2013 NFL Draft Grades: Rating Each Team's New Class of Players

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25:  Barkevious Mingo of the LSU Tigers stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they hold up a jersey on stage after Mingo was picked #6 overall by the Cleveland Browns 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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The NFL draft is a great way to instantly transform a roster for the better, although some teams missed out on that opportunity.

Whether the issue was the inability to fill big needs on the roster, poor value with the picks or simply taking the wrong players, a few organizations struggled throughout the three days.

Only time will tell who truly excelled in the 2013 class, but here is a look at the teams that did not do well over the past week. Full draft grades are at the bottom. 



Dallas Cowboys


Regardless about how you feel about each player in the draft, it is important to know the general value of everyone around the league. The Cowboys did not do that second part.

Dallas drafted Travis Frederick in the first round when most believed he would still be around near the end of Day 3. Even if the team is positive that the center will be a Pro Bowler, it could have used a first-round pick on a talented safety or more offensive line help.

The lack of value continued throughout the draft as the team reached for various picks in virtually every round.

While J.J. Wilcox and B.W. Webb could end up being solid sleepers, the lack of strategy makes this a poor draft for the Cowboys.



Cleveland Browns


With only five picks in the draft—two in the first five rounds—it is vital to make sure you hit on every one of them. Instead, the Browns took some of the biggest risks in the entire draft with its selections.

Barkevious Mingo has good speed and great overall athleticism but he never was able to put it all together at LSU. He is undersized and has not shown that he has the upper-body strength to get past offensive linemen in the NFL.

Still, Cleveland felt he was worth the No. 6 overall pick in the draft, which puts way too much pressure on him to perform early in his career.

Leon McFadden is solid for a third-round selection, but the class as a whole is unlikely to contribute much in 2013. For a squad that desperately needs an infusion of talent, this was poor planning.



Denver Broncos


The Broncos came in with one glaring need at defensive tackle and solved that well by drafting Sylvester Williams late in the first round. That is where the good news ends for Denver fans.

For the remainder of the draft, the front office selected the wrong players usually at least one or two rounds before they should have been taken.

Montee Ball was selected ahead of a number of other talented running backs, including Eddie Lacy, even though he has very little top-end speed and is unlikely to last long in the NFL.

This is a team that has the opportunity to contend for a Super Bowl this season, and there was a great opportunity to grab some serious talent in the middle rounds. Denver missed that chance and will suffer because of it.



Team Grade Notes
Cowboys D A lack of value in each pick is just as bad as not finding more help for the offensive and defensive lines. 
Eagles B- Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz will help the offense right away, but the team still needs defensive playmakers to be successful. Matt Barkley will be the interesting player to watch to really judge this class. 
Giants C+ For some reason, the Giants cannot admit that it has a need at linebacker. They did not find any in the draft, and the players selected all have major faults. 
Redskins C+ Obviously, not having a first-round pick hurts, but the team is more than happy to have Robert Griffin III. While the Redskins grabbed some much-needed help in the defensive secondary, it might not be enough to improve the roster.
Bears B+ Although Kyle Long was a bit of a reach, the Bears grabbed two very talented linebackers in the middle rounds in Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene that will make an impact right away. 
Lions B- There is a lot of risk in this draft, starting with Ezekiel Ansah and Darius Slay. The Lions can look like geniuses if both pay off, although the chances are not great.
Packers B+ It seems the Packers want to change their identity. They will certainly help create more balance with two talented running backs and two strong offensive linemen.
Vikings A+  Minnesota grabbed three talented players in the first round, all of which represented good value and each filled an important need. Could not ask for any more.
Buccaneers Johnthan Banks will pair nicely with Darrelle Revis to turnaround a terrible pass defense from a year ago. However, drafting Mike Glennon sends a weird message to the organization.
Falcons B+ The two biggest needs were solved with the first three picks. Each one should play a role early on in this important season for the Falcons. 
Panthers B- Star Lotulelei was a great first-round pick, but the rest of the draft failed to fill important needs at defensive back and wide receiver.
Saints  A- Without a lot of picks, the Saints did well to make the defense better with Kenny Vaccaro and John Jenkins. Terron Armstead is a great athlete who could be a very good offensive tackle as well.
49ers A+ The team had a chance to draft for now as well as the future, and was able to do both of which very well. Marcus Lattimore could end up being the biggest steal of the draft.
Cardinals B Tyrann Mathieu will get the most headlines despite being a third-round pick, but the other positions should turn out well. The team loses points for not grabbing an offensive tackle.
Rams A Tavon Austin is an early favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year, and Alec Ogletree should start right away. Barrett Jones is also a valuable player taken in the fourth round.
Seahawks C This is a very talented team, but it is not perfect. Grabbing running backs with the first pick (second round) and then again in the sixth round seems strange with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin on the roster.
Bills B Robert Woods and Kiko Alonso were not good, but great picks on Day 2. However, this draft will be judged exclusively on the performance of E.J. Manuel.
Dolphins B+ Not a fan of moving up for Dion Jordan, but he will help the team immediately. Jamar Taylor is also solid value to fix one of the bigger needs on the team. Unfortunately, the team failed to get an impact offensive tackle.
Jets A- The Jets took the first cornerback and defensive tackle in the draft as well as second quarterback. The value was there and each should help the team.
Patriots C+ Jamie Collins is a good athlete, but there were not enough impact players taken in this draft. For the first time in a while, the Patriots needed that.
Bengals A+ Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard will make a young offense even more dangerous, and Margus Hunt has as much upside as anyone in the entire draft. Good picks all around.
Browns C After a 5-11 season, you would have liked to see more players to help the current roster. That simply did not happen.
Ravens A There were needs at safety and middle linebacker, and the Ravens got two of the best at each position that should start from Day 1. These guys know how to draft.
Steelers B- Pittsburgh took some familiar names in its early picks, though each one has limitations. Jarvis Jones and Le'Veon Bell both lack upside due to a lack of speed and athleticism. 
Colts B- Although the needs were filled, there are some questions about the players taken. Bjoern Werner could struggle at the next level, while other selections were big reaches.
Jaguars B+ Jacksonville added a lot of talent to a bad roster with Luke Joeckel and John Cyprien. It still would have been nice to grab a quarterback, and Denard Robinson does not count.
Texans A DeAndre Hopkins will take a lot of pressure off of Andre Johnson, which will make the entire offense better. The rest of the draft featured good value picks to fill needs and provide depth.
Titans A- The Titans helped out Jake Locker a lot by giving up an elite lineman in Chance Warmack and a solid receiver in Justin Hunter. The pressure is now on the young quarterback.
Broncos C Denver had the freedom to take some risks in the later rounds, but some of the picks made very little sense on paper.
Chargers B While D.J. Fluker might have been a reach with the 11th overall pick, Manti Te'o and Keenan Allen were very good values. Each player should make a positive impact early on.
Chiefs B Whether you think Eric Fisher is better than Luke Joeckel or not, he is still a great lineman that will be around for years. Knile Davis also provides some intrigue as a third-round selection.
Raiders B- Barely addressed a poor defense line, but Menelik Watson and Sio Moore are great picks. Tyler Wilson will also get an opportunity at quarterback down the line.