2013 NFL Draft Grades: Full Scores for Each Team
After three scintillating days, the 2013 NFL draft has finally wrapped up.
Several teams emphatically addressed concerns during the draft, while others could have done a much better job. Some teams took the best player available, regardless of position.
Due to an unpredictable first round, a lot of talent slid in the 2013 NFL draft. Players like West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Notre Dame inside linebacker Manti Te'o, Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter and Florida State offensive tackle Menelik Watson were all second-round selections.
Here are grades of every team after the 2013 NFL draft.
Arizona Cardinals: A-
Some people think drafting guard Jonathan Cooper at No. 7 overall was a reach, but he has versatility—with the ability to play both guard and center—and he will instantly help the run game in Buffalo. Also, I really liked the picks of inside linebacker Kevin Minter (No. 45 overall), defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and defensive end Alex Okafor in the second, third and fourth rounds respectively.
Atlanta Falcons: B-
I loved the pick of cornerback Desmond Trufant after the Falcons lost Brent Grimes to free agency, but I didn't like them taking another corner in the second round when they had a few positions to address. Defensive end Malliciah Goodman was a good value pick in the fourth round.
Baltimore Ravens: B+
Opening up the draft with safety Matt Elam, linebacker Arthur Brown, defensive tackle Brandon Williams and defensive end John Simon is a job well done. Brown could be a steal at No. 56 overall. I may have picked Western Kentucky defensive end Quanterus Smith over Simon, though.
Buffalo Bills: C
I like the picks of receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin, inside linebacker Kiko Alonso and safety Duke Williams, but I can't give the Bills a good grade after drafting quarterback E.J. Manuel at No. 16 overall...over Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and even Ryan Nassib.
Carolina Panthers: B+
Landing Star Lotulelei at No. 14 overall? Can you say steal? The Panthers had a clear need in the middle, and they addressed that emphatically with Lotulelei and Purdue's Kawann Short. Drafting Kenjon Barner in the sixth round—who could help as a change-of-pace back and on special teams—was also a good move.
Chicago Bears: B
I thought offensive lineman Kyle Long was a reach at No. 20 overall, but the Bears were desperate to add talent to the offensive line...as always. But you can't argue with Chicago selecting linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene and stealing offensive tackle Jordan Mills in the fifth round.
Cincinnati Bengals: A
I loved the pick of Tyler Eifert for the Bengals. He gives young quarterback Andy Dalton a weapon to throw to. Jermaine Gresham was awful last season. Beyond that, the Bengals nabbed the talented Giovani Bernard in the second round to help with their backfield depth, a steal in athletic freak of nature Margus Hunt and a talented safety in Shawn Williams.
Cleveland Browns: C
I know the Browns needed a pass-rusher, but drafting LSU's Barkevious Mingo—a raw prospect who may never become a complete player—was a reach at No. 6 overall. Cornerback Leon McFadden is a good value pick at No. 68 overall. His size is concerning, but he simply makes plays. Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter was also a nice value pick in the sixth round.
Dallas Cowboys: C
I liked the picks of tight end Gavin Escobar, receiver Terrance Williams and safety J.J. Wilcox, but I hated the selection of center Travis Frederick at No. 31 overall. I can understand drafting your guy, but Frederick did not belong in the first round whatsoever. There was a lot of talent the Cowboys passed up on in that spot.
Denver Broncos: C
Sylvester Williams was a logical move for the Broncos, but I question the selections of running back Montee Ball and cornerback Kayvon Webster so early in the draft. I think Denver could have gotten more value in those spots.
Detroit Lions: B
BYU's Ezekiel Ansah has been compared to Jason Pierre-Paul in terms of explosiveness and athleticism, and he fits a need in Detroit. I thought grabbing cornerback Darius Slay, who has a meniscus problem in his knees, was a bit of a risk at No. 36 overall. Kentucky guard Larry Warford will surprise in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers: A
How can you complain about this draft? The Packers found an instant starter opposite Clay Matthews in Datone Jones and grabbed one of the most talented running backs in the class in Eddie Lacy to help out with the run game. Offensive tackles David Bakhtiari and J.C. Tretter were great value picks.
