The one obvious feature that stands out is that this is a draft that’s lacking at the skilled offensive positions in the 1st round and heavy on offensive and defensive lineman. Let’s take a look to see how this might affect our NFL picks for 2013 -2014.
Kansas City: You’re On the Clock
A lot of directions will be based on the few picks that are taken in the draft. It appears that Geno Smith is the one quarterback that really stands out and has a legitimate shot at being drafted number 1 by Andy Reid and the Chiefs.
There’s so many possibilities; If the Chiefs decide to bypass Smith, he’ll be available for the Oakland Raiders as the number 3 pick. Oakland can also go in the direction of the defensive tackle. They have the 2nd lowest amount of sacks in the NFL and defensive tackle, Star Lotuleili, who is considered by ESPN to be the highest ranked prospect, could be available. Oakland will definitely fish for a quarterback and there will be plenty available later on in the draft.
Trade Up or Wait?
We all know what the Washington Redskins did in trading up to get RG3 last season. The Arizona Cardinals are in desperate need of a quarterback and an offensive tackle.
It has been projected that they might possibly trade up and try to land Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M. If Joeckel isn’t around, they might pick up Eric Fisher. This is all dependent upon what happens before them.
If Eric Fisher drops to the Cardinals spot, it’s almost a guarantee that they’ll take him. Do they want to snatch a quarterback like Tyler Wilson or Ryan Nassib or will the Cardinals build up their offensive line is the question?
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It seems to be a consensus that the Jacksonville Jaguars will take Bjoern Werner (DE) with the 2nd pick of the draft. The Jags are in desperate need of a pass rusher as they rank last in the league in sacks.
Teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, who possess the 4th pick in the draft, have changed their defensive scheme to a 3-4. The Eagles wouldn’t hesitate in taking Joeckel if he was available, but if not, look for the Eagles to take the highest ranked defensive lineman on the board.
Detroit and Cleveland possess the 5th and 6th picks in the draft. With the Cardinals waiting at number 7, both teams will surely tighten up their pass rush. I’m not going to “mock” these spots, but this gives you a picture of what they’re looking for.
The Syracuse Connection…
The Buffalo Bills will be looking for an offensive threat in the number 8 spot. Head coach, Doug Marrone, might like to draft a familiar face in quarterback Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse. Of course just speculation, but if not, the Bills will look for another quarterback or wide receiver.
Rex’s Last Chance?
Rex Ryan is under the microscope and he better make this pick count. Rex is so dedicated to Mark Sanchez and we might see the Jets take a late quarterback lottery pick. The defensive minded coach that he is, he’ll be looking defense. If Barkevious Mingo out of LSU is on the board, he should be a Jet.
Bama = Success
To round out the top 10, the Tennessee Titans would do themselves well to draft offensive guard, Chance Warmack. Warmack has the Alabama pedigree and he might slip. Offensive guard isn’t an attractive position, but it’s an important one.
After the top 10, it’s a crapshoot. If Alabama’s Dee Milliner is available, he’ll be snatched up quite quickly. Everything depends on the earlier picks. You’re not going to see hardly any players at the skilled offensive positions be drafted until the latter part of the 1st round. This is where you’ll find Eddie Lacy, Zach Ertz, Tyler Eifert, and Cordarelle Patterson being taken.
The $64,000 Question……. (drumroll please)
Who Will Draft Manti Teo
This question has been an SBR favorite. T’eo is coming off of a lousy performance in the BCS Championship Game against Alabama and this whole girlfriend issue has really scared teams along with fans away.
How could someone, who has everything going for him, be related to such a ridiculous situation? This will cost Mr. T’eo some cash. He will like drop to the bottom of the 1st round. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that teams could be so scared away that we might not hear a peep about T’eo in the 1st round. Eventually, some team will pick him up. His work on the field speaks for itself.
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