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2013 NFL Draft Rankings

by Shasky Clarke on Apr. 28, 2013

 

1. Seattle Seahawks

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2-62 RB Christine Michael

3-87 DT Jordan Hill

4-123 WR Chris Harper

5-137 DT Jesse Williams

5-138 TE Luke Willson

6-194 RB Spencer Ware

7-220 G Ryan Seymour

7-231 DE Ty Powell

7-241 DT Jared Smith

7-242 OT Michael Bowie

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Entering the draft without many outstanding needs, but without a first round pick, the Seahawks still claimed more top level prospects than any other team. RB Christine Michael's combination of speed, explosiveness, and bruising power might make him the most talented of Seattle's deep backfield. Seattle added potent, athletic front-four pass rushing with versatile DE Ty Powell and DTs Jordan Hill and Jared Smith. Underrated TE Luke Willson should be a field stretching pass catcher. Long, athletic G Ryan Seymour will help fortify their interior line pass protection - Seattle's biggest issue last year. This class and this team's upside are scary.

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2. Green Bay Packers

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1-26 DE Datone Jones

2-61 RB Eddie Lacy

3-88 OT David Bakhtiari

4-122 G J.C. Tretter

4-125 RB Johnathan Franklin

5-159 DB Micah Hyde

5-167 DT Josh Boyd

6-193 OLB Nate Palmer

7-216 WR Charles Robinson

7-224 WR Kevin Dorsey

7-232 ILB Sam Barrington

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DE Datone Jones will be a high motor, athletic, playmaking mismatch playing in Green Bay's 3-4. Non-FBS Guard J.C. Tretter and OLB Nate Palmer are starting caliber steals, adding high value competition. Aaron Rodgers should enjoy little-known WR Charles Johnson's combination of size, speed, and playmaking. The Packers may have further added a top tier back if Eddie Lacy's poor pre-draft workout was really the result of injury and its effect on his ability to prepare and condition adequately. Finally, watch out for David Bakhtiari's contribution at tackle.

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3. San Francisco 49ers

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1-18 S Eric Reid

2-40 OLB Tank Carradine

2-55 TE Vance McDonald

3-88 OLB Corey Lemonier

4-128 WR Quinton Patton

4-131 RB Marcus Lattimore

5-157 DE Quinton Dial

6-180 ILB Nick Moody

7-237 QB B.J. Daniels

7-246 OT Carter Bykowski

7-252 CB Marcus Cooper

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The rich get richer. The 49ers traded up and nabbed a star, playmaking free safety. They added two top notch pass rushers in Carradine and Lemonier to a group that already includes All-Pro Aldon Smith. The Niners replaced Delanie Walker with a sleak, explosive 6'6” 270 pound beast of a tight end in McDonald. Quinton Patton is a highly skilled and smooth complimentary receiver. The 49ers have the deepest roster in the league. It will be most interesting to see Marcus Lattimore's eventual role as he rehabs his knee injury.

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4. Miami Dolphins

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1-3 DE Dion Jordan

2-54 CB Jamar Taylor

3-77 OL Dallas Thomas

3-93 CB Will Davis

4-104 OLB Jelani Jenkins

4-106 TE Dion Sims

5-164 RB Mike Gillislee

5-166 K Caleb Sturgis

7-250 S Don Jones

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The focus of the Dolphins' draft is on their aggressive move for Dion Jordan. While he has Jason Taylor upside, the focus of their draft should be on Jamar Taylor, a well-rounded stud cornerback. They also got starting caliber players in Jelani Jenkins and Dallas Thomas, who immediately is one of their top four offensive linemen. Caleb Sturgis is an elite kicker.

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5. Tennessee Titans

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1-10 G Chance Warmack

2-34 WR Justin Hunter

3-70 CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson

3-97 OLB Zaviar Gooden

4-107 C Brian Schwenke

6-202 CB Khalid Wooten

7-248 S Daimion Stafford

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Justin Hunter is one of the bigger steals in this draft. He is immediately their most talented receiving option. Blidi Wreh-Wilson may already be their most talented cornerback. And scrappy, versatile Brian Schwenke could very well be a better pro than their first round pick, Chance Warmack. This Titans group has a very high ceiling. 

