Updated: January 23, 2014, 12:37 PM ET

Post-draft grade: B-


Summary: As I wrote in April, the Dolphins didn't have to give up a lot to move from No. 12 to No. 3, but it put an extra onus on them to get some value with that pick. And while Jordan flashes a ton of ability, he was highly ranked on my board, and we really don't know if he can stay on the field in a starter's role long term. He was a situational player who was on the field for about 30 percent of snaps as a rookie, during which he showed he can get to the QB. But if you're on the sideline that often, we have to take it into account because that's your coaches concealing things you can't do. After that? Well, there's not much to evaluate. I'm not sure any team in the NFL saw less from a rookie class. Sturgis did a decent job at kicker, but it's quiet elsewhere. This draft doesn't look as hot a year later, but Jordan has talent.

New grade: D+



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: Is there a star in this draft, or even a Pro Bowl-caliber player? Maybe not. But that doesn't mean the Patriots didn't do an incredible job of plugging gaps with rookies they drafted and those they picked up as undrafted free agents to keep the ship afloat as long as they did. According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Patriots played 13 rookies in total and ranked second in rookie snaps. The Patriots again traded out of Round 1, and got Collins as their first pick at No. 52 overall. Collins wasn't a factor early, but came on late in the season and was particularly impressive in showing he'll be able to drop and cover. Ryan led NFL rookies in interceptions. The worry about getting early help at wide receiver was justified. Dobson will need to be better, and the Patriots missed a chance to take a better wide receiver, had they held onto the first-round pick -- Cordarrelle Patterson and Robert Woods come to mind. But Kenbrell Thompkins provided some value on the cheap.

Elsewhere, plugging the D-line with undrafted Chris Jones and Joe Vellano, while not perfect, was certainly resourceful. The Patriots stuck to their strategy of looking for more players and thus more chances to develop talent. It'll be interesting to see if they target more impact, as opposed to roster duct tape, in the 2014 draft. Bill Belichick deserves a lot of credit for utilizing these guys to the best of their ability, but there isn't anyone who wows you in this class. Still, the grade definitely jumps.

New grade: B



Post-draft grade: C-


Summary: Well, the Bills are due for a bump. Last April I summarized: "The Bills hit needs, I just think they made a major reach with the biggest need of all, so that value gained from the added picks was in some ways squandered on Manuel." If you recall, the Bills traded down and added picks, but then they drafted Manuel at No. 16, which I simply thought was too high. Manuel had his moments, but he mostly just looked like a rookie QB and we're still not sure if the Bills have a solution at the game's most important position. But they clearly deserve a bump for value added later. Alonso was my top rookie of 2013 league-wide due to overall impact, Woods should be a pretty good No. 2 wide receiver and Goodwin added some value. They also get credit for Nickell Robey, one of the better undrafted signings in terms of early value. Decent return so far, but much is wrapped up in Manuel.

New grade: B



AFC North

Post-draft grade: A-


Summary: General manager Ozzie Newsome and assistant GM Eric DeCosta always seem to do a good job, but the early returns here were just OK, and the grade dips a little. Elam played better late in the season, but is probably a better fit at strong safety and likely will move there. Brown just didn't deliver the impact I thought he was capable of as a rookie. So would you rather have Elam and Brown, or Swearinger and Te'o if you were looking for help at safety and inside linebacker in the first two rounds? Elam and Brown could be just fine, but grading early returns, you might prefer the other pair, which was an option. Marlon Brown was an undrafted steal and caught 49 passes, and Juszczyk is going to be a good H-back. Elsewhere, Wagner has the upside of a starter. Development should come.

