The 2013 NFL Draft is in the books, and as fans of the site know, we have been following and projecting the draft for the past year. Now that the picks have sunk in, it is time for a review of the 2013 NFL Draft, and I’ll try to drop some info and knowledge on every team’s draft along the way. This is what I loved, liked, hated and am still questioning about the 2013 NFL Draft:
Best of the Best:
– The Cincinnati Bengals have had excellent drafts over the past few years, and really made the most of the hijacking job that they did on the Oakland Raiders in the Carson Palmer trade a few years back, the Bengals are one of the deepest teams in the NFL. The next question that needs to be answered, of course, is quarterback Andy Dalton good enough to capitalize on all of this talent and get win some playoff games? Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert was a great get for the Bengals with pick (#21), he will immediately become a threat in the red zone, and can line up in the slot to give defenses nightmares with Jermaine Gresham lined up tight. He is big target that will instantly become a safety blanket for Dalton, not only does he have great hands, but he aggressively goes after the ball. Giovani Bernard (#47) has some injury concerns and durability issues, but he should become an excellent third down back, who can really catch the ball. Margus Hunt (#53) is a developmental prospect who is a physical freak, it may take him a year or two to put it all together, but he the physical skill is tremendous. They needed a safety and Sean Williams (#84) from Georgia could be a good one, who might start beside Reggie Nelson week one. I think that Sean Porter (#118) sticks as a backup linebacker, and wide receiver Cobi Hamilton (#197) had a chance to be selected much higher, had the turmoil of the Bobby Petrino scandal not doomed Arkansas. The talent is there, the depth is there, can Dalton succeed with it?
– The St. Louis Rams also had an excellent draft, and they continued to cash in on the picks they received from the Redskins in the Robert Griffin III trade in the 2012 draft, plus they have another first round pick coming from the Redskins in the 2014 draft. They landed two excellent wide receivers on offense, former West Virginia teammates Tavon Austin (#8) and Steadman Bailey (#192), to bolster quarterback Sam Bradford’s passing attack. Austin will be explosive on offense and in the return game on the Rams’ home turf while Bailey will provide a possession target. The Rams also added a much needed linebacker in troubled but talented Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree (#30), who will be a tackling machine that can also help in coverage, and will start from day one. I did not love the selection of USC safety T.J. McDonald (#71) in the third round, as I had much higher ranked prospects on the board, and the Rams will need him to be ready to start from day one. They got nice value in rounds four and five with versatile lineman Barrett Jones (#114), Miami corner Brandon McGee (#149) and Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy (#160), who should get carries right away in St. Louis. The Rams have finally have the pieces to make some noise in what is becoming the most competitive division in the NFL.
– The Baltimore Ravens caught a lot of flack after following the Super Bowl last season, by losing several key players from their championship team, however they rebounded nicely in free agency and again the 2013 NFL Draft. The Ravens lost such key players as Ray Lewis (retirement), Ed Reed (Texans), and Paul Kruger (Browns), but did an excellent job in rebuilding in free agency by signing troubled linebacker Rolando McClain, safety Michael Huff, pass rusher Elvis Dumervil and defensive end Chris Canty. They then nailed the NFL Draft by selecting safety Matt Elam from Florida (#32), who is a turnover forcing machine and is plays like a missile, and reliable linebacker Arthur Brown (#56) as a fall back plan for McClain (who was arrested again since signing with Baltimore). Massive defensive tackle Brandon Williams (#94), who was drafted in the third round, should jump right into the rotation right away for the Ravens. Pass rushers Kapron Lewis-Moore (#200) and John Simon (#129) will need some development, but will be valuable backups, who can make an impact down the road. I would have liked to see them address the offensive line earlier, and I am not a big fan of guard Rickey Wagner (#168), because keeping Joe Flacco upright needs to be a priority. Through the draft and free agency combined, the Ravens did an excellent job of rebuilding the defense, a trademark of the organization.
