2013 NFL Draft Report Card

By "The Hog"

Arizona Cardinals Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Ravens
C B+ B
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 7 Jonathan Cooper, G North Carolina 1 22 Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington 1 32 Matt Elam, S, Florida
2 45 Kevin Minter, LB, Louisiana State 2 60 Robert Alford, CB, S. Louisiana 2 56 Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
3 69 Tyrann Mathieu, CB, Louisiana St. 4 133 Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford 3 94 Brandon Williams, DT Missouri So
4 103 Alex Okafor, DE, Texas 5 153 Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU 4 130 Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
4 116 Earl Watford, OG, James Madison 7 243 Kemal Ishmael, S, UCF 5 168 Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
5 140 Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford 7 244 Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame 6 200 Kapron Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame
6 174 Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M 7 249 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke 6 203 Ryan Jensen OG Colorado St-Pueblo
6 187 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson       7 238 Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
7 219 DC Jefferson, TE, Rutgers       7 247 Marc Anthony, CB, California

Summary:   The Cardinals really lost out on filling their primary need at tackle but Cooper will help a front line that struggled last year.  There is nothing really right or wrong about the Cardinals draft this year and they did not manage to draft anyone that will make an immediate difference.  Taylor might beat out Beanie for the starting role but not until mid-year.

Summary:   Atlanta is fairly stacked on offense and tried to address their defensive needs in the draft with two strong Corners to help Asante Samuel in the backfield.  Add in some late round stabs at Safety with a possible replacement for Tony G next year and this looks like good strategy and good management for the Falcons.

Summary:   The Ravens went heavy on defense in 2013, as expected and needed.  With the addition of Dumerville from Denver, just maybe this defense is on a good track.   Arthur Brown in the 2nd round looks to be the steel of this draft for Baltimore and will make an immediate impact.

Buffalo Bills Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears
C+ B+ C-
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 16 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida St. 1 14 Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah 1 20 Kyle Long, G, Oregon
2 41 Robert Woods, WR, Southern  Cal. 2 44 Kawaan Short, DT, Purdue 2 50 Jon Bostic, LB, Florida
2 46 Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregan 4 108 Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta St. 4 117 Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
3 78 Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas 5 148 AJ Klein, LB, Iowa State 5 163 Jordan Milles, OT, Louisiana Tech
5 143 Jonathan Meeks, S, Clemson 6 182 Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon 7 236 Marquess Wilson, WR, Wash. St.
6 177 Dustin Hopkins, PK, Florida State            
7 222 Chris Gragg, TE, Arkansas            

Summary:   While we like the Bills strategy of  offense in this draft, we question their choice of Manuel.   We will see if this front office knows their stuff or not, if Manuel can't sit Kolb down you have to wonder.

Summary:   Serious movement in the defensive line for the Panthers.  They seemed to make the most of limited picks in 2013.  Star may be one of the best 1st round picks of the draft, as the other quarterbacks in this division acquire a few more sacks and bruises.

Summary:  The Bears try to help Cutler finish the season with Kyle Long out of Oregon.  Combined with their offseason free agents Chicago's offensive line begins to look effective.  We see limited upside from their two LB rookies, but maybe with some tutelage they can be productive. 

Cincinnati Bengals Cleveland Browns Dallas Cowboys
A D D
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 21 Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame 1 6 Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU 1 31 Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
2 37 Giovani Bernard, RB, N. Carolina 3 68 Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego St. 2 47 Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.
2 53 Margus Hunt, DE, S. Methodist 6 175 Jamoris Slaughter, S, Notre Dame 3 74 Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
3 84 Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia 7 217 Armonty Bryant, DE, E Central OK. 3 80 JJ Wilcox, FS, Georgia Southern
4 118 Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M 7 227 Garret Gilkey, OG, Chadron State 4 114 BW Webb, CB, William & Mary
5 156 Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas       5 151 Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma St.
6 190 Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska       6 185 DeVonte Holloman, LB, S Carolina
6 197 Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas            
7 240 Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State            
7 251 TJ Johnson, OC, So. Carolina            

Summary:   The Bengals loaded up on draft picks this year with 4 in the top 100.  For a young team this was another strong draft that helps them build depth and talent at needed positions.   Look for Bernard to make an immediate impact at RB.  This offense has added a few more teeth for opposing defenses.

Summary:  Not a good draft for the Browns who really just plain whiffed on this one.  A questionable pick in Mingo that should have gone to the secondary followed by OMG we need a CB and then nothing for another 100 picks.   Can't quite believe that they didn't either fix the secondary holes or find a replacement for Weeden at QB.  

