Final count: 12 first-round picks from ’13 have fifth-year options declined

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The decisions are in, and 12 first-round picks from 2013 did not have their fifth-year contract options picked up by the teams that drafted them.

The deadline for such decisions was Monday. Some were of the last-minute variety, though it’s possible some teams just held off on announcements until Monday.

PFT tracked them all here.

There were slam-dunk option decisions — those for Tyler Eifert, Kyle Long and DeAndre Hopkins come to mind — and some close calls. We didn’t find out until Monday that the Chiefs picked up 2013 No. 1 pick Eric Fisher’s option, or that the Jaguars declined to pick up the option on the No. 2 pick from 2013, Luke Joeckel.

Those players whose options were picked up now have their 2017 salaries guaranteed for injury, although they can still be released next year if they are healthy. Those whose options weren’t exercised can be free agents following the 2016 season.

Among the decisions either not made until Monday or only released by various sources and reports, the Ravens declining the option on safety Matt Elam, the Raiders declining the option on cornerback D.J. Hayden and the Packers declining the option on outside linebacker Datone Jones were among the easiest.

Some of the players whose options were declined could still end up signing new deals with their current teams, as 2012 first-rounder Doug Martin did in March following a big season with the Buccaneers. Among this group, Lane Johnson had previously signed a long-term deal with the Eagles, while a Dion Jordan decision is still a year away for the Dolphins due to his suspension.

44 responses to “Final count: 12 first-round picks from ’13 have fifth-year options declined

  1. Travis Frederick just got his option picked up. Who drafted him?
    You know, the worst GM of all time according to most posters here.
    The same people who always point out that Jerry fired Jimmy, but fail to ever acknowledge that Jerry was also the guy that hired Jimmy in the first place.

  2. The 2013 draft was historically one of the worst in terms of top talent. Obviously there are some guys who worked out. But as the article suggests, most of the 1st rounders didn’t pan out.

  3. I’d say Ziggy Ansah should be included in your “no-brainer” section, but thanks for keeping track of an otherwise hard to track nugget of NFL info!

  4. Other than Hopkins, there’s no real star here.

    Eifert is inconsistent and injury prone and lacks the big game step up ability that all Bengals are lacking.

    Long is overrated and always will be.

    Joeckel–yeah…right.

    Fisher is a stretch too.

  5. OT Lane Johnson was 4th overall and turned out to be the best 1st rounder that year. Already has a new, secure, long-term contract. (only 2013 1st rounder already extended)

    Remember this when draft pundits wax poetic about players next March like they did with Fisher and Joekel and Jordan back then.

  6. I think it’s safe to say that Dion Jordan will not be getting that fifth year option no matter when that 5th year eventually comes around.

  7. So exactly half (18) of the 1st round picks turned out to be really good. And even Dimitroff said that its like, 56% overall for 1st round picks, yet everyone wants to treat these 1st round picks like they’re gold and worth all this money. Sorry, to me a 50/50 shot is not worth as much as everyone says it should be. 2nd through the 5th round is where the real gold is at.

  8. I believe that the next year option (in this case 2017) is guaranteed only for injury which is why RG3 spent the year inactive for all but one game and basically in bubble wrap.

  9. Ziggy Ansah came out of that draft too..he’ll be a star in the NFL for many years to come.

  10. Article says “Those players whose options were picked up now have their 2017 salaries guaranteed.”. Didn’t we learn from the RGIII option that they are guaranteed for injury only? The Redskins cut RGIII and didn’t have to guarantee his salary.

  11. Datone Jones will probably end up signing a deal with Green Bay much like Nick Perry.

  12. getakluwe says:
    Eifert is inconsistent and injury prone and lacks the big game step up ability that all Bengals are lacking.
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    Eiffert is a star, he’ll show it again this year. His elbow injury was an absolutely freak thing with several NFL doctors saying they’ve never seen an elbow go back into the socket so easily when re-setting it (not a good thing). It would have put anyone on the shelf for awhile. Other than that there’s the cheap shot from Mike Mitchell that gave him a concussion. He stayed in the game and had a monster catch on the next play but eventually the team noticed and sidelined him for several weeks.

