2013 NFL Draft Order: Teams That Must Address Defense with Top-10 Pick

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner (28) against the LSU Tigers during a game at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Teams that failed to make the NFL playoffs won't be playing any more games this year, but they can begin preparing for the 2013 NFL draft.

The top 20 picks of the draft are set in stone. The rest of the selection order will be laid out as playoff games are played and teams fall out of the Super Bowl race.

Knowing your pick is valuable. It allows you time to plan ahead and figure out your biggest needs before pre-draft workouts and the NFL combine get underway.

Some team needs are obvious already though. A few franchises cannot afford to pass on the best defensive player when their top 10 pick comes around.

Detroit Lions

The Lions, even with only Calvin Johnson operating on the outside, can still pass the ball as well as anyone. The team's run game still lacks explosiveness, but the offense still scores points.

Defensive help is the only option here, and it has to come in the secondary. 

Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner would be the ideal fit here. He's not an elite prospect, but he's very good against both the pass and the run. The Lions need help in both areas, but they really need his help covering athletic receivers on the outside.

Detroit doesn't have a choice here. Taking another defensive player could be tempting, but this team won't go anywhere if it can't stop teams from picking up big chunks of yards through the air.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars missed out on the No. 1 pick in the draft, but that doesn't mean they can't still get the best defensive player available.

Jacksonville only mustered 18 sacks this season. With pass-rushers like Bjoern Werner or Jarvis Jones ready to come off the board early on, that seems like the direction that the Jaguars should go in with their first pick.

It will be tempting for the Jaguars to select an offensive lineman with this pick, but they must ignore that notion. This franchise desperately needs excitement, and a dynamic presence off the edge will make a major difference next season.

The Jaguars will probably not contend next season either way, but they have to start somewhere. Werner or Jones would both be able to make an impact next season, or someone else could rise up the draft board by the time the draft rolls around too.

Tennessee Titans

The Titans have a few talented players on the offensive side of the ball, but the defense needs a lot of work.

It's hard to tell how their pick will wind up here. The first nine picks of the draft could go several different directions, which will impact how the Titans can approach this pick.

But it definitely has to be defense. It could be an interior defensive lineman like Jonathan Hankins or John Jenkins, or it could be someone in the secondary. Even taking Manti Te'o at this point wouldn't be a bad idea.

Tennessee has the potential to improve next season, but it must make more plays on the defensive side of things. If things stay the way that they are on that side of things, this team will continue to tread water.

The draft is usually unpredictable, so it's hard to say which player will be here, but Tennessee has no choice but to select a defensive player here.

*Draft order courtesy of CBS' Dane Brugler

1 Kansas City
2 Jacksonville
3 Oakland
4 Philadelphia
5 Detroit
6 Cleveland
7 Arizona
8 Buffalo
9 NY Jets
10 Tennessee
11 San Diego
12 Miami
13 Tampa Bay
14 Carolina
15 New Orleans
16 St. Louis
17 Pittsburgh
18 Dallas
19 NY Giants
20 Chicago


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