NFL Draft: Pick-by-pick analysis from the first round

Justin Boone,

4/26/2013 12:11:04 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs selected offensive tackle Eric Fisher with the first selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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1. Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Fisher - OT - Central Michigan

The Chiefs took their time deciding between the draft's top two tackles, and there were even reports that the coaching staff and scouts were split, but in the end they select Fisher. Assuming Kansas City trades Branden Albertin the next few days, Fisher will step in to the left tackle slot, but if they are unable to move Albert, Fisher could easily slide in at right tackle.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars

Luke Joeckel - OT - Texas A&M

The Jaguars new GM David Caldwell played it safe in his debut draft in Jacksonville by selecting Joeckel. The Jaguars have an excellent left tackle in Eugene Monroe, so it will be interesting to see how the Jaguars plan to use Joeckel, potentially as their right tackle. The Texas A&M blocker is a hardworker, dedicated to improving and should develop into a premier player.

3. Miami Dolphins (via Raiders)

Dion Jordan - DE - Oregon

The Miami Dolphins continue a very active off-season by trading to get the third pick from the Oakland Raiders and using it to select one of the best pass rushers off the edge in the draft. Jordan will give them a legitimate threat to dirupt opposing quarterbacks. Jordan will have to add a bit of muscle, but he could develop into an outstanding player in the Dolphins' front seven.

4. Philadelphia Eagles

Lane Johnson - OT - Oklahoma

New head coach Chip Kelly needs athletic blockers for his uptempo, no huddle system. Johnson has the athleticism to fit right in with the Eagles. If Jason Peters comes back healthy, then Johnson can play right tackle, but he is also capable of taking over at left tackle. Johnson also had an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, showing a good ability to deal with quick rushers off the edge.

5. Detroit Lions

Ezekiel Ansah - DE/OLB - LSU

Losing Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril left the Lions in a very tough spot at defensive end and with Joeckel, Fisher and Johnson gone, the Lions have no choice but to turn to their defensive line. Ansah will be asked to help remedy that loss. A native of Ghana, Ansah is a very raw talent with maybe the most potential out of anyone in this class at his position.

6. Cleveland Browns

Barkevious Mingo - DE/OLB - LSU

A year after selecting a franchise piece on offence in running back Trent Richardson, the Browns find an impact player for their defence in Mingo. While physical attributes don't always translate to on-field production, Mingo is poised to wreak havoc off the edge in the NFL with an extremely quick first step. The Browns' defence slowly becoming a strong unit in the AFC North.

7. Arizona Cardinals

Jonathan Cooper - OG - North Carolina

The Cardinals get some much-needed help on their offensive line by adding arguably the best offensive guard in the draft in Cooper. With Carson Palmer and Rashard Mendenhall joining an offence that already features Larry Fitzgerald, improving their line will only give their skill players more time to get the ball down the field. Cooper uses his mobility and technique to excel as a blocker.

8. St. Louis Rams (via Bills)

Tavon Austin - WR - West Virginia

The Rams saw the player they wanted and they moved into the top ten to get him. Austin has a smaller build, but he is incredibly dangerous with the ball in his hands. The West Virginia pass catcher is electric and he could be a very effective weapon in the Rams' offence. Austin is Sam Bradford's newest weapon, joining Chris Givens, Brian Quick and free agent acquisition Jared Cook.

9. New York Jets

Dee Milliner - CB - Alabama

With Darrelle Revis wearing a Buccaneers' jersey, the Jets quickly secure his replacement. Milliner has the size to match up with even the biggest NFL wideouts, and news of a potential shoulder injury appears to have been overblown by the media. Playing across from Antonio Cromartie, Milliner will help the Jets' defence remain aggressive thanks to strong coverage on the outside.

10. Tennessee Titans

Chance Warmack - OG - Alabama

The Titans signed one of the league's top guards Andy Levitre in free agency, but they weren't done there. Head coach Mike Munchak, a former offensive lineman himself, will now have two solid blockers on the interior of his line. Warmack is a violent run blocker and is willing to do the dirty work to help his offence thrive. His drive and skill make him capable of becoming one of the league's best at the position.

