A Look at the 2013 NFL Draft
When looking at the 2013 NFL Draft, teams towards the top of the board surely wish they could go back in time and choose differently. The dreaded “bust” label unfortunately hit multiple players within the Top-10 — as well as all throughout the first round in general.
This piece will best attempt to re-draft the first 32 picks based upon the success of the players within this draft class. It will be a case of picking the best player available on the board — and not necessarily the best fit from an individual team perspective.
32. LB Manti Te’o — Baltimore Ravens
Original Spot For Te’o: 38th Overall (San Diego Chargers)
Original 32nd Pick: DB Matt Elam
Te’o has proven himself to be a fundamentally sound middle linebacker — and one who’s done much better in coverage than many previously thought he’d be. Te’o’s intuitiveness allows for him to attack the line of scrimmage with effectiveness. He’s also a player possessing very good leadership traits. Te’o’s 2016 season was unfortunately lost due to a torn achilles. Now with the Saints, he’ll try and bounce back to his prior level.
31. DB Johnathan Cyprien — Dallas Cowboys
Original Spot For Cyprien: 33rd Overall (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Original 31st Pick: OL Travis Frederick
Though he’s flown under-the-radar in Jacksonville, Cyprien has quietly established himself as one of the better young safeties in the game. He’s averaged 85 tackles per season up to this point. Though he’s a strong safety by trade, Cyprien’s mobility and physicality enables him to play closer to the box in more of a hybrid safety/outside linebacker role. With the exotic nature of many NFL offenses today, Cyprien’s versatility allows for him to be a three-down player.
30. Eddie Lacy — St. Louis Rams
Original Spot For Lacy: 61st Overall (Green Bay Packers)
Original 30th Pick: LB Alec Ogletree
There have been times in which Lacy’s looked like a potential Top-10 pick. There have also been moments when the former Alabama star appeared to be on the cusp of complete obscurity. As a rookie, Lacy was fantastic. He rushed for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns, and also caught 35 passes for 257 yards. He was not only a Pro Bowl selection, but was also named as the 2013 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Lacy followed this year up with another 1,000+ yard season. Since then, his weight has become a big issue, to the point where Green Bay let him go. Assuming he can get his conditioning under control, Lacy can still be a force in this league.
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