– Loved the Philadelphia Eagles draft, starting at the top, where athletic tackle Lane Johnson (#4) is a perfect fit for new head coach’s Chip Kelly’s scheme. The Eagles continued to draft well by selecting pass catching tight end Zach Ertz (#35) in round two, and I loved the addition of quarterback Matt Barkley (#67) in the fourth round, who will eventually become their starting quarterback after some development. I did not love the Eagles pick of Bennie Logan (#67) (I am not sure how he fits the scheme, small for the 3-4 front) or safety Earl Wolff (#136) (I thought there were better safety options available) in the middle rounds. Then I thought they made a nice recovery, getting excellent value in the seventh round, by grabbing pair of defensive ends I think will stick in Joe Kruger (#212) and Dave King (#218) and cornerback Jordan Poyer (#239). I think that all of these players will play a role for Chip Kelly, who has given the organization a nice makeover in his first year with the organization, and I expect to see them improve quickly.
– Excellent draft for the Arizona Cardinals, who grabbed an ready-to-play guard who will help to improve their offensive line immediately, in North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper (#7). The Cardinals two young tackles actually played pretty well last season, plus they get Levi Brown back from an injury, so stabilizing the interior line was actually a bigger need. Linebacker Kevin Minter (#45) should be able to rack up tackles right away in the Cardinals 3-4 scheme, while “The Honey Badger” Tyrann Mathieu (#69) fits in nicely in the third corner role, while he can also take some of the return duties from star cornerback Patrick Peterson. I like the one-two punch of bigger back Stepfan Taylor (#140) in the fifth and speedster Andre Ellington (#187), who was a steal in the sixth round, who slipped due to hamstring issues. Defensive end Alex Okafor (#103) needs to become more consistent, but he has some ability, while productive Ryan Swope (#174) has a chance to be a nice slot receiver. Very strong draft for the Cardinals, who also improved at quarterback with the acquisition of Carson Palmer, and now should be able to keep him upright long enough to get the ball to Larry Fitzgerald.
– The Minnesota Vikings ended up with three first round picks, and did an excellent job with them, grabbing three players that should start right away. There was some talk that defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (#23) was going to be a top three pick leading up to the draft, but he fell all the way to the #23rd pick, where Minnesota got him to fill value and need. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes (#25) has size and will be valuable in the red zone immediately, where he can match up with bigger receivers, and will be able to compete for jump balls. Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (#29) fills a need, he will be a playmaker downfield for the Vikings opposite free agent acquisition Greg Jennings, if quarterback Christian Ponder can get him the ball (which I have questioned for some time). I like the Vikings fourth round pick, Penn State linebacker Greg Hodges (#120), who is not flashy but productive. I did not love the rest of the Vikings draft, and think that they should have found a way to land Matt Barkley, Mike Glennon or Ryan Nassib, because I have no confidence in Ponder’s ability to throw the football deep but they nailed their first three picks and added a lot of value.
– The more I think about the New York Jets draft, the more I like what they did, they were able to find excellent value with most of their picks. Cornerback Dee Milliner (#9) fills an immediate need, since the Jets traded star corner Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and getting the best player in the draft at that position was an excellent selection. I question the Jets next pick a little bit, defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson (#13) is an excellent player who has a high motor and great awareness, I just wonder if he fits in Rex Ryan’s scheme. He is a little undersized at nose for a 3-4 front, and the Jets have their previous two first round picks Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson at defensive end, so I wonder if they will play a more hybrid scheme or possibly stand up Coples. The Jets then drafted cornerback Geno Smith (#39), which they are catching some flak for, but I thought they got the best quarterback in the draft with the 39th pick which was excellent value. Massive guard Brian Winters (#72) from Kent State, who the Jets drafted in the third round, will start right away. I also like the addition of versatile offensive lineman Oday Aboushi (#141), who can play guard or even right tackle, in the fifth round. I would have liked to see the Jets add a safety in what was a very deep class or a tight end, but overall I thought they had an excellent draft, especially when you factor in the trade for running back Chris Ivory. They may have added six starters.
