Grading and re-drafting the 2013 first-round picks

With nearly two and a half seasons in the books for the 2013 draft class, PFF grades and re-drafts the entire first round.

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(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Grading and re-drafting the 2013 first-round picks

Hindsight is always 20/20; the NFL draft is a great example of that.

It’s easy to look back and tell teams who they should have selected, safely using knowledge we’ve gathered after watching players’ perform in the NFL. It’s not just easy, it’s also fun. With that in mind, we’re going to turn our minds back to the 2013 NFL draft, grading the picks teams made, and suggesting who, in hindsight, they should have added to their rosters.

1. Eric Fisher, OT, Chiefs

Key Stat: Beaten for 14 sacks in his first two years in the league.

Grade: F

I’m not a believer in spending such a premium pick on a player who doesn’t touch the ball, but if the guy turns out to be Joe Thomas, I can live with it. If the upside appears to be a slightly-above-average left tackle, I most certainly can’t justify it.

Re-Draft: Top-end talent in this draft wasn’t high, but DeAndre Hopkins would be an immediate upgrade at wide receiver.

2. Luke Joeckel, OT, Jaguars

Key Stat: Joeckel has graded negatively every year with his pass blocking.


Similar to Fisher, I don’t believe in taking lineman this high; more so, I don’t believe in taking guys of this talent level in this spot. Joeckel has done nothing to suggest he will ever be a top left tackle.

Re-Draft: Get yourself a true feature back in Le’Veon Bell. He’s proven to be as talented as anyone in this draft.

3. Dion Jordan, DE, Dolphins

Key Stat: Has played 562 snaps in the league.


Three picks, three fails. Jordan has run into problems off the field that prevent him from getting on it, but even when he wasn’t suspended, playing time was an issue. Unfortunately, he hasn’t done much with the playing time he has received, either.

Re-Draft: Jonathan Martin was never going to be the answer, and Bryant McKinnie was just a stop gap. You wouldn’t need to spend big on Branden Albert with Terron Armstead on the roster.

4. Lane Johnson, OT, Eagles

Key Stat: Top-four run blocking grade amongst right tackles during his first two years in the league.

Grade: B-

After a slow start, he’s really developed into one of the more solid right tackles in the game. If you’re going to pick a tackle this high, Johnson is the low-bar of what they need to achieve.

Re-Draft: It’s not flashy, but that Eagles offensive line requires athleticism, and Lane Johnson brings it in spades. Keep the same pick here.

5. Ezekiel Ansah, DE , Lions

Key Stat: His 27 combined sacks, hits, and hurries are sixth-most of all 4-3 defensive ends this year.

Grade: A

The best edge defender in this class by some distance, Ansah took a big leap from year one to two, and looks poised for something similar this season given his start to 2015. A real standout in a disappointing year for Detroit.

Re-Draft: The best edge defender in the class, the Lions got this one right, so they’ll keep Ziggy Ansah.

6. Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Browns

Key Stat: Has played just 115 snaps this season, despite being healthy.

Grade: D+

Mingo has played well in parts, but has lacked the kind of consistent output you’d expect from a guy taken this high, and now is struggling to get on the field.

Re-Draft: It’s something of a risk, but the chance of picking up the most talented defensive player in the draft is too much to pass up: Sheldon Richardson is the guy.

7. Jonathan Cooper, OG, Cardinals

Key Stat: Just 189 snaps on the field in his first two years.

Grade: Incomplete

Cooper suffered a horrible injury during his rookie preseason, and it’s been a struggle getting back since then. Too soon to judge, in this case.

Re-Draft: They would wind up getting Tyrann Mathieu in the third round, but the truth is, knowing what we know now, there’s no way he makes it out of the first round. Grab the Honey Badger now.

8. Tavon Austin, WR, Rams

Key Stat: Austin has five career receptions on balls that have travelled over 20 yards in the air.

Grade: D

He’s made some plays on special teams and contributed some on offense this year, but don’t let that make you forget how little Austin has contributed overall. If you’d picked him a little later, you might like that, but an eighth-overall pick has to have a bigger impact.

