Teams Find No One Worth Selecting in 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft
By Chris Malumphy
None of the six players eligible for the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft were selected. The last year no player was selected was in 2008. The players that were overlooked, but now become eligible to be signed as free agents, are defensive tackle Nate Holloway and defensive end James Boyd, both from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas; defensive end Toby Jackson, Central Florida; wide receiver Dewayne Peace, Houston; wide receiver O.J. Ross, Purdue; and defensive back Damond Smith, South Alabama. For a historical list of supplemental draft picks click here.
Six Players Eligible for 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft
By Chris Malumphy
Six players are eligible to be selected in the 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft, including two defensive linemen from UNLV. The eligible players are defensive tackle Nate Holloway and defensive end James Boyd, both from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas; defensive end Toby Jackson, Central Florida; wide receiver Dewayne Peace, Houston; wide receiver O.J. Ross, Purdue; and defensive back Damond Smith, South Alabama.
The best players ever selected in the supplemental draft were wide receiver Cris Carter, selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 4th round in 1987, and quarterback Bernie Kosar, picked by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round in 1985.
Last year, the Browns selected wide receiver Josh Gordon in the second round of the supplemental draft. Gordon tied for third with T.J. Hilton in receptions by rookies in 2012 with 50, trailing only Justin Blackmon and Kendall Wright, who caught 64 passes each. For a historical list of supplemental draft picks click here.
|Players Eligible for 2013 NFL Supplemental Draft|
|James Boyd||DE||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|Nate Holloway||DT||Nevada-Las Vegas|
|Toby Jackson||DE||Central Florida|
|Damond Smith||DB||South Alabama|
Defensive Underclassmen Do Well in 2013 NFL Draft
By Chris Malumphy
The underclassmen who were drafted early in the 2013 NFL draft where predominantly defensive players with only two offensive players, both wide receivers, among the 12 underclassmen drafted in the first round. Of the 73 underclassmen declared eligible for the draft, 17 went undrafted, including Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray.
|Underclassmen in 2013 NFL Draft|
|Barkevious Mingo||DE||Louisiana State||1||6||6||Browns|
|Eric Reid||DB||Louisiana State||1||18||18||49ers|
|Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State||1||24||24||Colts|
|Xavier Rhodes||DB||Florida State||1||25||25||Vikings|
|Giovani Bernard||RB||North Carolina||2||5||37||Bengals|
|Robert Woods||WR||Southern California||2||9||41||Bills|
|Kevin Minter||LB||Louisiana State||2||13||45||Cardinals|
|Gavin Escobar||TE||San Diego State||2||15||47||Cowboys|
|Le'Veon Bell||RB||Michigan State||2||16||48||Steelers|
|Johnathan Hankins||DT||Ohio State||2||17||49||Giants|
|David Amerson||DB||North Carolina State||2||19||51||Redskins|
|Bennie Logan||DT||Louisiana State||3||5||67||Eagles|
|Tyrann Mathieu||DB||Louisiana State||3||7||69||Cardinals|
|Damontre Moore||DE||Texas A&M||3||19||81||Giants|
|Stedman Bailey||WR||West Virginia||3||30||92||Rams|
|Sam Montgomery||DE||Louisiana State||3||33||95||Texans|
|Ace Sanders||WR||South Carolina||4||4||101||Jaguars|
|Dion Sims||TE||Michigan State||4||9||106||Dolphins|
|William Gholston||DE||Michigan State||4||29||126||Buccaneers|
|Marcus Lattimore||RB||South Carolina||4||34||131||49ers|
|Tharold Simon||DB||Louisiana State||5||5||138||Seahawks|
|Joseph Randle||RB||Oklahoma State||5||18||151||Cowboys|
|Stansly Maponga||DE||Texas Christian||5||20||153||Falcons|
|Spencer Ware||RB||Louisiana State||6||26||194||Seahawks|
|Marquess Wilson||WR||Washington State||7||30||236||Bears|
|Tyler Bray||QB||Tennessee|| || || || |
|Bradley Randle||RB||Nevada-Las Vegas|| || || || |
|Michael Ford||RB||Louisiana State|| || || || |
|Cierre Wood||RB||Notre Dame|| || || || |
|Stefphon Jefferson||RB||Nevada|| || || || |
|Duron Carter||WR||Ohio State|| || || || |
|Darrington Sentimore||DT||Tennessee|| || || || |
|Brandon Moore||DT||Texas|| || || || |
|Jose Jose||DT||Central Florida|| || || || |
|Tom Wort||LB||Oklahoma|| || || || |
|Dwayne Beckford||LB||Purdue|| || || || |
|Mike Edwards||DB||Hawaii|| || || || |
|Jajuan Harley||DB||Middle Tennessee|| || || || |
|Tony Jefferson||DB||Oklahoma|| || || || |
|Greg Reid||DB||Florida State|| || || || |
|Terrence Brown||DB||Stanford|| || || || |
|Nickell Robey||DB||Southern California|| || || || |
2013 NFL Draft by Position
By Chris Malumphy
|2013 NFL Draft by Position|
|1||16||16||E.J. Manuel||Bills||Florida State|
|2||7||39||Geno Smith||Jets||West Virginia|
|3||11||73||Mike Glennon||Buccaneers||North Carolina State|
|7||15||221||Brad Sorensen||Chargers||Southern Utah|
|7||28||234||Zac Dysert||Broncos||Miami (OH)|
|7||31||237||B.J. Daniels||49ers||South Florida|
|2||5||37||Giovani Bernard||Bengals||North Carolina|
|2||16||48||Le'Veon Bell||Steelers||Michigan State|
|2||30||62||Christine Michael||Seahawks||Texas A&M|
|4||34||131||Marcus Lattimore||49ers||South Carolina|
|5||18||151||Joseph Randle||Cowboys||Oklahoma State|
|5||21||154||Chris Thompson||Redskins||Florida State|
|6||13||181||Latavius Murray||Raiders||Central Florida|
|6||21||189||Mike James||Buccaneers||Miami (FL)|
|6||26||194||Spencer Ware||Seahawks||Louisiana State|
|6||31||199||Theo Riddick||Lions||Notre Dame|
|6||36||204||Braden Wilson||Chiefs||Kansas State|
|7||9||215||Tommy Bohanon||Jets||Wake Forest|
|7||24||230||Kerwynn Williams||Colts||Utah State|
|1||8||8||Tavon Austin||Rams||West Virginia|
|3||17||79||Markus Wheaton||Steelers||Oregon State|
|3||30||92||Stedman Bailey||Rams||West Virginia|
|4||4||101||Ace Sanders||Jaguars||South Carolina|
|4||5||102||Josh Boyce||Patriots||Texas Christian|
|4||26||123||Chris Harper||Seahawks||Kansas State|
|4||31||128||Quinton Patton||49ers||Louisiana Tech|
|6||3||171||Corey Fuller||Lions||Virginia Tech|
|6||6||174||Ryan Swope||Cardinals||Texas A&M|
|6||27||195||Alan Bonner||Texans||Jacksonville State|
|7||3||209||Brice Butler||Raiders||San Diego State|
|7||10||216||Charles Johnson||Packers||Grand Valley State|
|7||30||236||Marquess Wilson||Bears||Washington State|
|1||21||21||Tyler Eifert||Bengals||Notre Dame|
|2||15||47||Gavin Escobar||Cowboys||San Diego State|
|4||9||106||Dion Sims||Dolphins||Michigan State|
|7||48||254||Justice Cunningham||Colts||South Carolina|
|1||1||1||Eric Fisher||Chiefs||Central Michigan|
|1||2||2||Luke Joeckel||Jaguars||Texas A&M|
|2||10||42||Menelik Watson||Raiders||Florida State|
|3||13||75||Terron Armstead||Saints||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|3||27||89||Brennan Williams||Texans||North Carolina|
|5||30||163||Jordan Mills||Bears||Louisiana Tech|
|6||5||173||Vinston Painter||Broncos||Virginia Tech|
|6||8||176||David Quessenberry||Texans||San Jose State|
|6||35||203||Ryan Jensen||Ravens||Colorado State-Pueblo|
|7||21||227||Garrett Gilkey||Browns||Chadron State|
|7||34||240||Reid Fragel||Bengals||Ohio State|
|7||36||242||Michael Bowie||Seahawks||NE Oklahoma State|
|7||40||246||Carter Bykowski||49ers||Iowa State|
|1||7||7||Jonathan Cooper||Cardinals||North Carolina|
|3||10||72||Brian Winters||Jets||Kent State|
|4||11||108||Edmund Kugbila||Panthers||Valdosta State|
|4||19||116||Earl Watford||Cardinals||James Madison|
|7||8||214||Travis Bond||Vikings||North Carolina|
|6||2||170||Eric Kush||Chiefs||California (PA)|
|7||45||251||T.J. Johnson||Bengals||South Carolina|
|1||5||5||Ziggy Ansah||Lions||Brigham Young|
|1||6||6||Barkevious Mingo||Browns||Louisiana State|
|1||24||24||Bjoern Werner||Colts||Florida State|
|2||8||40||Cornellius Carradine||49ers||Florida State|
|2||21||53||Margus Hunt||Bengals||Southern Methodist|
|3||19||81||Damontre Moore||Giants||Texas A&M|
|3||33||95||Sam Montgomery||Texans||Louisiana State|
|4||29||126||William Gholston||Buccaneers||Michigan State|
|4||32||129||John Simon||Ravens||Ohio State|
|4||35||132||Devin Taylor||Lions||South Carolina|
|5||9||142||Lavar Edwards||Titans||Louisiana State|
|5||13||146||Quanterus Smith||Broncos||Western Kentucky|
|5||20||153||Stansly Maponga||Falcons||Texas Christian|
|5||29||162||Brandon Jenkins||Redskins||Florida State|
|5||34||167||Josh Boyd||Packers||Mississippi State|
|6||11||179||Tourek Williams||Chargers||Florida International|
|6||15||183||Rufus Johnson||Saints||Tarleton State|
|6||32||200||Kapron Lewis-Moore||Ravens||Notre Dame|
|7||11||217||Armonty Bryant||Browns||East Central (OK)|
|7||27||233||David Bass||Raiders||Missouri Western|
|1||28||28||Sylvester Williams||Broncos||North Carolina|
|2||17||49||Johnathan Hankins||Giants||Ohio State|
|3||5||67||Bennie Logan||Eagles||Louisiana State|
|3||25||87||Jordan Hill||Seahawks||Penn State|
|3||32||94||Brandon Williams||Ravens||Missouri Southern State|
|6||30||198||Chris Jones||Texans||Bowling Green|
|7||23||229||Everett Dawkins||Vikings||Florida State|
