We’re back again this week in “Redrafting the Draft” with the 2013 NFL Draft. There is a ton of talent in pass-catchers, offensive linemen, and defensive secondary.
The original draft may have resulted in the worst top-10 in NFL history. There are only three Pro Bowlers in the top 12 picks, two of which are one-timers. Overall, 36 of the players in this draft class have made it to the Pro Bowl, a majority of which are one-timers.
As usual, all draft-day trades have been reversed, as, for instance, the Raiders wouldn’t have traded from 3 to 12 with the likes of Travis Kelce and Keenan Allen still on the board with our hindsight bias.
1) Kansas City Chiefs – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
(Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan)
Things might be different in Kansas Ckty right now if the Chiefs had drafted Hopkins here in 2013 instead of Eric Fisher. But just imagine this offense with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Hopkins (Chiefs wouldn’t end up with Kelce in this scenario). That makes the best offense in the league even better.
2) Jacksonville Jaguars – David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
(Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M)
The Jaguars get a huge upgrade at left tackle in this redraft. Luke Joeckel is arguably the biggest bust from this draft class. Meanwhile, Bakhtiari is the best late-rounder, luckily at the same position for the Jags.
3) Oakland Raiders – Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
(Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon)
Dion Jordan also became a big-time bust, while Kelce is just the opposite. Jordan has the speed coming off the edge that had everyone, especially the Dolphins who traded up to select him on draft day, really excited for his upside. The Raiders get the opportunity to steal one of the best tight ends in the league from heir AFC West division rivals.
4) Philadelphia Eagles – Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
(Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma)
Lane Johnson has been really good for the Eagles, one of the best tackles in the league regardless of the side of the line. But you can’t pass up a premier wide receiver like Keenan Allen in a redraft. Imagine Allen on the Eagles in just 2019 alone.
5) Detroit Lions – Jamie Collins, EDGE, Southern Miss
(Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU)
The Lions desperately needed an edge rusher in this draft and they reached for Ezekiel Ansah, who had great upside but was a very raw prospect. Collins just signed with Detroit this offseason, but I’m sure they would’ve liked him 7 years earlier.
6) Cleveland Browns – Tyrann Mathieu, S, LSU
(Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU)
The entire league missed on Tyrann Mathieu (at least in the first round) due to some character concerns stemming out of LSU. With hindsight, though, the Browns would’ve snatched up Mathieu right here instead of drafting a bust in Barkevious Mingo. Mathieu is one of the best safeties in the league, as well as one of the more versatile safeties.
7) Arizona Cardinals – Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
(Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina)
The Cardinals needed help on their offensive line, but their secondary was also a disaster. It was pretty much empty besides Patrick Peterson, and they can’t count on drafting Mathieu in a later round in this redraft. Darius Slay and Peterson would’ve made one of the most dominant CB pairings in NFL history.
8) Buffalo Bills – Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
(Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia)
The Rams traded up here with the Bills during the draft in 2013 to snag Tavon Austin, who obviously turned out to be a bust. But the Bills also needed receiving help. Without a strong enough receiver in this redraft at 8, the Bills can still land a phenomenal receiving option in Zach Ertz. Arguably the third best TE in the league, Ertz would’ve made this offseason at least competent over the past 7 years.
9) New York Jets – Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota State
(Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama)
The Jets have been struggling to find a true number one receiver for over a decade (the ball is now in Denzel Mims’ court). Dee Milliner is yet another bust in the top 10 from this draft, but Thielen is one of the best undrafted free agents in the NFL in recent memory.
10) Tennessee Titans – Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
(Chance Warmack, G, Alabama)
The Titans clearly needed offensive line help, but they chose the wrong guy. Despite Frederick’s early retirement, I wouldn’t hesitate to draft him here if I’m the Titans. I usually try to pardon early retirements in my redrafts, the logic being different circumstances may lead to a different outcome.
11) San Diego Chargers – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
(D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama)
The Chargers get a huge upgrade at the tackle position in this redraft. Fluker is still hanging around the league, but Lane Johnson is still dominating the position. The Chargers have been searching for a good offensive line for a long time.
12) Miami Dolphins – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
(D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston)
In the original draft, the Dolphins traded up to snag Dion Jordan, which I already mentioned as a bust. Instead, in this redraft they can draft the best remaining defensive player on the board. Rhodes was on his way to becoming one of the best CBs in the league before an abysmal season in 2019 ended with him switching teams in the offseason.
13) New York Jets – Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
(Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri)
The Jets already grabbed a great receiver for Geno Smith (selected one the second round of this draft) to throw to, and now they can get someone to protect him. Armstead is still protecting Drew Brees in one of the best offenses in the league. I’m sure Smith would’ve shown some more improvement in his career with these two offensive pieces added in this draft.
14) Carolina Panthers – Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
(Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah)
The Panthers really needed help on the interior of their defensive line, selecting both Lotulelei and Short I’m back-to-back rounds to start their draft. Lotulelei had a good and promising start to his career, but then he just fizzled out. Short is still dominating on the interior of the Panthers’ defensive line to this day.
15) New Orleans Saints – A.J. Bouye, CB, UCF
(Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas)
Kenny Vaccaro has had a nice career with the Saints and now the Titans, but not great enough to be picked in the top 15 again. Bouye is one of the more underrated CBs in the league and would’ve resulted in a better addition to the Saints’ secondary.
16) St. Louis Rams – Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
(E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State)
In the original draft, the Rams traded up to 8th overall to select Tavon Austin, a bit of a risk at the time. That risk proved to be real, as Austin didn’t produce much in the NFL. On the other hand, the Rams had problems on their offensive line and Warford would’ve had a big hand in fixing that.