Re-Draft: They’d grab Aaron Donald a year later, but why take the risk on waiting when you can grab the excellent Kawann Short in 2013?

9. Dee Milliner, CB, Jets

Key Stat: Just 118 snaps since his rookie year.

Grade: Incomplete

Milliner started slow as a rookie, but heated up towards the end of the year to get you excited about what he could do in 2014. Unfortunately, injury has meant he’s struggled to get on the field since then.

Re-Draft: No deviation from the script in terms of taking a cornerback—it just wouldn’t be Milliner. No, that honor goes to Desmond Trufant.

10. Chance Warmack, OG, Titans

Key Stat: Flagged for 18 penalties since entering the league.

Grade: D

Deemed the most NFL-ready player and a can’t-miss prospect, everyone fell in love with Warmack running over college players for fun. It’s been a different story in the pros, where he’s struggled to get push in the run game and is currently enduring some difficulties in pass protection.

Re-Draft: Want to run power? Rather than Warmack, why not pick Larry Warford?

11. D.J. Fluker, OL, Chargers

Key Stat: Had missed just 53 snaps in his first two years in the league.

Grade: C

He’s played tackle on both sides, and is now at guard. One thing is for sure, Fluker is versatile. But that can be to detriment of his development, with a series of highs and lows characterizing an inconsistent start to his career.

Re-Draft: They would wind up selecting Manti Te’o in the second round, but a round earlier they could get his superior (in every regard) in the shape of Jamie Collins.

12. D.J. Hayden, CB, Raiders

Key Stat: Has allowed 12 touchdowns to just three picks.

Grade: D+

It’s a minor miracle that he’s is playing at all. The Raiders knew the risks in selecting Hayden, but it’s his unforeseen injuries that have slowed him down. Now in a critical third year, he’s an every-down player, but the results don’t justify the investment.

Re-Draft: As much faith as the team had it’s receiving corps in 2013 (I would imagine very little), it makes the selection of Keenan Allen an easy one.

13. Sheldon Richardson, DL, Jets

Key Stat: Only J.J. Watt had a higher 2014 grade than Richardson among 3-4 defensive ends.

Grade: A

It’s only his actions off the field that stop this pick from earning an A+. Richardson is the most talented player from this draft class, and the biggest difference maker, but he’s in danger of wasting that.

Re-Draft: Richardson is off the board already in our re-draft, so I’m going to crazily suggest Rex looks to address his offensive line. Insert Kyle Long, and that unit becomes better day one.

14. Star Lotulelei, DT, Panthers

Key Stat: Lotulelei had the second-highest run stop percentage (12.9 percent) of all defensive tackles his rookie year.

Grade: B

Lotulelei took the league by storm with a big rookie year, where he showed up as a run-stuffing force. Injuries have hampered him recently, and he’s never developed into the top-tier pass rusher that would consider this an unqualified success.

Re-Draft: It’s not flashy to say the team got it right—but the team got it right with Star Lotulelei.

15. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Saints

Key Stat: Missed just three tackles his rookie year, before missing 19 in 2014.

Grade: C

Vaccaro seems to be back to his rookie-best after a tough 2014, where every Saint defender seemed to struggle. He brings an edge to the New Orleans’ secondary.

Re-Draft: Ideally, you’d find someone in the secondary here, but the value isn’t there. So, grab yourself Brandon Williams to protect your weaker linebackers.

16. E.J. Manuel, QB, Bills

Key Stat: Had the lowest grade of all quarterbacks in his rookie year.

Grade: F

Widely viewed as a reach at the time, Manuel has done nothing to prove people wrong. The Bills have rightly been reluctant to hand him the keys after a tumultuous trial run as a rookie, and now he finds himself derailing their 2015 season with Tyrod Taylor hurt.

Re-Draft: That offensive line was such a mess, you couldn’t fail to make a selection and see it improve. Justin Pugh could drop in at guard or tackle—most importantly, he would prevent Colin Brown from seeing the field.