Houston Texans: B+
Taking DeAndre Hopkins over such receiver prospects as Cordarrelle Patterson and Keenan Allen was the right move. I love his route-running and football IQ. Safety D.J. Swearinger will help on the back end.
I thought it was a bit of a reach to draft offensive tackle Brennan Williams in the third round. Talented LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery—who turned some teams off during the interview process—was worth a gamble in the third round. I also like the selection of Connecticut defensive end Trevardo Williams.
Indianapolis Colts: B-
Bjoern Werner is not a bad prospect, but UCLA's Datone Jones would have been a better pick here in my mind. The picks of guard Hugh Thornton and center Khaled Holmes were logical with a young quarterback under center. Tennessee-Martin defensive tackle Montori Hughes could end up being a steal in the fourth round.
Jacksonville Jaguars: B+
The Jaguars may be down and out now, but grabbing my favorite offensive tackle in the class, Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, at least guides them in the right direction. Grabbing Florida International safety John Cyprien with the first pick in the second round was also a smart selection.
Connecticut cornerback Dwayne Gratz will probably be an immediate starter. Nabbing South Carolina receiver Ace Sanders in the fourth round was a solid pick, who should help out in the slot and in the return game. And while some believed taking Michigan's Denard Robinson in the fifth round was a bit of a reach, I think his value lied there. He could help out in special teams from the start.
Kansas City Chiefs: B+
I disagreed with taking Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher over Luke Joeckel, but it's not like Fisher is a bad pick, either. He should provide immediate help on the line.
Landing one of the biggest sleepers in the draft, tight end Travis Kelce, at No. 63 overall was a big move. I like the Chiefs taking a chance on the talented but injury-prone running back Knile Davis in the third round. Grabbing Alabama inside linebacker Nico Johnson in the fourth round was a nice value pick.
Miami Dolphins: B
Nabbing outside linebacker Dion Jordan and cornerback Jamar Taylor at No. 3 and No. 54 overall respectively has me liking what the Dolphins did. Everything beyond that was so-so. I think they reached for Utah State corner Will Davis in the third round, but I also like the selection of blocking tight end Dion Sims in the fourth round.
Minnesota Vikings: A
Landing Sharrif Floyd at No. 23 overall—one of the top defensive tackles in the class—had to feel good for the Vikings. Beyond that, they grabbed a big corner in Xavier Rhodes who could start right away and the explosive Cordarrelle Patterson to help make up for the loss of Percy Harvin in the offseason.
New England Patriots: B-
I thought both outside linebacker Jamie Collins and receiver Aaron Dobson were reaches at No. 52 and No. 59 overall respectively, but they did add some depth at positions of need. Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan could be a steal at No. 83 overall.
The selection of Rutgers safety Duron Harmon in the third round was a complete surprise. Nabbing TCU receiver Josh Boyce at No. 102 overall could end up being another steal.
New Orleans Saints: A-
Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro will be an instant starter in New Orleans. He was not only the best safety in the class, but he also fills a need for the Saints. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead is a project player, but landing him at No. 75 overall was a good value pick. And how did Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins fall all the way to No. 82 overall?
New York Giants: B+
I like the pick of Justin Pugh as long as the Giants use him at guard instead of tackle. Grabbing defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins in the second round was a solid move. Defensive end Damontre Moore (selected in the third round) could end up being a steal. Ryan Nassib is a talented quarterback. He still has some developing to do, but drafting him in the fourth round was a good value pick.
New York Jets: B+
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The Jets have to be ecstatic to have Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner on their roster now. Adding Geno Smith in the second round to compete under center was a wise move, one that Rex Ryan probably made with hesitancy.
Adding some bulk in the interior of the offensive line with guard Brian Winters was an adept move. While some didn't understand why the Jets drafted Sheldon Richardson when they didn't have a need on the defensive line, I think it allows Ryan to use Quinton Coples at outside linebacker from time to time, rotating both players. Richardson could be a good one, too.