|7||35||241||Jared Smith||Seahawks||New Hampshire|
|2||6||38||Manti Te'o||Chargers||Notre Dame|
|2||13||45||Kevin Minter||Cardinals||Louisiana State|
|2||20||52||Jamie Collins||Patriots||Southern Mississippi|
|2||24||56||Arthur Brown||Ravens||Kansas State|
|4||21||118||Sean Porter||Bengals||Texas A&M|
|4||23||120||Gerald Hodges||Vikings||Penn State|
|5||15||148||A.J. Klein||Panthers||Iowa State|
|6||12||180||Nick Moody||49ers||Florida State|
|6||17||185||DeVonte Holloman||Cowboys||South Carolina|
|6||25||193||Nate Palmer||Packers||Illinois State|
|6||38||206||Vince Williams||Steelers||Florida State|
|7||7||213||Michael Mauti||Vikings||Penn State|
|7||26||232||Sam Barrington||Packers||South Florida|
|7||39||245||Brandon Hepburn||Lions||Florida A&M|
|1||18||18||Eric Reid||49ers||Louisiana State|
|1||25||25||Xavier Rhodes||Vikings||Florida State|
|2||1||33||John Cyprien||Jaguars||Florida International|
|2||4||36||Darius Slay||Lions||Mississippi State|
|2||11||43||Johnthan Banks||Buccaneers||Mississippi State|
|2||19||51||David Amerson||Redskins||North Carolina State|
|2||22||54||Jamar Taylor||Dolphins||Boise State|
|2||25||57||D.J. Swearinger||Texans||South Carolina|
|2||28||60||Robert Alford||Falcons||Southeastern Louisiana|
|3||6||68||Leon McFadden||Browns||San Diego State|
|3||7||69||Tyrann Mathieu||Cardinals||Louisiana State|
|3||18||80||J.J. Wilcox||Cowboys||Georgia Southern|
|3||28||90||Kayvon Webster||Broncos||South Florida|
|3||31||93||Will Davis||Dolphins||Utah State|
|4||17||114||B.W. Webb||Cowboys||William & Mary|
|4||22||119||Phillip Thomas||Redskins||Fresno State|
|5||3||136||Earl Wolff||Eagles||North Carolina State|
|5||5||138||Tharold Simon||Seahawks||Louisiana State|
|5||16||149||Brandon McGee||Rams||Miami (FL)|
|6||7||175||Jamoris Slaughter||Browns||Notre Dame|
|7||2||208||Jeremy Harris||Jaguars||New Mexico State|
|7||4||210||Demetrius McCray||Jaguars||Appalachian State|
|7||12||218||Jordan Poyer||Eagles||Oregon State|
|7||37||243||Kemal Ishmael||Falcons||Central Florida|
|7||38||244||Zeke Motta||Falcons||Notre Dame|
|7||44||250||Don Jones||Dolphins||Arkansas State|
|5||32||165||Sam Martin||Lions||Appalachian State|
|6||9||177||Dustin Hopkins||Bills||Florida State|
2013 NFL Draft by Team
By Chris Malumphy
|2013 NFL Draft by Team|
|1||18||18||Eric Reid||DB||Louisiana State|
|2||8||40||Cornellius Carradine||DE||Florida State|
|4||31||128||Quinton Patton||WR||Louisiana Tech|
|4||34||131||Marcus Lattimore||RB||South Carolina|
|6||12||180||Nick Moody||LB||Florida State|
|7||31||237||B.J. Daniels||QB||South Florida|
|7||40||246||Carter Bykowski||T||Iowa State|
|5||30||163||Jordan Mills||T||Louisiana Tech|
|7||30||236||Marquess Wilson||WR||Washington State|
|1||21||21||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|2||5||37||Giovani Bernard||RB||North Carolina|
|2||21||53||Margus Hunt||DE||Southern Methodist|
|4||21||118||Sean Porter||LB||Texas A&M|
|7||34||240||Reid Fragel||T||Ohio State|
|7||45||251||T.J. Johnson||C||South Carolina|
|1||16||16||E.J. Manuel||QB||Florida State|
|6||9||177||Dustin Hopkins||K||Florida State|
|1||28||28||Sylvester Williams||DT||North Carolina|
|3||28||90||Kayvon Webster||DB||South Florida|
|5||13||146||Quanterus Smith||DE||Western Kentucky|
|6||5||173||Vinston Painter||T||Virginia Tech|
|7||28||234||Zac Dysert||QB||Miami (OH)|
|1||6||6||Barkevious Mingo||DE||Louisiana State|
|3||6||68||Leon McFadden||DB||San Diego State|
|6||7||175||Jamoris Slaughter||DB||Notre Dame|
|7||11||217||Armonty Bryant||DE||East Central (OK)|
|7||21||227||Garrett Gilkey||T||Chadron State|
|2||11||43||Johnthan Banks||DB||Mississippi State|
|3||11||73||Mike Glennon||QB||North Carolina State|
|4||29||126||William Gholston||DE||Michigan State|
|6||21||189||Mike James||RB||Miami (FL)|
|1||7||7||Jonathan Cooper||G||North Carolina|
|2||13||45||Kevin Minter||LB||Louisiana State|
|3||7||69||Tyrann Mathieu||DB||Louisiana State|
|4||19||116||Earl Watford||G||James Madison|
|6||6||174||Ryan Swope||WR||Texas A&M|
|2||6||38||Manti Te'o||LB||Notre Dame|
|6||11||179||Tourek Williams||DE||Florida International|
|7||15||221||Brad Sorensen||QB||Southern Utah|
|1||1||1||Eric Fisher||T||Central Michigan|
|6||2||170||Eric Kush||C||California (PA)|
|6||36||204||Braden Wilson||RB||Kansas State|
|1||24||24||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
|7||24||230||Kerwynn Williams||RB||Utah State|
|7||48||254||Justice Cunningham||TE||South Carolina|
|2||15||47||Gavin Escobar||TE||San Diego State|
|3||18||80||J.J. Wilcox||DB||Georgia Southern|
|4||17||114||B.W. Webb||DB||William & Mary|
|5||18||151||Joseph Randle||RB||Oklahoma State|
|6||17||185||DeVonte Holloman||LB||South Carolina|
|2||22||54||Jamar Taylor||DB||Boise State|
|3||31||93||Will Davis||DB||Utah State|
|4||9||106||Dion Sims||TE||Michigan State|
|7||44||250||Don Jones||DB||Arkansas State|
|3||5||67||Bennie Logan||DT||Louisiana State|
|5||3||136||Earl Wolff||DB||North Carolina State|
|7||12||218||Jordan Poyer||DB||Oregon State|
|2||28||60||Robert Alford||DB||Southeastern Louisiana|
|5||20||153||Stansly Maponga||DE||Texas Christian|
|7||37||243||Kemal Ishmael||DB||Central Florida|
|7||38||244||Zeke Motta||DB||Notre Dame|
|2||17||49||Johnathan Hankins||DT||Ohio State|
|3||19||81||Damontre Moore||DE||Texas A&M|
|1||2||2||Luke Joeckel||T||Texas A&M|
|2||1||33||John Cyprien||DB||Florida International|
|4||4||101||Ace Sanders||WR||South Carolina|
|7||2||208||Jeremy Harris||DB||New Mexico State|
|7||4||210||Demetrius McCray||DB||Appalachian State|
|2||7||39||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|3||10||72||Brian Winters||G||Kent State|
|7||9||215||Tommy Bohanon||RB||Wake Forest|
|1||5||5||Ziggy Ansah||DE||Brigham Young|
|2||4||36||Darius Slay||DB||Mississippi State|
|4||35||132||Devin Taylor||DE||South Carolina|
|5||32||165||Sam Martin||P||Appalachian State|
|6||3||171||Corey Fuller||WR||Virginia Tech|
|6||31||199||Theo Riddick||RB||Notre Dame|
|7||39||245||Brandon Hepburn||LB||Florida A&M|
|5||34||167||Josh Boyd||DE||Mississippi State|
|6||25||193||Nate Palmer||LB||Illinois State|
|7||10||216||Charles Johnson||WR||Grand Valley State|
|7||26||232||Sam Barrington||LB||South Florida|
|4||11||108||Edmund Kugbila||G||Valdosta State|
|5||15||148||A.J. Klein||LB||Iowa State|
|2||20||52||Jamie Collins||LB||Southern Mississippi|
|4||5||102||Josh Boyce||WR||Texas Christian|
|2||10||42||Menelik Watson||T||Florida State|
|6||13||181||Latavius Murray||RB||Central Florida|
|7||3||209||Brice Butler||WR||San Diego State|
|7||27||233||David Bass||DE||Missouri Western|
|1||8||8||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|3||30||92||Stedman Bailey||WR||West Virginia|
|5||16||149||Brandon McGee||DB||Miami (FL)|
|2||24||56||Arthur Brown||LB||Kansas State|
|3||32||94||Brandon Williams||DT||Missouri Southern State|
|4||32||129||John Simon||DE||Ohio State|
|6||32||200||Kapron Lewis-Moore||DE||Notre Dame|
|6||35||203||Ryan Jensen||T||Colorado State-Pueblo|
|2||19||51||David Amerson||DB||North Carolina State|
|4||22||119||Phillip Thomas||DB||Fresno State|
|5||21||154||Chris Thompson||RB||Florida State|
|5||29||162||Brandon Jenkins||DE||Florida State|
|3||13||75||Terron Armstead||T||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|6||15||183||Rufus Johnson||DE||Tarleton State|
|2||30||62||Christine Michael||RB||Texas A&M|
|3||25||87||Jordan Hill||DT||Penn State|
|4||26||123||Chris Harper||WR||Kansas State|
|5||5||138||Tharold Simon||DB||Louisiana State|
|6||26||194||Spencer Ware||RB||Louisiana State|
|7||35||241||Jared Smith||DT||New Hampshire|
|7||36||242||Michael Bowie||T||NE Oklahoma State|
|2||16||48||Le'Veon Bell||RB||Michigan State|
|3||17||79||Markus Wheaton||WR||Oregon State|
|6||38||206||Vince Williams||LB||Florida State|
|2||25||57||D.J. Swearinger||DB||South Carolina|
|3||27||89||Brennan Williams||T||North Carolina|
|3||33||95||Sam Montgomery||DE||Louisiana State|
|6||8||176||David Quessenberry||T||San Jose State|
|6||27||195||Alan Bonner||WR||Jacksonville State|
|6||30||198||Chris Jones||DT||Bowling Green|
|5||9||142||Lavar Edwards||DE||Louisiana State|
|1||25||25||Xavier Rhodes||DB||Florida State|
|4||23||120||Gerald Hodges||LB||Penn State|
|7||7||213||Michael Mauti||LB||Penn State|
|7||8||214||Travis Bond||G||North Carolina|
|7||23||229||Everett Dawkins||DT||Florida State|
Tennessee QB Tyler Bray Still On the Board as 7th Round of 2013 NFL Draft Begins
By Chris Malumphy
Princeton defensive end Mike Catapano was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the first pick in the 7th round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Jaguars followed by taking Jeremy Harris of New Mexico State at defensive back. Wide receiver Brice Butler of San Diego State was drafted by the Raiders. The Jaguars took another defensive back, Demetrius McCray of Appalachian State. The Lions hope Alabama tight end Michael Williams is better than some other Williams they've taken in the past decade. The Eagles selected Joe Kruger, defensive end from Utah. Penn State will send linebacker Michael Mauti to the Vikings. When was the last time Linebacker University developed a standout? The Jets selected fullback Tommy Bohanon of Wake Forest.
