NFL Draft report card: Grades for all 32 teams

Fort Worth Star-TelegramApril 29, 2013 

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: A+ The rich just got richer. The 49ers, already loaded before the draft, added 11 new players. The defending NFC West champions could afford to draft South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, above, who will take something of a redshirt season in getting his knee 100 percent. The 49ers' first six picks could become stars, though LSU DB Eric Reid might be the only immediate starter from this outstanding class.

GERRY MELENDEZ — MCT file

NFC EAST

DALLAS COWBOYS: C

The Cowboys were the most hotly debated team after the first round. Did they get enough in a trade with the 49ers? Did they reach to take Wisconsin C Travis Frederick? They rebounded nicely by taking the best available the rest of the way, but Monte Kiffin's defense didn't get much help. They missed out on the top safeties, and depth along the defensive line remains a concern.

NEW YORK GIANTS: B

The Giants filled some huge needs without reaching. Their top needs were offensive tackle and defensive end, and they got Syracuse OT Justin Pugh and Texas A&M Damontre Moore in the first three rounds. No one drafts pass rushers better than Jerry Reese. Moore, who had 26.5 sacks in three seasons, and Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins were great value picks.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: C

The Eagles got better as a football team, but they did not come out with an improved secondary. Unless it makes a trade or gets some veteran secondary players released after June 1, Philadelphia better be able to score, because teams are going to throw all over the Eagles. USC QB Matt Barkley doesn't seem to fit Chip Kelly's offense, but he joins four other QBs at training camp.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS: C

The Redskins didn't have a first-rounder, having surrendered it, along with their 2014 first-rounder, to the Rams for RG3. Their two biggest needs were safety, where Madieu Williams must be replaced, and cornerback, where DeAngelo Hall, E.J. Biggers and Josh Wilson are scheduled to become free agents in 2014. Mike Mayock called N.C. State DB David Amerson "a boom-or-bust candidate" with first-round talent.

NFC NORTH

CHICAGO BEARS: C

It certainly isn't a sexy draft, but Oregon's Kyle Long will start at OG and has a future at OT. Florida LB Jon Bostic, whose stock steadily rose during the evaluation period, will compete with free agent signee D.J. Williams for the job vacated by Brian Urlacher.

DETROIT LIONS: C+

With nine picks, the Lions have plenty of players to try and upgrade their talent. BYU's Ziggy Ansah and South Carolina's Devin Taylor will join a DE corps depleted by the departures of Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril. Willie Young, Jason Jones and Ronnell Lewis were the team's only DEs before the draft began.

GREEN BAY PACKERS: B-

The Packers know how to draft. They got 11 players this year, and UCLA DE Datone Jones is a perfect fit in the 3-4. He is a future replacement for Ryan Pickett, who is 34 and in the final year of his contract. The rest of the league will regret letting the Packers draft Alabama RB Eddie Lacy in the second round. He and UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin give Aaron Rodgers a much-needed running game.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: A-

The Vikings gave up a lot to get Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson, but it gave them three first-round picks and likely three new starters. Florida State DB Xavier Rhodes and Patterson fill two of the team's biggest needs. Minnesota had been expected to draft Manti Te'o, but the Vikings came out of the draft likely still needing a MLB.

NFC SOUTH

ATLANTA FALCONS: C

Washington DB Desmond Trufant and Alford are a huge addition after the Falcons released Dunta Robinson and had Brent Grimes leave for Miami. Both could start. Levine Toiolo isn't Zach Ertz, the higher-rated TE from Stanford, but he has a year to learn from the best in the business in Tony Gonzalez.

CAROLINA PANTHERS: C

The Panthers went into the draft with RT, CB and S as their top needs. They filled none of them. They did, however, get two of the top DTs in the draft, and, paired with Dwan Edwards in a three-man rotation, the Panthers should get a great push inside.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: C-

The Saints got the top safety in the draft, which was something of a surprise considering their need for outside linebackers. Junior Galette and Victor Butler are Rob Ryan's starters at OLB currently. Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead will compete with Jason Smith for the RT opening left by Jermon Bushrod.

TAMPA BAY BUCS: B-

The Bucs have overhauled a secondary that gave up the most passing yards in the NFL last season. The trade for Darrelle Revis, which has to count for something in their draft grade, and the pick of Mississippi State DB Johnthan Banks should help make Tampa Bay hard to throw against this season. Illinois DT Akeem Spence is penciled in to start as the replacement for Roy Miller at NT. They still need a pass-catching TE.

NFC WEST

ARIZONA CARDINALS: A-

The Cardinals' top priority, after allowing 58 sacks last season, was help in the offensive line. North Carolina G Johnathan Cooper is a huge upgrade. Texas LB Alex Okafor, Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor and Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope, for as productive as they were in college, could be steals. And if LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu can stay out of trouble, this draft class may be the one remembered for getting the Cardinals back in contention.

ST. LOUIS RAMS: B-

They got great value out of their first four picks. USC DB T.J. McDonald fills the biggest need as Quintin Mikell was released and Craig Dahl left in free agency. The Rams still have a huge concern at RB with Steven Jackson having departed for Atlanta. Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy will compete with Daryl Richardson, Isaiah Pead and Terrance Ganaway, but the Rams waited too long to take one.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: A+

The rich just got richer. The 49ers, already loaded before the draft, added 11 new players. The defending NFC West champions could afford to draft South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, above, who will take something of a redshirt season in getting his knee 100 percent. The 49ers' first six picks could become stars, though LSU DB Eric Reid might be the only immediate starter from this outstanding class.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: C

The Seahawks gave up their first-round pick for Percy Harvin, who should count in their draft grade. Williams' medical concerns pushed him down the draft board, but if he can stay healthy, he was a steal. Penn State DT Jordan Hill will replace Alan Branch, who left for Buffalo, and upgrades the DT position.

