2013 NFL Draft Review: Power Ranking Every Team's Haul 1 Year Later

Russell S. Baxter@@BaxFootballGuruContributor IApril 24, 2014

2013 NFL Draft Review: Power Ranking Every Team's Haul 1 Year Later

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    Did Eric Fisher and the Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 1 draft in 2013?
    Did Eric Fisher and the Kansas City Chiefs have the No. 1 draft in 2013?Jason DeCrow

    In exactly two weeks (May 8), the National Football League will begin its three-day process of restocking its 32 teams' rosters with 256 prospects.

    It is also known as the 2014 NFL draft.

    What about last year’s annual selection meeting? Here, we will power rank each club’s class from the least impressive to the most significant almost a calendar year later.

    We will take into account such things as the number of current starters drafted, as well as the overall playing time by each class. And we will not only take a look back but also spin a few things forward for the teams that drafted as much or more for the future as they did the present

    Simply put, this is merely an early look at a process that really takes years to accurately evaluate. Then again, there’s no time like the present for a league in which there’s a lot to be said for paying immediate dividends.

32. Miami Dolphins

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    Players Selected: 9

    Round    Player (School)

    1/3          DE Dion Jordan (Oregon)

    2/54        DB Jamar Taylor (Boise State)

    3/77        T Dallas Thomas (Tennessee)

    3b/93      DB Will Davis (Utah State)

    4/104      LB Jelani Jenkins (Florida)

    4b/106    TE Dion Sims (Michigan State)

    5/164      RB Mike Gillislee (Florida)

    5b/166    PK Caleb Sturgis (Florida)

    7/250      DB Don Jones (Arkansas State)

    2013 Analysis

    It’s not a great sign when your top two picks make more news in the spring of 2014 than they did in the fall of 2013. Jordan looks to rebound from a disappointing debut season, according to Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald.

    Taylor didn’t start a game this past season and was limited to just nine outings due to injury, one that had him thinking about his football future, according to Chadd Cripe of The Idaho Statesman.

    Sturgis did lead the team in scoring with 111 points, but he connected on just 26 of his 34 field-goal attempts.

31. Indianapolis Colts

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    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    1/24       DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State)

    3/86       G Hugh Thornton (Illinois)

    4/121     C Khaled Holmes (Southern Cal)

    5/139     DT Montori Hughes (Tennessee-Martin)

    6/192     DB John Boyett (Oregon)

    7/230     RB Kerwynn Williams (Utah State)

    7b/254   TE Justice Cunningham (South Carolina)

    2013 Analysis

    In 2012, general manager Ryan Grigson struck gold in the draft, namely on offense, with the likes of quarterback Andrew Luck, wideout T.Y. Hilton, tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen and running back Vick Ballard

    He wasn’t nearly as success on either side of the football in 2013. The team’s seven picks played a combined 39 games during their rookie seasons.

    Werner wasn’t much of a factor, totaling 18 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Thornton saw his share of action, playing in 14 games and starting a dozen contests. Meanwhile, Holmes is the favorite to take over the starting center job in 2014.

30. Cleveland Browns

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    David Richard

    Players Selected: 5

    Round    Player (School)

    1/6          DE Barkevious Mingo (LSU)

    3/68        DB Leon McFadden (San Diego State)

    6/175      DB Jamoris Slaughter (Notre Dame)

    7/217      DE Armonty Bryant (East Central, OK)

    7b/227    T Garrett Gilkey (Chadron State)

    2013 Analysis

    In what proved to be the lone season in the Rob Chudzinski Era, the Cleveland Browns used four of their five selections to aid their defense.

    Perhaps we will see even more playing time from this reduced class in 2014. While there were flashes from this group, it wasn’t nearly enough to reverse the fortunes of a club that has lost 11 or more games each of the last six seasons.

    Mingo was the team’s latest top 10 overall selection. He made three starts and finished second on the team with five sacks. He totaled 42 tackles and knocked down four passes but was not credited with a forced fumble.

    McFadden and Bryant added depth to the defense, the latter totaling a pair of sacks.

29. New York Giants

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    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    1/19       T Justin Pugh (Syracuse)

    2/49       DT Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State)

    3/81       DE Damontre Moore (Texas A&M)

    4/110     QB Ryan Nassib (Syracuse)

    5/152     DB Cooper Taylor (Richmond)

    7/225     G Eric Herman (Ohio)

    7b/253   RB Michael Cox (Massachusetts)

    2013 Analysis

    Turnovers were the story for Tom Coughlin’s team as the New York Giants found themselves out of the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.

    While Eli Manning and Co. were busy giving up the football a league-high 44 times, the team was giving its 2013 rookie class some playing time...to a point.

