2013 NFL Draft Grades: How Each Team Did in the Draft Through 3 Rounds
Two days of the 2013 NFL draft have come and gone. An unpredictable first day paved the way for what turned into an equally unpredictable second day of the draft.
The best talent in the draft gets swallowed up in the first round, for the most part. That doesn't mean there weren't any potential Pro Bowlers left by the time the second and third rounds came around.
More than one team did themselves huge favors by snapping up two or three major contributors. Then you've got the high-ceiling guys worth taking a flier on. On the other hand, there were more than a few head-scratchers on Day 2.
Here is how each team has done after the first three rounds of the draft.
RD1(7): Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC
RD2(45): Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
RD3(69): Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
This is a very good draft. Jonathan Cooper is a versatile guard who can also line up at center. He's a nice upgrade for what was a poor offensive line last year. Kevin Minter is one of the best inside linebackers in the draft and has a much higher ceiling than Manti Te'o. And in the third round, Tyrann Mathieu is worth the gamble. If he works out, great. If he doesn't, you spent a third-rounder on him. The Arizona Cardinals did very well with these picks.
RD1(22): Marcus Trufant, CB, Washington
RD2(60): Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
Desmond Trufant was a very good pick. Xavier Rhodes was the best corner on the board, but Trufant isn't a bad alternative. Getting another corner in Robert Alford ensures the Atlanta Falcons shouldn't have to worry about the position for a few years. These are both good picks, but they could have done better than Trufant.
RD1(32): Matt Elam, S, Florida
RD2(56): Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
RD3(94): Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
Matt Elam can help the Ravens replace Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard. He's a ball hawk with a lot of range. Arthur Brown is a steal in the second round. Even Brandon Williams is a value pick and can be a dependable run-stuffer.
RD1(16): E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
RD2(41): Robert Woods, WR, USC
RD2(46): Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
RD3(78): Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
Outside of the first round, the Bills did well enough. Robert Woods was a very good pick, as he should turn into a steady wideout. But what was Buffalo thinking with E.J. Manuel? Taking him in the first round was a terrible move. He could turn into a good quarterback, but is the franchise going to be patient enough to wait until that happens?
RD1(14): Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
RD2(44): Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Carolina Panthers aren't going to need to address defensive tackle anytime soon. Star Lotulelei was a fantastic selection, as he's the best defensive tackle in the draft. Adding Kawann Short gives the Panthers a lot of depth.
RD1(20): Kyle Long, OG, Oregon
RD2(50): Jon Bostic, OLB, Florida
The Chicago Bears reached for both of their picks. Both addressed needs, and both could turn into contributors. You just get the feeling that the Bears could have waited for either guy. Neither Kyle Long nor Jon Bostic is a high-value pick.
RD1(21): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
RD2(37): Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
RD2(53): Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
RD3(84): Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
This was a very good draft from Cincinnati. The Bengals addressed all of their major concerns without having to reach too much. Tyler Eifert, Giovani Bernard and Shawn Williams are great picks. Even Margus Hunt wasn't a total stretch. With the two second-rounders, the Bengals could take a chance, which they did with Hunt.
RD1(6): Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
RD3(68): Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
This is a disappointing draft. Leon McFadden gives the Browns a good cornerback, but that Barkevious Mingo pick drops Cleveland's grade a lot.
Dee Milliner would have been a much better selection. It's clear the Browns wanted to grab a corner in this draft, hence the McFadden selection. Milliner would have been much more valuable at No. 6. Mingo is too great a threat to become only a one-dimensional pass-rusher. You don't want to take someone like that with the sixth overall pick.
RD1(31): Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
RD2(47): Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
RD3(74): Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
RD3(80): J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
Terrance Williams might be the best pick the Dallas Cowboys have had. That says a lot about both Williams and the Cowboys' draft as a whole. Travis Frederick and Gavin Escobar were big reaches.
