Posted: 8:09 a.m. Monday, April 29, 2013
By Dan Kadar
Every NFL teams loves the draft class they just put together. But we all know there is going to be just as many bad draft classes as good ones. But is it possible for every team to have at least one A+ pick? It sure is. Here's a look at the best picks made by each team in the 2013 NFL Draft.
A+ pick: Robert Woods, WR
With Kevin Kolb in place, E.J. Manuel may not be forced to start straight away. The most productive rookie for the Bills could the the Southern California wide receiver. Before last season started, Woods was viewed as a top 20 pick. He's an exceptional route runner with good hands. There aren't a lot of receivers on Buffalo you can say that about.
Late-round find: Dustin Hopkins, K
Teams don't uses a draft pick on a kicker unless they expect them to beat out the incumbent at the position. Current kicker Rian Lindell doesn't have the most powerful leg, somewhere Hopkins is superior.
Undrafted intrigue: Da'Rick Rogers, WR
When the draft finished, Rogers was widely viewed as the best player who didn't get picked. Character issues are the major reason. But if Rogers is disciplined off the field, the Bills may have a steal on it.
A+ pick: Jamar Taylor, CB
With Sean Smith no longer in Miami, the Dolphins needed to add talent at cornerback. Taylor had a first-round grade, so to get him 54th overall was a good value.
Late-round find: Mike Gillislee, RB
Gillislee was often referred in the pre-draft process as a poor man's Doug Martin. If he's anything close to being like the budding Buccaneers star, he'll push Daniel Thomas for not only carries, but possibly a roster spot.
Undrafted intrigue: Michael Clay, LB
Dion Jordan and Kiko Alonso often got the headlines for Oregon's defense, but it was Clay who was most often around the ball. He'll have to start as a special teams guy and could be a solid backup.
A+ pick: Aaron Dobson, WR
The Patriots needed talent at wide receiver and got a physical pass catcher in Dobson. He may not have the most consistent hands, but can make spectacular catches. Dobson should get a chance to start on the outside as a rookie.
Late-round find: Michael Buchanan, OLB/DE
Buchanan didn't have the senior season most expected at Illinois, but he should fit well as a pass rush specialist. His athleticism fits well on a Patriots defense that will show 3-4 and 4-3 looks.
Undrafted intrigue: Elvis Fisher, OT
Fisher seemed to be injured more often than not at Missouri. But when he was healthy, he was one of the better blockers in the country. This could be a situation where the Patriots stash him for a year and let him get healthy.
A+ pick: Dee Milliner, CB
Milliner was rated as a top-five talent and some teams reportedly had him as the top defensive player on their draft board. He'll start as a rookie out of necessity and he should do well. Milliner has advanced coverage skills for a rookie.
Late-round find: Oday Aboushi, OT
The Jets needed to get talent to play on the offensive line and Aboushi was a good choice in the fifth round. He's better than he often gets credit, and could be a tackle or guard.
Undrafted intrigue: Rontez Miles, S
Miles may have to get his Pittsburgh Steelers tattoo surgically removed if he makes the Jets' roster. He could too due to his combination of size and pure athleticism.
A+ pick: Arthur Brown, MLB
Coming out of Kansas State, Brown is an advanced version of Danell Ellerbe. He's an ultra-athletic linebacker capable of making plays all over the field. With the holes in the middle of Baltimore's defense, Brown will start right away and possibly challenge for Rookie of the Year honors.
Late-round find: Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE
Coming off a talented Notre Dame defense, Lewis-Moore is a natural fit for the Ravens because of his experience playing in a 3-4 defense. He'll be a backup player, but a good one to provide depth up front. Cornerback Marc Anthony is another one to follow. He should make the roster and slowly work his way up the depth chart.
Undrafted intrigue: Trent Steelman, QB
The Army option quarterback won't be viewed as a signal caller by the Ravens. He could stick as a wide receiver if he can play on special teams and learn and NFL route tree.
A+ pick: Giovani Bernard, RB
For much of the draft process, Bernard was viewed as the top running back in this year's class. Bernard didn't have the best timing numbers, but he's got enough speed, power and shiftiness to take carries away from Benjarvus Green-Ellis.
Late-round find: Reid Fragel, OT
One of the last picks in the draft this year could make the Bengals' roster as a backup to Andre Smith on the right side and could see time at guard.