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6.  Kansas City Chiefs

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1-1 OT Eric Fisher

3-63 TE Travis Kelce

3-96 RB Knile Davis

4-99 ILB Nico Johnson

5-134 CB Sanders Commings

6-170 C Eric Kush

6-204 FB Braden Wilson

7-207 DE Mike Catapano

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Eric Fisher is a star. The emotional Travis Kelce provides a long and explosive big play option at tight end. Eric Kush is an underrated, athletic interior lineman. Nico Johnson is a physical run plugger who may immediately start next to Derrick Johnson on the Chiefs' very talented defense. The rugged, unsung Braden Wilson could start at full back. Don't sleep on this team; this is a playoff contender.

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7. Baltimore Ravens

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1-32 S Matt Elam

2-56 ILB Arthur Brown

3-94 DT Brandon Williams

4-129 OLB John Simon

4-130 TE Kyle Juszczyk

6-200 DE Kapron Lewis-Moore

6-203 OT Ryan Jensen

7-238 WR Aaron Mellette

7-247 CB Marc Anthony

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The seemingly decimated Ravens addressed every major need they had going into the draft. But a few picks stand out as potentially great contributors. Playmaking Matt Elam may enter the NFL as the biggest hitter, pound for pound. There is a strong chance he is a star. OLB John Simon brings a unique skill set that could ultimately prove more productive that Paul Kruger or Courtney Upshaw. Kyle Juszczyk can be a big mismatch as a physical, skilled move H-Back.

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8. New York Jets  

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1-9 CB Dee Milliner

1-13 DT Sheldon Richardson

2-39 QB Geno Smith

3-72 OL Brian Winters

4-106 OT Oday Aboushi

6-178 DT William Campbell

7-215 FB Tommy Bohanon

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The Jets drafted five very good starters. Dee Milliner is excellent. Sheldon Richardson is possibly the best interior defensive lineman in this draft. Geno Smith should be their long term solution at quarterback. Brian Winters is a versatile, athletic, mauling beast of an upgrade at guard or even right tackle. And tough, athletic Tommy Bohanon is their week one starter at full back.

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9. Chicago Bears

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1-20 OL Kyle Long

2-50 ILB Jonathan Bostic

4-117 OLB Khaseem Greene

5-163 RT Jordan Mills

6-188 DE Cornelius Washington

7-236 WR Marquess Wilson

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The Bears made up for a lack of quantity with strong quality picks. Kyle Long brings his left tackle skill set and versatility, and suddenly makes the Bears' offensive line a strength. Chicago won't miss last year's Urlacher. Bostic and Greene are quality NFL starters and playmakers. Marquess Wilson is a first round talent drafted in the seventh round. The Bears aren't going anywhere.

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10. Carolina Panthers

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1-14 DT Star Lotulelei

2-44 DT Kawann Short

4-108 G Edmund Kugbila

5-148 LB A.J. Klein

6-182 RB Kenjon Barner

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The combination of Lotulelei and Short trumps last year's combo of Dwan and Ron Edwards. But it is the Panthers' final three picks that deserve most merit. Edmund Kugbila partially makes up for last year's Amini Silatolu blunder. Kugbila must start. Klein is an NFL starting linebacker and one envisions an elite trio of Kuechly, Beason, and Klein down the line. They added yet another back, but Barner's ultra explosive, one-cut package was vastly underrated in this draft.

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11. Houston Texans

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1-27 WR Deandre Hopkins

2-57 S D.J. Swearinger

3-89 RT Brennan Williams

3-95 OLB Sam Montgomery

4-124 OLB Trevardo Williams

6-176 OT David Quessenberry

6-195 WR Alan Bonner

6-198 DT Chris Jones

6-201 TE Ryan Griffin

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The Texans draft party began on day three with the selection of possibly the most dangerous outside pass rusher in the draft. David Quessenberry is an excellent and versatile tackle prospect capable of filling either one of the holes on the right side of the Texans line. The pick of most intrigue is possibly Chris Jones. He fits, prototypically, what the Texans want from their nose tackle.

