2013 NFL Draft Grades: How Each Team Performed in Offseason's Main Event
It takes time to truly judge an NFL draft, but you can look at the value of selections and team needs filled right away.
While many organizations were able to get impact players without reaching, others struggled over the three days and are worse off because of it. In a competitive league, missed opportunities in the first few rounds can make a huge difference for the future.
When looking at value, however, it is important to truly get an all-around look at how teams were able to improve. This not only includes who was selected in the draft, but also which squads were able to get value for picks.
If a team trades its first-round pick for talent that will help immediately, there is no reason to penalize it in a grade.
Here is a full list of scores for every team in the league, with extra analysis on those that helped themselves in other ways.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (B)
Last season, the Buccaneers had, by far, the worst pass defense in the NFL, allowing an average of 297 yards per game.
Tampa Bay's cornerbacks simply could not stay with any receivers, and opposing quarterbacks were able to find open players all day long.
While there were a number of talented cornerbacks in the draft, Tampa Bay decided to go in a different direction with its first-round pick. Instead of getting a young prospect that could possibly become one of the better players in the league, the team acquired arguably the best in the game today.
The Buccaneers traded its first-round pick and a conditional 2014 selection to the New York Jets for Darrelle Revis, who should make a huge difference in the secondary.
In the second round, the squad drafted another big, physical cornerback in Johnthan Banks, who could learn from Revis and also play right away.
While the rest of the draft had some question marks, like the selection of Mike Glennon in the third round, these two players will make the difference in a lot of games next season.
Seattle Seahawks (B-)
The draft itself featured a lot of interesting selections for the Seahawks. Primarily, the team used its first pick (second round) on Christine Michael despite having Marshawn Lynch as a starting running back and a young Robert Turbin, who has shown potential.
What grade do you give Seattle's draft?
Amazingly, Michael was not even the only running back taken by Seattle; the organization also selected Spencer Ware in the sixth round.
It then appeared that drafting for size was all that mattered as the Seahawks grabbed Jordan Hill, Chris Harper and Tharold Simon, who were all taken earlier than expected.
However, this entire process was saved by the fact that Seattle's first-round pick went to good use. The team traded it for Percy Harvin back in March.
When healthy, Harvin is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL. He only played nine games last season in Minnesota, but he had 62 receptions for 677 yards. Harvin can immediately become an elite weapon for Russell Wilson as he helps create balance to the offense.
There was no one like Harvin available with the No. 25 pick of this year's draft, which gives plenty of value to this trade. It made this draft a relative success for the Seahawks before it had even started.
Cleveland Browns (C+)
The Browns only had five selections in the entire draft, and only two in the first five rounds. That is not a good recipe for turning around a 5-11 team.
With those selections, Cleveland did not do much to help the team. Barkevious Mingo is an incredibly risky selection who should not have been taken as high as No. 6 overall, and Leon McFadden is likely going to be asked to do too much, too soon.
That being said, the Browns still made good value of the draft picks that were never used.
They turned their fourth- and fifth-round picks into third- and fourth-round selections in 2014 (via ESPN). These will come in handy down the line.
Additionally, they acquired Davone Bess for a swap of late picks that cost them very little.
However, Cleveland's best use of picks in this draft came from last year's supplemental draft, when Cleveland took Josh Gordon. That cost the team a second-round pick, but the young receiver already appears worth the price.
The draft was still pretty bad, but a C+ at least gives credit to the wheeling and dealing going on behind the scenes.
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