The 2013 NFL Draft is very lacking when it comes to skill position players. There is no denying that, really. At the same time, it is definitely deep with defensive ends, defensive tackles and, to a lesser degree, promising offensive line players.
While some fans may be frustrated about the fact that they won’t be able to land an All-Pro wide receiver or a speedy running back (with some obvious exceptions), it’s best to take a glass half full approach with this.
Defense is how you build successful franchises – ask the San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and every other good team in the NFL that isn’t the New England Patriots. The fact that there are so many quality defensive players available this year is actually great for a lot of these squads, even if it isn’t apparent right off the bat
All of that being said, we do have an offensive surprise in the middle of this segment of the draft. It’ll be a bit shocking at first, however, once you think about it, you’ll likely determine that it makes a lot of sense.
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 that in mind, you can check out picks 16-23 here.