  13. It would certainly seem that the bottom half of that 1st round has turned out better than the top. Of the Top 15 only two – Ziggy Ansah and Sheldon Richardson – have made a Pro Bowl. Compared to picks 18 through 31 from which there have been 7 Pro Bowlers (Eric Reid, Kyle Long [3 times], Tyler Eifert, Desmond Trufant, DeAndre Hopkins, Cordarelle Patterson, and Travis Frederick.

    Yes I realize Pro Bowl selection isn’t the be-all end-all of player evaluation (Patterson), but even just looking at those names you can see there was better value the farther down you picked.

  14. go back, if you can, and read how the pundits graded the 2013 draft immediately after the draft…found them somewhat amusing…but consistent with previous years…personally, as of today, I think all draft choices and free agent signings look great, but get back with me mid-season…

  15. fedora59 says:
    May 2, 2016 11:15 PM

    Travis Frederick just got his option picked up. Who drafted him?
    You know, the worst GM of all time according to most posters here.
    The same people who always point out that Jerry fired Jimmy, but fail to ever acknowledge that Jerry was also the guy that hired Jimmy in the first place.
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    Jerry wanted Manziel. Remember?? His son had to stop him from pulling the trigger on Johnny football. Know your teams history. His son is calling most of the shots now.

  16. illumination666 says:
    May 2, 2016 11:43 PM
    The 2013 draft was historically one of the worst in terms of top talent. Obviously there are some guys who worked out. But as the article suggests, most of the 1st rounders didn’t pan out.
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    The article suggests that most of the 1st rounders DID work out. 12 people were not picked up out of 32. That means 20 were picked up. Maths yo.

  17. Not a great 1st round. Vikings had 3 picks in the 1st and picked up the option on both Floyd and Xavier Rhodes. 2 out of three in that year was pretty good.

  18. Tyler Eifert led tight ends in TD catches. If that is how @getakluwe defines “inconsistent”, I’ll take it.

  19. So exactly half (18) of the 1st round picks turned out to be really good. And even Dimitroff said that its like, 56% overall for 1st round picks, yet everyone wants to treat these 1st round picks like they’re gold and worth all this money. Sorry, to me a 50/50 shot is not worth as much as everyone says it should be. 2nd through the 5th round is where the real gold is at.

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    It may be 50/50 in the first round, but take a look at what it is in the 2nd round & after. I’m betting it starts to drop significantly. By the 5th round (where gold is found according to you) I’d bet it’s lower than 5%. So yeah, I’ll give you my 2nd rounder for your 1st.

  20. Remember in that draft when Dallas traded all the way back to 31 and draft Travis Frederick all the pundits said he was at best a 3rd round pick, and how far Dallas reached for the player. Well, he’s only gone on to start every game for us and make pro-bowls since he was drafted. Moral of the story: Players are only going to be good if the supporting cast is good around them, the coaching is good, and if the player itself is motivated to be great…

  21. dowhatifeellike says:
    May 3, 2016 9:42 AM
    Matt Elam was below average his first year and just never got any better.
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    Ditto on that. A major disappointment. Just goes to show how much of a crap shoot the draft can be – even in the first round. If Oz can’t hit a home run every time in the first round then you know how difficult recognizing and developing talent can be. (lol)

    Go Oz!!

  22. bleedgreen says:
    May 3, 2016 8:12 AM
    So exactly half (18) of the 1st round picks turned out to be really good.

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    Exactly half is 16. And it was more than half of the picks that were picked up (20). How do you honestly believe that any one pick after the 1st pick is better than the first pick? It’s your first pick! Would you pick your second option over your first option? No, you would not. Also, go back and look at how many late-rounders are successful compared to 1st rounders. Are you sure you’re not the Packer’s GM?