RD1(28): Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
RD2(58): Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
RD3(90): Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida
There are major question marks about each of the Denver Broncos' picks. Sylvester Williams was inconsistent. Montee Ball carried the ball an awful lot in college, so durability is a concern. And it's hard to argue Kayvon Webster was worthy of a third-round pick.
RD1(5): Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB BYU
RD2(36): Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
RD3(65): Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Ezekiel Ansah was a great pick at No. 5. He's a monster and has grown by leaps and bounds in such a short amount of time. Darius Slay and Larry Warford are both very good picks. Drafting Warford in particular was a nice piece of work from the Lions, as he can start immediately for Detroit.
Green Bay Packers
RD1(26): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
RD2(61): Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Although they didn't have a third-rounder, the Green Bay Packers did a very good job. Datone Jones can start immediate and become a very good pass-rusher. Eddie Lacy has his issues, but it's hard to argue he isn't a value pick at 61.
RD1(27): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
RD2(57): D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
RD3(89): Brennan Williams, OT, UNC
RD3(95): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Houston Texans have done very well so far. DeAndre Hopkins is a solid complement for Andre Johnson. D.J. Swearinger can sit back and learn this season until he's ready to take over. Sam Montgomery is the wild card here. He has a lot of potential and could turn into a major steal.
RD1(24): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
RD3(86): Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois
Bjoern Werner is one of the most polished pass-rushers in the draft. As the Indianapolis Colts move to the 3-4 defense, Werner could be a real threat on the defensive line. Hugh Thornton adds some toughness on the offensive line, which is good. The Colts were hurt by not having a second-rounder.
RD1(2): Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
RD2(33): Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
RD3(64): Dwayne Gratz, CB, Connecticut
The Jacksonville Jaguars have done the best of any team in the draft. Luke Joeckel is going to be a rock on the offensive line even if he doesn't fill a huge need. Jonathan Cyprien is a great pick in the second round, and he gives the Jags the safety they need. The third round even provided value, as Dwayne Gratz has a very good chance of becoming a dependable corner.
Kansas City Chiefs
RD1(1): Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
RD3(63): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnai
RD3(96): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
The Kansas City Chiefs are getting knocked for passing on Joeckel. Eric Fisher will be good, but he's not going to match Joeckel. Travis Kelce and Knile Davis are both good picks, with Kelce in particular standing out.
RD1(3): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
RD2(54): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
RD3(77): Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
RD3(93): Will Davis, CB, Utah State
Dion Jordan and Jamar Taylor are great picks for the Miami Dolphins. Jordan is the best pass-rusher in the draft, and the Dolphins were smart to move up and snag him. Then you've got Taylor, who was given a first-round grade by some experts.
RD1(23): Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
RD1(25): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
RD1(29): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Even without a pick outside the first round, the Minnesota Vikings can pat themselves on the back. Each of their three picks offers great value and addresses what was a major need for Minnesota this offseason.
New England Patriots
RD2(52): Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss
RD2(59): Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
RD3(83): Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
RD3(91): Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers
Although they didn't have a first-round pick, the New England Patriots more than made up for it with their second-day selections. From top to bottom, there's a lot of value here. Jamie Collins is the headliner, and don't be surprised to see him become a solid edge-rusher.
New Orleans Saints
RD1(15): Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
RD3(75): Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
RD3(82): Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Even without a second-round draft pick, the New Orleans Saints did very well over the first two days. Kenny Vaccaro is the best safety in the draft, and Terron Armstead is a very underrated tackle. If he comes into camp in shape, Johnathan Jenkins can be a major contributor on the defensive line.
New York Giants
RD1(19): Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse
RD2(49): Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
RD3(81): Damontre Moore, DE Texas A&M
Although they did with their next two picks, the New York Giants should have gone defense in the first round. Justin Pugh is a reach since his arm length limits him to the guard position. Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore are both good additions on the defensive line. Hankins in particular was a nice selection.
