There were 254 players taken in the 2013 NFL draft. It took three days to divvy up the picks and countless hours of preparation for teams to prepare draft boards and orchestrate a game plan for the roster-building process.
It’ll take years to determine which NFL team had the best draft, and even then it'll be difficult to distinguish because there are so many different criteria to name a winner.
Does the team that drafted the most All-Pro players "win" the draft? What about the team that found that one player that pushed it into the Super Bowl?
There’s not just one set of criteria to pick the best draft-day performer. There’s also not just one right answer when it comes to draft-day steals.
Does a pick warrant the “steal” label just by virtue of being taken later in the draft than projected? What about a team finding a Year 1 starter in the middle rounds?
I’m not going to stick to one reason why a pick is a “steal"; I’m just going to go with the “you’ll know it when you see it” argument. Think Tom Brady in the sixth round to the New England Patriots.
Here are 10 of the biggest “steals” from the 2013 NFL draft.