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.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Reed (TE, Florida) — Same position, better player. Reed would have had 1,000 yards if he had played a full rookie season.
22. St. Louis Rams: Sio Moore (LB, UConn) — Maybe they take Alec Ogletree again, but Moore had a much better rookie season and can rush the passer.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Terrance Williams (WR, Baylor) — They aren’t going to get Cordarrelle Patterson, and Williams played like a first-round receiver in 2013.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Dion Jordan (LB, Oregon) — He wasn’t much better than Bjorn Werner in 2013, but there’s no doubt his ceiling is higher.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Joeckel (OT, Texas A&M) — I’d bet they’d trade this pick, too. But that line dealt with some issues in 2013, and Joeckel would be a steal despite his rookie injury problems.
26. Green Bay Packers: Le’Veon Bell (RB, Michigan State) — Eddie Lacy was too good to be available, but Bell is a solid consolation. Not a bad draft for running backs, considering none actually went in the real Round 1.
27. Houston Texans: Lane Johnson (OT, Oklahoma) — He or D.J. Fluker fix your right tackle problem indefinitely. This is a better pick than Kenny Stills or Barkevious Mingo, but those guys would also make sense.
28. Denver Broncos: D.J. Fluker (OT, Alabama) — The slide finally stops. He’s too good to be a second-rounder, especially after a solid rookie season. Peyton Manning needs the support, and they could have used him with so many injuries up front last year.
29. New England Patriots: Logan Ryan (CB, Rutgers) — Originally a third-round pick, he lands in the same spot but in Round 1. Ryan became one of the game’s top playmaking defensive backs during the second half of his rookie campaign.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Andre Ellington (RB, Clemson) — He averaged 5.5 yards per carry in 2013, and the Falcons had the league’s lowest-ranked running game. Some of these are obvious.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Barkevious Mingo (OLB, LSU) — This is especially the case now that Aldon Smith is a mess. Corey Lemonier could come back as well, but Mingo has more upside.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Tavon Austin (WR, West Virginia) — Kenny Stills did more as a rookie, but we’ll give Austin a break. He wouldn’t have been used much in 2013 anyway and the guy still deserves to be a first-rounder.