2013 NFL Draft: Grading the 1st-Round Picks Based on Rookie Production

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2013 NFL Draft: Grading the 1st-Round Picks Based on Rookie Production
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There’s a chance the 2013 NFL draft may go down in the books as one of the worst ones in quite some time. Only one quarterback was taken in the first round and not a single running back, meaning EJ Manuel needs to develop or this will become the first draft with no first-round Pro Bowlers at either position since 2009 (and Matthew Stafford will probably make one soon).

Through one season, a players performance in no way determines how he will fare the rest of his career. After all, Eli Manning turned in a miserable rookie campaign before winning two Super Bowls. That’s comforting for the Kansas City Chiefs, who saw scarily awful play from their first overall pick, Eric Fisher.

Here’s a rough ranking of the 32 first-round picks so far and the production they’ve given their franchises. The spot at which the player was taken has been factored in, so a player like Fisher will be graded more harshly than the player taken 32nd overall.

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