2013 NFL Draft Grades: Complete Assessment for Every Team
Look at this way, Cleveland Browns fans: By now, you're used to seeing your team have a poor draft.
The Browns are one of the few teams who managed to have a very poor 2013 NFL draft. With the sixth overall pick in the draft, they have a chance to get a major impact player. Instead, Cleveland took a one-dimensional pass-rusher in Barkevious Mingo.
It wasn't the worst pick of the draft, but it wasn't a very good one, either.
Cleveland was far from the only team that failed to cover itself in glory in the draft.
It's a little unfair to judge players before they even step on the field, but at the same time, you have a good idea of how they fit in with their new team and what they can bring in the future.
Here is how each team did with its draft.
Jonathan Cooper is a safe pick and a massive upgrade for the Cardinals offensive line. Chance Warmack would have been the smarter pick, but Cooper will do just fine. Where the Cardinals did extremely well was with Ryan Swope, Alex Okafor and Andre Ellington in the later rounds. That trio offers great value. Ellington in particular will be a steal.
The Atlanta Falcons didn't hit it out of the park with any of their picks, but they managed to get what look to be solid contributors. They addressed most of their needs. Getting Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford guarantees Atlanta will have a nice corner tandem for the next few years. It was a good draft, just nothing spectacular.
Matt Elam and Arthur Brown were very good selections. The Ravens really did well with those first two picks. Baltimore needs to replace Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, and Brown and Elam are about as good as you could have hoped for from this draft. The one to watch will be Aaron Mellette. He's not a great athlete, but he put up a ton of receiving numbers at Elon.
Aside from E.J. Manuel, the Buffalo Bills did pretty well. It's hard to look much past that Manuel pick, though. He's a project quarterback and is going to need a couple of seasons to prepare himself for the NFL. Taking him with the 16th is a major reach.
What helps to save this draft is the receiver duo Buffalo drafted. Robert Woods should become a dependable wideout in the league, and Marquise Goodwin offers a deep threat with a lot of speed. They complement each other very well and give Manuel and Kevin Kolb two nice targets in the passing game.
The Panthers only had five picks, but they made them count. Star Lotulelei is the best defensive tackle in the draft and offers great value at the 14th pick. Kawann Short is a powerful run-stuffer who, along with Lotulelei, ensures Carolina won't have to worry about finding another defensive tackle anytime soon.
Kyle Long and Jon Bostic both address what were two of the biggest needs for the Bears coming into the draft—offensive lineman and inside linebacker. Chicago still reached for both of them. There were better players on the board. Jordan Mills was a great pick in the fourth round, though. Don't be surprised if he actually outplays Long in training camp.
Yes, the Bengals already have Jermaine Gresham, but Tyler Eifert brings a lot to Cincinnati. He's a better receiver than Gresham and can help out on two tight end sets. Giovani Bernard was a great pick and adds the kind of vertical threat the Bengals really needed at running back.
Sorry, Browns fans, but you're going to have to wait a little while longer to have a contender in Cleveland. From top to bottom, this was pretty much a bad draft.
Barkevious Mingo is too great a threat to become a one-trick pony who can only rush the passer. Is he really worth a sixth overall pick? There were a lot of better options on the board who would have filled a more pressing need. After Mingo, there weren't any significant value picks. The Browns aren't a bad team. A good draft could have helped to position the team for a possible playoff run in what is a competitive AFC North. The organization took a step back with this draft.
Getting Terrance Williams in the third round was a great pick. He's not a great route-runner, but Williams is a serious deep threat and exactly the kind of wideout the Dallas Cowboys need. He just wasn't quite enough to make up for the Cowboys taking Travis Frederick and Gavin Escobar in the first two rounds.
Sylvester Williams and Montee Ball are huge question marks. Williams was inconsistent in college and would disappear for long stretches. Ball carried the ball a ton, so you wonder what his shelf life will be. Plus, there were a lot better options on the board. Quanterus Smith and Tavarres King were good value picks in the later rounds.
Ezekiel Ansah was a fantastic pick. He's a tremendous athlete and has taken massive strides over the past season. The Detroit Lions had nine picks, so they managed to squeeze a lot of value out of this draft.
Green Bay Packers
Datone Jones and Eddie Lacy were very good picks in the first two rounds. Jones is a nice fit for the Packers defense and a solid defensive end for the end of the first round. Lacy has some issues, but he's the running back the Green Bay offense is in dire need of.
There's a nice mix of safe and risky picks here. DeAndre Hopkins is the perfect complement for Andre Johnson. D.J. Swearinger has a lot of talent and will only be helped by learning from Ed Reed. Then the Texans managed to get Sam Montgomery in the third round. Durability issues are the biggest knock against him, but should he actually stay healthy, Montgomery is a major steal.
Bjoern Werner is the most polished pass-rusher in the draft. He's more limited than the players ranked ahead of him, but he should have a long career. Andrew Luck will love seeing Hugh Thornton and Khaled Holmes on the offensive line.
