2013 NFL Draft Grades: How Each Team's Class Stacks Up After All 7 Rounds
After the NFL draft ends, every fan asks one question: How did my team do?
This is a tough question to answer because it is hard to judge a draft immediately after it ends. Every scout has different opinions on how good each player is and only time will tell who is right.
That being said, you can absolutely judge how a team was able to draft based on need and value. If a team needs a quarterback with the first overall pick and selects a kicker that should go undrafted, that is a bad pick, regardless of what happens down the line.
There were teams that got great value and helped improve the roster for next year and beyond, and then there were others that simply did not.
Here is a look at organizations that did extremely well over the three-day period, with full draft grades for every team at the bottom.
From the beginning to the end of the draft, Cincinnati continued to make great picks. Not only did they pick up players with good value, but there are a lot of guys in this class that will help the team in a hurry.
Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard are both luxuries that make the offense a lot better. Eifert will be a force near the red zone with his ability to go up and get balls in the air, while Bernard will perfectly complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a third-down back.
In the third round, the Bengals were able to grab the safety they needed in Shawn Williams, who can compete for a starting job. Sean Porter and Cobi Hamilton should also be around for a while in reserve roles after being selected in the third day.
Still, the most interesting pick was Margus Hunt. The monster defensive lineman has a chance to be something special, and his upside is huge at the next level.
When you navigate your way to three first-round picks and fill a major need with each of them, you had a pretty good draft.
Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes were both steals late in the opening round and should both start from Day 1. Cordarrelle Patterson is a bit riskier at wide receiver, but he has excellent hands and the athleticism to be a star in the NFL.
Although he will not replace Percy Harvin for the Vikings, he will quickly become Christian Ponder's favorite target.
The trade to get Patterson cost the team a chance to get a much-needed linebacker until the fourth round, but Gerald Hodges is a solid add at this point. This completed every goal the team could have possibly had entering the week.
San Francisco 49ers
It is easier to do well in the draft when you do not have a lot of needs, but that is what the 49ers were able to do throughout the three days.
The team filled its biggest need by trading up to get Eric Reid, who will probably start right away at free safety. However, the strength of the draft was in the later rounds.
San Francisco took chances on high-upside players like Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore in the middle rounds. These players are both coming off bad knee injuries, but would have been first-round picks if healthy.
Also, Corey Lemonier and Quinton Patton represented great value based on when they were taken.
Even with one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, the rich got richer in this draft.
|Cowboys||D||It does not matter if the Cowboys were right about every player in this draft and each ends up being a good player. The fact is that the team reached in just about every round and lost value because of it.|
|Eagles||B-||Lane Johnson was a great pick to solidify the offensive line, but the team never added the defensive playmakers that it needed. Matt Barkley was also an interesting selection to go with a spread offense.|
|Giants||C+||Adding Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore were good values on Day 2. However, the team did not fill the biggest needs at linebacker and cornerback.|
|Redskins||C+||There was nothing too exciting about this draft, although no Redskins fan will be upset about having Robert Griffin III. Bacarri Rambo is the most interesting pick as a sixth-round safety.|
|Bears||B||It was important for the Bears to grab a linebacker in this draft, and they got two very good ones in Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene. While Kyle Long might have been a reach early, anyone who can block is helpful.|
|Lions||B-||This is probably the class that will be the most interesting to follow in a few years. Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay are both great athletes, but they might be too risky for this struggling team.|
|Packers||B+||Datone Jones and Eddie Lacy are perfect fits and should make an impact right away. Aaron Rodgers should also be happy to see plenty of linemen and receivers in this class.|