Summary:  Dallas really needed to strengthen a week secondary in this draft so naturally they waited until the 3rd round to address those needs.  While we like Frederick's talents at Center do they really - I mean REALLY? need a TE when Witten is still there?  Just sayin'  Some of these players are absolutely NFL starters they just don't fill the Cowboys needs very well.

Denver Broncos Detroit Lions Green Bay Packers
B- C A-
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 28 Sylvester Williams, DT N. Carolina 1 5 Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU 1 26 Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
2 58 Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin 2 36 Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State 2 61 Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
3 90 Kayvon Webster, CB South Florida 3 65 Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky 4 109 David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
5 146 Quanterus Smith, DE, W. Kentucky 4 132 Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina 4 122 JC Tretter, OG, Cornell
5 161 Tavarres King, WR, Georgia 5 165 Sam Martin, PK, Appalachian St. 4 125 Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
6 173 Vinson Painter, OT, Virginia Tech 6 171 Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech 5 159 Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
7 234 Zac Dysert, QB, Miami(OH) 6 199 Theo Riddick, WR, Notre Dame 5 167 Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State
      7 211 Michael Williams, TE, Alabama 6 193 Nathan Palmer, LB, Illinois State
      7 245 Brandon Hepburn, LB, Florida A&M 7 216 Charles Johnson WR Gr. Valley St.
            7 224 Kevin Dorsey, WR, Maryland
            7 232 Samuel Barrington, LB, So. Florida

Summary:   The Broncos tried to address current and future needs with a limited number of draft picks.   The first two rounds should provide immediate starters that will have an impact in 2013 and the rest of this draft is about depth for this strong Broncos team.  Elway and Fox are building a contender in the mile high city.

Summary:  With gaping holes in both their lines, Detroit makes a questionable grab in Ansah, good value in  Warford for their 3rd round - who will start immediately, but the rest of this draft looks like blindfolded shots in the dark.  Maybe they are happier with the offensive line than we are but the holes left by the departure of Backus and Cherilus have not been filled. 

Summary:  Green Bay was absolutely loaded with mid-round picks in 2013 and it allowed them to take some chances.  DE  Datone Jones did not fulfill an immediate need but was clearly the best player available, and the Pack were able to fill their needs in later rounds.  Lacy will make an immediate fantasy impact and there are enough toys here for any head coach to be happy.

Houston Texans Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars
B C+ C-
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 27 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson 1 24 Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State 1 2 Luke Joekel, OT, Texas A&M
2 57 DJ Swearinger, SS, South Carolina 3 86 Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois 2 33 Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida
3 89 Brennan Williams, OT, N. Carolina 4 121 Khaled Holmes, OC, USC 3 64 Dwayne Grats, CB, Connecticut
3 95 Sam Montgomery, DE Louisiana St 5 139 Montori Hughes, DT, Ten.-Martin 4 101 Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
4 124 Trevardo Williams, DE, Connecticut 6 192 John Boyett, S, Oregon 5 135 Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
6 176 David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose 7 254 Justice Cunningham TE, S Carolina 6 169 Joshua Evans, S, Florida
6 195 Alan Bonner, WR, Jacksonville St.       7 208 Jeremy Harris, CB, New Mexico St.
6 198 Christopher Jones, DT, Bowling Gr.       7 210 Demetrius McCray, CB, App. St.
6 201 Ryan Griffin, TE, Connecticut            

Summary:  Solid and consistent are good words to describe the Texans draft.  Hopkins should provide another downfield threat as Andre Johnson approaches his senior years and Swearinger is a beast that can hit.  Hard to tell where the rest of this draft lands but Houston did not hurt itself.

Summary:   The Colts worked on acquiring the pieces and parts that make up the glue of an NFL team.  Nothing about this draft really stands out like the Andrew Luck pick last year but the 1st three picks will probably all start this year. 

Summary:  The Jaguars need more rebuilding than one draft can provide.  They made some solid picks and we see the 1st five all contributing this year.  Without a better QB than Gabbert/Henne, this team is going nowhere fast.  Not surprised they passed on an early QB pick, but to skip them all seems wrong.

