2013 NFL Draft

The New York Times

Scott Hoppes, News Reporter

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…And for the first pick of the 2013 Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs have chosen Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher from Central Michigan University.

This year’s draft began Thursday at 8 p.m. eastern time. The NFL Draft is where teams choose the top players in NCAA football and move them to the next level. The order teams choose is determined by how well they did the previous season. The team with the worst record gets the No. 1 pick and the Superbowl winning team receives the No. 32 pick. This way, the team with the worst record the previous season now has the opportunity to choose the best incoming college player.  However, teams can trade spots with other teams for spots later in any of the seven rounds.

Fisher as the first pick was not any surprise to a draft analyzer as Fisher remained the No. 1 pick in the majority of the mock drafts. Nor was the No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel, who had an impressive season with Texas A&M as the Offensive Tackle.

For the No. 3 spot, the Oakland Raiders gave the choice to the Miami Dolphins who in turn gave them two picks. The Dolphins selected Oregon Defensive End Dion Jordan, who was considered one of the top available pass rushers in the draft because of his speed on the outside.

Last year, the first two overall picks were quarterbacks (Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III) and two more drafted later in the first round. This year, EJ Manuel from Florida State was the only QB chosen in the opening round. This was a large surprise because West Virginia’s QB Geno Smith was not chosen at all even though he was considered the top QB available for much of the pre-draft season. He was later selected No. 39 overall in the second round by the Jets.

Also, USC’s Matt Barkley would have been a first round draft pick if he entered the 2012 Draft when he was viewed as one of the elite NCAA QBs. But after a rough season and an injury at the end, most say he would have been better off getting drafted a year earlier. Barkley was joined by Notre Dame Linebacker, Manti Te’o, as he headed into the second round hoping he would be picked up soon. Te’o’s hopes came true as he was drafted No. 38 overall in the second round right before Smith.

The 2013 Draft was not kind to Barkley as he was forced to wait until the first pick of the forth round. His decision to play another year at USC proved to be very unwise.

The draft’s first round was full of trades, many suprises, and much faith put into the new players of each franchise. Hopefully, each player will do well for his new team, but that is quite often not the case. Many past top picks such as Jamarcus Russell (drafted No. 1 by the Raiders in 2007) have failed miserably in the NFL. On the other hand, many average college players became superstars in the NFL. All football fans have high expectations for this year’s draft picks and they can prove themselves on Sept. 5, the beginning of the 2013 NFL season.

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