2013 NFL Draft Re-do

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2013 NFL Draft

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When looking back on past events, whether a success or a failure, everyone is right when it comes to pure hindsight. Whether it is acknowledging that you were correct in your original decision or second-guessing yourself as to what should have happened, everyone of us is right in finding what worked well and what could have been better.

The NFL Draft re-do is one of sports' best tools in which pundits, media and fans have all the answers in hindsight to the teams that either got it right or completely whiffed on their draft picks.

While we cannot pull a "Back to the Future" and change things that affect future outcomes, these virtual re-dos are the only attempt to reconstruct the past that can, in some instances, provide a clear path for some teams to build on their successes or to react on their failures in an attempt to reverse their misfortune when it comes to the most important process in football year in and year out.

It's impossible to know just how a particular player will pan out prior to actually seeing them face off against NFL competition, but it's a much easier task after they have taken that next step to play against the best of the best.

Each re-do is different compared to others, and the following is my attempt to reconstruct the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft as it happened on April 25, 2013.

Notes: Selections are based off player production in 2013 and potential for players who were stuck in bad situations.

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32. Baltimore Ravens-Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama

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Original pick: Matt Elam, DB, Florida.

Warmack would provide an inside presence for the Baltimore Ravens with the running game that struggled as mightily as it did in 2013>.

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31. Dallas Cowboys-Eric Reid, DB, LSU

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Original pick: Travis Frederick, OL, Wisconsin.

While the Dallas Cowboys selected Frederick to solidify their offensive line, Reid would improve an utterly disastrous secondary that desperately needs athleticism.

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30. St. Louis Rams-D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama

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Original pick: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia.

The St. Louis Rams made a great pick with Georgia's Alec Ogletree.

This time, Alabama's D.J. Fluker improves a struggling offensive line in need of youth and athleticism.

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29. Minnesota Vikings-Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

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Original pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee.

The Minnesota Vikings select Ogletree here. Ignoring the off-field issues that plagued Ogletree coming out of Georgia, the Vikings get a stud linebacker on an aging defense lacking in playmakers.

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28. Denver Broncos-Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

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Original pick: Sylvester Williams, DL, North Carolina.

North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams played sparingly during his initial season with the Denver Broncos. This time around, the Broncos take running back Giovani Bernard to bolster an already potent offense.

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27. Houston Texans-Robert Woods, WR, USC

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Original pick: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson.

DeAndre Hopkins was benched repeatedly for missed assignments and inconsistent play. In Robert Woods, the Texans get a capable wide receiver who makes the tough catches and runs good routes.

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26. Green Bay Packers-Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

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Original pick: Datone Jones, DL, UCLA.

Datone Jones struggled to grasp the sophisticated Dom Capers 3-4 scheme last year and was a non-factor in his rookie season for a porous defense with the Green Bay Packers.

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy shored up a nonexistent running game, bringing balance to the Packers.

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25. Minnesota Vikings-Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama

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Original pick: Xavier Rhodes, DB, Florida State.

Dee Milliner struggled in New York trying to replace Darrelle Revis which no rookie can do. Here in Minnesota, Milliner can play without the added pressure of replacing Revis.

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24. Indianapolis Colts-Travis Frederick, OL, Wisconsin

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Original pick: Bjoern Werner, LB, Florida St.

With how porous the offensive line was the past two years with theIndianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck gets his version of Jeff Saturday who will help a struggling running game and most importantly protect Luck.

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23. Minnesota Vikings-Keenan Allen, WR, California

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Original pick: Shariff Floyd, DL, Florida.

The Vikings get a tall, playmaking receiver here in Allen who can compensate for the iffy quarterback play that was Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel.

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22. Atlanta Falcons-Larry Warford, OL, Kentucky

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Original pick: Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington.

Warford is an immediate upgrade on a struggling offensive line for the Atlanta Falcons. He provides an inside run game presence, clearing holes for power back Steven Jackson.

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21. Cincinnati Bengals-Ezekiel Ansah, DL, BYU

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Original pick: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame.

In Cincinnati, Ansah would not have to start immediately as Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap are ahead of him in the depth chart. He would be groomed to be the next great Bengals pass rusher and possible replacement for Johnson were he to leave in free agency.

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20. Chicago Bears-Kyle Long, OL, Oregon

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Original pick: Kyle Long, OL, Oregon.

The Chicago Bears got it right with Long, who was a mauler on the offensive line. Long helped a previously weak offensive line turn into one of the more improved units in football.

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19. New York Giants-Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse

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Original pick: Justin Pugh, OL, Syracuse.

The New York Giants got this pick right with Pugh. The former Syracuse offensive lineman was a major upgrade on a unit that was aging and lacking in athletic linemen.

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18. San Francisco 49ers-Matt Elam, DB, Florida

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Original pick: Eric Reid, DB, LSU.

Elam would be a playmaker in the back end of the secondary for the San Francisco 49ers.

While Reid was a good pick for the 49ers, Elam would have made the 49ers defense even better in 2013.

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17. Pittsburgh Steelers-Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

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Original pick: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia.

