NFL Draft Grades 2013: Breaking Down Worst Selections from Round 1

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 26, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Eric Reid (C) of the LSU Tigers holds his daughter Leilani as they stand with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Reid was picked #18 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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A few teams did a great job in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.  Meanwhile, there were a select few teams who made some seriously questionable picks.

Fans were seen in Radio City Music Hall looking clearly upset due to the draft picks their teams made.  Here are grades for the most questionable first-round decisions.

San Francisco 49ers: C-

The 49ers were looking to bring in a safety, and they were quite aggressive in doing so.  They traded the 31st and 74th overall picks to grab the 18th overall pick and take Eric Reid, the safety out of LSU.

The reason this is a questionable trade isn’t because they gave up a third-round pick, but because they didn’t really need to. 

After the 49ers took Reid, the next safety taken was Matt Elam by the Baltimore Ravens with the 32nd pick.  Even if Reid had been gone by 31, there would have been other safeties like Elam and even Jonathan Cyprien.

It’s hard to knock a team with 13 draft picks heading into Thursday night, but it certainly seemed unnecessary to burn a third-round pick on a player they likely would have been able to take by staying where they were.


Chicago Bears: C-

The Chicago Bears certainly threw a lot of mock drafts off with their pick.  At No. 20, there were plenty of solid options to fill other needs.  Both Arthur Brown and Manti Te’o were available at inside linebacker to replace Brian Urlacher.

Instead, the Bears went with an offensive guard to protect Jay Cutler.

The logic behind the pick makes sense to a degree.  The Bears were tired of seeing Cutler getting thrown around and decided that they needed to do something about it. 

However, Kyle Long was a guy they probably could have gotten in the second round.  Long is relatively untested as an interior lineman, playing only one season at the FBS level. 

It could be that the Bears front office knows something the rest of us don’t know.  At this point, however, it certainly looks like a strange pick.


Dallas Cowboys: D-

It’s pretty clear that the Cowboys had the worst first round out of everyone.  Jerry Jones will certainly get a lot of heat for this pick for the next few weeks or even months.

The offensive line needs help, but so does the safety position and the defensive line.  There were still plenty of names available in both areas that the Cowboys could have considered.

Taking Travis Frederick, the center out of Wisconsin, was a huge reach with the 31st overall pick.  He possesses a lot of talent due to his strength and versatility as an interior lineman out of the Big Ten conference. 

However, his speed and quickness while pulling and struggles while in traffic hurt his draft stock.  At the very best, Frederick could have been considered a late second-round pick due to his talent.

Fans in Dallas are not going to be happy with Jones.  If the rest of the draft is just like Thursday night was for the Cowboys, they are going to have a lot of explaining to do to their fans.