2013 Draft Grades Three Seasons Later

Here are my draft grades for the 2013 draft. This came along slowly mostly because they are still on their rookie contracts and its harder to see which ones teams see as the future and ones who they are just a depth guy. Undrafted free agents are not included. All information was obtained from NFL 2013 Draft Tracker. You can compare the instant analysis grades minutes after the draft here to the real grades typed out below.

Arizona Cardinals:

The Cards hit on Kevin Minter and Andre Ellington. The hit huge on Tyrann Mathieu who is going to get a nice pay raise soon. Their first round pick never panned out in Cooper. Outside of those picks there was not much contribution. Since they missed on their first rounder and hit in the 2nd, 3rd and 6th and were limited to 9 picks they had a decent draft.

Grade: B-

Atlanta Falcons

The first pick in Desmond Trufant turned out to be a contributor that has gotten better as the years have gone by. The rest of their draft class has had minimal impact along with two players no longer on their roster.

Grade D+

Baltimore Ravens

Rick Wagner the 5th round pick has turned into a starter. Their 3rd round pick in Brandon Williams has gotten production on the dline. After those picks the Ravens have not gotten the production warranted from the draft class.

Grade D

Buffalo Bills

This draft seems to be a special teams draft as that is about all these players are doing now. Robert Woods is putting up numbers, however not second round pick number. EJ Manuel was a bust.

Grade D

Carolina Panthers

A class of 5 with 3 still on the roster. Kawaan Short has been the better of the three picks, putting up big numbers from his DT spot. Star Lotulelei has not had the best numbers but takes on multiple blockers to free up the rest of his dline. AJ Klein has been decent thus far in his career.

Grade C+ (mostly because of only 5 picks, with the same hit to miss ratio with more picks this moves up to a B+)

Chicago Bears

The Bears really hit on their first round pick in Kyle Long who has been in the top half at his multiple positions. The next two picks in Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene moved on to Detroit after some below average production seasons. The rest of their draft did not prove to be apart of the Bears future.

Grade C-

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals who are usually known as a good drafting team hit on two players in their two first picks with Tyler Eifert and Gio Bernard. Their fourth pick was third rounder Shawn Williams just signed a team friendly but 20 mil contract making it look like he has a big future with the Bengals. The rest of the draft has seen next to no production for the Bengals.

Grade B-

Cleveland Browns

And on to a team that does not draft well… Barkevious Mingo was the highlight of this class, but the jury is still out on him and it is not looking good. The Browns had a 1st and 3rd then did not pick again until the 6th making it incredibly hard to get production from this draft class.

Grade D-

Dallas Cowboys

Everyone had this draft class pegged as a huge reach for Dallas. Instead they got a pro bowl center in Travis Fredrick, an unproven but athletic, injured tight end with Gavin Escobar, a dependable number two receiver with Terrance Williams, a lower end starting safety with JJ Wilcox, and a former starting runningback that had run in after run with the law in Joseph Randle. The other two picks are either out of the league or retired due to injuries.

Grade B+

Denver Broncos

Sylvester Williams has turned into a starter along with Montee Ball for a little bit. The rest of this class has gotten 0 production or is on a different team. This seems like a wasted draft in my opinion.

Grade D-

Detroit Lions

Ezekiel Ansah had a steep learning curve but proved to be worth the wait. Darius Slay looks to have a productive career. Warford had a great rookie year but leveled off his play missing 6 games in the last two years. Devin Taylor, a 4th round pick, has increased his production every year in a reserve role. Sam Martin and Theo Riddick end this class on a high note. Lions got great production from this draft class.

Grade B+

Green Bay Packers

Eddie Lacy and Micah Hyde have proven to be big hits with David Bakhtiarl as a solid starter. Their first pick Datone Jones has not proven to be worth the investment. Anytime a team hits in the 6th round as a future leader of a team helps bump the grade up a bit.

Grade B-

Houston Texans

The best pick was 6th rounder Ryan Griffin who turned in a decent role player 2015 campaign. D.J. Swearinger had a few decent years in terms of run support and hasnt played too much since his first two years.

Grade F

Indianapolis Colts

Bjoern Werner was suppose to be the other extremely high ceiling guy after Ezekiel Ansah but did not pan out. Almost all of this class has not played or moved on to another franchise.

Grade F

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jags at first seemed to have a decent draft with their run stopping DBs and Johnathan Cyprien along with Denard Robinson. Their biggest pick in Luke Joeckel has dissapointed. Ace Sanders showed promise but was suspended for drug violations. Most of this class was thrust onto the field too soon due to the team having so many holes. Most of everyones production has gone down since their rookie years.

