2013 NFL Draft Rewind: Grading the NFC

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Trading themselves into position to have three first-round picks helped, but the Minnesota Vikings — who enlisted Everson Griffen, above, to help unveil new uniforms this weekend — get the highest draft grade in the NFC. (Carlos Gonzalez/AP)

Mark Maske’s team-by-team analysis of the way NFC teams performed in the 2013 NFL draft, with small additions to the way it ran in Sunday’s paper:

NFC EAST

nfl_redskinsWASHINGTON REDSKINS: They didn’t have a first-round pick thanks to last year’s Robert Griffin III trade. But they made the necessary moves to patch holes in the league’s 30th-ranked pass defense last season, with second-round cornerback David Amerson, fourth-round safety Phillip Thomas and sixth-round safety Baccari Rambo. Third-rounder Jordan Reed is a good tight end prospect, even if the Redskins already seemed well stocked at that spot with Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul. Grade: B

Rd. Pos. Player College
 2 (51st pick)  CB  David Amerson N.C. State
 3 (85)  TE  Jordan Reed  Florida
 4 (119)  S  Phillip Thomas  Fresno State
 5 (154)  RB  Chris Thompson  Florida State
 5 (162)  LB  Brandon Jenkins  Florida State
 6 (191)  S  Baccari Rambo  Georgia
 7 (228)  RB  Jawan Jamison  Rutgers

 

nfl_cowboysDALLAS COWBOYS: They have received some sharp criticism for using the 31st choice on Travis Frederick, a center thought by some to be destined for the second or third round. The Cowboys did bounce back with picks in the second and third rounds that were better received, taking Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams. Grade: C-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (31)  C  Travis Frederick  Wisconsin
 2 (47)  TE  Gavin Escobar  San Diego State
 3 (74) WR Terrance Williams  Baylor
 3 (80) DB J.J. Wilcox  Georgia Southern
 4 (114) CB B.W. Webb William & Mary
 5 (151) RB Joseph Randle Oklahoma State
 6 (185)  LB  DeVonte Holloman  South Carolina

 

nfl_giantsNEW YORK GIANTS: The Giants needed some youth on their offensive line, but some wonder if tackle Justin Pugh was worth a mid-first-round pick. The draft’s early run on offensive linemen might have drained the value at the position sooner than expected. Third-round defensive end Damontre Moore was a particularly good value, though. The Giants don’t have a need at quarterback, but it generally doesn’t hurt to have a surplus, and Ryan Nassib was worth a fourth-rounder. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (19)  T  Justin Pugh Syracuse
 2 (49) DT Johnathan Hankins Ohio State
 3 (81) DE Damontre Moore Texas A&M
 4 (110) QB Ryan Nassib Syracuse
 5 (152) DB Cooper Taylor Richmond
 7 (225) G Eric Herman Ohio
 7 (253) RB Michael Cox Massachusetts

 

nfl_eaglesPHILADELPHIA EAGLES: New coach Chip Kelly’s revved-up offense gets immediate help with first-round offensive tackle Lane Johnson and second-round tight end Zach Ertz. The athleticism of Johnson, a high school quarterback, could make him a particularly good fit for the up-tempo approach that Kelly and the Eagles want to employ. The trade to move up and get Matt Barkley to start the fourth round makes for an interesting subplot, and it doesn’t seem out of the question that he would get a chance at some point if the team’s holdover quarterbacks struggle. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (4) T Lane Johnson Oklahoma
 2 (35) TE Zach Ertz Stanford
 3 (67) DT Bennie Logan LSU
 4 (98) QB Matt Barkley Southern Cal
 5 (136) FS Earl Wolff N.C State
 7 (212) DE Joe Kruger Utah
 7 (218) CB Jordan Poyer Oregon State
 9 (239) DB David King Oklahoma

 

NFC NORTH

nfl_bearsCHICAGO BEARS: Few seemed to expect Kyle Long to go as high as the 20th overall pick, when the Bears passed up Manti Te’o and instead took the eighth of the nine offensive linemen to be drafted Thursday night. They did get the help they needed at inside linebacker, after parting ways with Brian Urlacher, with second-rounder Jonathan Bostic. Grade: C+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (20) G Kyle Long Oregon
 2 (50) LB Jonathan Bostic Florida
 4 (117) LB Khaseem Greene Rutgers
 5 (163) T Jordan Mills Lousiana Tech
 6 (188) DE Cornelius Washington Georgia
 7. (236) WR Marquess Wilson Wash. State