New grade: B-



Post-draft grade: A-


Summary: I really liked the Bengals' draft, and gave it one of my top grades. I wrote: "The Bengals seem to be a groove with the draft, the only downside being the picks that came via the Carson Palmer deal are now spent. It was fun while it lasted." It sure was fun, especially when you consider that extra second-round pick turned into Giovani Bernard, who was easily one of the top rookies this season, and not only ran the ball well but was second among all rookies in catches. Eifert wasn't a star, but he could become a major player here, and he had a catch in every game, which isn't easy to do when there are good weapons all over this offense. Hunt saw some time, but we don't know if he'll ever become a player. There really isn't much after that, but the first two picks look fine, and this wasn't a team with major holes going in. I think the grade holds up OK.

New grade: B+



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: I gave this draft a decent grade because I thought it hit some needs pretty well and did so with experienced, proven players that, while lacking eye-popping physical traits, seemed equipped to play right away. Jones epitomizes that, and while his sack total was a disappointment, given his college reputation, he probably wasn't as bad as some thought. He held up decently against the run and did pick up 25 hurries. He should get better. The impact pick was Bell, who finished the season with 860 yards rushing after missing the first few weeks. A guy to watch is linebacker Vince Williams, who got more than 400 snaps and played pretty well in spots, which is a good get for a gut in the sixth. I also think Thomas can be a player in this league. Not great, not bad at all overall.

New grade: B-



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: I was skeptical about early impact from this class. At the time I wrote: "Mingo adds depth at outside linebacker, but he's going to need some developmental work because he played with his hand on the ground at LSU. After that, there isn't a lot here that you'll see in 2013." The whole system issue may have been overstated, but the fact that Mingo still needs development wasn't. He's just not a three-down player at this point, and was pretty inconsistent with his pass rush. After that? Well, there isn't much at all. McFadden got some decent reps late and could start next season, but it's all wait-and-see after that.

New grade: C-



AFC South

Post-draft grade: B+


Summary: The Jags had one of their better drafts in years, I thought. While the team struggled early (to say the least), it came with getting the rookie class a lot of experience, and we saw improved play down the stretch. Joeckel will have to come back healthy, but should be a pretty good player when he does. Cyprien was a wreck early in the season -- and then was one of the more improved players in the league in the second half.  Sanders had 51 catches, Gratz played pretty well later, and other rookies such as Evans and Abry Jones also got good reps. This wasn't a special class, but the Jags got production and built some character.

New grade: B



Post-draft grade: B+


Summary: This grade drops a bit after a season. While the Titans got a pair of starters on the interior of the offensive line in Warmack and Schwenke, the play from that pair was just average and will hopefully improve next season. Hunter had some development left and should get better, but didn't have a big impact with just 18 catches, though the QB situation wasn't a big help. After that, it's a lot of wait-and-see. Wreh-Wilson could be counted upon in a bigger role next season, particularly if Alterraun Verner is elsewhere, but he should be ready and did a decent job late. Not a bad draft so far, but there's development needed.

New grade: C+



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: In April I wrote: "I thought the Texans would go with DeAndre Hopkins at No. 27, and they did. Andre Johnson will be 32 in Week 1 of this season, and soaked up an absurd 58 percent of their wide receiver targets in 2012. Hopkins gives them a legit No. 2." I think that stands up pretty well, the only problem being what happened with the guys throwing Johnson and Hopkins the ball. But Hopkins still finished with 802 yards receiving, second among all rookies. Swearinger was also a starter and, by the end of the season, a pretty good one at strong safety. Elsewhere, Griffin caught some passes late, and undrafted Dennis Johnson got some run. Assuming Hopkins and Swearinger are long-term starters and potentially good players, this draft is pretty decent.

New grade: B



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: Unfortunately, my grade even at the time was probably a little high. I summarized then: "Not in love with the first pick, and I'm pretty surprised the Colts didn't get a cornerback or a wide receiver -- I saw both as needs." They did end up with a wide receiver in Da'Rick Rogers, a player I once saw as a potential first- or second-rounder who couldn't stick at Tennessee and fell off many boards. But Rogers didn't play a big role. Neither did Werner, who was on the field for about 30 percent of defensive snaps and didn't give the Colts much of a pass rush when he did play. He can get better, but there should be some concern regarding ceiling. Thornton started, but struggled. The decision to deal a first-round pick for Trent Richardson doesn't factor in here, but it will hurt in May.

