2013 NFL Draft Grades: Assessing Each Team's Performance at Showcase Event

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Sheldon Richardson of the Missouri Tigers holds up a jersey on stage after he was picked #13 overall by the New York Jets 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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The road to the Super Bowl starts at the NFL draft.

Each year, all 32 teams descend upon New York in order to snag the best college prospects on the board. Coaches and general managers' reputations have been made and broken at the NFL draft. One great showing can set you up for years of success, but a bad draft can set a franchise back in a big way.

Only time will tell as to what kind of impact the 2013 draft has on each team's future.

Here is each team's grade for their draft, followed by the teams that missed the most with their picks.



2013 NFL Draft Grades

Team Best Pick Sleeper Pick
49ers DE Corey Lemonier
RB Marcus Lattimore
Bears OT Jordan Mills
WR Marquess Wilson
Bengals RB Giovani Bernard
WR Cobi Hamilton
Bills WR Marquise Goodwin
TE Chris Gragg
Broncos DE Quanterus Smith
QB Zac Dysert
Browns CB Leon McFadden
S Jamoris Slaughter C-
Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon
DE Williams Gholston
Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper
CB Tyrann Mathieu  A-
Chargers WR Keenan Allen  DE Tourek Williams
Chiefs  OT Eric Fisher
CB Sanders Commings
Colts DE Bjoern Werner  DT Montori Hughes
Cowboys WR Terrance Williams  RB Joseph Randle
Dolphins DE Dion Jordan  RB Mike Gillislee
Eagles OT Lane Johnson
CB Jordan Poyer
Falcons CB Desmond Trufant  S Kemal Ishmael
Giants DT Johnathan Hankins
DE Damontre Moore
Jaguars OT Luke Joeckel
WR Denard Robinson  A+
Jets CB Dee Milliner  OG Brian Winters
Lions DE Ezekiel Ansah
RB Theo Riddick
Packers DE Datone Jones RB Johnathan Franklin
Panthers DT Star Lotulelei  RB Kenjon Barner
Patriots OLB Jamie Collins
DE Michael Buchanan
Raiders CB D.J. Hayden
QB Tyler Wilson
Rams WR Tavon Austin
C Barrett Jones
Ravens LB Arthur Brown  WR Aaron Mellette
Redskins TE Jordan Reed
DE Brandon Jenkins
Saints S Kenny Vaccaro
OT Terron Armstead
Seahawks DT Jordan Hill DT Jesse Williams
Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones
S Shamarko Thomas
Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins
DE Sam Montgomery
Titans WR Justin Hunter  C Brian Schwenke
Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes
OLB Michael Mauti



Teams that Missed the Most

Cleveland Browns: C-


Quite frankly, Barkevious Mingo isn't a good pick for the Cleveland Browns. He's an incredible athlete. That's there for everyone to see. However, how much value are you getting at the sixth pick in the draft with him?

Mingo looks like he’s going to be a one-trick pony. In his three years at LSU, Mingo was able to get by using his superior physical gifts. It’s a luxury he won’t be afforded in the NFL. If that’s all he has, teams are going to figure him out very quickly. If he has yet to develop the necessary moves by now, there’s a very good threat he won’t in the pros.

Putting Mingo and Paul Kruger together is nice for the Browns, but they had other areas of concern that should have been addressed first.

With its subsequent picks, Cleveland failed to get a ton of value. Leon McFadden is not a bad pick in the second round and gives the Browns a solid corner. If the Browns wanted to get a corner, though, they should have gone with Dee Milliner in the first round.



Washington Redskins: C-


After trading up to get Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins have written off the next couple of drafts. Griffin’s injury illustrated how the team needs him to stay healthy and on the field if it’s to get any value out of him.

It would be one thing if the Redskins had the second pick; however, they had to give up a king’s ransom in order to move up to No. 2. If you believe the Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective, Griffin only needs to become Tom Brady if Washington is to get fair value from the deal. That's a much riskier proposition following Griffin's knee injury.

Without a first-round draft pick, the Redskins were really handicapped in this draft. They didn’t manage to get great value out of the picks they did have. David Amerson is far from a sure thing, and Washington probably could have done better in the second round.



New York Jets: C+


One step forward, two steps back. That’s about the best way to describe the New York Jets’ draft.

Taking Dee Milliner in the first round was a nice move considering the absence of Darrelle Revis. He was the best corner in the draft and should become a perennial Pro Bowler.

Four picks later, though, New York selected Sheldon Richardson. With the Jets’ move to a 3-4 defense, it’s hard to see where Richardson fits in. There were very good players on the board at No. 13. If the team wanted to add another defensive tackle, it should have waited to take a riskier player with a lot of potential in a later round.

Then came the Geno Smith selection. If this works, New York is a genius. If it doesn’t, this bad pick will just compound upon a poor draft. Plus, the Jets now have Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow and Geno Smith. There was already enough drama surrounding their quarterbacks. They’ve only added more with Smith. The pressure on him will be immense right from the get-go. He can be a good QB in the league, but he’ll need some time. It’s time that he unfortunately may not be afforded to him in New York.