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Published: April 28, 2013 at 03:51 p.m.
Updated: April 29, 2013 at 10:45 p.m.

2013 bold rookie predicions

The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, and here are 32 bold predictions for this year’s rookie class.

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  • Arizona Cardinals 32

    Jon Eilts/Associated Press

    Arizona Cardinals

    Carson Palmer will become frustrated with Ryan Swope, whom he constantly overthrows because the rookie wide receiver is just way too fast.

  • Atlanta Falcons 31

    Atlanta Falcons

    Desmond Trufant, who chose No. 21 in Atlanta, ends up playing just like Deion Sanders! No, I meant Leon Sandcastle.

  • Baltimore Ravens 30

    Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

    Baltimore Ravens

    New safety Matt Elam makes Ravens fans forget about Ed Reed, both on the field and in the awesome beard department.

  • Buffalo Bills 29

    David Duprey/Associated Press

    Buffalo Bills

    EJ Manuel becomes the starter for the Bills. Kevin Kolb reaches out to Matt Flynn about starting a support group for disgruntled quarterbacks. Neither return the calls from Mark Sanchez.

  • Carolina Panthers 28

    Chuck Burton/Associated Press

    Carolina Panthers

    Star Lotulelei becomes a big, uh, star (what's a better adjective?) for the Panthers, and his jersey becomes a best seller, as well as the jerseys with his name misspelled.

  • Chicago Bears 27

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    Chicago Bears

    Kyle Long and Jay Cutler get off to a rough start when the quarterback tells his newest blocker he's never seen "Broken Arrow". Kyle confesses nobody in the Long household watched it, either.

  • Cincinnati Bengals 26

    Al Behrman/Associated Press

    Cincinnati Bengals

    NFL Network re-launches the NFL Superstar competition. Margus Hunt is the Bengals' ringer in the shot-put competition.

  • Cleveland Browns 25

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    Cleveland Browns

    Newspaper editors around Cleveland can't wait to work in "Bark" puns when talking about the Dawg Pound. Barkevious Mingo becomes a star for the Browns, who challenge for a playoff spot.

  • Dallas Cowboys 24

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    Dallas Cowboys

    The Cowboys need a ton of help on the defensive line. So they drafted a center. I think we can tell where this season is headed for the Cowboys. Oh, and no matter what, this is absolutely going to be Tony Romo's fault.

  • Denver Broncos 23

    Ed Andrieski/Associated Press

    Denver Broncos

    Montee Ball is excited to be in the NFL! And he leads all Broncos running backs for carries on the year. With 13.

  • Detroit Lions 22

    Ben Liebenberg/NFL

    Detroit Lions

    Ziggy Ansah fits in well with his Lions teammates. You see, Ansah didn't even play football until 2010. And most of his Lions teammates haven't played defense in years, either.

  • Green Bay Packers 21

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    Green Bay Packers

    The first thing Eddie Lacy does after being drafted by the Packers is check the schedule to see when his new club plays the Chargers, but he's bummed to find out the teams aren't scheduled to play this year.

  • Houston Texans 20

    Chris O'Meara/Associated Press / AP

    Houston Texans

    D.J. Swearing says that he's super excited to play alongside Ed Reed with the Texans! And then he makes a mistake of confusing Reed with one of the coaches.

  • Indianapolis Colts 19

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    Indianapolis Colts

    With Bjoern Werner on the team in Indianapolis, the Colts have a higher profile in Germany. As a result, Andrew Luck supplants David Hasselhoff as the most-popular American in Germany.

  • Jacksonville Jaguars 18

    Michael Conroy/Associated Press / AP

    Jacksonville Jaguars

    The coaching staff in Jacksonville finally gives up and decides to go with the best quarterback on their roster - Denard Robinson.

  • Kansas City Chiefs 17

    Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

    Kansas City Chiefs

    Eric Fisher gets off to a bad start in Kansas City when he doesn't participate in Hawaiian shirt day.

