Grading the NFL draft

ASSOCIATED PRESS Justin Pugh, out of Council Rock South, was selected by the Giants.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Justin Pugh, out of Council Rock South, was selected by the Giants.
Posted: April 30, 2013



1 (4) Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma

2 (35) Zach Ertz TE Stanford

3 (67) Bennie Logan DT LSU

4 (98) Matt Barkley QB Southern Cal

5 (136) Earl Wolff DB NC State

7 (212) Joe Kruger DE Utah

7 (218) Jordan Poyer DB Oregon State

7 (239) David King DB Oklahoma

Domo's Take: The Eagles stayed true to their board in this draft, ignoring need and selecting the best available player. Johnson is an athletic OT who appears to be a good fit for Chip Kelly's offense and Ertz is going to be a fun weapon to watch Kelly use to create mismatches. The one and only trade GM Howie Roseman made - giving a seventh-round pick to Jacksonville to move up three spots in the fourth round and select Barkley - could turn out to be a franchise-changer if Barkley ends up becoming the Eagles' starting quarterback for the next 10 years. If he doesn't, well, it was only a fourth-round pick.


1 (31) Travis Frederick C Wisconsin

2 (47) Gavin Escobar TE San Diego State

3 (74) Terrance Williams WR Baylor

3 (80) J.J. Wilcox DB Georgia Southern

4 (114) B.W. Webb DB William & Mary

5 (151) Joseph Randle RB Oklahoma State

6 (185) DeVonte Holloman LB South Carolina

Domo's Take: The Cowboys made a curious move in the first round, passing on safety Eric Reid and guard/tackle Justin Pugh at 18 and trading down to 31, where they took Frederick. With coach Jason Garrett wanting to use more two-tight end sets, they took Escobar in the second round.


1 (19) Justin Pugh OT Syracuse

2 (49) Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State

3 (81) Damontre Moore DE Texas A&M

4 (110) Ryan Nassib QB Syracuse

5 (152) Cooper Taylor DB Richmond

7 (225) Eric Herman G Ohio

7 (253) Michael Cox RB Massachusetts

Domo's Take: Pugh is a versatile offensive lineman who can play inside or outside. Moore, once considered a first-round prospect, slid because of a poor pre-draft workout and questions about his work ethic. Nassib was a value pick in the fourth round, but will be the third QB behind Eli Manning and David Carr.


2 (51) David Amerson DB NC State

3 (85) Jordan Reed TE Florida

4 (119) Phillip Thomas DB Fresno State

5 (154) Chris Thompson RB Florida State

5 (162) Brandon Jenkins LB Florida State

6 (191) Bacarri Rambo DB Georgia

7 (228) Jawan Jamison RB Rutgers

Domo's Take: The Redskins gave away their first-round pick in last year's trade-up to get Robert Griffin III. They went right after their biggest need in the second round, selecting Amerson. Also added a pair of safeties - Thomas and Rambo - to a secondary that gave up 31 touchdown passes last year. Have to factor RGIII into the grade.



1 (20) Kyle Long G Oregon

2 (50) Jon Bostic LB Florida

4 (117) Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers

5 (163) Jordan Mills OT Louisiana Tech

6 (188) Cornelius Washington DE Georgia

7 (236) Marquess Wilson WR Washington State

Domo's Take: After signing o-linemen Jermon Bushrod and Matt Slauson in free agency, Bears GM Phil Emery continued to strengthen what was a weakness last year, selecting Long. He has a sky-high upside, but he's raw and 20 seemed a bit too high for him. Bears addressed their ILB need in the second round with Bostic. With the signing of D.J. Williams, Bostic will be given time to develop.


1 (5) Ziggy Ansah DE Brigham Young

2 (36) Darius Slay DB Mississippi State

3 (65) Larry Warford G Kentucky

4 (132) Devin Taylor DE South Carolina

5 (165) Sam Martin P Appalachian St.

6 (171) Corey Fuller WR Virginia Tech

6 (199) Theo Riddick RB Notre Dame

7 (211) Michael Williams TE Alabama

7 (245) Brandon Hepburn LB Florida A&M

Domo's Take: Ansah has a big-time upside, but is very raw. After missing out on Lane Johnson, the Lions weren't able to address their o-line need until the third round when they grabbed Warford.