  23. Just more proof that the NFL draft, even the first round, is an over-hyped crap shoot. I wonder how many of the teams who declined options on these players received plaudits from the likes of Kiper and Mayock upon selecting them, and ‘A’ grades from the “experts” the day after the 2013 draft…

  24. Doug Martin was from the 2012 draft.
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    Yeah, the article says that. They used him as an example of someone who didn’t have his option picked up last season however had a great contract season and was resigned despite not having his option picked up

  25. So the Chiefs exercised the option on Fisher. I guess his isn’t the draft bust that some idiot posters claimed.
    The truth is he is steadily getting better, and while not worth the 1st overall pick, exactly who was in that draft?
    BTW he owned JJ Watt in the playoff game.

  26. ESPN had a stat on the third day of the draft that over 60% of players still on NFL rosters in 2015 were taken in the 3rd round or later in their respective draft classes.

  27. Just show what a crap shoot even the first round is with picking players. One would think if a team hits on a 1st round pick, said team would either pick up the option or the contract would have been extended by now. 20 out of 32 either picked up or extended means a 62.5% chance of success in the first round. More than 1 out of every 3 1st round players don’t live up to the expectations.

  28. Travis Frederick just got his option picked up. Who drafted him?
    You know, the worst GM of all time according to most posters here.
    The same people who always point out that Jerry fired Jimmy, but fail to ever acknowledge that Jerry was also the guy that hired Jimmy in the first place.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while…

  29. Teddy Thompson’s pick didn’t pan out? Well someone ought to tell every news source this so we can stop hearing about how he is such a draft guru.

    Bryan Bulaga
    Derek Sherrod
    Nick Perry
    2Datone Jones
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
    Damarious Randall
    Kenny Clark

    He hits on less than 50% of his picks and that is his only job seeing as he doesn’t spend anything in free agency doing pro player personnel.

  30. summitmech says:
    May 3, 2016 9:22 AM

    The article suggests that most of the 1st rounders DID work out. 12 people were not picked up out of 32. That means 20 were picked up. Maths yo.

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    Check your own math. 12 weren’t picked up, have already been cut, and one (Jordan) is suspended so his option wasn’t eligible to be picked up or not yet and Lane Johnson had his deal redone and extended already. So 14 haven’t been picked up. 18 have which works out to……. 56%. The exact number that I quoted in my original post.

  31. jlbay says:
    May 3, 2016 11:56 AM

    Just show what a crap shoot even the first round is with picking players. One would think if a team hits on a 1st round pick, said team would either pick up the option or the contract would have been extended by now. 20 out of 32 either picked up or extended means a 62.5% chance of success in the first round. More than 1 out of every 3 1st round players don’t live up to the expectations.

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    There were lots of guys, like Fisher, who may not be deserving of it but are still ‘good enough’ that the team deemed it OK to overpay for 1 year to see if theres an improvement or to lock them up to get time to extend them at proper compensation. It really seems to be that 50/50 are ‘really good’ or better.

    Tavon Austin is good, but he’s not really worth over $12M a year. Its just you can’t replace him with a young guy that already knows the offense.

    Kenny Vaccaro is a decent starting safety, but he’s not a star.

    Same with Ogletree. He’s a decent starting linebacker, but he’s not a star. Granted he was taken 30th overall, so thats not terrible; but anyone taken 20 or higher should be at least ‘really good’, not just a starter. Thats just my opinion though.

  32. getakluwe says:
    May 3, 2016 12:28 AM

    Other than Hopkins, there’s no real star here.

    Eifert is inconsistent and injury prone and lacks the big game step up ability that all Bengals are lacking.

    Long is overrated and always will be.

    ______________________________

    A perennial (3 time) Pro Bowl Guard (and/or Tackle, or any other position along the line he’s asked to play) with character, leadership, versatility, passion for his team & city, and who is both active in the local community AND a fan favorite?

    3× Pro Bowl (2013–2015)
    Second-team All-Pro (2014)
    Pro Football Focus All-Rookie Team (2013)
    NFL.com All-Rookie Team (2013)

    I guess one fool’s “overrated” is another man’s “under-appreciated”…I’ll take that kind of player over all those class acts (lol) and star players (lol) Detroit drafts ANY day.

  33. I think Star being picked up by the Panthers was a no-brainer also. The lazy and not-so-bright people look only at his sack total and label him an under-achiever. But that’s not what he does best. He’s a run-stopper. Other than the Super Bowl, he’s done that well.

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