NFL Draft Grades: Scoring Every General Manager's Draft-Day Decisions

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
NFL Draft Grades: Scoring Every General Manager's Draft-Day Decisions
Al Bello/Getty Images

It's no secret that the best teams in the NFL are also more often than not the best drafting teams in the league.

Decisions made on draft day shape the landscape of the NFL. Teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots consistently replenish their stock of young talent by making savvy decisions in April.

Other teams, like the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders, can usually be counted on to make at least one or two head-scratching decisions every year.

Jerry Jones is...

Submit Vote vote to see results

This year, Jerry Jones took the cake as the general manager who made the most outrageous picks, and his lack of discernment as it pertains to personnel decisions is fast becoming a real problem for the Dallas Cowboys as a competitive franchise. 

Here's a snapshot of the early grades for each team's general manager. After the grades, I'll focus on three teams for a deeper look into why they earned those grades.

 

GM TEAM GRADE
Jerry Reese New York Giants B
Jerry Jones Dallas Cowboys C-
Howie Roseman Philadelphia Eagles B
Bruce Allen Washington Redskins B
Kevin Colbert Pittsburgh Steelers B+
Ozzie Newsome Baltimore Ravens A
Michael Lombardi Cleveland Browns C
Mike Brown Cincinnati Bengals A-
Ted Thompson Green Bay Packers A
Martin Mayhew Detroit Lions B
Rick Spielman Minnesota Vikings B+
Phil Emery Chicago Bears C+
Rick Smith Houston Texans B
Ryan Grigson Indianapolis Colts C+
Ruston Webster Tennessee Titans B+
Dave Caldwell Jacksonville Jaguars B+
Thomas Dimitroff Atlanta Falcons B+
Mickey Loomis New Orleans Saints B
Mark Dominik Tampa Bay Buccaneers B-
Dave Gettleman Carolina Panthers B
John Elway Denver Broncos C
John Dorsey Kansas City Chiefs B-
Reggie McKenzie Oakland Raiders A-
Tom Telesco San Diego Chargers B
Steve Keim Arizona Cardinals A-
John Scheider Seattle Seahawks B
Trent Baalke San Francisco 49ers A+
Les Snead St. Louis Rams A-
Nick Caserlo/Bill Belichick New England Patriots C+
Buddy Nix Buffalo Bills C
Jeff Ireland Miami Dolphins B-
John Idzik New York Jets B+

 

Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys (C-)

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Travis Frederick? Really? In the first round, Jerry Jones?

Jones knows he made waves by selecting Frederick in the first round when many experts had him pegged as a third-round player. Team beat writer Clarence Hill spoke to Jones about the pick:

The sad thing about this particular pick is that Jones initially looked like he was making a smart move when he traded down with the San Francisco 49ers, who jumped up to No. 18 to snag safety Eric Reid. 

The fact that Frederick was the team's only offensive lineman selected is a travesty in itself. The fact that Jones drafted him instead of selecting Matt Elam or Jonathan Cyprien to improve his secondary is just as horrid. 

Will the Cowboys make it to the playoffs in 2013?

Submit Vote vote to see results

Sadder still is the fact that Jones' first mistake wasn't his last.

Gavin Escobar might turn out to be a nice player for the Cowboys, but he's going to be a backup tight end for the next few years until Jason Witten retires. Terrence Williams is a nice receiver, but selecting another receiving target for Tony Romo is crazy in light of the team's horrific offensive line.

Honestly, there isn't any real logic to what Jones did in this year's draft. His selections defy reason, and it's clear that Jones is becoming the league's next Al Davis. 

 

Ozzie Newsome: Baltimore Ravens (A)

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

After losing two future Hall of Famers in Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, trading Anquan Boldin to the 49ers for a sixth-round pick and watching a few of their best free agents leave town, the Ravens looked doomed.

The Ravens are more likely to...

Submit Vote vote to see results

Newsome never panicked, however. And after watching him reel in quality player after quality player in the draft, it's not hard to see why.

Not only did Newsome land replacements for Reed and Lewis, but he improved his defensive line and provided Joe Flacco with a couple of potential new targets late in the draft.

Landing Matt Elam at the end of the first round wasn't a shocker, but the fact that Newsome was able to select linebacker Arthur Brown towards the end of Round 2 was stunning. Furthermore, Brandon Williams will be a stud in the middle of the team's defensive line playing next to Haloti Ngata. 