17. Jarvis Jones, OLB, Steelers

Key Stat: Just 43 quarterback disruptions through his first two seasons (plus seven 2015 games) in the league. By way of comparison, James Harrison has 25 in his last seven games in a part-time capacity.

Grade: D

Jones was meant to inject some youth into the Steelers’ edge rush. Instead, he’s forced them to bring back Harrison and draft Bud Dupree. He just hasn’t performed with any sort of consistency.

Re-Draft: Running back was a need, but with Le’Veon Bell gone in our re-draft, the next best option is Eddie Lacy.

18. Eric Reid, S, 49ers

Key Stat: Just three picks since his rookie year.

Grade: C

Reid has never continued from his good rookie year to become the kind of difference-making safety you hope to draft here. His stint at slot cornerback didn’t do him any favors, either.

Re-Draft: The team needed to plan for the eventual retirement of Justin Smith, and while Johnathan Hankins isn’t a likely replacement, he could handle duties on the nose, and is a skilled enough pass rusher to contribute in sub packages long-term.

19. Justin Pugh, OL, Giants

Key Stat: Pugh currently owns fifth-highest grade of all guards for the 2015 season.

Grade: B+

The worst thing about being a lineman is that, when you get beat, it shows up in a big way. Pugh has taken more criticism than warranted because of a few poor moments, but outside those, he’s proven to be an able tackle who is now excelling at guard.

Re-Draft: The best lineman gone in our re-draft, the team reaches a little to grab Ricky Wagner.

20. Kyle Long, OL, Bears

Key Stat: Long has played 989 snaps at guard without giving up a sack.


Long is a much better guard than tackle—and given that he’s not played terrible at tackle, that highlights his ability on the inside.

Re-Draft: Roberto Garza isn’t getting any younger, so grab his heir in the shape of Travis Frederick.

21. Tyler Eifert, TE, Bengals

Key Stat: Has the second-highest grade of tight ends in 2015.

Grade: B

Eifert has the potential to be much more, but just because he’s riding high right now doesn’t mean we ignore what he didn’t do his first two years. If he can stay healthy, he’s leading the case to be the best tight end not named Rob Gronkowski.

Re-Draft: With such a deep roster the Bengals can always seem to afford patience with their first-round picks. With that in mind, Tyler Eifert remains the ideal candidate.

22. Desmond Trufant, CB, Falcons

Key Stat: The 0.58 yards per snap in coverage he has allowed is second-best in the NFL in 2015.

Grade: A+

One of the best picks of the round, Trufant had a great rookie year and has improved each season since. Teams just avoid him for the most part now—such is his talent.

Re-Draft: You coaxed one more year out of Tony Gonzalez, but you need to start thinking about his replacement. Step on down, Travis Kelce.

23. Sharrif Floyd, DT, Vikings

Key Stat: Floyd had the fifth-highest grade of defensive tackles in 2014, despite playing just 587 snaps.

Grade: B+

Floyd didn’t get on the field enough his first two years, but he has always looked like an every-down force when on it. This year is shaping up to be something of a breakout season if he keeps going.

Re-Draft: There’s more to come from Sharrif Floyd, but even taking that out of consideration, his first two-plus years are enough to keep him here.

24. Bjoern Werner, OLB, Colts

Key Stat: Werner had the fifth-lowest pass rushing productivity score of all 3-4 outside linebackers in 2014.

Grade: D-

Just 92 snaps this year after a disappointing 2014 season, where he was forced to play far more than the Colts wanted. Werner was something of a project, but when you spend a first-round pick, these guys better turn out.

Re-Draft: Why spend an in-season first-round pick on Trent Richardson when you can grab a shiftier Giovanni Bernard?

25. Xavier Rhodes, CB, Vikings

Key Stat: Rhodes was a pass-defensing machine in 2014, with his count of 15 the second-highest among all cornerbacks.

Grade: B-

Rhodes isn’t enjoying the best of years so far, but let’s not forget that he was pretty impressive as a sophomore. How he finishes the season could prove big if Vikings are too make a playoff push.

Re-Draft: The 2014 season of Xavier Rhodes was good enough to stick with him.

26. Datone Jones, DE, Packers

Key Stat: Jones managed just 98 snaps this year.