New York Jets
RD1(9): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
RD1(13): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
RD2(39): Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
RD3(72): Brian Winters, OG, Kent State
Aside from selecting Sheldon Richardson, the New York Jets did very well. With Richardson, it's hard seeing where he fits in. Dee Milliner was a great pick, as was snagging Geno Smith in the second round.
RD1(12): D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
RD2(42): Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
RD3(66): Sio Moore, OLB, Connecticut
Believe it or not, the Oakland Raiders have had a very good draft. You could argue that D.J. Hayden is a risk at No. 12, but he's got top-five talent. If you don't think he's good value for Oakland, then Menelik Watson and Sio Moore more than made up for that.
RD1(4): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
RD2(35): Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
RD3(67): Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
Lane Johnson is the left tackle the Philadelphia Eagles desperately need. He's a great athlete and tremendous blocker. Zach Ertz was the second-best tight end in the draft, and Bennie Logan has loads of potential for a third-round pick.
RD1(17): Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
RD2(48): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
RD3(79): Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Jarvis Jones is going to be a steal at 17. The Steelers were smart to judge him by his entire body of work. Markus Wheaton is also a very good pick, but Pittsburgh gets knocked down for taking Le'Veon Bell in the second round.
San Diego Chargers
RD1(11): D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
RD2(38): Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
RD3(76): Keenan Allen, WR, California
Keenan Allen was a great pick in the third round. Aside from that, this is a questionable draft. The Chargers reached big for D.J. Fluker. San Diego needed an offensive tackle, and Fluker satisfies that need. But there's no way he's worth the 11th pick. In terms of Manti Te'o, he just doesn't look like a top prospect—at least one worth a second-rounder.
San Francisco 49ers
RD1(18): Eric Reid, S, LSU
RD2(40): Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
RD2(55): Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
RD3(88): Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
The 49ers hit with both of their defensive ends. Considering where they were both selected, they're major value picks. Eric Reid gives San Francisco a good safety, but the team did reach for him. Overall, the team did very well.
RD2(62): Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
RD3(87): Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Christine Michael is a major gamble in the second round. There weren't a ton of great running backs on the board, but the Seahawks could have addressed a different position there. Jordan Hill makes sense and should be a solid option on the defensive line.
St. Louis Rams
RD1(8): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
RD1(30): Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
RD3(71): T.J. McDonald, FS, USC
RD3(92): Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
The Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree picks were very good. Austin is a great target for Sam Bradford, and Ogletree is a value pick at 30 considering potential to be a bust. Stedman Bailey is a solid third-rounder, and T.J. McDonald helps address the Rams' need for a safety.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RD2(43): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
RD3(73): Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were dead last in pass defense last season. They went out and signed Dashon Goldson and traded for Darrelle Revis. Both were bold moves and make Tampa Bay a much better football team.
Even without a first-rounder, the Bucs managed to snap up Johnthan Banks. Already having Revis, they didn't need a top cornerback. Banks is exactly the kind of steady, if unspectacular, player who's a perfect complement to an All-Pro like Revis. Mike Glennon is an interesting selection. Josh Freeman's performance over the last two seasons makes you wonder if he's the franchise QB. Now, with Glennon waiting in the wings, Tampa has somebody who can pressure Freeman and offer a long-term option if Freeman ultimately doesn't work out.
RD1(10): Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
RD2(34): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
RD3(70): Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
RD3(97): Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri
Selecting Chance Warmack was a great move. He's going to be a huge help for Chris Johnson opening up running lanes. Snagging Justin Hunter in the second round is very good value for Tennessee. With those two picks alone, this is a strong draft.
RD2(51): David Amerson, CB, NC State
RD3(85): Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
The Washington Redskins found themselves out of a first-rounder as a result of the trade they made to move up and take Robert Griffin III. David Amerson has the potential to start the first game of the season. That's not a bad pick, but the Redskins still have some holes on both lines.
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