Undrafted intrigue: Quinn Sharp, P
Sharp was looked at by many as the top punter in the draft this year. Kevin Huber is coming off a good season, but Sharp could challenge his roster spot.
A+ pick: Leon McFadden, CB
The Browns had to find a cornerback to play opposite Joe Haden and did so with the San Diego State product. McFadden is used to playing on an island and will have to do so in Cleveland.
Late-round find: Jamoris Slaughter, S
The Browns chose to deal their fourth- and fifth-round picks for choices in 2014, which was a savvy move by general manager Michael Lombardi. Slaughter is the pick here solely because Cleveland needs to find someone to play next to TJ Ward. If Slaughter looks good in training camp, he could challenge Eric Hagg.
Undrafted intrigue: Chris Faulk, OL
The Browns' talented offensive line is lacking depth. Faulk was highly thought of before the season but suffered through injuries. He's a powerful blocker capable of playing tackle or guard.
A+ pick: Jarvis Jones, OLB
Jones should quickly make Steelers fans forget about James Harrison. Once thought of as a possible top-five pick, Jones will excel in the Steelers' 3-4 defense.
Late-round find: Terry Hawthorne, CB
At Illinois, Hawthorne was always more potential than anything else. His play ran hot and cold, but he's packed with pure talent and size. He fits the mold of the type of cornerback the Steelers prefer.
Undrafted intrigue: Omar Hunter, DT
Hunter is a squat, powerful nose tackle prospect. Given the age of the Steelers' defensive line, they could have a solid backup in Hunter.
A+ pick: DeAndre Hopkins, WR
Finally the Texans will have a wide receiver opposite Andre Johnson who will legitimately force defenses not to overload a side of the field. Hopkins is a talented receiver capable of getting himself open and making tough catches. By the time he comes back from injury, DeVier Posey may have a hard time finding snaps ahead of Hopkins.
Late-round intrigue: David Quessenberry, OT
Quessenberry gets by on quickness and understanding angles. In other words, he's the perfect fit for a zone-blocking team like the Texans. The Texans get the most out of late-round offensive lineman and Quessenberry could be the next one.
Undrafted intrigue: Johnny Adams, CB
Of all the undrafted players the Texans brought in – and there were many – Adams has the most pure talent. His play as a senior declined some, but he had a draftable grade following his junior season. Undersized, sure, but Adams is a feisty cornerback.
A+ pick: Bjoern Werner, DE
I'm not a fan of this pick for the Colts, but Werner is going to find his way onto the field somewhere. Werner is too good of a technician as a pass rusher to not get on the field.
Late-round find: Montori Hughes, DT
The Colts are getting nose tackle Josh Chapman back from injury, and he'll be challenged for playing time by the powerful Hughes.
Undrafted intrigue: Nigel Malone, CB
Malone's not the most athletic cornerback. But he's a playmaker on the field, if he can make the Colts' roster.
A+ pick: Johnathan Cyprien, S
Even as a rookie, Cyprien could be the best player on Jacksonville's defense. He's the type of player Gus Bradley's defense can be built around in the back half. Cyprien is physical but still has the athleticism to cover well.
Late-round find: Denard Robinson, RB
Robinson should help the Jaguars in some fashion as a rookie. Whether its on special teams, lined up as a running back or working as a wide receiver, look for Robinson to break a few big plays as a rookie.
Undrafted intrigue: Matt Scott, QB
The Jaguars signed several good undrafted players that could make the roster – namely tight end Ryan Otten. But Scott is the headline grabber after he unexpectedly fell out of the draft. He's an athletic quarterback who will only improve as he gets more practice time.
A+ pick: Chance Warmack, G
Plug Warmack in at right guard and forget about him for the next decade plus. Warmack should quickly become one of the best run blocking guards in the NFL. He's that good already.
Late-round find: Brian Schwenke, C
The Titans were able to finish off their offensive line by taking the athletic Schwenke in the fourth round. He'll fit nicely between Warmack and Andy Levitre because he can get out and block on the move.
Undrafted intrigue: Jack Doyle, TE
At Western Kentucky, Doyle was a dependable pass catching tight end. If he can show he can block and play on special teams, he can land a roster spot.
A+ pick: Sylvester Williams, DT
The Broncos had a sizable hole at defensive tackle and Williams should aptly fill it. He's not simply a space-occupying defensive lineman either. Williams can get a push and collapse the pocket to get after the ball carrier.