17) Pittsburgh Steelers – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
(Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia)
The Steelers wound up with Le’Veon Bell in the second round, but they can’t wait that long this time. We all know how things ended between the Steelers and Bell, but he was one of the best RBs in the league since he was drafted until that missed season over contract disputes. Maybe this time around a deal could be struck that both sides would be happy with.
18) Dallas Cowboys – Kyle Long, G, Oregon
(Eric Reid, S, LSU)
In the original draft, the Cowboys traded back and drafted Travis Frederick, a move that worked out phenomenally for the Cowboys until Frederick’s early retirement this offseason. But with Frederick already off the board, the Cowboys select another interior offensive lineman who retired early this offseason. The same logic prevails here, different circumstances may result in a longer career for Kyle Long.
19) New York Giants – Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
(Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse)
Justin Pugh hah a good start to his career, but he never really developed much as the years went on. The Giants didn’t have any interior defensive linemen long-term, and Brandon Williams has had a great career in Baltimore.
20) Chicago Bears – Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
(Kyle Long, G, Oregon)
The Bears really needed help on their offensive line, but there aren’t any players left on the board of value in this spot. They also needed a CB, however, and Micah Hyde could’ve filled the void. The Bears ended up drafting Kyle Fuller the following year, but pairing them together would’ve resulted in a great duo.
21) Cincinnati Bengals – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
(Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame)
It’s hard to pass on Tyler Eifert because he’s very talented, he just has had so many injury problems. Instead, the Bengals can use this pick to bolster their defensive line. Richardson started off with the Jets playing really well. He then bounced around a few times and still hasn’t found a home. A change of scenery might’ve kept him in Cincinnati to this day.
22) St. Louis Rams – Eric Reid, S, LSU
(Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington)
The Falcons traded up with the Rams to nab Desmond Trufant, who had a great career in Atlanta and now will suit up for the Lions. The Rams didn’t need a CB in this draft, but they definitely could’ve upgraded the safety position. Reid was great early in his career, before getting caught up in the Kaepernick-kneeling controversy. He wasn’t blackballed like Kaepernick, but his talent seems to outweigh the interest teams have in him.
23) Minnesota Vikings – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
(Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida)
The Vikings miss out on Xavier Rhodes in this redraft, but maybe it’s for the best. As mentioned above, Rhodes’ play seemed to fall off a cliff in 2019. Trufant also has a new home for this upcoming season, but he’s been more consistent throughout his career than Rhodes.
24) Indianapolis Colts – Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
(Björn Werner, DE, Florida State)
The Colts missed on Werner, while the Lions missed on Ansah. Although, Ansah was drafted nearly 20 picks earlier than Werner. Hopefully, less expectations for Ansah this time around, and a different setting, would lead to him developing more and reaching a better potential.
25) Minnesota Vikings – Robert Woods, WR, USC
(Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State)
The Vikings also miss out on Adam Thielen in this redraft, going from undrafted to 9th overall to the Jets. Woods is not nearly on Thielen’s level, but after going from Buffalo to Los Angeles, he’s made himself a great number two receiver on the Rams.
26) Green Bay Packers – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
(Datone Jones, DE, UCLA)
The Packers actually had a good receiving corps during this time, but Tight End Jermichael Finley was aging. Eifert has had his injury struggles, but he’s a great tight end without them. They also could’ve used an edge rusher, like they selected with Datone Jones, but this class is pretty weak in that position.
27) Houston Texans – Eddie Lacey, RB, Alabama
(DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson)
Obviously the Texans are the biggest losers in this redraft, but then again they did just trade away Hopkins to the Cardinals this offseason. Either way, they needed help on offense. Eddie Lacey had a fantastic start to his career, making the Pro Bowl and Second-Team All Pro in his rookie season. Then an injury in 2016 seemed to be the undoing of his career, leaving Green Bay after that year to sign a one-year contract with Seattle and never again regaining the impact he once had.
28) Denver Broncos – Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
(Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina)
The Broncos are still searching for talent to add to their offensive line. Fisher is widely considered a bust as the first overall pick in the 2013 draft, but he might’ve fared better as the 28th pick. The expectations wouldn’t have been nearly as high and his production would’ve been viewed as average for his draft spot.
29) New England Patriots – Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
(Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee)
The Vikings ended up trading into this pick to select Cordarrelle Patterson, who never became much more than a great return man. The Patriots selected Logan Ryan with the third round pick they received from Minnesota in that trade, but they have to select him a lot sooner in this redraft. The Patriots didn’t have any long-term solutions at CB, so getting Ryan in this draft was crucial.
30) Atlanta Falcons – Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
(Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia)
The Falcons miss out on Desmond Trufant and every other CB of value in this redraft, but they need to address their secondary. Tony Jefferson somehow went undrafted in this draft, something that still boggles me. And although he’s bounced around a couple of times, he’s one of the most sound safeties in the league. He won’t lead the league in any stat, but he also won’t be a liability on any defense.
31) San Francisco 49ers – Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
(Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin)
The 49ers traded up in this draft to select Eric Reid, and safety is definitely what they needed. Kenny Vaccaro disappointed in what his draft position implied, but he’s still an above average safety. Vaccaro never necessarily had a bad season, in fact, in 2016 he had one of the best seasons among all safeties.
32) Baltimore Ravens – J.C. Tretter, OT, Cornell
(Matt Elam, S, Florida)
The Ravens has some really good pieces on their offensive line with Marshal Yanda and Michael Oher, but they lacked a right tackle to complement them. They ended up trading for Eugene Monroe in the middle of the 2013 season, but they can avoid that with this pick right here. Tretter ended up being more of a guard than tackle in the NFL, but if the Ravens were dedicated to him at right tackle, he could’ve made it work.