Luke Joeckel is the best player in the draft. Even though the Jaguars already have Eugene Monroe, they knew what kind of player Joeckel can become. If Monroe stays, it's a major bonus to have he and Joeckel at the tackle positions.
Jonathan Cyprien is the safety Jacksonville needed and can become an immediate impact player. He easily could have gone in the first round. The biggest X-factor will be Denard Robinson. It's good he's coming into the NFL with no intentions of playing quarterback. Robinson could become a very good receiver. He's got great quickness and agility.
Kansas City Chiefs
Taking Eric Fisher with the top pick was a mistake. Joeckel was the much smarter pick. Fisher's going to have a long career, but he'll not reach the heights Joeckel will. Travis Kelce could turn out to be the best pick for the Chiefs. Kansas City did a great job snagging him in the second round.
Trading up to get Dion Jordan was a brilliant move. He's an athletic pass-rusher who's much more mutli-dimensional than Barkevious Mingo. Jamar Taylor was a nice grab in the second round. The Dolphins needed a corner, and Miami got a nice talent in Taylor.
By virtue of their first round alone, the Minnesota Vikings get an A. Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson are all tremendous value picks while simultaneously filling holes on the team. Rhodes is the crown jewel and could turn into the best corner to come out of the draft.
New England Patriots
It's always hard to have a great draft without a first-rounder. Still, you can never count out Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. They snag some nice players after hoarding some second- and third-rounders. Jamie Collins was a nice start to the draft and gives New England an athletic pass-rusher.
New Orleans Saints
In the first round, the New Orleans Saints needed to address a defensive that was absolutely atrocious. Kenny Vaccaro was the best safety on the board. He was a safe pick and one for the Saints. Johnathan Jenkins is a boom-or-bust guy with a lot of potential. He's got nice upside if he works out. Watch out for Terron Armstead as well. He can be a rock on the New Orleans offensive line.
New York Giants
Justin Pugh was a mistake in the first round. He doesn't have the arm length to play offensive tackle. As a guard, he wasn't worth a first-round selection. Johnathan Hankins, on the other hand, was a nice pickup and could be a steal in the second round. With as successful as they've been with defensive ends, Damontre Moore could turn into a major threat in the pass rush.
New York Jets
The New York Jets did great picking Dee Milliner. He was the best corner on the board. After that, though, the Jets really slipped up. Sheldon Richardson is very questionable. New York didn't need a defensive tackle, so to take one with the 13th pick is suspect.
Some may love this draft. Others may hate it. I love it. D.J. Hayden is a great pick. Then came Menelik Watson in the second round. He's a bit unpolished, but he's gonna turn into a very good tackle. Tyler Wilson is a bit of a risk, but with his potential, it's worth taking him in the fourth round to see how good he'll become.
Lane Johnson is an athletic left tackle and will immediately improve the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line. Bennie Logan was a smart third-rounder and worth the risk. Jordan Poyer could turn into the best value pick. It's shocking he fell as far as he did.
Jarvis Jones will turn into one of the biggest steals in the first round. He's a great pass-rusher and injects some much needed youth into the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Taking Landry Jones in the fourth round wasn't a smart move, though.
San Diego Chargers
It isn't so much the Chargers drafted poorly. Their picks fill the needs they have. But San Diego reached their early picks and didn't manage to get much value late in the draft. D.J. Fluker and Manti Te'o are good picks, but Fluker was drafted too high for a right tackle, and Te'o wasn't the best linebacker on the board.
San Francisco 49ers
Eric Reid was a bit of a reach, but the 49ers needed a safety after losing Dashon Goldson. After Reid, San Francisco cleaned up. Cornellius Carradine and Corey Lemonier are great defensive end selections, especially considering their respective draft positions.
It wasn't a great draft for the Seahawks, but they were without the luxury of a first-round draft pick after the Percy Harvin trade. Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill gave Seattle two very good defensive linemen. Williams has injury concerns, but he can be deployed immediate against the run.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams did great to move up and take Tavon Austin. He's the slot receiver the team needs right now and is a great target for Sam Bradford. Alec Ogletree is a risky pick, but at the end of the first round, that risk is minimal. Barrett Jones and Stedman Bailey were nice picks in the later rounds. St. Louis had one of the best showings.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnthan Banks was a nice pick. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn't have a first-rounder, but Banks is a nice substitute and was worthy of a first-round grade. Much of the buzz comes the Bucs selection of Mike Glennon in the third round. It's a risky pick and doesn't speak much to the confidence the organization has in Josh Freeman.
I love the Chance Warmack pick. He was the best guard in the draft and will easily open holes for Chris Johnson. In the second round, the Titans managed to snag Justin Hunter, a wide receiver who could have easily gone in the first round.
The Washington Redskins didn't have a first-round draft as a result of moving up last year to take Robert Griffin III. Despite that, they managed to get some nice picks. Still, from top to bottom this isn't a memorable draft. The deck were just stacked too much against Washington.
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