Late-round find: Quanterus Smith, OLB/DE
Smith was worth a fifth-round pick by Denver simply for his three-sack game against DJ Fluker, the first-round pick of the Chargers. If his knee is healthy, Smith can be used as a pass rush specialist on third downs and could be a sneaky player to hit double-digit sacks.
Undrafted intrigue: Lerentee McCray, OLB
McCray was inconsistent at Florida, but flashed a powerful rush at times. Luke Joeckel called him his toughest matchup, so that speaks to McCray's potential.
A+ pick: Eric Fisher, OT
It's fairly lazy to pick the No. 1 pick in the draft to be the team's immediate contributor. But that's proof of just how good Fisher can be for the Chiefs. Whether he starts on the right or left side, Fisher is going to be very good immediately because of his penchant for finishing off blocks and handling speed rushers on the edge.
Late-round find: Mike Catapano, DE
Catapano is an underrated defensive end coming out of Princeton. He's strong enough to hold the edge but has enough athleticism to work up field.
Undrafted intrigue: Tyler Bray, QB
Just because someone has intrigue doesn't mean they'll make the roster. Bray is the headline grabber simply because he fell out of the draft after some expected him to be a third- or fourth-round pick. Bray has the arm strength to make it, as long as his head is on right.
A+ pick: DJ Hayden
The Raiders loved Hayden so much they nearly took him third overall before wisely trading down. The Raiders signed both Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter, but Hayden should start on the outside as a rookie.
Late-round find: Tyler Wilson, QB
If Wilson plays as he did in 2011 for Arkansas, the Raiders might have their quarterback of the future. Not bad for a fourth-round pick. Wilson is a tough quarterback who will step up in the pocket and can deliver impressive throws.
Undrafted intrigue: Adrian Bushell, CB
Because of the signings and the pick of Hayden, Bushell is going to have to work hard to make the roster. But at Louisville Bushell consistently made plays on the outside.
A+ pick: D.J. Fluker, OT
The Chargers so desperately needed offensive line help that it didn't matter if they took a right tackle with the 12th overall pick. Fluker is a power blocker who, at this point, is underrated as a pass blocker.
Late-round find: Steve Williams, CB
Williams graded out exceptionally well in a few of California's games last season. Williams has impressive speed to cover fast receivers deep.
Undrafted intrigue: Kwame Geathers, DT
If he weren't on a stacked Georgia defense, Geathers would have had much better tape and been a draftable player. He's a giant on the defensive line and can take up a lot of space in a three-man front.
A+ pick: Travis Frederick, C
Almost no one is disputing that the Cowboys took Frederick too early in the draft. But once games start, people will quickly forget where Frederick was picked. He's a perfect fit on Dallas' offensive line and will open a lot of holes in the run game.
Late-round find: Joseph Randle, RB
If Demarco Murray continues to have injury problems, it will be less of an issue with Randle on the roster. Randle is a strong runner capable of gaining yards after contact. He compares favorably to Murray and could be a solid contributor early.
Undrafted intrigue: Brandon Magee, LB
Magee will have to make his mark on special teams. With his pure speed (he ran a 4.56 40 at his pro day), Magee could be good on kick and punt coverage and as a backup linebacker.
A+ pick: Johnathan Hankins, DT
Hankins may not be a rookie starter for the Giants, but he should get on the field plenty. He's an active defensive lineman wither underrated quickness and athleticism. Hankins will have to keep his weight in check, but he's a physical presence up front.
Late-round find: Cooper Taylor, S
Taylor is the kind of pure size/athleticism combination that general manager Jerry Reese loves. He's another player that will have to make his name on special teams, but he could become a Kam Chancellor-type of safety in the future.
Undrafted intrigue: Chase Clement, TE
If the Giants want a third tight end on the roster purely to block, Clement is a good pickup.
A+ pick: Zach Ertz, TE
The Eagles may have signed James Casey and have Brent Celek, but Chip Kelly will find a way to get the ball in Ertz's hands. Ertz isn't much of a blocker, but split out wide he can provide matchup problems for opposing defenses.
Late-round find: Joe Kruger, DE
Kruger was among the youngest players in the draft this year and will only get bigger and better as time goes on. He's a backup only right now, but has the frame and athleticism to become a good end in a 3-4 system.