New grade: C-



AFC West

Post-draft grade: B+


Summary: Don't say I didn't tell you about my offensive rookie of the year pick. My grades noted: "Keenan Allen wasn't a huge need, but he's got the tape of a first-rounder, so expect impact from him. He's got a lot of ability and is a couple years younger than many of the other top wideouts in this draft." A ton of catches later, he's a total steal for the Chargers. Fluker was really up-and-down and simply has to improve as a pass-blocker, but he certainly gave them reps. I thought Te'o was a steal at No. 38 overall, and while he was far more tentative than I expected, he should go into next season with the starting job and the hope of improving. Sixth-rounder Tourek Williams also got a lot of time. We'll see if Fluker and Te'o take the next step, but Allen is already there. Good draft so far.

New grade: A-



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: If you just base it on production from the rookie class, this would be considered a pretty disappointing draft. But there's more to it than that. The Chiefs' single greatest need going into the 2013 offseason was to fix the QB situation, and while Alex Smith isn't Joe Montana, it's pretty clear they got the best return from a QB that came via the price of a draft pick. The trade with the 49ers now looks pretty good, and Smith was solid if not spectacular, and aided a huge turnaround. After that? Well, there are questions. We knew Fisher faced a tough transition, and simply moving to the right side isn't some transitional cure. It showed. He was better late, but he didn't play to the level of a top pick. Davis could be good, but can he hang onto the ball? Cornerback Marcus Cooper counts with the rookie class, and while he flashed well, he also got exposed badly when he faced better QBs. The Chiefs got a QB, and that helps the grade, but we still need another season or two to see what else they got.

New grade: B-



Post-draft grade: B-


Summary: I didn't think the Broncos hit needs particularly well, and I bring that up now because while this is a good roster, the top need I wanted them to hit was to find another pass-rusher. I don't think they could have foreseen all of the issues with Von Miller, and then his injury, but they could use an extra pass-rusher now. Still, it's hard to complain with this front office, and the draft certainly wasn't bad. Williams has been useful, if not too valuable, and Ball has provided depth. I considered Webster a reach in the third, but at least he's seen the field. The grade dips a little bit, but again, this front office has maneuvered well.

New grade: C+



Post-draft grade: B-


Summary: The big sticking point for me with the Raiders' draft is the fact that they held the No. 3 overall pick when it started, and I was concerned they didn't assure themselves a quality starter. I noted then: "The Raiders were smart to move down, but I'm a little surprised they took D.J. Hayden at No. 12 overall. I knew he could go that high, but I still consider it a bit of a risk." Also: "I think the Raiders didn't get enough out of what started as a No. 3 pick, but they got better this weekend. Not bad." But it looks worse today, because given the state of the roster, I'd have thought they'd know more about this class by now. Hayden landed on IR with a sports hernia, but was just OK when he played. Moore was a pick I really liked and is probably the bright spot of the class. Rivera can be a good player, and the Raiders also get credit for getting some decent play out of Matt McGloin, but it's not like that QB situation is settled. The Raiders got some players, but not enough back for picking at No. 3, and the jury is still out in most spots.

New grade: C



NFC East

Post-draft grade: B+


Summary: I thought they did a nice job, particularly on the value side, and I gave them one of the better grades in the draft. After a season, I think it holds up pretty well. Johnson struggled early, but we expected that from a guy who'd been playing QB in junior college a couple of years earlier. And Johnson was pretty darn good at right tackle for the last 10 or so games. He was as good as any other rookie at tackle. Ertz saw more of the ball late in the season and looks like a long-term starter; same story with third-rounder Logan, who can be a disruptive player on the inside. Barkley didn't do anything, but he was a fourth-round pick, so it's not as if the onus was on Philly to make that pick work. Wolff offered decent depth. The grade stays high as a pretty good team added key help.