The Green Bay Packers kept adding to the offense with Charles Johnson, a wide receiver from Grand Valley State. The new Browns' leadership apparently doesn't think that defensive line was a real strength as they draft Armonty Bryant of East Central (Oklahoma). The Eagles tab Oregon State defensive back Jordan Poyer. Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson was try to fill the bill in Arizona. Vanderbilt guard Ryan Seymour will move west to Seattle. Quarterback Brad Sorensen from Southern Utah will try to be a sleeper in San Diego. The Bills added tight end Chris Gragg from Arkansas. Samford sends Nick Williams, a defensive tackle, to the Steelers.
The Green Bay Packers add wide receiver Kevin Dorsey from Maryland. Guard Eric Herman from Ohio is drafted by the Giants. The Patriots take defensive end Michael Buchanan from Illinois. The Browns draft Garrett Gilkey Chadron State. The Redskins draft another running back, diminutive Jawan Jamison from Rutgers. The Vikings take Florida State defensive tackle Everett Dawkins. The Colts selected Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams. The Seattle Seahawks will give defensive end Ty Powell of Harding a shot. South Florida outside linebacker Sam Barrington will try to make the Packers roster. The Raiders selected defensive end David Bass from Missouri Western. The Broncos like them quarterbacks, taking Zac Dysert from Miami (OH). The Patriots took inside linebacker Steve Beauharnais of Rutgers. The Bears added wide receiver Marquess Wilson from Washington State. The 49ers selected quarterback B.J. Daniels from South Florida. Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette went to the Ravens.
The first compensatory pick of the 7th round went to the Eagles who picked Oklahoma defensive end David King. The Bengals stuck close to home by picking Ohio State tackle Reid Fragel. New Hampshire defensive tackle Jared Smith was selected by the Seahawks. The Seahawks then picked Michale Bowie, a tackle from NE Oklahoma State. The Falcons shopped in Central Florida to pick defensive back Kemal Ishmael. The Falcons followed by drafting Notre Dame strong safety Zeke Motta. Brandon Hepburn, an inside linebacker from Florida A&M, was selected by the Lions. Carter Bykowski, a tackle from Iowa State, went to the 49ers. The Ravens picked defensive back Marc Anthony from California. Nebraska sent strong safety Daimion Stafford to the Titans. Duke quarterback Sean Renfree will be given a chance to serve as a backup to Matt Ryan in Atlanta. The Dolphins will take a look at Arkansas State strong safety Don Jones. The Bengals picked T.J. Johnson, a center from South Carolina. Rutgers sends another player to the pros as the 49ers select cornerback Marcus Cooper. Massachusetts running back Michael Cox was picked by the Giants.
Mr. Irrelevant, the last player selected in the draft, is tight end Justice Cunningham of South Carolina, taken by the Colts.
|2013 NFL Draft Seventh Round|
|7||2||208||Jeremy Harris||Jaguars||DB||New Mexico State|
|7||3||209||Brice Butler||Raiders||WR||San Diego State|
|7||7||213||Michael Mauti||Vikings||LB||Penn State|
|7||8||214||Travis Bond||Vikings||G||North Carolina|
|7||9||215||Tommy Bohanon||Jets||RB||Wake Forest|
|7||10||216||Charles Johnson||Packers||WR||Grand Valley State|
|7||11||217||Armonty Bryant||Browns||DE||East Central (OK)|
|7||12||218||Jordan Poyer||Eagles||DB||Oregon State|
|7||15||221||Brad Sorensen||Chargers||QB||Southern Utah|
|7||21||227||Garrett Gilkey||Browns||T||Chadron State|
|7||23||229||Everett Dawkins||Vikings||DT||Florida State|
|7||24||230||Kerwynn Williams||Colts||RB||Utah State|
|7||26||232||Sam Barrington||Packers||LB||South Florida|
|7||27||233||David Bass||Raiders||DE||Missouri Western|
|7||28||234||Zac Dysert||Broncos||QB||Miami (OH)|
|7||30||236||Marquess Wilson||Bears||WR||Washington State|
|7||31||237||B.J. Daniels||49ers||QB||South Florida|
|7||34||240||Reid Fragel||Bengals||T||Ohio State|
|7||35||241||Jared Smith||Seahawks||DT||New Hampshire|
|7||36||242||Michael Bowie||Seahawks||T||NE Oklahoma State|
|7||37||243||Kemal Ishmael||Falcons||DB||Central Florida|
|7||38||244||Zeke Motta||Falcons||DB||Notre Dame|
|7||39||245||Brandon Hepburn||Lions||LB||Florida A&M|
|7||40||246||Carter Bykowski||49ers||T||Iowa State|
|7||44||250||Don Jones||Dolphins||DB||Arkansas State|
|7||45||251||T.J. Johnson||Bengals||South Carolina||South Carolina|
|7||48||254||Justice Cunningham||Colts||TE||South Carolina|
Sixth Round of 2013 NFL Draft Begins with Jaguars Selecting Florida Safety Josh Evans
By Chris Malumphy
The Jacksonville Jaguars began the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by taking free safety Josh Evans from Florida. California (PA) sends center Eric Kush to the Chiefs. Wide receiver Corey Fuller will go from Virginia Tech to Detroit. The Raiders dream that Colorado tight end Nick Case can restore the days of Dave Casper, Todd Christianson and Raymond Chester. Tackle Vinston Painter from Virginia Tech will try to protect Peyton Manning in Denver. The Cardinals will add Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope as a target for Carson Palmer. Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter will try to overcome injury to make an impact with the Cleveland Browns. David Quessenberry, not to be confused with the great Kansas City Royal reliever, will join the Houston Texans as a tackle from San Jose State. The Bills hope that Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins can handle the swirling winds in Buffalo.
Michigan defensive tackle William Campbell will try to help the Jets shore of the middle of their defensive line. Florida International sends defensive end Tourek Williams to the Chargers. Outside linebacker Nick Moody goes from Florida State to San Francisco. Central Florida running back Latavius Murray will play for the Raiders. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner joins the Carolina Panthers. Tarleton State defensive end Rufus Johnson was drafted by the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders added another tight end, this time Mychal Rivera of Tennessee. South Carolina linebacker DeVonte Holloman was picked by the Dallas Cowboys. The Steelers hope Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Brown can make an impact. Arizona continues to add to its offense by selecting Clemson running back Andre Ellington. Georgia outside linebacker Cornelius is headed for Chicago. Miami running back Mike James will stay in Florida and play for the Buccaneers. The Cincinnati Bengals selected running back Rex Burkhead from Nebraska.
Bacarri Rambo will try to be the Sylvester Stallone of safeties for the Washington Redskins from Georgia. John Boyett will play safety for the Colts after being drafted from Oregon. Illinois State linebacker Nate Palmer was drafted by Green Bay. Running back Spencer Ware of LSU went to the Seahawks. The Texans added wide receiver Alan Bonner of Jacksonville State. Guard Jeff Baca was selected by the Vikings from UCLA. The Bengals added wide receiver Cobi Hamilon from Arkansas. The Texans drafted defensive tackle Chris Jones from Bowling Green. Notre Dame sent running back Theo Riddick to the Lions. Notre Dame then sent defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore to the Ravens.
Connecticut, a football powerhouse at least in this draft, had tight end Ryan Griffin drafted by the Houston Texans as the first compensatory pick of the sixth round. Khalid Wooten, a corner back from Nevada, was picked by the Titans. Colorado State-Pueblo sent tackle Ryan Jensen to the Ravens. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted fullback Braden Wilson from Kansas State. Oklahoma defensive tackle Stacy McGee was selected by the Oakland Raiders. The final pick of the sixth round went to the Pittsburgh Steelers who selected linebacker Vince Williams from Florida State.
|2013 NFL Draft Sixth Round|
|6||2||170||Eric Kush||Chiefs||C||California (PA)|
|6||3||171||Corey Fuller||Lions||WR||Virginia Tech|
|6||5||173||Vinston Painter||Broncos||T||Virginia Tech|
|6||6||174||Ryan Swope||Cardinals||WR||Texas A&M|
|6||7||175||Jamoris Slaughter||Browns||DB||Notre Dame|
|6||8||176||David Quessenberry||Texans||T||San Jose State|
|6||9||177||Dustin Hopkins||Bills||K||Florida State|
|6||11||179||Tourek Williams||Chargers||DE||Florida International|
|6||12||180||Nick Moody||49ers||LB||Florida State|
|6||13||181||Latavius Murray||Raiders||RB||Central Florida|
|6||15||183||Rufus Johnson||Saints||DE||Tarleton State|
|6||17||185||DeVonte Holloman||Cowboys||LB||South Carolina|
|6||21||189||Mike James||Buccaneers||RB||Miami FL|
|6||25||193||Nate Palmer||Packers||LB||Illinois State|
|6||27||195||Alan Bonner||Texans||WR||Jacksonville State|
|6||30||198||Chris Jones||Texans||DT||Bowling Green|
|6||31||199||Theo Riddick||Lions||RB||Notre Dame|
|6||32||200||Kapron Lewis-Moore||Ravens||DE||Notre Dame|
|6||35||203||Ryan Jensen||Ravens||T||Colorado State-Pueblo|
|6||36||204||Braden Wilson||Chiefs||RB||Kansas State|
|6||38||206||Vince Williams||Steelers||LB||Florida State|
Denard Robinson and Jesse Williams Early 2013 NFL Draft Fifth Round Picks
By Chris Malumphy
The fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft started with the Kansas City Chiefs selecting defensive back Sanders Commings from Georgia. Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson was drafted by the Jaguars to play wide receiver. The Eagles drafted defensive back Earl Wolff from North Carolina State. Defensive tackle Jesse Williams of Alabama was drafted by the Seahawks who are not afraid of players with issues. The Seahawks then took Tharold Simon a cornerback from LSU. The Colts and the Browns negotiated a last second trade and Indianapolis selected Montori Hughes, a defensive tackle from Tennessee-Martin.
