Re-Drafting the 2013 NFL Draft

Brent Sobleski@@brentsobleskiNFL AnalystApril 27, 2015

Re-Drafting the 2013 NFL Draft

0 of 32

    Jason DeCrow/Associated Press

    The 2013 NFL draft was one of the worst in recent memory. 

    Prior to the event's start, the class was viewed as very weak overall and lacking elite talent. 

    The Kansas City Chiefs eventually selected Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the No. 1 overall selection and the Jacksonville Jaguars followed with the choice of Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel. 

    As the first two selections, Fisher and Joeckel were supposed to define this particular draft class. Yet, neither played well enough during their first two seasons to warrant consideration as first-round picks in this particular re-draft. 

    In fact, seven of the first 10 picks aren't included. 

    It doesn't mean that top talent wasn't available. It was simply found later in the draft. 

    Talented offensive line prospects, in particular, proved to be bountiful. Nine blockers are included in the re-draft, just not Fisher and Joeckel. 

    A defensive lineman, however, became the bell cow of this draft class and made an instant impact in the league. 

    With the first overall selection in the 2013 NFL re-draft, the Kansas City Chiefs select...

1. Kansas City Chiefs

1 of 32

    Tom Uhlman/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

    Current Selection: Defensive Tackle Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

    Since the Super Bowl era began after the 1966 season, the Kansas City Chiefs have only owned the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft once. Unfortunately, the Chiefs picked the wrong year to be the NFL's worst team. 

    The 2013 class didn't feature elite talent, and the organization eventually settled on Central Michigan's Eric Fisher, who blew league decision-makers away with an absolute stellar performance at the Reese's Senior Bowl. 

    Fisher disappointed at right and left tackle during his first two campaigns, though. 

    While no prospect was considered a franchise-changing talent atop the 2013 draft, there was quality to be found later in the first round that the Chiefs should have considered. 

    In two seasons, Richardson earned the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year award and a Pro Bowl berth. The defensive lineman from Missouri provided an instant impact for the Jets. 

    As a rookie, Richardson finished fourth among all defensive linemen with 78 total tackles. He took his game to the next level in 2014 by leading his team with eight sacks. 

    Richardson paired with nose tackle Dontari Poe would be a formidable duo. Sadly, the Chiefs passed on the in-state prospect.  

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

2 of 32

    Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Offensive Tackle Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M

    Current Selection: Cornerback Desmond Trufant, Washington

    As the Atlanta Falcons stumbled to a 6-10 record in 2014 courtesy of the league's worst defense, Trufant quietly developed into one of the league's best young cornerbacks. 

    Meanwhile in Jacksonville, former No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel graded among the NFL's worst offensive tackles, according to Joeckel's poor play during his sophomore campaign came after he only started five games as a rookie before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. 

    Two years after making the Joeckel selection, the Jaguars are still searching for a consistent player at cornerback.

    Trufant became an instant starter in Atlanta and has yet to miss a game. 

    The Washington product might not have been a perfect scheme fit for Gus Bradley's defense, which prefers bigger and more physical cornerbacks, but Trufant's tremendous closing speed and ability to match up against the game's best wide receivers is too valuable of a commodity to pass on a second time. 

3. Miami Dolphins

3 of 32

    Matt Slocum/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Defensive End Dion Jordan, Oregon

    Current Selection: Linebacker Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi

    It's absolutely mind-boggling to consider the Miami Dolphins traded up to the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft to select Oregon's Dion Jordan without any clue how to use him properly. 

    If the organization absolutely wanted a hybrid edge-rusher who was better suited to play linebacker, Collins proved to be the superior player. 

    After playing for an 0-12 Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles squad, Collins was overlooked as a top-notch prospect. During his time with the program, Collins played defensive back, linebacker and defensive end. But the versatile defender impressed at the NFL combine before being selected in the second round by the New England Patriots.

    Collins then exploded in the 2013 playoffs and announced his arrival to the NFL with a sack, interception and pass deflection against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. His game would only ascend from that point. 

    The Patriots linebacker finished his sophomore campaign with 113 total tackles, four sacks and four interceptions. 

    Collins is one of the most athletic and versatile linebackers in the NFL. He's everything the Dolphins thought Jordan could become but hasn't.  

4. Philadelphia Eagles

4 of 32

    Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

    Current Selection: Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson, Oklahoma

    We've finally arrived at the first instance where a team actually got it right during the 2013 NFL draft. Don't worry. It won't happen often. 

