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TGS 2013 NFL redraft

So Sheldon Richardson has had one hell of a year with the New York Jets. He's played so well, in fact, that the rookie thinks he'd be the No. 1 overall pick if we could all go back in time. We can't (yet), and so Richardson will forever be referred to as a No. 13 overall selection.

Still, so we're prepared for when the flux capacitor becomes a non-fictional aparatus, we've gone ahead and re-drafted the first round from last April…

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Sheldon Richardson, DL, Missouri 

Richardson has been an absolute menace on the inside of the New York Jets defensive line this season. Playing next to Muhammad Wilkerson has helped. Next to Dontari Poe in Kansas City, on the same front as Tamba Hali and Justin Houston? Frightening.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Larry Warford: OG, Kentucky
Luke Joeckel's broken ankle put a major damper on his rookie season. There's a chance the Jaguars would pick him again, but Larry Warford has proven to be a top-flight guard, which is Jacksonville's weakest offensive line position. 
 
3. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah 
Lotulelei fell in the draft because of a heart condition, but his on-field tape was arguably the best of any prospect in the draft. The Raiders aren't devoid of talent on their defensive interior, but Star is a building block on that side of the ball. 
 
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Keenan Allen, WR, California 
Another injury risk who dropped in the draft. Imagine this yards-after-the-catch stud in Chip Kelly's offense. 
 
 
5. Detroit Lions: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington 
Had Tyrann Mathieu not torn his ACL, he'd be the pick here. Despite the Atlanta Falcons' defensive woes this year, Trufant has looked like an outside corner with a bright future. 
 
6. Cleveland Browns: Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon 
Alonso has been a do-it-all middle linebacker for the Buffalo Bills in his rookie campaign, as he's played every defensive snap. He's made an impact at every level, something D'Qwell Jackson doesn't do on a regular basis anymore. 
 
7. Arizona Cardinals: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Pugh started slowly for the New York Giants, but he's acclimated well to the right tackle spot over the last month or so. Carson Palmer could use more edge protection. 
 
8. Buffalo Bills: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
After the team moved on from Ryan Fitzpatrick, they needed to draft a quarterback. Manuel hasn't been great in 2013, but he's shown glimpses of his potential. 

 
 
9. New York Jets: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Would the Jets have been much worse with Mark Sanchez as the starting signal-caller this season instead of Geno Smith? Patterson is a guy you can get the ball to on high-percentage throws who's dynamite in the open field. 
 
10. Tennessee Titans: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia 
The Titans took a similarly athletic Zaviar Gooden out of Missouri in Round 3 of the 2013 draft, but in hindsight, they would have loved to get their paws on Ogletree. 
 
11. San Diego Chargers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue 
Cam Thomas has been overmatched for most of the season, but Short, originally a Round 2 pick by the Carolina Panthers, has been one of the better run-stopping, block-eating defensive tackles in football as a rookie. 
 
12. Miami Dolphins: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Brown hasn't gotten on the field much in his rookie season in Baltimore, but he possesses all the necessarily talent and polish to emerge as a fine inside linebacker or weakside guy in a 4-3. Free-agent acquisitions Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler have just been average this year.
 
13. New York Jets: Ezekiel Ansah, DL, BYU 
The relatively raw Ansah went No. 5 overall to the Detroit Lions and has eight sacks heading into Week 16. While Rex Ryan would like someone to place directly next to Wilkerson, the upside and pure pass-rushing ability of Ansah would be intriguing. 
 
14. Carolina Panthers: Bennie Logan, DL, LSU
Cam Newton has his Panthers to 10-4, but much of the teams' turnaround has come due to defensive front dominance. With Lotulelei and Short gone, Logan is the next best choice to plug the run and create havoc in the opposition's backfield. 
 
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Saints were desperate for safety help heading into the draft, and Vaccaro remains a vital aspect of their defense. They'd draft him again. 
 
16. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Austin's rookie year fell short of high expectations, but he'll be a great weapon for the next quarterback in St. Louis. (If Brian Schottenheimer is replaced.)
 
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eric Reid, S, LSU 
Troy Polamalu isn't "done," but he's nearing the end of his illustrious career. Reid has been a steady safety for San Francisco this season—essentially, the 49ers haven't really missed Dashon Goldson. 
 
18. Dallas Cowboys: Robert Woods, WR, USC 
In 2013 for the Buffalo Bills, Woods has shown the NFL-readiness that got him drafted in Round 2. The former USC standout "replaces" Terrance Williams in Dallas. 
 
19. New York Giants: Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin 
Considered a "reach" on draft day, Frederick has paid off for Jerry Jones. He's a menacing run-blocker. Maybe he'd make Jason Garrett run the ball more? 
 
20. Chicago Bears: Kyle Long, G, Oregon 
The Bears stay put. Long hasn't been a Pro Bowl-caliber guard in his rookie season, then again, he's flashed often and has helped protect Jay Cutler and Josh McCown this year. Only the Detroit Lions and Denver Broncos have allowed fewer sacks. 
 
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The Bengals want as much skill-position talent around Andy Dalton as possible. Choosing Ertz over Tyler Eifert isn't necessarily a slight to the former Notre Dame star, it's just that Ertz hasn't dealt with as many growing pains this season. 

 
 
22. St. Louis Rams: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame 
Te'o dealt with an injury early in the season that hindered his transition to the NFL. He has been pretty dependable in coverage, though. 
 
23. Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State 
Rhodes is long, lean and physical. He's had some rookie hiccups, but Minnesota likes how he's developed in his first year.
 
24. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Hunter made three catches before Halloween for the Tennessee Titans, but since then, he's made 20 grabs for 296 yards. The Colts desperately need receiver help. 
 
25. Minnesota Vikings: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Sure, he's injured. Badly. But when healthy, Mathieu proved to be a versatile slot cornerback capable of impacting the game in many ways. The Vikings need as much secondary help as possible playing in the NFC North. 
 
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama 
OH NO. The cardinal sin of the NFL draft. Picking a running back in Round 1! Well, the Packers knew they needed a spark on the ground, and Lacy is a legitimate Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate. 
 
27. Houston Texans: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Although Cooper's another injured Cardinal, at 2-12, the Texans are looking toward the future. Cooper demonstrated incredible footwork and power at North Carolina. 
 
28. Denver Broncos: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State 
Slay has actually been somewhat disappointing as a rookie. However, the Broncos need help and an injection of youth in their defensive backfield. 
 
29. New England Patriots: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas 
Tom Brady has done an admirable job with an underwhelming receiving corps this season. Though Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola are similar in size to Marquise Goodwin, New England could use this former Olympian's downfield speed. 
 
30. Atlanta Falcons: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
Lemonier has seen more time on the field thanks to Aldon Smith's off-field transgressions in 2013. While the former Auburn star hasn't been amazing, he'd be a welcomed addition to the Atlanta Falcons, a team with major pass-rushing problems. 
 
31. San Francisco 49ers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame 
Eifert hasn't made the splash many thought he would in Cincinnati, but with his upside his most promising attribute, this feels like a Trent Baalke selection. 
 
32. Baltimore Ravens: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama 

The Ravens have had a nightmare of a time run blocking this season. Ask Ray Rice. Warmack hasn't had the easiest time as a pass-blocker, but he's held his own as a run-blocker.  

Brad Gagnon

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at theScore.com (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin, FoxSports.com, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.

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