1 (26) Datone Jones DE UCLA

2 (61) Eddie Lacy RB Alabama

4 (109) David Bakhtiari OT Colorado

4 (122) J.C. Tretter G Cornell

4 (125) Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA

5 (159) Micah Hyde DB Iowa

5 (167) Josh Boyd DE Mississippi State

6 (193) Nate Palmer LB Illinois State

7 (216) C.J. Johnson WR Grand Valley St.

7 (224) Kevin Dorsey WR Maryland

7 (232) Sam Barrington LB South Florida

Domo's Take: The Packers needed to beef up their running game and did so in a big way, getting the sliding Lacy in the second round and Franklin in the fourth. Jones gives Dom Capers a much-needed physical d-end for his 3-4 scheme.


1 (23) Sharrif Floyd DT Florida

1 (25) Xavier Rhodes DB Florida State

1 (29) Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee

4 (120) Gerald Hodges LB Penn State

5 (155) Jeff Locke P UCLA

6 (196) Jeff Baca G UCLA

7 (213) Michael Mauti LB Penn State

7 (214) Travis Bond G North Carolina

7 (229) Everett Dawkins DT Florida State

Domo's Take: The Vikes ended up with three first-round picks. GM Rick Spielman was more lucky than good with the first of those when Floyd fell into his lap at 23. Rhodes is a 6-1 corner with 4.4 speed. Patterson is lethal with the ball in his hands but has some major diva issues.



1 (22) Desmond Trufant DB Washington

2 (60) Robert Alford DB SE Louisiana

4 (127) Malliciah Goodman DE Clemson

4 (133) Levine Toilolo TE Stanford

5 (153) Stansly Maponga DE Texas Christian

7 (243) Kemal Ishmael DB Central Florida

7 (244) Zeke Motta DB Notre Dame

7 (249) Sean Renfree QB Duke

Domo's Take: The free-agent losses of Brent Grimes and Dunta Robinson left the Falcons depleted at corner. Not surprisingly, they used both of their first two picks on corners, trading up in the first round to take Trufant and selecting Alford late in the second. Trufant likely will start opposite Asante Samuel, while Alford is expected to be the third corner in a defense that plays nickel about 50 percent of the time.


1 (14) Star Lotulelei DT Utah

2 (44) Kawann Short DT Purdue

4 (108) Edmund Kugbila G Valdosta State

5 (148) A.J. Klein LB Iowa State

6 (182) Kenjon Barner RB Oregon

Domo's Take: Carolina attacked its biggest defensive shortcoming head-on, using both its first- and second-round picks on tackles. Kugbila is an athletic, long-armed D-II guard. Klein played inside at Iowa State but probably will be bumped outside, where the Panthers have a lot of injury problems.


1 (15) Kenny Vaccaro DB Texas

3 (75) Terron Armstead OT Ark.-Pine Bluff

3 (82) John Jenkins NT Georgia

5 (144) Kenny Stills WR Oklahoma

6 (183) Rufus Johnson LB Tarleton State

Domo's Take: The Saints had just three picks in the first four rounds but made the most of them. Vaccaro will step right in and improve a secondary that gave up 31 TD passes. Armstead is a small-school guy who knocked everybody's socks off at the combine and will compete for a starting job as a rookie. Stills will compete for No. 3 or 4 wide-receiver job.


2 (43) Johnthan Banks DB Mississippi State

3 (73) Mike Glennon QB NC State

4 (100) Akeem Spence DT Illinois

4 (126) William Gholston DE Michigan State

5 (147) Steven Means DE Buffalo

6 (189) Mike James RB Miami (Fla.)

Domo's Take: The Bucs used top two picks to improve the secondary, trading away their first-round pick for Darrelle Revis, and selecting Banks in the second. Their decision to take Glennon in the third round would seem to indicate they're not sold on Josh Freeman.



1 (7) Jonathan Cooper G North Carolina

2 (45) Kevin Minter LB LSU

3 (69) Tyrann Mathieu DB LSU

4 (103) Alex Okafor LB Texas

4 (116) Earl Watford G James Madison

5 (140) Stepfan Taylor RB Stanford

6 (174) Ryan Swope WR Texas A&M

6 (187) Andre Ellington RB Clemson

7 (219) D.C. Jefferson TE Rutgers

Domo's Take: Cooper will provide needed interior help to Cardinals' o-line. Minter was good value in the middle of the second, but with Daryl Washington and Jasper Brinkley there, I don't know where he's going to play.