Running back Stepfan Taylor will continue to remain a Cardinal, moving from Stanford to Arizona. The Jets took tackle Oday Aboushi from Virginia. LSU defensive end Lavar Edwards will join the Titans. The Bills drafted Clemson defensive back Jonathan Meeks.
The New Orleans Saints added Oklahoma wide receiver Kenny Stills to the targets for Drew Brees. California Bear defensive back Steve Williams will try to make the San Diego Chargers backfield. Q, the defensive end from Western Kentucky better known as Quanterus Smith, will join the Denver Broncos. The Buccaneers drafted defensive end Steven Means from Buffalo. Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein will play for Carolina. Cornerback Brandon McGee of Miami was picked by the Rams. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Illinois defensive back Terry Hwthorne. Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle will become a Dallas Cowboy. Safety Cooper Taylor from Richmond was picked by the New York Giants.
Stansly Maponga, one of the many great names in the draft, was drafted by the Falcons from TCU to play defensive end. The more prosaicly named Chris Thompson, running back from Florida State, was drafted by the Washington Redskins. Watch out Alfred Morris. Coach Mike Shanahan is known for making good use of late round rookie running backs as he did last season. Will Thompson be next?
Jeff Locke of UCLA became the first punter selected in the draft, by the Minnesota Vikins. The Bengals hope that Kansas tackle Tanner Hawkinson can help. Quinton Dial was drafted from Alabama by the 49ers to play defensive end. Tight end Luke Willson from Rice was picked by Seattle. The Packers, who need defensive backfield help, took free safety Micah Hyde from Iowa. Vanderbilt sent running back Zac Stacy to the St. Louis Rams. Georgia wide receiver Tavarres King hopes to become a favored target of Peyton Manning in Denver. Florida State Seminole defensive end Brandon Jenkins will rush the passer for the Redskins. Tackle Jordan Mills goes from Louisiana Tech to the Chicago Bears. Florida running back Mike Gillislee will play for the Dolphins.
Applachian State punter Sam Martin was tabbed by the Lions. Kicker Caleb Sturgis was the third straight Florida Gator selected by the Dolphins with the first compensatory pick of the fifth round. Green Bay picked defensive tackle Josh Boyd from Mississippi State. The final pick of the fifth round was Ricky Wagner, tackle from Wisconsin, selected by the Baltimore Ravens.
|2013 NFL Draft Fifth Round|
|5||3||136||Earl Wolff||Eagles||DB||North Carolina State|
|5||5||138||Tharold Simon||Seahawks||DB||Louisiana State|
|5||9||142||Lavar Edwards||Titans||DE||Louisiana State|
|5||13||146||Quanterus Smith||Broncos||DE||Western Kentucky|
|5||15||148||A.J. Klein||Panthers||LB||Iowa State|
|5||18||151||Joseph Randle||Cowboys||RB||Oklahoma State|
|5||21||154||Chris Thompson||Redskins||RB||Florida State|
|5||29||162||Brandon Jenkins||Redskins||DE||Florida State|
|5||30||163||Jordan Mills||Bears||T||Louisiana Tech|
|5||32||165||Sam Martin||Lions||P||Appalachian State|
|5||34||167||Josh Boyd||Packers||DT||Mississippi State|
Philadelphia Eagles Nab QB Matt Barkley with 1st Pick in 4th Round of 2013 NFL Draft
By Chris Malumphy
The Philadelphia Eagles traded with the Jacksonville Jaguars to move ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs and open the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft by drafting USC quarterback Matt Barkley. The Chiefs followed by selecting Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson. Seeking to build a better defensive middle, the Raiders picked Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence. The Jaguars added wide receiver Ace Sanders from South Carolina. The Patriots drafted TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce. Texas defensive end Alex Okafor was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals who are likely to use him as a linebacker. Using a pick the Dolphins obtained from the Browns for receiver Davone Bess, Miami picked Florida linebacker Jelani Jenkins. Safety Duke Williams of Nevada was picked by the Buffalo Bills.
The Dolphins selected Dion James, tight end from Michigan State, using a pick they obtained from the Jets that originally belonged to the Saints. Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews love offensive linemen big-time so the Tennesse Titans drafted quick California center Brian Schwenke.
With the 107th selection, the Carolina Panthers picked guard Edmund Kugbila from Valdosta State, the first player drafted from Valdosta since Artie Ulmer in 1997. None of the three other players drafted from Valdosta where selected in the top two hundred players in their drafts: Ulmer, linebacker, 1997, 7th round, 220 player; Antonio Edwards, defensive end, 1993, 8th round, 204th player; Robert Morris, defensive end, 1990, 10th round, 257th player.
Tackle David Bakhtiari will join the Green Bay Packers from Colorado.
Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib will remain in state to backup Eli Manning for the New York Giants. Nassib's Syracuse teammate, safety Shamarko Thomas was picked by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Oakland Raiders threw Arkansas' Tyler Wilson into their quarterback mix. Alabama guard Barrett Jones will try to protect Sam Bradford in St. Louis. The Cowboys took cornerback B.W. Webb from William & Mary.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones will backup Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh. Guard Earl Watford from James Madison was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals. The Chicago Bears added outside linebacker Khaseem Green from Rutgers. Linebacker Sean Porter was drafted by the Bengals from Texas A&M. The Redskins liked safety Phillip Thomas from Fresno State. The Vikings followed by taking outside linebacker Gerald Hodges from Penn State. Andrew Luck gets another protector in Indianapolis as the Colts selected USC center Khaled Holmes. The Packers drafted tackle J.C. Tretter from Cornell. Kansas State wide receiver Chris Harper will try to break into a talented receiving corps in Seattle. The Houston Texans added defensive end Trevardo Williams from Connecticut, which has had more players drafted this year than many of the traditional football powerhouses. The Packers added yet another running back by selecting Johnathan Franklin from UCLA. Tampa Bay drafted defensive end William Gholston from Michigan State. The Atlanta Falcons chose defensive end Malliciah Goodman from Clemson. The San Francisco 49ers picked wide receiver Quinton Patton from Louisiana Tech. The Ravens followed by picking John Simon, a defensive end from Ohio State, and then, using a compensatory pick, fullback Kyle Juszczyk from Harvard.
When great teams that already have too many picks are further enriched with compensatory draft selections, they can take chances. The 49ers did just that in selecting exciting, but injured, running back Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina which caused remembrance of the Bills using a first round pick on Willis McGahee a decade ago.
The Lions used a compensatory pick on Devin Taylor, a defensive end from South Carolina. The Falcons followed by choosing Levine Toilolo, a tight end from Stanford.
|2013 NFL Draft Fourth Round|
|4||4||101||Ace Sanders||Jaguars||WR||South Carolina|
|4||5||102||Josh Boyce||Patriots||WR||Texas Christian|
|4||9||106||Dion Sims||Dolphins||TE||Michigan State|
|4||11||108||Edmund Kugbila||Panthers||G||Valdosta State|
|4||17||114||B.W. Webb||Cowboys||DB||William & Mary|
|4||19||116||Earl Watford||Cardinals||G||James Madison|
|4||21||118||Sean Porter||Bengals||LB||Texas A&M|
|4||22||119||Phillip Thomas||Redskins||DB||Fresno State|
|4||23||120||Gerald Hodges||Vikings||LB||Penn State|
|4||26||123||Chris Harper||Seahawks||WR||Kansas State|
|4||29||126||William Gholston||Buccaneers||DE||Michigan State|
|4||31||128||Quinton Patton||49ers||WR||Louisiana Tech|
|4||32||129||John Simon||Ravens||DE||Ohio State|
|4||34||131||Marcus Lattimore||49ers||RB||South Carolina|
|4||35||132||Devin Taylor||Lions||DE||South Carolina|
Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib Still Waiting for a Call as Round Three Begins and Ends
By Chris Malumphy
The third round of the 2013 NFL Draft opened with the Kansas City Chiefs selecting tight end Travis Kelce from Cincinnati to provide new quarterback Alex Smith with a new target and additional blocking protection. The Jaguars continued to work on their defensive backfield by adding Dwayne Gratz from Connecticut. Kentucky's Larry Warford will play guard for the Detroit Lions. The Cleveland Browns, in dire need of a starting cornerback to play opposite Joe Haden, picked Leon McFadden from San Diego State. LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu will rejoin former teammate Patrick Peterson in Arizona.
Connecticut sent its third player to the pros in the 3rd round when the Tennessee Titans added Blidi Wreh-Wilson. The Rams drafted USC safety T.J. McDonald. Kent State sent tackle Brian Winters to the New York Jets. North Carolina State's Mike Glennon became the third quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft when he was selected to push Josh Freeman in Tampa Bay. Following the success in 2012 of rookie wide receivers from Baylor (Josh Gordon and Kendall Wright), the Dallas Cowboys decided to give a chance to Terrance Williams.
Inspirational Steve Gleason, suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease, "announced" the New Orleans Saints' selection of tackle Terron Armstead from Arkansas-Pine Bluff. California wide receiver Keenan Allen, from California, will be catching passes from Philip Rivers in San Diego. Searching to improve its offensive line after the loss of Jake Long, the Miami Dolphins drafted Tennessee tackle Dallas Thomas. Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin of Texas goes to the Buffalo Bills. The Steelers picked wide receiver Markus Wheaton from Oregon State. The Dallas Cowboys, seeking help at safety, will give a chance to J.J. Wilcox from Georgia Southern.
The New York Giants love defensive linemen and selected Texas A&M's defensive end Damontre Moore. The New Orleans Saints added defensive tackle John Jenkins. Defensive back Ryan Logan of Rutgers will join the New England Patriots. Georgia safety Shawn Williams, who Mike Mayock thought was a sixth round talent, was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Washington Redskins added Florida tight end Jordan Reed. Indianapolis' Andrew Luck will get some additional protection from Illinois guard Hugh Thornton. Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill will join the Seattle Seahawks.
