After three days and 254 selections, it's time to grade the picks made by all 32 teams in the 2013 NFL draft.
The Buffalo Bills shocked the entire NFL landscape when they made EJ Manuel the first quarterback off the board in 2013, while Geno Smith and Manti Te'o found themselves without a place to call home following Thursday night's first round.
Were you happy with your favorite team's draft performance, or did they leave you wanting more entering the 2013 season?
Before we take a look at the grades, B/R draft guru Matt Miller tweeted out this word of advice regarding the 2013 picks.
As one NFL scout just told me, "Don't look at where we picked guys, look at who all we picked." Good way to look at team hauls in the draft.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 28, 2013
Here are my grades for all 32 teams from the 2013 NFL draft.
Round-by-Round Draft Grades
|Team||Rd. 1 Grade||Rd. 2 Grade||Rd. 3 Grade||Rd. 4 Grade||Rd. 5 Grade||Rd. 6 Grade||Rd. 7 Grade|
San Francisco 49ers
Looking over the San Francisco 49ers' complete seven-round draft list, they just completely toyed with the entire NFL in the 2013 draft.
The fourth round was the standout for me. They drafted six-foot wideout Marcus Patton and flashy running back Marcus Lattimore to bolster an already dynamic offense led by Colin Kaepernick. The first three rounds saw the 49ers address needs with the best players available.
Overall, San Francisco just added pieces to every position that needed depth entering the 2013 season. After their performance last season and their fantastic draft this year, don't be surprised to see the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVIII.
St. Louis Rams
I absolutely loved the St. Louis Rams' first round, especially seeing them trade up to snag dynamic playmaker Tavon Austin at No. 8. Needing an inside linebacker, the Rams got the best possible pick with Alec Ogletree at No. 30.
St. Louis went on to add another wideout in the third round and a running back in the fifth (both needs this offseason) and bolstered the offensive line with four-year starter Barrett Jones out of Alabama.
We need to put our hands together for what Jeff Fisher and Co. did for Sam Bradford and the Rams franchise this past weekend.
The Bills reached for EJ Manuel with the No. 16 overall pick of the 2013 NFL draft—plain and simple.
From there, Buffalo failed to add depth or improve its offensive line and spent the last three rounds drafting positions that weren't immediate needs. I thought the Robert Woods pick was excellent, but that was where the excellence stopped for the Bills.
If Buffalo was going to improve the quarterback position in the draft, it should have been with a different QB, especially with a first-round pick.
I'm not sure Jerry Jones has ever been the best drafter, but he certainly submitted a stinker here in 2013.
Dallas failed to address all of its immediate needs (safety, offensive line and defensive line) and failed to deliver with a big-time playmaker with its No. 1 overall pick. The Cowboys failed to bolster the defensive line and didn't take a safety until the third round.
I really didn't see the need for an outside linebacker with the sixth-round pick. That pick, or even earlier, should have been a player along the defensive line.
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