Nebraska Cornhuskers running back Ameer Abdullah (8) tries to break free from the grasp of UCLA Bruins defensive end Datone Jones (56) at the Rose Bowl. Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers 2013 Draft: 1st round grade, probably one of the more renowned draft centrals in all of the blogosphere, grades out each team with their selection(s) in each round of the draft and came home last night with a nice evaluation for the Green Bay Packers – an A- for the selection of UCLA defensive end Datone Jones.

While the Packers upgraded one of the team’s thinnest positions on the team – the defensive line – walterfootball also feels that Packers General Manager Ted Thompson continues to be one of the finest evaluators of talent in all of football.

Here is walterfootball’s take on the Packers selection of Datone Jones:

 Green Bay Packers: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA: A- Grade 
Datone Jones has been discussed as high as No. 19 to the Giants, so the Packers are getting good value with Datone Jones. They’re also getting a tremendous upgrade on the defensive line. Green Bay was completely obliterated by Colin Kaepernick, so the team needed to find players to help them stop the read option. Jones is a great fit, as Ted Thompson continues to be one of the better drafters in the NFL.

How did the other NFC North teams fare on their first night? Well, we have to start with the Minnesota Vikings, who shocked the football world with their three first round selections – walterfootball gave them an A for their pick of Sharrif Floyd at 26; a B for their selection of Xavier Rhodes at 25; and a B- for their trade back into the first round with the New England Patriots where the Vikings selected WR Cordarrelle Patterson.

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The Lions selected Ziggy Ansah at #5 – walterfootball graded that selection out as a B+.

Kyle Long
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The Bears, selecting at #20, probably made the biggest reach last night with their selection of guard Kyle Long. Walterfootball graded that pick out as a D.

So, what was the absolute worst pick of the first round – the Cowboys’ selection of center Travis Frederick at #31.

Here is how walterfootball describes that pick:

Travis Frederick!?!? The Wisconsin lineman who was considered a third-round prospect? There were other reaches in the first round, but this takes the cake. It seems like the Cowboys panicked with all of the guards flying off the board, which is the worst thing you can ever do in the NFL Draft. It’s never been more obvious that Dallas needs a real general manager.

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