 

nfl_lionsDETROIT LIONS: It’s a very solid group, although there is some risk involved because of the relative inexperience of Ziggy Ansah and the concerns over Darius Slay’s knee injury. Still, the trio of Ansah, Slay and third-round guard Larry Warford gives the Lions three players who could end up being valuable. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (5) DE Ziggy Ansah Brigham Young
 2 (36) CB Darius Slay Miss. State
 3 (65) G Larry Warford Kentucky
 4 (132)  DE Devin Taylor  South Carolina
 5 (165) P Sam Martin Appalachian State
 6 (171) WR Corey Fuller Virginia Tech
 6 (199) RB Theo Riddick Notre Dame
 7 (211) TE Michael Williams Alabama
7 (245) LB Brandon Hepburn Florida A&M

 

nfl_packersGREEN BAY PACKERS: Green Bay made its first two picks count, even though they came late in the first and second rounds. Getting Datone Jones was well worth the 26th choice. And getting Eddie Lacy late in the second round could end up being a memorably good move. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (26) DE  Datone Jones  UCLA
 2 (61)  RB  Eddie Lacy Alabama
 4 (109) T David Bakhtiari Colorado
 4 (122) T J.C. Tretter Cornell
 4 (125) RB Johnathan Franklin UCLA
 5 (159) DB Micah Hyde Iowa
 5 (167) DE Josh Boyd Miss. State
 6 (193) LB Nate Palmer Illinois State
7 (216) WR C.J. Johnson Grand Valley State
7 (224) WR Kevin Dorsey Maryland
7 (232) LB Sam Barrington South Florida

 

nfl_vikingsMINNESOTA VIKINGS: They entered the draft with a pair of first-round picks and then traded up late Thursday to become the first NFL team since the Rams in 2001 to make a trio of opening-round selections. And the Vikings used theirs extremely well. They got Sharrif Floyd 23rd, after many had projected him as a top-five (or even top-three) pick. They got Xavier Rhodes 25th, after some had envisioned him as a top-15 choice, and they got Cordarrelle Patterson 29th. Grade: A

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (23) DT Sharrif Floyd Florida
 1 (25) CB Xavier Rhodes Florida State
 1 (29) WR Cordarrelle Patterson Tennessee
 4 (120) LB Gerald Hodges Penn State
 5 (155) P Jeff Locke UCLA
 6 (196) G Jeff Baca UCLA
 7 (213) LB Michael Mauti Penn State
 7 (214) G Tarvis Bond North Carolina
 7 (229) DT Everrete Dawkins Florida State

 

NFC SOUTH

nfl_falconsATLANTA FALCONS: They wasted no time trying to upgrade their secondary, using their first two picks on cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (22) CB Desmond Trufant Washington
 2 (60) CB Robert Alford SE Louisiana
 4 (127) DE Malliciah Goodwin Clemson
 4 (133) TE Levine Toilolo Stanford
 5 (153) DE Stansly Maponga Texas Christian
 7 (243) DB Kemel Ishmael Central Florida
 7 (244) DB Zeke Motta Notre Dame
 7 (249) QB Sean Renfree Duke

 

nfl_panthersCAROLINA PANTHERS: Star Lotulelei perhaps won’t be an eye-catching player. But he will create problems for opposing offenses and help make everyone around him on the Carolina defense better. He was worth the 14th overall choice. But it’s debatable whether the Panthers, with other needs and not a lot of picks, should have come back and used a second-round selection on another defensive tackle. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (14) DT Star Lotulelei Utah
 2 (44) DT Kawann Short Purdue
 4 (108) G Edmund Kugbila Valdosta State
 5 (148) LB A.J. Klein Iowa State
 6 (182) RB Kenjon Barner Oregon

