NFL Draft 2013: First-Round Winners and Losers

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo and main stage before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft is complete, we can sit back and over analyze every selection that was made in the first thirty-two picks. Like always, there were a few teams who’s draft strategy far exceeded the rest of the league, so let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers of round one of the NFL Draft.

Do you have any ideas of which team should be in each category?

Let’s get started with the biggest winners and losers of the 2013 NFL Draft’s opening round.

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  • jrcowboy49

    Dallas had notable prospects such as defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Eric Reid at No. 18. Instead, they worked out a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to swap first round picks and acquire an additional third. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The Cowboys would move down a few spots, gain an extra mid-rounder and still have a shot at drafting a top-rated offensive lineman. The plan backfired. The next two picks (19th and 20th) were tackle Justin Pugh and guard Kyle Long. Then, the plan backfired again. The 49ers used the 18th pick to select Reid, the Vikings snagged Floyd, and just when it seemed like the Cowboys were going to get a steal in defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, the Broncos took him at 28. Watching all of this go down on the live stream of the Cowboys War Room made it evident that this was the worst case scenario. Jerry Jones sat in the middle of the room, red-faced and shuffling papers about. Jason Garrett sat to his right, who seemed to get angrier every time Stephen Jones, sitting to Jerry’s left, got on the phone with somebody. It was clear that Plan A and Plan B had both failed. The results were picking a position of need, but not necessarily a player of desire. It seems that this was more of panic pick and less of a well thought out strategy. Trading down sounds nice in theory, but if it means missing out on a couple of top-rated prospects and being forced into a player you don’t want, then you have to question the value of your return. Will the added third rounder, No. 74 overall, provide enough production to cover for the likes of Reid and Floyd? Or will it be a bargaining chip for another trade? Having two second rounders would certainly make it look like Jones and company had a deliberate plan.

    • Gene Marshall

      I posted before the draft that trading down would be a mistake especially in view of JJ’s draft history. Most all of the pre-draft posts thought otherwise and went so far as to say I must be drunk. But what I posted would happen if Dallas traded down happened exactly as I predicted. I would like to tell you I told you so but I won’t. What the heck! I told you so. JJ just flat out has no business being a general manager. He must have thought the other teams would pass on at least one of the five remaining can’t miss players but what he fails to realize is that other teams aren’t as inept as he is. Maybe next year or maybe the next or maybe the next and so on as long as JJ is general manager.