2013 NFL Draft Rewind: Grading the AFC

April 29, 2013

Quarterback Geno Smith, the Jets’ third pick of the draft, helped New York earn one of Mark Maske’s two As in the AFC. (Jason DeCrow/AP)

Mark Maske’s team-by-team analysis of the way AFC teams performed in the 2013 NFL draft, with small additions to the way it ran in Sunday’s paper. (Here are his NFC draft grades):

AFC EAST

BUFFALO BILLS: EJ Manuel might end up being a productive NFL quarterback. If so, the move of trading down and picking him 16th overall will be justified. But for now, it’s open to questioning and it has drawn some stern criticism from those who say Manuel isn’t ready to play. Grade: C-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (16th pick) QB EJ Manuel Florida State
 2 (41) WR Robert Woods Southern Cal
 4 (46) LB Kiko Alonso Oregon
 3 (78) WR Marquise Goodwin Texas
 4 (105) S Duke Williams Nevada
 5 (143) S  Johnathan Meeks Clemson
 6 (177) K Dustin Hopkins Florida State
 7 (222) TE Chris Gragg Arkansas

 

MIAMI DOLPHINS: They made four picks in the first three rounds and focused on their defense first. The trade up for Dion Jordan was justified and gave the Dolphins a defensive playmaker, and cornerback Jamar Taylor was a solid second-round choice. Third-round guard Dallas Thomas also could help. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (3) DE Dion Jordan Oregon
 2 (54) CB Jamar Taylor Boise State
 3 (77) T Dallas Thomas Tennessee
 3 (93) DB Will Davis Utah State
 4 (104) LB Jelani Jenkins Florida
 4 (106) TE Dion Sims Michigan State
 5 (164) RB Mike Gillislee Florida
 5 (166) K Caleb Sturgis Florida
7 (250) DB Don Jones Arkansas State

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: They traded out of the first round, following their usual strategy of moving down and adding picks. Aaron Dobson could be a particularly useful addition as a second-rounder, particularly with the Patriots’ need at wide receiver after the exit of Wes Welker. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 2 (52) LB Jamie Collins Southern Miss.
 2 (59) WR Aaron Dobson Marshall
 3 (83) DB Logan Ryan Rutgers
 3 (91) DB Duron Harmon Rutgers
 4 (102) WR Josh Boyce Texas Christian
 7 (226) DE Michael Buchanan Illinois
 7 (235) LB Steve Beauharnais Rutgers

 

NEW YORK JETS: They bolstered the defense with the opening-round duo of Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson, although it took trading cornerback Darrelle Revis last weekend to land the 13th pick used on Richardson. The Jets were fortunate to get perhaps the draft’s top quarterback, Geno Smith, in the second round. Grade: A-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (9) CB Dee Milliner Alabama
 1 (13) DT Sheldon Richardson Missouri
 2 (39) QB Geno Smith West Virginia
 3 (72) T Brian Winters Kent State
 5 (141) T Oday Aboushi Virginia
 6 (178) G William Campbell Michigan
 7 (215) RB Tommy Bohanon Wake Forest

 

AFC NORTH

BALTIMORE RAVENS: They passed on Manti Te’o on the final pick of the first round to take Matt Elam but came right back and got the linebacker help they needed with the second-round choice of Arthur Brown. Those two should step right in as immediate contributors. Grade: B

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (32) S Matt Elam Florida
 2 (56) LB Arthur Brown Kansas State
 3 (94) DT Brandon Williams Missouri Southern
 4 (129) LB John Simon Ohio State
 4 (130) RB Kyle Juszczyk Harvard
 5 (168) G Ricky Wagner Wisconsin
 6 (200) DE Kapron Lewis-Moore Notre Dame
 6 (203) C Ryan Jensen Colorado State-Pueblo
 7 (238) WR Aaron Mellette Elon
 7 (247) DB Marc Anthony California

 

CINCINNATI BENGALS: Tyler Eifert is a major addition at tight end and well worth the 21st overall pick; using even a top-10 selection on him might have been justified. The Bengals made Giovani Bernard the first running back chosen in the draft, 24 spots ahead of Eddie Lacy. Grade: B

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (21) TE Tyler Eifert Notre Dame
 2 (37) RB Giovani Bernard North Carolina
 2 (53) DE Margus Hunt Southern Methodist
 3 (84) DB Shawn Williams Georgia
 4 (118) LB Sean Porter Texas A&M
 5 (156) G Tanner Hawkinson Kansas
 6 (190) RB Rex Burkhead Nebraska
 6 (197) WR Cobi Hamilton Arkansas
 7 (240) T Reid Fragel Ohio State
 7 (251) C T.J. Johnson South Carolina

 

CLEVELAND BROWNS: They got the pass-rush help they wanted by taking Barkevious Mingo sixth overall. But their class lacks the depth achieved by some other teams. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (6) DE Barkevious Mingo LSU
 2  Used in supplemental draft
 3 (68) CB Leon McFadden San Diego State
 6 (175) S Jamori Slaughter Notre Dame
 7 (217) DE Armonty Bryant East Central
 7 (227) T Garrett Gilkey Chadron State

 

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: They got solid players and filled needs as well with the additions of Jarvis Jones, Le’Veon Bell and Markus Wheaton. Jones fits in particularly well after the departure of James Harrison. Bell and Wheaton could play significant roles on offense immediately. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (17) LB Jarvis Jones Georgia
 2 (48) RB Le’Veon Bell Michigan State
 3 (79) WR Markus Wheaton Ohio State
 4 (111) S Shamarko Thomas Syracuse
 4 (115) QB Landry Jones Oklahoma
 5 (150) DB Terry Hawthorne Illinois
 6 (186) WR Justin Brown Oklahoma
 6 (206) LB Vince Williams Florida State
 7 (223) DB Nick Williams Samford

