2013 NFL Draft Round 1 Recap


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2013 NFL Draft

2013 NFL Draft 1st round recap


With the lack of star power in the 1st round that we’ve all come to love in recent years the 2013 draft was always going to be one of the more unpredictable, it did not disappoint. Trades were made both back and forward, New England played the same old tune and traded out of the first round and Boston strong was paid tribute, but the above is all predictable, this draft was anything but. We will give you the full list of the 32 draftees and mentioned trades with a few nuggets on the biggest surprises and stories of the day.


Draft List and selected players:

1-    Chiefs – Eric Fisher OT

2-    Jaguars- Luke Joeckel OT

3-    Dolphins (trade with Raiders) – Dion Jordan DE/OLB

4-    Eagles – Lane Johnson OT

5-    Lions – Ezekiel Ansah DE

6-    Browns – Barkevious Mingo DE/OLB

7-    Cardinals – Jonathan Cooper G

8-    Rams (trade with Bills) – Tavon Austin WR

9-    Jets – Dee Milliner CB

10-Titans – Chance Warmack G

11-Chargers – D.J Fluker T

12-Raiders (trade with Dolphins) – DJ Hayden CB

13-Jets (Revis trade with Buccaneers) – Sheldon Richardson DT

14-Panthers – Star Lotulelei DT

15-Saints – Kenny Vaccaro S

16-Bills – EJ Manuel QB

17-Steelers – Jarvis Jones OLB

18- 49ers (trade with Cowboys) – Eric Reid S

19-Giants – Justin Pugh G

20-Bears – Kyle Long G

21-Bengals – Tyler Eifert TE

22-Falcons (trade with Rams) – Desmond Trufant CB

23-Vikings – Sharrif Floyd DT

24-Colts – Bjoern Werner DE/OLB

25-Vikings – Xavier Rhodes CB

26-Packers – Datone Jones DE

27-Texans – DeAndre Hopkins WR

28-Broncos – Sylvester Williams DT

29-Vikings – Cordarrelle Patterson WR

30-Rams (trade with Falcons)  – Alec Ogletree OLB

31-Cowboys (trade with 49ers) – Travis Frederick C

32-Ravens – Matt Elam S



Regardless of what we were told, sifting our way through all the rumours and smoke screens we knew that more than likely the top two tackles Fisher and Joeckel were going to go 1-2. In what order we were unsure, but as the draft drew closer it was leaked that Fisher was to be the Chiefs number 1 pick.   Johnson was the 3rd tackle to come off the board in the first 4 picks and would seem to be the perfect fit for Eagles new head coach Chip Kelly’s style of offense. Ansah to the Lions at 5 was wildly predicted, as too was Warmack to the Titans. The Jets did well to replace recently traded Darrelle Revis with Alabama Tide CB Dee Milliner, but came back with somewhat of a head scratcher with DT Sheldon Richardson.  Kenny Vaccaro was heavily touted to end up in the state of Louisiana  and ended up being selected 15th to the Saints. The St Louis Rams got their man with a trade up to the 8th pick to select Tavon Austin. The Rams were heavily linked with the star wide man out of Western Virginia but as his draft was on the rise the Rams made sure they would get their man with the trade up. The Steelers got their guy to slide right in to replace departed former defensive player of the year James Harrison with Bama alum Jarvis Jones.  Cordarrelle Patterson was heavily linked to the Vikings after the departure of versatile yet troubled receiver Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks.  Patterson was still sitting there for them at picks 23 and 25 but was not selected.  The Vikings shocked everyone by trading back into the first round for New Englands 29th pick, to select the wide receiver out of Tennessee.  Inside linebacker Alec Ogletree was another player linked heavily to a team, this time being the St Louis Rams. Although he wasn’t taken at the assumed spot pick number 22, the Rams were able to trade back and still get the star linebacker out of Georgia. Finally as Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome does so frequently he sat patiently waiting to select his man and got his just dessert, selecting hard hitting safety out of Florida Matt Elam with the 32nd and final pick of the first round.



Yet another draft and another questionable decision by the Oakland Raiders, the Raiders traded the 3rd overall pick in the draft to the Miami Dolphins and picked up the 12th pick, plus picks in later rounds.  I initially commended the Raiders for the move and trading back, after their pick of DJ Hayden it has left me scratching my head.  CB was not the biggest need for the Raiders and Sharif Floyd, who had been previously rumoured to go to Oakland with the 3rd pick was still available. On the flip side of this pick was the Miami Dolphins moving into the number 3 slot and selecting Oregon standout Dion Jordan. With much more pressing needs along the line it was all but assumed the trade up was to land stud tackle Lane Johnson, but as we mentioned this draft was never going to be predictable. The Jets selection of DT Sheldon Richardson was also somewhat of a head scratcher. Richardson was seen more as a 4-3 DT but will look to play a 3-4 DE in Rex Ryans scheme.  The Buffalo Bills took the first quarterback of the day, although this came as no surprise, what was a surprise was the Qb selected. Former college coach Doug Marron was highly assumed to take former QB and understudy Ryan Nassib, only to spurn the QB and take EJ Manuel. EJ Manuel had been steadily rising up draft boards since the combine but the pick was still somewhat of a shock. The only other really big surprise of the day was the Cowboys at pick number 31 selecting the guard out of Wisconsin Travis Frederick. Although this pick seemed off at the time, the biggest weakness on the NFC East teams line last year was the interior line.  In order to allow the over paid Tony Romo a chance at earning his money he needs to stay up-right.


 What to watch for:

With a plethora of talented players waiting to find NFL homes, day two of the draft is going to be just as intriguing. Watching coverage of Geno Smith must have flooded back memories of Brady Quinn and we can only hope the quarterback out of West Virginia finds a home quickly tomorrow. Names like Teo, Barkley, Lacy, Nassib, Arthur Brown and much more make day two of the draft a must watch.  When will the first running back be taken, who will select the much maligned Manti Teo, when does the talented Arthur Brown get taken and formerly projected top 10 pick Matt Barkley get selected. These are questions we will soon have the answers too, so make sure you tune in tomorrow!


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  • Dave

    I think as long as Bradford is QB the rams dont really stand a chance in that division