Grade: C-

Jones is useful, but I’d question whether his role is worth a first-round pick. Sub package passing specialists are important, for sure, but if you’re going to get one in the first round, they better produce like Aldon Smith did in his debut season in San Francisco.

Re-Draft: Never afraid of drafting a versatile defensive back, the Packers opt for Eric Reid in our re-draft.

27. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans

Key Stat: Dropped just four balls his first two years in the league.

Grade: A+

A case could be made for Hopkins as the best player from this draft class. The wide receiver has improved each year, something made all the more remarkable when you consider the quarterback situation he’s had to deal with.

Re-Draft: Hopkins is long gone in our re-draft, so the Texans pick up Bennie Logan to give teams someone else to worry about not named J.J. Watt.

28. Sylvester Williams, NT, Broncos

Key Stat: Has just 36 career defensive stops.

Grade: D+

Williams is a starter now, but doesn’t have the kind of impact you’d expect from a first-rounder. Not a part of the pass rushing package, and in a year filled with nose tackles who can destroy running games, he isn’t one of them.

Re-Draft: You can use some bigger playmakers in the secondary, and while he has his limitations, Kenny Vaccaro can help out.

29. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Vikings

Key Stat: Featured on just 44 snaps this year.

Grade: D

This is a tough one. Patterson looked prime to break out after flashing elite playmaking skills as a rookie and receiver in year one. But it’s been downhill since then, and you feel his time in Minnesota won’t be much longer.

Re-Draft: We’re replacing one electric returner with a tendency to go missing on offense for another in the shape of Tavon Austin. Why? Well, the careers of both are trending in different directions right now.

30. Alec Ogletree, LB, Rams

Key Stat: Ogletree has missed 43 tackles since entering the league.

Grade: C

Ogletree is an all-action linebacker. The problem is, sometimes that sees him making good plays, and other times it means he’s missing tackles left, right, and center. Hit and miss.

Re-Draft: Linebacker fills a need, but Kiko Alonso is a better player. You just have to hope he doesn’t get hurt.

31. Travis Frederick, C, Cowboys

Key Stat: Frederick has graded in the top six at our center rankings every year since entering the league.

Grade: A+

Frederick might just be the best center in the league, in a scheme that asks every bit of his athleticism and talent. His drafting propelled the Cowboys’ offensive line unit to excellence, and he continues to perform at a high level.

Re-Draft: How about drafting a pass-catching tight end to both complement, and eventually replace, Jason Witten? Say, Jordan Reed, for example.

32. Matt Elam, S, Ravens

Key Stat: Elam allowed the fifth-most yards per snap in slot coverage in 2014.

Grade: D

Elam struggled at safety, struggled at slot cornerback, and is now struggling to stay healthy. The “Matt Elam in Baltimore” story doesn’t appear to have many chapters left.

Re-Draft: Safety was the right move—it was just the wrong guy. Step forward, Tony Jefferson.

  • Alexander

    this draft class had a whole Lot of Busts in the first round

    • anon76returns

      It had a whole lot of busts in every round. Khaled can barely scrape up 32 decent picks even with the advantage of hindsight. 2011 had the pass rushers, 2012 had some decent QBs, and both 2014 and 2015 featured some very good WRs. But for whatever reason, 2013 was one of the worst draft classes in memory, without a single standout position group.

      • Kevin

        RB was fairly strong actually. Bell and Lacy are two of the better backs in the NFL. Lacy has been hurt this year so apparently they feel he isn’t a top 15 pick anymore but when healthy, Lacy is right there with Bell. He was OROY after all and carried the Packers to the playoffs as a rookie when Rodgers was hurt. He was even better in every aspect in his 2nd season. He is definitely hurt right now, not sure why PFF was so hard on him on this list. No way is there 15 better players in the 2013 draft.

        Ball sucks but Bernard is a good back, Jonathan Franklin looked great until a career ending neck injury. Michael needs an opportunity but I feel he could really be a good back also.

