The 10 best picks from the 2013 NFL Draft

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Eddie Lacy

It’s easy to look at a draft immediately after it ends and declare a “winner” and “loser” because none of those draft picks have ever played a game. Now that those players have a full season under their belts (and with the 2014 draft right around the corner), it is a much better time to look at the outgoing rookie class and try to figure out which were the best picks.

This isn’t a list of who the 10 best players will be from this class and it’s not a re-draft after the fact, but rather it’s a look at which teams made the best decisions and got the best value from the players where they were selected.

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About Chris Callaway

Chris lives and works in La Crosse, Wisconsin, working primarily on-air while doing some writing as well. He is a part-owner of the Green Bay Packers, a Milwaukee Brewers die-hard, learning hockey while supporting the Minnesota Wild, and is also a fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Follow him on twitter @ccallaway33.


  1. joe fooze says:

    Wow , two Packers and no mention of the Chicago Bears Kyle Long selected as a rookie to the Pro Bowl. Oh wait, that’s right your a Cheese Head. My bet is Lacy will limp out of the first game against the Bears Monster Defense this year. Yeah, and before I forget… Peppers vs Allen… LOL , LOL , LOL, suck on that Packer Fans!

    • Long was a first-round pick, he should have been good. This was about the best picks, as in making the most out of your picks. Lacy was the offensive ROY as a second-rounder and Bakhtiari was a fourth-rounder who started every game at left tackle for a playoff team. Yeah, they were better picks. Your first-rounders are supposed to pan out.

    • You’re quite ignorant. First of all, this is definitely not biased, even though there were a couple here and there, the Packers had a great draft. Going to the Pro Bowl, I might add, is a popularity competition. Kyle Long’s selection was a lot thanks to the fact he is a member of the Long family. Sure, he was good, but Eddie Lacy brought something Green Bay had been lacking since ryan Grant’s hay day, a running game. David Bakhtiari was a very pleasant surprise, coming out of a 1-11 college team but taking on a huge responsibility, with most of the sacks coming from big pass rushers that he couldn’t contain. Cordarelle Patterson definitely should have been mentioned, but again, there were only 10 slots.
      Anyways, the Bears defense is about as bad as the Cowboys. Can’t wait to watch Eddie Lacy and James Starks run all over them again.

  2. ummmm…….. CORDARELLE PATTERSON!!!!!!!!! CP should have been in the top 3 and you dont even have him on your list…… WOW! He had 9 all around TD’s this year (4 REC, 3 RUSH, 2 RET) and still not on the list.. Typical Packers fan

    • To defend Chris, he had Patterson on the list and I thought Williams was more deserving given the high-leverage position he had on a team competing for a playoff spot. Additionally, Patterson was a first-rounder. Those guys are supposed to be good. This was more about the best values, not which players were the best.

  3. LOL … No Cordarrelle Patterson … I am guessing that is because he set the NFL record for longest kick return with 109 yard against the Packers ….. Lacy was OK … but really #1 … homer pick

    • Lacy was OK? He went to the Pro Bowl and was the Offensive Rookie of the Year. Patterson was a first-round pick, he was supposed to be good. This was about the best selections (taking into account value, etc.) not the best players.

      • Whiskeyfire says:

        Don’t put too much stock in Lacy being a Pro Bowl selection because he wasn’t. He and Alfred Morris were replacement players. This is a very Biased pick considering Patterson (also a replacement pro bowler)of Minnesota was omitted from this list. Don’t give me that first round garbage either because he has Sheldon Richardson on the list.

        • There’s a difference. Richardson was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and was one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the NFL last year. Patterson was a nice player who had some highlight-reel plays.

  4. I can understand kyle long not making it, but Jordan mills not being on this list is a travesty. 5th round pick, 16 game starter, and only gave up 3 sacks. if that isn’t top 10 value, I don’t know what is.

    • For me, Mills was on the border of being in or out. Fourteen starts was great, but he wasn’t dominant, just solid. I think he’s the kind of guy who could make a huge jump in 2014 though.

  5. Ok as 49ers fan, no argument with the Honey Badger being in the top ten, but Eric Reid 77 tackles for, 4 picks and all around good play. Also makes the Pro Bowl for what it is worth. He should be top at least, just as good as Sheldon Richardson at his position.

    • Richardson was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and was one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the league and tons of people questioned his selection at 13. He also made an impact on offense.

      Reid was very good, but again, we tried to avoid putting first-rounders on here because, frankly, they’re supposed to be good.

  6. AntCardee says:

    NO ERIC REED of the 49ers???!!!! Made PRO BOWL. This List SUCKS!! Eddie Lacy does deserve that top spot though.

  7. Kyle Long for the Bears? That guy had an outstanding rookie season! How about Jamie Collins and Logan Ryan for the Patriots? Those guys both had tremendous rookie campaigns a midst a decimated defense. All you need to know about this list is Sheldon Richardson was number 7. Slopppppppy. Cordarelle Pattterson and Eric Reid also deserve a spot on this list. How great can your impact be if your team doesn’t even make the playoffs?

    • Read the other comments, first-round picks were discounted a bit. It isn’t about the “best players,” it’s about the best picks in the draft. First-rounders are supposed to be good. This was far more about value.

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