FootballScoop grades every NFL Draft class
- by Zach Barnett 3 months ago
The great thing about the Internet is that this piece from Bleacher Report in 2012 will never go away:
After one of the worst picks in the first round I can ever remember, the Seattle Seahawks didn't draft any positions of need or draft for the future.
Pete Carroll is proving why he didn’t make it in the NFL the first time. Not only was Bruce Irvin a reach at No. 15, the Seahawks proved they were oblivious to their madness by celebrating their selection.
As if the day wasn’t bad enough, Seattle selecting Russell Wilson, a QB that doesn’t fit their offense at all, was by far the worst move of the draft. With the two worst moves of the draft, Seattle is the only team that received an F on draft day.
The worst part about the Internet is that that piece exists.
In hindsight, that piece by Bleacher Report reads more like satire than analysis, but they weren't alone. Mel Kiper gave the Seahawks' 2012 draft class a C-, SI.com graded the draft a C, and CBS was the most generous with a C+ grade but recorded a D grade for the Russell Wilson pick.
You would think this episode would supply all the necessary evidence to generate a federal ban against grading draft classes the day after the draft, but the worst thing about the Internet is that rapid-fire knee jerk pieces bring easy clicks. After all, what good is an opinion if you have to wait for all the necessary information to come to a well-reasoned conclusion? Draft grading is an even bigger cottage industry today than it was two years ago. I saw some sites giving grades after the completion of just the first round. Heck, I think People.com gave the Lions' draft class a B-.
Evaluating a draft class the day after the draft is the equivalent of writing a book review after reading the first page. You'd have a better success rate at picking Oscars winners based only on trailers.
However, I can't sit back and allow FootballScoop to be the only football site on the web not to grade the NFL Draft.
Without further ado, here is our official grade for all 32 teams:
Buffalo Bills - Incomplete
Miami Dolphins - Too Close To Call
New England Patriots - Check Back Later
New York Jets - TBD
Baltimore Ravens - Under Construction
Cincinnati Bengals - 404
Cleveland Browns - Error Not Found
Pittsburgh Steelers - In Development
Houston Texans - Not Yet Known
Indianapolis Colts - 7?
Jacksonville Jaguars - Like Anyone Could Even Know That
Tennessee Titans - Inc.
Denver Broncos - A, B, C or D
Kansas City Chiefs - No Comment
Oakland Raiders - Unclear
San Diego Chargers - Call Back Later
Dallas Cowboys - Incomplete
New York Giants - Incomplete
Philadelphia Eagles - Incomplete
Washington Redskins - Incomplete
Chicago Bears - All Of The Above
Detroit Lions - None Of The Above
Green Bay Packers - Some Of The Above
Minnesota Vikings - Due Date: 2017
Atlanta Falcons - It's
Carolina Panthers - Way
New Orleans Saints - Too
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Early
Arizona Cardinals - This Class Is Not Yet Rated
San Francisco 49ers - Probably Pretty Good
Seattle Seahawks - Ditto
St. Louis Rams - Your Guess Is As Good As Mine