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Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia: A+ Grade
Five-Year Grade: WALT F***ED THIS UP MILLEN Grade
Wow, I was way off on this one. I thought Jarvis Jones was a steal. As it turns out, all Jones did was steal money from the Steelers. Jones generated a grand total of six sacks in four years with the Steelers. He signed with the Cardinals in the offseason, but didn't even make the team. He's no longer in the NFL.
This is why the same group of teams make the playoffs every year and why another group of teams always draft in the top 10. One selection after the Bills chose the No. 4 quarterback in this class, the Steelers nabbed arguably the top pass-rusher. As mentioned in my mock draft, dumb groupthink would cause Jones to fall. Pittsburgh landed a steal.
San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, S, LSU: C- Grade
Five-Year Grade: B+ Grade
Eric Reid hasn't had the best injury luck recently, missing nine games in the past two seasons. He's been solid when healthy, however, and he's a solid player for the 49ers. It turns out that San Francisco was correct in trading up for him after all!
The 49ers moved up for... Eric Reid? Why? This safety class was incredibly loaded. I'm sure one of Reid, Matt Elam or Jonathan Cyprien would have been available at No. 31. Reid had issues covering last year, so this pick is highly questionable - especially considering that San Francisco moved up for the LSU product.
New York Giants: Justin Pugh, OT/G, Syracuse: C+ Grade
Five-Year Grade: A- Grade
Like Eric Reid, Justin Pugh has had trouble staying healthy. He's been able to play a full season just once in his career, and he's missed 13 games in the past two years. However, Pugh has been great when healthy, as he's been able to play on a high level at multiple positions for the Giants. If it weren't for his durability, Pugh would've earned a re-grade of an "A."
The good news is that Justin Pugh can pretty much play anywhere on the offensive line. The bad news is that Justin Pugh is a reach at No. 19. It's unlike the Giants to make a pick like this. It'd be one thing if they were desperate for a left tackle, but they just re-signed William Beatty to a long-term deal. Pugh can play right tackle, and he would probably be an upgrade over David Diehl. Still, there were better options available.
Chicago Bears: Kyle Long, G, Oregon: D Grade
Five-Year Grade: A- Grade
Man, I really started off strong with these original grades, but the past few were way off. I posted mostly negative grades here perhaps because I was going through a tough breakup with Awesome Girl Who Loves Football, currently known as Crappy Girl Who May or May Not Love Football Anymore. Kyle Long, like the past few choices, has been great when healthy. Unfortunately, he has missed 14 games in the past two seasons.
Well... at least this fills... a need... Umm... I'm kind of speechless right now. With Tyler Eifert and stud defenders like Desmond Trufant and Sylvester Williams available, the Bears decided to take an inexperienced second-round guard. Long may have been around for Chicago's next selection, so this pick is extremely questionable.
Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame: B+ Grade
Five-Year Grade: B- Grade
These mid-first-round picks from the 2013 NFL Draft haven't enjoyed the best injury luck. And Tyler Eifert is the worst of the bunch. Eifert has yet to play a full NFL season, and he's been on the field for just 10 games in the past two years. There's also major uncertainty with Eifert going forward. There's a chance he may never be 100 percent again, which is a shame because he scored 13 touchdowns in 2015, showing what he's capable of when healthy.
This is the ultimate "BPA vs. need" argument. The Bengals didn't have a hole at tight end with Jermaine Gresham there, but Tyler Eifert was definitely the top prospect available. Besides, teams like to use two-tight end sets, and it's not like Gresham is setting the world on fire with his receiving ability. Andy Dalton has limited arm strength, so he'll lean on Eifert quite frequently.
Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington: B+ Grade
Five-Year Grade: A Grade
Desmond Trufant is a terrific cornerback who definitely deserves an "A" re-grade. He was missed during Atlanta's Super Bowl run in 2016, and had he been on the field, perhaps the Falcons wouldn't have blown that 28-3 lead. Outside of that season, Trufant has missed just one game in his career.
I like Desmond Trufant a lot. I mocked him to the Falcons quite frequently at No. 30, but I guess Atlanta felt like he wouldn't fall to them. Moving up eight spots to land him is definitely acceptable. Trufant should be an instant starter across from Asante Samuel, as he fills a huge need.
Minnesota Vikings: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida: A+ Grade
Five-Year Grade: B- Grade
Sharrif Floyd is a lot like Tyler Eifert. He's shown some great flashes when healthy, but his future is cloudy because of major injury concerns. There was a report recently that Floyd may never play again because of nerve damage to his knee, which is a shame.
Wow, I forgot Sharrif Floyd was available. I feel like some of the other teams like the Bears, Giants and Cowboys did as well. This is the best pick in the 2013 NFL Draft thus far. Floyd is a stud interior pass-rusher who could have easily gone No. 3 to the Raiders. But as we see every year, great prospects fall because dumb teams are picking at the top of the draft.
Indianapolis Colts: Bjoern Werner, DE/OLB, Florida State: C+ Grade
Five-Year Grade: BJOERN BACKSIDE Grade
For all you Vikings fans (the TV show; not the team), I hope you enjoyed this reference. Bjoern Werner was drafted into the wrong scheme, and he predictably failed. He hasn't played since 2015.
Many see Bjoern Werner as a 4-3 left end, but the Colts apparently don't agree with that. I have to wonder about this scheme fit, but there's no denying that Bjoern Werner is one of the top players available. It'll be interesting to see how Werner fits into this defense.
Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State: B Grade
Five-Year Grade: A+ Grade
The Vikings had three first-round picks in this miserable class, and this is easily the best one. Sharrif Floyd hasn't been healthy, while Cordarrelle Patterson was a bust. Xavier Rhodes, on the other hand, has been a terrific shutdown cornerback for the Vikings. This is an easy A+ re-grade.
Xavier Rhodes was mocked as early as No. 12 throughout this process, so he definitely provides good value at No. 25. However, the Vikings run the type of defense that allows teams to pass on corners in the first round. Minnesota probably should have filled other needs like receiver. That said, this is still a solid selection because Rhodes could be considered the best player available.
Green Bay Packers: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA: A- Grade
Five-Year Grade: C- Grade
I'm disappointed that Datone Jones didn't amount to anything. He had a couple of half-decent seasons, but bottomed out in 2017. He bounced around from Detroit, to San Francisco, to Dallas and failed in each location. Well, at least the Packers no longer have to worry about Colin Kaepernick!
Datone Jones has been discussed as high as No. 19 to the Giants, so the Packers are getting good value with Datone Jones. They're also getting a tremendous upgrade on the defensive line. Green Bay was completely obliterated by Colin Kaepernick, so the team needed to find players to help them stop the read option. Jones is a great fit, as Ted Thompson continues to be one of the better drafters in the NFL.
Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson: A Grade
Five-Year Grade: A+ Grade
This is the best pick of the opening round of the 2013 NFL Draft. DeAndre Hopkins is an unstoppable force despite seldom playing with a great quarterback. That will all chance in 2018 when Deshaun Watson will take the field in his second year.
Charlie and I were told the Texans would draft Justin Hunter - but only if DeAndre Hopkins was off the board. Hopkins was discussed to be a candidate for No. 14 overall to the Panthers, so we figured that he wouldn't be available. Well, the Texans lucked out and got their man. Hopkins is a sound, pro-ready receiver who should be able to step in immediately as the starter across from Andre Johnson.
Denver Broncos: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina: A Grade
Five-Year Grade: D Grade
Who hacked into my Web site and changed this grade from an "F" to an "A?" I don't remember liking the Sylvester Williams pick all that much, but apparently, I did. Williams turned out to be a bust, lasting just four years in Denver. He played for the Titans this past season, but struggled mostly.
It was either Sylvester Williams or Tank Carradine here for the Broncos, and you can't argue either choice. Help was needed all over on the defensive line for the Broncos, and Williams was discussed as highly as No. 18 to the Cowboys. Denver didn't have an interior pass rush, so Williams definitely helps in that area.
Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee: B- Grade
Five-Year Grade: C Grade
The Vikings gave up third- and fourth-round picks for Cordarrelle Patterson? Ouch. Patterson proved to be a complete bust as a receiver, failing to accumulate more than 469 receiving yards and four seasons in any of his five NFL seasons thus far. Patterson hasn't been completely worthless, however, as he's been a dynamic return specialist. He scored five times on kick returns for the Vikings.
The 29th and 52nd choices are swapped between Minnesota and New England, so the Vikings are essentially giving up third- and fourth-rounders for this choice. They better make it count, so why not go for the home run with Cordarrelle Patterson? Minnesota desperately needed receiving help after losing Percy Harvin. Patterson is raw - which is why he dropped to No. 29 - but he has so much potential. The problem is that the Vikings don't have a quarterback to get him the football.
St. Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia: A Grade
Five-Year Grade: B Grade
Alec Ogletree fell in the 2013 NFL Draft because of character concerns, but the Rams' gamble paid off. Ogletree hasn't been great as a pro, and he was overpaid with his recent $42 million contract, but he's been a solid linebacker for the Rams in the past half decade.
This is awesome work by the Rams. They would have considered Alec Ogletree at No. 16 if they couldn't move up (for Tavon Austin) or down to pick up some selections. St. Louis gambled and still got its man. The reason Ogletree fell is because of character concerns, but the Rams have shown that they don't care about that. Ogletree is extremely talented and will be a huge asset on the defense if he can stay out of trouble.
Dallas Cowboys: Travis Frederick, G/C, Wisconsin: MILLEN HIGH-PRICED SCOREBOARD THAT MAKES PEOPLE BLIND KIELBASA Grade
Five-Year Grade: A+ Grade
Most teams had Travis Frederick listed as a third-round prospect. The Cowboys could have traded down for him, or perhaps even waited until the second round to acquire him. They reached for Frederick instead, but it really paid off. Frederick is now one of the top centers in the NFL, and no one (except me) is going to remember that Dallas could have obtained extra resources on top of getting him.
Travis Frederick!?!? The Wisconsin lineman who was considered a third-round prospect? There were other reaches in the first round, but this takes the cake. It seems like the Cowboys panicked with all of the guards flying off the board, which is the worst thing you can ever do in the NFL Draft. It's never been more obvious that Dallas needs a real general manager.
Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida: B+ Grade
Five-Year Grade: OZZIE NEWSOME WAS DRUGGED AND TOOK THE WRONG PLAYER MILLEN Grade
This may have been Ozzie Newsome's worst pick ever. Matt Elam struggled with missed tackles in his first two seasons with the Ravens. Then, he was suspended. Then, he tore his biceps and missed all of 2015. Then, he got banged up and had an injury-plagued 2016. Then, he was arrested on drug charges. Then, he wasn't re-signed as a free agent, and no one else wanted him. Then, he was arrested for grand theft and domestic battery. In summary, Elam's career hasn't gone very well.
Patient Ozzie Newsome gets his way again. He was targeting Matt Elam among other prospects and got his man without panicking. Elam fills a big need at safety across from Michael Huff. He also fits the range and could have gone a bit earlier than this.
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