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2013 NFC NFL Draft Grades

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Below is a full breakdown of the NFC NFL Draft Grades. We give you a quick breakdown of the hits and misses for each team along with a final grade and full recap of every pick.

NFC NORTH

packersGreen Bay Packers

Packers made a splash at the running back position squashing any needs moving forward in the backfield. Datone Jones should see the starting lineup week 1 and have an immediate impact on a defensive line looking for a jolt. The mid to later rounds have a few guys like Tretter and Hyde that could also contribute as a rookie.
Overall Grade: B+

Pick 1: Datone Jones DE, UCLA
Pick 2: Eddie Lacy RB, Alabama
Pick 3: David Bakhtiari OT, Colorado
Pick 4: JC Tretter G, Cornell
Pick 5: Jonathan Franklin RB, UCLA
Pick 6: Micah Hyde CB, Iowa
Pick 7: Nate Palmer LB, Illinois St.
Pick 8: Charles Johnson WR, Grand Valley St.
Pick 9: Kevin Dorsey WR, Maryland
Pick 10: Sam Barrington LB, South Florida

vikingsMinnesota Vikings

Very rare do you see a team leave the first round with 3 picks. Not only did they get 3 picks, but all three could end up being starters in their rookie season. Floyd was an all out steal at 23 and Rhodes/Patteson were just icing on the cake. While they neglected the linebacking position until the mid to late rounds I think Vikings fans should be very excited about the 2013 Draft Class.
Overall Grade: A-

Pick 1: Sharrif Floyd DT, Florida
Pick 2: Xavier Rhodes CB, Florida St.
Pick 3: Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Tennesse
Pick 4: Gerald Hodges LB, Penn St.
Pick 5: Jeff Locke P, UCLA
Pick 6: Jeff Baca G, UCLA
Pick 7: Michael Mauti LB, Penn St.
Pick 8: Travis Bond G, North Carolina
Pick 9: Everett Dawkins DT, Florida St.

bearsChicago Bears

1st rounder Kyle Long will be a huge upgrade along the offensive line and linebackers Bostic/Greene fill a large need for the Bears at the linebacking position. Beyond that I wasn’t overly impressed with the Bears draft. I wish they would of nabbed a tight end to go along with Bennett and also another receiver to add to the mix. But the linebackers alone will point the Bears defense in the right direction for the future.
Overall Grade: C

Pick 1: Kyle Long G/OT, Oregon
Pick 2: Jon Bostic LB, Florida
Pick 3: Khaseem Greene LB, Rutgers
Pick 4: Jordan Mills OT, Louisiana Tech
Pick 5: Cornelius Washington LB, Georgia
Pick 6: Marquess Wilson WR, Washington St.

lions-logoDetroit Lions

Ziggy Ansah will make or break the 2013 class for the Lions. Huge upside but a boom or bust type of player that they HAD to take. Darius Slay is a burner but was a bit of a reach for me in round 2. I like the Devin Taylor pick who will add some much needed depth at the defensive end position. Also I think the Warford pick was huge value and could be a starter day 1.
Overall Grade: B

Pick 1: Ziggy Ansah DE, BYU
Pick 2: Darius Slay CB, Mississippi St.
Pick 3: Larry Warford G, Kentucky
Pick 4: Devin Taylor DE, South Carolina
Pick 5: Sam Martin P, Appalachian St.
Pick 6: Corey Fuller WR, Virginia Tech
Pick 7: Michael Williams TE, Alabama
Pick 8: Brandon Hepburn LB, Florida A&M

NFC EAST

skinzWashington Redskins

Even though the Skins didn’t have a 1st round pick this year they came out of the 2013 NFL Draft with some solid selections. I had them pegged to go secondary early and often and that is exactly what they did. Amerson is a ball hawking corner who should get his share of INTs and Phillip Thomas/Bacarri Rambo will add some depth at safety, with either possibly getting a shot int he starting lineup.
Overall Grade: C+

Pick 1: David Amerson CB, North Carolina St.
Pick 2: Jordan Reed TE, Florida
Pick 3: Phillip Thomas S, Fresno St.
Pick 4: Chris Thompson RB, Florida St.
Pick 5: Brandon Jenkins DE, Florida St.
Pick 6: Bacarri Rambo S, Georgia
Pick 7: Jawan Jamison RB, Rutgers

giantsNew York Giants

Even though the Pugh pick was a bit of a surprise, he is solid and will most likely start day 1 on the Giants offensive line. They also managed to grab a few solid picks in mid rounds with Hankisn and Moore who were once looked at as sure 1st round picks. I also like the Nassib pick, huge value and even if he never plays a snap for the Giants will be good assurance on the bench.
Overall Grade: C

