2013 Draft All-Value Team

By PFC Draft Lead Philip Arnold (@PhilipArnold20)

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A good way to grade how your team did in the draft is to look at the value in which they drafted players. Sometimes guys that are projected second round guys fall to the later fourth, fifth sometimes sixth rounds. Sometimes teams over reach and take a later round projected guy in early rounds. This article looks into each position, and what teams drafted the best value.

QB- Geno Smith New York Jets 2nd Round 39th pick (2.39)

A guy that nearly everyone thought would be one of the top 10 picks this draft, falls to Jets in the second round. It was surprising teams like the Bills, Jets, Browns, Eagles and Raiders passed on the opportunity to pick up Smith. The Jets finally got their hands on him in the second round. Smith was one of the best college QB’s this past year and possess a good enough skillset to be a starting QB in the NFL. He will push Mark Sanchez from day one and have the opportunity to step in and win the starting job in New York.

Honorable Mention: Matt Barkley Philadelphia Eagles 4th Round 98th pick (4.98)

May be a surprise that he went to the Eagles and their system, but would have been a first round pick last season had he come out.

RB- Jonathan Franklin Green Bay Packers 4th Round 125th pick (4.125)

In a draft where we see running backs fall further than expected, the Packers get a solid one-two punch in Franklin and Lacy. The value in which the Packers got Eddie Lacy was surprising too, but obviously the injury concerns were what caused the fall of him.  Franklin was my third best running back in this draft.  He and Lacy will battle for the starting position in Green Bay very quickly.  If the injuries with Lacy continue the Packers might have found their starting running back in the fourth round rather than the second.  On a team that has struggled to find consistency on the ground, Franklin has every chance to be the Packers starting back and carry a good work load when they line up against the 49ers come September.

Honorable Mention: Montee Ball Denver Broncos 2nd Round 58th pick (2.58)

The numbers don’t lie; Ball can find the end zone and can be immediate starter.

Honorable Mention: Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers 2nd Round 61st pick (2.61)

The clear cut number one running back sees three running backs go before him and the Packers snatch him at the end of the second round.

Honorable Mention: Marcus Lattimore San Francisco 49ers 4th Round 131st pick (4.131)

Without the devastating knee injury would have been seeing a first round call on him.  Can take it easy for a year and learn behind Frank Gore to eventually be his successor.

WR- Keenan Allen San Diego Chargers 3rd Round 76th pick (3.76)

Allen who stands at 6 foot 3 inches and 206 lbs. is one of the bigger Wide Receivers in the draft. Teams may have been scared away due to a slower 40 time but is one of the top talents in this year’s draft.  Many thought Allen would have been a round one or early two selection and falls nearly mid-way through the third.  Allen is a good route runner who attacks the ball nicely and has great hands. After adding offensive line help in the first round for Philip Rivers, the Chargers get one of the top wide receivers in the third round.

Honorable Mention: Stedman Bailey St. Louis Rams 3rd Round 92nd pick (3.92)

25 Touchdowns, 19 of which came in red zone while he only stands at 5 foot 10 inches. Adding the chemistry with Austin will pay huge dividends for Bradford.

Honorable Mention: Markus Wheaton Pittsburgh Steelers 3rd Round 79th pick (3.79)

Steelers add a player very similar to Mike Wallace who can stretch the field and can blaze defensive backs.

Honorable Mention: Da’Rick Rogers Buffalo Bills Undrafted

Remember this is based on value. Rogers without the character problems could have easily been a second to third round player. If he can keep his head straight he could be an early contributor for the Bills.

TE- Zach Ertz Philadelphia Eagles 2nd Round 35th pick (2.35)

An athletic Tight End that will fit great in the Chip Kelly scheme.  A great complement to Brent Celek and the speed the Eagles have at Wide Receiver on the outside.

Honorable Mention: Vance McDonald San Francisco 49ers 2nd Round 55th pick (2.55)

The 49ers love their dual tight ends and McDonald is a big target and a great blocker.

