Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I'm kind of glad, and I'm kind of sad,
that the NFL Draft is over.
Now, it means all we can do is wait and wait for the real thing to start. And,
boy, will I miss all of the buildup to the draft. OK, that second part is a
In the meantime, let's take a look at how each team fared in last weekend's
Here are the grades. Let's start with the AFC:
Baltimore Ravens: They used their first four picks on defense. Love that.
Buffalo Bills: They traded down, and I love teams that trade down, and still
got QB E.J. Manuel from Florida State, who is a stud. Plus, the team they
traded with, St. Louis, grabbed Tavon Austin right before the New York Jets
were going to take him. Grade: A (and that's just for how well they did in the
Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert is the real deal and they took a chance on
menacing defensive end Margus Hunt. Grade: B+.
Cleveland Browns: They got a good player in Barkevious Mingo, but that's about
it. Grade: C.
Denver Broncos: Their draft was strange. Sylvester Williams, OK, fine, but
after him? Grade: C-.
Houston Texans: They didn't budge in the first round and got Clemson wide
receiver DeAndre Hopkins at No. 27. Bravo. After him, it was all gravy. Grade:
Indianapolis Colts: They had a great draft in 2012, getting Andrew Luck. This
is 2013. Grade: C.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Joeckel, John Cyprien and Denard Robinson late.
Groovy. Grade: A.
Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher will solidify their O-line for 10 years. Grade:
Miami Dolphins: They traded up and got Dion Jordan. Go get your guy and they
did. Grade: B.
New England Patriots: They traded out of the first round and got, well, not
much. Grade: D.
New York Jets: Love Geno Smith in the second round. Grade: B.
Oakland Raiders: They traded down in the first round and later snared Houston
cornerback D.J. Hayden at No. 12. Hayden's a health risk, but he's worth the
risk. Grade: A-.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis and Landry Jones. Both will help. Grade: B+.
San Diego Chargers: Just superb stuff. D.J. Fluker, Manti Te'o and Keenan
Allen. Grade: A+.
Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack is a monster. Welcome to the Pro Bowl, Chance.
In the NFC:
Arizona Cardinals: If Tyrann Mathieu works out, this draft gets a lot better.
Atlanta Falcons: They traded up to get Desmond Trufant. They better hope it was
the right move. Grade: C+.
Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei will need to be a star. Grade: B-.
Chicago Bears: Earth to Bears, Earth to Bears? Grade: D.
Dallas Cowboys: Earth to Cowboys, Earth to Cowboys?. Grade: D.
Detroit Lions: Love a draft when you get a guy called Ziggy, who can play as
well. Grade: B.
Green Bay Packers: The Packers should have worn masks at Radio City because
they stole the draft. Grade: A+.
Minnesota Vikings: In most cases, the best players are in Round 1 and Minnesota
wheeled and dealed to get three of the first 29 taken. That's how you do it.
New York Giants: Two good ones out of Syracuse - Justin Pugh and Ryan Nassib.
New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro in the first round saves them. Grade: B-.
Philadelphia Eagles: Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz with a Matt Barkley chaser?
St. Louis Rams: Love what the Rams did, too. Alec Ogletree and offensive
lineman Barrett Jones. Grade: A.
San Francisco 49ers: The rich got richer, Eric Reid, Tank Carradine and Marcus
Lattimore. Grade: A+.
Seattle Seahawks: They traded away their first pick for Percy Harvin. Hard to
argue that. Grade: B.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They traded away their first pick for Darrelle Revis.
Quarterback Mike Glennon is intriguing. Grade: B.
Washington Redskins: They traded away their first pick last year to get RGIII.
Smart move. Grade: A.
Southeastern Conference: Roughly one out of four players selected came from the
SEC. Wow! Alabama, Florida and LSU had nine each. Grade: A+
Florida State: The Seminoles had a whopping 11 players picked. Think they're
telling their potential recruits about that? Grade: A+.
It will take a few years to truly grade this draft as we see how many players
thrive, survive or take a dive.
Hopefully, your team had it figured out.
As for what's next, my 2014 mock draft will be out next week.
Just kidding, it won't be out until the week after that. Then comes the 2021
Drew Markol has been a sports writer and columnist for several Philadelphia-
area newspapers for over 25 years.
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