New grade: B+



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: When I graded the draft then, I wrote, "I had linebacker as a big need for them, but the Giants haven't drafted a linebacker in Round 1 since Carl Banks … in 1984. No surprise they didn't take one, but I'm pretty surprised they didn't take one at all." The Giants took Pugh in Round 1, and, although he played much better late in the year, he struggled early, and that hurt. And linebacker? Well, Alec Ogletree, Manti Te'o and Kiko Alonso all came off the board in the next 20 picks, and all could have helped this team. Jon Beason played OK, but that position is still a major problem. Looking back, the one issue that still remains with the Pugh pick for me was that he was the seventh offensive lineman off the board, and we were only at pick No. 19. So, in terms of the value at the position, you knew you took a hit there. Elsewhere, I thought Moore was a pretty good scratch-off ticket in Round 3, and he could still help them, but he had minimal impact. Hankins also gave them some good reps late in the year on the defensive line. But that's about it.

New grade: C



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: The Dallas draft looks better today than it did the night I handed out grades. At the time, I was critical not just of the fact that they didn't get enough pick value in return for trading down but that, after moving down, they added a player in Frederick I felt they could have gotten in Round 2 (still believe that). That said, Frederick was very good and turned what had been a revolving door position into a spot of stability. You can't say Dallas didn't improve appreciably at a need position there. Williams in Round 3 was a solid get, and he became a bigger factor in the Dallas offense and was among the top five rookie pass-catchers. Escobar is blocked by Jason Witten but will be a starter. Wilcox isn't ready to start, but he was forced to and provided at least some value. Randle has the upside of a No. 1 back and got 54 carries. Holloman saw action, but it wasn't pretty. Overall, the draft looks better today; it's just still hard for me to believe a defensive lineman wasn't a part of the haul, given the age of that group.

New grade: B



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: At the time, I called it an OK draft because of the depth added at need spots despite the fact that Washington didn't pick until No. 51 thanks to the Robert Griffin III trade. That point on depth still holds, although the Redskins had to play rookies in the secondary far more than they probably would have liked, and sloppy coverage and tackling in the secondary was a problem all year. Amerson and Rambo saw a lot of time, but again, probably way too much -- those guys just aren't getting as many reps on a better defense. The steal here was Reed, whom they got at No. 85. He was on track to challenge Keenan Allen as the top pass-catcher among rookies before an injury sidelined him for the season. If Reed comes back strong, the grade goes up, but this draft also is measured by RG III's progress into next season. Here's hoping Jay Gruden can bring the best out of him.

New grade: C+



NFC North

Post-draft grade: B+


Summary: At the time, I wrote, "I love what Green Bay got out of this draft, particularly at two spots -- defensive end and running back." After one season, I still love what the Packers got at running back, as Lacy has been everything they could have hoped for and completely changes the manner in which this offense can threaten you. But we'll need to see more from Jones, who was OK but not great and isn't yet a first-team player. But the draft was crucial elsewhere. Bakhtiari wasn't drafted under the idea he'd be protecting Aaron Rodgers' blind side, but that's what happened. And, although he wasn't above average at the position, he didn't embarrass himself and has a chance to stick there with continued improvement. Believe it or not, that's a compliment for a rookie fourth-rounder. Name another rookie who played a whole season at left tackle. Fifth-rounder Hyde also was good in a return role. Not a bad start for this draft class, and you have to believe Jones can and will give them more.