– I really like what the Chicago Bears did during the draft, starting with drafting offensive guard Kyle Long (#20), as they continue to revamp their offensive line to protect Jay Cutler. Some thought Long was a reach, but I like him a lot, and think he can also play right tackle. The Bears used their next two picks to fill major needs at linebacker when they selected Jon Bostic (#50) and Khaseem Greene (#117). I thought the Greene pick was one of the biggest surprises in the draft, he was the best coverage linebacker in the class, and I had him as a surefire second round pick. I also think the Bears got a steal in the seventh round with Marquess Wilson (#236), who was one of the best receiving prospects in the country, but fell due to character concerns which arose when he was kicked off of the team by the new coaching staff. With a little development, there is a chance he could turn into a nice player on the next level. Workout warrior defensive end Cornelius Washington (#188) was not productive at Georgia, so the Bears need to hope that his ridiculous combine numbers eventually translate into talent. Also developmental tackle Jordan Mills (#163) has a chance down the road. Overall solid draft for the Bears, I think they filled needs, then found talent late.
– The Green Bay Packers added a player I love that is an excellent scheme fit, when they grabbed defensive end Datone Jones (#26), who should be an impact player right away defensively. I also thought that they turned their weakest position into a strength, when they added running backs with two of their next four picks, including the best one available in Eddie Lacy (#61) and underrated Jonathan Franklin (#125). I would have liked to see the Packers add an offensive lineman that was a better prospect, protecting Aaron Rodgers is a priority, and I thought they reached a bit on both tackle David Bakhtiari (#109) and center J.C. Tretter (#122). I thought that the rest of their draft consisted in mostly depth players who had a shot to make the active roster, but I loved the addition of Jones and the two running backs, and think they are a better team following the draft.
– The Tennessee Titans improved, and protecting Jake Locker and opening holes for Chris Johnson got a lot easier, with the addition of Alabama guard Chance Warmack at #10 overall. I think that wide receiver Justin Hunter (#34) and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (#70) will contribute right away, and I am a big fan of center Brian Schwenke who they got in the fourth round. I also thought the Titans made an excellent selection when they grabbed LSU defensive end Lavar Edwards in the fifth round, he should be able to join their rotation right away. The only reason I have not ranked the Titans higher was because of the selection of Zaviar Gooden in the third round (#97) when there were better players on the board, but they did select a lot of players that should contribute immediately at need positions.
– I like the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers went out and selected Steelers-type players, who fit in with what the organization likes to do historically. Jarvis Jones was the most productive pass rusher in the country each of the past two seasons, and he is also productive stopping the run, he will make a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage immediately for the Steelers. I thought they reached a bit on Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell (#48), but he is a big back who can pound the ball, which the Steelers love to do. In typical Steelers fashion, they grabbed a receiver in the third round when they selected Markus Wheaton from Oregon State, and I would not be surprised to see him contributing from day one. I also liked the additions of safety Shamarko Thomas (#111), who is an excellent athlete and a big hitter, that would have been drafted earlier if he were taller. I think that cornerback Terry Hawthorne (#150) will stick as a depth player, and even liked the selection of quarterback Landry Jones (#115) who will be a nice backup for Ben Roethlisberger. A solid draft for the Steelers.
– The Detroit Lions started off hot and grabbed three players who should start right away, in freakish defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (#5), cornerback Darius Slay (#36) and guard Larry Warford (#65). I think all three of these players are ready to contribute now, from day one, all three filled a need position. They then grabbed defensive end Devin Taylor (#132) who has some ability, but you have to wonder why his production took a step back while teammate Jaedaveon Clowney was dominating the SEC. He should have improved with all of the attention being paid to Clowney, who is currently the leader to be selected first overall in the 2014 draft. The rest of the Lions draft was just okay, wide receiver Corey Fuller has speed to burn, but needs a lot of development on the technical aspects of playing wide receiver. I think Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick, who has excellent hands, has a chance to contribute down the road. I really thought they nailed their first three picks, then I thought they were just okay.