    While most of this group saw its share of action, Pugh (16) and Cox (one) were the only players to actually earn a start this past season. Pugh opened at right tackle all 16 contests and enjoyed a very respectable year, per Pro Football Focus (subscription required).

    Perhaps we’ll see more from Moore in 2014. The third-round pick enjoyed a very solid preseason but did not have the same kind of impact once fall came around.

28. Washington Redskins

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    LM Otero

    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    2/51       DB David Amerson (North Carolina State)

    3/85       TE Jordan Reed (Florida)

    4/119     DB Philip Thomas (Fresno State)

    5/154     RB Chris Thompson (Florida State)

    5b/162   LB Brandon Jenkins (Florida State)

    6/191     DB Bacarri Rambo (Georgia)

    7/228     RB Jawan Jamison (Rutgers)

    2013 Analysis

    The Washington Redskins did not have a first-round pick in 2013 due to a trade with the St. Louis Rams a year earlier that enabled them to draft quarterback Robert Griffin III. As of now, the Redskins once again won’t be picking on Day (Night) No. 1 in two weeks.

    So what else is new? Dating back to the history of the common draft (1967-2013), a span of 47 drafts, the team has drafted only 25 players in the first round.

    Back to the present, where Amerson enjoyed a productive 2013 season. He played in 16 games and made nine starts, totaling 48 tackles, 10 passes defensed and a pair of interceptions. Reed was an eye-opener as well, finishing second on the team in catches (45) and receiving yards (499) and scoring three touchdowns in just nine games.

    Rambo saw action in 11 contests and totaled 43 stops.

27. San Francisco 49ers

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    Players Selected: 11

    Round    Player (School)

    1/18       DB Eric Reid (LSU)

    2/40       DE Tank Carradine (Florida State)

    2b/55     TE Vance McDonald (Rice)

    3/88       LB Corey Lemonier (Auburn)

    4/128     WR Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech)

    4b/131   RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina)

    5/157     DT Quinton Dial (Alabama)

    6/180     LB Nick Moody (Florida State)

    7/237     QB B.J. Daniels (South Florida)

    7b/246   T Carter Bykowski (Iowa State)

    7c/252   DB Marcus Cooper (Rutgers)

    2013 Analysis

    Before a January that resulted in a third straight trip to the NFC title game, the San Francisco 49ers spent April with an eye to the future, at least when it came to many of their 2013 selections.

    Reid was a 16-game starter who totaled six takeaways and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.

    The intriguing pick was Lattimore, who sat out all of last season after getting injured late with the Gamecocks in 2012. “After my injury, I just wanted to walk again,” said Lattimore, per David Cloninger of GoGamecocks last week. “But I’m blessed to be in this situation. Never would have thought in a million years I’d be in this situation.”

    That situation is a team that finished third in the NFL in rushing this past season.

    Meanwhile, Cooper wound up having a somewhat respectable season...for the Kansas City Chiefs.

26. Atlanta Falcons

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    Players Selected: 8

    Round    Player (School)

    1/22       DB Desmond Trufant (Washington)

    2/60       DB Robert Alford (Southeast Louisiana)

    4/127     DE Malliciah Goodman (Clemson)

    4b/133   TE Levine Toilolo (Stanford)

    5/153     DE Stansly Maponga (TCU)

    7/243     DB Kemal Ishmael (Central Florida)

    7b/244   DB Zeke Motta (Notre Dame)

    7c/249   QB Sean Renfree (Duke)

    2013 Analysis

    After going from 13-3 to 4-12 in one season, it was hard to get excited about anything regarding the Atlanta Falcons in 2013. Still, six of the team’s eight selections played in at least 10 games and the club’s top two picks got plenty of on-the-job training.

    Trufant finished fourth on the team with 70 tackles, totaled two interceptions and rolled up a team-high 17 passes defensed. Alford amassed 40 stops, picked off two passes and knocked down eight other attempts.

    Given that the Falcons were near the bottom of the league in total yards allowed and that only the Chicago Bears gave up more rushing yards in 2013, the team’s other four selections need to emerge a bit more in 2014.

25. Tennessee Titans

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    Players Selected: 8

    Round    Player (School)

    1/10       G Chance Warmack (Alabama)

    2/34       WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee)

    3/70       DB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Connecticut)

    3b/97     LB Zaviar Gooden (Missouri)

    4/107     C Brian Schwenke (California)

    5/142     DE Lavar Edwards (LSU)

    6/202     DB Khalid Wooten (Nevada)

    7/248     DB Daimion Stafford (Nebraska)

    2013 Analysis

    The Tennessee Titans selected eight players last April, five of those on the defensive side of the ball, but the main contributor here proved to be the team’s top selection. Warmack was inconsistent at best when it came to his debut season but did start all 16 games at right guard.