    A former JUCO quarterback, Johnson became the wild card of this particular class. Johnson was considered an impressive athlete with an astounding 4.72-second 40-yard dash as well as top-five finishes among the offensive linemen at the 2013 NFL combine in vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill and short shuttle. 

    When the Dolphins leaped over the Eagles to obtain the third overall pick, Johnson was believed to be their target before they eventually selected Dion Jordan. 

    Instead, the Eagles stood pat and selected the athletic blocker, who proved to be an ideal fit in Chip Kelly's offensive system. 

    In a class absolutely loaded with offensive line talentsome of it overrated, while others stepped up and played at a high levelJohnson proved worthy of being a top-five selection. 

    Despite missing the first four games of the 2014 campaign after testing positive for a banned substance, Pro Football Focus still graded Johnson as the NFL's second-best right tackle.

5. Detroit Lions

5 of 32

    Rick Osentoski/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Defensive End Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, BYU

    Current Selection: Defensive End Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, BYU

    This will be the last instance in this exercise where a team got its pick absolutely correct. It's both an indictment of how poor the talent was at the top of the class and how well other teams assessed prospects later in the draft. 

    Ironically, Ansah was considered the ultimate boom-or-bust prospect in the class because of his late exposure to the sport of football. 

    Yet, no player from this class has proven to be a better pure pass-rusher. Ansah led his contemporaries with 15 sacks over the past two seasons. 

    The BYU product also proved to be a solid all-around player and graded positively both seasons as a run defender. 

    Ansah's true value will be found during his third year in the league now that Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley are no longer on the team. Will he step up as one of the leaders and best players on the Detroit Lions defense? 

    If his first two seasons are any indication, the native of Ghana is ready for any challenge. 

6. Cleveland Browns

6 of 32

    Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Defensive End Barkevious Mingo, LSU

    Current Selection: Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei, Utah

    Those who don't learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them.

    In 2006, the Cleveland Browns bypassed an opportunity to select a massive yet athletically gifted defensive lineman in Haloti Ngata to select a pass-rusher in Kamerion Wimbley. 

    Ngata went on to become a five-time All-Pro performer, while Wimbley never rose above mediocrity. 

    In 2013, the Browns had an opportunity to select another top defensive lineman in Lotulelei but decided to pass on the talented wide-body for yet another pass-rusher that lacked polish in Mingo. 

    It doesn't matter if different regimes were in place. In both of these cases, positional value trumped overall talent to the team's detriment. 

    Mingo hasn't lived up to expectations as a former top-10 pick. Lotulelei, meanwhile, quickly developed into a franchise building block for the Carolina Panthers. 

    Lotulelei didn't play quite as well in 2014 as he did as a rookie due to nagging injuries, but he still helped set the tone up front to allow the team's talented linebackers, Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, to run free of blockers and make play after play.  

    As the Browns' search for talented defensive linemen continues to address the team's 32nd-ranked run defense, the organization wouldn't be in its current position if it placed a higher value on those big men asked to do the dirty work in the trenches. 

7. Arizona Cardinals

7 of 32

    Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Guard Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina

    Current Selection: Guard Kyle Long, Oregon

    Left tackle is the money position along the offensive line, and three blind-side protectors were off the board among the initial four picks of the 2013 class. 

    But it was a strange class in that a pair of guards were also chosen among the top-10 selections.

    The Cardinals picked North Carolina's Jonathan Cooper with the seventh overall selection, which made him the highest selected guard since the Atlanta Falcons chose Bill Fralic with the second overall pick in the 1985 draft. 

    Fralic went on to become a franchise pillar for the Falcons, whereas Cooper hasn't found the same success early in his career after suffering a broken leg as a rookie and then only starting two games during his second season. 

    Long, on the other hand, was drafted later in the first round but quickly developed into a Pro Bowl performer for the Chicago Bears. 

    A collegiate tackle, Long slid inside to guard and didn't miss a beat. His aggressive play and overall athleticism already made him a two-time Pro Bowler and a second-team All-Pro in 2014. 

    Long's level of play would certainly be a welcome addition in the desert after receiving next to nothing from Cooper. 

8. St. Louis Rams

8 of 32

    Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Wide Receiver Tavon Austin, West Virginia

    Current Selection: Running Back Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State

    After nine successful years, Steven Jackson's marriage to the St. Louis Rams ended after the 2012 campaign once the veteran running back decided to void the final year of his contract and sign with the Atlanta Falcons. 

