2013 NFL Draft Projections: Teams That Will Add a Receiver in the First Round

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2013

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 30:  Jeff Fisher head coach of the St. Louis Rams in the second half against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
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Each and every team in the 2013 NFL draft has its specific needs to address, but there are some squads who will look to improve their respective receiving corps in the first round.

Whether a team is set to lose a top receiver in free agency, or is sorely lacking depth at the position, the draft is a great way to find an impact player who can contribute for years to come.

Let's take a look at some NFL teams that will be looking to upgrade at the receiver position in the first round of the draft.


Miami Dolphins (No. 12)

Ryan Tannehill had a solid rookie campaign for the Dolphins, but it's no secret he could use some more weapons to throw the ball to. Miami finished with the No. 26 passing attack in the NFL, which isn't a good thing in today's passing league.

Brian Hartline was the team's leading receiver in 2012, but he only surpassed the 100-yard mark three times and wasn't much of a big play receiver for the Dolphins. Davone Bess finished second on the team in receiving yards, but he is more of a complementary receiver than anything else.

What Miami needs is a receiver on the outside with great size, speed and overall ability to make big plays. While navigating this year's group of receivers won't be easy, the Dolphins should be able to land themselves a stud in the first round.

Projected Pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee


St. Louis Rams (No. 22 - From Washington Redskins)

The Rams will likely use their first of two picks in the opening round of the draft to address the many offensive line issues they have, but after that, the receiving corps should be a major focus.

Sam Bradford's career has gotten off to a rocky start, but that can't be blamed entirely on the 25-year-old. Besides a dreadful and often injured offensive line, Bradford has had few options to throw the ball to during his tenure in St. Louis.

But the excuses for Bradford's struggles are running thin and it's time the Rams surround him with some weapons to throw the ball to. The Rams could either go with a receiver with this pick, or a tight end would certainly make sense as well.

Regardless, this team will be adding some playmakers to their offense at some point in this draft and the No. 22 overall selection seems like the right place to do it.

Projected Pick: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame


Minnesota Vikings (No. 23)

Christian Ponder appears to be this team's quarterback for the foreseeable future, so it makes sense that the Vikings start adding some pieces around him to go along with Adrian Peterson.

Percy Harvin was by far this team's best playmaker not named Peterson, but there is no guarantee that Harvin returns for the 2013 season. With that being said, Minnesota has a potentially gaping hole to fill during the offseason.

Even if Harvin does return, the Vikings still need to add some pieces to their receiving corps in order to help Ponder and improve on their No. 31 passing attack from last season.

Just imagine if the Vikings could actually throw the ball with success and hand the ball to Peterson as well, that would make Minnesota a force to be reckoned with on the offensive side of the ball.

Projected Pick: Keenan Allen, WR, California