        Not gonna lie. I’ve been a paid subscriber of PFF for 4 years now but I’m really starting to dislike this site. I definitely wont be forking over any more money for the new system that is available to the average fan. Never was a huge fan of their old grading system but I feel its far better than this one. The true reason most of us paid for their services was the advanced stats. PFF sold out and screwed over all their loyal customers. Thanks PFF.

        • NAJ

          D-line was pretty good as well. Sheldon Richardson, Kawaan Short, Star Lotulelei, Shariff Floyd, Ezekiel Ansah are top quality players

        • LightsOut85

          Definitely agree with your last paragraph. I never had the issue some did with their grades (though I can see where they came from – just that I think it was the only thing we had to measure some aspects of some positions (blocking, etc)), but I am certainly going to miss the hard-statistics that are available nowhere else.

          What’s really sad/disappointing, is that they started out as this bastion of football knowledge, but getting to the true answers & educating fans so that they wouldn’t have to rely so heavily on TV analysts (who don’t do that good of research themselves) or the very-basic numbers available online. Even if you had issues with the grades, there were hard-numbers that you could form your own opinions with. (And if you were familiar with statistics, you would know how to approach it – know the limits of what each thing can tell you in the context of the game, etc etc).

          Now, they’ve become of just another “authority figure” that has to be blindly trusted

    • Leanne Harrington

      One of the worst ever. If a team got a contributing and uninjured starter out of the first round, they did well.

  • John

    First two picks: “F – I don’t believe in taking lineman this high”
    Third pick: “They clearly should’ve taken a lineman instead.”
    Ok then.

    • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

      Who ever wrote this isn’t exactly PFF’s best, are they? You think it was an intern?

      • Vitor

        Khaled is a senior analyst and what he said makes sense.
        He wouldn’t pick a lineman that high because it’s a position that’s almost unpredictable how the player will translate from college to pro. Look at Fisher and Jockel: both were all american players and with very good expectations coming from their career before the NFL.
        But this exercise of the post is made knowing all the players and how they performed in the other level until now. He is not “taking a lineman that high”, he is just matching the best players from that class (knowing what they are capable) to the teams needings by that time

        Sometimes I think you guys spend too much time looking for something to write a hater comment.

        • Tony

          No, it doesn’t make sense. He said he doesn’t believe in taking an OL with a high pick, but then goes on to say he’d take Armstead at #3 and stick with Lane Johnson at #4. It’s a clear contradiction. If it was dumb to take Fisher and Joekel then it would most certainly be dumb to take Armstead.

          It’s just dumb hindsight analysis. He doesn’t believe in taking an OL with a high pick except when you can go three years into the future and ensure he won’t bust. You either believe it’s worth taking an OL with a high pick or not.

          • NAJ

            No Tony, with hindsight and knowing that Armstead and Johnson have been good, it’s ok to pick OL. But before a draft, it’s not a risk he’d take. There’s a difference between taking a risk in advance than picking a surefire things afterwards with knowledge. If you can’t understand that, maybe you should stick to comic books

          • Ian Whetstone

            But he doesn’t say that he’s opposed to taking linemen high because it’s in some way riskier than other positions; he says that he’s “not a believer in spending such a premium pick on a player who doesn’t touch the ball.” So, Tony is absolutely right to point out the contradiction, there. If he doesn’t believe that the position is worth taking high because of the fundamental value of the position, then absent some other explanation that is not present in this article, there’s little reason to regard outcome as a valid explanation for disregarding that preference.

            But, hey, I love comic books. Maybe you’re just operating on a higher plane.

          • SpearmintTea

            I see your point, but Elsayed is doing an exercise in a fantasy world. He’s not drafting players out of college and so he knows that drafting Armstead not only fulfills a need with a quality starter for 2013 and beyond, but also saves the Dolphins around 9 million a year in Brandon Albert salary from 2014-2019. I think that is the other explanation that you’re looking for. Roll the dice on a college lineman at pick 3? Maybe not. Guaranteed NFL caliber lineman + tens of millions in cap savings? Maybe.