    The Rams were without a workhorse running back for the first time since the team acquired Marshall Faulk in 1999. The team eventually found Zac Stacy in the fifth round of this particular draft, but he didn't provide the same spark to his franchise as Le'Veon Bell did in Pittsburgh. 

    Despite the devaluation of running backs, Bell is a special talent. 

    After missing the first three games of his career, Bell took over as the Steelers' starting running back and rushed for a team-leading 860 yards. His game would reach another level, though, in 2014. 

    Bell finished second in the NFL with 1,361 rushing yards during his sophomore campaign. He's also proved to be a true three-down running back 85 receptions, which was the second-highest total on his team. 

    A 230-plus-pound running back that can do it all? That's exactly what the Rams once had in Jackson and currently lack. 

9. New York Jets

9 of 32

    Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Cornerback Dee Milliner, Alabama

    Current Selection: Linebacker Kiko Alonso, Oregon

    The #LegendofKiko would have grown to untold levels if he played in New York City.

    Instead, the Jets wanted to address their secondary to appease then-head coach Rex Ryan. Milliner was benched numerous times during his first 16 games before suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in 2014. 

    To be fair, Alonso slid to the second round, and he suffered a torn ACL prior to the start of the 2014 campaign. 

    Ironically, he was also traded from Rex Ryan's current team to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. 

    But Alonso's impact as a rookie can't be denied. The linebacker was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association after he racked up 159 total tackles and four interceptions. 

    The Jets, at the time, were looking to replace Bart Scott at inside linebacker, and Alonso could have been the perfect complement to David Harris.

    After all, Alonso's ultra-successful rookie campaign came in the same defensive scheme under Mike Pettine's supervision, who previously served as Ryan's defensive coordinator for four seasons. 

10. Tennessee Titans

10 of 32

    Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Guard Chance Warmack, Alabama

    Current Selection: Center Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

    Bob Johnson was the last center to be selected among the top 10 picks of an NFL draft class. Johnson was selected second overall by head coach Paul Brown and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968. 

    We're obviously entering some recently uncharted territory by placing Frederick this high in the re-draft, but the center proved to be more than capable of being drafted at this point. 

    After the Dallas Cowboys selected Frederick in the first round at pick No. 31, the organization was met with ridicule, because the Wisconsin product wasn't viewed as a first-round prospect and generally thought of as being grossly overdrafted. 

    The Cowboys got the last laugh, though. 

    Two years later, Frederick developed into one of the game's best offensive linemen. 

    The only offensive lineman to receive a higher run-blocking grade from Pro Football Focus in 2014 was Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda. Otherwise, Frederick was the most dominant center leading the way for his running back. 

    Such a dominant performance warranted a Pro Bowl berth and being named a second-team All-Pro. 

    No one should laugh at Frederick being selected this high if the 2013 draft were held today. 

11. San Diego Chargers

11 of 32

    Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Offensive Tackle D.J. Fluker, Alabama

    Current Selection: Wide Receiver Keenan Allen, Cal

    The San Diego Chargers certainly got it right with the selection of the third round. 

    This change of direction isn't an indictment of Fluker's play, because he'll appear shortly. But the Chargers struck gold when they found a legitimate No. 1 target with the 76th overall selection. 

    In two seasons, Allen has already been targeted 226 times by quarterback Philip Rivers, which resulted in 148 receptions for 1,829 yards and 12 touchdowns. The wide receiver led the team's wide receivers in three of those four categories over that time. 

    With the luxury of hindsight, it's easy to view Allen as a legitimate first-round talent. At the time, though, he was generally considered a top talent, but his draft stock was derailed by a PCL sprain that hampered him during Cal's pro day. During the workout, Allen ran a woeful 4.71 40-yard dash, and his value plummeted. 

    The Chargers were wise to see beyond the injury and still spend a relatively high pick on the Cal product. 

    Allen proved to be a difference-maker for the Chargers. Thus, there is no reason to pass on him at this point in the process.

12. Oakland Raiders

12 of 32

    Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Cornerback D.J. Hayden, Houston

    Current Selection: Guard Larry Warford, Kentucky

    Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie entered the 2013 draft with one goal in mind: trade out of the third overall pick to gain extra picks. 

    He even did so at a diminished value by only acquiring an extra second-round pick from the Miami Dolphins to slide down to the 12th overall selection. This deal is the perfect example of how the top talent in class was viewed by NFL decision-makers. 

    Neither team made out in the deal, though. 

    Dion Jordan hasn't worked out in Miami, while Hayden only played in 18 of 32 possible games. 

