The 2013 NFL Draft was touted as a fairly weak draft leading up to draft day. There were no big time offensive skill players that were thought to be worthy of a top pick, so teams used this draft to fill other, less “sexy” positional needs on their team. In fact, eight of the first twenty picks were offensive lineman and five of the top twenty were on the defensive line
Now, about two years later, we have seen that the projections were mostly right, as very few solid skill players have emerged from this draft. The quarterbacks and wide receivers that were taken in the draft have not lived up to their expectations, even though those expectations were low. However, one position in this draft that is a bright spot in retrospect is running back. The first four running backs taken in the draft have all become starters for their teams and a few are now among the best in the league.
The rest of the first round of this draft was fairly hit and miss, with certain players not living up to their draft spot, and others who far surpassed the expectations placed on them when they were drafted. For example, lineman who were taken later in the draft are surpassing those who were taken early.
So, what would happen if the NFL GMs were able to see two years in the future ahead of the 2013 NFL Draft? The picks would without a doubt change and certain teams would have to completely revamp their draft boards. Well, that fantasy scenario has been brought to life here as we set out to re-draft the Top 20 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.
20 1. Kansas City Chiefs: DE Sheldon Richardson
19 2. Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Kiko Alonso
18 3. Miami Dolphins: OT Lane Johnson
The Dolphins traded up to the 3rd spot by making a move with the Raiders, so we'll assume they do the same here.
17 4. Philadelphia Eagles: S Eric Reid
16 5. Detroit Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah
15 6. Cleveland Browns: RB Le'Veon Bell
14 7. Arizona Cardinals: RB Eddie Lacy
13 8. St. Louis Rams: CB Desmond Trufant
12 9. New York Jets: S Kenny Vaccaro
11 10. Tennessee Titans: G Kyle Long
10 11. San Diego Chargers: OT Eric Fisher
9 12. Oakland Raiders: WR DeAndre Hopkins
8 13. New York Jets: LB Jamie Collins
7 14. Carolina Panthers: OT Luke Joeckel
6 15. New Orleans Saints: S Tyrann Mathieu
5 16. Buffalo Bills: TE Travis Kelce
4 17. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT D.J. Fluker
3 18. San Francisco 49ers: WR Keenan Allen
2 19. New York Giants: C Travis Frederick
1 20. Chicago Bears: DT Star Lotulelei
The way we believe the Bears should have drafted is by selecting the big, strong and talented DT Star Lotulelei. Lotulelei was projected by many news media outlets to be a top pick in the NFL Draft, but a medical condition arose that acted as a red flag for some teams. As it turns out, Lotulelei has been fantastic for the Panthers and is one of the reason they have one of the best D-lines in football. In the summer before the 2014 season, the Bears spent a ton of money on D-line help, which they wouldn’t have had to do if Lotulelei was on the team.
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