AFC EAST

BUFFALO BILLS: C-

The Bills passed on drafting Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton, among others, in recent years. They didn't pick the best year to use a first-round pick on a QB as Florida State's EJ Manuel was the only one selected. He is raw. Kevin Kolb is expected to start, and he surely appreciates the additions of Woods and Goodwin to go with Stevie Johnson.

MIAMI DOLPHINS: B-

The Dolphins got nine draftees, and six of the top 106 picks. They traded up to get Oregon DE Dion Jordan, the draft's top defensive player. Michigan State's Dion Sims might be the best blocking TE in the draft, which is what the Dolphins were looking for with the departure of Anthony Fasano. Boise State CB Jamar Taylor and Utah State CB Will Davis could be future replacements for Brent Grimes and Richard Marshall.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: C

Bill Belichick made a draft-day trade to move down for the 16th time. The Patriots entered with five picks, had eight after the first-round trade with the Vikings and ended up with seven players. Marshall WR Aaron Dobson and TCU WR Josh Boyce will have chances to help with the departures of Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. The OL could have used some depth.

NEW YORK JETS: C+

Alabama DB Dee Milliner will replace Darrelle Revis. Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson was not a popular pick with Jets fans as it marks the third consecutive year the Jets have used a first-rounder on a DL following Muhammad Wilkerson in 2011 and Quinton Coples in 2012. But the talk of their draft is the selection of West Virginia QB Geno Smith, who will compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting job.

AFC NORTH

BALTIMORE RAVENS: C+

The Super Bowl champs were able to reload with 10 picks. Florida DB Matt Elam and Kansas State LB Arthur Brown are the future with safety Ed Reed having departed for Houston and inside linebacker Ray Lewis having retired.

CINCINNATI BENGALS: C

The Bengals got 10 players, though Texas A&M's Sean Porter was the highest selected LB. They still have a need for OLBs. Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert gives Andy Dalton another weapon, though Cincinnati did draft TE Jermaine Gresham with the 21st overall choice in 2010.

CLEVELAND BROWNS: C-

For a team that needs help in the worst way, the Browns had only five picks, and only two were in the first five rounds. It's hard to get better that way. CB was the biggest need, but they passed on the top corners to take LSU DE Barkevious Mingo. San Diego State DB Leon McFadden, the third-round choice, likely will replace Sheldon Brown as the starter opposite Joe Haden.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS: C+

The Steelers' draft needs, in order, were LB, RB, WR and S. They drafted them in that order. Pittsburgh knows how to draft LBs, which is why it didn't meet James Harrison's salary demand, and Jarvis Jones will challenge Jason Worilds for the starting job. It is a good situation for Landry Jones, who can learn behind Ben Roethlisberger.

AFC SOUTH

HOUSTON TEXANS: C

The Texans had to help an offense that has seen first-round additions to that side of the ball only twice since 2003. Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins will be a good complement to Andre Johnson, 30. North Carolina OT Brennan Williams will compete with Ryan Harris for the starting RT job.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: C

Florida State DE Bjoern Werner compares to Paul Kruger, who Chuck Pagano had when he was coordinator of the Ravens defense. Hughes, who is raw, is a project. But the Colts have had good luck drafting small-school players. Illinois G Hugh Thornton will be groomed as one of the future pieces of the OL. The Colts could have used a WR.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: A-

GM David Caldwell and Gus Bradley get high marks for their first draft. They needed secondary help and picked five of them, including FIU DB Johnathan Cyprien. They needed offensive line help, and they got the No. 1-rated player on their draft board in Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel with the second choice. Michigan RB Denard Robinson could be the steal of the draft.

TENNESSEE TITANS: C

Coach Mike Munchak, a Hall of Fame guard, coveted Alabama G Chance Warmack. The Titans, having Andy Levitre in free agency, now might have the best set of guards in the league. They sorely need a pass rusher after failing to land a DE until the fifth round. Tennessee WR Justin Hunter will make an impact.

AFC WEST

DENVER BRONCOS: C-

North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams and Wisconsin RB Montee Ball will compete for starting jobs, but they could be the only impact players out of this class. The Broncos didn't draft for their two biggest needs, MLB and S.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: C

The Chiefs had to have a tackle after releasing Eric Winston. If they can keep Branden Albert, at least for 2013, they'll be set at the position. Their other two needs were safety and inside linebacker, and they had less success filling those. They didn't get a safety, and ILB Nico Johnson (Alabama) wasn't picked until the fourth round.

OAKLAND RAIDERS: C-

The Raiders had been expected to draft a DT with the No. 3 pick, with Richard Seymour, Tommy Kelly and Desmond Bryant all having departed. But they didn't take one until the sixth round. They traded down with the Dolphins to take Houston DB D.J. Hayden, whose draft stock skyrocketed after he was medically cleared.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS: C-

The Chargers had only six picks, but the top four could be starters. That could be a good thing, or a bad thing, depending on how good the talent is they drafted. One thing is for sure: Their draft grade would have been an F if they hadn't come out of it with a OT starter. Alabama's D.J. Fluker is that. Notre Dame's Manti Te'o was an interesting pick who could have an impact longterm.

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