan, making him the highest pick in his school's history. 

How the Chiefs will use Fisher is still up in the air with trade rumors surrounding left tackle Branden Albert. 

But Fisher, while a surprise with the top pick, is almost certainly going to make a big impact on Sundays. 


No. 3 Overall: Miami Dolphins Trade Up, Select Dion Jordan

When the Dolphins traded up from the 12th pick for Oakland's third pick, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that they would select Lane Johnson, the left tackle out of Oklahoma. 

Instead, the team picked up defensive end Dion Jordan out of Oregon. 

The analysts on ESPN were shocked by the pick during Thursday's draft coverage, but they still saw Jordan as a quality player for the third overall pick. 

The Dolphins have a huge hole to fill at the left tackle position, so drafting Johnson with the third pick made sense. 

Now that Jordan is taken, it seems that the Dolphins will continue to try and make a trade with the Chiefs for Branden Albert. 


No. 8 Overall: St. Louis Rams Trade Up, Select Tavon Austin

While it's not surprising that WR Tavon Austin out of West Virginia went in the top 10, it is surprising as to which team drafted him. 

Austin was in the top 10 of some mock drafts. Some even had him going in the eighth spot to the Buffalo Bills. 

Instead, the Bills traded away their eighth pick to the Rams. The Rams then wasted no time in selecting Austin to fill their need at the receiver position. 

The Rams lost WR Danny Amendola to free agency this offseason, so QB Sam Bradford was in desperate need of a quality receiver. Austin can fill that need immediately, so the Rams made a great move to trade up to draft Geno Smith's favorite target at West Virginia.