Kansas City Chiefs Select Tackle Eric Fisher with Top Pick in 2013 NFL Draft
By Chris Malumphy
With the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs selected tackle Eric Fisher from Central Michigan, the highest player ever drafted from the MAC. Fisher becomes the fourth tackle picked with first choice in NFL Draft joining Jake Long 2008 (Dolphins), Orlando Pace 1997 (Rams), Ron Yary 1968 (Vikings).
The Jacksonville Jaguars used the second pick in the draft to take tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. Fisher and Joeckel become the first pair of tackles to be taken with the top two picks.
The Oakland Raiders traded the third pick in the draft to the Miami Dolphins who took 6-7, 240 defensive end-linebacker Dion Jordan from Oregon. The Raiders received the Dolphins' first round choice (12th) and second round pick (42nd). Oklahoma's Lane Johnson become the third tackle selected when he was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles. Hall of Famer and cover of Madden 25 announced the Detroit Lions draft of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah from Brigham Young.All day long, media speculated that the Cleveland Browns would try to trade up or down, instead they stood pat and drafted defensive end Barkevious Mingo from LSU. Thus, the first six picks of the draft focused on protecting or rushing the passer. The trend continued when the Arizona Cardinals chose guard Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina to protect newly acquired quarterback Carson Palmer.
The St. Louis Rams moved into the 8th spot from 16, swapping picks with the Buffalo Bills, to obtain diminutive speedster Tavon Austin of West Virginia. Austin will operate from the slot replacing Danny Amendola. The Rams gave the Bills a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th round pick and the Bills also gave the Rams a 3rd round choice. Austin became the first skill position player selected in the 2013 Draft breaking the streak of seven consecutive pass rushers or protectors.
The New York Jets will attempt to replace Darrelle Revis with Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner. The Tennessee Titans moved to protect Jake Locker and create holes for Chris Johnson by choosing guard Chance Warmack from Alabama with the 10th pick in the draft. With Warmack's selection, the 2013 Draft marked the first time that five offensive lineman were ever taken in the top 10 picks. The San Diego Chargers picked the 3rd straight member of the Crimson Tide when it picked tackle D.J. Fluker in hopes of protecting quarterback Philip Rivers.
The Oakland Raiders used the 12th pick on defensive back D.J. Hayden from Houston. The New York Jets continued to add to their defense with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from Missouri. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will help shore up the Carolina Panther defensive line. The New Orleans Saints drafted Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.
The most surprising pick of the draft was made by the Buffalo Bills who eschewed Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley to select Florida State multi-talented quarterback E.J. Manuel. The last time the first quarterback lasted to the 16th pick was in 2000 when the New York Jets drafted Chad Pennington with the 18th selection.
True to its word, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not let Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones get past them with the 17th pick. The San Francisco 49ers gave the Dallas Cowboys their first round selection and a 3rd round choice (74th pick) to draft Louisiana State safety Eric Reid to replace Vernon Gholston. The New York Giants picked guard-tackle Justin Pugh from Syracuse. The Chicago Bears moved to improve its offensive line with Kyle Long, Howie's son', who played guard with Oregon.
The Cincinnati Bengals chose tight end Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame with the 21st pick. The Atlanta Falcons sent their 1st, 3rd and 6th round picks to the Rams to move up and take defensive back Desmont Trufant from Washington, who has two brothers already in the league. The Minnesota Vikings found Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle from Florida, fall into their laps--some had thought Floyd could go as high as the 3rd pick in the draft. Defensive end Bjoern Warner from Germany thru Florida State was selected by the Indianapolis Colts. The Green Bay Packers added defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA.
The Houston Texans drafted a complement for Andre Johnson by taking DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver from Clemson. North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams was taken by the Denver Broncos.
The Vikings sent a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th to the Patriots to obtain their third first round pick, Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The Rams drafted linebacker Alec Ogletree from Georgia. The Dallas Cowboys reached to take center Travis Frederick of Wisconsin. The final pick of the first round went to the Super Bowl champion Baltimoe Ravens who picked safety Matt Elam of Florida to replace Ed Reed.
The Minnesota Vikings had three first round picks: DT Sharrif Floyd, DB Xavier Rhodes and WR Cordarrelle Patterson. The St. Louis Rams (WR Tavon Austin and LB Alec Ogletree) and the New York Jets (DB Dee Milliner, DT Sheldon Richardson) each had two picks. Teams with no first round selections were: New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.
Florida State (QB E.J. Manuel, DE Bjoern Warner and DB Xavier Rhodes) had three players selected in the first round as did Alabama (DB Dee Milliner, G Chance Warmack and T D.J. Fluker). Louisiana State (DE Barkevious Mingo and DB Eric Reid) and North Carolina (G Jonathan Cooper and DT Sylvester Williams) had two players drafted in round one.
No running backs were drafted in the first round.
|2013 NFL Draft First Round|
|1||1||1||Eric Fisher||Chiefs||T||Central Michigan|
|1||2||2||Luke Joeckel||Jaguars||T||Texas A&M|
|1||5||5||Ezekiel Ansah||Lions||DE||Brigham Young|
|1||6||6||Barkevious Mingo||Browns||DE||Louisiana State|
|1||7||7||Jonathan Cooper||Cardinals||G||North Carolina|
|1||8||8||Tavon Austin||Rams||WR||West Virgina|
|1||16||16||E.J. Manuel||Bills||QB||Florida State|
|1||18||18||Eric Reid||49ers||DB||Louisiana State|
|1||21||21||Tyler Eifert||Bengals||TE||Notre Dame|
|1||24||24||Bjoern Warner||Colts||DE||Florida State|
|1||25||25||Xavier Rhodes||Vikings||DB||Florida State|
|1||28||28||Sylvester Williams||Broncos||DT||North Carolina|