2013 NFL Draft Grades: Biggest Hits and Misses from Day 3
Ryan Nassib's long nightmare is finally over. The New York Giants selected him in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Some experts had Nassib going at No. 8 to the Buffalo Bills, but he suffered a precipitous drop. When his college coach, Doug Marrone, selected E.J. Manuel, teams must have taken that as a major sign that he doesn't come as advertised.
Nobody knew Nassib better than Marrone, and he felt Manuel was a better pick. What sign does that send to other teams?
Getting Nassib in the fourth round is a smart move. Eli Manning can't be the quarterback forever, so Nassib can sit and learn before eventually taking over the starting job. Plus, Nassib is a much better backup QB than David Carr.
Day 3 of the draft had plenty of very good picks, like Nassib. On the other hand, there were some stinkers that are very questionable picks, even for the fourth and fifth rounds.
Here are a few of the biggest hits and misses from the third day of the 2013 NFL draft.
No. 112 Oakland Raiders: Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
This was easily the best pick among the quarterbacks who went in the fourth round. Matt Flynn might feel a bit threatened, and he has a right to be. He's yet to establish himself as a starting quarterback, and the Oakland Raiders managed to get an insurance policy in Tyler Wilson.
Wilson's got a strong arm, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Sometimes he thinks he can thread a ball into too small a window or too deep downfield, and that leads to mistakes.
Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports was a fan of the pick and pointed out how much staying one more season hurt Wilson's value:
Raiders took QB Tyler Wilson. No QB is tougher. Petrino convinced him to stay & then a nightmare unfolded. Good value here— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) April 27, 2013
To be able to get a QB like Wilson in the fourth round is a huge win for the Raiders and continues what has been a very strong draft from Oakland. Their recent drafts have tended to be jokes, but now the franchise appears to be putting it together. Wilson may even turn out to be the best pick the Raiders made this year.
No. 131 San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
With Frank Gore as the established running back, this is a great pick for the 49ers. San Francisco can stow Marcus Lattimore away until he's fully healthy and ready to make an impact.
The team is no stranger to gambling on a running back with knee issues, as it did the very same with Gore. That has worked out pretty well so far (h/t ESPN):
Frank Gore tore his ACL in college. After that, he became a 4x Pro Bowler. Here's to hoping Marcus Lattimore can do the same. #SFPick— ESPN (@espn) April 27, 2013
If Lattimore can regain the form he showed in college, there's no doubt he can become one of the best running backs in the league. While not a burner, Lattimore has tremendous agility and balance. He's also very competent when having to pass block.
Durability is clearly a concern. In the fourth round, though, he's well worth the risk. And the 49ers are among the best situations for him to enter in the league.
No. 137 Seattle Seahawks: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Jesse Williams will be limited in the NFL. He's not gonna be much more than a run-stuffer. Luckily for him, he's extremely strong, and he'll be able to use that strength well against opposing linemen.
The Seattle Seahawks got tremendous value with this pick. Williams has the talent of a first-rounder, and had it not been for knee issues, he would have been selected there.
You gotta love how Williams celebrated upon getting drafted:
Post draft Celebrations.. twitter.com/ThaMonstar/sta…— Jesse Williams (@ThaMonstar) April 27, 2013
Should Williams prove to have a rather short career and injuries catch up to him, Seattle was lucky to have selected him in the fifth round. From the first day of training camp, Williams can be an immediate starter. More than that, he can have a major impact against the run.
No. 98 Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Unless Chip Kelly plans on changing his offense, Matt Barkley doesn't look like a good fit. You've got to feel for Barkley, as he was discussed as a top 10 pick last year, and now he goes with the first pick in the fourth round.
Taking him here is good value for the Philadelphia Eagles and gives them a quarterback, which they desperately needed to add in the draft. In addition, Barkley should turn into a very good quarterback. And you've got to love his motivation level right now (h/t InsideUSC):
#USC QB Matt Barkley: ``I'm going to remember this weekend for a long time and so are the teams that didn't draft me.''— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) April 27, 2013
The issue is just that Barkley doesn't have the kind of tools to excel in a Chip Kelly offense. He's just not the kind of athletic, quick-strike QB that has made the Oregon Ducks so effective.
Of course, in a few years Barkley could make all of his doubters look very stupid.
No. 115 Pittsburgh Steelers: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Landry Jones looked so good in his freshman year, and then he never made a significant leap. He improved, but not to the level you would have expected of him.
So much of Ben Roethlisberger's success comes from the way he handles the rush. His presence in the pocket is such a valuable skill considering how the Steelers offensive line has struggled at times.
Unfortunately for Jones, he's had problems with decision-making when facing heavy pressure. That's not going to help him in Pittsburgh. Skip Bayless is also not under the belief Jones has what it takes to succeed there:
I watched every snap Landry Jones played at OU. Never was quite sold on his passion, mental toughness. Doesn't have Steeler Mentality.— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) April 27, 2013
Put him on the Steelers and he isn't much more than a third-stringer right now. The fourth round is awfully high for Jones considering where he'll fall in the depth chart and that Pittsburgh had other areas of concern.
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