New grade: B+



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: If you say the Vikings got a lot of reps from their rookie class in this draft, let's just keep one thing in mind: They drafted three times in Round 1. Considering they had some holes and depth questions at several spots, it's a given they were going to get some guys who should be playing early. But they also needed decent impact, and so far I think it's fair to say we don't yet know what they have. I loved the Floyd pick, but he's just been solid depth behind Kevin Williams. I think Rhodes will be a pretty good NFL corner, but he had his share of hiccups and was a liability early in the season. Patterson was dynamic in the return game, but he was more of a tertiary threat in the passing game. I think he'll grow there, however, as we knew he needed some refinement as a route runner, and QB play in Minny was a mess. The Vikes also got a good punter, but that's it. They did get players, but the return is marginal so far given the pick placement they had, so I think they drop a little.

New grade: C+



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: Great draft, especially when you include the calls made on Day 3 to snag free agents, which we do here. But to recap, remember the Lions had one of the interesting pivot points in the draft. I thought they'd go either defensive end or cornerback at No. 5. And, although I liked the Ansah pick, I wrote then that Detroit fans will keep a close eye on Dee Milliner, too. Well, Ansah was no star, but he showed a lot of promise (led all rookies in sacks) and Milliner really struggled. So did Slay, whom they took in Round 2, but he has a chance to bounce back, and at least played a lot. Warford (Round 3) was a stud all year at guard, and Taylor (Round 4) provided solid depth at DE. Martin was a fix at punter, plus undrafted LaAdrian Waddle looks like the future at right tackle and undrafted Joseph Fauria was a red zone machine at tight end and seems destined for a bigger role. The draft doesn't end at Mr. Irrelevant, and Detroit showed why.

New grade: A



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: The Bears got a lot of snaps from their rookie class in 2013. The problem is it might have been too many. They did a good job of finding starting-capable players along the offensive line in guard Long and right tackle Mills, but, although Long got better over the course of the season, Mills had his share of struggles and will need to improve to maintain a starting role long term. He started in Chicago but probably wouldn't for most teams. The Bears also had to call on both rookie draft picks at linebacker, Bostic and Greene, and, although Bostic in particular showed the potential of a future starter, neither made anyone forget Brian Urlacher, and both still have some developmental work to do. That said, I thought the Greene pick was a great get and said so at the time, and I hope he continues to improve. It's hard to knock this draft class because the Bears really did hit needs and got a lot of playing time. Development will mean those needs become long-term solutions.

New grade: B-



NFC South

Post-draft grade: B


Summary: The good grade I gave Tampa Bay holds up pretty well. You have to factor in the fact that Darrelle Revis was a part of the draft, given that they traded a first-round pick to get him. Revis wasn't quite the dominating presence he was with the Jets, but he's still an upper-tier cornerback, and he played better than you'd expect from a rookie first-round pick, although at about eight times the price against the cap. Banks was up and down, but he goes into Year 2 as a starter, and Glennon provided the team a spark after Josh Freeman got off to a horrible start, although the jury is still out on whether he'll be the long-term solution at QB. Spence was a below-average starter but did get a lot of experience. An underrated move was the addition of Tim Wright, who caught 54 passes, second to only Vincent Jackson. The Bucs struggled, and that allowed rookies to step in, but the rookie class, and Revis, certainly made them better.

New grade: B-



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: In my grades in April, I praised Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons for making an aggressive move up the board to get Trufant because I believed several teams drafting just before them could take Trufant if they didn't move up and they had a desperate need at corner. And, although they've been successful in moving up in the past (Julio Jones), not only did that pick work out but moves they made soon after the draft worked out pretty well, too. They added Paul Worrilow and Joplo Bartu as undrafted free agents, and both of those guys ended up starting at linebacker. Second-rounder Alford had his ups and downs, but he also saw a lot of playing time and will be a key player for them going forward. Toilolo could continue to develop as a matchup threat at tight end. There isn't much after that so far, but Atlanta made up for the traded third-rounder and maintains a decent grade in my mind.

New grade: B



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: When you consider the Saints had only five picks, I'd say they did a pretty good job in getting some immediate return, and I think they deserve a bump. Vaccaro filled a big need at safety, and, although he had his struggles, he never came off the field and was really good over the second half of the season. Jenkins gave them some good depth as a run-stuffer on the inside and should play a bigger role going forward. Armstead filled in at left tackle at the end of the season and didn't do too badly, and Stills had 641 yards receiving and was a good value in the fifth round. That's pretty good return for a playoff team that had only five picks.

