The 2013 NFL Draft, otherwise known as the Eric Fisher draft is one of the more disappointing drafts of the 2010’s. Because of this, expect this particular re-draft to be very different from the original. So let’s jump in with the Chiefs.
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- Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Hopkins, WR (Original: Eric Fisher, OT)
Around the end of the 2012 season the Chiefs were in desperate need of receivers, and let’s just say that Dwayne Bowe was not going to end up being the first receiver in that offense. Hopkins would add an incredible amount of excitement, especially because he is (Arguably) the best WR of the 2010’s.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Travis Kelce, TE (Original: Luke Joeckel, OT)
Joeckel as the second overall pick was boring and ultimately failed. Kelce is the best tight end in the league if Gronkowski is injured or coming out of retirement, have fun with that new toy to play with.
- Miami Dolphins: Kyle Long, G (Original: Dion Jordan, DE)
Jordan recaps the most depressing top 3 ever, and is replaced in this redraft with Kyle Long, who for 7 years played with Chicago as one of the best in the game. A great guy to play alongside Mike Pouncey.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson, OT
Johnson turned into the first legitimately good pick of the 2013 NFL draft, and would play the exact same role he did before. Good job by the Eagles for actually drafting a talented player in 2013
- Detroit Lions: Adam Thielen, WR (Original: Ezekiel Ansah, DE)
Ansah was a really good pick here, but he cannot stay on the field due to injury, so let’s go with Thielen. Thielen would play second fiddle to Calvin Johnson for a few years, before eventually obtaining the mantle of receiver one.
- Cleveland Browns: Le’Veon Bell, RB (Original: Barkevious Mingo, DE)
If anyone criticises this pick, then they are very high off of recency bias, for a stretch Bell was one of the best running backs in the league and the Browns would benefit from having him over Trent Richardson.
- Arizona Cardinals: Travis Frederick, C (Original: Jonathan Cooper, G)
When you get a shiny new quarterback in Carson Palmer, your focus should be on keeping him nice and protected, and how better to do that then to give him the best center in the NFL. Sounds like a good idea to me.
- St. Louis Rams: Robert Woods, WR (Original: Tavon Austin, WR)
Austin ended up being a bust at WR, so that leaves the next best option with Robert Woods. Woods is the second most underrated player in the NFL (John Brown is first), and Woods would add that true first receiver that the Rams are looking for, it would just take time.
- New York Jets: Tyrann Mathieu, S (Original: Dee Milliner, S)
As hard as this might be for people to believe, I do not think Dee Milliner would be picked again at the number 9 spot. Mathieu was one of the most dominant secondary players of the 2010’s and would be a game changer in New York.
- Tennessee Titans: Keenan Allen, WR (Original: Chance Warmack, G)
Allen is the next best option at receiver, which was a huge position of need for Tennessee. Allen is always dominant for at least 10 games of the season, but that might honestly be enough to win some extra games.
- San Diego Chargers: David Bakhtiari, OT (Original: DJ Fluker, OT)
Bakhtiari was a late round stud for the Packers, and picked early he could also be a stud for the Chargers. He would be a much better pick than Fluker, who while he was not terrible, is not on Bakhtiari’s level.
- Oakland Raiders: Eric Fisher, OT (Original: DJ Hayden, CB)
And finally, the former first overall pick goes off the board to the Raiders who will use Fisher as a rotational lineman before solidifying him at the offensive tackle position. Fisher would develop into a strong player, even if his start was not as strong.
- New York Jets: Sheldon Richardson, DT
While Richardson might be a clown off the field, his on the field play has been exceptional. If the Jets ended up keeping Richardson, he and Mo Wilkerson could form a dominant tandem.
- Carolina Panthers: Kawaan Short, DT (Original: Star Lotulelei, DT)
Star was a good pick, but Short has been the more consistent player over his career, and I feel that the Panthers would switch up their pick by taking Short at 14 overall. Same position, different player.
- New Orleans Saints: Darius Slay, CB (Original: Kenny Vaccaro, S)
Slay has been an exceptionally good quarterback in New Orleans, and would probably outshine Vaccaro if the Saints were deciding between the two, although I almost did go with Vaccaro the second time around.
- Buffalo Bills: Zach Ertz, TE (Original: EJ Manuel, QB)
Manuel was a bust, cue Ertz to turn around this offense and lead them into a season that gives the Bills some hope. Ertz is a great pick as one of the top 5 tight ends of the 2010’s.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Kiko Alonso, LB (Original: Jarvis Jones, LB)
Jones ended up washing out of the league, while the Steelers grabbed the defensive rookie of the year in Alonso, and even if he is not consistent he will give you some good games.
