NFL draft redux: Reprojecting the first round of the 2013 draft

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  1. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    1. Kansas City Chiefs
    (Original pick: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan)

    Re-do pick: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

    Fisher looked lost at right tackle early in the season and really didn't start playing with much consistency and command of his position until the final weeks of the schedule. But Richardson was a disruptive and productive force from Day 1 for the Jets, and he excelled at stuffing the run, while also proving he could regularly find his way into the backfield (15.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 33 quarterback pressures). Richardson, who got my vote for the league's Defensive Rookie of the Year, even turned into a useful Jumbo fullback late in the year and scored a pair of goal-line situation touchdowns.

    2. Jacksonville Jaguars
    (Original pick: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M)

    Re-do pick: Keenan Allen, WR, California

    Joeckel fared well when he was healthy, but he lasted just four-plus games into his rookie season before a broken ankle landed him on IR. As starved as the Jaguars were for offensive playmakers, Allen would have come in very handy. He was a godsend for the Chargers, becoming the NFL's first 1,000-yard rookie receiver in two years and establishing new San Diego rookie records for catches (71) and yardage (1,046). Allen lasted until the third round in April, but he doesn't even make it to the third pick in our re-draft.

    3. Miami Dolphins
    (Original pick: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon)

    Re-do pick: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

    In case you slept through the season, Miami's offensive line was a disaster zone for much of the year, surrendering a franchise-worst 58 sacks and spawning the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognitomelodrama. Warford, a third-round pick, was simply a revelation for the Lions, going all season without surrendering a sack and providing superb run blocking. The Dolphins, of course, traded up nine spots to select Jordan, but he struggled to make much of an impact as a 4-3 defensive end (two sacks) and might be better suited back in his more comfortable 3-4 outside linebacker spot.

    4. Philadelphia Eagles
    (Original pick: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma)

    Re-do pick: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

    There was nothing shabby about the Eagles' original pick of Lane Johnson, but Fluker looked even better at right tackle for the Chargers. Though he struggled in a four-game starting stint at left tackle, Fluker proved to be athletic in his pass-blocking and powerful in run-blocking, logging more than 1,000 snaps for a playoff-qualifying San Diego team that was fortunate to see him fall all the way to No. 11.

    5. Detroit Lions
    (Original pick: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU)

    Re-do pick: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

    There are still several coats of polish to add to Ansah's developing game, but the Lions knew he was a raw talent when they selected him fifth overall. Ansah still led all rookie pass-rushers with eight sacks, despite playing in only 14 games. His run defense and ability to set the edge were better than expected, while his pass-rush skills showed up less consistently. On balance though, he took a solid first step in 2013 and looks like he has the potential to grow into a beast for Detroit's defense.
  2. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    Thoughts: Dont let the "he doesnt fit the scheme " crowd see the number three pick. Guess Jerry finally hit a home run with the first round trade last year as Frederick goes higher and Williams sneaks into the first. Blind squirrel principal, will make him feel he can replicate this.
  3. funkytown

    funkytown Well-Known Member

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    Always fun to go back and look at this. Even though its only been a year, I bet a few teams wish they could have a re do.

    Happy that the Boys have 2 guys that would be considered 1st rounders. Hate seeing guys we should have drafted in the 2nd on that list like Eddie Lacy and Larry Warford. Really hope Escobar turns into something good.

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