Every team wants to believe that it did well in the opening rounds of the NFL draft. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
While time will always give a better indication of the strength of each class, there are a lot of factors right away that can help you determine a draft's grade. It is important for squads to get value, fill needs and find good fits for the next level.
It is hard to do this perfectly in every round, but some organizations did it better than others.
While there are still four important rounds to go, here is a look at draft grades for every team after the first two days of the 2013 NFL draft.
Washington Redskins: B-
No. 51 CB David Amerson; No. 85 TE Jordan Reed
The Redskins cannot be too disappointed in not having a first-round pick after watching Robert Griffin III perform last season. The remaining selections were a bit underwhelming, but they did fill two huge holes heading into next season.
New York Giants: B
No. 19 OT Justin Pugh; No. 49 DT Johnathan Hankins; No. 81 DE Damontre Moore
Justin Pugh was a bit of a reach in the first round, especially with some major needs on the defensive side of the ball. Fortunately, the Giants made up for it with two value picks on the second day.
While the team could still use linebackers and cornerbacks, Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore are two very productive players who should contribute right away.
Dallas Cowboys: D
No. 31 C Travis Frederick; No. 47 TE Gavin Escobar; No. 74 WR Terrance Williams; No. 80 S J.J. Wilcox
Even with four picks in the first three rounds, there were few positives from this draft for the Cowboys. Each selection was a reach, and there was little need for a tight end or wide receiver this early.
Travis Frederick could end up being a solid player at the next level, but Dallas could have waited to get the center.
Philadelphia Eagles: B+
No. 4 OT Lane Johnson; No. 35 TE Zach Ertz; No. 67 DT Bennie Logan
Lane Johnson not only solidifies the offensive line for the Eagles, but he is a perfect fit in the fast-paced offense that Chip Kelly plans to run in Philadelphia.
The only issue is that the team still needs a lot of help on the defensive side of the ball, and that was barely addressed in the early rounds.
Green Bay Packers: A
No. 26 DE Datone Jones; No. 61 RB Eddie Lacy
The Packers only had two picks in the first round and hit on both of them.
Datone Jones will give Green Bay some extra pass-rushing ability from the defensive line to go with an already solid group of linebackers. It will not matter who is in the secondary if the quarterback cannot throw in the ball.
In the second round, the team gets great value by taking a player that many believed was the best running back in the entire class. He has the ability to bring some balance to the offense and step in as a starter right away.
These were two solid selections that accomplished everything the Packers needed.
Minnesota Vikings: A-
No. 23 DT Sharrif Floyd; No. 25 CB Xavier Rhodes; No. 29 WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Anytime you have three first-round picks that fill your needs, you've had a great draft. Sharrif Floyd fell from possibly being a top-five selection to No. 23 and should be a force on the defensive line.
Cordarrelle Patterson is also a great pick with high upside that will give Christian Ponder a consistent target on the outside. The only downside is that the Vikings gave up three picks to get the receiver, taking them out of Day 2 completely.
Chicago Bears: B
No. 20 OG Kyle Long; No. 50 ILB Jonathan Bostic
The needs were filled, but the value was not there for Chicago. However, these are two high-character players who will step in quickly and learn from the veteran leaders on the team to get even better.
Detroit Lions: B-
No. 5 DE Ezekiel Ansah; No. 36 CB Darius Slay; No. 65 OG Larry Warford
There was a lot of risk in the draft picks for the Lions in the first two days. Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay are great athletes, but they have yet to show a lot of production on the field.
Only time will tell if these selections work out for Detroit.
Atlanta Falcons: B
No. 22 CB Desmond Trufant; No. 60 CB Robert Alford
It is not too hard to guess what the biggest need for the Falcons was entering the draft. By selecting two cornerbacks, the team hopes to shore up a huge weakness after losing Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.
Desmond Trufant has great speed and Robert Alford is very quick, but neither has the strength necessary to play right away in the NFL. They can both be good players down the line, but a contending team like the Falcons needs to act for now.
Carolina Panthers: B+
No. 14 DT Star Lotulelei; No. 44 DT Kawann Short
Carolina must have been thrilled to be able to draft Star Lotulelei in the first round. He represented great value and will immediately make the entire defense better.
However, doubling up at the position was a curious move, especially with plenty of other needs on both sides of the ball.
New Orleans Saints: A-
No. 15 S Kenny Vaccaro; No. 75 OT Terron Armstead; No. 82 DT John Jenkins
It would have been nice to have a second-round pick, although Bounty-gate took care of that. Still, each pick was smart and should help the team return to contention next season.