The San Francisco 49ers manuevered to obtain Corey Lemonier, a defensive end from Auburn, by trading with the Packers. North Carolina tackle Brennan Williams was drafted by the Houston Texans. The Denver Bronco's selected defensive back Kayvon Webster from South Florida. Coach Bill Belichick recognized former Rutgers' coach Greg Schiano as being NFL ready, he must think the Rutgers' defensive backfield is something too, since he picked his second defensive back from the Scarlet Knights in the 3rd round: Duron Harmon. West Virginia wide receiver Stedman Bailey was picked by the Rams. Utah State defensive back Will Davis will join the Miami Dolphins who obtained the pick from the Packers who had obtained it from the 49ers. Missouri South State sends defensive tackle Brandon Williams to the Ravens. The Houston Texans added defensive end Sam Montgomery from LSU. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted oft-injured running back Knile Davis from Arkansas. The last player selected in the third round was Missouri outside linebacker Zaviar Gooden, taken by the Tennessee Titans.
|2013 NFL Draft Third Round|
|3||5||67||Bennie Logan||Eagles||DT||Louisiana State|
|3||6||68||Leon McFadden||Browns||DB||San Diego State|
|3||7||69||Tyrann Mathieu||Cardinals||DB||Louisiana State|
|3||10||72||Brian Winters||Jets||T||Kent State|
|3||11||73||Mike Glennon||Buccaneers||QB||North Carolina State|
|3||13||75||Terron Armstead||Saints||T||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|3||17||79||Markus Wheaton||Steelers||WR||Oregon State|
|3||18||80||J.J. Wilcox||Cowboys||DB||Georgia Southern|
|3||19||81||Damontre Moore||Giants||DE||Texas A&M|
|3||25||87||Jordan Hill||Seahawks||DT||Penn State|
|3||27||89||Brennan Williams||Texans||T||North Carolina|
|3||28||90||Kayvon Webster||Broncos||DB||South Florida|
|3||30||92||Stedman Bailey||Rams||WR||West Virginia|
|3||31||93||Will Davis||Dolphins||DB||Utah State|
|3||32||94||Brandon Williams||Ravens||DT||Missouri Southern State|
|3||33||95||Sam Montgomery||Texans||DE||Louisiana State|
Geno Smith Selected by Jets in Second Round of 2013 NFL Draft
By Chris Malumphy
The Jacksonville Jaguars started round two of the 2013 NFL Draft by selecting defensive back Johnathan Cyprien from Florida International. The Tennessee Titans traded with the 49ers, who had obtained the pick from Kansas City in the Alex Smith trade, to draft wide receiver Justin Hunter from Tennessee. The Philadelphia Eagles then added Stanford tight end Zach Ertz to join Skip Kelly's new offense. The Detroit Lions hope to shore up their defense through the selection of defensive back Darius Slay from Mississippi State. The Cincinnati Bengals continue to build the type of an offense that Andy Dalton can thrive in by picking running back Giovani Bernard from North Carolina.
Notre Dame's Manti Te'o name finally came off the board and went to the San Diego Chargers who need inside linebacking help.
The long wait ended for West Virginia's Geno Smith who will be heading to New York to challenge Mark Sanchez for the Jets' starting quarterback job. The 49ers added Cornelius Carradine, a defensive end from Florida State. The Buffalo Bills, who drafted quarterback E.J. Manuel in the first round, drafted wide receiver Robert Woods of USC with the 41st pick. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers followed by selecting defensive back Johnthan Banks from Mississippi State. Defensive tackle Kawann Short of Purdue was picked by the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers used their top two picks on defensive tackles. Louisiana State sent inside linebacker Kevin Minter to the Arizona Cardinals. The Buffalo Bills added inside linebacker Alonso Kiko from Oregon. The Dallas Cowboys drafted San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar.
Former running back Merrill Hoge announced that Steeler nation drafted Le'Veon Bell from Michigan State. Ohio State finally had a player come off the board when the New York Giants drafted defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. The Chicago Bears, needing to replace Brian Urlacher, drafted inside linebacker Jon Bostic from Florida. With their first pick in the draft, the Washington Redskins selected North Carolina State cornerback David Amerson. The New England Patriots, also making their first selection, took Southern Mississippi linebacker Jamie Collins. The Cincinnati Bengals used the 53rd pick on defensive end Margus Hunt from Estonia via SMU, a gigantic end with tremendous kick blocking ability.
Cornerback Jamar Taylor of Boise State was picked by the Miami Dolphins. The 49ers traded with the Packers to pick tight end Vance McDonald from Rice. The Ravens then traded with the Seahawks to pick inside linebacker Arthur Brown from Kansas State, potentially to help overcome the loss of Ray Lewis. The Texans added hard-hitting defensive back D.J. Swearinger from South Carolina.
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball will continue to run in a zone-blocking system as he joins the Denver Broncos. The Patriots, in need of wide receiving help, selected Marshall's Aaron Dobson. The Atlanta Falcons picked Robert Alford, defensive back from Southeastern Louisiana. The Green Bay Packers have hopes of reintroducing a running game into their attack after selecting Eddie Lacy from Alabama. The Seattle Seahawks ended round two by drafting Texas A&M running back Christine Michael.
|2013 NFL Draft Second Round|
|2||1||33||Johnathan Cyprien||Jaguars||DB||Florida International|
|2||4||36||Darius Slay||Lions||DB||Mississippi State|
|2||5||37||Giovani Bernard||Bengals||RB||North Carolina|
|2||6||38||Manti Te'o||Chargers||LB||Notre Dame|
|2||7||39||Geno Smith||Jets||QB||West Virginia|
|2||8||40||Cornelius Carradine||Titans||DE||Florida State|
|2||10||42||Menelik Watson||Raiders||T||Florida State|
|2||11||43||Johnthan Banks||Buccaneers||DB||Mississippi State|
|2||13||45||Kevin Minter||Chargers||LB||Louisiana State|
|2||15||47||Gavin Escobar||Cowboys||TE||San Diego State|
|2||16||48||Le'Veon Bell||Steelers||RB||Michigan State|
|2||17||49||Johnathan Hankins||Giants||DT||Ohio State|
|2||19||51||David Amerson||Redskins||DB||North Carolina State|
|2||20||52||Jamie Collins||Patriots||LB||Southern Mississippi|
|2||21||53||Margus Hunt||Bengals||DE||Southern Methodist|
|2||22||54||Jamar Taylor||Dolphins||DB||Boise State|
|2||24||56||Arthur Brown||Ravens||LB||Kansas State|
|2||25||57||D.J. Swearinger||Texans||DB||South Carolina|
|2||28||60||Robert Alford||Falcons||DB||Southeastern Louisiana|
|2||30||62||Christine Michael||Seahawks||RB||Texas A&M|
Kansas City Chiefs Select Tackle Eric Fisher with Top Pick in 2013 NFL Draft
By Chris Malumphy
With the first pick of the 2013 NFL Draft the Kansas City Chiefs selected tackle Eric Fisher from Central Michigan, the highest player ever drafted from the MAC. Fisher becomes the fourth tackle picked with first choice in NFL Draft joining Jake Long 2008 (Dolphins), Orlando Pace 1997 (Rams), Ron Yary 1968 (Vikings).
The Jacksonville Jaguars used the second pick in the draft to take tackle Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. Fisher and Joeckel become the first pair of tackles to be taken with the top two picks.
The Oakland Raiders traded the third pick in the draft to the Miami Dolphins who took 6-7, 240 defensive end-linebacker Dion Jordan from Oregon. The Raiders received the Dolphins' first round choice (12th) and second round pick (42nd). Oklahoma's Lane Johnson become the third tackle selected when he was picked by the Philadelphia Eagles. Hall of Famer and cover of Madden 25 announced the Detroit Lions draft of defensive end Ezekiel Ansah from Brigham Young.All day long, media speculated that the Cleveland Browns would try to trade up or down, instead they stood pat and drafted defensive end Barkevious Mingo from LSU. Thus, the first six picks of the draft focused on protecting or rushing the passer. The trend continued when the Arizona Cardinals chose guard Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina to protect newly acquired quarterback Carson Palmer.
The St. Louis Rams moved into the 8th spot from 16, swapping picks with the Buffalo Bills, to obtain diminutive speedster Tavon Austin of West Virginia. Austin will operate from the slot replacing Danny Amendola. The Rams gave the Bills a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 7th round pick and the Bills also gave the Rams a 3rd round choice. Austin became the first skill position player selected in the 2013 Draft breaking the streak of seven consecutive pass rushers or protectors.
The New York Jets will attempt to replace Darrelle Revis with Alabama defensive back Dee Milliner. The Tennessee Titans moved to protect Jake Locker and create holes for Chris Johnson by choosing guard Chance Warmack from Alabama with the 10th pick in the draft. With Warmack's selection, the 2013 Draft marked the first time that five offensive lineman were ever taken in the top 10 picks. The San Diego Chargers picked the 3rd straight member of the Crimson Tide when it picked tackle D.J. Fluker in hopes of protecting quarterback Philip Rivers.
The Oakland Raiders used the 12th pick on defensive back D.J. Hayden from Houston. The New York Jets continued to add to their defense with defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from Missouri. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will help shore up the Carolina Panther defensive line. The New Orleans Saints drafted Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.
The most surprising pick of the draft was made by the Buffalo Bills who eschewed Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley to select Florida State multi-talented quarterback E.J. Manuel. The last time the first quarterback lasted to the 16th pick was in 2000 when the New York Jets drafted Chad Pennington with the 18th selection.
True to its word, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not let Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones get past them with the 17th pick. The San Francisco 49ers gave the Dallas Cowboys their first round selection and a 3rd round choice (74th pick) to draft Louisiana State safety Eric Reid to replace Vernon Gholston. The New York Giants picked guard-tackle Justin Pugh from Syracuse. The Chicago Bears moved to improve its offensive line with Kyle Long, Howie's son', who played guard with Oregon.
The Cincinnati Bengals chose tight end Tyler Eifert from Notre Dame with the 21st pick. The Atlanta Falcons sent their 1st, 3rd and 6th round picks to the Rams to move up and take defensive back Desmont Trufant from Washington, who has two brothers already in the league. The Minnesota Vikings found Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle from Florida, fall into their laps--some had thought Floyd could go as high as the 3rd pick in the draft. Defensive end Bjoern Warner from Germany thru Florida State was selected by the Indianapolis Colts. The Green Bay Packers added defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA.
The Houston Texans drafted a complement for Andre Johnson by taking DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver from Clemson. North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams was taken by the Denver Broncos.
The Vikings sent a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th to the Patriots to obtain their third first round pick, Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. The Rams drafted linebacker Alec Ogletree from Georgia. The Dallas Cowboys reached to take center Travis Frederick of Wisconsin. The final pick of the first round went to the Super Bowl champion Baltimoe Ravens who picked safety Matt Elam of Florida to replace Ed Reed.
The Minnesota Vikings had three first round picks: DT Sharrif Floyd, DB Xavier Rhodes and WR Cordarrelle Patterson. The St. Louis Rams (WR Tavon Austin and LB Alec Ogletree) and the New York Jets (DB Dee Milliner, DT Sheldon Richardson) each had two picks. Teams with no first round selections were: New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.
