NFL Draft 2013: Most Intriguing Storylines to Follow
The actual selection process of the 2013 NFL draft might be complete, but the reality is that the draft—and all that goes with it—is still a long way from being over.
With a plethora of talking points and storylines to emerge from the draft process this year, there's no shortage of anticipation and expectation about what the season will provide in 2013 for all the big-name draft picks and the teams that picked them this year.
What are the some of the most intriguing storylines to follow in 2013?
Read on and find out.
Can Eric Fisher Gets the Chiefs' Offense Going Once More?
We don't need to delve into how woeful the Chiefs' offense was in 2012—we can see that perfectly by the fact that they had the No. 1 overall pick this year.
The decision to go with Eric Fisher as their top pick wasn't one that many necessarily agreed with a great deal—feeling Luke Joeckel was the better option—but there's no doubting that both Fisher and Joeckel would have been great picks for Kansas City.
Now, they need to prove just how good Fisher can be by in their offensive line by getting their offense going once more.
Alex Smith is under center, and that will certainly be a huge improvement for the Chiefs. If Jamaal Charles can stay healthy, then the Chiefs should have the offensive line abilities to start to get something going on offense and not just playing defense the whole game.
The Chiefs have the pieces now to start to move the ball downfield with consistency. The biggest question remains as to whether they'll do in 2013.
What Will the Dolphins do With Dion Jordan?
The Miami Dolphins made the first move up in the 2013 NFL draft to get Dion Jordan with their No. 3 pick. And given the tremendous upside and potential that the defensive end has, there's little doubting that Miami made the right move to get him.
The most fascinating storyline now is what the Dolphins will do with their defensive end, whose ability lends itself to playing in a number of positions in 2013.
Obviously he's a great fit at defensive end, but he's also capable of playing at linebacker given his size. His speed and athleticism even make him a possible option in the slot corner or on special teams, which the 'Fins are reportedly considering.
It will be intriguing to see how Miami looks to use its star defensive player in 2013 and what systems it can run to best harness his potential.
But one thing's for certain—it'll be a much tougher year for Tom Brady either way.
How Will the QB Situation in New York Pan Out?
Some wanted them to do it, others couldn't have been more opposed if they tried, but the New York Jets did the move that they'd been linked to making all along in the draft—they signed Geno Smith, and in doing so, added another quarterback into the chaotic mess currently in New York.
How the situation pans out in New York is one that will garner plenty of debate and controversy, and it's one that there's many different solutions to in the end.
The fact they drafted Smith knowing that there'd be controversy suggest that they believe the quarterback can be the future of their franchise.
Whether that means they start him this season for the opening game, or whether they wait until later on in the year still remains to be seen—but there's little doubting that Smith will start under center at some point in the 2013 season.
It's definitely a big storyline to watch out for indeed.
What about with Philadelphia?
I'm not 100 percent sure that the Philadelphia Eagles came into the NFL draft this year wanting to sign another quarterback. I'm close to positive they didn't want to sign one that many people had going in the first round, and one that was a top-10 pick according to many big boards at the end of 2012.
However, after watching him slide to the fourth round, Chip Kelly made the move up to grab USC star Matt Barkley, and in doing so, created a very fascinating QB situation in Philadelphia also.
Michael Vick is the starter, but Nick Foles' job as a backup is definitely under some pressure. Having been linked with a move away from Philly earlier in the year, does this mean that Foles will be traded to someone like Kansas City, or will he remain on the depth chart for the season?
And if that's the case, what does that mean for Barkley?
Kelly is reportedly OK to head to camp with five quarterbacks, but it's hard to see them all being there by the start of the 2013 regular season.
Just what gives in between now and then will be fascinating to watch.
Did the Vikings Just Become NFC North Contenders?
Don't look now, but the Minnesota Vikings may well have just announced themselves as contenders for the NFC North this year given their strong draft class.
Granted the Green Bay Packers also just got a lot stronger with Eddie Lacy and Datone Jones, but this Vikings team did too. And given the fact that even without Harvin last year, they still made a run towards the NFL Playoffs—meaning they could very well do the same again this year.
Sharrif Floyd with the No. 23 pick is tremendous value; Xavier Rhodes is a talented cornerback who will be more than helpful against Rodgers and Calvin Johnson during the year. They got one of the best wide receivers in the draft when they signed Cordarelle Patterson (a Harvin replacement), and then added linebacker Michael Mauti and Gerald Hodges.
Throw in Adrian Peterson, and the Vikings are more than capable of making a run at the divisional title this year, which will be fascinating to watch unfold.
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