    Instead, the Raiders could have addressed the crumbling right side of their offensive line. Khalif Barnes and Mike Brisiel proved they weren't long-term answers on the strong side. Warford could have been, though. 

    The Kentucky product stepped in from Day 1 at right guard for the Detroit Lions and played at a high level. Warford, who was considered a mauler in college, immediately adjusted to the NFL game as a pass protector. 

    Two guards were selected within the first 11 picks of the 2013 draft, yet it was Warford, a former third-round pick, who developed into one of the league's best interior blockers. 

13. New York Jets

13 of 32

    Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Defensive Tackle Sheldon Richardson, Missouri

    Current Selection: Offensive Tackle D.J. Fluker, Alabama

    The New York Jets were in prime position to add a major infusion of talent with two picks among the initial 13 selections. 

    Former general manager John Idzik whiffed with his earlier selection of Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner. He also hit a home run with the addition of Richardson at this point. It was too good of a selection, though. 

    The former Missouri defensive lineman is already off the board in the re-draft after being selected No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. 

    It's time to change gears. 

    Fluker has limitations to his game, and the Chargers still don't know if he's an NFL right tackle or a guard, but he's been a constant presence up front in San Diego since his selection. 

    What he is, though, is a massively powerful man who would have fit nicely along the Jets offensive line due to the team's run-first mentality. 

14. Carolina Panthers

14 of 32

    Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Defensive Tackle Star Lotulelei, Utah

    Current Selection: Safety Eric Reid, LSU

    The Carolina Panthers' safety play was simply abysmal during the 2012 campaign. It only improved marginally a year later, as the team's talented defensive front seven hid inadequacies along the secondary. 

    Defensive tackle was a massive need for the Panthers as they entered the 2013 draft, and general manager Dave Gettleman was wise to select a sliding Lotulelei with this particular selection. 

    However, Lotulelei isn't available in this scenario. Safety, meanwhile, remained a major need. 

    While most general managers prefer to build a defense from front to back, Reid is too tempting at this point. 

    The LSU product was an instant Pro Bowl performer as a rookie after he finished third on the team with 77 total tackles and second with four interceptions. 

    Reid's play dropped off to a degree during the 49ers' tumultuous 2014 campaign, but he still graded positively in 10 of the 15 games he played, according to Pro Football Focus

    With Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis roaming the field at linebacker, the selection of Reid only adds to the ground the team can cover among its back seven. 

15. New Orleans Saints

15 of 32

    Nick Wass/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Safety Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

    Current Selection: Nose Tackle Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State

    Two young players are currently vying to be called the game's best pure nose tackle. Those two are Williams and the New York Jets' Damon Harrison. 

    The duo received almost identical grades from Pro Football Focus in stopping the run during the 2014 season. 

    Harrison wasn't in the 2013 class, though, and the Saints' search for a dominant nose tackle continues. 

    The organization signed Brodrick Bunkley to a five-year, $25 million contract prior to the 2012 campaign, but he wasn't an ideal fit as a nose tackle once defensive coordinator Rob Ryan brought his base 3-4 defense to the Big Easy in 2013. 

    Williams is an ideal two-gap nose tackle, though.

    With Bunkley's presence on the roster, Williams didn't need to automatically transition into a starting role after playing at a Division II program. 

    As Williams developed, like he did in Baltimore, the Saints run defense could have been much better this past season after it finished a disappointing 29th overall.  

16. Buffalo Bills

16 of 32

    AJ Mast/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Quarterback E.J. Manuel, Florida State

    Current Selection: Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

    The Buffalo Bills eventually selected a top wide receiver prospect from Clemson University. But they could have done so a year earlier and still landed a difference-maker. 

    The Bills' top wide receiver targets for the 2013 season were Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods, T.J. Graham, Marquise Goodwin, Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley. 

    Outside of Johnson, the unit lacked experience and certainly didn't inspire much confidence.

    Instead of trying to build a better offense with a top wide receiver prospect like Hopkins, the Bills decided to select Florida State's E.J. Manuel far earlier than his overall talent dictated. It's a decision that still haunts the franchise. 

    Hopkins, meanwhile, already amassed 2,000 receiving yards during his first two seasons with the Houston Texans. None of those previously mentioned wide receivers managed more than 699 receiving yards in either the 2013 or 2014 seasons. 