    Hunter totaled just 18 receptions in 14 games but had four touchdowns and rang up a pair of 100-yard performances during the second half of the season.

    Schwenke started nine games at center in 2013 and hopes to improve on his performance this upcoming year.

24. Baltimore Ravens

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    Players Selected: 10

    Round    Player (School)

    1/32       DB Matt Elam (Florida)

    2/56       LB Arthur Brown (Kansas State)

    3/94       DT Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern State)

    4/129     LB John Simon (Ohio State)

    4b/130   RB Kyle Juszczyk (Harvard)

    5/168     G Ricky Wagner (Wisconsin)

    6/200     DE Kapron Lewis-Moore (Notre Dame)

    6b/203   C Ryan Jensen (Colorado State-Pueblo)

    7/238     WR Aaron Mellette (Elon)

    7b/247   DB Marc Anthony (California)

    2013 Analysis

    Following a win in Super Bowl XLVII, the Baltimore Ravens and general manager Ozzie Newsome looked to rebuild their dismantled team via a little free agency and a lot of NFL draft.

    Still, it’s worth noting that while Elam started 15 of the club’s 16 games in 2013, the team’s remaining selection combined for only a pair of starts.

    Elam finished fourth on the club with 77 tackles, knocked down three passes and combined for three takeaways. Wagner was the only other player of this class to start, but that figures to change in 2014 now that tackle Michael Oher has taken his talents to the Tennessee Titans.

    Brown could also vie for a starting job inside along productive veteran Daryl Smith.

23. Kansas City Chiefs

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    Players Selected: 8

    Round    Player (School)

    1/1          T Eric Fisher (Central Michigan)

    3/63       TE Travis Kelce (Cincinnati)

    3b/96     RB Knile Davis (Arkansas

    4/99       LB Nico Johnson (Alabama)

    5/134     DB Sanders Commings (Georgia)

    6/170     C Eric Kush (California, PA)

    6b/204   RB Braden Wilson (Kansas State)

    7/207     LB Mike Catapano (Princeton)

    2013 Analysis

    Coming off a 2-14 season in 2012 and with a new head coach in Andy Reid, you may have expected the Kansas City Chiefs to rebound via the help of their draft class. This was not your typical two-win team—it was loaded with Pro Bowl talent, one of the reasons the club rebounded with an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs.

    Fisher started 13 games, while Davis finished third on the team with 242 yards rushing and four touchdowns. He also had a nice afternoon in the playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts after Jamaal Charles went down.

    Meanwhile, Kelce hopes to take the field in 2014 after missing his rookie campaign due to injury.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    Bill Feig

    Players Selected: 6

    Round    Player (School)

    2/43       DB Johnathan Banks (Mississippi State)

    3/73       QB Mike Glennon (North Carolina State)

    4/100     DT Akeem Spence (Illinois)

    4b/126   DE William Gholston (Michigan State)

    5/147     DE Steven Means (Buffalo)

    6/189     RB Mike James (Miami, Fla.)

    2013 Analysis

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got some decent output from their 2013 draft picks. But with a bunch of new sheriffs in town, as well as the league’s largest free-agent class, it will be interesting to see their roles in 2014.

    Glennon inherited the starting quarterback role when Josh Freeman fell out of favor and was released. The third-round pick threw more than twice as many touchdown passes (19) than interceptions but did lose four of his seven fumbles.

    The team did not have a first-round pick thanks to the trade that brought it cornerback Darrelle Revis, who is now a member of the New England Patriots.

    Banks, Spence and Gholston all saw action on the league’s 17th-ranked defensive unit. Banks totaled 55 tackles and three interceptions, Spence made 14 starts up front and Gholston added a pair of sacks in 12 games.

    James added a spark to the ground game, one that had a tough time replacing injured Doug Martin.

21. Seattle Seahawks

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    Players Selected: 11

    Round    Player (School)

    2/62       RB Christine Michael (Texas A&M)

    3/87       DT Jordan Hill (Penn State)

    4/123     WR Chris Harper (Kansas State)

    5/137     DT Jesse Williams (Alabama)

    5b/138   DB Tharold Simon (LSU)

    5c/158   TE Luke Wilson (Rice)

    6/194     RB Spencer Ware (LSU)

    7/220     G Ryan Seymour (Vanderbilt)

    7b/231   LB Ty Powell (Harding)

    7c/241   G Jared Smith (New Hampshire)

    7d/242   T Michael Bowie (N.E. Oklahoma State)

    2013 Analysis

    The Seattle Seahawks weren’t necessarily expecting much from this rookie class. And as it turned out, the eventual Super Bowl champions wound up not needing a lot from these youngsters.

