Because hindsight makes us smartasses, here’s how the 2013 NFL draft should have gone down based on what’s happened the last 12 months.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Keenan Allen (WR, Cal) — Seriously. Eric Fisher struggled a lot. They could have kept Branden Albert, and Allen looks like he’ll be a star for a long time to come. They need support from Dwayne Bowe.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sheldon Richardson (DT, Missouri) — Clearly the best defensive rookie in the league this year. Luke Joeckel was sidelined for most of the season.
3. Oakland Raiders: Kiko Alsonso (LB, Oregon) — He has the ability to transform that defense.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Cordarrelle Patterson (WR, Tennessee) — If only they knew what was going to happen to Jeremy Maclin in 2013 and DeSean Jackson in 2014….
5. Detroit Lions: Larry Warford (G, Kentucky) — You rarely see a guard go this early, but Warford is one of the best in the league. He goes to Detroit again, but in the first round instead of the third.
6. Cleveland Browns: Eddie Lacy (RB, Alabama) — Of course, they’d never go down the early back path again. Just saying it makes a lot of sense here.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Frederick (C, Wisconsin) — Funny because many saw him as a reach at the bottom of Round 1. He’d have shored up the middle of that shaky line immediately.
8. Buffalo Bills: Eric Reid (S, LSU) — More of a best available pick. Reid could have been Jairus Byrd’s replacement. He had a Pro Bowl rookie season.
9. New York Jets: Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington) — Thinking cornerback might have been smart, but they got the wrong guy. This kid has shutdown corner written all over him after a great rookie campaign in Atlanta.
10. Tennessee Titans: Star Lotulelei (DT, Utah) — The kid was one of the best run stuffers in the league last year. He could have started from the get-go on that line. Definitely an upgrade over Chance Warmack.