With the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft officially over, here is my reaction with my biggest winner and biggest loser:
Biggest Winner: Minnesota Vikings
I picked the Vikings by a narrow margin over the St. Louis Rams because not only did the Vikings get the best players available at the time of their picks, but also were able to get a top 5 talent with the 22nd pick without up trading for him. DT Sharrif Floyd was expected to go in the top 5 but fell dramatically to the Vikings. But it’s a great fit for the First Team All-American as Floyd will add strength and quickness to a team that needed another defensive tackle. Floyd has the ability to become the next Kevin Williams, who will be entering his 11th year with the team next year. Getting CB Xavier Rhodes with the 25th pick will help their pass defense that ranked in the bottom third in pass defense and touchdowns last year. Rhodes is a big, physical corner who loves to press opposing wide receivers. The Vikings then traded up to the 29th pick in order to draft WR Cordarrellle Patterson. Patterson will look to replace Percy Harvin, who was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. Patterson was the 2nd best WR available at the time and can be a game changer.
Biggest Loser: Buffalo Bills
This one is not a surprise. The Bills traded their 8th pick to the Rams in exchange for the Rams 16th pick. The Bills were going to draft a quarterback in the first round and everyone thought it would be either Geno Smith or Matt Barkley. But the Bulls shocked the NFL world when they took E.J. Manuel out of Florida St. Manuel was a two-year starter at Florida St. and threw for 3,392 yards and 23 touchdowns last year. The Bills could have drafted Manuel in the second or even the third round had they waited but they decided to jump the gun and draft him. Manuel has an ideal quarterback size at 6’5” and has a strong arm but was inconsistent the past couple of years. Considering the Bills could have taken Floyd or LB Jarvis Jones, I believe the Bills made a mistake with drafting Manuel in the first round.
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