Round-By-Round: Best Steals

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd

The best value pick in each round of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to TDR:

1st Round: DT Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota (#23 overall)

Projected by many to go #3 overall to the Raiders, Floyd experienced a surprising fall all the way into the 20s.  The Vikings pounced on the versatile big man at the 23rd pick, filling one of their top needs with a player who shouldn’t have made it out of the Top 10.

2nd Round: LB Arthur Brown, Baltimore (#56 overall)

Brown was graded by most to be a 1st-round lock, with his versatility to play inside or outside in a 4-3, as well as inside in a 3-4.  His athleticism and play-making ability were enough to make the Ravens trade up with Seattle to select him at the 56th overall pick.  He’ll provide a solid replacement for Ray Lewis.

3rd Round: WR Keenan Allen, San Diego (#76 overall)

Allen was projected to go in the late-1st by most, even with his struggles with a nagging PCL injury that kept him from working out at the Combine.  Allen ran disappointing times in the 40 at his Pro Day but still wasn’t at 100%.  Teams must have been scared off, leaving the all-time leading receiver in Cal history still on the board for the Chargers, who should find him to be a valuable replacement for Vincent Jackson, who was sorely missed last season.

Alabama DT Jesse Williams

Alabama DT Jesse Williams

4th Round: RB Johnathan Franklin, Green Bay (#125 overall)

This was a close one thanks to other great values like C Barrett Jones (#113, St. Louis) and DE Alex Okafor (#103, Arizona), but Franklin still be available in the 4th round was simply insane.  He was the #2 back on our board in the entire draft, and will team up with fellow rookie Eddie Lacy to give the Packers a terrifying 1-2 punch in the backfield to go with Aaron Rodgers’ potent passing attack.

5th Round: DT Jesse Williams, Seattle (#137 overall)

Williams would’ve been a steal at the top of the 3rd round…or the 4th round.  But when the Seahawks saw him still on the board early in the 5th, they simply couldn’t help themselves, trading up with the Lions to snag a massive force for he interior of their defensive line who was mocked by most to go at the top of Round 2, at worst.

6th Round: RB Andre Ellington, Arizona (#187 overall)

Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer

Oregon State CB Jordan Poyer

The order in which the running backs were chosen in this draft still baffles me.  While Ellington is definitely leaner than you’d want him to be, he’s still a home-run threat who is as dangerous as any back in this class when he gets to the edge or has any shred of open space. The Cardinals finding him still on the board in the 6th round was one of the best overall value picks in this draft.

7th Round: Jordan Poyer, Philadelphia (#218 overall)

There were plenty of solid value picks in the final round this year (DT Everett Dawkins/LB Michael Mauti – Minnesota, QB Zac Dysert – Denver, S Zeke Motta – Atlanta, CB Marc Anthony – Baltimore, DE Michael Buchanan – New England), but this one was by far the most unbelievable.  Poyer was the #33 player overall on our board and I’m still completely dumbfounded as to why he was available in the 7th round.  Taking the most instinctive corner in the entire draft this late was pure robbery by Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

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