NFL Draft 2013 Recap and Analysis

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Another season, another 254 NFL draft prospects have found new teams. As soon as the draft ended on Saturday evening, the 32 NFL franchises delved into their lists of undrafted free agents. But for those of us with the desire for even more football, that part of the process is not televised or broadly analyzed.

Instead of repeatedly refreshing a webpage or waiting anxiously for news to come through of what other players have been added to your team’s training camp roster, now is as good a time as any to take a step back and inhale everything that has just concluded.

Arizona Cardinals
It’s notable that after taking left guard Jonathan Cooper in the first round, the Cardinals only took one more offensive linemen. That being Earl Warford in the fourth round who could be an immediate starter at the other guard position.

Outside of that, Bruce Arians and his regime made some very intriguing additions. Kevin Minter, second round, should fit perfectly alongside Daryl Washington at Paris Lenon’s departed inside linebacker spot. The enigmatic Tyrann Mathieu will go from suspended LSU cornerback to starting free safety, while Ryan Swope, Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington were all excellent value skill-position players on offense in the latter rounds.

Mathieu is the addition that really stands out. His projection to the NFL was always difficult for scouts because the ball always found it’s way into his hands, but his size would be a major problem for matching up to receivers or tight ends in coverage. As a free safety, Mathieu will limit what the Cardinals can do somewhat, while NFC West teams will feel that they can consistently run at him on the second level.

Playing behind Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Minter and Daryl Washington will at least make it difficult for teams to find their way to Mathieu.

Atlanta FalconsAfter landing their perfect cornerback prospect in the first round, the Falcons took another very talented player at a position of need in the second round, Robert Alford. Alford and Trufant will join Asante Samuel and Robert McClain in the secondary, as the Falcons look to contain the high-powered passing offenses in the NFC South.

The Falcons’ whole draft was seemingly concentrated on crafting a defense better suited to stop Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Josh Freeman. By adding Malliciah Goodman, a versatile pass-rushing defensive lineman, in the fourth round, and Stansly Maponga, an aggressive defensive end, in the fifth round, the Falcons also gave themselves some potential remedies to their pass-rushing problems in recent seasons.

Baltimore Ravens

Is this the man to replace Ray Lewis in Baltimore? Ozzie Newsome thinks so.

This outing from Ozzie Newsome was a little perplexing for me. His first round pick of Matt Elam made a lot of sense, Elam is an aggressive in the box safety who will seamlessly slip into Bernard Pollard’s old role on defense. A trade up for versatile linebacker Arthur Brown appeared to round out a group of front seven personnel that is clearly the most versatile in the NFL.

However, after the first two rounds, the Ravens continued to add to a front seven that was already overcrowded with talent. Defensive tackle

Brandon Williams, who arrived in the third round, appears to be very similar to current Ravens’ defensive tackle Terrance Cody. John Simon, an Ohio State defensive end, was taken in the fourth round. Simon is a versatile edge-defender, but the Ravens already have three of those on the roster in Elvis Dumervil, Courtney Upshaw and Terrell Suggs.

Of course, Newsome could have just seen these prospects as special players, but they will only have 53 roster spots come September and the Ravens didn’t really address their needs at cornerback or wide receiver.

Buffalo Bills
The Bills made the most interesting move of the first round when they traded down to take quarterback EJ Manuel. The rest of the draft was well balanced adding key pieces to both sides of the ball, but it most certainly had new head coach Doug Marrone’s identity permeating through it.

After adding Manuel, the Bills made a statement about building a better offense when they took USC wide receiver Robert Woods in the second round. Woods is a dynamic player and an excellent route-runner who was somewhat overlooked because of who he played across from in college, Marquis Lee. With Woods in the second round, the Bills then added Marquise Goodwin’s speed in the fourth round.

Goodwin is a verticle threat who could be moved around the field by Marrone in the way his previous franchise, the New Orleans Saints, move their talent around the field. With Stevie Johnson, Woods, TJ Graham, Spiller and Goodwin on the field, not to mention Brad Smith and Scott Chandler, the Bills’ offense is set to be one of the more dynamic units in the league.

With his offense sorted, Marrone’s new regime pinpointed Dustin Hopkins as their new kicker, in the sixth round, and took Kiko Alonso, a balanced linebacker, in the second round with Woods. Alonso fits the mold of a new-age linebacker, something that is vital to understand in today’s NFL. Especially playing in a division with the New England Patriots.