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, who was covering the draft live, took the time to comment on this trio in the middle of his broadcast:

It's clear Newsome is one of the best talent evaluators in the NFL, and because of his efforts, the Ravens could be stronger on defense this year than they were a year ago.

Scary thought for the rest of the teams in the AFC.

 

Trent Baalke: San Francisco 49ers (A+)

The overused term "the rich get richer" doesn't even come close to defining what Baalke did in this year's draft.

My jaw just kept hitting the floor. 

And I wasn't the only one. 

Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders summed up Baalke's draft succinctly:

The only questionable decision Baalke made was when he traded up for Reid. But Reid was the team's top-rated safety, and Baalke wanted to make sure he landed his man. 

Trading back in the second round and landing Tank Carradine was a brilliant move to secure the team's defensive line for the future, as was drafting pass-rushing specialist Corey Lemonier out of Auburn in the third round.

Tight end Vance McDonald will fill in nicely for Delanie Walker, who left town this winter, and Marcus Lattimore will be Frank Gore's heir-apparent after likely sitting out the entire 2013 season on the team's PUP list.

Oh, and just for fun, Baalke landed one of the top receivers in this year's draft class late in the fourth round. Quinton Patton has a legitimate chance to beat last year's first-round pick A.J. Jenkins on the team's depth chart this year. 

The 49ers are absolutely loaded heading into the 2013 season, and it's a guarantee that this team will be forced to cut a few players this summer that will contribute in major ways for other teams.

That's how you build a championship roster.

 

Round 1

Pick Team Player Position School
1. Chiefs  Eric Fisher OT  Cent. Michigan 
2. Jaguars  Luke Joeckel OT  Texas A&M 
3. Dolphins*  Dion Jordan DE Oregon
4. Eagles  Lane Johnson OT  Oklahoma 
5. Lions  Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU 
6. Browns  Barkevious Mingo DE  LSU 
7. Cardinals  Jonathan Cooper OG  UNC 
8. Rams*  Tavon Austin WR  West Virginia 
9. Jets  Dee Milliner CB  Alabama 
10. Titans  Chance Warmack OG  Alabama 
11. Chargers  D.J. Fluker OT  Alabama 
12. Raiders*  D.J. Hayden CB  Houston
13. Jets*  Sheldon Richardson DT  Missouri 
14. Panthers  Star Lotulelei DT  Utah 
15. Saints  Kenny Vaccaro Texas 
16. Bills*  EJ Manuel QB  Florida State 
17. Steelers Jarvis Jones  OLB  Georgia 
18. 49ers*  Eric Reid LSU 
19. Giants  Justin Pugh OG Syracuse 
20. Bears  Kyle Long OG  Oregon 
21. Bengals  Tyler Eifert TE  Notre Dame 
22. Falcons*  Desmond Trufant CB  Washington 
23. Vikings  Sharrif Floyd DT  Florida 
24. Colts  Bjoern Werner DE  Florida State 
25. Vikings*  Xavier Rhodes CB  Florida State 
26. Packers  Datone Jones DE  UCLA 
27. Texans  DeAndre Hopkins WR  Clemson 
28. Broncos  Sylvester Williams DT  UNC
29. Vikings*  Cordarrelle Patterson WR  Tennessee 
30. Rams*  Alec Ogletree OLB  Georgia 
31.

Cowboys*

 Travis Frederick Wisconsin 
32. Ravens  Matt Elam Florida 

 