11. San Diego Chargers

D.J. Fluker - OT - Alabama

There is no way that San Diego could have entered the 2013 season without upgrading their offensive line and finding some protection for Philip Rivers. With the top three tackles off the board, the Chargers select Fluker. The massive tackle can completely dominate with his size and strength and will likely start off at tackle, but has the ability to play guard.

12. Oakland Raiders (via Dolphins)

D.J. Hayden- CB - Houston

The Raiders look very smart by moving down, acquiring a second round pick and still getting a player they were targeting at a position of need. Hayden flew under the radar for part of the draft season after having a rare heart issue, but Hayden's medicals check out now, and he is back to being considered one the best cornerback prospects in this class.

13. New York Jets (via Buccaneers)

Sheldon Richardson - DT - Missouri

The Jets choose not to address their quarterback or edge pass rushing needs and instead select a defensive tackle. Richardson is a quality prospect, who isn't as big as some of the other players at his position, but he uses his quickness to get penetration. Richardson may not get the sack, but he often causes problems in opponents' backfields and joins a defence that will find a way to maximize his abilities.

14. Carolina Panthers

Star Lotulelei - DT - Utah

The Panthers run defence has been abysmal the last couple of years and the best way to cure that is with a monster in the middle of their defensive front. Lotulelei is a massive run stuffer who consistently draws double teams. He saw his stock drop during the draft process with reports of a heart issue, but it turned out not to be serious. This is an ideal match of talent and team need.

15. New Orleans Saints

Kenny Vaccaro - S - Texas

First round safeties tend to make an impact and Vaccaro will be no different. The Saints defence was awful a year ago, so any help will be welcome, especially in their secondary. Vaccaro is coming out of a program known for producing above average defensive backs and he will be the latest example. Vaccaro is strong in coverage and against the run, meaning he can play either safety position.

16. Buffalo Bills (via Rams)

E.J. Manuel - QB - Florida State

While every report out of Buffalo had them selecting Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse, the Bills did their homework and made Manuel the first quarterback chosen. Manuel has all the physical tools to excel in new head coach Doug Marrone's offence, but the Bills will likely give him time to learn. Patience will be key in Manuel's development, as he holds a clipboard behind Kevin Kolb and Taravis Jackson.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jarvis Jones - OLB - Georgia

Jones was diagnosed with spinal stenosis, but he is arguably the most dangerous pass rusher in this draft class. While some teams may have been scared off by his health issues, the Steelers pounced on his elite talent. With James Harrison departed, Jones will continue the tradition of stars playing outside linebacker for the Steelers.

18. San Francisco 49ers (via Cowboys)

Eric Reid - S - LSU

San Francisco had been rumoured to potentially move up and they decided to pull the trigger to select Reid. With Dashon Goldson now playing in Tampa Bay, the 49ers needed help at safety. Reid's skills won't jump off the page at you, but he brings an excellent blend of talents to the field. Reid is capable in both run and pass defence and joins one of the league's best defences.

19. New York Giants

Justin Pugh - OT - Syracuse

The Giants are always searching for their next productive pass rusher, but this year they use their first round pick to solidify their offensive line. Pugh is a hard worker who makes up for his short arms with a very intelligent approach to the game. Pugh will likely start off on the right side of the line and could even make the move to guard at some point if needed.

20. Chicago Bears

Kyle Long - OG - Oregon

The Bears lock up a strong interior lineman with an excellent pedigree being the son of Howie Long and brother of Rams defensive end Chris Long. The Bears offence has a lot of talent at the skill positions, and now will help solidy their line with Long. Many teams had a second round grade on Long, but the Bears clearly saw something in the young blocker.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Eifert - TE - Notre Dame

The Bengals have Jermaine Gresham, who is a talented tight end in his own right, but they still elect to add Eifert to their offence. With A.J. Green drawing all kinds of attention, Eifert will create mismatches in coverage and take advantages of single coverage. Eifert is an elite pass catcher who combines a massive frame with excellent speed and has a great knack for going up and getting the ball.