 

nfl_saintsNEW ORLEANS SAINTS: They did extremely well with what they had to work with, landing Kenny Vaccaro midway through the opening round and finding two potential future starters, Terron Armstead and John Jenkins, in the third round. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (15) S Kenny Vaccaro Texas
 2  Forfeited
 3 (75) T Terron Armstead Ark.-Pine Bluff
 3 (82) NT John Jenkins Georgia
 5 (144) WR Kenny Stills Oklahoma
 6 (183) LB Rufus Johnson Tarleton State

 

nfl_buccaneersTAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: Getting Johnthan Banks in the second round was a good move and adding Mike Glennon in the third provides intrigue at quarterback, although taking him ahead of Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib raised some eyebrows. But considering that the Buccaneers’ first-round pick yielded Darrelle Revis, via last weekend’s trade with the Jets, they certainly improved themselves considerably. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 2 (43) DB Johnthan Banks Miss. State
 3 (73) QB Mike Glennon N.C. State
 4 (100) DT Akeem Spence Illinois
 4 (126) DE William Gholston Michigan State
 5 (147) DE Stevens Means Buffalo
 6 (189) RB Mike James Miami

 

NFC WEST

nfl_cardinalsARIZONA CARDINALS: Much depends on whether the third-round risk taken on Tyrann Mathieu works out or not. If it does, a good class becomes a very good one. Even if it doesn’t, first-rounder Jonathan Cooper and second-rounder Kevin Minter should be dependable players. Alex Okafor was superb fourth-round value. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (7) G Johnathan Cooper North Carolina
 2 (45) LB Kevin Minter LSU
 3 (69)  DB  Tyrann Mathieu  LSU
 4 (103) LB Alex Okafor Texas
 4 (116) G Earl Watford James Madison
 5 (140) RB Stepfan Taylor Stanford
 6 (174) WR Ryan Swope Texas A&M
 6 (187) RB Andre Ellington Clemson
7 (219) TE D.C. Jefferson Rutgers

 

nfl_ramsST. LOUIS RAMS: By trading up eight spots to get Tavon Austin eighth overall, the Rams landed perhaps the most electrifying player in the draft. They traded down later in the first round and ended up with a solid player in Alec Ogletree, continuing to stockpile talent with the picks secured from the Redskins in the Robert Griffin III trade. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (8) WR Tavon Austin West Virginia
 1 (30) LB Alec Ogletree Georgia
 3 (71) DB T.J. McDonald Southern Cal
 3 (92)  WR  Stedman Bailey West Virginia
 4 (113) C Barrett Jones Alabama
 5 (149) DB Brandon McGee Miami
 5 (160) RB Zac Stacy Vanderbilt

 

nfl_49ersSAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: The NFC champs had an abundance of picks and used them well, trading up in the opening round for Eric Reid and then getting Tank Carradine and Vance McDonald in the second round. They didn’t have a lot of needs but they addressed a few, most notably at safety and tight end. Grade: B+

Rd. Pos. Player College
 1 (18) S Eric Reid LSU
 2 (40) DE Cornellius Carradine Florida State
 2 (55) TE Vance McDonald Rice
 3 (88) DE Corey Lemonier Auburn
 4 (128) WR Quinton Patton Louisiana Tech
 4 (131) RB Marcus Lattimore South Carolina
 5 (157) DT Quinton Dial Alabama
 6 (180) LB Nick Moody Florida State
 7 (237) QB B.J. Daniels South Florida
 7 (246) T Carter Bykowski Iowa State
 7 (252) DB Marcus Cooper Rutgers

 

nfl_seahawksSEATTLE SEAHAWKS: The Percy Harvin trade left them short on early-round picks, but they nonetheless helped themselves with the selections of Christine Michael, a very interesting prospect at running back, and Jordan Hill. Grade: B-

Rd. Pos. Player College
 2 (62) RB Christine Michael Texas A&M
 3 (87) DT Jordan Hill Penn State
 4 (123) WR Chris Harper Kansas State
 5 (137) DT Jesse Williams Alabama
 5 (138) DB Tharold Simon LSU
 5 (158) TE Luke Wilson Rice
 6 (194) RB Spencer Ware LSU
 7 (220) G Ryan Seymour Vanderbilt
 7 (231) LB Ty Powell Harding
 7 (241) G Jared Smith New Hampshire
 7 (242) T Michael Bowie Northeastern State

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