    Hopkins was a far better option than Manuel with the 16th overall pick, while the Bills could have waited to select a quarterback prospect in the second round.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

17 of 32

    David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Linebacker Jarvis Jones, Georgia

    Current Selection: Running Back Eddie Lacy, Alabama

    The Pittsburgh Steelers' legacy is built on two things, a dominant defense and a physical running attack. 

    In an attempt to continue an amazing tradition of pass-rushers in the team's 3-4 scheme, the organization overlooked telltale signs that Jones wouldn't flourish in the NFL. He was undersized and a subpar athlete. After playing in 21 career games, the Georgia product only has three sacks. 

    But there was a rough and tumble running back ready to be selected by a team that wanted to renew its identity as a physical football team. 

    General manager Kevin Colbert eventually addressed the position by selecting Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell in the second round. The organization doesn't own the same luxury during the re-draft, since Bell is already off the board. 

    While Bell developed into one of the NFL's best running backs in 2014, Lacy was actually named the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after the previous season. 

    Lacy already produced a pair of 1,100-plus-yard seasons and 20 career touchdowns. He might not be as well-rounded as Bell, but the 230-pound Lacy is the physical presence the Steelers lacked at running back after Jerome Bettis retired.

18. San Francisco 49ers

18 of 32

    Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Safety Eric Reid, LSU

    Current Selection: Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

    The San Francisco 49ers traded up in order to select LSU's Eric Reid and address concerns in their secondary after Dashon Goldson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent. 

    Reid was a safer bet at the time than his former teammate at LSU. 

    Mathieu's off-field concerns drove him all the way into the third round despite being one of college football's best players. The Arizona Cardinals benefited by trusting the Honey Badger enough to eventually select him 69th overall. 

    The other concern with Mathieu was a lack of ideal measurements. A college cornerback, specifically a nickel cornerback, the undersized Mathieu transitioned to safety for the Cardinals while still covering in the slot. 

    He thrived in his new role. Just like his time at LSU, Mathieu was all over the field making plays. 

    As a rookie, the hybrid defensive back registered 68 total tackles, nine pass deflections and a pair of interceptions in 13 games. He also received an above-average grade in pass coverage. 

    The concern at this point is whether the 5'9", 186-pound safety/cornerback can hold up to the rigors of the NFL after missing three games in each of his first two seasons. But when he's on the field, the Honey Badger only cares about making plays. 

19. New York Giants

19 of 32

    Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Offensive Tackle Justin Pugh, Syracuse

    Current Selection: Offensive Tackle Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    The New York Giants obtained a solid starter when they selected Pugh with the 19th overall selection. But was he the best option available? 

    It's easy to argue the team should have gone in another direction. 

    Uncertainty still surrounds Pugh and where he fits in the NFL. Is he an offensive tackle or a guard? 

    "Pugh's going to be a starter somewhere, most likely," general manager Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano.

    The Giants are still searching for offensive line help two years later, and Pugh hasn't provided a definitive answer at any one position. 

    The same can't be said of Terron Armstead.

    The small-school product was one of the most athletic offensive lineman in the draft, and unlike Pugh, length was never a concern. At 6'5" with 34-inch arms (two inches longer than Pugh's), Armstead owns the requisite size and length to play left or right tackle after locking down the blind side for the New Orleans Saints. 

20. Chicago Bears

20 of 32

    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Guard Kyle Long, Oregon

    Current Selection: Offensive Tackle Ricky Wagner, Wisconsin

    The right side of the Chicago Bears offensive line was in complete shambles after the 2012 campaign. The teams actually entered the following season with a pair of rookies starting on the strong side. 

    Kyle Long lived up to expectations and became a two-time Pro Bowl performer, but he's long gone in this scenario. Jordan Mills, meanwhile, didn't experience nearly as much success.

    With Long off the board and Mills' struggles, the Bears are still in position to land one of the game's best right tackles. 

    Wagner burst onto the scene with an outstanding sophomore season. 

    The only right tackle to receive a higher grade from Pro Football Focus last season was the New England Patriots' Sebastian Vollmer. Wagner actually graded higher as a pass protector than Vollmer and finished seventh overall in the category

    It took a year for the Wisconsin product to develop into a quality starter, but his current level of play is better than anything the Chicago Bears experienced in some time.  

21. Cincinnati Bengals

21 of 32

    Reed Hoffmann/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Tight End Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame

    Current Selection: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

    It was a great plan in theory. The Cincinnati Bengals paired Tyler Eifert, the consensus top tight end prospect in the class, with Jermaine Gresham after he made consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. 