- San Francisco 49ers: Larry Warford, G (Original: Eric Reid, S)
Warford has been a great lineman for the Lions, and would be a great piece in protecting Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers would have the o-line be one of their strengths in a year where they are in the race for Super Bowl contention.
- New York Giants: Justin Pugh, OL
I love Justin Pugh. He has had an extremely good career that has flown under the radar, and honestly deserves to be in the conversation to be higher up on this list. But I’ll stick him with the Giants again, it isn’t the worst landing spot.
- Chicago Bears: Terron Armstead, OT (Original: Kyle Long, G)
Armstead is also a very solid lineman, and with Kyle Long already off the board he makes sense for the Bears at 20. I really wish Long was still available however because he was a very good pick.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Reed, TE (Original: Tyler Eifert, TE)
It was an easy decision of which injured tight end I wanted to pick, it’s Reed. When Reed has been healthy, he is often the best offensive player on the field. To be honest, I think Reed’s ceiling is higher than many of the players ahead of him on this list, but he just cannot stop getting injured.
- Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB
Trufant might have been a little overrated, but he did give the Falcons years of consistent play. Trufant was let go in a confusing move in 2019, but if the Falcons knew how to run their franchise he would still be playing in the secondary.
- Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Hankins, DT (Original: Sharrif Floyd, DT)
Floyd had a short career, getting injured on the Vikings to such a degree that he never played again, whereas Hankins has been an effective player for the Giants and the Raiders in his career. If the Vikings wanted a good starter, they would have got one in Hankins.
- Indianapolis Colts: Giovani Bernard, RB (Original: Beorn Werner, DE)
Bernard is one of the few players to stay on one team from 2013-2020, and never make a pro bowl, and this is because Bernard is just a consistent 1B or 2. The Colts would add a talent at RB which they desperately need.
- Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, CB
It’s hard not to get caught in recency bias because Rhodes was so awful in 2019, but he was a very consistently good player every year before that. Rhodes is a good steal at 25 for the Vikings, but they should worry about longevity being an issue.
- Green Bay Packers: Jamie Collins, LB (Original: Datone Jones, DE)
Collins has been busy either playing like a monster, or being a huge pain in everybody’s ass. Collins might not be the safe option for longevity, but it would help the Packers add some glue on the defense as they look for players they can cement in their lineup.
- Houston Texans: Geno Smith, QB (Original: DeAndre Hopkins, WR)
Hear me out fellas, Smith’s games in New York were not all terrible, down the stretch in 2014 he actually showed some promise. Additionally, the Texans desperately needed a new quarterback in 2013, with Schaub literally setting records with how many interceptions he was throwing. If Schaub kept up his bad play, the Texans could slot in Smith to start on his journey as an NFL quarterback with Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins to play with. My last point is that we have to remember that Smith was drafted by the most dysfunctional franchise in NFL history, Rex Ryan and John Idzik were not the people who were going to be turning Geno into a franchise quarterback.
- Denver Broncos: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/RB/RS (Original: Sylvester Williams, DT)
Patterson got benched by the Vikings in 2014 and has floated around the league, but he has been incredible as a piece that can move within offense and special teams, playing multiple positions and being one of the best return men in the league. The Broncos could definitely use a piece like that with Peyton Manning.
- Minnesota Vikings: Ezekiel Ansah, DE (Original: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/RB/RS)
Ansah falls all the way to 29 because of his injury concerns, but that means that the Vikings get an absolute steal with their third first round pick. Ansah plays with Danielle Hunter and Everson Griffen on what is soon to become the best defensive line in the NFL.
- St Louis Rams: Tyler Eifert, TE (Original: Alec Ogeltree, LB)
Ogeltree got very overhyped and overrated, and would likely fall to the midway part of the second round. Meanwhile, Eifert would sign with a team that gives Bradford a much better chance than Lance Kendricks was ever going to.
- Dallas Cowboys: Star Lotulelei, DT (Original: Travis Frederick, C)
Unfortunately the best center in the league is no longer available at 31, what a pity. The Cowboys will have to settle for a good defensive player in Lotulelei who would play on the Cowboys for at least 4-5 years as a solid player with Demarcus Lawrence in the coming years.
- Baltimore Ravens: Jack Doyle, TE (Original: Matt Elam, S)
Yeah… Elam was a mistake. Doyle enters as an underrated tight end who will play for the oft injured Dennis Pitta, and the oft terrible Ed Dickson. Doyle would be a key player for years to come on the Ravens.