NFL Draft 2013: Teams That Made Great Value Selections

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 28, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  D.J. Fluker of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a jersey on stage after he was picked #11 overall by the San Diego Chargers in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Need or value? That's the question most NFL teams ask themselves before they make their selections in the NFL draft each year.

It's possible to find both in some cases, but oftentimes, teams are taking a gamble, either reaching for a player to fill a key need or opting to take the best player available and hope he fills that need sometime down the road.

The Philadelphia Eagles were one team that was able to make excellent value selections this year, acquiring a super athletic tackle in Lane Johnson in Round 1 and stealing USC quarterback Matt Barkley in Round 4 on Day 3.

So, who else won this past weekend?

Here, we'll take a closer look at some other teams that made great value selections in the 2013 NFL draft.


Cincinnati Bengals Get Offensive Help

The Bengals focused their attention to the offensive side of the ball early on in the 2013 NFL draft. They took Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in Round 1 and North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard with their first selection in Round 2.

Landing Eifert at No. 21 overall was a huge steal, and picking up the versatile Bernard to help take pressure off Andy Dalton at No. 37 overall was also key. 

Tight end wasn't a big need for this team coming in, but Eifert has the potential to develop in Dalton's go-to weapon in the passing game.

Cincinnati also acquired some big-time defensive players, including SMU defensive end Margus Hunt and Georgia safety Shawn Williams. Hunt makes an already-scary defensive line that much more fearsome, while Williams helps fill a big need in the secondary.


Green Bay Packers Improve on Both Sides

If you're a Green Bay Packers fan, you have to love what your team did in this year's draft. 

The Pack found a perfect fit up front in their 3-4 defense in Round 1, drafting UCLA's Datone Jones No. 26 overall. They then managed to land arguably the best running back available, Eddie Lacy, at No. 61 overall late in Round 2 on Friday.

In the fourth round, Green Bay addressed its offensive line woes by picking up two linemen: Colorado tackle David Bakhtiari and Cornell center J.C. Tretter. The Packers also drafted UCLA running back Johnathan Franklin, turning a weakness into a strength, with Lacy and Franklin both set to carry the load in the back field next season.

Finally, Grand Valley State wide receiver Charles Johnson offers Green Bay excellent value in the seventh round. The 6'2" wideout has great speed and can elevate above defenders. 


San Diego Chargers Land Some Big Names

The San Diego Chargers will likely be remembered for being the team that drafted Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o in 2013, but that wasn't the only high-value pickup the Bolts made this spring.

In Round 1, San Diego addressed a key area of need on the offensive line by selecting Alabama stud tackle D.J. Fluker No. 11 overall. Philip Rivers was sacked 49 times in 2012, so adding a big tackle to protect him is a move that only makes the Chargers offense better.

Of course, Te'o was also a steal at No. 38 overall on Day 2. He has tremendous instincts and should compete right away for a starting gig on the interior of San Diego's 3-4 defense. 

Drafting former Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen in the third round was also an underrated move. Allen was projected by many as a potential first-round pick not long ago, making him a huge value selection on Day 2.


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