NFL teams won’t feel the effects of their 2013 draft picks for a couple of years, but what we can do in the immediate aftermath of this year’s draft is pinpoint which franchises strengthened their line-ups—and which took some big risks with their rosters.
Our partners at Bleacher Report have compiled a list of the biggest winners and losers of the 2013 NFL draft. Some examples:
Winner: Baltimore Ravens
This year’s Super Bowl champs were tasked with replacing the recently retired Ray Lewis, and Ed Reed, who signed with the Houston Texans this year. Down the road, two of the Ravens’ draft picks—Matt Elam (safety, Florida) and Arthur Brown (linebacker, Kansas State)—could have a similar impact on the franchise.
Loser: Pittsburgh Steelers
After losing Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace, the Steelers needed to beef up their offense. But draft pick Jarvis Jones (linebacker, Georgia) may have been a reach. While he played well in college, he might lack the athleticism to shine without his Georgia teammates by his side.
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