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Grading the 2013 NFL Draft

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Let’s take a time machine back to the 2013 draft, we could? Headlined by a trio of offensive tackles, the trenches showcased awfully well inside the first few selections of Day 1. While eventual headliners Travis Kelce, Keenan Allen and Tyrann Mathieu had to attend until Day 2 to listen to their name called, let’s take a deep dive into the highest half, rating each of the primary 10 picks and breaking down how each player progressed now nine years into the long run.

Eric Fisher, OT, Kansas City Chiefs

A Super Bowl champion, Fisher was a staple of the Kansas City Chiefs’ front five for nearly a decade. A consistent presence at tackle, Fisher was rarely unavailable, starting 128 games in his nine-year profession up to now. Expectations are available in abundance because the No. 1 overall collection of the 2013 draft, and while Fisher isn’t quite on the extent of fellow 2013 draftee David Bakhtiari (fourth-round), or Lane Johnson – who’ll we’ll get to in a bit – he was a relentless presence for a team that made the playoffs in seven of his eight seasons before departing for the Indianapolis Colts last yr. Fisher is currently a free agent. 

Grade: A

Luke Joeckel, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Texas A&M standout was alleged to be every little thing for Jacksonville within the 2013 draft. Looked upon because the newfound anchor of a roster on the rise, Joeckel battled injury in two of his 4 seasons played for Head Coach Gus Bradley and never found his footing for a franchise that finished near or at the underside of the AFC South during his tenure. While the team teased moving him to protect in his final few seasons, success never got here to fruition. Joeckel began 11 games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2017 and has been unsigned since. 

Grade: F

Dion Jordan, EDGE, Miami Dolphins

After appearing in all 16 games in his rookie yr totaling 26 tackles and a pair of.0 sacks, Jordan was suspended for the primary 4 games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy and was given a further two games for violating the policy once more in September of his second season. Just just a few months later in April of the next yr, Jordan was suspended for the complete 2015 season for violating the policy a 3rd time. A profession that was headlined by off-field concerns, Jordan bounced from the Seahawks, Raiders and 49ers in the ultimate three seasons of his profession. 

Grade: F

Lane Johnson, OT, Philadelphia Eagles

One in all the highest tackles in our game today, Johnson has been a staple for the Eagles’ offense and can go down as among the finest tackles in franchise history. While he’s battled injury for many of his profession, Johnson’s toughness and skill to dominate despite being hampered from week to week has been admirable during his 112 starts at right tackle. Although he hasn’t played a full season since 2015, Johnson shall be looked upon to once more lead Philadelphia’s front five this fall as they push for an NFC East crown. He’s been a model of consistency and one among the highest players from the 2013 draft.

Grade: A

Ezekiel Ansah, EDGE, Detroit Lions

The accolades never piled up for Ansah but he was the highest pass rusher in the category and enjoyed a fruitful eight-year profession amassing 50.5 sacks with three franchises. A Pro Bowler in 2015 where he recorded a career-high 14.5 sacks, Ansah did not consistently reach double-digit sack totals each yr, but he evolved right into a serviceable pass rusher that currently sits fourth on the Lions’ all-time sack list.

Grade: B

Barkevious Mingo, LB, Cleveland Browns

Six teams in eight seasons tells you all that you must know on Mingo. Despite avoiding the injury bug for much of his profession (appeared in 126 games), he spent three seasons in Cleveland as a sub package linebacker, and took five pit stops from 2016-2020 in latest locations. A physical, downhill prospect that thrived in wrangling down ball-carriers behind the road of scrimmage at LSU, Mingo was never capable of recapture his collegiate success within the NFL.

Grade: F

Jonathan Cooper, IOL, Arizona Cardinals

A standout at North Carolina, Cooper played just five seasons – on 4 teams – and never blossomed into the mauling trench presence Arizona thought he would turn out to be. He began over 10 games in a season only once in his NFL tenure (Dallas in 2017) and worked as a backup swing guard in the ultimate yr of his profession in 2018. 

Grade: F

Tavon Austin, WR, Los Angeles Rams

After producing one among football’s most historic highlight tapes during his time at West Virginia – in case you know, – Austin has enjoyed an extended NFL profession as a de facto swiss army knife. Out wide or within the backfield, he became one among the league’s first “gadget weapons” in today’s NFL, and someone who has juice left to compete at the very best level. Now a member of the

Buffalo Bills, while his electric change of direction ability and short area quickness remain prior to now, he’s a veteran of the league that’s seen all of it in his 113 games played. Inside one among the league’s most potent offenses, he could work into some designated touches on the ripe age of 32.

Grade: C+

Dee Milliner, CB, Recent York Jets

A unanimous All-American, two time All-SEC performer and two-time BCS National Champion at Alabama, Milliner battled injury early and sometimes during his Jets tenure and fell out of the league in 2015. He made just 14 starts in only 21 games played. 

Grade: F

Probability Warmack, IOL, Tennessee Titans

Warmack enjoyed a pleasant begin to his profession, starting in 32 consecutive games in his first two seasons. Despite playing left guard for many of his time in college (Alabama), Warmack looked smooth at right guard in Tennessee before suffering a hand injury early in 2016. From there, he moved to a backup role behind Josh Kline and departed Tennessee after the team declined his fifth-year option. He began just three games in 20 total appearances as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles from 2017-2018, won a Super Bowl and hasn’t played a down since 2018.

Grade: D

 

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