First Rounders In Focus: End of Season
Khaled Elsayed starts the PFF season in review with a look at how all the first round rookies fared in 2013 for their teams.
First Rounders In Focus: End of Season
17. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Analysis: Didn’t turn his college production into NFL production as he battled for a starting spot (unconvincingly) for most of the year. Game looked a little quick for him at times and he rarely delivered the kind of pressure the team was looking for in a guy expected to replace James Harrison. Only Matt Shaughnessy (a base OLB for the Cardinals) had a worse pass rushing productivity score.
18. Eric Reid, S, San Francisco 49ers
Analysis: Every time I write about Reid it’s to remind everyone that the first rounder has fitted in seamlessly for the departed Dashon Goldson. That’s the biggest thing you can say for him as he’s ensured the team hasn’t missed a beat even if he has missed more tackles (13) than you’d like.
19. Justin Pugh, RT, New York Giants
Analysis: Before the draft many wondered if Pugh would be a tackle or guard, but he made an extremely convincing case he’ll cope with the demands of playing out on an island for a long time. Finishing the year our highest ranked rookie first round tackle he put a difficult start behind him to earn six positively graded games in the final half of the season.
20. Kyle Long, G, Chicago Bears
Analysis: For a guy with as limited collegiate experience as him, handled himself well. There were certainly times where he was exposed and looked a little lost, but those offset with some moments where his physical ability took over. The team will hope this was a development season for Long with more to come in the upcoming years.
21. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Analysis: Saw a lot of action in two tight end sets, with Jermaine Gresham doing the heavy lifting with the in line work and Eifert moving around more often. Unfortunately he looked lightweight in the run game and didn’t offset that with the kind of receiving production the team would have been hoping for. A mismatch that didn’t take advantage of that often enough.
22. Desmond Trufant, CB, Atlanta Falcons
Analysis: In a miserable year for Atlanta the play of Trufant was the biggest bright spot. Making himself a legit rookie Defensive Player of the Year candidate, the Falcon finished seventh in our cornerback coverage rankings. He also ended up behind only Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner with his 17 combined pass break ups and interceptions. A quality win for the front office.
23. Shariff Floyd, DT, Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: As the snap count suggested, the team brought him along extremely slowly in his debut season. That meant his impact was somewhat sporadic and he ended with just 19 quarterback disruptions and eight other defensive stops. You wouldn’t expect him to be so quiet next year.
24. Bjorn Werner, OLB, Indianapolis Colts
Analysis: Missed plenty of time hurt and then struggled to make much of an impact (as evidenced by only 13 quarterback disruptions) when he was on the field. Not the finished article, the hope has to be the coaching staff has the tools to develop his.
25. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: Before his season ended after Week 14 seemed to be getting the hang of things after a tough stretch in the middle of the season. Last three games saw him earn a +5.6 grade with nine pass breaks ups over those games.
26. Datone Jones, DE, Green Bay Packers
Analysis: Ended the year with a healthy 18 quarterback disruptions but rarely made the kind of instant impact you’d hope from a situational rusher. In fact saw his playing time decrease as the season went on with the team seeming to realize 2013 was not going to be his year.
27. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
Analysis: Led the Texan receivers in snaps but fell 85 targets behind Andre Johnson. A victim at times of some erratic quarterback play, you get the impression if the team can feature him more then he’ll make plays. His 15.4 yards per catch combined with just one drop all year are numbers to be impressed by.
28. Sylvester Williams, DT, Denver Broncos
Analysis: The injury to Kevin Vickerson has seen him get far more playing time in recent weeks and the results have been promising. Has certainly made more plays and has four positive grades on the bounce since his number began to be called more frequently.
29. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Analysis: Saw his snaps increase as the year went on, but you wonder why the team were so reluctant to play him and get the ball in his hands earlier in the year. Incredibly productive when he was on the field and likely to make a play at any point whether returning, receiving or rushing, the Vikings have found their replacement for Percy Harvin.
30. Alec Ogletree, LB, St Louis Rams
Analysis: A lot to like about his rookie year, though he undid some of that with his 19 missed tackles and 785 receiving yards allowed in coverage. Patchy season with eight games graded positively, and eight games graded negatively.
31. Travis Frederick, C, Dallas Cowboys
Analysis: Finished the season our seventh ranked center, and top of our positional run blocking rankings. The big problem was in pass protection where he had the fifth lowest grade of all centers, often struggling to anchor against bulrushes. He’ll need to work on that if he wants to take the next step to elite center.
32. Matt Elam, S, Baltimore Ravens
Analysis: Drafted to be more of a strong safety, the team cutting ties with Michael Huff meant he had to play more of the deep role while James Ihedigbo flied around making plays near the line of scrimmage. His troubles in coverage (-6.6) were his biggest problem and it will be interested to see what spots he ends up playing next year.
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