By Joe Abitanta

This draft was a great one, and like all drafts, some teams did well, and others…didn’t do so well. So, here are the 2013 NFL draft grades.

Arizona Cardinals

Key picks: Jonathan Cooper, Kevin Minter, Tyrann Matthieu, Alex Okafor, Ryan Swope, Andre Ellington

The Cardinals were horrible this past year, but maybe that will turn around, seeing as they brought in three immensely talented defenders, all with the ability to make big plays, and three players who are reliable on offense. I give them an A.

Atlanta Falcons

Key picks: Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford

The Falcons put together a great regular season last year, but they wound up losing their two of their best defensive backs, so it didn’t hurt to bring in new cornerbacks. However, they di not address many of their other needs. I give them a B-.

Baltimore Ravens

Key picks: Matt Elam, Arthur Brown, John Simon

The Ravens lost two of their best players of all time this year, and they did a good job of replacing them. Elam and Browns are both versatile defenders who can help the Ravens get back into the Super Bowl discussion. I give them a B+.

Buffalo Bills

Key picks: EJ Manuel, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin

Many questioned the selection of EJ Manuel in the first round, especially since he was the first quarterback taken. But, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin are both athletic specimens who can help out the struggling Bills. I give them a B-.

Carolina Panthers

Key picks: Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short, Kenjon Barner

The Panthers defense was horrible last year, and the additions of Lotulelei and Short should help them, but it would’ve been beneficial for them to draft some good offensive lineman, seeing as they lost most of their offensive line to injury this year. I give them a C+.

Chicago Bears

Key picks: Kyle Long, Jon Bostic, Khaseem Greene

Greene and Long are both skilled players who will fit the needs of the Bears. But, they decided to draft Jon Bostic from Florida in the second round, which wasn’t the pick that would’ve best helped the team. I give them a B-.

Cincinnati Bengals

Key picks: Tyler Eifert, Giovanni Bernard, Margus Hunt, Shawn Williams

The Bengals got a steal in Tyler Eifert, who is one of the best offensive playmakers in the draft. They also fulfilled their needs at running back and safety, with Giovanni Bernard and Shawn Williams. I give them an A-.

Cleveland Browns

Key picks: Barkevious Mingo, Leon McFadden

Mingo is a very talented pass rusher, but he may have not been worth the number six pick in the draft. The Browns easily could’ve traded back to eight or nine to select Mingo, and that selection led to their other picks, in which they selected very few playmakers. I give them a C-.

Dallas Cowboys

Key picks: Gavin Escobar, Terrance Williams, BW Webb, Joseph Randle

The Cowboys made a very questionable pick selecting Travis Frederick in the first round, seeing as he’s not even the best center in the draft, but they made up for it with their later picks. I give them a B+.

Denver Broncos

Key picks: Sylvester Williams, Montee Ball

The Broncos selected North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams in the first round, which looks smart at a first glance, but in actuality they could’ve strengthened their weak secondary instead. But, they did make a good pick with Montee Ball. I give them a B.

Detroit Lions

Key picks: Ezekiel Ansah, Darius Slay

The Lions selected defensive end Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth pick, which should have given them a solid defensive line. But, Ansah is more of a project player, and for a team that desperately needs to get back into the playoffs, they need a player who is more developed than Ansah. I give them a C+.

Green Bay Packers

Key picks: Datone Jones, Eddie Lacy, Johnathan Franklin

The Packers had two major needs, running back and defensive line, and they got both. Lacy and Franklin are sure to be a combo to be reckoned with and Datone Jones appears to be a huge steal in the late first round. I give them a B+.

Houston Texans

Key picks: DeAndre Hopkins, Sam Montgomery

The Texans are incredibly lucky to have top ten receiver Andre Johnson on their roster. But, you can’t win a Super Bowl with only one good receiver on your roster. Hopkins is exactly what the Texans need if they want to reach the Super Bowl. I give them a B-.

Indianapolis Colts

Key Pick: Bjoern Werner

The Colts made a really nice pick in this year’s draft by taking Bjoern Werner at number twenty four overall, but, they didn’t seem to make any other big picks. I give them a C.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Key picks: Luke Joeckel, Jonathan Cyprien, Dwayne Gratz

The Jaguars have been horrible recently, and although they drafted two great players in Luke Joeckel and Jonathan Cyprien, they won’t be making the postseason any time soon.. I give them a B-.

Kansas City Chiefs

Key picks: Eric Fisher, Travis Kelce, Knile Davis, Nico Johnson

The Chiefs made some great picks in Eric Fisher and Travis Kelce, but they could’ve drafted better. They may have made the smart decision to take Fisher over Joeckel, but it would’ve helped the team to draft a quarterback in one of the later rounds. I give them a B.