Undrafted intrigue: Brad Wing, P
The Eagles signed Donnie Jones, but Wing has a powerful leg and can place the ball wherever he wants. Wing has some character issues, but he was considered by many to be the best punter in the draft this year.
A+ pick: David Amerson, CB
Amerson has the pure talent to push Josh Wilson for a starting spot in the Redskins' spotty defensive back field. Amerson unquestionably had a terrible 2012. But he has the combination of size, athleticism and hands that can't be taught.
Late-round find: Jawan Jamison, RB
If he can get carries, the Redskins may have struck again on a late-round running back. Jamison is a strong runner with shiftiness and good enough speed.
Undrafted intrigue: Xavier Nixon, OT
For as much bad tape Nixon had, he had some dazzling performances. He's the kind of player the Redskins can coach up and eventually earn a spot on the full-time roster spot.
A+ pick: Jon Bostic, LB
Bostic isn't Brian Urlacher. He's a different kind of linebacker and doesn't have Urlacher's size or leadership intangibles. But he's an active player who can get off blocks and make sound tackles.
Late-round find: Jordan Mills, OT
If J'Marcus Webb doesn't work out at right tackle, Mills may not have to wait long to get a shot. He's a proficient run blocker who can overpower defensive ends.
Undrafted intrigue: Mark Harrison, WR
Harrison was one of our favorite under the radar wide receiver prospects in the draft this year. He's a physical receiver and an understudy to Brandon Marshall. He could get a roster spot for that reason alone. If he does, Harrison could make some big plays as a fourth receiver.
A+ pick: Larry Warford, G
The Lions need help up front and Warford should quickly establish himself as one of the team's top offensive linemen. He's a powerful blocker up front but has enough athleticism to take on pass rushers stunting from the edge.
Late-round find: Michael Williams TE
Detroit didn't draft an offensive tackle as many thought, but Williams blocks like one. He was unquestionably the best blocking tight end in the draft this year. It wouldn't be a surprise if he gets converted to tackle.
Undrafted intrigue: Joseph Fauria
Fauria is the antithesis to Williams. He can't block at all. But he's an enormous pass catcher who can get open over the middle and make tough catches.
A+ pick: Datone Jones, DE
Jones is the perfect fit on a 3-4 team. He's an athletic and active defensive lineman capable of getting up field in a hurry. He was strong enough in college to line up inside, so that's not an issue either. The Packers may not need a pass rushing linebacker opposite Clay Matthews because Jones could do that from the end position.
Late-round find: Johnathan Franklin, RB
It's possible that Franklin could get more carries and yards than second-round pick Eddie Lacy. Franklin is a dynamic runner capable of breaking big runs.
Undrafted intrigue: Jake Stoneburner, TE
Last season at Ohio State, Stoneburner was miscast as a wide receiver. In 2011, he looked like one of the best tight end prospects in the nation. If he can get back on track at his natural position, the Packers could have a good backup to Jermichael Finley.
A+ pick: Xavier Rhodes, CB
Of the three first-round picks by the Vikings, Rhodes has the best chance to get the most snaps. Rhodes is a physical man coverage corner with the kind of size needed to play someone like Calvin Johnson solo.
Late-round find: Travis Bond, G
The Vikings took a couple of interior blockers in Bond and Jeff Baca. Bond is a power blocker and a good fit in Minnesota's system.
Undrafted intrigue: Erik Highsmith, WR
At one point, Highsmith was expected to develop into a very good wide receiver prospect. It never quite happened, but he's still a solid vertical receiver.
A+ pick: Desmond Trufant, CB
The Falcons targeted Trufant and jumped up in the draft to get him. He's a talented cornerback with quick feet and solid ball skills. Trufant's greatest strength is that he can play in zone or man situations and he closes on the ball in a hurry.
Late-round find: Levine Toilolo, TE
The word on Toilolo was that it would be best for him if he was drafted by a team with an established tight end so he could continue refining his blocking and pass catching. Talk about a perfect spot for him. Toilolo is a physical marvel who could become a very good tight end with the proper tuning.
Undrafted intrigue: Adam Replogle, DE
Underrated at Indiana, Replogle has a legit chance at making Atlanta's roster. He's a strong defender capable of pushing offensive linemen back and athletic enough to chase down the ball carrier.
