If you had a high draft pick in 2013, chances are you wasted the selection. The 2013 NFL Draft was considered one of the worst draft classes ever in 2013 and the class has certainly lived up to the billing with no franchise quarterback available and high bust rate. Now, armed with a time machine, here’s how the draft would shake out today:
1. Kansas City Chiefs – David Bakhtari (OT/Colorado)
The Chiefs struggled in 2012, but their overall team really wasn’t that bad, they just needed a few pieces to be competitive. One of those positions was left tackle and Kansas City used their top pick on Eric Fisher, a tackle who hasn’t been bad in his NFL career, but will never live up to the hype of being a No. 1 overall draft pick. Bakhtari, on the other hand, was a Day 3 selection, going 109th overall to Green Bay. Bakhtari was named second-team All-Pro last season and has been the best tackle in the NFL this year, allowing just 11 total pressures and only one sack.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Le’Veon Bell (RB/Michigan State)
In 2013, Maurice Jones-Drew was on the downswing of his career. With no obvious replacement on the roster, Jacksonville signed Toby Gerhart to a ridiculous contract in the 2014 offseason, a deal that obviously was never going to work. Instead, they now land their new workhorse back who is lethal both as a runner and receiver.
3. Miami Dolphins – Ezekiel Ansah (DE/BYU)
Looking for another edge rusher to take some pressure off of the then 31-year-old Cameron Wake, Miami took Dion Jordan third overall only for him to become a colossal bust. He played 26 games between 2013-14 before missing all of 2015 and 2016 while serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Ansah was selected two picks later by Detroit and he has 41.0 career sacks and was name to the 2015 second-team All-Pro.
4. Philadelphia Eagles – A.J. Bouye (CB/UCF)
This is more or less a testament to how truly bad this draft class was, only one first-round pick has gone in the top four, a fourth rounder went first overall and now an undrafted player goes fourth. Lane Johnson has certainly been a good right tackle for Philadelphia, but I think if given the opportunity, they would rather have a shutdown corner.
5. Detroit Lions – Xavier Rhodes (CB/Florida State)
Detroit has a number of options here, especially with their original pick, Ezekiel Ansah, already being selected. Detroit landed Darius Slay in this draft, who has been a fine cornerback, but Rhodes has been better.
6. Cleveland Browns – DeAndre Hopkins (WR/Clemson)
Josh Gordon broke out in 2013, but then spent most his career suspended. Even if he stayed on the field, adding Hopkins could have given a lethal set of wide outs for any quarterback who comes to Cleveland.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Lane Johnson (OT/Oklahoma)
Arizona took Jonathan Cooper, but their overall offensive line was a bit of a mess in 2013. Adding Johnson would create some stability at right tackle.
8. St. Louis Rams – Keenan Allen (WR/California)
The Rams moved up to take Tavon Austin, an undersized wideout who was nothing more than an X factor under Jeff Fisher and a guy who was completely phased out in Sean McVay’s offense. Now, they grab a legitimate weapon for Sam Bradford.
9. New York Jets – Sheldon Richardson (DT/Missouri)
New York botched their first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft when they took Dee Milliner, but they nailed the Richardson selection. They have a chance to get him again, but they will need to use their top pick. Richardson earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2013.
10. Tennessee Titans – Kyle Long (G/Oregon)
Tennessee originally took Chance Warmack, a guard who was looked at as a sure-thing prospect and someone who could be a mainstay on the Titans offensive line. Instead, he was, like many picks in this draft, a complete bust. Long has dealt with a slew of injuries lately, but he has been the best guard in this class, making three Pro Bowls and being named to the second-team All-Pro in 2014.
11. San Diego Chargers – Eric Fisher (OT/Central Michigan)
Fisher went No. 1 in 2013, but in the re-draft, he slides down a bit. Offensive line woes have been an issue for quote some time for the Chargers, but Fisher would provide some solidity.
12. Oakland Raiders – Tyrann Mathieu (DB/LSU)
“Honey Badger” was an absolute gamer in college, and was even a Heisman Finalist, but character concerns left him out of the first round on draft day. However, he left those issues behind in college and was a steal in the third round for Arizona. He made first-team All-Pro in 2015 and functions as both safety and nickelback for the Cardinals.
13. New York Jets – Darius Slay (CB/Mississippi State)
New York completely whiffed on Dee Milliner, but this overall cornerback class wasn’t bad. Slay made the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career this year after tying for the NFL lead in interceptions.
14. Carolina Panthers – Kawann Short (DT/Purdue)
Carolina double-dipped at defensive tackle in the first two round of the draft in 2013, but the latter player selected has proven to be far much better. Short was named second-team All-Pro in 2015 and if Carolina wants to retain him, they would need to be forced to take him sooner in the re-draft.