Honorable Mention: Tyler Eifert Cincinnati Bengals 1st Round 21st pick (1.21)

The most pure tight end in the draft.  The Bengals now with Gresham, Eifert and Green will have some fun and explosive offense in 2013.

OT- David Quessenberry Houston Texans 6th Round 176th pick (6.176)

The Texans were able to beef up their line with Quessenberry and Brennan Williams. In the 6th round I think the value on Quessenberry is great. I saw Quessenberry as a guy that could have been a fourth possibly even a third round guy. Coming from San Jose State, a team that threw 451 times he blocked for one of the best 2014 QB Senior Prospects David Fales. Quessenberry could be best suited at the guard position but gives the Texans versatility and depth on their offensive line blocking for Matt Schaub and Arian Foster.

Honorable Mention: Terron Armstead New Orleans Saints 3rd Round 75th pick

Many thought could sneak his way into the late first round and definite second lands in the Saints lap and could become the Saints starting tackle in 2013

Honorable Mention: Reid Fragel Cincinnati Bengals 7th Round 240th pick (7.240)

Fragel was thought to be a mid-round selection.  He may not be an immediate starter but adds depth behind Andre Smith.

 OG- Barrett Jones St. Louis Rams 4th Round 113th pick (4.113)

I find it shocking a kid that’s played every position on the line lands in the 4th round. Yeah, he may not be the strongest interior lineman but he offers a wide variety of positions and leadership. Not to mention he has won three national titles as a starter on the Alabama offensive which averaged 227 yards rushing per game.  Jones probably won’t be an immediate starter for the Rams but brings his toughness and winning tradition to the Rams offensive line. I’ll gladly take a kid with his mindset and versatility on my offensive line.

Honorable Mention: Chance Warmack Tennessee Titans 1st Round 10th pick (1.10)

I know all players picked in the first round have good value. But Warmack had 49 career touchdown resulting blocks and graded at 89.4 % on the season and for him to fall to 10 is value.

Honorable Mention: Larry Warford Detroit Lions 3rd Round 65th pick (3.65)

Lions can’t be too mad finding a starting guard in the third round.

Honorable Mention: David Bakhtiari Green Bay Packers 4th Round 109th pick (4.109)

Could be guard or tackle in the NFL. Great value in the fourth and could find himself on the field early in his career.

C- Khaled Holmes Indianapolis Colts 4th Round 121st pick (4.121)

Holmes was the second best center in the draft. After the Cowboys unleashed in the first round for Travis Frederick, the next two centers were not taken until the 4th round. I believe Holmes is better than Brian Schwenke who was taken before him.  Behind 7 year starter Sampson Satele, Holmes can mold into a key piece for the Colts offensive line.

DT- Jesse Williams Seattle Seahawks 5th Round 137th pick (5.137)

Many looked at Williams as a day two guy (2nd-3rd). Picking him up in the fifth is great value for the Seahawks.  Williams possess good speed, 4.90 40 time, and good upper body strength, 30 reps.  Williams is best suited against the run and was the anchor of an Alabama defensive unit that only allowed 250 yards per game and 76 rushing yards per game.  For a defensive lineman at his size and ability the fifth round is a great steal for the Seahawks.

Honorable Mention: Sharrif Floyd Minnesota Vikings 1st Round 23 pick (1.23)

A talked about top five selection falls into the Vikings lap at 23.

Honorable Mention: Kawann Short Carolina Panthers 2nd Round 44th pick (2.44)

A guy that could have went round one, pairs up to Star Lotulelei who is another great value for the Panthers.  A team that needed DT help desperately gets two great values.

DE- Tank Carradine San Francisco 49ers 2nd Round 40th pick (2.40)

The 49ers are continuing to build a very scary defense with the addition of Carradine. A first round talent that fell into the second because of a knee injury. Like their running back selection, he will be able to rest his injury and learn from one of the best in Aldon Smith.  Carradine has unbelievable athleticism and strength and the 49ers adding him in the second is great value for their defense.