Pick 1: Justin Pugh OT, Syracuse
Pick 2: Johnathan Hankins DT, Ohio St.
Pick 3: Damontre Moore LB, Texas A&M
Pick 4: Ryan Nassib QB, Syracuse
Pick 5: Cooper Taylor S, Richmond
Pick 6: Eric Herman G, Ohio
Pick 7: Michael Cox RB, UMass

cowboysDallas Cowboys

Was not a fan of Frederick in round 1, I think they should of traded back or flat out took someone else, I had Frederick as a late 2nd early 3rd round value. I did however like the selections of Terrance Williams and BW Webb in the mid rounds. Gavin Escobar is also an interesting player to keep your eye one, will be going into the perfect situation playing with one of the best in Witten.
Overall Grade: D+

Pick 1: Travis Frederick C, Wisconsin
Pick 2: Gavin Escobar TE, San Diego St.
Pick 3: Terrance Williams WR, Baylor
Pick 4: JJ Wilcox S, Georgia Southern
Pick 5: BW Webb CB, Williams & Mary
Pick 6: Joseph Randle RB, Oklahoma St.
Pick 7: DeVonte Holloman LB, South Carolina

eagles-logoPhiladelphia Eagles

Love me the Eagles draft this year. We all knew Philly had to make upgrades ont he offensive line and they did just that in round 1 with big man Lane Johnson. They surprised me in round 2 by grabbin Ertz, but was a great pick who can add another receiving option for Philly. Logan is a guy who has bounced around all year and could be a diamond in the rough. Also the Barkley pick was intriuging, I like the risk and in round 4, was very well worth the selection. Oh, and Poyer in round 7??? Yes please.
Overall Grade: A

Pick 1: Lane Johnson OT, Oklahoma
Pick 2: Zach Ertz TE, Stanford
Pick 3: Bennie Logan DT, LSU
Pick 4: Matt Barkley QB, USC
Pick 5: Earl Wolff S, NC State
Pick 6: Joe Kruger DE, Utah
Pick 7: Jordan Poyer CB, Oregon St.
Pick 8: David King DE, Oklahoma

NFC SOUTH

bucsTampa Bay Buccaneers

If you consider what the Bucs did with their draft picks they had one of the best drafts of the year. They essentially traded Sheldon Richardson and a future depth player for one of the best CBs in the league, added another long, rangy corner, and added quality depth to the defensive line which was an area of need.
Overall Grade: A -

Pick 1: Johnthan Banks CB, MSST
Pick 2: Mike Glennon QB, NCST
Pick 3: Akeem Spence DT, Illinois
Pick 4: William Gholston DE, MSU
Pick 5: Steven Means DE, Buffalo
Pick 6: Mike James RB, Miami

panthersCarolina Panthers

I really love what the Panthers did in rounds one and two adding to players with huge upside to that defensive line, but after that I got a little lost. The Panthers consistently reached for depth and failed to get value late or any potential starters.
Overall Grade:  C+

Pick 1: Star Lotulelei DT, Utah
Pick 2: Kawann Short DT, Purdue
Pick 3: Edmund Kugbila OG, Valdosa State
Pick 4: A.J. Klein LB, Iowa State
Pick 5: Kenjon Barner RB, Oregon

saintsNew Orleans Saints

The Saints added one of my favorite players Kenny Vaccaro in the first round and he will make a huge deference in that poor secondary. Amstead fits a need and had value when they picked him, as did Jenkins and Stills.
Overall Grade: B

Pick 1: Kenny Vaccaro S, Texas
Pick 2: Terron Armstead OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Pick 3: John Jenkins DT, Georgia
Pick 4: Kenny Stills WR, Oklahoma
Pick 5: Rufus Johnson DE, Tarleton State

ffAtlanta Falcons

The Falcons did what the Panthers did but…better. Atlanta knew they needed secondary help and they grabbed their guys early. Goodman is a huge player that has a lot of potential at DE and nickel DE, and Toilolo is a smart guy who will take advantage of having a great like Tony Gonzales in front of him.
Overall Grade: B-