|Vikings||A+||Minnesota filled its biggest needs with elite talent that will help the team from Week 1. No team will get more impact from its rookie class.|
|Buccaneers||B||Factoring in the acquisition of Darrelle Revis, the Buccaneers solidified the secondary in a week. However, the Mike Glennon pick will definitely cause more questions than it answers.|
|Falcons||B||The Falcons identified their biggest need and went out and got two cornerbacks in the first two rounds. It remains to be seen if Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford will be good enough to replace some big shoes.|
|Panthers||B-||There might not have been a better pick in the first round than Star Lotulelei to the Panthers. After that, it would have been nice to get some help at DB or maybe another receiver.|
|Saints||A-||Kenny Vaccaro and John Jenkins are both solid picks, while Terron Armstead will have to prove he is more than just an athlete at the next level.|
|49ers||A+||Although Eric Reid might not have been that high on everyone's board, Trent Baalke has proven that he is an excellent judge of talent. The rest of the class is simply loaded with potential.|
|Cardinals||B||While any offensive line help is a good thing for Arizona, Jonathan Cooper is not going to help protect the quarterback too much at guard. The success of Tyrann Mathieu will also go a long way in decided how good this class is.|
|Rams||A||Tavon Austin will make Sam Bradford very happy next season, and Alec Ogletree should be a starter right away. Barrett Jones also represents great value as a versatile offensive lineman.|
|Seahawks||C||Grabbing Percy Harvin for a first-round pick is obviously worth the cost, but the draft itself was very underwhelming. The two running backs seem unnecessary, and only Jesse Williams stands out as a good value pick.|
|Bills||B||Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin are strong picks at receiver. However, Doug Marrone's time in Buffalo will be short if E.J. Manuel does not pan out like he hopes.|
|Dolphins||B+||Dion Jordan might have been taken too early, but he can make a huge impact on defense. Jamar Taylor, Jelani Jenkins and Will Davis are also solid picks.|
|Jets||A-||Regardless of your opinion of Geno Smith, the team got great value in the second round and he is now the best quarterback on the roster.|
|Patriots||C+||This is one year where the Patriots should not have traded back. The team needed impact players on both sides of the ball, and this class simply does not have any.|
|Bengals||A+||Those of you who play fantasy football should watch out for Tyler Eifert, who could get double-digit touchdowns in this offense next season.|
|Browns||C||Barkevious Mingo was taken too early, and he is one of the riskiest picks in the draft. Cleveland could end up with no useful players in this entire draft.|
|Ravens||A||The mass exodus of defensive players over the offseason gave the Ravens some specific needs. They did a great job by finding starters in Matt Elam, Arthur Brown and John Simon.|
|Steelers||B-||College football fans will recognize a lot of names in this draft as Jarvis Jones, Le'Veon Bell and Landry Jones are all heading to Pittsburgh. The problem is that they could all struggle at the next level.|
|Colts||B-||Bjoern Werner does not have great athleticism, but he can be a guy who gets a lot of sacks for the Colts. It would have been nice to see more help for the defensive secondary.|
|Jaguars||B+||The team needed help in the defensive backfield and did its best to address that by picking whoever fell to them. Luke Joeckel will be a stud on the offensive line and Denard Robinson and Ace Sanders have some upside as playmakers.|
|Texans||A||DeAndre Hopkins will provide balance on offense, while Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams each have a lot of upside on the defensive line.|
|Titans||A-||Each of the first few picks can make an impact right away. Chance Warmack should be a Pro Bowler, while Justin Hunter and Blidi Wreh-Wilson will be solid players for years to come.|
|Broncos||C||Sylvester Williams fills a need, but every other pick seemed like a reach and did not do much to help improve the roster for either the short or long term.|
|Chargers||B||The Chargers had one of the more interesting drafts. They should be ready for additionally media coverage with Manti Te'o, but he and Keenan Allen were solid selections when they were taken.|
|Chiefs||B||A great offseason reduced the amount of needs on this team, and Eric Fisher will be around for a long time. Knile Davis provides a good amount of upside as a potential breakout star at running back.|
|Raiders||B-||Each of the first four picks represents a boom-or-bust type of prospect. It seems the Raiders simply cannot have it any other way.|
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