The 2013 NFL Draft is obviously still a long ways away, but we are definitely beginning to get a clearer picture regarding who is going to go where. Team needs are still murky, as is where they will ultimately land on the draft board, however, it isn’t particularly difficult to figure out who will end up at the top of this thing. The specific positions may change, but the losing teams who will get priority seating are going to stay largely the same.
An interesting thing to pay attention to as you scroll through the picks is the positions that are on display. You will notice very few quarterbacks, a minimal amount of wide receivers, and no running backs. That last bit is the byproduct of Marcus Lattimore’s injury. He was the only running back we felt was worthy of a first round selection – obviously that isn’t going to happen now. Defense (and to a lesser degree, offensive line) is what the 2013 draft is all about, and the picks in this segment of the proceedings reflect that.
Before we dive into the picks, as always, a few maintenance issues we should get out of the way: 1. The draft order was determined by ESPN’s most recent power rankings. Obviously things will change as the season progresses, but that is the structure we opted to use for now. 2. We didn’t hold anyone’s performances from this weekend against them. (These guys have long résumés, there is no need to pick and choose individual outings.) 3. We weighed team needs over best player available whenever it was clear that a team had a really glaring hole. In the case of teams that didn’t have particularly glaring holes, we emphasized best player available.
With all that in mind, here are picks Nos. 7-15.