15. New Orleans Saints – Jamie Collins (LB/Southern Miss)
Defensive woes have plagued New Orleans pretty much since the minute Drew Brees came to town. Kenny Vaccaro was taken in 2013 and had a solid rookie campaign, but was never ever able to replicate that performance. Now, New Orleans has the chance to land an All-Pro linebacker.
16. Buffalo Bills – Travis Kelce (TE/Cincinnati)
Buffalo was in bad shape for this draft as they desperately needed a quarterback but nobody was worth a first round draft pick. They originally took E.J. Manuel, the first signal caller taken in the draft, because they liked his arm strength in Buffalo’s winter elements. Unfortunately, he couldn’t do much else. This time around, they upgrade their offense by adding Kelce, who has become one the top tight ends in the NFL.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Desmond Trufant (CB/Washington)
Pittsburgh’s original selection, Jarvis Jones, isn’t even on an NFL roster at the moment. To make matters worse, in this draft, Le’Veon Bell wouldn’t be available for them. Trufant, who made the Pro Bowl in 2015, would help plug up a leaky secondary.
18. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid (S/LSU)
Finally, a team that would repeat their first round pick. Reid was awful in 2016, but returned to form this year and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie.
19. New York Giants – Travis Frederick (C/Wisconsin)
Frederick was a reach when Dallas took him towards the end of the first round, as he was viewed as a second day talent at the time, but he has definitely shown he is a superior talent, making four Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams. The only reason why he’s even lasted this long is because of his position. New York would upgrade from Kevin Boothe, who was at the end of his career in 2013.
20. Chicago Bears – Larry Warford (G/Kentucky)
Chicago took Kyle Long in 2013, but they lose out on him in the re-draft. Warford has had a solid, albeit quiet career.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Zach Ertz (TE/Stanford)
Tyler Eifert has been a scoring machine for Cincinnati, but he can never stay on the field. This time around, Cincinnati takes a red zone target with a better track record when it comes to health.
22. Atlanta Falcons – Micah Hyde (S/Iowa)
The secondary was a clear issue for the Falcons in 2013 as they used their top two draft picks on a cornerback. This is a bit too early for Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant has already been selected, but Micah Hyde has had a career year and would have been an upgrade at safety.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Star Lotulelei (DT/Utah)
Sharrif Floyd was a solid player who slid in the draft due to concerns over his arm length, but with his career in jeopardy, Minnesota would think twice about taking him again. Lotulelei may have had as much success as teammate Kawann Short, but he is still a solid defender.
24. Indianapolis Colts – Latavius Murray (RB/UCF)
Bjoern Werner was a complete bust at the NFL level. If Indianapolis takes a running back here, they don’t ship a first rounder to Cleveland for Trent Richardson. Eddie Lacy and C.J. Anderson could be options here too and Lacy has had the better career, but he bottomed out in 2017. Murray is also reliable in the red zone.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Logan Ryan (CB/Rutgers)
Ryan is a downgrade from Xavier Rhodes, who they originally took with this pick, but a quality player nonetheless. Originally taken in the third round, he has clearly played above his draft value.
26. Green Bay Packers – C.J. Anderson (RB/California)
Green Bay took Eddie Lacy in the second round originally and could very well select him here, but he nearly ate his way out of the league. Anderson would provide a more consistent option.
27. Houston Texans – Eddie Lacy (RB/Alabama)
The weight concerns are obvious, but when he’s in shape, Lacy provides a team with a bruising back who can punch it in from the goal line. He would play second fiddle to Arian Foster, but 2013 was the beginning of Foster’s health issues.
28. Denver Broncos – Giovani Bernard (RB/North Carolina)
Knowshon Moreno had a career year in 2013, but he was in the final year of his contract. Denver selected Montee Ball in this draft and signed C.J. Anderson as an undrafted free agent.
29. Minnesota Vikings – Adam Thielen (WR/Minnesota State)
Thielen was signed by the Vikings as an undrafted free agent and went from being a practice squad player to a Pro Bowler. This time around, Minnesota won’t have a choice but to use one of their first round picks to keep him.
30. St. Louis Rams – Johnathan Cyprien (S/FIU)
The Rams had a pair of young, solid cornerbacks in Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins, but their safeties weren’t as appealing. Cyprien finally turned it on over the past two years.
31. Dallas Cowboys – J.C. Tretter (C/Cornell)
Originally drafted as a tackle, Tretter found his home in the NFL as a center. He is nowhere near Travis Frederick’s level, but there are worse consolation prizes out there.
32. Baltimore Ravens – Jordan Reed (TE/Florida)
Tight end has long been an issue for the Ravens and another injury-prone one may not be helpful, but he is a far superior talent over Crockett Gillmore, Maxx Williams or Dennis Pitta.