Kansas City Chiefs Miami Dolphins Minnesota Vikings
B B C+
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 1 Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan 1 3 Dion Jordan, DE, Oregan 1 23 Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
3 63 Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati 2 54 Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State 1 25 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
3 96 Knile Davis, RB Arkansas 3 77 Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee 1 29 Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Ten.
4 99 Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama 3 93 Will Davis, CB, Utah State 4 120 Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
5 134 Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia 4 104 Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida 5 155 Jeff Locke, PT, UCLA
6 170 Eric Kush, OC, California(PA) 4 106 Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State 6 196 Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA
6 204 Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State 5 164 Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida 7 213 Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State
7 208 Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton 7 250 Don Jones, CB, Arkansas State 7 214 Travis Bond, OG, North Carolina
            7 230 Kerwynn Williams, RB, Utah State

Summary:  With needs everywhere including the front office, the chiefs have seriously upgraded almost everything about this team.  The 2013 draft appears to be the filler that may keep Alex Smith on the field.  If Andy Reid has anything left, the Chiefs appear to be on an upward trend.  Fisher, Kelce, and Davis are solid picks for an offense that was simply not competitive last year.

Summary:  Miami spent their ammo on defense in this draft and managed to get solid value on almost every single pick.  The new management team seems to be working.  Every single pick thru the 1st four rounds brings value or depth to this young team.

Summary:  With three 1st round picks the Vikings should have gotten their man!  We will see if those two big defensive picks help in their chase against Rodgers, Stafford and Cutler in the NFC North.    After that the wheels got a little off track and they meandered to a finish.  Maybe the long break affected their planning.   Floyd and Rhodes will help on defense but it will take a while for Patterson to make an impact.

New England Patriots New Orleans Saints New York Giants
C- B+ D+
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
2 52 Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss 1 15 Kenny Vaccara, S, Texas 1 19 Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
2 59 Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall 3 75 Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-PB 2 49 Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
3 83 Ryan Logan, CB, Rutgers 3 82 John Jenkins, DT, Georgia 3 81 Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
3 91 Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers 5 144 Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma 4 110 Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
4 102 Josh Boyce, WR, TCU 6 183 Rufus Johnson, DE, Tarleton State 5 152 Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
7 226 Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois       7 225 Eric Herman, OG, Ohio
7 235 Steve Beauharnais, LB, Rutgers       7 253 Michael Cox, RB, Massachusetts

Summary:  New England traded out of the first round and ended up with a fairly mediocre draft.  Their first pick Collins should help with their pass rush needs and Dobson will need to contribute immediately to help replace Lloyd and Welker.   Some of these guys will play and help the Patriots in 2013 but we are playing down their success in this draft.

Summary:  A short but sweet draft for the Saints.  Vaccara was probably the best safety available and will help New Orleans in a high scoring division.  Armstead brings depth to the front line and Jenkins may impress everyone and anchor that 3-4 defense the Saints are trying to build.

Summary:   The Giants draft like a team that thinks they have their bases covered.  Almost every single pick builds depth and it is hard to see any of them playing in the near term.  We will be watching this as camp develops.  

New York Jets Oakland Raiders Philadelphia Eagles
A- B+ B
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 9 Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama 1 12 DJ Hayden, CB, Houston 1 4 Lane Johnson, OT Oklahoma
1 13 Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri 2 42 Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State 2 35 Zack Ertz, TE, Stanford
2 39 Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia 3 66 Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut 3 67 Bennie Logan, DT Louisiana State
3 72 Brian Winters, OT, Kent State 4 112 Tyler WIlson, QB, Arkansas 4 98 Matt Barkley, QB, USC
5 141 Oday Aboushi, OG, Virginia 6 172 Nick Kasas, TE, Colorado 5 136 Earl Wolff, S, North Carolina State
6 178 William Campbell, DE, Michigan 6 181 Lativius Murray, RB, UCF 7 212 Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
7 215 Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest 6 184 Mychal Rivera, TE, Tennessee 7 218 Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
      6 205 Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma 7 239 David King, DE, Oklahoma
      7 209 Brice Butler, WR, San Diego St.      
      7 233 David Bass, DE, Missouri Western      

Summary:  Geno Smith makes the 6th QB on the roster for the Jets.  Think Sanchez is with this team in Sept.?  If drafting for need is any clue, the Jets get an A+ but when you need parts everywhere that might not be such a telling thing.  Geno takes this job in 2013 and all of the first three picks find places in the starting lineup.

Summary:   IF Matt Flynn gets beat out by another Wilson he may never get the chance to start again.  The Raiders had a plethora of late round picks hoping to find some gems.  We will see how their scouting department did as training camp plays out.  The first three probably start from week 1 on this re-building team.

Summary:   The Eagles spent three of their first four picks on offense and then it turned into the defensive show.  We are beginning to see the new look of the Philly offense and it looks  shifty, quick and small.  This defense was in disarray after last year and the Eagles need some of these guys to perform.