Carolina PanthersThis is simple. The Panthers have ignored their needs at defensive tackle for years. It has been a major detriment to their linebackers when trying to make plays on the football. After 44 picks however, the Panthers had landed Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short to double down on defensive tackles.

Surpassed that they also took an offensive guard who needs to be developed and another running-back late on. Their three picks after the two tackles were just the icing on the cake however.

Chicago Bears
Marc Trestman gave his new quarterback, Jay Cutler, some much needed help when he took starting guard Kyle Long in the first round, but maybe more importantly he added Jordan Mills in the fifth round who could be a surprise starter at right tackle as a rookie.

Outside of that they did what was expected of them, adding three linebackers in the second, fourth and sixth rounds.

Cincinnati BengalsThe Bengals entered this off-season understanding that they had to do one of two things if they were to develop as a team: 1. Give Andy Dalton as many weapons as possible to succeed, or 2: Replace him. In the second round, they made their decision.

Having already added Tyler Eifert as a threat at tight end, the Bengals announced the re-signing of Andre Smith before selecting running-back Giovani Bernard. Bernard is landing in the perfect spot to make a major impact as a rookie, but he is not the only potential contributor the Bengals added to the backfield in this draft. Rex Burkhead arrived in the sixth round as a player who does everything that BenJarvus Green-Ellis does, except with greater athleticism.

A very athletic offensive tackle in the seventh round, Reid Fragel, is the only other offensive addition who really stands out as the Bengals focused on giving Mike Zimmer some new toys to play with.

Margus Hunt, a second round defensive lineman, should give the Bengals something they don’t have on the defensive line. The Bengals have excellent defensive ends and defensive tackles, but they don’t have a player who can seamlessly switch from the inside and the outside. Much like a Jason Jones or Derek Wolfe, Hunt offers them that potential. Along with Hunt, Zimmer also added free safety Shawn Williams, a versatile safety, and Sean Porter, a versatile outside linebacker.

If these prospects work out for the Bengals, they could add a new dimension that wasn’t previously prominent.

Cleveland Browns
This draft was supposed to be the draft that pushed the Browns’ roster over the top. Of course, without a top-tier quarterback available, that was never going to happen. The new regime in Ohio appeared to understand that and worked against the market in preparation of next season. Most teams were trying to take advantage of the depth in this year’s class, but the Browns instead grabbed a high-quality pass-rusher, Barkevious Mingo, potential starter at cornerback, Leon McFadden, and two picks in next year’s draft.

Dallas Cowboys
In a peculiar result, the value of the Cowboys’ draft is somewhat inverted. Travis Frederick wasn’t considered a first round talent by anyone who reported on the choice, some teams apparently saw him as low as a seventh-rounder, but the Cowboys took him 31st overall. Gavin Escobar was drafted in the second round to be Jason Witten’s successor, but they initially passed on Tyler Eifert when they traded down in the first round.

Escobar perfectly fits the role that Witten will be leaving, while Terrance Williams will give Romo another receiver with a different skill-set to Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. Throw in Joseph Randle, a DeMarco Murray type of running-back, in round five, and most of this draft was focused on giving their recently-signed franchise quarterback a better supporting-cast.

JJ Wilcox, a third round pick, could be an immediate starter at safety for Monte Kiffin’s defense, while B.W. Webb represents great value as a fourth round cornerback.

Outside of the first round, this could be considered a very good class for the Cowboys in the long-term.

Denver Broncos
The Broncos passed on a few options to replace Elvis Dumervil in the first round, instead favoring Sylvester Williams as an interior rusher, and didn’t add anyone to fill that role until the fifth round. In the fifth round they landed a raw edge-rusher in Quanterus Smith who will need to develop, but has the potential to be a difference-maker.

Outside of addressing their pass-rush with those additions, the Broncos only other real need that they addressed was running-back. Montee Ball was added in the second round. Although he is a big back, Ball’s most impressive impacts for the Broncos’ offense will be his pass-protection and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. That combination will stretch opposing defenses’ coverages while also not sacrificing Peyton Manning’s protection.