    The group combined to play in 43 games, more than half of those by Wilson (16) and Bowie (nine). The latter wound up starting eight games on an injury-plagued offensive front that saw tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini miss significant time.

    This season, both Hill and Williams may see more action, as the champs either released or watched their share of defensive linemen depart the team. Christine Michael, with just 18 carries for 79 yards a year ago, could see his playing time increase as well.

20. Houston Texans

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    Phelan M. Ebenhack

    Players Selected: 9

    Round    Player (School)

    1/27       WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson)

    2/57       DB D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina)

    3/89       T Brennan Williams (North Carolina)

    3b/95     DE Sam Montgomery (LSU)

    4/124     LB Trevardo Williams (Connecticut)

    6/176     T David Quessenberry (San Jose State)

    6b/195   WR Alan Bonner (Jacksonville State)

    6c/198   DT Chris Jones (Bowling Green)

    6d/201   TE Ryan Griffin (Connecticut)

    2013 Analysis

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    The Houston Texans got off to a 2-0 start this past season only to lose their final 14 games.

    Last year’s draft class featured solid seasons from the team's top two picks and almost nothing from the final seven selections.

    Hopkins totaled 52 receptions for 802 yards, both second on the team, but he snared only two touchdowns. Swearinger finished second on the team with 71 stops. Meanwhile, Montgomery was let go during the season and is now a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Jones played in 13 games and made 11 starts...for the New England Patriots.

    Griffin stopped the blood-letting, playing in 15 games and totaling 19 catches for 244 yards and a score.

19. Denver Broncos

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    Marcio Jose Sanchez

    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    1/28       DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)

    2/58       RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin)

    3/90       DB Kayvon Webster (South Florida)

    5/146     DE Quanterus Smith (Western Kentucky)

    5b/161   WR Tavarres King (Georgia)

    6/173     T Vinston Painter (Virginia Tech)

    7/234     QB Zac Dysert (Miami, Ohio)

    2013 Analysis

    The defending AFC champions have been busy bolstering their defense during free agency this offseason. They could also use a little more help from Williams, who cracked the starting lineup down the stretch and played somewhat respectability, getting both of his sacks in December. Webster added 41 tackles, one interception and knocked down nine passes in 14 contests.

    Ball finished second on the team with 559 yards rushing, and after some early problems hanging onto his “namesake,” he settled down. The Broncos are counting on him to pick up where he left off in 2013 now that Knowshon Moreno is a member of the Miami Dolphins.

    Meanwhile, the Broncos’ final four selections did not play in 2013. King is hoping for a fresh start with the Carolina Panthers.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Gene J. Puskar

    Players Selected: 9

    Round    Player (School)

    1/17       LB Jarvis Jones (Georgia)

    2/48       RB Le’Veon Bell (Michigan State)

    3/79       WR Markus Wheaton (Oregon State)

    4/111     DB Shamarko Thomas (Syracuse)

    4b/115   QB Landry Jones (Oklahoma)

    5/150     DB Terry Hawthorne (Illinois)

    6/186     WR Justin Brown (Oklahoma)

    6b/206   LB Vince Williams (Florida State)

    7/223     DE Nick Williams (Samford)

    2013 Analysis

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are now coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons. That’s not the kind of consistency usually associated with this franchise.

    A 6-2 finish in 2013 may be a sign of things to come. But if Mike Tomlin’s team expects to pick up where it left off this past season, more will be needed from its latest draft class.

    Jones flashed signs of big-play potential but totaled only one sack in 14 games. Wheaton, hampered by injuries as a rookie, will be thrust into a starting role in 2014 with the free-agent departure of wideout Emmanuel Sanders. Vince Williams started 11 games and totaled 53 tackles but not many impact plays.

    Bell could be a huge factor in his second season. Plagued by injuries during the summer, he totaled 1,259 yards from scrimmage and ran for eight touchdowns in 13 games this past season.

17. Carolina Panthers

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    Bob Leverone

    Players Selected: 5

    Round    Player (School)

    1/14       DT Star Lotulelei (Utah)

    2/44       DT Kawann Short (Purdue)

    4/108     G Edmund Kugbila (Valdosta State)

    5/148     LB A.J. Klein (Iowa State)

    6/182     RB Kenjon Barner (Oregon)

    2013 Analysis

    The defending NFC South champions earned that title this past season thanks mainly to the league’s second-ranked defense.