Grade C+

Kansas City Chiefs

After the first three picks there is nothing to see here. Eric Fischer is finally getting the production they envisioned. Travis Kelce was a big hit and looks to be a force for a while in the league. Knile Davis has not been able to find a footing. He is blocked by Jamaal Charles and cannot find the next level to keep himself on the field.

Grade C-

Miami Dolphins

Dion Jordan has not even come close to the production we should be seeing. Their next pick in Jamar Taylor is not anything special. Dallas Thomas has become a starter. Jelani Jenkins has gotten big production from his OLB spot raking up almost 200 tackles in three years. Anytime your top two picks do nothing it is going to hurt you.

Grade D+

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikes had a decent draft with Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes having good starts to their careers. Cordarrelle Patterson is a head case and is being phased out. Jeff Locke is a punter taken in the 5th round… The rest of this class is not NFL players.

Grade C+

New England Patriots

Jamie Collins their first round pick has been a big part of the defense along with Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon. Ryan looks to be the CB of the future. Aaron Dobson, their second round pick, is fighting to stay on the roster with the rest moving on within two years of being drafted.

Grade B-

New Orleans Saints

Kenny Vaccaro is a willing tackler. That is about all he is good at. He is a liability in coverage. Terron Armstead is growing into a decent starter with John Jenkins putting up some numbers on the defensive side. Kenny Stills showed good promise but his time was cut short.

Grade C-

New York Giants

Justin Pugh recently got his 5th year option picked up so thats good news. Johnathan Hankins had a great 2nd year but injuries cut into his 2015 campaign. Damontre Moore put up decent role numbers. Ryan Nassib has not seen the field much which can be a great thing. Giants seemed to get decent production from the top of their class but with no hits on role players late it bumps their grade down.

Grade C

New York Jets

Dee Milliner even on draft day new he was screwed. He has been a huge bust. Sheldon Richardson is a force on the d-line, but who wouldn’t be with that supporting cast. The Geno Smith experiment was garbage. Brian Winter and Oday Aboushi were both forced into action early and did not really pan out.

Grade D

Oakland Raiders

D.J. Hayden has disappointed but has improved. Menelik Watson has been a spot starter. Sio Moore looked to find a spot but the Raiders moved on. Latavius Murray and Mychal Rivera have been good value picks with Murray looking to be a feature back in the NFL.

Grade C

Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles hit on Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz with Matt Barkley being nothing and Bernnie Logan slowly finding a role. With extending their first two it shows they could find good talent early but with no late round hits it looks worse.

Grade C

Pittsburg Steelers

The Steelers hit on their second and third picks along with 6th round pick in Vince Williams. Bell is an all pro pick. Jarvis Jenkins has not panned out as well as they had hoped. Landry Jones saw the field a little bit and did not prove any doubters wrong.

Grade C+

San Diego Chargers

San Diego Chargers have a solid tackle in DJ Fluker and Steve Williams has gotten on the field and seems to be a role player. Teo has not impressed me. The rest of this class is non-existent.

Grade D+

San Fransisco 49ers

A few of these picks appear on the depth chart in some role spots. Eric Reid is a starting safety. Lattimore retired, unfortunately. The 49ers could not find any significant players in this class.

Grade D+

Seattle Seahawks

Luke Wilson has had some big moments after being a 5th round pick. Christine Michael is back after some failed job tryouts. Jordan Hill is pegged as the starting DT. Seattle’s roster was pretty much set in stone at this point so not many opportunities were there for rookies.

Grade D+

LA Rams

The Rams got great value with Alec Olgetree and Tavon Austin has had some moments. Tj McDonald turned out to be a starting free safety. The rest of the class has moved on to new endeavors.

Grade C-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Akeem Spence, a forth rounder, is a starter on the dline. Mike Glennon never really had a chance with his supporting cast and draft pedigree. No one else appears on the depth chart as a starter or 2nd teamer.

Grade D

Tennessee Titans

Warmack and Schwenke are starting olinemen for the Titans. Warmack hasn’t become the next Larry Allen. Minimal contributions from the rest of the class really make you realize how bad this team is and was then.

Grade D

Washington Redskins

Jordan Reed. Thats it for this class. Redskins drafted terrible. Still trying to cope with the kings ransom they gave up the year before, they still couldnt manage to grab anyone to help besides Reed.

Grade F





2 responses

  1. I think the Lions should easily have an A or A- grade. Ziggy Ansah is one of the NFC’s best pass rushers. Darius Slay is one of the league’s better cornerbacks. Larry Warford’s only set back has been injuries, but has still been a solid guard. Theo Riddick is an absolute steal in the 6th round. Looking at this class and the players they received in their respective round, I think the Lions should receive a little more credit.


    1. A’s are held for teams with HOFers


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