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12. Minnesota Vikings

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1-23 DT Sharrif Floyd

1-25 CB Xavier Rhodes

1-29 WR Cordarelle Patterson

4-120 OLB Gerald Hodges

5-155 P Jeff Locke

6-196 G Jeff Baca

7-213 LB Michael Mauti

7-214 OL Travis Bond

7-229 DT Everett Dawkins

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While it only seems the Vikings got one probable blue chip player (in Cordarelle Patterson, a big play number one WR), they did manage to address each of their major problem areas with largely decent players. When Mauti recovers from another season ending injury, he has a chance to be an excellent find in the seventh round. Floyd and Dawkins add athleticism and depth to the interior of the defensive line and Baca and Bond should compete for the chance to contribute at guard.

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13. Cincinnati Bengals

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1-21 TE Tyler Eifert

2-37 RB Giovani Bernard

2-53 DL Margus Hunt

3-84 S Shawn Williams

4-118 OLB Sean Porter

5-156 OT Tanner Hawkinson

6-190 RB Rex Burkhead

6-197 WR Cobi Hamilton

7-240 OT Reid Fragel

7-251 C T.J. Johnson 

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The Bengals added two potentially great starters in Eifert and Fragel (at right tackle, presumably). If Margus Hunt is utilized well, meaning he plays a great deal as an interior rusher, he can be an impact player. Further, the Bengals made sure to focus on the backfield, the offensive line, and the defensive front seven.

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14. Atlanta Falcons

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1-22 CB Desmond Trufant

2-60 CB Robert Alford

4-127 DE Malliciah Goodman

4-133 TE Levine Toilolo

5-153 DE Stansly Maponga

7-243 S Kemal Ishmael

7-244 S Zeke Motta

7-249 QB Sean Renfree

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Atlanta had significant needs at CB, DE, and TE. They attacked those positions heavily. Alford as a playmaker and return man is the highlight of this group but the Falcons got decent talent in Trufant and Toilolo. Sean Renfree, a starting caliber quarterback, could quickly become one of the best backups in the NFL.

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15. Oakland Raiders

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1-12 CB D.J. Hayden

2-42 RT Menelik Watson

3-66 LB Sio Moore

4-112 QB Tyler Wilson

6-172 TE Nick Kasa

6-181 RB Latavius Murray

6-184 TE Mychal Rivera

6-205 DT Stacy McGee

7-209 WR Brice Butler

7-233 DE David Bass

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Oakland clearly accurately identified its needs. Out of Oakland's ten picks, three should be tremendous potential contributors. D.J. Hayden is a fast, big play corner, Sio Moore is an immediate starter and excellent value in the third round, and the underrated Latavius Murray could replace Darren McFadden long-term as a fast, savvy workhorse back. Brice Butler also has some upside given his size and speed. Menelik Watson and Tyler Wilson are super risky question marks.

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16. Philadelphia Eagles

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1-4 OT Lane Johnson 

2-35 TE Zach Ertz

3-67 DL Bennie Logan

4-98 QB Matt Barkley

5-136 S Earl Wolff

7-212 DE Joe Kruger

7-218 CB Jordan Poyer

7-239 DE David King

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The Eagles came into the draft having already addressed many roster issues through free agency. They started off the draft really well, taking the elite Lane Johnson and Ertz, a legitimately good starting TE. Earl Wolff was another excellent grab and Philly suddenly finds itself with a panoply of good starting safeties. Matt Barkley in the fourth round is certainly decent value but does not promise elite franchise quarterback role fulfillment.

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17. Detroit Lions

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1-5 Ziggy Ansah

2-36 CB Darius Slay

3-65 G Larry Warford

4-132 DE Devin Taylor

5-165 P Sam Martin

6-171 WR Corey Fuller

6-199 RB Theo Riddick

7-211 TE Michael Williams

7-245 LB Brandon Hepburn

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Ziggy Ansah was a supremely risky selection. But the combination of him and Devin Taylor should provide Detroit with at least adequate starting options opposite Jason Jones in their base defense. Where the Lions got great value were in their picks of Slay and Fuller. Both are starters and solidify the CB and WR positions as strengths.

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18. Buffalo Bills

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1-16 QB E.J. Manuel

2-41 WR Robert Woods

2-46 LB Kiko Alonso

3-78 WR Marquise Goodwin

4-105 S Duke Williams

5-143 S Jonathan Meeks

6-177 K Dustin Hopkins

7-222 TE Chris Gragg

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Honestly, the player most likely to be a great player in this class... is kicker Dustin Hopkins. But there certainly is upside here, starting with the QB, Manuel. He could be Daunte Culpepper. He could be Vince Young. The frenetic Alonso will compete for a starting job, and Gragg has the hands and athleticism to be a factor in the passing game. Finally, while Woods and Goodwin won't be consistent deep threats, their skill sets will be much welcomed for what was a thin receiving corps behind Stevie Johnson.