    The Carolina Panthers also gave up the second-fewest points in 2013 and led the league with 60 sacks. And due to the fact that Lotulelei kind of lived up to his first name and Short did not come up that way, only the Arizona Cardinals gave up fewer rushing yards than Ron Rivera’s club.

    Klein joined both Lotulelei and Short by playing in all 16 games during his rookie campaign. The former Iowa State product totaled 21 tackles and a pair of sacks this past season.

16. Oakland Raiders

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    Players Selected: 10

    Round    Player (School)

    1/12       DB D.J. Hayden (Houston)

    2/42       T Menelik Watson (Florida State)

    3/66       LB Sio Moore (Connecticut)

    4/112     QB Tyler Wilson (Arkansas)

    6/172     TE Nick Kasa (Colorado)

    6b/181   RB Latavius Murray (Central Florida)

    6c/184   TE Mychal Rivera (Tennessee)

    6d/205   DT Stacy McGee (Oklahoma)

    7/209     WR Brice Butler (San Diego State)

    7b/233   DE David Bass (Missouri Western)

    2013 Analysis

    When the fog machine cleared last April, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie turned seven draft choices into 10 selections, the most by the team since 2007 (11).

    But were they the right picks? Hayden and Moore saw their share of action last season, although the team’s first-round pick was limited to only eight games. The latter totaled 50 tackles and finished third on the team with 4.5 sacks.

    Watson played in five games last season, but it’s hard to imagine him as a starter in 2014 with the team’s overhaul on the offensive line.

    The intriguing addition was Rivera, who finished third on the Raiders with 38 catches and tied for second with four touchdown grabs.

15. New England Patriots

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    Steven Senne

    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    2/52       LB Jamie Collins (Southern Miss)

    2b/59     WR Aaron Dobson (Marshall)

    3/83       DB Logan Ryan (Rutgers)

    3b/91     DB Duron Harmon (Rutgers)

    4/102     WR Josh Boyce (TCU)

    7/226     DE Michael Buchanan (Illinois)

    7b/235   LB Steve Beauharnais (Rutgers)

    2013 Analysis

    The perennial powerhouse known as the New England Patriots traded out of the first round in 2013 and, not surprisingly, picked up their share of contributor last April.

    Collins made an impression when called upon, starting 10 games (including playoffs), and stood out during the postseason. It was a year of ups and downs for Dobson, but he hauled in 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns. Boyce could bear more watching in 2014.

    Ryan was arguably the most productive member of the entire class. He led the team with five interceptions and totaled 35 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 10 passes defensed. Add in some contributions from Harmon and Buchanan, and this was a respectable class with interesting potential.

14. Minnesota Vikings

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    Players Selected: 9

    Round    Player (School)

    1/23       DT Sharrif Floyd (Florida)

    1b/25     DB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State)

    1c/29     WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee)

    4/120     LB Gerald Hodges (Penn State)

    5/155     P Jeff Locke (UCLA)

    6/196     G Jeff Baca (UCLA)

    7/213     LB Michael Mauti (Penn State)

    7b/214   G Travis Bond (North Carolina)

    7c/229   DT Everett Dawkins (Florida State)

    2013 Analysis

    A year ago, the Minnesota Vikings were the first team since the 2001 St. Louis Rams to make three first-round selections in the draft. That means general manager Rick Spielman has added five first-round picks to the roster the last two years combined.

    The standout from this class was Patterson, who got better as time wore on and wound up finishing second on the team with nine total touchdowns, scoring via the ground (three), through the air (four) and on kickoffs (two) en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

    Rhodes started six games, totaled 48 tackles and led the team with 10 passes defensed, while Locke averaged 44.2 yards on his 75 punts.

    And this class could earn a much higher future ranking if Floyd, Hodges and Mauti, all potentially taking on much bigger roles in 2014, emerge as quality starters in the not-too-distant future.

13. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Bill Wippert

    Players Selected: 10

    Round    Player (School)

    1/21       TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame)

    2/37       RB Giovani Bernard (North Carolina)

    2b/53     DE Margus Hunt (Southern Methodist)

    3/84       DB Shawn Williams (Georgia)

    4/118     LB Sean Porter (Texas A&M)

    5/156     G Tanner Hawkinson (Kansas)

    6/190     RB Rex Burkhead (Nebraska)

    6b/197   WR Cobi Hamilton (Arkansas)

    7/240     T Reid Fragel (Ohio State)

    7b/251   C T.J. Johnson (South Carolina)

    2013 Analysis 

    The recent success of the Cincinnati Bengals has been predicated primarily on the team's defense. However, last season, Cincinnati wanted to add a little punch to the offense and got it with the selections of Eifert and Bernard.

