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Kiper bumps up his 2013 draft grade for Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on January 23, 2014 – 4:23 pm

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper, to his credit, reviews his post-draft grades of each NFL club around this time of year when the first regular season for that draft class is complete. Kiper bumped up his grade for the Bills looking back on Buffalo’s 2013 draft class.

Kiper went from an initial grade of C- to a B. Here’s what he wrote.

Buffalo Bills

Round Pick Position Player College
(1) 16 QB EJ Manuel Florida State
(2) 41 WR Robert Woods USC
(2) 46 LB Kiko Alonso Oregon
(3) 78 WR Marquise Goodwin Texas
(4) 105 S Duke Williams Nevada
(5) 143 CB Jonathan Meeks Clemson
(6) 177 K Dustin Hopkins Florida State
(7) 222 TE Chris Gragg Arkansas

Post-draft grade: C-

Summary: Well, the Bills are due for a bump. Last April I summarized: “The Bills hit needs, I just think they made a major reach with the biggest need of all, so that value gained from the added picks was in some ways squandered on Manuel.” If you recall, the Bills traded down and added picks, but then they drafted Manuel at No. 16, which I simply thought was too high. Manuel had his moments, but he mostly just looked like a rookie QB and we’re still not sure if the Bills have a solution at the game’s most important position. But they clearly deserve a bump for value added later. Alonso was my top rookie of 2013 league-wide due to overall impact, Woods should be a pretty good No. 2 wide receiver and Goodwin added some value. They also get credit for Nickell Robey, one of the better undrafted signings in terms of early value. Decent return so far, but much is wrapped up in Manuel.

New grade: B

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