Breaking Down The Top-Five Picks In The 2013 NFL Draft
The National Football League draft is right around the corner, and as we get closer to the event it is becoming easier to break down the direction teams are most likely to go in with their top-five picks. There is always the online betting chance of trades, and teams have gone completely off the board before, but according to both need and availability here is our projected top-five picks.
1. Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Joeckel – OT – Texas A&M
The Chiefs had significant problems on their offensive line a year ago, and while they were able to bring back left tackle Branden Albert for one more year via the franchise tender, his future at the position is unknown. Kansas City has the chance to bring in a tackle that can both start now on the right side, and potentially replace Albert long term on the left side, so this sports betting pick makes sense as both a need and in terms of one of the best talents available in the draft.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dion Jordan – LB – Oregon
The Jaguars ranked dead-last in the NFL last season in sacks per opponent drop back and they need to do something to upgrade that area in a division now led by Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. Jordan is the rare-blend of size and speed that will be a perfect fit in the Jacksonville scheme, and there is no indication that the team is ready to give up on Blaine Gabbert at the quarterback position just yet after investing so much in him.
3. Oakland Raiders – Geno Smith – QB – West Virginia
Oakland was one of the hardest teams to project because there was simply so many areas of need heading in to free agency. However, the Raiders have since cut ties with Carson Palmer and are now in the market for a quarterback, and while they may not have come right out and said it just yet it appears as though Smith is the best fit. There have been conflicting opinions on how Smith will project at the NFL level, but don’t be surprised if Oakland takes that gamble with its third-overall selection.
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Ezekiel Ansah – DE – BYU
A penetrating three-technique pass-rusher that can wreak havoc on the line is exactly what this Eagles’ team needs after struggling to get pressure on opposing quarterbacks in so many online sportsbook losses a year ago. Chip Kelly already has a lot of the offensive pieces in place, so he can add a surefire workhorse to his defense and build his attack with some blue chip prospects available in the later rounds.
5. Detroit Lions – Eric Fisher – OT – Central Michigan
The Lions need to find a way to upgrade Matt Stafford’s protection and give him more time to get the ball to Calvin Johnson, so Fisher is a solid fit. Longtime tackle Jeff Backus retired this past offseason, so there is a need to bring in a stabilizing force that can contribute right away and Fisher has a very high ceiling.