Grading a team’s full draft class is a good way to see how teams addressed their biggest needs and what they could have done better. At the same time, grades aren’t always a good indicator of how a team will do once the season begins. The Seattle Seahawks were a good example of this last year. A lot of people didn’t like their draft, but they came out and had a great season.
These grades will be based strictly on the talent of the players coming in and how well each team addressed its respective needs.
For the best picks and worst picks, they are based off of the talent of the player and whether they were a steal or a reach.
2013 NFL Draft Team Grades
|Team||Best Pick||Worst Pick||Grade|
|49ers||DE Tank Carradine||QB B.J. Daniels||A|
|Bears||DE Cornelius Washington||G Kyle Long||C|
|Bengals||LB Sean Porter||RB Giovani Bernard||B+|
|Bills||WR Robert Woods||QB EJ Manuel||B+|
|Broncos||DT Sylvester Williams||RB Montee Ball||C-|
|Browns||LB Barkevious Mingo||CB Leon McFadden||C|
|Buccaneers||DT Akeem Spence||QB Mike Glennon||C|
|Cardinals||LB Alex Okafor||CB Tyrann Mathieu||B-|
|Chargers||WR Keenan Allen||QB Brad Sorensen||A-|
|Chiefs||CB Sanders Commings||C Eric Kush||B|
|Colts||DE Bjoern Werner||C Khaled Holmes||C+|
|Cowboys||WR Terrance Williams||C Travis Frederick||D+|
|Dolphins||DE Dion Jordan||TE Dion Sims||C+|
|Eagles||CB Jordan Poyer||DE Joe Kruger||B|
|Falcons||CB Desmond Trufant||DE Stansly Maponga||B-|
|Giants||DE Damontre Moore||T Justin Pugh||B+|
|Jaguars||S Johnathan Cyprien||RB Denard Robinson||A-|
|Jets||CB Dee Milliner||DT Sheldon Richardson||B|
|Lions||CB Darius Slay||P Sam Martin||B-|
|Packers||RB Eddie Lacy||T JC Tretter||B+|
|Panthers||DT Star Lotulelei||RB Kenjon Banner||C+|
|Patriots||LB Steve Beauharnais||WR Josh Boyce||C-|
|Raiders||LB Sio Moore||CB DJ Hayden||B-|
|Rams||G Barrett Jones||LB Alec Ogletree||A|
|Ravens||LB Arthur Brown||FB Kyle Juszczyk||A-|
|Redskins||S Bacarri Rambo||RB Chris Thompson||B|
|Saints||DT John Jenkins||LB Rufus Johnson||B-|
|Seahawks||DT Jesse Williams||WR Chris Harper||B-|
|Steelers||S Shamarko Thomas||RB Le'Veon Bell||B+|
|Texans||LB Trevardo Williams||S DJ Swearinger||C+|
|Titans||WR Justin Hunter||:LB Zaviar Gooden||A-|
|Vikings||WR Cordarrelle Patterson||P Jeff Locke||A|
Minnesota Vikings: A
It's hard not to buy into a team with three first-rounders, especially when they are as good as the ones the Vikings got.
Sharrif Floyd was expected to be picked as early as No. 3 on Thursday, yet somehow he fell all the way to 23. With Pat Williams retiring, adding a guy like this to the defense is a great move. Combine that with a great press corner and an excellent receiver in Rhodes and Patterson and you have a much better team in 2013.
San Francisco 49ers: A
The 49ers came in with a lot of picks, and they used that to their advantage.
Trading up for Eric Reid may not have been ideal, but with the abundance of picks they were able to bring in a perfect fit at safety. Grabbing Tank Carradine in the second was huge as well to get ready for Justin Smith to retire in the next year or two.
The big story was the 49ers picking up Marcus Lattimore. They felt confident in taking the risk on such a solid running back who has had back-to-back knee injuries.
With so many picks, it's hard to not give the 49ers an A.
Dallas Cowboys: D+
This was the only D grade given out, and that was due to some very questionable picks early.
Travis Frederick was probably the biggest reach in the draft this year. A guy many had as the second-best center behind Barrett Jones and a third-round prospect went in the first round. Sure, the Cowboys needed some help on the line, but the could have gotten Frederick in the second as well.
Other head-scratchers included DeVonte Holloman and B.W. Webb. Sure, they add help on defense, but Holloman didn't play a traditional position in college and Webb was from a much smaller program in William & Mary.
In the end, Jerry Jones is going to do what he wants. We will see how that plays out this year.
Denver Broncos: C-
The Broncos picked up a solid defensive tackle in Sylvester Williams, but a lot of the other picks were quite strange.
Montee Ball was a questionable pick considering the fact that other backs like Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin were still on the board. Ball was great at Wisconsin, but he was their entire offense, and that has already worn him down quite a bit.
Other question marks include Tavarres King, who is yet another wide receiver to put on the list for Denver, and Zac Dysert, the quarterback out of Miami (OH).
The Dysert pick is confusing, considering this team went out and took Brock Osweiler last season, and it looked like they were grooming him under Peyton Manning.
Their first-round pick was solid, but other than that the Broncos didn't do much to help themselves out.