    The former Golden Domer totaled 39 receptions for 445 yards and a pair of scores. Bernard was the team’s second-leading rusher with 695 yards and second-leading receiver with 56 catches. He also finished third on the club with eight total touchdowns.

    Hunt and Williams both saw their share of action, each appearing in at least 10 games. But the Bengals’ final six selections combined to play in a total of only three contests.

12. Green Bay Packers

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    Players Selected: 11

    Round    Player (School)

    1/26       DE Datone Jones (UCLA)

    2/61       RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama)

    4/109     T David Bakhtiari (Colorado

    4b/122   T J.C. Tretter (Cornell)

    4c/125   RB Johnathan Franklin (UCLA)

    5/159     DB Micah Hyde (Iowa)

    5b/167   DE Josh Boyd (Mississippi State)

    6/193     LB Nate Palmer (Illinois State)

    7/216     WR Charles Johnson (Grand Valley State)

    7b/224   WR Kevin Dorsey (Maryland)

    7c/232   LB Sam Barrington (South Florida)

    2013 Analysis

    The Green Bay Packers have made a habit of finishing first in the NFC North. But it was a second-round pick who had an enormous impact.

    Lacy wound up earning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and making a trip to the Pro Bowl, finishing eighth in the league with 1,178 yards rushing while leading the Pack with 11 touchdowns. Green Bay hopes to see more from a healthier Franklin this season.

    Injuries forced Bakhtiari into the starting lineup perhaps sooner than expected, and that will pay bigger dividends in 2014. And with Evan Dietrich-Smith off to Tampa Bay via free agency, Tretter is the favorite to snap the ball to Aaron Rodgers this season.

    Hyde was a nice addition and excelled on special teams, most notably on punt and kickoff returns. And lest we forget Datone Jones, who totaled only 10 tackles but did rack up 3.5 sacks.

11. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Players Selected: 8

    Round    Player (School)

    1/2          T Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M)

    2/33       DB Johnathan Cyprien (Florida International)

    3/64       DB Dwayne Gratz (Connecticut)

    4/101     WR Ace Sanders (South Carolina)

    5/135     RB Denard Robinson (Michigan)

    6/169     DB Josh Evans (Florida)

    7/208     DB Jeremy Harris (New Mexico State)

    7b/210   DB Demetrius McCray (Appalachian State)

    2013 Analysis

    In 2012, only two teams in the NFL gave up more total yards than the Jacksonville Jaguars. So was it any wonder that the organization used five of its eight selections on defense?

    In fact, all five of those picks were used to bolster the secondary. Cyprien, Gratz and Evans all saw plenty of action, and each started at least eight games this past season. Harris spent the season on injured reserve, a place the first-round tackle wound up five weeks into the season.

    Elsewhere, Sanders finished second on the team with 51 receptions and was also the Jaguars' primary threat on punt returns.

    All told, six of the their eight draft choices played in at least 10 games in 2013.

10. Detroit Lions

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    Players Selected: 9

    Round    Player (School)

    1/5          DE Ziggy Ansah (BYU)

    2/36       DB Darius Slay (Mississippi State)

    3/65       G Larry Warford (Kentucky)

    4/132     DE Devin Taylor (South Carolina)

    5/165     P Sam Martin (Appalachian State)

    6/171     WR Corey Fuller (Virginia Tech)

    6b/199   RB Theo Riddick (Notre Dame)

    7/211     TE Michael Williams (Alabama)

    7b/245   LB Brandon Hepburn (Florida A&M)

    2013 Analysis

    The Detroit Lions haven’t done a ton of winning for the last decade or so. But that could be getting ready to change if the team has draft classes like it did in 2013.

    Ansah led the club with eight sacks, and Taylor bears watching as well. Teaming those two with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley could give Jim Caldwell’s defense a lethal front four.

    Warford was a 16-game starter this past season at right guard, while Slay added 34 tackles and five passes defensed.

    Martin finished sixth in the league in gross punting average and 10th in net average.

    And this entire class could net the Lions an even better ranking one year from now.

9. Dallas Cowboys

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    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    1/31       C Travis Frederick (Wisconsin)

    2/47       TE Gavin Escobar (San Diego State)

    3/74       WR Terrance Williams (Baylor)

    3b/80     DB J.J. Wilcox (Georgia Southern)

    4/114     DB B.W. Webb (William & Mary)

    5/151     RB Joseph Randle (Oklahoma State)

    6/185     LB DeVonte Holloman (South Carolina)

    2013 Analysis

    How about a few positives when it comes to the perennial 8-8 team known as the Dallas Cowboys? The franchise made the most of its seven selections last April, so let’s give some credit where it’s due.

