2013 NFL Draft Grades: How Each Team Did in the Draft Through 3 Rounds

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2013 NFL Draft Grades: How Each Team Did in the Draft Through 3 Rounds
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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.

 

Arizona Cardinals

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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.

Grade: A-

 

Atlanta Falcons

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.

Grade: B+

 

Baltimore Ravens

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.

Grade: A

 

Buffalo Bills

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?

Grade: C

 

Carolina Panthers

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.

Grade: B+

 

Chicago Bears

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.

Grade: D+

 

Cincinnati Bengals

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.

Grade: A-

 

Cleveland Browns

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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.

Grade: D+

 

Dallas Cowboys

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.

Grade: C

 

Denver Broncos

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.

Grade: C

 

Detroit Lions

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.

Grade: B+

 

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.

Grade: B+

 

Houston Texans

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.

Grade: B+

 

Indianapolis Colts

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.

Grade: C+

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

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.

Grade: A+

 

Kansas City Chiefs

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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.

Grade: A-

 

Miami Dolphins

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.

Grade: A-

 

Minnesota Vikings

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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.

Grade: A+

 

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.

Grade: B

 

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.

Grade: B+

 

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.

Grade: B

 

New York Jets

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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.

Grade: B+

 

Oakland Raiders

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.

Grade: A-

 

Philadelphia Eagles

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.

Grade: A-

 

Pittsburgh Steelers

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.

Grade: B

 

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.

Grade: B

 

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.

Grade: A-

 

Seattle Seahawks

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.

Grade: C+

 

St. Louis Rams

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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.

Grade: A-

 

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.

Grade: B

 

Tennessee Titans

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.

Grade: B+

 

Washington Redskins

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.

Grade: C

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