Oakland Raiders: B-
In terms of talent, cornerback D.J. Hayden wasn't a bad pick at No. 12 overall. But, coming off a life-threatening injury, there are questions about whether Hayden will be the same player. I thought it was a reach, and I would have taken Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant instead, or a defensive tackle like Sharrif Floyd or Star Lotulelei.
But grabbing offensive tackle Menelik Watson at No. 42 overall was big. I also liked the selections of Connecticut outside linebacker Sio Moore and Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.
Philadelphia Eagles: B
Lane Johnson is a great fit for the Eagles. He's one of the most athletic offensive tackles in the class, which fits with Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense. I also liked the selection of Stanford tight end Zach Ertz in the second round.
Adding a stout defensive tackle in Bennie Logan in the third round was smart. Grabbing USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round could be a steal. He'll compete with Michael Vick and Nick Foles in Philadelphia.
Pittsburgh Steelers: B+
Jarvis Jones was a logical pick. He may not have elite explosiveness, but he's exhibited good hand usage, the ability to create leverage and high football IQ. Le'Veon Bell fits extremely well in Pittsburgh's scheme, and he fills a need in the backfield. I also liked the picks of receiver Markus Wheaton, safety Shamarko Thomas and quarterback Landry Jones, who could develop under Ben Roethlisberger's wing.
San Diego Chargers: C+
Drafting Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker at No. 11 overall was a reach, but it addressed a clear need. He'll be an instant upgrade on the line.
I'm not the biggest fan of Manti Te'o—who the Chargers drafted at No. 38 overall—but there's a chance his instincts make him faster on the field than his 40-yard dash time at the combine suggested. There are character concerns attached to Cal receiver Keenan Allen, but landing him in the third round? I'll take it.
San Francisco 49ers: A-
I will say that I didn't like the 49ers trading up to grab safety Eric Reid (missing out on an opportunity to draft Sharrif Floyd), but nabbing Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine in the second round equaled everything out. If Carradine can stay healthy, he could be a beast in the NFL.
Adding Rice tight end Vance McDonald helps ease the departure of Delanie Walker. Finding Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier at No. 88 overall was a steal. Marcus Lattimore was the most talented back in this draft class—if he can stay healthy, he could be the successor to Frank Gore.
Seattle Seahawks: B
Time will tell if Christine Michael was the right choice at No. 62 overall. He has the talent to be an impact player in the NFL, but there are character concerns surrounding him. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill is a good fit in their scheme. Alabama's Jesse Williams—who they grabbed in the fifth round—could end up being a steal.
St. Louis Rams: B
The Rams not only got quarterback Sam Bradford some help with West Virginia receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, but adding talented linebacker Alec Ogletree could pay dividends—if he stays out of trouble.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: B
Johnthan Banks fits as a press corner for the Buccaneers. Big-armed Mike Glennon will look to pressure quarterback Josh Freeman. Grabbing defensive tackle Akeem Spence was a nice move.
Grabbing Michigan State defensive end William Gholston could or could not be a good pick in the fourth round. Gholston has the talent, but he needs to be more consistent.
Tennessee Titans: B+
While the Titans signed former Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre in the offseason, adding Alabama guard Chance Warmack gives them a sterling overall offensive line. Chris Johnson can't complain about a thing now.
Stealing super-athletic receiver Justin Hunter in the second round gives young quarterback Jake Locker a dynamic playmaker to work with. Connecticut cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson soared up draft boards during the draft process and could be a steal in the third round.
Washington Redskins: B
The Redskins needed help in the secondary coming into the draft, and they responded by drafting cornerback David Amerson out of N.C. State. Amerson could be a first-year starter, but this was somewhat of a risky move. Amerson is a boom-or-bust prospect.
I thought the Redskins got great value with tight end Jordan Reed and safety Phillip Thomas in the third and fourth rounds, respectively.
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