    Frederick was a season-long starter at center, and Williams proved to be a nice big-play option. The former Baylor Bears standout averaged 16.7 yards per reception on 44 catches and totaled five touchdowns.

    Escobar could also be a player who bears consideration despite catching only nine passes in 2013. Veteran tight end Jason Witten is entering his 12th NFL season.

    While he totaled only 54 carries, Randle finished second on the team with 164 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns.

8. Arizona Cardinals

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    Players Selected: 9

    Round    Player (School)

    1/7          G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)

    2/45       LB Kevin Minter (LSU)

    3/69       DB Tyrann Mathieu (LSU)

    4/103     LB Alex Okafor (Texas)

    4b/116   G Earl Watford (James Madison)

    5/140     RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford)

    6/174     WR Ryan Swope (Texas A&M)

    6b/187   RB Andre Ellington (Clemson)

    7/219     TE D.C. Jefferson (Rutgers)

    2013 Analysis

    The Arizona Cardinals surprised everyone with a 10-6 record in 2013. Now, Bruce Arians and Co. hope they have a few more shockers up their shoulder pads.

    Having Cooper in 2014 would be a major plus after he missed the entire 2013 season. Minter is expected to take over on defense for free-agent departure Karlos Dansby.

    Mathieu finished fourth on the team with 68 tackles. He also totaled a pair of interceptions, one sack and knocked down nine passes before going down with a knee injury. Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com updates us on what the immediate future holds for the talented defender.

    Ellington finished second on the team in rushing yards (652) and tied for fourth on the club with 39 receptions. He will be the main man in the backfield as the Cards look to improve on the league’s 23rd-ranked ground game. Taylor got his share of carries as well. Could Okafor be a wild card (or Cardinal) as a pass-rusher?

7. Buffalo Bills

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    Players Selected: 8

    Round    Player (School)

    1/16       QB E.J. Manuel (Florida State)

    2/41       WR Robert Woods (Southern Cal)

    2b/46     LB Kiko Alonso (Oregon)

    3/78       WR Marquise Goodwin (Texas)

    4/105     DB Duke Williams (Nevada)

    5/143     DB Johnathan Meeks (Clemson)

    6/177     PK Dustin Hopkins (Florida State)

    7/222     TE Chris Gragg (Arkansas)

    2013 Analysis

    The Buffalo Bills have done their fair share of drafting good players in recent years, especially in the first round. The key has been the inability to keep them.

    The team’s first five picks all played at least 10 games in 2013. Manuel wasn’t around for the entire season, but he showed a lot of potential. Woods finished fourth on the club with 40 receptions, scoring three touchdowns and averaging 14.7 yards per grab.

    Alonso was the standout and was in the Defensive Rookie of the Year discussion most of the season. He finished with a team-high 159 stops, tied for the club lead with four interceptions and also recovered two fumbles. The 46th overall pick slowed down a bit as time wore on, but he’s expected to move to outside linebacker in 2014 due to the addition of free agent Brandon Spikes.

6. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Ann Heisenfelt

    Players Selected: 8

    Round    Player (School)

    1/4          T Lane Johnson (Oklahoma)

    2/35       TE Zach Ertz (Stanford)

    3/67       DT Bennie Logan (LSU)

    4/98       QB Matt Barkley (Southern Cal)

    5/136     DB Earl Wolff (North Carolina State)

    7/212     DE Joe Kruger (Utah)

    7b/218   DB Jordan Poyer (Oregon State)

    7c/239   DE David King (Oklahoma)

    2013 Analysis

    The first season under head coach Chip Kelly proved to be a rousing success for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now the Birds will look to turn rousing success into an NFL title, something the franchise hasn’t experienced since 1960.

    Johnson had his struggles with pass protection but excelled at run blocking via the numbers from Pro Football Focus. He was a season-long starter and the ceiling appears very high. Ertz was one of six Eagles to catch at least 30 passes last season (36), averaging 13.0 yards per reception to go along with four scores.

    Logan and Wolff both contributed to the team’s new-look defense. Barkley saw most of his playing time while the Eagles were tripping over themselves during the team’s 3-5 start.

5. New York Jets

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    Bob Leverone

    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    1/9         DB Dee Milliner (Alabama)

    1b/13     DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri)

    2/39       QB Geno Smith (West Virginia)

    3/72       T Brian Winters (Kent State)

    5/141     T Oday Aboushi (Virginia)

    6/178     G William Campbell (Michigan)

    7/215     RB Tommy Bohanon (Wake Forest)

    2013 Analysis

    Any time you wind up with the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, things can’t be all bad. For the New York Jets in 2013, it proved to be pretty good by season’s end.