A+ pick: Star Lotulelei, DT
Lotulelei was the steal of the first round of the draft and fills a big position of need for the Panthers. What else is there to say? Day 1 starter with Pro Bowl potential as a rookie.
Late-round find: Kenjon Barner, RB
If he can get on the field, Barner is going to be a nice weapon. Imagine him running option plays with quarterback Cam Newton. It's scary. Barner is so much faster than his timed speed. He could push Ted Ginn for the punt return job and will be a good kick returner.
Undrafted intrigue: Robert Lester, S
Lester had a draftable grade because of his natural size and solid ability in coverage and run support. He should be a decent backup and get a roster spot if he can play on coverage teams.
A+ pick: Kenny Vaccaro, S
Vaccaro was undeniably the top safety prospect in the draft this season and it wasn't close. He excels in coverage but is strong enough to provide run support.
Late-round find: Kenny Stills, WR
Stills could quickly establish himself as the Saints' third receiver because he's fast and knows how to get open. Drew Brees will love finding him going deep over the top.
Undrafted intrigue: Chase Thomas, OLB
Why Thomas went undrafted is somewhat of a mystery. We had him rated as a top-100 prospect because of his instincts and pass rush ability. He's a little stiff in movement skills, but he's a smart player who gets after the ball carrier.
A+ pick: Johnthan Banks, CB
Despite trading for Darrelle Revis, Banks should press for a starting job with the Buccaneers. He's a physical cornerback with the size to handle bigger receivers vertically.
Late-round find: Akeem Spence, DT
Spence is a player should be better as a pro than he was a college player. He has the tools but he never fully took advantage of them at Illinois consistently. When he's on, he's hard to block and quick enough to split gaps.
Undrafted intrigue: Carl Johnson, G
The Buccaneers may have a good find in Johnson. He's a size and power prospect the team can stash for a year to work him up. The physical ability is there for Johnson to be a good run blocking guard.
A+ pick: Jonathan Cooper, G
You don't draft a guard in the top 10 if you don't expect him to start as a rookie. Cooper will do that on the left side of Arizona's spotty offensive line.
Late-round find: Stepfan Taylor, RB
Head coach Bruce Arians likes to run the ball with physical backs. Taylor fits that principle nicely. He's got good enough speed, but his game is built on power and breaking tackles.
Undrafted intrigue: Dan Buckner, WR
At Arizona, Buckner never quite lived up to the hype he had out of high school as a Texas recruit. But he has the pure potential and size and develop into a solid receiver if given the chance.
A+ pick: Eric Reid, S
The 49ers better hope Reid is the right fit after trading up for him and passing on Florida Internationals Johnathan Cyprien. Reid will be handed the starting free safety spot where he'll be able to show off his ability to absolutely rock people in coverage.
Late-round find: Quinton Patton, WR
If AJ Jenkins' roster spot wasn't in jeopardy following a lost rookie season, it is now. Patton is a superb pass catcher who most expected to go early in the third round.
Undrafted intrigue: Luke Marquardt, OT
With his pure physical ability, Marquardt is the kind of developmental tackle every team should try to find. He's an enormous player with good athleticism.
A+ pick: Tavon Austin, WR
This is dependent on Jeff Fisher and Brian Schottenheimer being creative on offense. They need to find unique ways to get Austin the ball, and that means playing him a lot more than just as a traditional wide receiver.
Late-round find: Zac Stacy, RB
The Rams needed to add a running back in the draft this year and Stacy was a nice choice with their final pick. He runs low to the ground and can churn out yards after contact. If there's an Alfred Morris candidate this year, it's Stacy.
Undrafted intrigue: Ray Ray Armstrong, S
Armstrong was supposed to be the next great Miami defensive back. That never happened, but the potential and pure talent is still there. Could he be Fisher's next reclamation project?
A+ pick: None
This is not a bad thing. It's a testament to the quality of Seattle's roster. The Seahawks may get a contribution from defensive tackle Jordan Hill or running back Christine Michael, but it's unlikely either will get starter time. No single pick for Seattle may have warranted an A+, but general manager John Schneider scored several B's in his draft class.
Late-round find: Tharold Simon, CB
If there is one middle-round cornerback built perfectly for Seattle's system, it's Simon. He's a size prospect with room to grow in coverage.
Undrafted intrigue: Alvin Bailey, G
Bailey left Arkansas a year early expecting to be drafted. While that never happened, he's still a solid run blocker in the phone booth.