SAN FRANCISCO, April 28, 2013—The third and final day of the 2013 NFL Draft got off with a bang. Complete coverage of every pick from rounds four through seven is available for all to see.
Chip Kelly has Michael Vick and Nick Foles, but he took a quarterback anyway. Ryan Nassib’s free-fall continued, but the nightmare was over for Matt Barkley. Coach Kelly said that the NFL is all about competition, although Vick will not be happy with this opening selection of the fourth round, the 98th overall.
The 110th pick finally saw Nassib taken off the board, but in the worst possible way. He was selected by the New York Giants, who made it clear he was brought in to be developed as a backup to Eli Manning and nothing more. General Manager Floyd Reese and Coach Tom Coughlin want to develop him so they can trade him for a higher draft pick in future years. Comparisons were made to Kevin Kolb and Matt Flynn. The team even publicly stated that they hoped Nassib never had to actually play for them. Welcome to the NFL, enjoy your permanent clipboard.
Two spots later the Raiders gambled on another quarterback in what has been regarded in the weakest class in some time. Tyler Wilson was now a member of the Silver and Black, and Reggie McKenzie has said the competition to start will be wide open.
Three spots after that the Pittsburgh Steelers made good on rumors by selecting Landry Jones as the eventual successor to quarterback Big Ben Roethlisberger. Mike Tomlin does not want anybody in Pittsburgh getting too comfortable after the Steelers fell from an elite team to a very mediocre one in 2012.
With the 125th pick, Mike McCarthy added a second running back to complement Eddie Lacy. Jonathan Franklin had better be a good blocker since pass-happy McCarthy is a West Coast guy, not a smashmouth banger.
The 22nd pick in the fifth round was the 155th selection overall, and the Minnesota Vikings became the first team in this draft to select a punter. Jeff Locke kicks it high and deep, and will be fortunate enough most of his career to do so indoors.
In past years the sixth round gave the NFL gems such as Denver running back Terrell Davis and New England quarterback Tom Brady. Guys like that are why leatherheads watch and obsess over the draft. For Bills fans, the misery contined. First they overreached on the only opening round quarterback with E.J. Manuel. Then in the sixth round with the 177th overall pick, they became the first team to choose a kicker. Dustin Hopkins is Buffalo bound, but for a team needing help everywhere, this was questionable even for a very late pick.
The NFL already had a Lardarius (Webb), and the first round brought America a Barkevius (Mingo). Now it has a Latavius (Murray). The Raiders had three sixth round picks, and went with tight end Nick Kasa at spot 172, running back Murray with the 181th pick, and another tight end in Mychal Rivera with the 184 selection. The seventh round saw the Raiders add wide receiver Brice Butler with the 209th pick and defensive end David Bass with the 233rd selection.
Seventh round quarterbacks rarely ever see the field, and in this case the selections are clearly being groomed as backups and nothing more. Zac Dysert at 234 will learn from Peyton Manning in Denver. At 237 the 49ers picked up B.J. Daniels to back up Colin Kaepernick. Sean Renfree at 249 was a compensatory selection given to the Falcons. He will hold a clipboard for Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan.
With the 253rd pick, the New York Giants chose running back Michael Cox. That meant it was time for the last, but not least, draft pick.
South Carolina Tight End Justice Cunningham was the 254th overall pick, earning the title of the NFL 2013 Draft’s “Mr. Irrelevant.” He and top pick Eric Fisher will both be feted at various events during what is known as “Irrelevant Week.”
For those who were not drafted at all, take heart. Neither was Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner or Hall of Famer John “Big Dog” Randall.
In the NFL, there is no offseason. With the 2013 NFL Draft in the books, minicamps are only weeks away. In about seventeen weeks, the 2013 regular season kicks off.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian who is obsessed with the National Football League. There is no offseason. Every February he pretends to care about other sports while sobbing uncontrollably each Sunday until September. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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