With a 2-14 record, the Chiefs have the first overall pick for the first time in franchise history. And with an abysmal offensive display in 2012, quarterback will be the top need for the Chiefs this offseason.
In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Dolphins top need was at quarterback, but with the No. 1 overall selection, Miami decided to go with the "safe" pick (left tackle Jake Long), passing on Matt Ryan.
Fast-forward to the present and the Chiefs will face a similar conundrum, go with the reliable left tackle prospect (Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher) or is there a quarterback the decision-makers at Arrowhead feel is worthy of the No. 1 overall pick?
With free agency on the nearby radar, the direction each team will take in the 2013 NFL Draft should become clearer over the coming weeks.
1. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -- ERIC FISHER, OT, CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Most are projecting Geno Smith or Luke Joeckel to the Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick, but Eric Fisher is just as likely a possibility here. Following up his strong performance in Mobile, Fisher pushed the envelope even further with an excellent few days in Indianapolis at the 2013 NFL Combine.
2. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS -- DION JORDAN, DE/LB, OREGON
New Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley will be on the lookout for a versatile pass rusher that he can plug into the "Leo" pass rusher position in his defense. Jordan has some questions about his durability and bulk, but his versatility and athleticism makes him worthy of this selection.
3. OAKLAND RAIDERS -- SHARRIF FLOYD, DT, FLORIDA
The Raiders need help in several areas, most importantly at quarterback, but do they reach for one with this pick or are they content with Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor for the short-term? With Richard Seymour and others set to hit free agency, Oakland needs to get stronger on the defensive line, drafting Floyd would be a great start.
4. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES -- LUKE JOECKEL, OT, TEXAS A&M
Just like other positions on the Eagles depth chart, offensive tackle looked to be a strength, but injuries have really taken a toll on this team. Although Jason Peters injury situation will be a factor in Philadelphia choosing a tackle, Joeckel has the chance to grow into one of the NFL's most consistent blockers.
5. DETROIT LIONS -- DEE MILLINER, CB, ALABAMA
What is the Lions' greatest need, defensive end or cornerback? The answer is debatable, but if they decide to lean towards the secondary, Milliner would be a great fit with his tough, instinctive ability to blanket opposing receivers.
6. CLEVELAND BROWNS -- BARKEVIOUS MINGO, DE/LB, LSU
With the Browns transitioning to a hybrid 3-4 defensive scheme under new coordinator Ray Horton, there is a more-than-good chance that this pick is defense. Mingo doesn't have a strong resume, but his skill-set and athletic upside pushes his value up draft boards.
7. ARIZONA CARDINALS -- GENO SMITH, QB, WEST VIRGINIA
With a new general manager and head coach in Phoenix, the Cardinals are a wildcard at this pick, especially with their uncertainty at the quarterback position. If Smith is still on the board here, Arizona might not be able to pass him up, giving Bruce Arians a talented quarterback he can build his offense around.
8. BUFFALO BILLS -- CORDARRELLE PATTERSON, WR, TENNESSEE
With new head coach Doug Marrone in Buffalo, his former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib makes a lot of sense for the Bills, but this pick is just too early for him. The Bills need help on defense, but they also need to find an explosive weapon to pair with Stevie Williams and Patterson can be that guy.
9. NEW YORK JETS -- EZEKIEL ANSAH, DE/LB, BYU
The Jets need a lot of help in several areas, mostly on offense, including the quarterback position. But the Jets have struggled to put pressure on the opponents' backfield and Ansah provides position versatility to line up all over the defensive front-seven.
10. TENNESSEE TITANS -- CHANCE WARMACK, OG, ALABAMA
As a former offensive lineman who was drafted in the top-10, Titans head coach Mike Munchak will undoubtedly be impressed with Warmack and with the future of both their starting guards (LeRoy Harris, Steve Hutchinson) in doubt, the Tide guard make sense here.
11. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS -- LANE JOHNSON, OT, OKLAHOMA
The Chargers have questions at both tackle spots and while they hope Jared Gaither is part of the solution, his durability remains to be a concern. Johnson has steadily climbed draft boards over the past eight months and won't last long in the first round with his natural skill-set.
12. MIAMI DOLPHINS -- SHELDON RICHARDSON, DT, TEXAS A&M
The Dolphins have needs in the secondary and on the offensive line, but even with 2012 Pro Bowl defensive tackle Randy Starks franchise-tagged, with Sheldon Richardson still on the board, the Dolphins might have a tough time passing on the athletic big man.
13. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -- XAVIER RHODES, CB, FLORIDA STATE
The Buccaneers need to continue and rebuild the defense and might not return either of their starting cornerbacks from last season. Rhodes has imposing size for the position and plays with the aggressiveness and quickness to be a true bump-and-run corner in the NFL.
14. CAROLINA PANTHERS -- STAR LOTULELEI, DT, UTAH
The interior of the Panthers' defensive line has been a question mark since Kris Jenkins left in 2007 and, ironically, Carolina hasn't invested a top-50 draft pick on a defensive tackle since Jenkins over a decade ago. Floyd is an athletic, fiery player who is still developing in several areas, but his pro potential is off-the-charts.
15. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS -- JARVIS JONES, OLB, GEORGIA
The Saints are transitioning to a 3-4 defensive scheme and new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will bang the table for the Saints to draft a pass rusher here. Jones is a natural fit as a stand-up pass rusher and although he has some flaws, his ability to disrupt the pocket is a coveted attribute.
16. ST. LOUIS RAMS -- KENNY VACCARO, S, TEXAS
The Rams upgraded their cornerbacks last season through free agency (Cortland Finnegan) and the draft (Janoris Jenkins), but still need help at safety. In 2007 with the Titans, Jeff Fisher drafted a Texas safety in the top-20 (Michael Griffin), it wouldn't be surprising if it happens again in St. Louis this year.
17. PITTSBURGH STEELERS -- DAMONTRE MOORE, DE/OLB, TEXAS A&M
The Steelers need to get younger and faster on defense and will be looking or another pass rusher to add to the fold. Moore might be most natural as a pass rush linebacker and although he needs time to develop and get stronger, he has the motor that will work in Pittsburgh.
18. DALLAS COWBOYS -- JONATHAN COOPER, OG, NORTH CAROLINA