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19. Washington Redskins

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2-51 CB David Amerson

3-85 TE Jordan Reed

4-119 S Phillip Thomas

5-154 RB Chris Thompson

5-162 OLB Brandon Jenkins

6-191 S Bacarri Rambo

7-228 RB Jawan Jamison

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David Amerson is likely the guy here to really watch. A top notch, game breaking, dangerous player slotted into the team's biggest position of need. But there are some interesting talents here that will contribute, even if not destined for stardom. The safety combo of Thomas and Rambo should have big roles. We will also see where Brandon Jenkins and Chris Thompson will be, recovering from season ending injuries. Thompson, in particular, may eventually be a surprise steal as a big play threat in the Skins' run game.

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20. New England Patriots

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2-52 DE Jamie Collins

2-59 WR Aaron Dobson

3-83 CB Logan Ryan

3-91 S Duron Harmon

4-102 WR Josh Boyce

7-226 DE Michael Buchanan

7-235 LB Steve Beauharnais

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The Patriots didn't knock it out of the park this year. But elite athlete Jamie Collins may be the answer to their search for a premier outside pass rusher. Beauharnais has starting ability and was an excellent value in the seventh round. New England also added a couple smooth, speedy weapons at receiver that should serve as big time upgrades over the nonsense the team has rolled out there to support Tom Brady over most of his career.

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21. Arizona Cardinals

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1-7 Jonathan Cooper

2-45 ILB Kevin Minter

3-69 CB Tyrann Mathieu

4-103 OLB Alex Okafor

4-116 G Earl Watford

5-140 RB Stepfan Taylor

6-174 WR Ryan Swope

6-187 RB Andre Ellington

7-219 TE D.C. Jefferson

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The Cardinals made certain to address the guard spot with their picks of Cooper and Watford. Mathieu should fit in nicely as a slot CB and spot return man. Andre Ellington has the ability to be a monster steal in the sixth round.

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22. Denver Broncos

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1-28 DT Sylvester Williams

2-58 RB Montee Ball

3-90 CB Kayvon Webster

5-146 DE Quanterus Smith

5-161 WR Tavarres King

6-173 OT Vinston Painter

7-234 QB Zac Dysert

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Denver needed defensive line bolstering and it got just that, particularly in their sneaky Quanterus Smith pick. And as if their potent offense needed another weapon, they selected Montee Ball, a potential star in their zone blocking scheme. Tavarres King is a polished deep threat. And Zac Dysert could provide good competition for Brock Osweiler in the post-Manning era.

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23. San Diego Chargers

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1-11 OT D.J. Fluker

2-38 ILB Manti Te'o

3-76 WR Keenan Allen

5-145 CB Steve Williams

6-179 OLB Tourek Williams

7-221 QB Brad Sorensen

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Manti Te'o is the biggest story here. He will start from day one and be a productive inside linebacker. RT Fluker should struggle versus speed early in his career but could settle in there long term. Keenan Allen should be a nice, versatile, short and intermediate complimentary option. Brad Sorensen is a high upside quarterback who should easily upgrade the Chargers' backup spot.

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24. St. Louis Rams

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1-8 Tavon Austin

1-30 Alec Ogletree

3-71 S T.J. McDonald

3-92 WR Stedman Bailey

4-113 C Barrett Jones

5-149 CB Brandon McGee

5-160 RB Zac Stacy

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Deciding Sam Bradford needed more weapons, the Rams went out and got a couple polished and dynamic complimentary options. Zac Stacy could surprise as a legitimate starting RB option. The smart and versatile Barrett Jones could prove to be a mid round steal as a long term interior line starter.

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25. Pittsburgh Steelers

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1-17 OLB Jarvis Jones

2-48 RB Le'Veon Bell

3-79 WR Markus Wheaton

4-111 S Shamarko Thomas

4-115 QB Landry Jones

5-150 CB Terry Hawthorne

6-186 WR Justin Brown

6-206 ILB Vince Williams

7-223 DL Nick Williams

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While WR Markus Wheaton could very effectively replace Mike Wallace as a top deep threat, the Steelers' draft was mostly uneven. Jarvis Jones could likely be a bust as a pass rusher. Terry Hawthorne and Nick Williams could stick as talented competitors. But the best player in this class is probably Landry Jones, who we could see some of if and when Ben is hurt again in the near future.