          • Scott Kohler

            It’s probably because Terron Armstead has blossomed into one of the best offensive tackles in the nfl and Fisher and Joekel are low tier starters

        • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

          Perhaps . . . except that the author is assuming that teams should always draft for team needs. But is that really the best, and only, draft strategy? Consider the fact that most draft picks . . .including those lauded by “senior analysts” under-perform. Its a crap-shoot. Does drafting for need assume otherwise? I think it does.

  • snoth cambin

    The patriots couldve had the honey badger but we got the double clutch king aaron dobson

    • Stendarr

      Almost as if hindsight is 20/20.

      In a talent-lacking draft, we managed to grab Jamie Collins who is one of the best linebackers in the league and an athletic freak, Logan Ryan, and Duron Harmon who both play a large amount of snaps in our secondary. So nailing 3 out of our seven draft picks is pretty impressive. Not to mention trading a pick for Aqib Talib who would have been on the team last year had we not grabbed Revis, and a 7th round pick for LeGarrette Blount.

      Yeah, not too bad.

      • snoth cambin

        Honey badger in place of ryan with Mccourty in the back that’s amazing. They didn’t nail any body but jamie collins in that 2013 draft. Logan ryan and duron Harmon are replacement level players having honey badger in that secondary would make the defensive makeup totally different. The talib trade was great though

    • Kevin

      I think its worked out ok for the Pats. There was no way Belichek was going to have a guy like Mathieu in his locker room,

      • snoth cambin

        They’ve had worse without the ceiling of talent

      • snoth cambin

        They’ve had worse without the ceiling of talent

  • snoth cambin

    The patriots couldve had the honey badger but we got the double clutch king aaron dobson

  • Jaguars28

    Hindsight is 20/20 with this classs.

  • Jaguars28

    Hindsight is 20/20 with this classs.

    • Riffle,Rod&Fly

      I prefer the (Cam) Newtonian “Hindsight is 50/50″

  • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

    Uh . . . the Broncos can use ‘bigger playmakers’ in the secondary than Aquib Talib, Chris Harris, Bradly Roby, TJ Ward and David Bruton? Exactly how many interceptions, defended passes, and TDs do these guys need to score to qualify as ‘big playmakers’? You don’t know too much about the Broncos, do you? How about football . . . do you know much about football? Do any teams have any ‘big playmakers’ according to you criteria? You should really write for Grantland . . . your talents are good match for that site.

    • LaCW

      And in 2013 Ward was a Brown, Talib a Patriot, Roby in college, Burton wasn’t a playmaker (and still isn’t with 3 INTs in 97 career games) so they had Chris Harris

      • Thomas Bell

        I still don’t get the alternate universe thing — he recommends Kenny Vacarro, who was already taken at 14, and references other DTs from this draft who can “destroy a run game”…why not mention who they are and pick one of them? Sly Williams has graded positively in four of six games this season as the starting NT for a top rated defense, and started every game last season, and contributed in the DL the rotation of a team that won the AFC that year. Not quite the force you;d like from #28, but D seems a bit low. Everyone knows JDR asks his DTs to take on blockers vs make tackles.

        • LightsOut85

          Vacarro wasn’t taken at 15 in the re-draft. He was on the board, but it says that in their opinion – *knowing what we know now about how good the players turned out*, Brandon Williams would have been the better pick. Therefore, Vacarro is still on the board.

      • Autocephallic

        Brutis is a definite playmaker this year.

    • crashby89

      Considering this would be in 2013 when they had none of those guys this is really embarrassing for you. Do you even know calendars?

      • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

        Except that drafts, and building rosters, is not a short-term goal. The Broncos succeeded in bringing in big playmakers using a strategy involving the draft, ufdas, and free agents. So they did succeed in the goal the author was arguing they ‘should have’ focused on. So, are not too good at logic, are you? Must be really embarassing . . .

        • crashby89

          I think I know the issue here, I made the basic assumption that you knew how a re-draft works. Clearly I was wrong. When you do a re-draft of any class you take the knowledge we have now of how that player turned out and match them to the team that would have benefited most as the team was at the time of that draft. Players acquired after the time of the draft are not taken into consideration as there would have been no way of knowing at the time who would have been available.

