Apr 26, 2012; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf and general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Leslie Frazier and co-owner Zygi Wilf hold a press conference to introduce the 2013 1st round draft picks Sharrif Floyd (76) and Xavier Rhodes (29) and Cordarrelle Patterson (84) at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NFL Draft Grades: Minnesota Vikings

The 2013 NFL Draft has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection. While some teams traded around to get who they want, others stood pat to see who would slide to them — and if there’s one thing to remember about this draft it’s players that slid around the rounds. But now that the draft is behind us, the all important grading phase has begun, so lets take a look at how the Green Bay Packers did in this year’s NFL Draft.

Draft Picks (Overall Selection)

  • (23) Sharrif Floyd, dt, Florida
  • (25) Xavier Rhodes, db, Florida State
  • (29) Cordarrelle Patterson, wr, Tennessee
  • (120) Gerald Hodges, lb, Penn State
  • (155) Jeff Locke, p, UCLA
  • (196) Jeff Baca, g, UCLA
  • (213) Michael Mauti, lb, Penn State
  • (214) Tarvis Bond, g, North Carolina
  • (229) Everrett Dawkins, dt, Florida State.

Best Pick: Sharrif Floyd, DT/Florida

Floyd was mocked as top 5 talent basically all month long, so the fact that he slipped all the way to the Vikings is nothing short of stunning. But the Vikings got a real steal with Floyd who will be able to fill the middle of the Vikings line but also slide around and potentially play at defensive end as well.

Worst Pick: Jeff Locke, P/UCLA

This seems like I’m picking on a punter, but the Vikings have Chris Kluwe and drafting Locke is simply to motivate Kluwe to put down the World of Warcraft, chill out with the overtly political rants and focus on the punting. Minnesota made the point by taking Locke high but they could have held off for another round.

Analysis: Overall, the Vikings had a top heavy draft that sort of fizzled the rest of the way home. The cream of the draft for Minnesota is in Floyd, Rhodes and Patterson who will all step in and make this team even better than they were last season. Minnesota needed to focus on getting more talent on defense and they did that, but now we need to see if it pans out.

2013 Draft Grade: B

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BigOdd Charles Stocks

    Before the draft I really hoped that we would l next year to addrun

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.just Matthew Just

    They deserve an A grade. You act like having the three picks in the first round was a bad thing “the Vikings had a top heavy draft that sort of fizzled the rest of the way home.” I say who gives a shit. How many guys are you going to sign to the team anyway? Definitely not every single rookie you pick. They got 3 of the top players in the draft that shouldn’t of even been there when they were picking and oh wouldn’t you know it, three positions of need! Your analysis is a joke.

  • http://twitter.com/dollada06 Adam D.

    If the Vikings drafted Locke just to scare Kluwe then they are idiots. Telling someone to chill out on their 1st Amendment right is shameful. I highly doubt the Vikings drafted the P just to dick with Kluwe.

    • http://twitter.com/SomeOldDude Paul Woods

      1.45 million for Kluwe versus league minimum for Locke who can do the same job…that is business. Hopefully it won’t take Locke 3 years to figure out that hang time is better than distance…

  • lions fan

    Hands down vik’s should of an A for a grade great job vik’s on your draft this year

  • http://twitter.com/SomeOldDude Paul Woods

    ” lets take a look at how the Green Bay Packers did in this year’s”
    Me thinks you need a proof reader…

  • afrodeeseac

    Its an A all of the way. The draft picks show strategy and future vision.

  • http://twitter.com/Chipper723 Sean Stevens

    they deserve an A for this draft. Kluwe is a good (not great) punter and although the things he speaks out about are politically legit, it’s an unwanted distraction for the Vikings football team. I agree with the coaches – his antics are getting old. Also, if you were paying attention before the draft, MIN was eyeing Locke anyway, so it’s no surprise. He was projected to go as early as round 3, so a 99 rated punter in the 5th is great value.

    Day 1 – A+
    Day 3 – B

    Together, it’s an A

  • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

    Terrible analysis on the punter selection. Maybe the writer should actually look up Kluwe’s recent stats before saying the Vikings wasted a pick just to get Kluwe’s attention. In 2008, PFF rated Kluwe the 3rd best punter in the league. Last year, he was down to 14th. And that’s after playing better late in the season to bring his number back up. He shanked more balls last year than he had in several previous seasons combined. Worst of all — Kluwe ranked 31st in the league last year for punts downed inside the 20, something that used to be his specialty. That’s SECOND WORST in the NFL. He is nowhere near the same punter he was 3 years ago, and people who don’t pay close attention to his play week in and week out don’t seem to realize that. Between those statistical facts and the much improved play of the coverage teams (which inflates his average yards per punt stat), Kluwe is well within the bottom half of the league’s punters now. He had a nice run for his first 5 or 6 years in Minnesota. since then, he has dropped off considerably.

    • http://twitter.com/rovibe71 Rob

      I should have included this — I will bet the writer of this article any amount of money that Locke beats out Kluwe for the job, proving that the pick was not wasted. He’s as good as gone.

  • SleekGT

    So… last year the Vikes pick of Blair Walsh was a D. We all know how that turned out.