Tavares King, Zac Dysert and Kayvon Webster all represent intriguing developmental prospects, but King, a wide receiver, won’t feature much unless there are injuries, Webster will follow in the footsteps of Champ Bailey and Dysert will be competing with Brock Osweiler to be Manning’s backup.

Detroit Lions
Even though they have neglected the cornerback position somewhat in recent drafts, pointing to scheme as a reason to prioritize other positions, the Lions selected Darius Slay early in the second round. Slay has a meniscus injury that could make him miss the start of training camp. If that proves to be the case, then he may not be a Week 1 starter across from Chris Houston.

Although the Lions came into the draft with a desperate need for an offensive tackle, they chose to go for value at the beginning of the third round by taking Larry Warford, a guard. Warford should be an immediate starter and offer the team the balance they need on the interior of their line.

The Lions’ two biggest needs entering this draft were defensive end and offensive tackle. Although they didn’t land an offensive tackle, they did get two very athletic defensive ends in Ezekiel Ansah and Devin Taylor. Ansah is well known as a top five pick, but Taylor is a huge 6’7 athlete who will be a very intriguing fit in Jim Washburn’s front.

Green Bay Packers
Ted Thompson dances to the beat of his own drum. He always has and always will. After moving up in last year’s draft, Thompson added multiple picks in this year’s draft surpassed the first round. Datone Jones was an excellent addition in the first round, but he won’t have as big of an impact as the combination of Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin.

The Packers have had a revolving door in the backfield alongside Aaron Rodgers since Ryan Grant faded. Lacy should give them an abrasive runner who can carry the ball 20+ times a game if need be, while Franklin has more explosion but a history of fumbling the football. He only fumbled once in his final season of college football, so the Packers will be hoping that that is a result of taking to coaching well.

As the Packers always do, they spent most of the draft adding players who will help them in different ways and bolster the depth that is on their roster.

Houston Texans
After finding a perfect fit at wide receiver in round one, DeAndre Hopkins, the Texans added the toughness to the strong safety position that they crave on defense in round two. DJ Swearinger is reckless and will rack up the fines at the NFL level, but he is also incredibly intimidating and a defensive back who has the potential to consistently make plays on receivers and running-backs.

Playing in Houston with a very strong supporting cast will allow him to develop his craft as a rookie, before taking over Danieal Manning’s role at some point in the future. Defensively, the Texans also added Sam Montgomery in the third round, who fell significantly after being a first round prospect coming out of LSU, and Trevardo Williams, a fourth round pick who is said to have a high-motor. Montgomery could potentially move inside for the Texans, but both will be expected to be outside linebackers at this point.

The Texans’ most notable additions surpassed Hopkins were tight end Ryan Griffin, a potential steal as a sixth round pick, and two offensive tackles. Brennan  Williams, third round, will be competing to start at right tackle from day one, while David Quessenberry, sixth round, will be asked to be a versatile depth guy at both guard and tackle.

Indianapolis Colts
It’s no real surprise that the Indianapolis Colts made a concentrated effort to improve their offensive line this off-season. Andrew Luck can’t play the rest of this career the way he did his rookie season, or that career will be shorter than his rookie contract. Instead, their free agent additions in the off-season, tight end heavy sets and draft choices Hugh Thornton, second round guard, and Khaled Holmes, third round center, will be tasked with keeping his jersey clean.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Their first pick may have divided opinion, but having bagged Luke Joeckel, the Jaguars just repeatedly added talent and speed to their roster. Their four immediate selections after Joeckel should be immediate impact players for Gus Bradley.

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Jonathan Cyprien is one of the most versatile players coming out who is a perfect fit as the single-high safety, or Earl Thomas role, in Gus Bradley’s defense. Taking him atop the second round couldn’t have made more sense for the Jaguars. Dwayne Gratz gave them an immediate starter at cornerback in the third round. Although he’s not that tall, Gratz translates well as a press cover cornerback.

On the other side of the ball, Ace Sanders and Denard Robinson were taken in the fourth and fifth rounds respectively. Sanders is a special

special teams player(see what I did there?) who could immediately steal snaps away from Jordan Shipley in the slot, while Robinson is a project running-back who could benefit massively from the two high-quality tackles blocking for him.

Robinson and Sanders may not seem like overly impressive players, but the Jaguars don’t actually need starters at running-back or wide receiver. Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts and Maurice Jones-Drew just need to stay healthy and get greater support for the offense to really excel.

Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs’ draft was just peculiar really. Andy Reid obviously liked the talent and fits that he saw in his players, because few of them really project as starters or even as big impact players. Without a second round pick, the Chiefs took Travis Kelce, a tight end, at the start of the third round and Knile Davis, a running-back at the end of it.

Reid must see them as special playmakers in his offense because neither tight end or running-back were real needs.

The one standout addition from this class for the Chiefs could be Sanders Commings in the fifth round. Commings has a chance to become a contributor as a rookie if Dunta Robinson moves to safety. He is a long athletic cornerback who can be a mathcup player in nickel formations.

Miami Dolphins
Even though the Dion Jordan addition in round one was excellent at the time, looking back on the class in retrospect makes me wonder what the Dolphins plan to do at left tackle. The Dolphins added a solid class of players who can help them at different parts of the field, but third round pick Dallas Thomas is the only move they made on the offensive line.

Thomas could play at either tackle spot or as a guard. At this point, he or Jonathan Martin will be the starting offensive tackles for the Dolphins, unless Bryant McKinnie is signed in free agency or the Branden Albert trade is doused in the tears of a phoenix.

Minnesota Vikings
This draft was all about the first round for the Vikings, being the first team in over a decade with three first round picks will do that to you. However, adding Jeff Locke as a punter in the fifth round casts a shadow over the future of outspoken incumbent Chris Kluwe. Furthermore, seventh round inside linebacker Michael Mauti is a first round talent who fell because of three ACL tears.

New England Patriots
The Patriots just use the draft each year to mess with people. I’m certain of it. Outside of trading down to get four picks from the Minnesota Vikings, the franchise also brought in LeGarrette Blount from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Blount is a problem child of sorts who hasn’t really made much of an impression on the field, but that represents more than Jeff Demps, the player they gave up for him, who had done absolutely nothing on the field.

This draft was definitely about addressing needs for the Patriots. Most importantly, they brought in two outside receivers who can make an immediate impact in the second round, Aaron Dobson, and fourth round, Josh Boyce. Some believe that Boyce will be the better player than Dobson from day one, which gives the Patriots an interesting proposition to sift through.

Phenomenally, Bill Belichick’s team added two defensive backs from Rutgers in the third round. Logan Ryan is a cornerback who may have been selected with one eye on 2014, because the Patriots have their current starters and nickelback in place. Duron Harmon, this year’s Tavon Wilson in terms of complete wildcards, is in a similar spot with Adrian Wilson, Devin McCourty and Wilson ahead of him on the depth chart.

It was a peculiar draft for the Patriots because it seemed to make more sense that they would sell out to improve now while they have Tom Brady as close to his peak as he will be and the AFC is weak.

New Orleans Saints
Although they had just five picks by the end of the draft, the Saints did very well in addressing their needs. Kenny Vaccaro in the first round was exactly who they needed, as was Terron Armstead in the third round. Armstead is a very raw offensive tackle who probably won’t start as a rookie, but with Drew Brees’ behind him he could steal away Charles Johnson’s spot.

With their other third round pick, the Saints found a defensive tackle who could start in their 3-4 from Week 1, before adding a receiver to replace Devery Henderson’s deep threat in the fifth round with Kenny Stills.

New York Giants
The most interesting pick in this draft for the Giants was Ryan Nassib. A player who won’t play a single snap in his career if he is to reach his potential for the Giants. Jerry Reese traded up for Nassib in the fourth round because they had a much higher grade on him. The best franchises understand the value of a backup quarterback and the Giants struck gold with Nassib.

Value is what the Giants seemed to get for the most part in this. None of their selections jump of the draft sheet, but Johnathan Hankins, second round, will immediately fill a role and Damontre Moore in the third round was way too high value as a pass-rusher.

New York Jets
What to make of the New York Jets? It’s difficult to decipher this team right now. Their first round picks of Dee Milliner and Sheldon Richardson represented great value, even if Richardson’s value is a bit unorthodox.

However, from there they proved why their team has been so poorly constructed in recent years.

John Idzik is supposed to change the direction of this franchise, but with Rex Ryan as the head coach they still seem to be going in the wrong direction on offense. Geno Smith was indeed great value in the second round, but the Jets can only play one quarterback and have too many needs around their roster to invest in more than four of them. Instead of taking Smith why not add some more dynamic playmakers to the group to keep up with the high-powered offenses of today?

