Initial Draft Grades

I’ve finished my work for the night an hour early and I’m excited about the new season (play me tonight MB!). So I thought I’d make a contribution for once, rather than write about the foreign policy of Emperor Tiberius. Below I’ve gone for a quick snapshot draft grade for each teams first round picks.

  • Arizona Cardinals C+ – The Cardinals drafted Russell Rudd out of Alabama. Although he is mobile and accurate, this is a big pick on need because of Palmer’s retirement. He is going to be a good QB in Arizona, but there were other accurate pocket passers, and more talented players on the board.
  • Atlanta Falcons B+ – Bogle has had his embarrassing name changed recently but he is a solid pick. The GM has had a meltdown about his inability to absorb the playbook the physical skills remain to solidify himself as an elite pass rusher.
  • Carolina Panthers B- – The Panthers will soon face a decision on the aging Stewart at HB, but with Britton they have found the speed and guile to accompany him until that time comes. Smash and Dash returns to Carolina.
  • Chicago Bears A – With two picks in the first it was easy to make a significant improvement to the roster. Langford was deemed surplus to requirements and GM JR has landed an instant upgrade in the rapid Adkins. Combine warrior Katzenmoyer brings his 90 strength to the Offensive line to help create holes for the new back.
  • Cincinnati Bengals B- – With the Lions pick at the end of the draft the Bengals replace Burfict from the same trade. Slater seems reliable and steady, but not a splash player. He should plug up the middle and help superstar Carlos Dunlap further drive up his trade stock.
  • Cleveland Browns B – Eric Tant fills the hole that has been present since the departure of Mack. A need and good value in the middle of the first. Again he is not spectacular with low impact blocking, however he does possess the raw blocking skills to instantly contribute.
  • Dallas Cowboys D – The GM got held up at another game and left his assistant in charge. Unfortunately this meant that the Cowboys picked a player at a position of little need – Guard, to make it worse another was picked before the end of the round. Both are good run blockers, but it’s not the ideal start to a season.
  • Denver Broncos A- – Both sides of the trenches were strengthened towards the end of the first in Denver. Herbert is strong and explosive; he should eat up the middle and make some plays on the QB. Waynes is also a strong accomplished run blocker despite his initial limitations in the run game, an excellent pick.
  • Green Bay Packers A- – Adressing both need and talent, the initially indecisive Packers stay put and add some much needed quality to their aging secondary. Moss was the top CB on the board, and boasts the size and speed to back up his coverage skills.
  • Indianapolis Colts C+ – New GM Harry comes into Indianapolis with a thing for HBs. Signing big names in FA, almost pulling the trigger on DeMarco Murray and drafting Ruff. He is an excellent pacy back, with the ability to develop very quickly. There are however, questions that other gaps in the team could have been filled with this pick.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars C- – A breakthrough playoff run has condemned the Jags to the bottom of the first round. This has hurt the quality of player on offer and it is reflected in the initial average impression the young guard gives in Florida.
  • Kansas City Chiefs B+ – GM Oli, although he couldn’t get his man through a trade, got the second best ILB on offer. A lot was sacrificed on the roster to get this pick, but he made it count in McBoatyboatycuntface.
  • Miami Dolphins A- – This year bucks the recent trend on later round HBs, another taken in the first. This is a real need of the Phins, and he one I like the most. he is a power back with good ability to break tackles. However, Ragland also possesses the rare combination of speed and power.
  • Minnesota Vikings A – Although a desperately thin draft at CB, the Vikings stayed put and let one fall to them at 11. Possessing the same – possibly greater – level of skills to Moss, he instantly becomes the best CB on the roster.
  • New England Patriots B – Another couplet of picks for a team in the first. The Pats took players on both sides of the ball. Centre Popek looks like a promising starter, and McMahon a LB that can stop the run and pass.
  • New Orleans Saints A- – Getting value at the end of the first another quality QB off the board. tradining in a accurate noodle armed Brees for a accurate cannon. Crockett is a massive upgrade at QB which should be the cornerstone of the franchise for a decade.
  • New York Giants C+ – Braxton Spitler strengthens the line for the Giants, but not that much. Reports out of camp are questioning his ability to push back rushers. He has the speed and finesse to pass block but will need to develop to become an all round star.
  • New York Jets A+ – Ben could do no wrong with the #2 pick but it just so happens that the stand out player in the draft fell to him. Marcus Hester is a monster, and is only going to get better. The NFC East will be getting know this guy well.
  • Oakland Raiders A+ – With two top ten picks Glyn gave Kahlil Mack two Goliaths in Brandon and Dorsey to share the field with. The Raiders LB Corp becomes one of the the best in the league.
  • Philadelphia Eagles B – Philly takes on a big, fast all around talent at WR. Capable of making a difference in the redzone or deep.  Lester should be able to help turn the already potent running game into a complete offence.
  • San Francisco 49ers B- – With the talent at the end of the round waining the Niners took WR Heeney. GM CB has picked an elite role player in one of the fastest and most agile players in the draft. With the right development he will change into a difference maker on the field.
  • Seattle Seahawks B+ – A strong draft throughout but Kelly is the jewel in the crown. He has the makings of an elite pass rusher and improves an aging defensive line in flux.
  • St. Louis Rams A- – Goff needs some serious help on offence to not turn into a wasted pick. Luckily the Rams GM addressed this by taking a strong guard in Holland, and in McAllister get a Austin replacement straight away in the passing game.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers B- – Another dependable lineman taken in the first round. He isn’t going to be Joe Thomas, but he will go someway to protecting prize investment Andrew Luck.
  • Washington Redskins A- – Another case of just choosing which elite player to take at the top of the draft, the Skins could do no wrong. They picked an a towering DE in Felix. Strong and intelligent, he is also quick for a big man.