Miami Dolphins

Key picks: Dion Jordan, Jamar Taylor, Dallas Thomas

Many question the pick of Dion Jordan at number three overall. He might not be the answer that the Dolphins are looking for, which is someone who can make their defense elite. Jordan is a valuable pass rusher, but it’s a bit soon to assume he can be elite. I give them a B-.

Minnesota Vikings

Key picks: Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes, Cordarelle Patterson

The Vikings took advantage of their two first round picks, and then traded back into the first round and selected one of the best receivers in the draft. The Vikings did  a good job of filling their needs, which were someone to rush the passer, a defensive back, and a wide receiver. I give them an A-.

New England Patriots

Key picks: Jamie Collins, Aaron Dobson

Collins is a great formed tackler who makes big plays on defense who should be able to help this strongly crafted defense, and Dobson is a polished route runner who can add to this receiving core’s success. I give them a B.

New Orleans Saints

Key picks: Kenny Vaccaro, Terron Armstead

Vaccaro is a great safety who was a steal at fifteen, and he has the potential to really help the terrible Saints defense. He could really help the Saints pass defense seeing as he’s great in zone and man defense. I give them a B-.

New York Giants

Key picks: Johnathan Hankins, Damontre Moore, Ryan Nassib

The Giants selected two elite pass rushers and a quarterback who could start when Eli Manning decides to call it quits. Now, that won’t be for a while, so this pick might not have been the smartest move. But, Moore and Hankins could be great additions to their defensive line. I’ll give them a B.

New York Jets

Key picks: Dee Milliner, Sheldon Richardson, Geno Smith

Milliner is no doubt a talented corner who can help the Jets, and Smith looks to be the quarterback they were looking for, but it looks like the Richardson pick is a wild card. If he remains at defensive tackle, he won’t be nearly as good as he would be if he were to switch to defensive end, based on his skill set and size. I give them an A-.

Oakland Raiders

Key picks: DJ Hayden, Menelik Watson, Sio Moore, Tyler Wilson

The Raiders were horrible this year and did what they always do, they made a terrible first round pick. Cornerback wasn’t their primary need, but they still selected DJ Hayden at twelve, when they could’ve gotten Star Lotulelei, but their later picks were much smarter. I give them a B.

Philadelphia Eagles

Key picks: Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Matt Barkley, Jordan Poyer

The Eagles were able to fill most of their needs in this draft, but the big question is, was the Zach Ertz pick at thirty-five necessary? The answer to that depends on if he starts, or if Brent Celek remains the starter. I give them an A-.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Key picks: Jarvis Jones, Le’Veon Bell, Landry Jones

The Steelers may have made a good pick with Landry Jones, but taking Le’Veon Bell, especially with Eddie Lacy still on the board, is inexcusable. Bell is a player who is still trying to find out his style as a back and may need time to progress, time the Steelers can’t afford. I give them a B.

San Diego Chargers

Key picks: DJ Fluker, Manti Te’o, Keenan Allen

The Chargers knew that they needed linebackers, offensive line, and receivers in this draft, and in the first three rounds, that’s exactly what they got. Allen is a great vertical receiver, and Te’o can always make clutch tackles. I give them an A-.

San Francisco 49ers

Key picks: Eric Reid, Tank Carridine, Vance McDonald, Corey Lemonier, Quinton Patton Marcus Lattimore

The 49ers went and got a top five safety, top ten defensive lineman, top five tight end, top fifteen pass rusher, top five receiver, and a running back that is the best in the class when healthy. It’s almost becoming unfair how dominant the 49ers are. I give them an A+.

Seattle Seahawks

Key picks: Christine Michael, Jesse Williams

The Seahawks had the best draft last year, so I have a feeling their lack of picks may have been the right way to go. Williams is a great pass rusher who will fit in great with the Seahawks’ collection of pass rushers. I give them a B.

St. Louis Rams

Key picks: Tavon Austin, Alec Ogletree, Stedman Bailey, Barrett Jones

The Rams went and got one of the best receiver tandems in college football, and also grabbed one of the best tacklers in the draft. They were able to help their offensive line by drafting Barrett Jones in the fourth round, giving them a pretty successful draft. I give them a B.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Key picks: Johnthan Banks, Mike Glennon

The Buccaneers made a nice pick of Johnthan Banks, drastically improving their secondary. Banks should work well with Wright and Revis, and they could become one of the top secondaries in the league. I give them a C+.

Tennessee Titans

Key picks: Chance Warmack, Justin Hunter, Blidi Wreh-Wilson

The Titans needed some help on the offensive line, so they went and got an immensely talented guard in Chance Warmack, and got one of the best receivers in Justin Hunter. This team was able to add some reliable players that can help them in the future.

Washington Redskins

Key picks: David Amerson, Jordan Reed, Baccari Rambo

The Redskins went and improved their struggling secondary by bringing in Amerson and Rambo. They should both be able to use their physical style of play to help the Redskins get back in the playoffs. I give them a B-.

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