Overdrafting is a problem some NFL teams run into when they desperately want to upgrade a certain position of need.
There were a few big reaches in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, as general managers chose to throw caution to the wind with gambles that may come back to haunt them.
By no means can any pick be viewed as a success or failure at this point. It'll be a few years before anyone can honestly pass judgement on each team's draft class.
That said, there's no doubt that a few teams made questionable decisions with their first-round picks.
Note: Click HERE for the full results from all seven rounds, courtesy of NFL.com.
Miami Dolphins: Dion Jordan, OLB/DE (No. 3 Overall)
Potential, potential, potential.
Jordan has the potential to be great in the NFL, but he was by no means a safe pick.
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Miami traded up from the No. 12 overall pick with the Oakland Raiders for their No. 3 overall pick, giving up a second-round pick (No. 42 overall) in return (h/t Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel).
Jordan showed flashes of greatness during his career at Oregon, but he didn't produce at a level you'd expect from a top-three pick. In his final two seasons, he logged 12.5 sacks and 23.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
As a way of comparison, Jarvis Jones (No. 17 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers) tallied 14.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles behind the line last year alone. He put up 28 sacks and 44 tackles behind the line in the past two seasons at Georgia.
Clearly, production didn't have anything to do with Miami's decision. Not only was this pick risky as a pure football decision, but as Kelly points out, the Dolphins will shell out a pretty penny for him, too:
It will cost the Dolphins about $20.5M to sign Dion Jordan, whose contract will be FULLY guaranteed as the No. 3 pick. $13.6M signing bonus— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) April 28, 2013
If Jordan can turn himself into an Aldon Smith-type player in the league in the next year or two, Miami's bold move will be lauded. Should he fail to produce, Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland's decision to move up for him will likely cost him his job.
San Diego Chargers: D.J. Fluker, OT (No. 11 Overall)
Taking a left tackle with an early first-round pick is something we see quite often, but it's rare to see a pure right tackle be selected in the first half of Round 1.
Andrew Mason of MaxDenver.com wondered if the Chargers would reach for Fluker before general manager Tom Telesco made his selection:
You're the Chargers. You desperately need OLs. Do you reach for D.J. Fluker here?— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) April 26, 2013
Everyone knew the Chargers would need to upgrade the offensive line this year, but Telesco's decision to reach for Fluker when so many other excellent players were still on the board was questionable, at best.
Did Telesco reach too far for Fluker?
Star Lotulelei, Sheldon Richardson, Jarvis Jones and Kenny Vaccaro were all still available at that time, and all four of them would have been nice upgrades for the team's defense.
Fluker may end up becoming a perennial All-Pro. If he does, Telesco's decision to "reach" for him will be justified. If Fluker doesn't dominate in the pros, however, Telesco's first draft pick with the Chargers could be one that haunts him down the road.
Dallas Cowboys: Travis Frederick, C (No. 31 Overall)
When Jerry Jones traded away his No. 18 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers, it appeared he had made an excellent decision that could benefit the team's talent-starved roster.
Then, Jones dropped the hammer and selected Frederick at the end of the first round. NFL Network's Michael Fabiano tweeted Mike Mayock's third-round grade and offered a slight jab at Jones:
Mike Mayock has a third-round grade on Travis Frederick. Calls the pick "a reach." Typical Cowboys.— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) April 26, 2013
While Mayock's word isn't gospel, he does know a thing or two about evaluating players. He also wasn't the only analyst who couldn't believe Jones had selected Frederick in the first round. ESPN's Matt Barrie offered this insight:
Consensus among draft experts regarding #Cowboys taking Travis Frederick in 1st: Reach. Fills a need. Could've had same player in 3rd.— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrieESPN) April 26, 2013
Frederick does fill a need, but Jones could have also picked up safety Jonathan Cyprien out of Florida International or Matt Elam out of Florida to fill the team's need for defensive backs.
Jones' decision to take Frederick was the biggest reach in the first round, and it doesn't help his cause that it wasn't the last questionable move he made in this year's draft.
|1.||Chiefs||Eric Fisher||OT||Cent. Michigan|
|2.||Jaguars||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|8.||Rams*||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|16.||Bills*||EJ Manuel||QB||Florida State|
|21.||Bengals||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|24.||Colts||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
|25.||Vikings*||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that a trade was made for the pick
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