1 (6) – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, Louisiana State
3 (68) – Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
6 (175) – Jamoris Slaughter, S, Notre Dame
7a (217) – Armonty Bryant, DE, East Central Oklahoma
7b (227) – Garrett Gilkey, G, Chadron State
The Browns didn’t draft much, but they did the smart thing. They stayed put to grab their guy in Mingo and traded picks in the 4th & 5th round to move up a round the following year. They traded their picks wisely as they also acquired Bess. Their biggest needs were a rush LB, another CB, guards and extra line depth and some pass-catching players. They accomplished most of that with the additions of Mingo, McFadden and Bess and also set themselves up for higher talent in next year’s draft. This draft, however, may only produce 2 players who have an impact on this years team which will leave the Browns with what is likely to be another top ten pick in 2014.
Best pick: Leon McFadden – McFadden is shorter than ideal, but still should be able to get quality snaps and mesh in. He will start out as a nickel or dime corner but has the upside to be a quality corner opposite Joe Haden.
Worst pick: Barkevious Mingo – While the Browns did need a pass rusher, having offers on the table to acquire more draft picks means that Mingo will be under a microscope. He was a bit overrated from the get-go, but if he pans out, all the questions will be for naught. Still, a team with at least eleven losses in each of the past five years, they really need lots of top talent help.
1 (17) – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
2 (48) – Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
3 (79) – Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
4a (111) – Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
4b (115) – Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
5 (150) – Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
6 (206) – Vince Williams, LB, Florida State
7 (223) – Nick Williams, DT, Samford
The Steelers always seem to get “droppers” who just fit their scheme. This year they get three players that fell further than anticipated in Jarvis Jones, Shamarko Thomas and Landry Jones. They replace James Harrison with Jones who had top of the draft talent had workouts and injuries not arisen. Still, he’s a prototypical linebacker that should be able to compete for defensive player of the year right away. Bell fits the grind-it-out mold of the Steelers and Wheaton will be asked to add depth after the loss of Mike Wallace. Jones can be groomed behind Ben and gives them depth and Thomas may start before the year is over for the Steelers.
Best pick: Shamarko Thomas – Thomas in the 4th round is great value and provides the depth they need for depth and to replace Clark/Polamalu relatively soon.
Worst Pick: Le’Veon Bell – Being the worst pick doesn’t necessarily make you a bad pick, as is the case with Bell. He may have been slightly over-drafted, but he fits a need to replace Mendenhall, even with the depth they currently possess.
1 (21) – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
2a (37) – Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
2b (53) – Margus Hunt, DE, Southern Methodist
3 (84) – Shawn Williams, SS, Georgia
4 (118) – Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
5 (156) – Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
6a (190) – Rex Burkhead, RB, Nebraska
6b (197) – Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
7a (240) Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio State
7b (251) T.J. Johnson, C, South Carolina
The Bengals first round pick was nothing short of a surprise as they took the gobs of value in Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert over other, more pressing needs. Still, you could see that they knew who they wanted in the first few rounds as they were one of the fastest teams to hand in their cards and, as per usual, stayed put with where they were. Going into the draft they needed to get Andy Dalton help as well as filling their one glaring hole in SS. They did just that with three of their first four picks and then take a project at a position that they have plenty of talent and depth with the freakishly athletic Margus Hunt. Their final few picks were used on another running back, a wide receiver and then depth along the offensive line to put together yet another solid draft for the Bengals.
Best pick: Tyler Eifert – In most cases, taking a player at tight end when you already have a two-time pro bowler after that player’s third year would be labeled as lunacy. In the Bengals case, however, it was genius as they grabbed a guy many tabbed a top-10 talent in this draft who can really give this team a Patriots offense feel as they can now dominate teams in the short and middle portions of the field to more easily open up the always dangerous A.J. Green.
Worst pick: Giovani Bernard – Much like the Steelers with Bell, Bernard is still a good draft pick as he gives them the pass-catching elusive back to pair with the steady, powerful Benjarvus Green-Ellis. However, he is the worst of what is a very strong draft with what looks like no bad picks.
1 (32) – Matt Elam, S, Florida
2 (56) – Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
3 (94) – Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
4a (129) – John Simon, DE, Ohio State
4b (130) – Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
5 (168) – Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
6a (200) – Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE, Notre Dame
6b (203) – Ryan Jensen, OT, Colorado State-Pueblo
7a (238) – Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
7b (247) – Marc Anthony, CB, California
Ozzie Newsome does it again! He puts together a stellar draft where he gets the players he wants to replace two future hall of famers with his first two picks. The biggest issue I have is that he waited 130 picks to take his first offensive player, but he had two glaring holes he needed to fill then added quality depth and clearly stuck to his own board. Elam and Brown should start right away and Williams will give them depth on the defensive line, as well. The biggest question mark lies with the drafting of Kyle Juszczyk when you have Vonta Leach who has been awarded with each of the last three all-pros and pro bowl nominations at full back.
Best pick – Arthur Brown: Linebacker was a need and Newsome and the Bengals loved Brown so much they traded up to get the player that they coveted. He should start right away and provides the versatility that the Ravens covet to play plenty of snaps for the Super Bowl Champions
Worst pick – Kyle Juszczyk: Again, drafting value is one thing, but to use a pick at fullback when you have arguably the best player at that position is a head-scratcher. This is especially puzzling at a position that many don’t put a major premium in, even with the value provided by Juszczyk.