    Richardson was the performer to earn that aforementioned honor, finishing fourth on the team with 78 tackles, totaling 3.5 sacks and helping Rex Ryan’s team finish third in the NFL in rushing defense.

    Smith had his problems hanging onto the football, committing 25 of the team’s 29 turnovers, and looked erratic at times. But he started all 16 games, hung in there without a lot of offensive support and now figures to benefit from the addition of veteran Michael Vick and a season of experience under his belt.

    Milliner and Winters were both 12-game starters this past season and each took the lumps along the way, but don’t be surprised if both rebound well in 2014.

4. Chicago Bears

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    Players Selected: 6

    Round    Player (School)

    1/20       G Kyle Long (Oregon)

    2/50       LB Jon Bostic (Florida)

    4/117     LB Khaseem Greene (Rutgers)

    5/163     T Jordan Mills (Louisiana Tech)

    6/188     DE Cornelius Washington (Georgia)

    7/236     WR Marquess Wilson (Washington State)

    2013 Analysis

    Last offseason, the Chicago Bears were bound and determined to fix that offensive line. They apparently got both bound and determined in the first and fifth rounds.

    While certainly far from perfect, Marc Trestman’s club saw both Long and Mills start all 16 games in 2013. That kind of continuity on the right side of the line together will pay long-term dividends.

    Although the Bears re-signed veteran middle linebacker D.J. Williams this offseason, Bostic figures to see plenty of playing time, especially behind the team’s new-look front four.

    We could also see more in 2014 from Greene, who played in 15 games and totaled 28 tackles this past season.

3. San Diego Chargers

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    Players Selected: 6

    Round    Player (School)

    1/11       T D.J. Fluker (Alabama)

    2/38       LB Manti Te’o (Notre Dame)

    3/76       WR Keenan Allen (California)

    5/145     DB Steve Williams (California)

    6/179     LB Tourek Williams (Florida International)

    7/221     QB Brad Sorensen (Southern Utah)

    2013 Analysis

    A little smashmouth and a lot of ball control helped propel the San Diego Chargers to a season-ending four-game winning streak and a playoff appearance.

    Fluker was certainly a part of that offensive philosophy, starting 15 regular-season games at right (11) and left tackle (four), as well as both playoff contests. Te’o finished fifth on the team with 61 tackles, although he fell short when it came to impact plays (zero takeaways).

    Allen became just the 17th rookie in NFL history to total at least at least 1,000 receiving yards, totaling 71 receptions and tying for the team lead with eight touchdown grabs.

2. New Orleans Saints

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    Players Selected: 5

    Round    Player (School)

    1/15       DB Kenny Vaccaro (Texas)

    3/75       T Terron Armstead (Arkansas-Pine Bluff)

    3b/82     NT John Jenkins (Georgia)

    5/144     WR Kenny Stills (Oklahoma)

    6/183     LB Rufus Johnson (Tarleton State)

    2013 Analysis 

    The New Orleans Saints wound up with just five selections but made the most of those picks.

    It was a dramatically improved New Orleans Saints defensive unit that helped put the team back in the playoffs, and Vaccaro made his presence felt. The first-round pick totaled 79 tackles and eight passes defensed before going down in Week 16.

    Armstead started the final two games and a pair of playoff contests at left tackle, and the position is his as we get ready for 2014. Jenkins played in all 16 games, made five starts and totaled 21 tackles.

    While Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham was busy catching 16 of quarterback Drew Brees’ 39 touchdown passes, Stills was tied for second on the team with five touchdown receptions and is sure to play a bigger role this upcoming season with Lance Moore no longer with the club.

1. St. Louis Rams

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    Players Selected: 7

    Round    Player (School)

    1/8        WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia)

    1b/30     LB Alec Ogletree (Georgia)

    3/71       DB T.J. McDonald (Southern Cal)

    3b/92     WR Stedman Bailey (West Virginia)

    4/113     C Barrett Jones (Alabama)

    5/149     DB Brandon McGee (Miami, Fla.)

    5b/160   RB Zac Stacy (Vanderbilt)

    2013 Analysis

    For the second straight year, the St. Louis Rams were aggressive when it came to the draft, and it certainly paid off.

    Austin began to pay dividends later than sooner, scoring six touchdowns in three different ways. Ogletree wound up leading the team in tackles (117), quite a feat with James Laurinaitis on the roster, and forced six fumbles.

    McDonald totaled 53 tackles in 10 games, while Stacy proved to be the team’s workhorse out of the backfield by season’s end, rushing for 973 yards and leading Jeff Fisher’s team with seven total touchdowns.

    Some statistical support comes via Pro Football FocusPro-Football-Reference and ESPN.com, while depth chart info comes via Ourlads.


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