The only play-maker the Jets added was Chris Ivory in a trade with the New Orleans Saints. A trade that was a relatively high price for a relatively unproven talent with questionable durability. Ivory is an excellent player, but he won’t carry the offense to 30+ points a game. He needs to be part of a unit with weapons all over the field the way he was in New Orleans. But the Jets didn’t draft any other skill-position players. They took two guards, an offensive tackle and a full-back.

It’s just incredible how this franchise continues to fall behind.

Oakland Raiders
Reggie McKenzie finally has something he can be proud of in Oakland. Since he took over in Oakland he has been fixing problems from the past, but this unit will be the first one that allows him to put his imprint on the roster.

DJ Hayden was their top target in the first round and the trade down to take him allowed them to add Menelik Watson in the second round. Watson is a phenomenally gifted athlete who hasn’t been playing football for that long. With good coaching, he could turn into a star for the Raiders and allow them to move Jared Veldheer, a very good left tackle, to his more natural position at center or right tackle. With Stefan Wisniewski already there, that gives them a formidable base to build their offense off of.

Outside linebacker Sio Moore was considered a steal in the third round by many analysts, while Tyler Wilson could prove to be a starting caliber quarterback if he develops correctly behind Matt Flynn.

With limited avenues to explore entering the draft, McKenzie squeezed his draft picks for every bit of juice they could give them.

Philadelphia Eagles
Chip Kelly is known for having a flashy offense on the field, but his first draft was pretty eye-catching also. Lane Johnson was a perfect fit with his offense in the first round and so was tight end Zach Ertz who came in the second round. Even though center Jason Kelce may not agree with overlooking his brother.

The pick that really caught the eye for Kelly’s Eagles came at the start of day three when they traded up for Matt Barkley. Barkley, once considered the top player in the draft class, fell all the way to the first pick of the fourth round before the Eagles made a move up to land him. His immediate fit in the offense isn’t obvious, but his intelligence and ability to throw on the move obviously intrigued Kelly enough to pull the trigger.

Kelly is considered an offensive genius, but offensive geniuses must prove to be adaptable rather than just married to one successful scheme. In college Kelly could recruit as many players as he wanted to find the right style of talent to work in his offense. In the NFL the talent available is limited so he has to adjust his scheme to the talent that he can acquire. The selection of Barkley reflects this.

Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers have come out of this draft with talented players, but they may have taken those players at the expense of better fits for immediate success. Ben Roethlisberger is 31, but his career is that of a 35 year old. The Steelers drafted LeVeon Bell, second round, and Landry Jones, fourth round, with Roethlisberger’s  future in mind, but they didn’t necessarily get great value at those positions.

Big running-backs no longer equate to success in the NFL, at least not big running-backs who are heavily invested in or built around. Unless Bell is Adrian Peterson, spending a second round pick on him at the expense of taking an Arthur Brown or other fortification in the defensive front seven was a mistake. This class had plenty of running-back talent left in it in the latter rounds. The Steelers could easily have found a feature back there.

Landry Jones arrival in Pittsburgh is going to be met with mixed emotions. They had a chance to take Tyler Wilson when they traded a 2014 third round pick for the 14th pick in the fourth round, but instead took safety Shamarco Thomas who is an excellent fit with what they want to do. Once they missed out on Wilson and Ryan Nassib in that round, there was no real urgency to take Jones because he doesn’t stand out from others such as Zac Dysert, Tyler Bray or Matt Scott.

The Steelers did land some very intriguing talents in Markus Wheaton, third round wide receiver, Terry Hawthorne, fifth round cornerback, Justin Brown, sixth round wide receiver, and Vince Williams, sixth round linebacker, who could all become immediate contributors.

San Diego Chargers
Much like the Steelers, the Chargers landed a lot of talent in this draft, but they didn’t necessarily address all of their needs. Keenan Allen and Manti Te’o should be impact players on either side of the ball, but DJ Fluker’s inability to be an immediate starter at left tackle will hurt them, while Shaun Philips signed with the Denver Broncos as they were failing to find a replacement for him in the draft.

San Francisco 49ers
If the sport of football was defined on how each franchise was run, the Jets and 49ers would playing different sports.