The Pittsburgh Steelers got their pick right in Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was drafted to be the replacement for former defensive player of the year James Harrison. Jones will be the perfect complement to LaMarr Woodley and another young edge rusher that potentially could continue the Steelers' legacy of great linebackers.

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16. Buffalo Bills-Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State

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Original pick: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida St..

North Carolina State quarterback Mike Glennon had a good season on a chaotic Tampa Bay team while Manuel could not stay healthy all season for the Bills.

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15. New Orleans Saints-Kenny Vaccaro, DB, Texas

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Original pick: Kenny Vaccaro, DB, Texas.

The New Orleans Saints end up with the player they wanted all along with Texas defensive back Kenny Vaccaro.

Before being injured late in the 2013 season, Vaccaro was one of the major additions that turned one of the worst defenses in NFL history to one of its best a year later. He was a short list candidate for defensive rookie of the year.

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14. Carolina Panthers-D.J. Hayden, DB, Houston

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Original pick: Star Lotulelei, DL, Utah.

The Carolina Panthers hit the jackpot with Star Lotulelei at No. 14 in the draft. Hayden solidifies a secondary made up mostly of no-name players.

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13. New York Jets-Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

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Original pick: Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri.

While Sheldon Richardson was a Pro-Bowl caliber player in only his first season with the New York Jets, Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert should have been picked by the Jets. Eifert would have helped whoever the Jets' quarterback was with a security blanket that could be counted on to make the tough catches in traffic.

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12. Oakland Raiders-Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

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Original pick: D.J. Hayden, DB, Houston.

The Oakland Raiders get a playmaker on an offense lacking in breakaway players.

Seeing what Patterson did for the Vikings, he would be just as big a playmaker in Oakland as he was in Minnesota.

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11. San Diego Chargers-Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington

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Original pick: D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama.

While Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker filled a major need on the offensive line, Trufant would solidify a weak secondary in a division where the Chargers play Peyton Manning and the combination of Andy Reid and Alex Smith twice a season.

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10. Tennessee Titans-Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon

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Original pick: Chance Warmack, OL, Alabama.

While the Tennessee Titans went with the safest pick in the draft in Chance Warmack, former Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso would have turned a good young defense into a great defense.

Alonso solidifies the middle linebacker position in the Music City.

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9. New York Jets-Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

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Original pick: Dee Milliner, DB, Alabama.

Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei would have played the same role that Richardson did this year with the Jets.

Richardson made a seamless transition as a college 4-3 defensive tackle to an NFL 3-4 scheme. Lotulelei also was a 4-3 college defensive tackle who could do the same thing.

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8. St Louis Rams-Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

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Original pick: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia.

The St. Louis Rams finally got an explosive playmaker in Tavon Austin.

With the impact he made this year without quarterback Sam Bradford, Austin would be even better with a healthy Bradford in replacing departed Danny Amendola.

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7. Arizona Cardinals-Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU

Honey Badger
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Original pick: Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina.

The Arizona Cardinals, although they drafted Tyrann Mathieu in the third round, waste no opportunity here to take the "Honey Badger" with their first pick.

On the field, Mathieu has top-10 talent and was on the short list of candidates for defensive rookie of the year as the day one starting free safety.

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6. Cleveland Browns-Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

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Original pick: Barkevious Mingo, LB, LSU.

In Cleveland, Mingo did not make the impact the Browns expected

In Geno, the Browns get a quarterback who can get the ball to a young and talented set of weapons.

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5. Detroit Lions-Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M

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Original pick: Ezekiel Ansah, DL, BYU.

Texas A&M offensive lineman Luke Joeckel would have started immediately at right tackle with the opportunity to move to left tackle if Riley Reiff struggled.

The musical chairs game that happened last season at the position with Jason Fox and LaAdrian Waddle would now be solidified.

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4. Philadelphia Eagles-Lane Johnson, OL, Oklahoma

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Original pick: Lane Johnson, OL, Oklahoma.

The Philadelphia Eagles got arguably the player who had the highest potential in the draft in Lane Johnson. He was the day one starter at right tackle for one of the most improved units in football, the Eagles' offensive line.

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3. Miami Dolphins-Eric Fisher, OL, Central Michigan

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Original pick: Dion Jordan, DL, Oregon.

Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland makes the smart pick here with Fisher, solidifying an offensive line that would turn to shambles in 2013.

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2. Jacksonville Jaguars-Dion Jordan, DL, Oregon

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Original pick: Luke Joeckel, OL, Texas A&M.

The Jacksonville Jaguars select Jordan, who would immediately play for their under-talented defense. This pick would exercise the ghosts of former draft bust Derrick Harvey.

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1. Kansas City Chiefs-Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri

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Original pick: Eric Fisher, OL, Central Michigan.

The Kansas City Chiefs take the best overall player in the 2013 rookie class in Missouri defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson.

While Eric Fisher was solid on the offensive line for the Chiefs, Richardson would have had more of an impact on defense while plenty of solid offensive linemen were available during the draft.

Players who missed the cut:

Jonathan Cooper

Barkevious Mingo

E.J. Manuel

DeAndre Hopkins

Shariff Floyd

Bjoern Werner

Xavier Rhodes

Datone Jones

Sylvester Williams