Pittsburgh Steelers St. Louis Rams San Diego Chargers
A B+ B-
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 17 Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia 1 8 Tavon Austin, WR, West Virgina 1 11 DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
2 48 Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State 1 30 Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia 2 38 Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
3 79 Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St. 3 71 TJ McDonald, FS, Southern Cal. 3 76 Keenan Allen, WR, California
4 111 Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse 3 92 Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia 5 145 Steve Williams, CB, California
4 115 Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma 5 149 Brandon McGee, CB, Miami(FL) 6 179 Tourek Williams, DE, Florida, Int.
5 150 Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois 5 160 Zachary Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt 7 221 Brad Sorenson, QB, Southern Utah
6 186 Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma            
6 206 Vince Williams, LB, Florida State            
7 223 Nicholas Williams, DT, Samford            

Summary:  Pittsburgh put together a solid draft class in 2013 and it looks even better when measured against their needs.  The new management clearly has the formula to build a winning team and this draft shows that.  We expect the first two picks to start immediately and several more to take the reins in coming years.

Summary:  The Rams moved up to get their targeted receiver, Tavon Austin.  They followed up with defense and some mid-round flyers in McGee and Stacy.  Measuring by need, every pick helps but there were too few of them after the upgrade for Austin.  They have to hope that their first two picks produce or the Fischer days may be short lived.  He is not on a short leash but..............

Summary:  The chargers may have gotten a steal of a deal when Keenan Allen fell to them in the third round.  While off field issues are always a concern, Allen has talent and may get a chance to start this year.  Fluker is good but not exactly what they need and Te'o fills out a linebacker corps that has been rebuilding in recent years.

San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A B- B
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 18 Eric Reid, S, LSU 2 62 Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M 2 43 Jonathan Banks, CB, Miss. State
2 40 Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State 3 87 Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State 3 73 Mike, Glennon, QB, NC State
2 55 Vance McDonald, TE, Rice 4 123 Chris Harper, WR, Seattle 4 100 Akeem Spence, DT Illinois
3 88 Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn 5 137 Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama 4 126 William Gholston, DE, Michigan St.
4 128 Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana T. 5 138 Tharold Simon, CB, LSU 5 147 Steven Means, DE, W. Kentucky
4 131 Marcus Lattimore, RB, So. Carolina 5 158 Luke Wilson, TE, Rice 6 189 Mike James, RB, Miami(FL)
5 157 Quinton Dial, DE, Alabama 6 194 Spencer Ware, RB, LSU      
6 180 Nick Moody, LB, Florida State 7 220 Ryan Seymour, OG, Vanderbilt      
7 237 BJ Daniels, QB, So. Florida 7 231 Ty Powell, LB, Harding      
7 246 Carter Bykowski, OT, Iowa State 7 241 Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire      
7 252 Marcus Cooper, CB, Rutgers 7 242 Michael Bowie, OT, Northeastern St      

Summary:   The 49rs put together one of the strongest draft boards this year.  From top to bottom it provides depth or opportunity.  A few long shots and several solid picks to fill in areas of weakness.  All in all we are impressed with this San Francisco team and expect to see them in the playoffs again.

Summary:   Michael might have represented the best player available but he simply does not fill a need for the Seahawks.  Harper is a good pick in the 4th round but Williams might be their best pick this year.  He needs some development but has potential to really play well. 

Summary:  With their first pick this year the Bucs add another Cornerback to help the last place passing defense.  They will field a completely different secondary this year.  Freeman should take note of the Glennon pick, he needs to hit more of those open targets. Add in two defensive ends and a shot in the dark RB and not bad for only 6 picks.

 
Tennessee Titans Washington Redskins  
C+ B  
Rd. Pick Player Rd. Pick Player
1 10 Chance Warmack, G, Alabama 2 51 David Amerson, CB, NC State
2 34 Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee 3 85 Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
3 70 Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut 4 119 Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
3 97 Zaviar Gooden, LB, Missouri 5 154 Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State
4 107 Brian Schwenke, OC, California 5 162 Brandon Jenkins, LB, Florida State
5 142 Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU 6 191 Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia
6 202 Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada 7 228 Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
7 248 Daimion Stafford, S, Nebraska      

Summary:    The Titans clearly felt some need for changes on offense and used their first two picks on players that will start this year.  They then followed a quantity more than quality strategy,  and picked a bunch of defensive guys to plug their holes.    Some of those late  round picks might work, but that defense really needs help and didn't get much.

Summary:   After giving away this years #1 pick last year, the Redskins tried to fill their primary need in the secondary with Amerson who should start from week 1.  It looks to me like Shanahan is not satisfied with the running game behind Morris and is looking for a change.  Add in a mix of defense and the Redskins had a decent draft.

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