Florida State (QB E.J. Manuel, DE Bjoern Warner and DB Xavier Rhodes) had three players selected in the first round as did Alabama (DB Dee Milliner, G Chance Warmack and T D.J. Fluker). Louisiana State (DE Barkevious Mingo and DB Eric Reid) and North Carolina (G Jonathan Cooper and DT Sylvester Williams) had two players drafted in round one.
No running backs were drafted in the first round.
|2013 NFL Draft First Round|
|1||1||1||Eric Fisher||Chiefs||T||Central Michigan|
|1||2||2||Luke Joeckel||Jaguars||T||Texas A&M|
|1||5||5||Ezekiel Ansah||Lions||DE||Brigham Young|
|1||6||6||Barkevious Mingo||Browns||DE||Louisiana State|
|1||7||7||Jonathan Cooper||Cardinals||G||North Carolina|
|1||8||8||Tavon Austin||Rams||WR||West Virgina|
|1||16||16||E.J. Manuel||Bills||QB||Florida State|
|1||18||18||Eric Reid||49ers||DB||Louisiana State|
|1||21||21||Tyler Eifert||Bengals||TE||Notre Dame|
|1||24||24||Bjoern Warner||Colts||DE||Florida State|
|1||25||25||Xavier Rhodes||Vikings||DB||Florida State|
|1||28||28||Sylvester Williams||Broncos||DT||North Carolina|
Quarterbacks Drafted in 2012 Shatter Prior Cumulative Rookie QB Records
By Chris Malumphy
The quarterbacks drafted in 2012 are a truly remarkable lot. It was anticipated that the 2012 quarterback crop, led by Stanford's Andrew Luck, who was long expected to be the number one pick in whichever year he entered the NFL, would be very good. Few, however, suspected how good, or how quickly, the quarterbacks drafted in 2012 would make their mark.
Not only was it a highly talented group, but it entered the NFL right at the time teams have finally cast aside the long held view that rookie quarterbacks should man the sidelines and be given time to develop their skills. The days when the Cincinnati Bengals kept number one pick Carson Palmer off the playing field for a full season to give him time to learn his trade are long since gone. Even the days when rookies were held out until after their team's bye week appears to have gone by the wayside.
Last year's quarterback crop was so good that even though Luck led his team from a 1-15 into the playoffs, he may have only had the third best season of the rookies drafted in 2012, arguably having been outplayed, rather handily one might conclude, by Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson, who also led their teams into the playoffs.
All four quarterbacks drafted in the first round (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, Ryan Tennehill and Brandon Weeden) started immediately as did third rounder Russell Wilson. Those five only sat out when injury struck. Third round Nick Foles also had a creditable half-season as a replacement for an injured Michael Vick in Philadelphia as did fourth round pick Kirk Cousins who played in a more limited role when RG3 was injured. Even sixth round selection Ryan Lindley got considerable playing time for the quarterback deprived Arizona Cardinals, although he was sorely overmatched. Brock Osweiler also got on the field for a few tosses in Denver. The only quarterbacks drafted in 2012 who did not throw a pass were seventh rounders B.J. Coleman and Chandler Harnish (Mr. Irrelevant in the 2012 draft).
The number of passes thrown by rookie quarterbacks has increased each of the past five seasons. Rookie quarterbacks threw more passes for more yards in each of the past three seasons (2010-2012) than the rookies in any prior year over the past two decades.
Quarterbacks drafted in 2010 got plenty of action in their rookie season, throwing 1,463 passes for 8,710 yards, 175 attempts and 804 yards more than in any year since 1993. Those drafted in 2011 topped those figures by 480 attempts (1,943) and 4,350 yards (13,060). The 2012 draftees added 995 (2,902) more attempts and 7,240 (20,300) yards more to those already lofty figures. Led by Russell Wilson, who threw the most touchdowns as a rookie since Peyton Manning also threw 26 in 1998, the 2012 draftees tossed 105 touchdowns as rookies, topping the prior mark by 32. Only the rookies drafted in 2008, the year of Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, had a higher cumulative passing rating.
It is hard to imagine that the 2013 quarterback crop will come close to matching the lofty achievements of the class of 2012. But in the whacky world of the NFL, youth now triumphs, and quarterbacks that are found wanting are more quickly replaced than ever before. If Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib, Matt Barkley, E.J. Manuel or any of the other numerous quarterbacks available in 2013 land with the right team, they might end up starting from day one too. General managers and coaches are now being replaced so frequently and at such a quick rate that taking time to "develop" a quarterback is no longer a viable solution for those whose job security requires that they win today.
|Quarterbacks Drafted in 2012|
|Robert Griffin III||1||2||2||Redskins||Baylor||393||258||65.6||3200||8.1||12.4||20||5.1||5||1.3||30||7.1||102.4|
|Ryan Tannehill||1||8||8||Dolphins||Texas A&M||484||282||58.3||3294||6.8||11.7||12||2.5||13||2.7||35||6.7||76.1|
|Brandon Weeden||1||22||22||Browns||Oklahoma State||517||297||57.4||3385||6.5||11.4||14||2.7||17||3.3||28||5.1||72.6|
|Brock Osweiler||2||25||57||Broncos||Arizona State||4||2||50.0||12||3.0||6.0||0||0.0||0||0.0||0||0.0||56.3|
|Kirk Cousins||4||7||102||Redskins||Michigan State||48||33||68.8||466||9.7||14.1||4||8.3||3||6.3||3||5.9||101.6|
|Ryan Lindley||6||15||185||Cardinals||San Diego State||171||89||52.0||752||4.4||8.4||0||0.0||7||4.1||12||6.6||46.7|
|B.J. Coleman||7||36||243||Packers||Tennessee-Chattanooga|| || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|Chandler Harnish||7||46||253||Colts||Northern Illinois|| || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|Cumulative Records of Drafted Quarterbacks in Rookie Seasons|
|Note: For this table, played includes quarterbacks who attempted at least one pass during the season. 2013 includes Terrelle Pryor who was selected in the Supplemental Draft but did not attempt a pass as a rookie.|
Who’ll Have the Last Laugh When Quarterbacks are Drafted in 2013
By Chris Malumphy
The publication of pre-draft player analysis is generally a joke. Typically, everyone and their mother believes they can identify the few "can't miss" players coming out of college each year but even the professionals make whopping mistakes. Drafting almost any other player is even more of a gigantic crap shoot where success is primarily based on a team's ability to select players who: 1) fit their scheme, 2) stay healthy, 3) remain outside of the coach's dog-house and 4) reside on the right side of the law. It also helps if their head coach in years two and three is the same guy who originally drafted them.
Pre-draft player analysis is so laughably contradictory that even in a year when there is said to be no standouts among the incoming quarterbacks, it has been suggested that nearly a dozen different players are not only draftworthy but are THE ones to watch, either immediately or for the long term. But geesh. Just look at history. Few quarterbacks are drafted, fewer get to play, and with very small exceptions only one or two drafted in any given year make any significant positive contribution over their entire careers.
None of the experts are in agreement about the quarterbacks available in the 2013 NFL Draft. In fact, it seems as if they WANT to differ, so that if by chance their choice has a good year or two, they'll be able to claim bragging rights. But a buck shot approach isn't helpful analysis no matter how much film is watched. Mike Mayock likes this guy. Greg Cosell likes somebody else. You can pay to see who Mel Kiper, Jr. prefers. Old scions like Gil Brandt are always good for an opinion or two. Steve Mariucci wishes he had the status of Jon Gruden and Gruden likes any young quarterback that he doesn't happen to actually be coaching. Everyone, including esteemed journalists, mock draft creators, bloggers and tweeters throws in a "sleeper" just in case. Moreover, teams are tossing out as much disinformation as possible in hopes of turning things to their own benefit.
The pundits who seem to be paid by the word, or perhaps by the link bait, have named everyone under the sun as a possibility including: Geno Smith (West Virginia), Ryan Nassib (Syracuse), E.J. Manuel (Florida State), Matt Barkley (USC), Mike Glennon (North Carolina State), Tyler Wilson (Arkansas), Tyler Bray (Tennessee), Zac Dysert (Miami OH), Landry Jones (Oklahoma) and "sleepers" Matt Scott (Arizona), Sean Renfree (Duke), Brad Sorensen (Utah) and Collin Klein (Kansas State). I'm sure I've missed several others whose names have been tossed about.
Analysts are not only looking at players' strengths, but are also identifying any perceived weaknesses. The result is that no one can run the gamut unscathed. Dissing top prospects for one seeming fault or another may just be similar to personnel recruiters who find everyone wanting because they are in search of the purple squirrel, the non-existent holy grail. That's probably how Tom Brady dropped to round six or Dan Marino had five other quarterbacks drafted ahead of him. Does Geno Smith have the work ethic? Does Matt Barkley have the arm? Can anyone develop the athleticism of E.J. Manuel? Will Mike Glennon gain accuracy? Is Landry Jones even a possibility? Can Zac Dysert rise from the MAC like Ben Roethlisberger? Does Tyler Bray carry too much baggage? Is Ryan Nassib the man? What would Tyle Wilson be like with consistent coaching? And just who are these sleepers: Matt Scott, Sean Renfree, Brad Sorensen and Collin Klein?
Who'll be the top dog of the class of 2013 years from now when all is said and done? I have no idea. And while all the speculation is fun, I'm not sure if it is very enlightening. That's why DraftHistory.com doesn't try to predict the future with mock drafts, but instead reviews past history to see how things actually worked out--which by itself, may provide signficant guidance to teams in weighing how to proceed in the future or whether you should have any expectation that rookies will play when you draft your fantasy team.
It is only a few more days until NFL teams lay their true cards on the table by making their 2013 NFL Draft selections. Quarterback is always the position that is most interesting to follow. I can't wait.
No Clear Standout Wide Receivers from 2012 Draft
By Chris Malumphy
Of the 34 wide receivers drafted in 2012, only three exceeded 800 receiving yards in their rookie season and only four had as many as 50 catches. While several of the rookies showed promise, no one was a clear standout. To keep things in perspective, 800 yards averages out to just 50 yards per game and 50 receptions averages to 3.1 catches per game, certainly not awe-inspiring figures.
Justin Blackmon (865), T.Y. Hilton (861) and Josh Gordon (805) gained the most yards receiving. Blackmon (64), Kendall Wright (64), T.Y. Hilton (50) and Josh Gordon (50) caught the most passes. Hilton (7), Blackmon (5) and Gordon (5) scored the most touchdowns.
Former Baylor teammates Wright and Gordon totalled 114 receptions for 1,431 yards and 9 touchdowns, which nears 20% of the total production of the 34 wide receivers drafted in 2012.