– I liked the Miami Dolphins draft a lot, mostly because I thought they got two players who will install upgrade their defense right off the bat in pass rusher Dion Jordan (#3 following a trade up) and cornerback Jamar Taylor (#54). I am a huge fan of Jordan, and think he could develop into a real terror off of the edge for the Dolphins, especially once he adds extra bulk on his lean frame. I think that Taylor was one of the safest prospects in the draft, and think they got great value, I thought he would be a late first rounder. The rest of their draft may hinge on offensive lineman Dallas Thomas (#77), a player that I had pegged as a guard in the NFL, but who they apparently think can play tackle. I would have liked to see the Dolphins find a way to improve the offensive line, and protecting quarterback Ryan Tannehill could prove more difficult than they expect in 2013. Some scouts really like Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins (#104), but he is on the small side, and had some injury issues. I think of him as more of a developmental prospect that needs to add strength. I am not as big of a fan of Utah State cornerback Will Davis (#93) as some, and think there were better options available there, but secondary depth was a key and they added some nice players. Overall I love Jordan and Taylor, but this draft may hinge on Dallas Thomas, who may be forced into a big role early at a key position for the Dolphins.
– The Houston Texans finally grabbed another wide receiver who is capable of starting opposite Andre Johnson when they drafted DeAndre Hopkins (#27) filling a need that has been pressing for a few years. I also liked the pick of safety D.J. Swearinger (#47) he is a hitter and a bit of a hothead who can learn from free agent signee and future Hall-of-Famer Ed Reed. I think tackle Brennan Williams (#89) is athletic enough to develop into a starter in the Texans scheme within a few years. I am not sure where Sam Montgomery (#95) fits in the Texans defense, but I love the pick of pass rusher Trevardo Williams (#124) who is a perfect fit for their system and could be a major steal in this draft. The rest of the players they drafted are developmental, depth type guys, but I really like their top four rounds and think they will get some impact right away and down the road out of this class.
– I think the 49ers got good value at a need positions in this draft, I wonder if they had to trade up to go get Eric Reid (#18), a player that I like but there were several safeties that would have been available had they not traded down. I like the player and the fit, Reid will be a nice replacement for Dashon Goldson, but did you need to move down to get him? I really like defensive end Tank Carradine (#40) as a player, although I am not sure he will be ready for the start of the 2013 season after tearing an ACL in November, and they will likely not look for him to contribute regularly for a season anyway. Tight end Vance McDonald (#55) is a nice replacement for free agent defection Delanie Walker, and I think Corey Lemonier (#88) has a chance to develop into a situational pass rusher. I really like wide receiver Quinton Patton (#128), who is an excellent route runner with great hands, and I think they got him at a great value. The 49ers will likely redshirt running back Marcus Lattimore (#131) for a season as he rehabs one of the worst knee injuries we have ever seen, but he is worth a gamble there. The rest of their draft picks have a shot to stick as depth, but on one of the deepest teams in the league, it may be tough for some of these players to stick.
– The New York Giants had a typical New York Giants draft, starting with their selection of Justin Pugh (#19), a versatile lineman who can play multiple positions and has a mean streak. The Giants spent their next two picks improving the trenches on the other side of the ball when they grabbed massive but lazy at times defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins (#49) who needs to get in shape and talented defensive end Damontre Moore (#81). The Hankins pick shows me that the Giants do not have a lot of faith in former second round pick, defensive tackle Marvin Austin, and I think Hankins sees limited action as a rookie as Tom Coughlin gets him in shape. I am really intrigued by the Moore pick, he was extremely productive in the SEC for Texas A&M, and was at one point projected as a top-15 pick in this draft. Moore then showed up unprepared at the NFL combine and struggled in this workout, which really caused him to slide, but the talent is there. The Giants also ended another player’s slide when they selected Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib (#110), who they will develop as a backup to Eli Manning. So as the Giants normally do, they improved in the trenches on both sides of the ball, but I would have liked to see them draft a linebacker and a cornerback at some point during the draft. They left both positions alone, built from the inside out, which has worked for them before. Depth in the secondary and at linebacker could be an issue.
