Impact Players in the 2013 NFL Draft
NFL Betting Trends- Impact Players in the 2013 NFL Draft
Later this month the NFL will conduct its annual college player draft with the first round set for Thursday, April 25 followed by the second round on Friday and rounds 3-7 on Saturday afternoon. All told, there will be over 200 players selected and every single one of them will be hoping for a chance to make their presence in the league felt from Day 1.
The reality is that only a handful of these players will make any kind of impact with their new team right off the bat and a good majority of them will have their hands full just trying to make a career out of playing in the NFL. Last season’s draft was an exception to the rule with three quarterbacks (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson) leading their new team to the playoffs despite the fact that none of the three teams were expected to finish higher than third or fourth in their division.
Looking ahead to this year’s draft, it is hard to find any player that could have that kind of impact next season, but there are a few that could step right into a starting role on opening day and definitely make their team much more competitive.
Offensive linemen have dominated the top of the draft over the past several years and for good reason. If you cannot run the ball and protect your quarterback on passing downs, you will not win too many games. This why many of the draft experts have tackles Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher along with Alabama guard Chance Warmack going in the first five picks of the draft. Any of these three players will fill a major hole for whichever team selects them, and while their impact may not show up on your fantasy league point standings, they could actually help a team such as Kansas City or Philadelphia cover the spread in a few more games than it did last season.
Quality linemen on either side of the ball are in such high demand that 14 are listed as part of NFLDRAFTSCOUT.com’s most recent Top 25 player list. The prized defensive lineman of this year’s draft should be Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who is ranked as the fourth-best player overall. Defensive end’s Bjoern Werner from Florida State, Oregon’s Dion Jordan and BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah comprise three of the spots on the list from six to 10.
If you are looking for a high impact player that does not play on the line, the pick of the draft could be Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, who is listed as the fifth-best overall player in this year’s crop. Cordarrelle Patterson from Tennessee is one of just two wide receivers listed in the top 25 at No. 11 with West Virginia’s Tavon Austin holding down the No. 18 spot on the list.
Speaking of the Mountaineers, the first quarterback on the list at No.9 is Geno Smith, whose stock continues to rise as we get closer and closer to the Chiefs being officially on the clock. Smith is reportedly drawing some serious interest from new Kansas City head coach Andy Reid, who had a long and successful run with Donovan McNabb after taking him with the second overall pick in 1999 when he took over as the new skipper with the Eagles. Ironically enough, if Reid decides to pass on Smith, his replacement in Philadelphia, Chip Kelly is reportedly lobbying hard to make him his team’s top pick at No.4 overall.
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