  • Miami Dolphins 16

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    Miami Dolphins

    Dion Jordan is surprised when he finds out the Dolphins only have three uniforms, not the 367 combinations he wore at Oregon.

  • Minnesota Vikings 15

    Alix Drawec/NFL

    Minnesota Vikings

    The last team with three first-round draft picks went to the Super Bowl (St. Louis football club in 2001)! Yeah, that string comes to an end this year.

  • New England Patriots 14

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    New England Patriots

    Second-round pick Aaron Dobson will have great success like a couple of other former second-round receivers from the Bill Belichick era: Chad Jackson and Bethel Johnson. (Yes, in fairness, Deion Branch was a second-round pick, and he turned out all right.)

  • New Orleans Saints 13

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    New Orleans Saints

    The rest of the NFC South shudders when first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro helps the Saints play a little defense this year. A motivated Saints team is a dangerous team.

  • New York Giants 12

    Steve Jacobs/Associated Press

    New York Giants

    At some point in the future, teams are going to wonder how Ryan Nassib was able to fall in the draft. It won't be this year and probably not next, but it will happen.

  • New York Jets 11

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    New York Jets

    During the team's first post-draft minicamp, Rex Ryan will say, "Oh (expletive) we forgot to add some receivers. And Mark Sanchez officially becomes the happiest person in the world when he's released by the Jets and signed to backup Tom Brady in New England.

  • Oakland Raiders 10

    Phil Sears/Associated Press

    Oakland Raiders

    The class and refinement of Manchester, England-born Menelik Watson inspires the Raiders to change the eye patch on the team's logo with a monocle.

  • Philadelphia Eagles 9

    Ben Liebenberg/NFL

    Philadelphia Eagles

    Find the mistake in the following sentence: The easy-going Eagles fans get behind Matt Barkley and he joins a long line of successful former USC quarterbacks.

    It's a trick question because this is more than one mistake!

    I kid Eagles fans, getting Barkley in the fourth-round will end up looking good.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers 8

    Al Goldis/Associated Press

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    New running back Le'Veon Bell will become the hot-pick in your fantasy leagues this year.

  • St. Louis Football Club 7

    Alix Drawec/NFL

    St. Louis Football Club

    Everybody will rave about St. Louis' draft and bestow praise on Tavon Austin. But this team will finish fourth in the toughest division in football.

  • San Diego Chargers 6

    Denis Poroy/Associated Press

    San Diego Chargers

    D.J. Fluker's personality will make him a star in San Diego. Manti Te'o will get the majority of coverage early on. But Keenan Allen will drive Philip Rivers to draft adoption papers.

  • San Francisco 49ers 5

    Brett Flashnick/Associated Press

    San Francisco 49ers

    When you look back on the draft years from now, you're going to have to show video of Marcus Lattimore's injury to make sense as to why he lasted all the way until the fourth round.

  • Seattle Seahawks 4

    Charlie Neibergall/Associated Pr

    Seattle Seahawks

    Nope, you're pronouncing it wrong, it's pronounced Chris-TINN. But you'll know his name at the end of the year. Or fantasy owners will when he starts stealing touchdowns from Marshawn Lynch.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3

    Nick Wass/Associated Press

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    The chants for Mike Glennon will start after the first pick is thrown by Josh Freeman. But be careful what you wish for, Buc fans. You might get too spoiled.

  • Tennessee Titans 2

    Wade Payne/Associated Press

    Tennessee Titans

    Jake Locker becomes a big fan of new wide receiver Justin Hunter as he watches him team up with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

  • Washington Redskins 1

    Rich Schultz/Associated Press

    Washington Redskins

    Freddy Morris has a monster rookie season. So it only makes sense #Shanahanigans looms on the horizon with Jawan Jamison. And it should come as no surprise. Jamison probably thought he was going to be drafted a bit higher when he declared for the draft.

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