NFL draft redux: Reprojecting the first round of the 2013 draft
The Cardinals' sub-par offensive line got the attention in April, and it gets our attempt at re-address here as well. Cooper suffered a broken leg in preseason and didn't even make it to September. Johnson had a very solid first season in Philadelphia and excelled in run-blocking at right tackle. He needs to improve in pass-blocking, but he got better at it as the season unfolded and used his athleticism to great advantage as the Eagles' run game led Chip Kelly's team to the playoffs.
Manuel certainly didn't make the Bills' surprise decision to draft him in the middle of the first round look like a stroke of genius with his uneven and injury-marred rookie season. But there were highlights, and I saw enough upside to his skillset to believe Buffalo wouldn't cut and run if given the chance. In playing only 10 games, and suffering two knee injuries, Manuel didn't develop enough consistency to warrant full-fledged confidence. He'll have to do better than a 58.8 completion percentage and an 11-9 touchdown-to-interception differential next season, but his arm looked NFL legit and he proved he could make some plays with his legs as well.
Rhodes made progress with his technique and decisions in coverage as his rookie season unfolded, and the Vikings were happy with their second first-round selection. We're just bumping him up a couple spots, keeping him with the same team and shuffling Minnesota's order of priority a bit.
First-round picks who did not make the cut this time: No. 3 Dion Jordan, Dolphins, DE; No. 7 Jonathan Cooper, Cardinals, G; No. 9 Dee Milliner, Jets, CB; No. 12 D.J. Hayden, Raiders, CB; No. 17 Jarvis Jones, Steelers, LB; No. 19 Justin Pugh, Giants, OT; No. 21 Tyler Eifert, Bengals, TE; No. 23 Sharrif Floyd, Vikings, DT; No. 24 Bjoern Werner, Colts, DE; No. 26 Datone Jones, Packers, DE; No. 28 Sylvester Williams, Broncos, DT; No. 32 Matt Elam, Ravens, S.