Honorable Mention: Damontre Moore New York Giants 3rd Round 81st pick (3.81)

An early in the process top ten pick falls to the third round and can learn from Jason Pierre-Paul.

Honorable Mention: Cornelius Washington Chicago Bears 6th Round 188th pick (6.188)

A third to fourth round guy that falls to the Bears in the sixth round.  May not be an immediate starter but great pickup in the sixth round for the Bears.

ILB- Arthur Brown Baltimore Ravens 2nd Round 56th pick (2.56)

A thought of first round pick falls to the late second round to the Ravens. Brown could have easily been the Ravens first round selection, yet they hold out and grab him in the second. Brown could step in and be an instant starter for the Ravens at the ILB position.  One of the most athletic defensive players in the draft will thrive in the Ravens defensive scheme.

Honorable Mention: John Simon Baltimore Ravens 4th Round 129th pick (4.129)

One of the most underrated players in the draft.  I see a better player than the fourth round.

Honorable Mention: Manti Te’o San Diego Chargers 2nd Round 38th pick (2.38)

Many saw him going to the Bears or Vikings in round one, now finds his way to a starting position in the AFC West via the second round.

OLB- Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals 4th Round 103rd pick (4.103)

A guy who I and many thought would be gone way before this. Okafor in the fourth round is great value for the Cardinals.  Might be a bit of a project in the 3-4 scheme but should have no problems finding his way onto the field for the Cardinals.

Honorable Mention: Khaseem Greene Chicago Bears 4th Round 117th pick (4.117)

Former safety was one of the key pieces of a defense that allowed only 14.2 PPG. With work Greene could become a starter and impactful player for the Bears.

Honorable Mention: AJ Klein Carolina Panthers 5th Round 148th pick (5.148)

Another one of the more underrated players in the draft. With his versatility he can play multiple positions and make an immediate impact for the Panthers despite being a fifth round guy.

CB- Jordan Poyer Philadelphia Eagles 7th Round 218th pick (7.218)

I’m still wondering and in shock Poyer was even on the board past the fifth round. The Eagles, a team that needed corner help gets a thought of third to fourth round talent. He can immediately step in and be a contributor to their defense early in his career.  Instincts and physicality against the run and in press coverage are his best attributes.

Honorable Mention: Sanders Commings Kansas City Chiefs 5th Round 134th pick (5.134)

Great size and speed for the corner position.  Tremendous upside that could possibly even become a safety in the NFL.

Honorable Mention: Jamaar Taylor Miami Dolphins 2nd Round 54th pick (2.54)

Many thought would go late in the first round. Apart of a defensive unit that only allowed four passing touchdowns in 2012.

Honorable Mention: Steve Williams San Diego Chargers 5th Round 145th pick (5.145)

Extremely athletic with great speed. Could find himself on the field early in his career in nickel and dime packages.

Safety- Shamarko Thomas Pittsburgh Steelers 4th Round 111th pick (4.111)

Shamarko left Syracuse a year early to enter the draft. Had he stay for his senior season I think you’re looking at a first to second round guy next year. Will fit perfectly into the Steelers defensive scheme with his athleticism and the tenacity he plays with. He may be a bit undersized but Troy Polamalu isn’t getting any younger and Thomas could find his way on the field early in his career.

Honorable Mention: Philip Thomas Washington Redskins 4th Round 119th pick (4.119)

Plays at a high level and could find himself as a starter on the Redskins struggling secondary early in his career.

Honorable Mention: D.J. Swearinger Houston Texas 2nd Round 57th pick (2.57)

Ed Reed is late in his career.  Swearinger will find himself in nickel and dime packages early and take over once Ed Reed is falling apart.

Honorable Mention: Tyrann Mathieu Arizona Cardinals 3rd Round 69th pick (3.69)

A lot of off the field concerns, but would have been the leading Heisman candidate and one of the best DB’s in college football this past season had he been on the field.