– the Kansas City Chiefs nailed the first pick in the draft by selecting Eric Fisher (#1) who will take a year to fully develop, but should become an excellent left tackle. He is good now, but will become great. My problem with the Chiefs draft was the fact that, they had no second round pick, and I thought they reached twice in the third round. Tight end Travis Kelce (#63) has talent, but was a major reach, I know head coach Andy Reid had his brother in Philly, but there were far better tight ends on the board. The Chiefs then drafted Knile Davis (#96) who has all of the talent in the world, but is made of brittle, and cannot stay on the field. All but one of his seasons ended on the injured reserve, he is a workout warrior, but breaks bones lacing up his cleats. I did love one other pick, Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson (#99) is underrated, he is a big hitter who will be a better pro. Cornerback Sanders Commings (#134) had talent. I thought the Chiefs were okay, but those two major reaches in the third round really puzzle me, much less risky players were on the board.
– The New Orleans Saints filled a huge need when they drafted safety Kenny Vaccaro (#15), he should be an immediate starter who should be an impact player on the Saints defense from day one, and plays both the run and the pass well. Developmental tackle Terron Armstead (#75) has a lot of talent, but he is not ready to play right away, and left tackle may be a problem position for the Saints in 2013. I also think they got a steal in John Jenkins (#82), a massive but nimble defensive lineman from Georgia, who can play all over their 3-4 front and who some scouts had as a late first round pick. Wide receiver Kenny Stills (#144) has some character concerns, but he was a productive wide receiver at Oklahoma, who should be able to move the chains in the Saints offense. I would have liked to have seen the Saints grab a pass rusher, but they had a lot of holes to fill, and did what they could with limited draft picks. Solid work by New Orleans.
– Before the draft, I was told that the Denver Broncos would draft a cornerback, a running back and a defensive tackle with their first three picks and they did exactly that. I like how the Broncos got a lot of players who are ready to contribute right now, but may have reached their ceiling already, because they have a small window to win it all with quarterback Peyton Manning. Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams (#28) could have been drafted earlier, but it was a strong defensive tackle class and he slipped a bit. Williams will turn 25 years old during his rookie season, so he may already be fully developed, but he is ready to contribute now. He plays with a mean streak and has violent hands, he got in shape and has an excellent season in 2012. Everyone knows Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (#58) who has a lot of tread on his tires, but will get carries right away, after one of the best college careers in recent memory. I did not love the pick of cornerback Kayvon Webster (#90) as I thought there were more talented players at the position on the board. Pass rusher Quanterus Smith (#146) will have to sit out the 2013 season after tearing an ACL, but he is very talented, and is a player for Denver fans to keep an eye on in the future. Wide receiver Tavarres King (#161) is a developmental guy that has a shot to make an impact down the road. Denver is in win now mode, and their first two picks showed that, those players come ready to play.
– The Tampa Bay Buccaneers biggest need was cornerback, and when you factor in their trade for the best corner alive Darrelle Revis, the draft was a huge success. In the second and third round the Bucs got two talented prospects who need development and are not ready for a big role yet in corner Jonathan Banks (#43) and quarterback Mike Glennon (#73). Glennon is the perfect developmental backup for Josh Freeman and Banks had talent but needs polish. I loved the Bucs next two picks, defensive tackle Akeem Spence (#100) can help as an interior pass rusher and can join the rotation now. Huge defensive end William Gholston (#126) has talent but lacks consistency and discipline, which head coach Greg Schiano should help with. Nice draft for Tampa, not a lot of help right now (other than Revis) but they added some strong developmental talent.