Round 2

Pick Team Player Position School
33. Jaguars  Johnathan Cyprien FIU 
34. Titans*  Justin Hunter WR  Tennessee 
35. Eagles  Zach Ertz TE  Stanford 
36. Lions  Darius Slay CB  Mississippi St. 
37. Bengals*  Giovani Bernard RB  North Carolina 
38. Chargers*  Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame 
39. Jets   Geno Smith QB  West Virginia 
40. 49ers*   Cornellius Carradine DE  Florida State 
41. Bills   Robert Woods WR  USC 
42. Raiders*  Menelik Watson OT  Florida State 
43. Buccaneers   Johnthan Banks CB  Mississippi St. 
44. Panthers   Kawann Short DT  Purdue 
45. Cardinals*  Kevin Minter ILB  LSU 
46. Bills*  Kiko Alonso ILB  Oregon 
47. Cowboys   Gavin Escobar TE  San Diego St. 
48. Steelers   Le'Veon Bell RB  Michigan St. 
49. Giants   Johnathan Hankins DT  Ohio State 
50. Bears   Jon Bostic ILB  Florida 
51. Redskins   David Amerson CB  NC State 
52. Patriots*   Jamie Collins OLB  Southern Miss 
53. Bengals   Margus Hunt DE  SMU 
54. Dolphins*   Jamar Taylor CB  Boise State 
55. 49ers*   Vance McDonald TE Rice 
56. Ravens*  Arthur Brown OLB  Kansas State 
57. Texans   D.J. Swearinger South Carolina 
58. Broncos   Montee Ball RB  Wisconsin 
59. Patriots   Aaron Dobson WR  Marshall 
60. Falcons   Robert Alford CB  SE Louisiana 
61. Packers*  Eddie Lacy RB  Alabama 
62. Seahawks*  Christine Michael RB  Texas A&M

 

Round 3

Pick Team Player Position School
 63. Chiefs   Travis Kelce TE  Cincinnati 
 64. Jaguars   Dwayne Gratz CB  Connecticut 
 65. Lions   Larry Worford OG  Kentucky 
 66. Raiders   Sio Moore OLB  Connecticut 
 67. Eagles   Bennie Logan DT  LSU 
 68. Browns   Leon McFadden CB  San Diego St. 
 69. Cardinals   Tyrann Mathieu CB  LSU 
 70. Titans   Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB  Connecticut 
 71. Rams*   T.J. McDonald USC 
 72. Jets   Brian Winters OG  Kent State 
 73. Buccaneers   Mike Glennon QB  NC State 
 74. Cowboys*   Terrance Williams WR  Baylor 
 75.  Saints  Terron Armstead OT  Arkansas-Pine Bluff 
 76. Chargers   Keenan Allen  WR  California 
 77. Dolphins   Dallas Thomas OG  Tennessee 
 78. Bills*   Marquise Goodwin WR  Texas 
 79. Steelers   Markus Wheaton WR  Oregon State 
 80. Cowboys   J.J. Wilcox Georgia Southern 
 81. Giants   Damontre Moore DE  Texas A&M 
 82. Saints*  John Jenkins  DT  Georiga 
 83. Patriots*   Logan Ryan CB  Rutgers 
 84. Bengals   Shawn Williams Georgia 
 85. Redskins   Jordan Reed TE  Florida 
 86. Colts   Hugh Thornton OG  Illinois 
 87. Seahawks   Jordan Hill DT  Penn State 
 88. 49ers*  Corey Lemonier DE  Auburn 
 89. Texans   Brennan Williams OT  North Carolina 
 90. Broncos   Kayvon Webster CB  South Florida 
 91. Patriots   Duron Harmon Rutgers 
 92. Rams*  Stedman Bailey WR  West Virginia 
 93. Dolphins*  Will Davis CB  Utah State 
 94. Ravens   Brandon Williams DT  Missouri Southern St. 
 95. Texans  Sam Montgomery DE  LSU 
 96. Chiefs  Knile Davis RB  Arkansas 
 97. Titans  Zaviar Gooden OLB  Missouri 

 

Round 4

Pick Team Player Position School
 98. Eagles*  Matt Barkley QB  USC 
 99. Chiefs   Nico Johnson ILB  Alabama 
100. Buccaneers*  Akeem Spence DT  Illinois 
101. Jaguars*  Ace Sanders WR  South Carolina 
102. Patriots*   Josh Boyce WR  TCU 
103. Cardinals   Alex Okafor DE  Texas 
104. Dolphins*   Jelani Jenkins OLB  Florida 
105. Bills   Duke Williams Nevada 
106. Dolphins*   Dion Sims TE  Michigan State 
107. Titans   Brian Schwenke California 
108. Panthers   Edmund Kugbila OG  Valdosta State 
109. Packers*   David Bakhtiari OT  Colorado 
110. Giants*  Ryan Nassib QB  Syracuse 
111. Steelers*  Shamarko Thomas Syracuse 
112. Raiders*  Tyler Wilson QB  Arkansas 
113. Rams   Barrett Jones Alabama 
114. Cowboys   B.W. Webb CB  William & Mary 
115. Steelers   Landry Jones QB  Oklahoma 
116. Cardinals*  Earl Watford OG  James Madison 
117. Bears   Khaseem Greene OLB  Rutgers 
118. Bengals   Sean Porter OLB  Texas A&M 
119. Redskins   Phillip Thomas Fresno State 
120. Vikings   Gerald Hodges OLB  Penn State 
121. Colts   Khaled Holmes USC 
122. Packers   J.C. Tretter OG  Cornell 
123. Seahawks   Chris Harper WR  Kansas State 
124. Texans   Trevardo Williams DE  Connecticut 
125. Packers*  Johnathan Franklin RB  UCLA 
126. Buccaneers*   William Gholston DE  Michigan State 
127. Falcons   Malliciah Goodman  DE  Clemson 
128. 49ers   Quinton Patton WR  Louisiana Tech 
129. Ravens   John Simon DE  Ohio State 
130. Ravens  Kyle Juszczyk FB  Harvard 
131. 49ers  Marcus Lattimore RB  South Carolina 
132. Lions  Devin Taylor DE  South Carolina 
133. Falcons  Levine Toilolo TE  Stanford 

