2013 NFL Draft Grades: Winners and Losers for Rounds 1-3

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Sharrif Floyd (R) of the Florida Gators stands with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Floyd was picked #23 overall by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It was expected that the 2013 NFL Draft would be a wild one. It certainly hasn't disappointed in the first three rounds.

Beginning with Central Michigan's Eric Fisher going No. 1 overall, this was an unpredictable draft filled with surprising risers, high-profile fallers and its fair share of wheeling and dealing among teams.

In all, 97 players were taken off the board in the draft's first two days. While we won't see any of these players suited up and taking the field until August, we can get a general sense of which teams can walk away from the draft knowing they nailed it and which teams left everyone scratching their head. 

Here's a look at the biggest winner and biggest loser from each of the draft's first three rounds.


Round 1

Winner: Minnesota Vikings—A

In case you were wondering, the Vikings are really serious about challenging the Packers for NFC North supremacy.

Minnesota came into the draft with two first-round selections, thanks to the Percy Harvin trade. After using their own pick and Seattle's pick on Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes, it looked like the Vikings were one of the biggest winners of the first day.

Then they went and traded back into the first round with the New England Patriots to scoop up play-making wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The price was steep, but the fact remains that the Vikings filled three major holes in the first round.


Loser: Dallas Cowboys—C-

It looked like the Cowboys knew what they were doing. It really did.

The Cowboys did a good job of trading back from the No. 18 spot when no one they liked was on the board at that point. Trading back and collecting some extra picks is usually a good idea. But you have to make those picks count.

Selecting center Travis Frederick is not a good example of making the picks count. Frederick is a good lineman but not worth a first-round selection.


Round 2

Winner: Cincinnati Bengals—B+

The Bengals had two selections in the second round and managed to make both of them count.

First selection Giovani Bernard was the first running back taken in the entire draft. He should make an immediate impact in the running game. They made a sneaky-good pick with their second selection in Margus Hunt.

Unknown by many because he played his college football for SMU, Hunt is an incredible athlete with a ton of upside.


Loser: New York Jets—C+

Geno Smith is actually a great value as a second-round selection. He was considered by many as the top quarterback in the class, and there was a time when he was debated as the draft's top choice.

However, the Jets are the last team that really needs a quarterback. After dealing with the drama that comes with having Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez on the roster, the Jets should have known better than to add yet another quarterback to their current situation.

If they get rid of Sanchez and Tebow, this becomes a great pick, but as long as the circus continues, this pick was a bit of a waste.


Round 3

Winner: New York Giants—A

The Giants addressed a serious need here after ignoring it in the first two rounds. They must improve their ability to get after the quarterback if they want to win in the the NFC East, and that's exactly what they did by selecting Damontre Moore from Texas A&M.

Moore fell way down draft boards because of injuries, but he was a highly productive player at the college level and has better athleticism than his workouts would indicate. This could be a home run in the third rounder.


Loser: New England Patriots—C+

There really weren't any big losers in Round 3. A lot of promising prospects came off the board that could eventually become starters or play important roles, but the Patriots' selection of Rutgers safety Duron Harmon was a bit of a head-scratcher.

His Rutgers teammate Logan Ryan was a good selection, but with safeties like Shamarko Thomas and Phillip Thomas on the board, Harmon just doesn't make sense.