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26. Jacksonville Jaguars

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1-2 OT Luke Joeckel

2-33 S Jonathan Cyprien

3-64 CB Dwayne Gratz

4-101 WR Ace Sanders

5-135 OW Denard Robinson

7-208 CB Jeremy Harris

7-210 CB Demetrius McCray

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Dwayne Gratz is a potentially excellent press cover guy. Outside of him, there is a low floor for this class. Joeckel may lack the athleticism necessary to be an elite left tackle. Cyprien may lack the movement skills. Denard Robinson may lack a position (he ideally should be more of a ball carrier).

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27. New Orleans Saints

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1-15 S Kenny Vaccaro

3-75 OT Terron Armstead

3-82 NT John Jenkins

5-144 WR Kenny Stills

6-183 OLB Rufus Johnson 

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The Saints addressed their major need areas with five very productive college players. Terron Armstead is a potential long term star at left tackle, where there was a massive hole in the line up. We know Drew Brees will maximize Kenny Stills's ability if given a chance. But Vaccaro does not project as much more than a quick underneath strong safety. John Jenkins will not be a pass rusher at the nose.

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28. Cleveland Browns

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1-6 OLB Barkevious Mingo

3-68 CB Leon McFadden

6-175 S Jamorris Slaughter

7-217 OLB Armonty Bryant

7-227 OL Garrett Gilkey

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Cleveland now has a good amount of firepower among their pass rushers, adding Mingo and Armonty Bryant to Paul Kruger and Jabaal Sheard. Mingo is not a guaranteed star but Bryant is possibly a late round steal as a contributor. They did not, however, add any more talent to the tight end spot, a deep area in the draft.

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29. Dallas Cowboys

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1-31 C Travis Frederick

2-47 TE Gavin Escobar

3-74 WR Terrance Williams

3-80 S J.J. Wilcox

4-114 CB B.W. Webb

5-151 RB Joseph Randle

6-185 OLB DeVonte Holloman

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The Cowboys certainly did not excite their fans with flashy picks. They also failed to nab more than a couple quality starters. The good news is Joseph Randle should combine with DeMarco Murray to form one of the most potent one-two backfield punches in the league. B.W. Webb has some Asante Samuel-like playmaking characteristics. The bad news is C Travis Frederick is one of the worst athletes in the NFL and is highly unlikely to improve the Cowboys' pass protection.

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30. Indianapolis Colts

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1-24 OLB Bjoern Werner

3-86 G Hugh Thornton

4-121 C Khaled Holmes

5-139 DT Montori Hughes

6-192 S John Boyett

7-230 RB Kerwynn Williams

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The Colts' only hope at a star player here is that John Boyett can get back healthy and show the all-around menace and playmaker he flashed earlier in his Oregon career. Hugh Thornton can be a capable starting guard and Bjoern Werner, while not a star, could be a decent contributor. But their biggest need, center, will probably not be met by the substandard Khaled Holmes.

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31. New York Giants

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1-19 OL Justin Pugh

2-49 DT Johnathan Hankins

3-81 DE Damontre Moore

4-110 QB Ryan Nassib

5-152 S Cooper Taylor

7-225 G Eric Herman

7-253 RB Michael Cox

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Unlike last year, the Giants failed to draft a single blue chip player. Pugh should serve as an upgrade somewhere along the line. But outside of him, it is hard to envision another likely starter. The hope is Damontre Moore can be somewhat productive in a rotational role.

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32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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2-43 CB Johnthan Banks

3-73 QB Mike Glennon

4-100 DT Akeem Spence

4-126 DE William Gholston

5-147 DE Steven Means

6-189 RB Mike James

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The worst draft weekend performance belongs to Tampa Bay. They do not seem to have added one quality contributing, long term starter. They did add depth across the defensive line, something they needed. Banks lacks the top end speed to be a consistently dependable cover guy. Mike James is a decent rotational ball carrier. Glennon has great size and a top arm but struggled with the consistency of his accuracy and decision making (sounds a lot like their own inconsistent Josh Freeman, right?).