There were 33 wide receivers selected during the primary draft, led by Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma who was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the fifth choice. Another wide-receiver, Josh Gordon from Baylor was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with a 2nd round choice in the Supplemental Draft. Blackmon led all first year draftees with 865 yards receiving and tied fellow 1st rounder Kendall Wright for the lead in receptions with 64. Wright was drafted from Baylor by the Tennessee Titans with the 20th pick in the 1st round. He was the third wide receiver drafted.
Four wide receivers were selected in the 1st round. The top three were saddled with poor or mediocre quarterbacks: Justin Blackmon (Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne), Michael Floyd (Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer) and Kendall Wright (Jake Locker, Matt Hasselbeck). While none of the three had standout seasons, they each showed enough promise to give hope that they could excel given better quarterbacking. The fourth 1st rounder, A.J. Jenkins missed the entire season due to injury.
Each of the five receivers drafted in the 2nd round disappointed: Brian Quick (Rams), Stephen Hill (Jets), Alshon Jeffery (Bears), Ryan Broyles (Lions), Rueben Randle (Giants). None caught as many as 25 passes or gained even 400 yards receiving, a measley 25 per game.
Perhaps the most pleasant surprise among the wide receivers drafted in 2012 was T.Y. Hilton, taken by the Indianapolis Colts with the 29th pick in the 3rd round. Hilton led the first year draftees with 7 receptions for touchdowns, was 2nd in receiving yards with 861, only 4 behind Blackmon, and tied Josh Gordon with 50 catches, trailing only Blackmon and Wright, who each had 64. The Rams' Chris Givens, a 4th round pick, also had a good season with 42 catches for 698 yards, easily outproducing teammate Brian Quick who was drafted two rounds earlier.
|Wide Receivers Drafted in 2012|
|Justin Blackmon||Jaguars||1||5||5||Oklahoma State||Jaguars||2||23||11.5||0||64||865||13.5||5|
|Michael Floyd||Cardinals||1||13||13||Notre Dame||Cardinals||45||562||12.5||2|
|Brian Quick||Rams||2||1||33||Appalachian State||Rams||11||156||14.2||2|
|Stephen Hill||Jets||2||11||43||Georgia Tech||Jets||21||252||12.0||3|
|Alshon Jeffery||Bears||2||13||45||South Carolina||Bears||24||367||15.3||3|
|Rueben Randle||Giants||2||31||63||Louisiana State||Giants||19||298||15.7||3|
|Devier Posey||Texans||3||5||68||Ohio State||Texans||1||-3||-3.0||0||6||87||14.5||0|
|T.J. Graham||Bills||3||6||69||North Carolina State||Bills||1||5||5.0||0||31||322||10.4||1|
|T.Y. Hilton||Colts||3||29||92||Florida International||Colts||5||29||5.8||0||50||861||17.2||7|
|Chris Givens||Rams||4||1||96||Wake Forest||Rams||3||12||4.0||0||42||698||16.6||3|
|Travis Benjamin||Browns||4||5||100||Miami (FL)||Browns||6||66||11.0||0||18||298||16.6||2|
|Devon Wylie||Chiefs||4||12||107||Fresno State||Chiefs||6||53||8.8||0|
|Keshawn Martin||Texans||4||26||121||Michigan State||Texans||4||53||13.3||0||10||85||8.5||1|
|Danny Coale||Cowboys||5||17||152||Virginia Tech|
|B.J. Cunningham||Dolphins||6||13||183||Michigan State|
|Tommy Streeter||Ravens||6||28||198||Miami (FL)|
|Jordan White||Jets||7||37||244||Western Michigan||Jets||1||13||13.0||0|
|Note: Josh Gordon was selected in the second round of the Supplemental Draft.|
Sixth Round Pick Alfred Morris Led All 2012 Draftees in Rushing
By Chris Malumphy
Redskins' sixth round pick Alfred Morris from Florida Atlantic led all rookies in rushing in 2012 gaining 1,613 yards for 4.8 yards per carry and 13 touchdowns. The top two running backs taken in the 2012 draft also had good seasons. The Browns' Trent Richardson, selected with the 3rd pick from Alabama, gained 950 yards rushing for 11 touchdowns despite playing several games with broken ribs. He also led rookie running backs with 51 receptions. The second running back selected, Doug Martin, drafted by the Buccaneers with the 31st selection from Boise State, had the most combined rushing and receiving yardage of running backs drafted in 2012 gaining 1,454 yards on the ground and another 472 in the air. Other than Morris, Richardson, and Morris, the only other 2012 draftee to top 600 yards rushing was Vick Ballard, taken by the Colts in the 5th round with the 170th choice from Mississippi State, who gained 814 yards.
|Running Backs Drafted in 2012|
|Doug Martin||Buccaneers||1||31||31||Boise State||Buccaneers||319||1454||4.6||11||49||472||9.6||1|
|David Wilson||Giants||1||32||32||Virginia Tech||Giants||71||358||5.0||4||4||34||8.5||1|
|Ronnie Hillman||Broncos||3||4||67||San Diego State||Broncos||85||330||3.9||1||10||62||6.2||0|
|Lamar Miller||Dolphins||4||2||97||Miami (FL)||Dolphins||51||250||4.9||1||6||45||7.5||0|
|Robert Turbin||Seahawks||4||11||106||Utah State||Seahawks||80||354||4.4||0||19||181||9.5||0|
|Rhett Ellison||Vikings||4||33||128||USC|| || || || || ||7||65||9.3||0|
|Bradie Ewing||Falcons||5||22||157||Wisconsin|| || || || || || || || || |
|Vick Ballard||Colts||5||35||170||Mississippi State||Colts||211||814||3.9||2||17||152||8.9||1|
|Alfred Morris||Redskins||6||3||173||Florida Atlantic||Redskins||335||1613||4.8||13||11||77||7.0||0|
|Cyrus Gray||Chiefs||6||12||182||Texas A&M||Chiefs||7||44||6.3||0||2||18||9.0||0|
|Dan Herron||Bengals||6||21||191||Ohio State||Bengals||4||5||1.3||0|| || || || |
|Terrance Ganaway||Jets||6||32||202||Baylor|| || || || || || || || || |
|Michael Smith||Buccaneers||7||5||212||Utah State|| || || || || || || || || |
|Bryce Brown||Eagles||7||22||229||Kansas State||Eagles||115||564||4.9||4||13||56||4.3||0|
|Edwin Baker||Chargers||7||43||250||Michigan State|| || || || || || || || || |
|Daryl Richardson||Rams||7||45||252||Abilene Christian||Rams||98||475||4.8||0||24||163||6.8||0|
Tight Ends Drafted in 2012 Had Little Impact, Except in Indianapolis
By Chris Malumphy
Twelve tight ends were drafted in 2012. Only two of them caught more than eight passes, and both played for the Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, a second round pick from Stanford, caught 26 passes and two touchdowns from his college teammate Andrew Luck while Dwayne Allen, a third round choice was on the receiving end of 34 passes for touchdowns. No other tight end drafted in 2012 scored and only the Bengals' Orson Charles gained was able to gain 100 yards.
|Tight Ends Drafted in 2012|
|Michael Egnew||Dolphins||3||15||78||Missouri|| || || || || |
|Adrien Robinson||Giants||4||32||127||Cincinnati|| || || || || |
|Taylor Thompson||Titans||5||10||145||Southern Methodist||Titans||6||46||7.7||0|
|Drake Dunsmore||Buccaneers||7||26||233||Northwestern|| || || || || |
Who Has the Best Backup QBs? Does Size Matter?
By Chris Malumphy
Need to get your football jones? Check out SI.com's Don Banks article Many teams added new No. 2 QBs, but who has best backup plan?. It is hard to believe that there are so many ex-Cleveland Browns serving in backup capacity elsewhere: Colt McCoy (49ers), Bruce Gradkowski (Steelers), Luke McCown, (Saints), Josh Johnson (Bengals) and Derek Anderson (Panthers). Can you believe that Brady Quinn and Seneca Wallace are still available? [Note: Quinn has now been signed by the Seahawks and Wallace by the Raiders. that means 7 teams, over 20% of the NFL, has an ex Brown as a backup quarterback. hat must be a record.]
And while your focus is on quarterbacks, check out Scott Kacsmar's article at ColdHardFootballFacts.com on Tall Task: Does Height Matter For NFL Quarterbacks?
Mike Shanahan Shuns 1st Round Running Backs and Still Produces Big Rushing Seasons
By Chris Malumphy
No Mike Shanahan coached team has ever drafted a running back in the first round. That is merely an interesting fact when you consider that he will be entering his 20th season as a head coach in 2013. But it is astounding when you realize that five of the rookie running backs he has coached have gained over 1,100 yards in their rookie seasons, including 2012 sixth round pick Alfred Morris who gained 1,613 yards and scored 13 rushing touchdowns as a rookie.
|Rookie Running Backs Who Exceeded 1,000 Yards|
Coached by Mike Shanahan
|2012||Alfred Morris||Redskins||6||3||173||Florida Atlantic||Redskins||335||1613||4.8||13||83|
|2002||Clinton Portis||Broncos||2||19||51||Miami (FL)||Broncos||273||1508||5.5||15||79|
What makes Shanahan's record even more incredible is that since 1991, there have been only 10 other running backs drafted after the first round who gained 1,000 yards rushing in their rookie season. Imagine that, Shanahan coached rookies accomplished that feat in 5 of his 19 years (26.3%), while other teams only did it 10 times in approximately 600 opportunities (roughly 1.7%). No other coach had more than one 1,000 yard rookie drafted after the first round during that time. Also note that one of the other coaches who did, Gary Kubiak, is a Shanahan protege. Kubiak also had the undrafted Arian Foster gain over 1,000 yards in his rookie season.
