By Andrew Freedman • July 30, 2013 08:48:05The 2013 NFL draft has ended, but it’s hard not to feel a bit smug.
In all seriousness, the draft has been a great one, with so many intriguing players who can help the NFL this year and next.
I’ll be honest: I haven’t really been watching the whole thing.
But now that it’s over, I’m ready to take a look back at some of the picks made by the players selected in the first round and the guys who stood out.
Let’s start with the picks that were made by defensive backs, who had the most impact on the NFL in terms of making an impact on an NFL team in their rookie season.
Here’s a look at the best and worst defensive backs of the 2013 NFL Draft, starting with the best.
The best pick: LB Jonathan Bullard, MichiganThe most impactful pick: DT Michael Bennett, WisconsinThe worst pick: DE Robert Nkemdiche, Ole MissThe worst defensive back: LB Marcus Cooper, GeorgiaWith so many players making huge impacts for the Lions, the Lions’ front office did their best to not only draft a defensive back, but one that can help a team win in the future.
That pick was not made by Jonathan Bullards defensive background.
The Lions drafted him with the 22nd overall pick, and he made the Pro Bowl and won the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year.
The former Ohio State star was a tremendous cover linebacker for the Browns, and was a two-time Pro Bowler.
That was all Bullard needed to become an impact player.
The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Bullard has great height for his position, but he needs to get stronger.
He can do a better job covering ground, but I don’t think he will be a cover linebacker in the NFL.
The Lions have been in need of a defensive player since the NFL changed the rule of the 4-3 defensive front, and the pick that was made by linebacker Jonathan Bullardo was perfect for that purpose.
He’s a big, strong, physical player who is good in coverage.
He needs to add some weight to his frame and add some bulk to his arms, but Bullardo’s size is ideal.
Bullard is a good run defender and is an outstanding tackler.
He has the strength to be a good pass rusher.
Bullard had a career year as a rookie, recording four sacks, six tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles.
His sack total was his best since 2008.
Bullardo also had four quarterback hits.
Bullards pass rush was a major strength in his junior season, and when he was healthy, he was an elite player.
Bullardo was a three-time All-Big Ten selection and finished his career with three sacks.
Bullardi has the potential to be an elite pass rusher, but as he gets stronger, he could become a liability.
Bullards physicality and toughness helped him be an effective linebacker for years.
His speed and burst is good enough to make defenders miss and his ability to hold up in pass coverage helped him become a top-tier pass rusher for years as well.
He had three interceptions and four passes defensed.
Bullardi was a big part of the Cleveland Browns defense, playing in nine games in 2013, with a sack, five tackles for losses, and three pass deflections.
The only reason he didn’t win Defensive Player of the Year is because of injuries to his foot, shoulder, and wrist.
BullARD was selected in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings.
His pick was the No. 24 overall pick in the 2013 draft.
The Browns chose him with their pick in order to keep him, as they did with defensive tackle Jonathan Bullart, and in an attempt to make sure he doesn’t leave.
The Browns were able to get him as a free agent in 2016, which is a great signing.
He was able to join the team for a year after playing his final college game in 2012.
BullARD was a great player for Cleveland, and one of the best players in the draft.
He was a good football player and had a good career.
He should get another chance in the league.
BullARDS ability as a pass rusher is a major reason why he was selected.
The Vikings were able do something they rarely do when they draft a player: trade him.
It was a nice gesture.
Bullarding’s versatility helped him earn an opportunity with the Vikings, and they had to use their first-round pick to do so.
He signed a two year contract with the team, and will play for them next season.
The Minnesota Vikings have been a team that has shown interest in getting a strong pass rusher in recent years, so the team had to make a move.
The Vikings were smart with the pick, selecting Bullard with the 29th overall pick.
The move is smart because it helps to make the team stronger next season, with Bull