– The Atlanta Falcons lost Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes in free agency, so cornerback was a major concern, and they went out and got a nice one in Desmond Trufant (#22) who is ready to play right away. Next they targeted the same position and grabbed still developing prospect Robert Alford (#60) who could turn into a good one after he adjusts to the major leap in competition. They need to really hope that one of the defensive ends they drafted, Malliciah Goodman (#127) or Stansly Maponga (#153) develop quickly, because a lack of pass rush is a major concern. Huge tight end Levine Toilolo (#133) should be able to learn from Tony Gonzalez for a year, which will speed up his development. I liked what Atlanta did, but after their losses in free agency, I’m not sure they got any better in the draft. Just patched holes.
– The San Diego Chargers had a lot of holes to fill, and massive Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (#12) should really help improve the Chargers offensive line and protect quarterback Philip Rivers. He has All-Pro potential on the right side. I think the laid back nature of San Diego is the perfect place for linebacker Manti Te’o (#38) to flourish, he will start right away for the Chargers and should make an early impact. Wide receiver Keenan Allen (#76) was a steal in the third round, he is a playmaker with NFL size, but needs to stay focused on football. I thought the Chargers nailed their first three picks, then did not get much out of the later rounds, cornerback Steve Williams (#145) has a chance. I would have like to see them grab another offensive lineman, Fluker is huge but can’t do it alone. Their line was atrocious last season.
– The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted, in my opinion, the safest player in the draft in Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel (#2). He is battle tested and ready to start from day one, and tackle was a need, he will start opposite Eugene Monroe. I think safety Johnathan Cyprien (#33) is ready to start and will be a immediate upgrade for the Jacksonville secondary, he is ready to start, and will produce as a strong safety. The secondary was clearly a target area as the Jags drafted four cornerbacks, highlighted by UConn’s Dwayne Gratz (#64) who should be ready to start. They also drafted two wide receivers who were very similar in Ace Sanders (#101) and former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson (#135). Both players are speedy, both will be tried as return men, and both need work on their route running. It will be interesting to see how they use Robinson, if he will be strictly a wide receiver, or if he will play some wildcat quarterback. I would have liked to see Jacksonville boost their pass rush, and think that drafting four cornerbacks was a bit of overkill, but they did land three players ready to start in the early rounds.
– If you counter in the trade for Percy Harvin, this draft looks a lot better for the Seattle Seahawks, but I still have some questions. Christine Michael (#62) is a talented running back, but I thought he was a reach here, and I really thought he would have been available much later on in the draft. I thought the Seahawks got a steal in Alabama massive defensive tackle Jesse Williams (#137) who fell because of injury concerns, but is one of the strongest players in the draft pool. The team clearly wanted to target the interior defensive line, but I thought Jordan Hill (#87) was a bit of a reach and I thought more talented wide receivers were on the board when they selected Chris Harper (#123). Cornerback Tharold Simon (#138) needs work, but I like him as a developmental prospect, he can learn behind Richard Sherman. When you keep in mind that the Seahawks came away from this draft with one of the most explosive offensive talents in football today, it is tough to be too critical of their draft, I just thought they reached a bit.
– The Carolina Panthers saw defensive tackle as a major need, which it was, and they attacked it on draft day. Massive tackle Star Lotulelei (#14) should instantly improve Carolina’s run defense and make live easier on their pass rushers. Carolina the grabbed Kawan Short (#44), another defensive tackle who was once projected as a first round pick, and can instantly jump into the rotation. Other than that, their draft was mostly depth, I do like diminutive running back Kenjon Barner (#182) abd he should help as a return man, but I’m not sure where he fits in their very crowded backfield. I did like how they greatly improved their biggest weakness, but they really should have added some players in the secondary, which needs to be addressed.