New grade: B+



Post-draft grade: C+


Summary: My comments from the end of the draft hold up reasonably well today. At the time, I said the Panthers did a great job of addressing a big need to shore up the point of attack on the interior of the defense by adding Lotulelei and Short, and the dividends were obvious as they greatly improved their ability to stop the run. I also said I thought they needed to hit a couple of other needs, at cornerback and wide receiver, and weren't able to in the draft. At cornerback, they added Melvin White as an undrafted free agent, and he ended up starting and acquitting himself pretty well. But wide receiver remains a pretty significant need going into this offseason. Overall, I think the grade holds up, and the team improved on the field in part because of the draft. But helping Cam Newton with some added weapons is important.

New grade: B-



NFC West

Post-draft grade: A-


Summary: The Rams did as well as any team in the draft when it came to hitting needs, and they also got a lot of impact. The problem for St. Louis was it again dealt with an injury to Sam Bradford, which set back the offense, and the Rams simply couldn't keep pace with the rest of the division, as they went 1-5 against Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona. But the draft still looks good, and the team probably would look better if it had played in another division. St. Louis moved up for Austin, and, although he was underused, he still had 40 catches and has star potential. Ogletree wasn't perfect by any means, but he started, didn't come off the field, made some big plays and is going to get better. McDonald is a starter going forward, and he did OK before and after he got hurt. Stacy looks like a steal, and nearly went over 1,000 yards. He'll be the starter going forward. This was a good draft, and the returns from the RG III trade give St. Louis a chance to add more impact in 2014 with the No. 2 pick in May's draft.

New grade: B+



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: If not for Mathieu, this class would take a big step back, but there's still a lot of promise, and health played a big role when it comes to early impact. Losing Cooper for the season before he got a chance to show what he was capable of was a big blow early, but he projects to start in 2014 and provide a big upgrade at guard. Minter wasn't as needed as we thought he'd be because Karlos Dansby played so well, but he didn't really play at all. Ellington showed he can be a big part of the offense, not only rushing for 652 yards but also catching 39 passes, and qualifies as a big steal. Mathieu was a stud, and the hope is he can come back from his knee injury and pick up where he left off. The grade slides a notch just because of the questions going forward, but the team took a big step forward, and rookies played a role.

New grade: B-



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: It's tough to add impact to one of the deepest rosters in the league, but the Niners did, and we could see some dividends going forward. Reid was a success story -- he stepped in at free safety and acquitted himself well. Elsewhere, Lemonier and McDonald had moments and could develop into starters. I thought Patton had the potential to play a bigger role, but he looks more like a depth option at this point. The interesting thing will be to see what becomes of Lattimore and Carradine, both of whom were drafted as guys who had no chance to play in 2013 but could provide value as soon as next season. Both carried first-round grades before suffering knee injuries. I'll keep the grade high because the Niners did get impact but could see plenty more from this class.

New grade: B



Post-draft grade: B


Summary: At the time, I had to give the Seahawks a pretty good grade because you had to assume the impact of Percy Harvin would exceed what you'd expect out of any wide receiver in this class. But, although Harvin did stay relatively healthy in Minnesota, a hip injury cost him basically the entire 2013 regular season. If he plays a big role in the Super Bowl (and in 2014 and beyond) the trade to acquire him will look better. Elsewhere, I think Michael could be a really good running back going forward, but he obviously is blocked on the depth chart. Willson was a nice value late, and Bowie also saw a lot of time. Alvin Bailey is a decent undrafted pickup. Hill could play a bigger role in the future along the D-line. It's hard to knock a draft for immediate impact when the roster was in pretty decent shape before injuries. But Harvin's success going forward means a lot.

New grade: B-



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