22. Atlanta Falcons (via Rams, Redskins)

Desmond Trufant- CB - Washington

The Falcons didn't make as big of a splash as when they traded up to get Julio Jones, but they still identified the player they wanted and moved to acquire him. Cornerback is a definite position of need and Trufant will likely get a chance to start from Day One. The Washington product has perfect size to match up with any receiver and in the NFC South he will be tested early and often.

23. Minnesota Vikings

Sharrif Floyd - DT - Florida

The Vikings have very little talent at defensive tackle after Kevin Williams, but all that changes after this pick. Floyd was projected to be a top five pick, but fell through most of the first round, before the Viking scooped him up. Floyd will give them a versatile defender who flashed some impressive speed at the combine for a man his size. Floyd isn't elite, but he is solid in every aspect of his game.

24. Indianapolis Colts

Bjoern Werner - DE - Florida State

The Colts' offence showed great improvement last season with Andrew luck under centre, so it makes sense for them to turn their focus to the defensive side of the ball. Werner was one of the best defensive ends in college football last season, but there are some doubts as to how his game will translate to the pros. . Werner has only been playing football for five years, but he has no off-switch.

25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seahawks)

Xavier Rhodes - CB - Florida State

Minnesota is a team that prides itself on tall, athletic cornerbacks and Rhodes fits that mold. In a division with Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Jordy Nelson, the Vikings need to keep the shelves stocked in their secondary. Rhodes has a long frame and plays a very physical game. Rhodes isn't scared to battle with receivers and he will be asked to contribute right away.

26. Green Bay Packers

Datone Jones - DL - UCLA

Datone Jones was a combine monster and he impressed several teams as he worked his way into the first round. The Packers offence has very few issues, but their defence has been a problem area at times in recent years. Jones ia player with a motor that never shuts down and had 19 tackles for a loss in his final year, along with 6.5 sacks.

27. Houston Texans

DeAndre Hopkins - WR - Clemson

The Texans required a second receiving option behind Andre Johnson and they added one of the best prospects in this year's receiving class in Hopkins. The Clemson wideout joins a high-powered offence that features Johnson and Arian Foster. Hopkins has all the tools to be an excellent NFL receiver and should receive plenty of single coverage early in his career.

28. Denver Broncos

Sylvester Williams - DT - North Carolina

While three defensive tackles have gone off the board before him, Williams isn't far off their talent level. Williams is a very good value this late in the first round. Williams is exceptional against the run and is a hard worker in all areas. The Broncos' offence is a well oiled machine, so Williams arrival is a nice infusion of talent for their defence, especially their run defence.

29. Minnesota Vikings (via Patriots)

Cordarrelle Patterson - WR - Tennessee

The Vikings trade back into the first round to make their third pick on the night, selecting a potential impact wide receiver. The Vkings added Greg Jennings in the off-season, but lost Percy Harvin. In an effort to balance their offence and give Christian Ponder more weapons, the Vikings take a raw player, who has ideal size and showed how he can stretch the field in college.

30. St. Louis Rams (via Falcons)

Alec Ogletree - ILB - Georgia

Ogletree comes with some off-field baggage, including a recent arrest for DUI, but the Rams have a strong coach in Jeff Fisher, who isn't afraid to deal with players who have question marks surrounding them. Ogletree has superb speed to go along with explosive tackling ability. An added bonus is that Ogletree has shown glimpses of being a pass rusher as well, and can play inside or outside.

31. Dallas Cowboys (via 49ers)

Travis Frederick - OG/C - Wisconsin

The Cowboys are used to making headlines, but after moving down they select a centre, one of the least glamourous positions in football. Frederick is very strong and can win those battles in tight spaces and the Cowboys are hoping he can solve some of the problems on the interior of their line. Frederick played both guard and centre in college, and the Cowboys need help at both positions.

32. Baltimore Ravens

Matt Elam - S - Florida