– I see what the Indianapolis Colts were doing here, but am not sure if first round pick Bjoern Werner (#24) is fluid enough of an athlete to succeed as a stand up pass rusher in Chuck Pagano’s defensive scheme. He may have to play with his hand on the ground, but he has a great motor, and will give the Colts excellent effort no matter where he lines up. Their next two picks were smart, guard Hugh Thornton (#86) and center Khaled Holmes (#121) were will help protect their most important commodity, quarterback Andrew Luck. I like what the Colts got in big defensive tackle Montori Hughes (#139) and safety Josh Boyett (#192) has a chance. Keep an eye on Kerwynn Williams (#230) will make the roster and had a chance to be an excellent player. I question their first rounder, but overall the Colts did well, despite not having a second round pick.
– The Oakland Raiders need everything, but they traded out of the third slot in the draft, to select cornerback D.J. Hayden (#12). Hayden is a nice player and an amazing story, I thought the 12th pick was a bit of a reach for him, but they loved him and wanted to make sure he was a Raider. He also fills a huge need, they just needed so much, and did not get a big return on the third pick. Offensive tackle Menelik Watson (#42) is a major project, he may be good down the road, but if I was the Raiders and wanted an offensive tackle so badly I would have taken Lane Johnson with the third pick and looked to upgrade corner later in the draft. I really liked the selection of linebacker Sio Moore (#66) who should start from day one and tight end Nick Kasa (#172) could be a good one down the road. I like Tyler Wilson (#112) as a developmental quarterback down the road, but they just traded for quarterback Matt Flynn from the Seattle Seahawks, and I thought they could have addressed another need here. I like some of the players the Raiders added, but most of them need development, and the team has urgent needs. I would have liked to have seen them get more value out of the third pick.
– The Buffalo Bills clearly loved Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel (#15) but couldn’t they have grabbed another player and gotten Manuel later? Or traded further down and received more picks, then drafted Manuel? Either way, I thought it was too early for Manuel, who needs time to develop. Wide receiver Robert Woods (#41) should catch a lot of balls right away in the Bills offense. Linebacker Kiko Alonso (#46) had a chance to be a productive inside linebacker due to his instincts. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (#78) is one of the fastest players in the draft, but needs polish. If Manuel is the next Colin Kaepernick, this draft is a home run, but I feel like the only player they landed who is guaranteed to produce is Woods.
– The Cleveland Browns did not have a lot of draft picks, so it is tough to be too critical of them, and I really like the selection of Barkevious Mingo (#6). He adds a much needed pass rusher opposite Jabaal Sheard, and while Mingo needs to add a lot of bulk and strength, his talent is undeniable. The Browns next pick was solid with cornerback Leon McFadden (#68) a player that may be able to start opposite Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. Safety Jamoris Slaughter (#175) was a victim of a deep safety draft and has a chance to be good, and the Browns were able to trade for wide receiver Davone Bess from the Miami Dolphins. The new regime in Cleveland was put in a tough place by the old regime, but they were able to acquire some talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Eventually, they are going to need to find some playmakers on offense.
– I really was not a fan of the Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft performance, I’ve been called a Cowboys hater before, but I really thought this was especially bad. Interior offensive line was a major need for the Cowboys, but after a trade down, Travis Frederick (#31) was a major reach. There were several guards and safeties who were available at that spot and were better prospects than Frederick, I think Dallas could have gotten him much later. The Cowboys then drafted tight end Gavin Escobar (#47), who is a nice pass catching tight end, but I did not see this as a major need. In a typical Cowboys move, the team then grabbed another wide receiver in Terrence Williams (#74) a nice prospect but in an area that is not a need. They finally addressed a major hole at safety with J.J. Wilcox (#80) which should have been filled much earlier. I do really like running back Joseph Randle (#151) who could become a stud change of pace back. Overall I thought Dallas totally ignored a pressing need at defensive line, waited too long on a major need at safety, and reached for a center while neglecting an offensive guard. If I was running their draft room, things would have gone much differently.