The Washington Redskins nation is not at all displeased that once again their team had no 1st-round draft pick in 2013. That’s because 99.9% of the DC faithful believe QB Robert Griffin III is worth the price of the two first-round draft picks they dealt to the St. Louis Rams to get him. The Redskins finally went to work on Friday in Round 2, using their first pick at No. 51 to select CB David Amerson of North Carolina State. It’s no secret the Redskins secondary has multiple issues, so this pick comes as no surprise, but TE Jordan Reed was a curious selection at No. 85 in Round 3, as were the two running backs selected in the later rounds. With Alfred Morris making fans forget about every Redskin RB since John Riggins, the selections were “curious” for a team with glaring needs in other areas.
The Southeastern Conference showed dominance by having 10 players picked in Round 1, three from Alabama, and 63 total to combine for nearly a third of the players selected. As predicted, NO running backs were selected in the first round. Few fans outside of ACC had heard of Giovoni Bernard who played at North Carolina, until he became the first RB taken in the 2013 NFL Draft at No. 37 in the second round by the Cincinnati Bengals. E J Manuel (Va. Beach) of Florida State was the lone QB drafted in Round 1, he went to the Buffalo Bills at No. 16.
Believe it or not, the draft experts consider the draft work of the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens to be the best considering both played in this year’s Super Bowl, and both had some holes to fill after recent defections. There were a total of six players drafted from Virginia schools in the later rounds, the first being safety B. W. Webb from William & Mary, who went to the Dallas Cowboys in Round 4. Cooper Taylor of the University of Richmond later went to the New York Giants in Round 5.