          That means the Broncos safeties would have been an aging Mike Adams and Rahim Moore who was disappointing and was benched the year prior (not to mention blew the Ravens game), backed up by Bruton who had done nothing of note at the time and Ihenacho. Vaccaro would have instantly been at least the second best, and likely best player in group.

          Hopefully you now understand how a re-draft works.

          • humper-dinkle dinkle-humper

            Except that the redraft had faulty premises. The redraft NECESSARILY involves hindsight. Is the player proposed out-performing those currently on the roster? NO. So why should they have drafted that individual? If you are arguing about impact the year of the draft, you are making the assumption that draft picks impact the squad immediately. If the Broncos would have made X pick, that would have had Y result that year. But you have no way of knowing that. So this is bizarre . . . I am supposed to except an unknown (impact at that time) versus a known (Denver has the leagues best secondary currently using a wide variety of means) ’cause ‘that’s how redrafts are done’? Well, redrafts just seem like a lazy way of filling column inches then, I guess.

      • Leanne Harrington

        If you’re going to use current info to redraft, then you also have to look at current team states to determine needs. Otherwise, it’s even more of a useless exercise than it already is.

  • JC

    It’s fine to say you don’t believe in taking players with limited upside but that is a revisionist statement regarding Joeckel and Fisher; they both had All-Pro ceilings coming out.

    • larry mckinney

      And today #1 (F) dominated #5 (A). Just sayin’ it’s all subjective.

  • RaiderRoss75

    Goes to show what a crap shoot the draft actually is. 50/50 AT BEST.

    • shaunhan murray

      Well this one is in contention fornthe for the worst draft class every sooo.

  • The Mysteries of Bob

    Lol this draft.

    First three picks got a F.

  • Jacob Furness

    I certainly wouldn’t give the Chiefs an A but with the way Fisher has been this year I’d say a it should be a little be higher than an F.

  • JT

    Yet Gettleman finds Star and Short in back to back picks…..AWESOME

  • Paul

    The writer said he doesn’t think it’s smart to draft an OL that high bc of the transition from college to the pros, but he never said they shouldn’t ever be drafted that high ever bc there are many who do pan out, and a good starting LT is necessary for any OL to succeed. Armstead has literally been playing like the best LT in the NFL for the last year, so that repick makes perfect sense here being that he already knows how good the players are.

    • shaunhan murray

      No Armstead has not played like the best LT in the league he is very good but Whitworth and Joe thomas and even Beachem hae played better

  • paulies spamhole

    Apparently no one in the NFL agrees with you about spending high picks on players who “don’t touch the ball.” I think in this draft the FIRST running back was taken in the 2nd round. You see, real football is different than fantasy football.

  • Brandon

    How is Eric Fisher an F? Yes he’s struggled the first two seasons but he’s on track now. Coming back from injury week 4 and has yet to give up a sack while being moved from RT to LT.

    • Leanne Harrington

      He’s an F because the first pick in the draft should be a difference maker, an instant contributor. If he’d been picked 30th, he would be a D or low C, but he was picked #1.

      I’m assuming draft position goes into the grades. Otherwise, having Minnesota draft Tavon Austin (D at #8) instead of Corderelle Patterson (D at #29) wouldn’t make much sense.

  • Leanne Harrington

    Hmmm, says Broncos should have taken safety Vaccaro, who was rated a C, because they need more play makers in the secondary this site rated as second best in the entire NFL?

    SMH. Whoever wrote this obviously doesn’t have an in-depth knowledge of the teams. Sly Williams is more like a C. At least he’s starting and contributing. Although he disappeared a lot in 2014, he’s been a great middle clogger so far this year. If he continues to play that way the rest of the year, I’d upgrade him to a B.

    • bobrulz

      Err…they needed more players in the secondary in 2013. It’s not talking about now. It’s talking about the draft needs in 2013.

  • Joe Doe

    Only five teams with an A in the first round. Ironically, the GM of one of those picks got canned today. Had he scored an A with a O-lineman instead of upgrading an already impressive D-line he may still have a job.