2013 NFL Draft Grades: Breaking Down Every Team's Class

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 28, 2013

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Elam #22 of the Florida Gators celebrates his pass interception against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half of play at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.    (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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Now that the 2013 NFL draft is over, all 32 teams feel like they have a better shot at reaching the Super Bowl next season.  However, some teams may not have done as well in the draft as they could have.

These grades are based off of picks addressing needs and other talent available at the time of the pick.  These grades are not based off of how these prospects or the team will fare next season.

*You can find the complete 2013 NFL draft results here.

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades

Team Best Pick Worst Pick Grade
49ers DE Tank Carradine QB B.J. Daniels A
Bears DE Cornelius Washington G Kyle Long 
Bengals LB Sean Porter  RB Giovani Bernard  B+ 
Bills WR Robert Woods  QB EJ Manuel  B+
Broncos DT Sylvester Williams  RB Montee Ball  C-
Browns LB Barkevious Mingo  CB Leon McFadden 
Buccaneers DT Akeem Spence QB Mike Glennon   C
Cardinals LB Alex Okafor  CB Tyrann Mathieu  B- 
Chargers WR Keenan Allen  QB Brad Sorensen  A- 
Chiefs  CB Sanders Commings  C Eric Kush 
Colts DE Bjoern Werner  C Khaled Holmes  C+
Cowboys WR Terrance Williams  C Travis Frederick  D+ 
Dolphins DE Dion Jordan  TE Dion Sims  C+ 
Eagles CB Jordan Poyer DE Joe Kruger  B+
Falcons CB Desmond Trufant  DE Stansly Maponga  B- 
Giants DE Damontre Moore  T Justin Pugh  B+
Jaguars S Johnathan Cyprien  RB Denard Robinson  A- 
Jets CB Dee Milliner  DT Sheldon Richardson 
Lions CB Darius Slay  P Sam Martin B- 
Packers RB Eddie Lacy  T JC Tretter  B+ 
Panthers DT Star Lotulelei  RB Kenjon Banner C+ 
Patriots LB Steve Beauharnais  WR Josh Boyce  C- 
Raiders LB Sio Moore  CB DJ Hayden  B- 
Rams G Barrett Jones  LB Alec Ogletree 
Ravens LB Arthur Brown  FB Kyle Juszczyk  A- 
Redskins S Bacarri Rambo  RB Chris Thompson B
Saints DT John Jenkins LB Rufus Johnson B- 
Seahawks DT Jesse Williams  WR Chris Harper  B- 
 Steelers S Shamarko Thomas  RB Le'Veon Bell  B+ 
 Texans LB Trevardo Williams  S DJ Swearinger  C+ 
 Titans WR Justin Hunter  :LB Zaviar Gooden  A- 
 Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson  P Jeff Locke 

Notable Draft Classes

Jacksonville Jaguars: A-

The Jaguars were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season.  However, a solid draft class with some very good picks addressed a lot of needs for this team.  It appears the Jags are giving Blaine Gabbert every chance to succeed next season, and the team is in good position to start winning games.

Luke Joeckel was the clear big pick, as he will come in and help keep the quarterback upright.  However, the team also got a great prospect in the second round by picking up Johnathan Cyprien.  He is a solid safety who loves to hit the ball-carrier and can actually make a big impact on the defense.

Along with adding protection and defensive players, the Jaguars were able to bring in a couple of weapons.  They brought in Ace Sanders, a 5'7'' receiver who has incredible speed and can make an impact in both the return game and the passing game.

They were also able to bring in Denard Robinson, who was one of the more interesting picks.  It may have been a reach to grab him in the fifth round, but he is a versatile athlete who has big play potential.

Philadelphia Eagles: B+

The Eagles made quality picks one after another in the draft this year.  With a new head coach in Chip Kelly, the look of this team is going to be different in 2013, particularly on offense.

The addition of Lane Johnson was the perfect fit for what will likely be a fast-paced offense this year.  He is an athletic tackle who is in good enough shape to keep up with a fast offense.

Zach Ertz is a great route-runner at tight end and will make an impact in the passing game.  Bennie Logan is someone who can fill the gaps and stop the run.  Even the pick of Matt Barkley wasn't too bad, as the team was able to get a second-round prospect in the fourth round.

The biggest steal in the draft might have been Jordan Poyer falling to the Eagles in the seventh round.  He did a great job at Oregon State and was projected by some to be a second- or third-round pick.  However, his smaller size may have scared other teams off.  The Eagles will be getting a great prospect who can come in an immediately play as a nickel corner.

Baltimore Ravens: A-

All eyes were on the Ravens after losing Ray Lewis, Paul Kruger, Ed Reed, Cary Williams and others.  The signing of Elvis Dumervil was one small step, but the draft helped improve this defense even more.

Bringing in Matt Elam in the first round was a good first step to improving this team.  Elam was a heavy-hitter at Florida; he simply finds ways to get to the ball-carrier and wrap up to make the tackle.  He will be a solid replacement for Reed in terms of that aggressive attitude at safety.

In the second round, they were able to bring in a first-round-caliber player in Arthur Brown.  He was a very productive player at Kansas State and a sure tackler.  Along with playing well against the run, he is a solid linebacker in coverage.

A solid pick in the sixth round was Aaron Mellette, the wide receiver out of Elon.  With a 6'2'' frame, he is an interesting prospect in the red zone.  He is a solid route-runner with solid speed, although he won't burn anyone in the secondary by any means.

With so many players leaving, the Ravens found a way to bring in guys to quickly fill those holes.  They did a great job in the draft and will continue to rebuild their team to make another run at a Super Bowl.


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