Terron Armstead will be especially interesting to follow to see if he can transform from just an athlete into a complete football player.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: C+
No. 43 CB Johnthan Banks; No 73 QB Mike Glennon
The first-round pick was smartly used to acquire Darrelle Revis. This was apparently still not enough with the worst pass defense in the league last season, and the Buccaneers drafted Johnthan Banks, who might be too slow to thrive in the NFL.
With the second pick, the organization put Josh Freeman on notice by taking a project quarterback.
Tampa Bay is good enough that a few good picks could make it a playoff contender and that looking long into the future is not necessary. Taking Mike Glennon was a waste of a valuable pick, and it will lead to more problems than it solves.
San Francisco 49ers: B
No. 18 S Eric Reid; No. 40 DE Tank Carradine; No. 55 TE Vance McDonald; No. 88 DE Corey Lemonier
It seemed at times that general manager Trent Baalke was trading picks just because he could.
The team filled the few needs it had, although a few selections appeared to be reaches. Still, each one has a lot of upside and each could be an impact player in a few years.
Seattle Seahawks: C+
No. 62 RB Christine Michael; No. 87 DT Jordan Hill
After last year's draft, it is not a good idea to question the Seahawks. That being said, drafting a running back with the first pick seemed like an odd move for a team with Marshawn Lynch and 2012 draftee Robert Turbin.
This is a very talented squad from top to bottom, but there were still bigger needs than this.
St. Louis Rams: A
No. 8 WR Tavon Austin; No. 30 ILB Alec Ogletree; No. 71 S T.J. McDonald; No. 92 WR Stedman Bailey
Not only did the Rams get the most dynamic player in the entire draft in Tavon Austin, but they also drafted his West Virginia teammate, Stedman Bailey, who is as reliable as they come.
In addition, Alec Ogletree has the potential to be a 100-tackle-type of player in the NFL and should be able to play right away at outside linebacker.
Arizona Cardinals: C
No. 7 OG Jonathan Cooper; No. 45 ILB Kevin Minter; No. 69 CB Tyrann Mathieu
The Cardinals needed an offensive tackle in the draft to improve one of the worst offensive lines in football last season. When none of the top guys were available, the team decided to reach for a guard instead.
Tyrann Mathieu could also cause a lot of problems and end up being more trouble than he is worth. The team did not fill needs and reached for its picks, which is not a good recipe for draft success.
New England Patriots: C+
No. 52 OLB Jamie Collins; No. 59 WR Aaron Dobson; No. 83 CB Logan Ryan; No. 91 S Duron Harmon
Bill Belichick once again did his dealing in the first round, trading back for three picks. Most years, this is fine, but the needs were too great this offseason to give up a valuable spot.
While Jamie Collins and Logan Ryan both have a lot of upside, there are no immediate impact players in this class so far.
Miami Dolphins: B+
No. 3 DE Dion Jordan; No. 54 CB Jamar Taylor; No. 77 OG Dallas Thomas; No. 93 CB Will Davis
The first two picks were outstanding and will certainly help the defense. Dion Jordan has the athleticism to make a huge impact as a pass-rusher and in coverage, and Jamar Taylor can be a starter right away.
However, neither player is going to start at tackle, and that is a huge need that was not addressed in the first two days.
New York Jets: A
No. 9 CB Dee Milliner; No. 13 DT Sheldon Richardson; No. 39 QB Geno Smith; No. 72 OG Brian Winters
This one might come with some controversy, but the Jets got good value with every single pick.
Cornerback became a huge need once the team traded away Darrelle Revis, and the team was able to select the best player in the class. It also took the defensive tackle it wanted to hopefully help create more of a pass rush next season.
In the most surprising move, the Jets drafted Geno Smith in the second round. While this will not please Mark Sanchez, the rookie becomes the best quarterback on the roster and will improve the most important position in football.
The selections might have been a little unorthodox, but New York got it done in the first couple of days.
Buffalo Bills: B-
No. 16 QB E.J. Manuel; No. 41 WR Robert Woods; No. 46 ILB Kiko Alonso; No. 78 WR Marquise Goodwin
It is obvious that the Bills scouted much differently during the draft process than virtually every other analyst around. None of the picks represented the top player available at the position, although the organization seemed confident in every one of them. Hopefully for Buffalo, things work out with E.J. Manuel.