1 (8) Tavon Austin WR West Virginia

1 (30) Alec Ogletree LB Georgia

3 (71) T.J. McDonald DB Southern Cal

3 (92) Stedman Bailey WR West Virginia

4 (113) Barrett Jones C Alabama

5 (149) Brandon McGee DB Miami (Fla.)

5 (160) Zac Stacy RB Vanderbilt

Domo's Take: The Rams got QB Sam Bradford much-needed receiving help, trading up from 16 to 8 with the first of their two first-round picks and grabbing the explosive Austin, then adding Bailey in the third. Ogletree is a freakish athlete with off-the-field baggage who should be able to step right in and start at WILL.


1 (18) Eric Reid DB LSU

2 (40) Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State

2 (55) Vance McDonald TE Rice

3 (88) Corey Lemonier DE Auburn

4 (128) Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech

4 (131) Marcus Lattimore RB South Carolina

5 (157) Quinton Dial DT Alabama

6 (180) Nick Moody LB Florida State

7 (237) B.J. Daniels QB South Florida

7 (246) Carter Bykowski OT Iowa State

7 (252) Marcus Cooper DB Rutgers

Domo's Take: After starting the draft with 13 picks, the Niners finished with a league-high 11. They traded up in the first round to get Reid, Dashon Goldson's safety replacement. With RB Frank Gore turning 30 next month, Lattimore was a nice fourth-round pickup.


2 (62) Christine Michael RB Texas A&M

3 (87) Jordan Hill DT Penn State

4 (123) Chris Harper WR Kansas State

5 (137) Jesse Williams DT Alabama

5 (138) Tharold Simon DB LSU

5 (158) Luke Willson TE Rice

6 (194) Spencer Ware RB LSU

7 (220) Ryan Seymour G Vanderbilt

7 (231) Ty Powell LB Harding

7 (241) Jared Smith G New Hampshire

7 (242) Michael Bowie OT N'eastern St. (Ok.)

Domo's Take: The Seahawks used their first-round pick in the Percy Harvin trade, which was a pick was well-spent. Michael hardly was a need pick, given that the Seahawks already have Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. But Michael was considered one of the top two or three backs in the draft.



1 (16) EJ Manuel QB Florida State

2 (41) Robert Woods WR Southern Cal

2 (46) Kiko Alonso LB Oregon

3 (78) Marquise Goodwin WR Texas

4 (105) Duke Williams DB Nevada

5 (143) Jonathan Meeks DB Clemson

6 (177) Dustin Hopkins K Florida State

7 (222) Chris Gragg TE Arkansas

Domo's Take: Some people might think the 16th pick was way too high to take Manuel. But his skills and upside were worth the risk there for a team that badly needs to find a QB. Woods was a great pickup. The only consistent wideout the Bills have is Stevie Johnson. Alonso is an athletic, always-around-the-ball inside 'backer who will challenge immediately for a starting job.


1 (3) Dion Jordan DE Oregon

2 (54) Jamar Taylor DB Boise State

3 (77) Dallas Thomas G Tennessee

3 (93) Will Davis DB Utah State

4 (104) Jelani Jenkins LB Florida

4 (106) Dion Sims TE Michigan State

5 (164) Mike Gillislee RB Florida

5 (166) Caleb Sturgis K Florida

7 (250) Don Jones DB Arkansas State

Domo's Take: If the Dolphins don't pry LT Brandon Albert away from the Chiefs, they may regret their decision to take Jordan over OT Lane Johnson after trading up from 12 to 3. Jordan needs to put on weight, but has premier pass-rush potential.


2 (52) Jamie Collins LB Southern Miss

2 (59) Aaron Dobson WR Marshall

3 (83) Logan Ryan DB Rutgers

3 (91) Duron Harmon DB Rutgers

4 (102) Josh Boyce WR Texas Christian

7 (226) Michael Buchanan DE Illinois

7 (235) Steve Beauharnais LB Rutgers

Domo's Take: The Patriots traded out of the first round to gain an extra third-round pick. They spent the first of two second-round picks on Collins even though linebacker is the strongest and deepest unit on their defense. Dobson is a 6-3, 210-pounder who should give the Patriots the vertical aspect to their passing game that was missing last year.


