NFL Preseason 2013: Report Card Grades for All 1st-Round Rookies After Week 1

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NFL Preseason 2013: Report Card Grades for All 1st-Round Rookies After Week 1
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Every team wants its top rookie to ace the early tests it gives him. 

For the most part, teams will convince themselves and try to convince the fans that each rookie is a proverbial straight-A student. Yet most teams will grade those picks on a curve as they roll out different expectations for their draft picks. 

Consider Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin. A first-round pick in 2012, Irvin was a surprise pick panned by many. When the season rolled around, it was clear that he wasn't ready to play the run. In fact, he might never be a consistent run defender at the professional level, but man oh man can he rush the passer! 

How do you grade Irvin, then? Seahawks fans wouldn't give him a failing grade for all the world. Some rookies like Cleveland Browns linebacker Barkevious Mingo and Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan are in that exact same boat. 

Then there's Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. As the top passer in the draft, much will be expected. After a 2012 in which Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson all paid immediate dividends, the pressure will be on Manuel to produce right away. 

Find out how these players as well as the rest of the first round have graded out so far in camp.

 

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all stats are courtesy of Pro Football Focus. 

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