    Eifert only managed 39 catches as a rookie, though, and his sophomore campaign was cut short after only one game due to elbow and shoulder injuries. 

    Unless the former Notre Dame tight end turns it around during his third season, the plan backfired. 

    While Eifert struggled to make an impact, the Bengals relied far too heavily on older cornerbacks such as Terence Newman and Adam Jones. Plus, Leon Hall's injury history is always a concern. 

    A year later, the Bengals will spend a first-round pick on Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard. But it didn't have to get to that point. 

    Xavier Rhodes was available to Cincinnati then and in this re-draft. First, he offers the type of size the Bengals prefer in the secondary. Rhodes stands 6'1" and weighs 210 pounds with 33 ¾-inch arms. Plus, the Florida State product ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. 

    With Rhodes, Dre Kirkpatrick and a healthy Leon Hall, the Bengals could have owned one of the NFL's most intimidating secondaries.

22. Atlanta Falcons

22 of 32

    Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Cornerback Desmond Trufant, Washington

    Current Selection: Cornerback Darius Slay, Mississippi State 

    After spending both of their first- and second-round picks on cornerbacks, the Atlanta Falcons' primary goal in during the 2013 draft was to upgrade their secondary.

    Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson were both over 30 years of age and on the down side of their careers after the 2012 campaign. The team eventually released Robinson prior to the 2013 draft.  

    Originally, the team wisely spent a selection on Trufant, but he's already been selected in this process. It doesn't mean the team should avoid choosing another cornerback. 

    Fortunately, a reliable and talented option remains available. 

    The start of Slay's career was rough. He was immediately placed in the Lions' starting lineup and struggled. But he eventually became a stater again during the last two games of the season. He hasn't relinquished the spot. 

    Slay started all 16 games in 2014 and finished among the league's best with 19 passes defended. 

    The Mississippi State product adds size (6'1", 192 lbs), length and talent to a Falcons secondary deprived of young talent. It's merely the first step and the Falcons need more help, but Slay provides a good starting point. 

23. Minnesota Vikings

23 of 32

    Bob Leverone/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Defensive Tackle Sharrif Floyd, Florida

    Current Selection: Defensive Tackle Kawann Short, Purdue

    The great reign of the Williams brothers was limping toward its end by the spring of 2013. 

    Pat Williams retired a few years earlier. Kevin Williams only had one more left in Minnesota after the 2013 NFL draft. 

    At this point in time, Letroy Guion was a disappointment in Minnesota, too. 

    The Vikings were in desperate need to rebuild their defensive interior. The team eventually selected Short, who was seen as a tremendous value and a player that slid further than expected on draft day. 

    But rumblings of Floyd being overrated popped up prior to the draft, and his eventual draft slotting reflected where teams truly valued the disruptive defensive tackle. 

    It took time for the Florida product to eventually become comfortable in the Vikings' lineup. He struggled greatly during his rookie campaign, but he came on strong under new head coach Mike Zimmer during his second season. 

    Short, on the other hand, was far more consistent during his first two seasons. The former member of the Purdue Boilermakers rotated along the Panthers defensive line as a rookie before graduating to a starting role in 2014. 

    According to Pro Football Focus, Short made 46 defensive stops during his first two seasons, while Floyd made 37.

    It was a close call between these two talented interior defenders, but Short's consistency provided an edge. 

24. Indianapolis Colts

24 of 32

    Jack Dempsey/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Defensive End Bjorn Werner, Florida State

    Current Selection: Running Back C.J. Anderson, Cal

    The Trent Richardson trade will go down as one of the worst in the history of the Indianapolis Colts and the primary reason why the Colts should have spent a first-round pick on a running back in the 2013 draft. 

    General manager Ryan Grigson foolishly sent a future first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for Richardson's services after two games into the following campaign. 

    In 29 games with the Colts, Richardson averaged a woeful 3.1 yards per carry before he was eventually benched during the 2013 playoffs. 

    Injuries were part of the reason why Richardson was acquired, but the Colts' stable of running backs was underwhelming even before it became beset with problems. 

    Anderson, who is the only undrafted player included in this re-draft, has yet to prove he's a workhorse back, but he has been everything that Richardson was supposed to be. 

    The Cal product didn't provide much during his rookie season, but he proved to be a legitimate starting option in 2014. Anderson averaged 4.7 yards per carry, scored eight rushing touchdowns and caught 34 passes out of the backfield despite sharing the backfield with Montee Ball, Ronnie Hillman and Juwan Thompson. 

