A couple weeks ago, I talked about how I would draft for the 2013 season if I had to right now. Here is a look back at that.
Note that the biggest issue I brought up was position scarcity. There are at least 15 quarterbacks I’d be fine with as my QB1 next year. There are only a handful of running backs and tight ends…
Here were the first 10 I had already discussed: Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster, Calvin Johnson, Doug Martin, C.J. Spiller, Ray Rice, Jamaal Charles, Robert Griffin III, Marshawn Lynch. Note that if I could go back, I’d take RG3 out thanks to his knee issues.
But we press on with the next 10:
11. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: Gronk has an absurd 38 touchdowns in 43 career games. And he’ll turn just 24 in May.
12. Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints: Graham had a down year thanks to wrist issues and Sean Payton’s absence. Those won’t be issues next year and the tight end position will be just as thin.
13. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: A freakish talent catching passes from Peyton Manning. Can’t fail.
14. LeSean McCoy, RB, Eagles: We don’t know who will be coaching the Eagles, but we do know that McCoy is infinitely better than Bryce Brown and most other backs in the league.
15. A.J. Green, WR, Bengals: Green cooled off late, but he’s still the second best natural talent in the league behind Calvin Johnson.
16. Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: Perhaps Richardson was slowed by his season-long knee issues. Either way, his workload is monstrous and he’s surprisingly strong in the passing game.
17. Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys: Even with a broken finger, Bryant was among the best wideouts in the league over the final two months. The corner has finally been turned.
18-20. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees: I group all these guys together because they are the same. They are a lock to have monster seasons. There is no risk. But they are only late-second round picks because of all the QBs having great seasons these days. More on that later.