 

Round 5

Pick Team Player Position School
134. Chiefs  Sanders Commings  CB  Georgia 
135. Jaguars  Denard Robinson WR  Michigan 
136, Eagles  Earl Wolff NC State 
137. Seahawks*  Jesse Williams DT  Alabama 
138. Seahawks*  Tharold Simon CB  LSU 
139. Colts*  Montori Hughes DT  Tenn-Martin 
140. Cardinals  Stepfan Taylor RB  Stanford 
141. Jets  Oday Aboushi OG  Virginia 
142. Titans  Lavar Edwards DE  LSU 
143. Bills  Jonathan Meeks Clemson 
144. Saints  Kenny Stills WR  Oklahoma 
145. Chargers  Steve Williams CB  California 
146. Broncos*  Quanterus Smith DE  Western Kentucky 
147. Buccaneers  Steven Means OLB  Buffalo 
148. Panthers  A.J. Klein ILB  Iowa State 
149. Rams  Brandon McGee CB  Miami (FL) 
150. Steelers  Terry Hawthorne CB  Illinois 
151. Cowboys  Joseph Randle RB  Oklahoma State 
152. Giants  Cooper Taylor Richmond 
153. Falcons*  Stansly Maponga DE  TCU 
154. Redskins  Chris Thompson RB  Florida State 
155. Vikings  Jeff Locke UCLA 
156. Bengals  Tanner Hawkinson OT  Kansas 
157. 49ers*  Quinton Dial DE  Alabama 
158. Seahawks  Luke Wilson TE  Rice 
159. Packers  Micah Hyde CB  Iowa 
160. Rams*  Zac Stacy RB  Vanderbilt 
161. Broncos  Tavarres King WR  Georgia 
162. Redskins*  Brandon Jenkins OLB  Florida State 
163. Bears*  Jordan Mills OT  Louisiana Tech 
164. Dolphins*  Mike Gillislee RB  Florida 
165. Lions*  Sam Martin Appalachian St. 
166. Dolphins  Caleb Sturgis Florida 
167. Packers  Josh Boyd DT  Mississippi St. 
168. Ravens  Ricky Wagner OT  Wisconsin 

 

