The 2013 NFL Draft is not looking good at the moment. And I'm not just speaking about the Ravens draft as I already covered that earlier.
I'm talking about the whole thing.
We knew that it wasn't going to be a good QB class. Multiple people were calling this the weakest draft in years at the position and the fact that QB needy teams like Kansas City, Oakland, and Arizona were more willing to trade for starters than draft one. And they aren't looking wrong. Kansas City and Arizona won at least 20 games each with their quarterbacks, while none of the teams that drafted a quarterback with the intention of him being their next big guy have won 20.
E.J. Manuel looks like a project quarterback who could've been taken on Day 3. Geno Smith is a bust who looks like a Pro Bowl quarterback at the end of the season. Mike Glennon at this point looks like a good backup, but nothing more. Matt Barkley looked horrendous when forced to play. Ryan Nassib is trapped as the backup behind Eli Manning and given that Manning currently leads the NFL in consecutive starts. Landry Jones couldn't beat out Bruce Gradkowski as the No. 2 quarterback.
But there's more going against 2013 than just it's quarterbacks. First overall pick Eric Fisher hasn't shown why he deserves to be the first offensive tackle taken first overall since Orlando Pace in 1997 and the third overall during the Super Bowl Era. Luke Joeckel hasn't fared any better, as he tore his ACL in Week 5 of 2013, and in 2014 he allowed eight sacks. Jonathan Cooper was on the bench for all of 2013 and for most of 2014 until Paul Fanaika was injured in Week 12. Justin Pugh was up-and-down in 2014 and D.J. Fluker allowed seven sacks and was penalized nine times. Travis Frederick, Lane Johnson, Chance Warmack and Kyle Long are the only draftees that look good here.
It's not pretty for the wide receivers either. Tavon Austin is better as a punt returner than as an actual wide receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson isn't even good as a punt returner anymore. In fact, there are only five wide receivers from the 2013 Draft that have panned out so far – DeAndre Hopkins, Kenny Stills, Keenan Allen, Robert Woods and Terrence Williams. There were as many quality wide receivers drafted in the first round of 2014 alone as there were in the entire 2013 NFL Draft .
Tight Ends? Tyler Eifert looked like he had a lot of promise in 2013 and could've kept it going in 2014, had he not gotten injured this year. Zach Ertz turned out well and so did Travis Kelce.
The cornerback class is up and down, with struggling high draft picks like Dee Milliner and D.J. Hayden struggling with consistency and getting injured frequently, while guys like Desmond Trufant, Xavier Rhodes, and Darius Slay are working out. David Amerson allowed 10 touchdowns, most in the NFL before getting benched and Dwayne Gratz didn't do much outside of a pick-six in Week 17.
We've covered the struggles of Matt Elam ad nauseam already, but looking across the class as a whole it isn't very good. Johnathan Cyprien is the Jaguars leading tackler (which, by the way, is something a safety shouldn't be) but he isn't much of a playmaker. Kenny Vaccaro fell off a cliff after looking like a Defensive Rookie of The Year Candidate in 2013. D.J. Swearinger is a big hitter but struggles in coverage. Eric Reid redeems the safety class.
The class at least helps itself with quality defensive linemen such as Sheldon Richardson, Ezekiel Ansah, Star Lotulelei, Sharif Floyd and Brandon Williams, as well as running backs like Eddie Lacy, Le'Veon Bell, Giovani Bernard, and Zac Stacy. But as a whole it isn't as good of a draft since the ones that came before it and the one that came directly after.