An NFL Draft cannot be graded effectively until three years later. But, that doesn't mean we don't do it. As soon as a pick is made, everyone is ready to grade it. Was it a reach? Was it a value pick? Does anyone know why the Buffalo Bills selected EJ Manuel?
With the completion of the 2013 Draft's first round, CBS Sports' Pete Prisco posted his grades for the first 32 selections. Here are some of the interesting draft grades:
Lions select: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
My favorite pick of the draft. I love Ansah. He is this year's Jason Pierre-Paul. The Lions nailed it.
The Lions earned Prisco's only A+ rating. In fact, there were only two A's giving out (along with two A-'s), with the Minnesota Vikings earning both of those. The Vikings landed the second highest grades for their 23rd pick of Sharrif Floyd and their 25th pick of Xavier Rhodes, while their 29th pick of Cordarrelle Patterson earned a B- for the number of picks they had to pour over to the New England Patriots to get back into the first round.
The AFC East did not air well, according to Prisco. The Bills were supposed to be the first of the division's teams to select, but traded back, swapping first round picks with the St. Louis Rams. Of the Bills inexplicable pick, Prisco writes:
|16th pick||F||Bills select: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
What the heck are the Bills thinking? Did they watch this kid? He isn't Cam Newton. This is a horrible move.
That pretty much sums up what everyone was thinking when that pick was announced. The Bills were the only team with a D- or lower grade.
But, the New York Jets with the 9th pick, originally picking directly behind the Bills, tried to make it interesting for Buffalo at the bottom of the grade sheet, scoring a low grade of their own:
|9th pick||D+||Jets select: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Jets had bigger needs, even with the trade of Darrelle Revis. I guess Kyle Wilson is just a nickel corner. Don't like it.
Revis leaving did make cornerback a need for the Jets, but they could have made a different pick here, so I agree with Prisco on that part. D+ seems kind of steep for the talent they got in Milliner, especially if he fixes his backpedal problems, but it probably was the wrong pick for New York here.
Luckily, they got a chance to make up for it with a second pick in the round:
|13th pick||C||Jets select: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson is a heck of a player, but does he fill the need? I love the player, but not for this team. Weird.
Again, Prisco's write up is correct. The Jets do not need a defensive tackle. Richardson is a huge talent, but it just seems like the Jets did not really have a plan going into yesterday's first round and simply picked by whatever name they saw first.
The Jets have needs all over their roster, and their first two picks add players to the two positions at which they are the most set.
Doesn't make a lot of sense.
As for the Dolphins, Prisco is not any more generous with his grading of Miami's move up to grab defensive end Dion Jordan.
|3rd pick||C||Dolphins select: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
I don't like the move up to get Jordan. He is a solid player, not a great player. That would concern me. This is a panic move.
I absolutely do not see this as a panic move. What was causing the panic? The run at offensive tackle with the first two picks? Miami knew who they wanted, knew what they had to do to go get him, and made it happen. I can understand some of the concern from Jordan's lack of box score stats at Oregon, but I cannot see how this is a panic move.
What do you think of Prisco's grades?