2013 NFL Draft Grades: Buffalo Bills, Teams That Can Still Turn It All Around

Joshua Axelrod@jaxel222Correspondent IApril 26, 2013

EJ Manuel was an odd first-round pick for the Buffalo Bills, who need to have a great weekend of drafting.
EJ Manuel was an odd first-round pick for the Buffalo Bills, who need to have a great weekend of drafting.Al Bello/Getty Images

For teams that had a mediocre or dull first round, the weekend is the time to right the ship and generate some excitement.

None of these teams had outright terrible first rounds. They do have two things in common, though: They all made first-round picks that are not necessarily sure things and have plenty of needs that require filling.


Buffalo Bills

Who saw EJ Manuel coming in the first round? He is a decent fit for the Bills and might be able to succeed in Buffalo with a little growth, but the Bills could have easily gotten him in the second round.

Now that they have their quarterback, they can spend the rest of the weekend stocking up on offensive talent. CBS Sports’ Rob Rang has them taking California wide receiver Keenan Allen in the second round, which would be a solid pick.

The Bills could also use some help on defense, especially at safety and outside linebacker. Luckily for them, they have an entire weekend to fill all those holes.


Indianapolis Colts

The Colts knew they needed a replacement for Dwight Freeney, so they spent their first-round pick on Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, a decent player who might take some time to reach his full potential. Not a spectacular pick, but it could have been worse.

Now, the Colts need to focus on their offensive line and running back situations. There are still some quality linemen left, though the elite ones are already gone. Whatever they do, the Colts need to take someone who can keep Andrew Luck happy and healthy.

Finding a new running back should be easy enough, since none were taken in the first round. Maybe Eddie Lacy or Montee Ball could add another dimension to the Colts offense. Indianapolis has plenty of time this weekend to decide who will be its best fit.


New York Giants

The Giants have holes on the offensive line, which they tried to fill by drafting Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh in the first round. Just like Werner for the Colts, it was an OK pick that could have been better.

The Giants can continue patching up the offensive line as well as upgrading their defensive line and linebacker corps over the weekend. Their secondary could also use some work, mostly because Aaron Ross and Ryan Mundy are not exactly the most dynamic cornerback duo in the league.

New York should make the defensive line its priority this weekend. Now that Osi Umenyiora is a Falcon and Justin Tuck is getting older, that line could really use some young blood.


Grades for Every Pick (Only trades from Thursday night are indicated)

Kansas City Chiefs:
Eric Fisher, OT (A)

Jacksonville Jaguars:
Luke Joeckel, OT (A)

Miami Dolphins—traded from Oakland Raiders:
Dion Jordan, OLB (B+)

Philadelphia Eagles:
Lane Johnson, OT (B)

Detroit Lions:
Ezekiel Ansah, DE (B+)

Cleveland Browns:
Barkevious Mingo, DE (B)

Arizona Cardinals:
Jonathan Cooper, G (B-)

St. Louis Rams—traded from Buffalo Bills:
Tavon Austin, WR (A-)

New York Jets:
Dee Milliner, CB (B+)

Tennessee Titans:
Chance Warmack, G (A-)

San Diego Chargers:
D.J. Fluker, OT (B)

Oakland Raiders—traded from Miami Dolphins:
D.J. Hayden, CB (B-)

New York Jets:
Sheldon Richardson, DT (C+)

Carolina Panthers:
Star Lotulelei, DT (A)

New Orleans Saints:
Kenny Vaccaro, S (A-)

Buffalo Bills—traded from St. Louis Rams:
E.J. Manuel, QB (C)

Pittsburgh Steelers:
Jarvis Jones, LB (A)

San Francisco 49ers—traded from Dallas Cowboys:
Eric Reid, S (B-)

New York Giants:
Justin Pugh, G (C+)

Chicago Bears:
Kyle Long, G (C)

Cincinnati Bengals:
Tyler Eifert, TE (B+)

Atlanta Falcons—traded from St. Louis Rams:
Desmond Trufant, CB (A-)

Minnesota Vikings:
Sharrif Floyd, DT (A+)

Indianapolis Colts:
Bjoern Werner, DE (B-)

Minnesota Vikings:
Xavier Rhodes, CB (A-)

Green Bay Packers:
Datone Jones, DE (B)

Houston Texans:
DeAndre Hopkins, WR (B+)

Denver Broncos:
Sylvester Williams, DT (B-)

Minnesota Vikings—traded from New England Patriots:
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR (B)

St. Louis Rams—traded from Atlanta Falcons:
Alec Ogletree, LB (B)

Dallas Cowboys—traded from San Francisco 49ers:
Travis Frederick, C (D+)

Baltimore Ravens:
Matt Elam, S (B)


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