Published on April 27th, 2013 | by Sam Chimenti0
Winners and Losers of 2013 NFL Draft
Now that the draft is officially over, here are some of the teams I think improved their roster, and some of the teams who basically wasted the past three days getting mediocre players at best.
*Note- In this year’s draft, there seemed to be more teams that had productive drafts then there were teams that didn’t
Minnesota Vikings- the Vikings addressed three major needs on day one with the additions of CB Xavier Rhodes, DT Sharrif Floyd, and WR Cordarrelle Patterson. They also added a lot of depth in the later rounds with the selections of players such as LB Gerald Hodges and OG Jeff Baca. Overall, the Vikings, from the standpoint of getting players that can help your ball club win immediately, had the best draft out of any team.
Green Bay Packers- for a team that is highly regarded as one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL today with easily the most dangerous QB in the game, the Packers went into the draft with a surprising amount of needs. However, with the drafting of DE Datone Jones, RB’s Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin, and a couple of solid, under the radar wide receivers and offensive lineman, the Packers have had a very successful past three days. Their OL and DL get a needed jolt, and the most dangerous aerial attack in the game finally gets the compliment of a running game. Great job by the Packers in this year’s draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars- the Jaguars had more needs than any other team heading into the draft, and they did an outstanding job filling those needs. New GM David Caldwell and new head coach Gus Bradley out did themselves in their first draft together as part of the Jaguars front office, and now Jacksonville has some cornerstone players set for the future…OT Luke Joeckel, S John Cyprien, WR Ace Sanders, S Josh Evans, CB Dwayne Gratz; all quality players that will have the chance to make an impact for this young Jaguars team right away.
Cleveland Browns- there weren’t many teams in this years draft that you could really say were “losers,” but the Browns definitely didn’t impressive anybody. Bringing in LB/DE Barkevious Mingo was a good pick up and will not only help the Browns pass rush in 2013, but will also finally give Cleveland a face on the defensive side of the ball. And CB Leon McFadden can come in as the second starting CB and immediately show his worth. However, their are seven rounds in the NFL Draft, and the Browns were seemingly non existent in the rounds after the second. They drafted a couple of little known players who could end up being contributors to the Cleveland Browns next year, but players who weren’t nearly as good as some of the players on the board at the time of their selection. S Jamoris Slaughter (who is injured and was projected to go undrafted, DT Armonty Bryant, and OL Garrett Gilkey were drafted by Cleveland in the 6th and 7th rounds, and their 4th and 5th rounders were traded for future picks. It seems to me that Cleveland spent more time helping other teams improve their rosters then they did improving their own. Barkevious Mingo will be a good player in this league, maybe even a Pro Bowler some day, but what did the Browns do after round 1? Not very much.
New England Patriots- this may be the first time in the Bill Belichick era that the Patriots did not have a productive draft. They traded out of the first round to acquire more draft picks, which is smart, but then the players they selected with those picks weren’t. LB Jamie Collins, WR Aaron Dobson, and CB Logan Ryan were New England’s first three selections. Good players? Absolutely. I really like Logan Ryan and I think Aaron Dobson could be a special player in a couple years, but were they the best players available at that time? Not even close. S Duron Harmon, WR Josh Boyce, DE Michael Buchanan, LB Steve Beauharnias were New England’s finally four selections-who? Exactly. Not very impressed New England, not very impressed at all…