 

AFC SOUTH

HOUSTON TEXANS: Taking DeAndre Hopkins late in the first round seems like the right choice, especially after Andre Johnson publicly urged the Texans to draft a wide receiver. Getting D.J. Swearinger late in the second round also was a sensible move. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (27) WR DeAndre Hopkins Clemson
 2 (57) S D.J. Swearinger South Carolina
 3 (89) T Brennan Williams North Carolina
 3 (95) DE Sam Montgomery LSU
 4 (124) LB Trevardo Williams Connecticut
 6 (176) T David Quessenberry San Jose State
 6 (195) WR Alan Bonner Jacksonville State
 6 (198) DB Chris Jones Bowling Green
 6 (201) TE Ryan Griffin Connecticut

 

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: Getting a defensive end in the opening round was a logical move after they said their goodbyes this offseason to Dwight Freeney. The Colts got somewhat lucky that Bjoern Werner remained available to them for the 24th choice. He’s an intriguing player some thought could go earlier. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (24) DE Bjoern Werner Florida State
 3 (86) G Hugh Thornton Illinois
 4 (121) C Khaled Holmes Southern Cal
 5 (139) DT Montori Hughes Tenn.-Martin
 6 (192) DB John Boyett Oregon
 7 (230) RB Kerwynn Williams Utah State
 7 (254) TE Justice Cunningham South Carolina

 

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: It’s difficult to fault their major decisions. They made the right move at second overall by taking Luke Joeckel, who’s thought to be a more polished product at left tackle than top overall choice Eric Fisher. They also did well by taking Johnathan Cyprien. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (2) T Luke Joeckel Texas A&M
 2 (33) S Johnathan Cyprien Florida International
 3 (64)  CB Dwayne Gratz Connecticut
 4 (101) WR Ace Sanders South Carolina
 5 (135) RB Denard Robinson Michigan
 6 (169) DB Josh Evans Florida
 7 (208) DB Jeremy Harris New Mexico State
 7 (210) DB Demetrius McCray Appalachian State

 

TENNESSEE TITANS: This is a good class, with four choices on the draft’s initial two days and promising players all around. Taking Chance Warmack 10th overall aids the running game greatly, even if getting a guard isn’t the glitziest of top-10 selections. Wide receiver Justin Hunter and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson are well regarded. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (10) G Chance Warmack Alabama
 2 (34) WR Justin Hunter Tennessee
 3 (70) CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson Connecticut
 3 (97) LB Zaviar Gooden Missouri
 4 (107) C Brian Schwenke California
 5 (142) DE Lavar Edwards LSU
 6 (202) DB Khalid Wooten Nevada
 7 (248) DB Daimion Stafford Nebraska

 

AFC WEST

DENVER BRONCOS: Peyton Manning gets some running-game help with the second-round addition of Montee Ball. There should be no significant quarrel with the first-round choice of Sylvester Williams, although some observers wondered entering the draft whether he might last until early in the second round. Grade: B

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (28) DT Sylvester Williams North Carolina
 2 (58) RB Montee Ball Wisconsin
 3 (90) CB Kayvon Webster South Florida
 5 (146) DE Quanteras Smith Western Kentucky
 5 (161) WR Tavarres King Georgia
 6 (173) T Vinston Painter Virginia Tech
 7 (234) QB Zac Dysert Miami (Ohio)

 

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: They took a slight risk by going with Eric Fisher as the top overall pick ahead of Luke Joeckel, who had been described as the more polished player and perhaps the safer choice. But the Chiefs seemed to like Fisher’s athleticism and his bit of an on-field mean streak, and appeared to regard him as the better fit for Coach Andy Reid’s offense. The Chiefs’ second-round pick went to San Francisco in the deal to acquire QB Alex Smith. Grade: B

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (1) T Eric Fisher Central Michigan
 3 (63) TE Travis Kelce Cincinnati
 3 (96) RB Knile Davis  Arkansas
 4 (99) LB Nico Johnson Alabama
 5 (134) DB Sanders Commings Georgia
 6 (170) C Eric Kush California (Pa.)
 6 (204) RB Braden Wilson Kansas State
 7 (207) LB Mike Catapano Princeton

 

OAKLAND RAIDERS: They traded down nine spots in the first round and still could have taken Sharrif Floyd, the very player that many had envisioned them getting if they’d stayed put at third overall. Instead, at 12th overall they took D.J. Hayden, a cornerback who’d been projected by some to go a bit later. Grade: C+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (12) CB D.J. Hayden Houston
 2 (42) T Menelik Watson Florida State
 3 (66) LB Sio Moore Connecticut
 4 (112) QB Tyler Wilson Arkansas
 6 (172) TE Nick Kasa Colorado
 6 (181) RB Latavius Murray Central Florida
 6 (184) DT Stacy McGee Oklahoma
 7 (209) WR Brice Butler San Diego State
 7 (233) DT David Bass Missouri Western

 

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: Their top three selections all should contribute immediately as dependable players and possibly difference-makers. Taking D.J. Fluker 11th overall was the right move, given the way offensive linemen were flying off the board early. The Chargers traded up to take advantage of the plummet of Manti Te’o out of the first round. Grade: A

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (11) T D.J. Fluker Alabama
 2 (38) LB Manti Te’o Notre Dame
 3 (76) WR Keenan Allen California
 5 (145) DB Steve Williams California
 6 (179) LB Tourek Williams Florida International
 7 (221) QB Brad Sorenson Utah State

 

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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