Top Steals and Busts of the 2013 Draft Class at the First-Quarter Mark

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Top Steals and Busts of the 2013 Draft Class at the First-Quarter Mark
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Considered a risky selection at the time, Arizona Cardinals third-round pick Tyrann Mathieu is looking like a brilliant selection early in his NFL career.

Yes, it’s way too early to start considering members of the 2013 NFL draft class “steals” or “busts” after only the first four games of their NFL careers.

That said, some rookies drafted outside of the first round have exceeded expectations and have shown, at least through Week 4, that they should have been selected higher than they were. On the other hand, some first-round picks have really struggled to acclimate early in their first NFL seasons.

The early stars of the 2013 rookie class are likely to run into slumps eventually. However, many of the players who have been disappointments are adjusting to new roles or schemes with their NFL teams, and are likely to improve as they develop.

Nonetheless, NFL teams may already be regretting letting the following five “steals” fall as far as they did in the draft. The five teams who drafted the “busts” will continue to develop their players, seeking continued improvement. But they may be beginning to have doubts about whether they made the right selections.

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