Baltimore Ravens: A+
No. 32 S Matt Elam; No. 56 ILB Arthur Brown; No. 94 DT Brandon Williams
The Ravens had a number of huge holes on defense after watching key players leave in free agency, and they did a great job of filling them with each of the first three picks.
Matt Elam and Arthur Brown could not only start from Day 1, but also make an impact in their first seasons, while Brandon Williams is a massive body who will clog the middle and keep the defense strong.
Cincinnati Bengals: A+
No. 21 TE Tyler Eifert; No. 37 RB Giovani Bernard; No. 53 DE Margus Hunt; No. 84 S Shawn Williams
Even a team without needs can make a nearly perfect draft. Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard are great additions that will help create balance to an already solid offense, while Margus Hunt and Shawn Williams are both high-upside players.
The Bengals went 4-for-4 in the first three rounds of the draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers: C+
No. 17 OLB Jarvis Jones; No. 48 RB Le'Veon Bell; No. 79 WR Markus Wheaton
This was a draft that college football fans could appreciate, but neither Jarvis Jones nor Le'Veon Bell translates well to the next level. Both are slow for the position and should struggle at the next level.
Cleveland Browns: C
No. 6 OLB Barkevious Mingo; No. 68 CB Leon McFadden
Everything will come down to Barkevious Mingo, who appeared to be a huge reach with the No. 6 pick. If he eventually turns his athleticism into production, the Browns will be very happy. Otherwise, the entire draft will likely be considered a failure.
Houston Texans: A-
No. 27 WR DeAndre Hopkins; No. 57 S D.J. Swearinger; No. 89 OT Brennan Williams; No. 95 DE Sam Montgomery
The Texans were a few players away from being a Super Bowl contender, and it appears like they got the ones that could do that.
DeAndre Hopkins will especially be a huge addition as someone who can stretch the field and provide balance opposite Andre Johnson in this dynamic offense.
Indianapolis Colts: B
No. 24 DE Bjoern Werner; No. 86 OG Hugh Thornton
While both players fill a position of need for the Colts, there are plenty of question marks surrounding first-round pick Bjoern Werner. He might be too slow to be an impact player at defensive end.
Tennessee Titans: A-
No. 10 OG Chance Warmack; No. 34 WR Justin Hunter; No. 70 CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson; No. 97 OLB Zaviar Gooden
Throughout the first two days, the Titans made solid picks to improve their roster. While none of these players are really flashy, each of the first three should be able to start early in his career.
This young squad got much better over the last two days.
Jacksonville Jaguars: B
No. 2 OT Luke Joeckel; No. 33 S John Cyprien; No. 64 CB Dwayne Gratz
Looking at the roster, the Jaguars clearly looked at value over need. While each player selected has tremendous talent, it is clear that Jacksonville and its fans are looking at another long season.
Denver Broncos: B-
No. 28 DT Sylvester Williams; No. 58 RB Montee Ball; No. 90 CB Kayvon Webster
The biggest need on the roster was nicely filled when Sylvester Williams fell to the Broncos at the end of the first round. However, both Day 2 picks were huge reaches of players without a high ceiling at the next level.
With better players at each position on the board, the Broncos certainly could have done better.
San Diego Chargers: B+
No. 11 OT D.J. Fluker; No. 38 ILB Manti Te'o; No. 76 WR Keenan Allen
D.J. Fluker was a reach considering he profiles more as a right tackle instead of a left, but he still provides much-needed help for the offensive line.
On Day 2, the Chargers got some of the best value in the draft with two players who could have been drafted in the first round. Although each player comes with doubts, there were some good picks in the three rounds.
Oakland Raiders: B
No. 12 CB D.J. Hayden; No. 42 OT Menelik Watson; No. 66 OLB Sio Moore
It would not feel right if the Raiders had a draft without risk. Each player taken could end up being a bust, but all of them have a lot of potential and could be key players on a winning team.
With Oakland still far from contention, these prospects can be brought along slowly and be given a chance to reach their full potential.
Kansas City Chiefs: A
No. 1 OT Eric Fisher; No. 63 TE Travis Kelce; No. 96 RB Knile Davis
The Chiefs decided that Eric Fisher was the best player in the draft to help the team win games. Regardless of your feelings on him versus Luke Joeckel, it is hard to go wrong with either one.
In addition, Travis Kelce and Knile Davis are good athletes who will continue to make this offense much better. In Andy Reid's first draft with his new team, he did just about as well as possible.
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