    Anderson's 1,173 yards from scrimmage was enough to be named a Pro Bowl alternate, and he eventually replaced Le'Veon Bell in the contest. 

    Richardson, meanwhile, was waived by the Colts and eventually signed with the Oakland Raiders. 

25. Minnesota Vikings

25 of 32

    Michael Zito/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, Florida State

    Current Selection: Linebacker Sio Moore, Connecticut

    While Rhodes proved to be a good selection by the Vikings, the cornerback isn't available at this point in the re-draft. 

    Instead, the Vikings are presented with an opportunity to provide some versatility to their linebacker corps. 

    In the 2014 draft, the organization selected a hybrid linebacker, UCLA's Anthony Barr, with the ninth overall pick. General manager Rick Spielman could have added a similar talent in Moore a year earlier. 

    Jasper Brinkley started 15 games for the Vikings in 2012, but he signed with the Arizona Cardinals during the following offseason. 

    There was a void to fill within the team's linebacker corps as a result. 

    Moore was a late bloomer after being born in Liberia before moving to Connecticut and eventually North Carolina. But he continued to grow each year as a member of the Huskies. 

    By the time the linebacker was a senior in Storrs, Connecticut, he was all over the field. Moore was used as a pass-rusher, edge-setter and just as easily dropped into coverage. Versatility on the field brings value off of it.

    Whether it's with the Raiders or the Vikings, Moore is one of the league's most promising young linebackers.  

26. Green Bay Packers

26 of 32

    Paul Sancya/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Defensive End Datone Jones, UCLA

    Current Selection: Offensive Tackle Justin Pugh, Syracuse

    One of the pleasant surprises for the Green Bay Packers from the 2013 NFL draft was the immediate contribution the team received from fourth-round pick David Bakhtiari. 

    The Colorado product started 32 straight games since being drafted. Being a starter, though, doesn't automatically equate to a high-level of play. 

    Bakhtiari graded negatively in each of his first two seasons, according to Pro Football Focus

    Pugh, on the other hand, proved to be more consistent at offensive tackle, albeit on the right instead of the left side. 

    The knock on Pugh continues to be his arm length, which is 32 inches. Bakhtiari, for example, owns 34-inch arms. But that added length hasn't made him a better overall player. 

    With the selection of Pugh, he could start at left tackle until he proves he can't play on the blind side. Or he could bump right tackle Bryan Bulaga to the left tackle and take over on the strong side. 

    More consistent play from the tackle position should be a welcome addition. 

27. Houston Texans

27 of 32

    Reed Hoffmann/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Wide Receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson

    Current Selection: Tight End Travis Kelce, Cincinnati

    The Texans were in search of a playmaker to take pressure off veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson as they approached the 2013 draft. 

    In the end, the team found Johnson's replacement in Hopkins. The Clemson wide receiver, however, is not available at this point in the exercise, and no wide receiver prospect fits the bill. 

    Instead, the team can change course and add the top tight end to come out of the class. 

    At the time, the Texans were solid at tight end with Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham, but that situation quickly fell apart due to Daniels' injuries and Graham not being an ideal fit Bill O'Brien's offense.  

    Plus, Kelce is a completely different type of tight end compared to the previously mentioned names. Daniels and Graham are "move" tight ends, while Kelce is a much better inline option. 

    After sitting out the 2013 season due to injury, Kelce quickly developed into the Chiefs' top target. In 2014, the tight end led his team with 67 receptions for 862 yards and five touchdowns. 

    While Kelce couldn't replace Johnson, he adds another weapon in the Texans offense. 

28. Denver Broncos

28 of 32

    Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Defensive Tackle Sylvester Williams, North Carolina

    Current Selection: Defensive Tackle Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State

    The Denver Broncos are forced to make a decision at this point. 

    Which defensive tackle does the organization prefer, Hankins or Sharrif Floyd?

    It certainly isn't Williams, who was awful against the run during his sophomore campaign. Hankins and Floyd, on the other hand, graded as the sixth- and seventh-best run defenders among defensive tackles, according to Pro Football Focus

    This is particularly important for a Broncos defense that lost its best defensive lineman against the run, Justin Bannan, after the 2012 season. 

    Floyd owned a slight edge over yet another defensive tackle from his class with his 2014 play. But Hankins' two years of positive play won in the end.

    The Ohio State product also showed he can start an entire season and play over 100 more snaps than Floyd during the course of a 16-game schedule. 