Pick 1: Desmond Trufant CB, Washington
Pick 2: Robert Alford CB, SE Louisiana
Pick 3: Malliciah Goodman DE, Clemson
Pick 4: Levine Toilolo TE, Stanford
Pick 5: Stansly Maponga, DL TCU
Pick 6: Kemal Ishmael S, UCF
Pick 7: Zeke Motta S, ND
Pick 8: Sean Renfree QB, Duke

NFC WEST

cardinalsArizona Cardinals

The Cardinals had to get better on the OL and they did that with the additions of Cooper and Warford, but what’s more impressive is the value you they got with some of their other picks. Minter, Mathieu, Okafor, Taylor, Ellington, and Swope all have the potential to be above average starters in the NFL.
Overall Grade: A

Pick 1: Jonathan Cooper G, UNC
Pick 2: Kevin Minter MLB, LSU
Pick 3: Tyrann Mathieu S, LSU
Pick 4: Alex Okafor DE, Texas
Pick 5: Earl Watford OG, James Madison
Pick 6: Stepfan Taylor RB, Stanford
Pick 7: Ryan Swope WR, TAMU
Pick 8: Andre Ellington RB, Clemson
Pick 9: D.C. Jefferson TE, Rutgers

ramsSt. Louis Rams

This draft is interesting because I hate half of the picks, but love the others. Ogletree, McDonald, and Barrett Jones are all players that I think were overhyped and will struggle in the NFL whether that is struggling with the playbook or to compete with the NFL talent. However, I really think that Austin, Bailey, McGee, and Stacy will shine with the supporting cast that the Rams have.
Overall Grade: C

Pick 1: Tavon Austin WR, WVU
Pick 2: Alec Ogleree LB, Georgia
Pick 3: T.J. McDonald S, USC
Pick 4: Stedman Bailey WR, WVU
Pick 5: Barrett Jones C, Alabama
Pick 6: Brandon McGee CB, Miami
Pick 7: Zac Stacy RB, Vanderbilt

seaSeattle Seahawks

I’m lower than most on Seattle’s draft, but I look and only see one player (Jesse Williams) that the Seahawks didn’t reach for and that was because he fell due to injury. I’m sure one of these players will rise to the challenge and make me look dumb for saying this, but right now I honestly couldn’t tell you who else in this class looked above average for the Seahawks.
Overall Grade: D+

Pick 1: Christine Michael RB, TAMU
Pick 2: Jordan Hill DT, PSU
Pick 3: Chris Harper WR, Kansas State
Pick 4: Jesse Williams DT, Alabama
Pick 5: Tharold Simon CB, LSU
Pick 6: Luke Wilson TE, Rice
Pick 7: Spencer Ware RB, LSU
Pick 8: Ryan Seymour G, Vanderbilt
Pick 9: Ty Powell OLB, Harding
Pick 10: Jared Smith DT, New Hampshire
Pick 11: Michael Bowie OT, NEST

49ersSan Francisco 49ers

The biggest reason I gave the 49ers a B- over a C is because I love the risk and value picks after round 2. Lemonier and Patton are good players that will contribute to the team, but Lattimore and Dial could win starting spots too. In two years we will know a lot more about this class, but if they hit on most of their prospects then this could be an A+ class.
Overall Grade: B

Pick 1: Eric Reid S, LSU
Pick 2: Cornellius Carradine DE, FSU
Pick 3: Vance McDonald TE, Rice
Pick 4: Corey Lemonier DE, Auburn
Pick 5: Quinton Patton WR, LATech
Pick 6: Marcus Lattimore RB, SCAR
Pick 7: Quinton Dial DE, Alabama
Pick 8: Nick Moody OLB, FSU
Pick 9: B.J. Daniels QB, USF
Pick 10: Carter Bykowski OT, Iowa State
Pick 11: Marcus Cooper CB, Rutgers

 

About Matt Falk

Self-confessed NFL Draft and Minnesota Viking addict and founder of DraftSeason.com. Nothing better than predicting each teams and players fate come April. For more, follow me @matt_falk.

Comments

  1. Mike J says:

    As a Tampa fan, I kinda liked the James selection. He doesn’t do anything great, but he can do everything OK. Back-up at FB or HB, & do some one-back/short-yardage work.

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