1 (9) Dee Milliner DB Alabama

1 (13) Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri

2 (39) Geno Smith QB West Virginia

3 (72) Brian Winters G Kent State

5 (141) Oday Aboushi G Virginia

6 (178) William Campbell G Michigan

7 (215) Tommy Bohanon RB Wake Forest

Domo's Take: With Darrelle Revis gone, Milliner was a no-brainer when he was on the board at nine. The selection of Richardson raised eyebrows only because he was a three-technique tackle in college and doesn't seem an ideal fit for Jets' 3-4 scheme. Smith was good value in the second round, but may be a little too thin-skinned for the fish bowl that is New York.



1 (32) Matt Elam DB Florida

2 (56) Arthur Brown LB Kansas State

3 (94) Brandon Williams DT Mo. Southern

4 (129) John Simon LB Ohio State

4 (130) Kyle Juszczyk RB Harvard

5 (168) Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin

6 (200) Kapron Lewis-Moore DE Notre Dame

6 (203) Ryan Jensen C Colo. St.-Pueblo

7 (238) Aaron Mellette WR Elon

7 (247) Marc Anthony DB California

Domo's Take: Because of the offseason losses at both safety and linebacker, the Ravens need both Elam and Brown to step right in and start as rookies. Brown played inside and outside at Kansas State. He'll be moved inside in the Ravens' 3-4 scheme, where both Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbee are gone. Williams gives the Ravens some scheme versatility inside.


1 (21) Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame

2 (37) Gio Bernard RB North Carolina

2 (53) Margus Hunt DE SMU

3 (84) Shawn Williams DB Georgia

4 (118) Sean Porter LB Texas A&M

5 (156) Tanner Hawkinson G Kansas

6 (190) Rex Burkhead RB Nebraska

6 (197) Cobi Hamilton WR Arkansas

7 (240) Reid Fragel OT Ohio State

7 (251) T.J. Johnson C South Carolina

Domo's Take: Tight end wasn't a position of need for the Bengals. But Eifert was too good to pass up at 21. Eifert and incumbent TE Jermaine Gresham both create matchup problems for defenses. Expect the Bengals to pair the two of them together a lot.


1 (6) Barkevious Mingo DE LSU

3 (68) Leon McFadden DB San Diego State

6 (175) Jamoris Slaughter DB Notre Dame

7 (217) Armonty Bryant DE East Central Okla.

7 (227) Garrett Gilkey OT Chadron State

Domo's Take: After using their second-round pick in last year's supplemental draft on WR Josh Gordon, the Browns only had two picks in the first five rounds. Pass-rushing Mingo has a lot of potential, but it didn't always translate into production at LSU.


1 (17) Jarvis Jones LB Georgia

2 (48) Le'Veon Bell RB Michigan State

3 (79) Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State

4 (111) Shamarko Thomas DB Syracuse

4 (115) Landry Jones QB Oklahoma

5 (150) Terry Hawthorne DB Illinois

6 (186) Justin Brown WR Oklahoma

6 (206) Vince Williams LB Florida State

7 (223) Nick Williams DB Samford

Domo's Take: With the departure of OLB James Harrison, Jones fills the Steelers' No. 1 need. Bell will get a chance to start immediately. Landry Jones should beat out veteran Bruce Gradkowski for the backup job to Big Ben.



1 (27) DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson

2 (57) D.J. Swearinger DB South Carolina

3 (89) Brennan Williams OT North Carolina

3 (95) Sam Montgomery DE LSU

4 (124) Trevardo Williams LB Connecticut

6 (176) David Quessenberry OT San Jose State

6 (195) Alan Bonner WR Jacksonville St.

6 (198) Chris Jones DT Bowling Green

6 (201) Ryan Griffin TE Connecticut

Domo's Take: The Texans needed to find a wideout to complement Andre Johnson and got a good one in Hopkins, a 6-1, 214-pounder with 10-inch hands and terrific ball skills. After losing OLB Connor Barwin in free agency, the Texans added a pair of potential replacements in Montgomery and T. Williams.