    Both prospects in this scenario are enticing, but Hankins' size (320 lbs) and overall consistency proved to be more valuable. 

29. Minnesota Vikings

29 of 32

    Charles Rex Arbogast/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Wide Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

    Current Selection: Wide Receiver Kenny Stills, Oklahoma

    Outside of Percy Harvin (before his career in Minnesota imploded), the Vikings wide receiver corps was devoid of talent. 

    Michael Jenkins, Jerome Simpson, Devin Aromashodu, Jarius Wright and Stephen Burton didn't excite anyone going into the 2013 draft. 

    So the Vikings swung a deal with the New England Patriots to trade up and select Patterson. While Patterson proved to be an exciting player at times, his development as a top receiver is still suspect. 

    The Saints, meanwhile, chose Stills 115 picks later. Yet the Oklahoma product began to develop into a true No. 1 target during his second season in New Orleans before being traded to the Miami Dolphins. 

    Both wide receivers bring the same explosive vertical presence to an offense. Stills, though, is better in every major receiving category. Some of that can be explained away by the Vikings' quarterback problems versus playing in the Saints' explosive offense. 

    But Stills deserves credit for evolving into Drew Brees' favorite target outside of tight end Jimmy Graham last season. 

    His ability as a route-runner and consistency as a pass-catcher are simply superior to Patterson at this point in their careers.

30. St. Louis Rams

30 of 32

    Alex Brandon/Associated Press

    Actual Selection: Linebacker Alec Ogletree, Georgia

    Current Selection: Wide Receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee

    West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin was supposed to be the ultimate weapon in the St. Louis Rams offense under the direction of coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. 

    After all, the Rams traded up from the 16th overall pick to the eighth selection to acquire the speedy target. 

    It hasn't worked out, though.

    In two seasons, Austin only managed 68 catches for 671 yards and two touchdowns. His actual impact was a far cry from what was expected of the explosive target. 

    While Patterson hasn't lived up to expectations either, his combination of size (6'3", 205 lbs) compared to the diminutive Austin (5'8", 176 lbs ) and dynamic kick return ability make him the obvious choice to fill the role the team originally envisioned when it chose the West Virginia wide receiver. 

    The Rams likely had visions of Austin grabbing screen passes, reverses and blowing past defenses like he did in college. The transition has been difficult.

    Patterson can be used similarly, and he's shown more at this point in his career than Austin.

31. Dallas Cowboys

31 of 32

    Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Center Travis Frederick, Wisconsin

    Current Selection: Guard Chance Warmack, Alabama

    In a twist of fate, the Dallas Cowboys selected the offensive lineman originally chosen by the Tennessee Titans, while the Titans already grabbed the lineman Dallas picked at the end of the first round. 

    At the time, the Cowboys were ridiculed for trading back into the first round to select Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. It became an issue of addressing the team's concerns along its offensive interior. 

    With Frederick off the board, no other center is worth a first-round selection. But the Cowboys could still select a sliding Warmack to provide an identity up front. 

    The Alabama product was an absolute monster at the collegiate level and a dominant run-blocker, but it took time for him to transition to the professional ranks. 

    Over the last half of the 2014 campaign, Warmack finally figured it out and started to play at a very high level. It's a positive trend moving forward as the guard started to realize his full potential.

32. Baltimore Ravens

32 of 32

    Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

    Actual Selection: Safety Matt Elam, Florida

    Current Selection: Safety Kenny Vaccaro, Texas

    Which version of Vaccaro will show up in 2015? After two years of up-and-down play, the Baltimore Ravens are taking a chance on him playing much more like the promising safety seen during his rookie campaign. 

    Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had a plan for Vaccaro in 2013, and the Texas product flourished in the versatile role he was asked to play. 

    But his play dropped off dramatically a year later when he was asked to take on more of a leadership role after All-Pro safety Jairus Byrd was placed on injured reserve. Vaccaro was then challenged by Ryan to be better, but his play never returned to the level seen as a rookie. 

    A team usually prefers to invest in a player on an upward trend. Vaccaro, though, is too tempting, because he can play both safety positions plus cover in the slot. 

    Elam, meanwhile, is a pure box safety who was terrible against the pass in 2014. Even with Vaccaro coming off a down season, he's still a better option than Elam at this point in the draft class. And the Ravens needed someone to help fill the massive void left by Ed Reed after 11 illustrious seasons in Baltimore. 

    Neither of the aforementioned prospects could fill those enormous shoes, but Vaccaro had a better chance of doing so.