Round 6

Pick Team Player Position School
169, Jaguars  Josh Evans Florida 
170. Chiefs  Eric Kush California (PA) 
171. Lions  Corey Fuller WR  Virginia Tech 
172. Raiders  Nick Kasa TE  Colorado 
173. Broncos*  Vinston Painter OT  Virginia Tech 
174. Cardinals  Ryan Swope WR  Texas A&M 
175. Browns  Jamoris Slaughter Notre Dame 
176. Texans*  David Quessenberry OT  San Jose State 
177. Bills  Dustin Hopkins Florida State 
178. Jets  William Campbell DT  Michigan 
179. Chargers  Tourek Williams DE  FIU 
180. 49ers*  Nick Moody OLB  Florida State 
181. Raiders*  Latavius Murray RB  Central Florida 
182. Panthers  Kenjon Barner RB  Oregon 
183. Saints  Rufus Johnson DE  Tarleton State 
184. Raiders*  Mychal Rivera  TE Tennessee 
185. Cowboys  DeVonte Holloman OLB  South Carolina 
186. Steelers  Justin Brown WR  Oklahoma 
187. Cardinals*  Andre Ellington RB  Clemson 
188. Bears  Cornelius Washington DE  Georgia 
189. Buccaneers*  Mike James RB  Miami (FL) 
190. Bengals  Rex Burkhead RB  Nebraska 
191. Redskins  Bacarri Rambo Georgia 
192. Colts  John Boyett Oregon 
193. Packers  Nate Palmer OLB  Illinois State 
194. Seahawks  Spencer Ware RB  LSU 
195. Texans  Alan Bonner WR  Jacksonville St. 
196. Vikings*  Jeff Baca OG  UCLA 
197. Bengals*  Cobi Hamilton WR  Arkansas 
198. Texans*  Chris Jones DT  Bowling Green 
199. Lions*  Theo Riddick RB  Notre Dame 
200. Ravens  Kapron Lewis-Moore DE  Notre Dame 
201. Texans  Ryan Griffin TE  Connecticut 
202. Titans  Khalid Wooten CB  Nevada 
203. Ravens  Ryan Jensen OG  Colorado St.-Pueblo 
204. Chiefs  Braden Wilson FB  Kansas State 
205. Raiders  Stacy McGee DT  Oklahoma 
206. Steelers  Vince Williams ILB  Florida State 

 

Round 7

Pick Team Player Position School
207. Chiefs  Mike Catapano DE  Princeton 
208. Jaguars  Jeremy Harris CB  New Mexico St. 
209. Raiders  Brice Butler WR  San Diego State 
210. Jaguars*  Demetrius McCray CB  Appalachian St. 
211. Lions  Michael Williams TE  Alabama 
212. Eagles*  Joe Kruger DE  Utah 
213. Vikings*  Michael Mauti ILB  Penn State 
214. Vikings*  Travis Bond OG  North Carolina 
215. Jets  Tommy Bohanon FB  Wake Forest 
216. Packers* Charles Johnson WR  Grand Valley St. 
217. Browns*  Armonty Bryant DE  E. Central Oklahoma 
218. Eagles*  Jordan Poyer CB  Oregon State 
219. Cardinals*  D.C. Jefferson TE  Rutgers 
220. Seahawks*  Ryan Seymour OG  Vanderbilt 
221. Chargers  Brad Sorensen QB  Southern Utah 
222. Bills*  Chris Gragg TE  Arkansas 
223. Steelers  Nick Williams DT  Samford 
224. Packers*  Kevin Dorsey WR  Maryland 
225. Giants  Eric Herman OG  Ohio 
226. Patriots*  Michael Buchanan DE  Illinois 
227. Browns*  Garrett Gilkey OG  Chadron State 
228. Redskins  Jawan Jamison RB  Rutgers 
229. Vikings*  Everett Dawkins DT  Florida State 
230. Colts  Kerwynn Williams RB  Utah State 
231. Seahawks  Ty Powell OLB  Harding 
232. Packers  Sam Barrington OLB  South Florida 
233. Raiders*  David Bass DE  Missouri Western 
234. Broncos  Zac Dysert QB  Miami (Ohio) 
235. Patriots  Steve Beauharnais ILB  Rutgers 
236. Bears*  Marquess Wilson WR  Washington State 
237. 49ers  B.J. Daniels QB  South Florida 
238. Ravens  Aaron Mellette WR  Elon 
239. Eagles  David King DE  Oklahoma 
240. Bengals  Reid Fragel OT  Ohio State 
241. Seahawks  Jared Smith DT  New Hampshire 
242. Seahawks  Michael Bowie OT  NE Oklahoma State 
243. Falcons  Kemal Ishmael CB  Central Florida 
244. Falcons  Zeke Motta Notre Dame 
245. Lions  Brandon Hepburn ILB  Florida A&M 
246. 49ers  Carter Bykowski OT  Iowa State 
247. Ravens  Marc Anthony CB  California 
248. Titans  Daimion Stafford Nebraska 
249. Falcons  Sean Renfree QB  Duke 
250. Dolphins  Don Jones Arkansas State 
251. Bengals  T.J. Johnson South Carolina 
252. 49ers  Marcus Cooper CB  Rutgers 
253. Giants  Michael Cox RB  Massachusetts 
254. Colts  Justice Cunningham TE  South Carolina 

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that a trade was made for the pick

 

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78 

Load More Stories

Follow B/R on Facebook

NFL Draft

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.