1 (24) Bjoern Werner DE Florida State

3 (86) Hugh Thornton G Illinois

4 (121) Khaled Holmes C Southern Cal

5 (139) Montori Hughes DT Tenn.-Martin

6 (192) John Boyett DB Oregon

7 (230) Kerwynn Williams RB Utah State

7 (254) Justice Cunningham TE South Carolina

Domo's Take: Colts had just two of the top 120 selections. Werner was a good first-round pickup given that their only quality edge rusher is 32-year-old Robert Mathis. Colts are trying to build a bigger, more physical offensive line in front of Andrew Luck. Thornton, a 320-pound third-rounder, brings guard-or-tackle versatility.


1 (2) Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M

2 (33) Johnathan Cyprien DB Fla. International

3 (64) Dwayne Gratz DB Connecticut

4 (101) Ace Sanders WR South Carolina

5 (135) Denard Robinson RB Michigan

6 (169) Josh Evans DB Florida

7 (208) Jeremy Harris DB New Mexico State

7 (210) Demetrius McCray DB Appalachian St.

Domo's Take: Jags avoided the temptation to get a much-needed pass rusher with their first pick and solidified their offensive line with the selection of Joeckel. Cyprien and Gratz should provide immediate help to the secondary.


1 (10) Chance Warmack G Alabama

2 (34) Justin Hunter WR Tennessee

3 (70) Blidi Wreh-Wilson DB Connecticut

3 (97) Zaviar Gooden LB Missouri

4 (107) Brian Schwenke C California

5 (142) Lavar Edwards DE LSU

6 (202) Khalid Wooten DB Nevada

7 (248) Daimion Stafford DB Nebraska

Domo's Take: Warmack and free-agent signee Andy Levitre give the Titans a potent guard tandem. Hunter needs to add some weight, but at 6-4 is a big target. Gooden was one of the fastest LBs in the draft (4.4). We'll find out if speed translates into production at the next level.



1 (28) Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina

2 (58) Montee Ball RB Wisconsin

3 (90) Kayvon Webster DB South Florida

5 (146) Quanterus Smith DE W. Kentucky

5 (161) Tavarres King WR Georgia

6 (173) Vinston Painter OT Virginia Tech

7 (234) Zac Dysert QB Miami (Ohio)

Domo's Take: Broncos needed to get an inside linebacker in this draft and failed to do so. Ball is a talented back but was ridden hard and put away wet at Wisconsin. After lugging the ball 663 times the last 2 years, there are concerns about just how much gas is left in his tank.


1 (1) Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan

3 (63) Travis Kelce TE Cincinnati

3 (96) Knile Davis RB Arkansas

4 (99) Nico Johnson LB Alabama

5 (134) Sanders Commings DB Georgia

6 (170) Eric Kush C California (Pa.)

6 (204) Braden Wilson RB Kansas State

7 (207) Mike Catapano LB Princeton

Domo's Take: Athletic Fisher will be a good fit for the Chiefs' zone-blocking scheme. They used their second-round pick in the Alex Smith trade. Davis is a big back with 4.3 speed who gives the Chiefs another rushing weapon.


1 (12) D.J. Hayden DB Houston

2 (42) Menelik Watson OT Florida State

3 (66) Sio Moore LB Connecticut

4 (112) Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas

6 (172) Nick Kasa TE Colorado

6 (181) Latavius Murray RB Central Florida

6 (184) Mychal Rivera TE Tennessee

6 (205) Stacy McGee DT Oklahoma

7 (209) Brice Butler WR San Diego State

7 (233) David Bass DT Missouri Western

Domo's Take: The Raiders didn't drive a hard enough bargain on their Round 1 tradedown but still walked away with Hayden, whom many considered the draft's top corner. Watson and Moore both were excellent value picks, and Wilson could turn out to be a fourth-round steal.


1 (11) D.J. Fluker OT Alabama

2 (38) Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame

3 (76) Keenan Allen WR California

5 (145) Steve Williams DB California

6 (179) Tourek Williams LB Fla. International

7 (221) Brad Sorensen QB Southern Utah

Domo's Take: Chargers' o-line was a mess last year and Fluker will step right in and start at right tackle. With Takeo Spikes gone, Te'o will be given every opportunity to win a starting ILB job. Allen was excellent value in the third round.

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