|Rookie Running Backs Drafted Later than the First Round Since 1991|
Who Gained 1000+ Yards Rushing
|2012||Alfred Morris||Redskins||6||3||173||Florida Atlantic||Redskins||335||1613||4.8||13||Mike Shanahan|
|2002||Clinton Portis||Broncos||2||19||51||Miami (FL)||Broncos||273||1508||5.5||15||Mike Shanahan|
|1995||Curtis Martin||Patriots||3||10||74||Pittsburgh||Patriots||368||1487||4.0||14||Bill Parcells|
|2000||Mike Anderson||Broncos||6||23||189||Utah||Broncos||297||1487||5.0||15||Mike Shanahan|
|2008||Steve Slaton||Texans||3||26||89||West Virginia||Texans||268||1282||4.8||9||Gary Kubiak|
|2008||Matt Forte||Bears||2||13||44||Tulane||Bears||316||1238||3.9||8||Lovie Smith|
|2001||Anthony Thomas||Bears||2||7||38||Michigan||Bears||278||1183||4.3||7||Dick Jauron|
|1999||Olandis Gary||Broncos||4||32||127||Georgia||Broncos||276||1159||4.2||7||Mike Shanahan|
|1997||Corey Dillon||Bengals||2||13||43||Washington||Bengals||233||1129||4.8||10||Bruce Coslet|
|1995||Terrell Davis||Broncos||6||25||196||Georgia||Broncos||237||1117||4.7||7||Mike Shanahan|
|1996||Karim Abdul-Jabbar||Dolphins||3||19||80||UCLA||Dolphins||307||1116||3.6||11||Jimmy Johnson|
|1993||Reggie Brooks||Redskins||2||16||45||Notre Dame||Redskins||223||1063||4.8||3||Richie Petitbon|
|2003||Domanick Williams (Davis)||Texas||4||4||101||Louisiana State||Texans||238||1031||4.3||8||Dom Capers|
|1993||Ronald Moore||Cardinals||4||3||87||Pittsburg State (KS)||Cardinals||263||1018||3.9||9||Joe Bugel|
|1994||Errict Rhett||Buccaneers||2||5||34||Florida||Buccaneers||284||1011||3.6||7||Sam Wyche|
|Undrafted Rookie Running Backs Who Gained 1000+ Yards Rushing|
|2010||Arian Foster||Tennessee||Texans||327||1616||4.9||16||Gary Kubiak|
|2001||Dominic Rhodes||Midwestern State||Colts||233||1104||4.7||9||Jim Mora|
|2010||LeGarrette Blount||Oregon||Buccaneers||201||1007||5.0||6||Raheem Morris|
Shanahan began his head coaching career with a short one and a quarter season gig with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988-89 where his relationship with managing partner/owner Al Davis lasted just as long as Davis' relationship with Lane Kiffin nearly 20 years later. Shanahan achieved greater success and fame leading the Denver Broncos for 14 seasons from 1995-2008. Although his start with the Redskins, and another enigmatic owner Daniel Snyder, initially looked rocky, his three years with the Redskins (2010-date) began trending significantly upward last season.
Shanahan is known as a quarterback guru and achieved his greatest successes, including back-to-back Super Bowl victories with John Elway, and last season, with Robert Griffin III. Shanahan has also won games with lesser names like Brian Griese, Jake Plummer and Jay Cutler. In Los Angeles, he was saddled with Jay Schroeder and Steve Beuerlein and in Washington he had to rely on the broken-down Donovan McNabb and the erratic Rex Grossman his first two seasons.
But Shanahan's real coaching mettle might be in implementing superb running games, using the zone blocking schemes first installed in Shanahan's offense by former long-time aid Alex Gibbs, who coached his offensive lines for many seasons.
Shanahan coached running backs have gained 1,000 yards rushing on 12 occasions, including 6 seasons above 1,500 yards and another that fell just 13 yards short of that benchmark. The dozen 1,000 seasons were accomplished by seven different running backs. Thus far, only Terrell Davis (4), Clinton Portis (2) and Mike Anderson (2) have surpassed 1,000 yards on multiple occasions for Shanahan. Shanahan has coached up near forgetables like Reuben Droughns, Olandis Gary and Tatum Bell to big seasons. For instance, Shanahan turned Droughns into a 1,240 yard rusher in his fourth season after the third round pick of the Detroit Lions gained only 97 yards total with a miserable 2.4 yard average during his first three seasons. And Tatum Bell's best season under Shanahan probably wasn't when he surpassed 1,000 yards in 2004, but rather in 2005 when he gained 921 yards on only 173 rushes for a 5.3 yard average and eight rushing touchdowns.
|1,000 Yard Seasons|
by Mike Shanahan Coached Running Backs
|2012||Alfred Morris||Redskins||335||1613||4.8||13||83||2012||Redskins||6||3||173||Florida Atlantic|
|2003||Clinton Portis||Broncos||290||1591||5.5||14||76||2002||Broncos||2||19||51||Miami (FL)|
|2002||Clinton Portis||Broncos||273||1508||5.5||15||79||2002||Broncos||2||19||51||Miami (FL)|
|2006||Tatum Bell||Broncos||233||1025||4.4||2||43||2004||Broncos||2||9||41||Oklahoma State|
Unfortunately, Shanahan missed out on having a fair shot at coaching arguably one of the potentially greatest running backs of his era during his aborted two years as head coach of the Raiders. Bo Jackson was on the Raiders' roster when Shanahan arrived in Los Angeles. Thing was, he was also playing major league baseball at the time, and missed training camp and the first five games of each season Shanahan was with the Raiders. In his career, Jackson never played in more than 11 games, and never started more than nine. In 1988, the only season he was coached by Shanahan, Jackson only ran the ball 136 times for a 4.3 yard average and three rushing touchdowns. It was by far the worst of his four pro football seasons, a career that was cut short by a devastating hip injury. In 1989, his best season as a pro, when Bo gained 950 yards, a 5.5 yard average on 173 carries, Shanahan had already been fired by the time Jackson rejoined the team after his season with the Kansas City Royals ended.
Although many running backs have reached their zenith playing for Shanahan, as Terrell Davis did when he gained 2,008 yards and scored 21 touchdowns rushing in 1998, perhaps they should be leery of playing for him. Shanahan uses up running backs fast, and tosses them away even quicker. Davis had four of the most productive years ever for a running back. But injuries, perhaps caused by wanton overuse, limited his career to seven seasons, the last three of which he never played in more than 8 games. Clinton Portis saw another side of how Shanahan views running backs. The second round pick gained over 1,500 yards in each of his first two seasons under Shanahan. But rather than pay Portis for those accomplishments, Shanahan traded him to the Redskins for Champ Bailey before the third season began. Shanahan then turned to Droughns, Anderson and Tatum Bell to top 1,000 yards over the next three seasons.
Those should be words of warning to last season's rushing phenom Alred Morris. Morris was called on to carry the ball 335 times his rookie season and surpassed everyone's expectations averaging 4.8 yards per carry and scoring 13 rushing touchdowns. As long as he remains healthy, Shanahan is likely to call on Morris just as frequently in 2013 in order to continue his game plan and protect the health of the Redskins' true franchise player, Robert Griffin III. Even if Morris continues to star, he is unlikely to ever cash in big with the Redskins, who got him cheap as a 6th round pick. If the day comes when Morris seeks big money, history shows that Shanahan is likely to send him packing quickly and just plug in another late round selection in his place.
|Running Backs Drafted by Mike Shanahan Coached Teams|
(Rookie Season Rushing Stats)
|1988||Reggie Ware||Raiders||9||6||227||Auburn|| || || || || || |
|1989||Doug Lloyd||Raiders||6||17||156||North Dakota State|| || || || || || |
|1989||Derrick Gainer||Raiders||8||10||205||Florida A&M|| || || || || || |
|1996||Detron Smith||Broncos||3||4||65||Texas A&M|| || || || || || |
|1996||L.T. Levine||Broncos||7||26||235||Kansas|| || || || || || |
|1998||Curtis Alexander||Broncos||4||30||122||Alabama|| || || || || || |
|2002||Clinton Portis||Broncos||2||19||51||Miami (FL)||Broncos||273||1508||5.5||15||79|
|2003||Ahmaad Galloway||Broncos||7||21||235||Alabama|| || || || || || |
|2004||Tatum Bell||Broncos||2||9||41||Oklahoma State||Broncos||75||396||5.3||3||18|
|2004||Brandon Miree||Broncos||7||46||247||Pittsburgh|| || || || || || |
|2005||Maurice Clarett||Broncos||3||37||101||Ohio State|| || || || || || |
|2008||Ryan Torain||Broncos||5||4||139||Arizona State||Broncos||15||69||4.6||1||4|
|2011||Evan Royster||Redskins||6||12||177||Penn State||Redskins||56||328||5.9||0||17|
|2012||Alfred Morris||Redskins||6||3||173||Florida Atlantic||Redskins||335||1613||4.8||13||83|
Few Quarterbacks Drafted After 1st Round are Worthy of Building Around
By Chris Malumphy
Over the past ten years, 130 quarterbacks have been drafted, nearly a quarter of whom were selected in the first round. Although there are the occasional exceptions, quarterbacks drafted later than round one typically don't get much playing time or have much of a positive impact on the game. Thus, the notion that you can take a developmental quarterback in the later rounds with plans of coaching them up into a viable starter is pretty much a pipe dream. During the past ten drafts, we have yet to see another Tom Brady or even much of a challenger to the likes of a Matt Hasselbeck, taken late in the draft. Every now and then some team gets lucky, but just like in a casino, most such high hopes are quickly flushed down the drain.
The following table shows the combined career statistics of the quarterbacks drafted since 2008 by round. It includes the number of quarterbacks drafted and the number of seasons any of those quarterbacks attempted 300 or more passes (which is a good indicator that they started a significant portion of the year).
Naturally, quarterbacks taken early tend to do better than those drafted in later rounds. The extent to which they dominate, however, is rather astounding. If your favorite team is in need of a passer, and fails to grab one of the top two or three in any draft, but decides to wait to pick one in the later rounds, don't get your hopes up. The odds are decidedly against them.
Of the 130 quarterbacks drafted since 2003, 31 (24%) were taken in the first round. No other round had more quarterbacks selected. As might be expected, the first rounders have dominated all siginificant statistical categories, usually by wide margins. First round quarterbacks have had 92 (75%) of the 122 seasons in which a quarterback threw at least 300 passes. With 366,594 total yards passing, the 31 first rounders have thrown for more than twice the combined yardage of the other 99 draftees. They have thrown 2,222 (71%) of the 3,143 touchdowns. First rounders have averaged more yards per attempt, more yards per completion, and a higher combined quarterback ranking than quarterbacks drafted in any other round. They also get sacked less frequently.
Quarterbacks drafted even one round later, don't fare nearly as well. Quarterbacks taken in the second round over the past 10 years, for instance, get sacked more frequently, amass nearly a half yard less per attempt and per completion, and have thrown as many interceptions as touchdowns. Quarterbacks drafted in the third round have done slightly better than second rounders, primarily due to the success of Matt Schaub, and more recently, Russell Wilson. The falloff becomes sharpest during round four, where teams don't even seem to bother considering to draft a quarterback with only 8 selected of the past 10 drafts. The number of quarterbacks drafted rises again in round five, but not a single one of the 19 quarterbacks drafted in the fifth round over the past 10 years has thrown 300 passes in a season. A few quarterbacks drafted in rounds six and seven have had a modicum of success in terms of getting onto the field to play, but they have not done particularly well. Certainly, none of them has approached the status of a playoff caliber quarterback.
|Passing Statistics for Quarterbacks Drafted Since 2003 by Round|
|Round||Number|| 300+ Att|