Not only do the 49ers understand exactly what is needed to win in today’s league, they also understand the make-up of their roster and what that roster affords them the opportunity to do in the draft. Adding free safety Eric Reid in the first round addressed an immediate need, while tight end Vance McDonald did exactly the same in the second round.

With those immediate needs addressed, the 49ers took the most talented long-term difference-makers that were there for them. Corrnellius Carradine could turn into the steal of the draft from the second round. Carradine is a dominant pass-rusher who only fell in the draft because he may not be ready for the regular season. Corey Lemonier offers them something similar in the third round, without the injury holding him back. Adding pass-rushers to an already dominant front-seven is simply a scary proposition. Adding a rangy free-safety to the back-end is just brilliant.

But the 49ers weren’t done. Understanding that they could take risks and had surplus picks from good roster management, the 49ers took a risk on the talented wide receiver Quinton Patton in round four. Patton had question marks about his durability, but nobody doubts his ability to make plays. Then the most predictable pick in the draft was made at the end of the fourth round, when the 49ers took the previously dominant back Marcus Lattimore.

Lattimore tore his ACL twice during his college career, the second time in an incredibly gruesome moment on the field. However, his rehabilitation appears to be going very well and the 49ers are comfortable stashing him away even if he isn’t ready until 2014. At which point he could prove to be the steal of the draft replacing Frank Gore.

Seattle Seahawks
This section should come with an addendum including Percy Harvin, but it really doesn’t need to. Christine Michael, Jordan Hill, Chris Harper, Jesse Williams and Tharold Simon are all similar players in that their potential is very high but they each have individual question marks. Sounds familiar in Seattle…

Sixth round pick Spencer Ware does stand out however. Ware could be both a fullback and running-back for the Seahawks. He was an impressive runner between the tackles at LSU and offers the Seahawks another element in their backfield. Ware may not even make the roster, but as a developmental prospect he has some levels of intrigue.

St. Louis Rams
All of the talk about the Rams will surround their wide receiver additions from this draft, but the two who will really make the difference are TJ McDonald and Barrett Jones.

Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree will be impact players as rookies in various roles, but if McDonald and Jones can establish themselves as decent starters the Rams will dramatically improve. McDonald is an aggressive in the box safety who will need to create a good rapport with the underrated Darian Stewart, while if Jones can make the starting left guard position his own, the Rams will have an offensive line with no real weak spots.

Tampa Bay BuccaneersOf course Darrelle Revis will shape this draft class, but of the rookies involved, the two most intriguing additions are the two at the top.

Johnathan Banks, taken in the second round, will likely push Eric Wright across from Revis. He is a press cornerback who will afford the defense as a whole more flexibility if he translates well to the NFL. Mike Glennon, a third round quarterback, is a perfect fit for the Buccaneers’ offense and could supplant Josh Freeman in 2014 or even 2013. Freeman hasn’t exactly received a vote of confidence from the coaching staff in Tampa Bay since Greg Schiano came in and he hasn’t done much to win them over since. For that reason, Glennon’s presence could prove to be huge moving into the immediate future.

Tennessee Titans
Offensively, the Titans have carved out their offensive identity. If they don’t look to run some option-offense this year with Jake Locker it will be to the detriment of their personnel. Andy Levitre will be joined on the interior of their offensive line by rookies Chance Warmack, first round guard, and Brian Schwenke, fourth round center, while Justin Hunter’s presence on the outside makes Nate Washington expendable

Each of those additions should make Chris Johnson’s life easier and create the perfect supporting cast to run a read-option offense with Locker.

Athleticism was the theme of this draft for the Titans, as Blidi Wreh-Wilson, cornerback, and Zaviar Gooden, outside linebacker, both lead the defensive additions in the third round.

Washington Redskins
The Redskins entered this draft with one major area that needed to be improved, the secondary. They managed to do that with picks in the second round, cornerback David Amerson, fourth round, safety Philip Thomas, and sixth round, Baccari Rambo. Rambo may be the most successful pick of that group after falling very far down the draft for reasons as of yet unexplored.

Once the secondary had been retooled, Mike Shanahan’s staff set about adding more dynamic threats to the offense, because you know they were so rigid before…

Although a wide receiver could have been perfect, they instead added Jordan Reed as a dynamic receiver at tight end in the third round and Chris Thompson as an electric running-back complement in round five.

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