I can’t stand sifting through draft grades, because they’re even more pointless than mock drafts. You don’t know what the criteria is (Did the team fill needs? Did the team draft the best player in that spot?), and teams drafting for defense always seem to score lower (see: Skins, Red). Well ESPN has taken such grading to a whole new level. They are grading the graders.
ESPN took a handful of people from various publications (USA Today, CBS Sportsline, etc), and averaged out their grades, to give each team a “GPA” for the draft. The Eagles scored the highest, while the Raiders failed miserably. There’s only one problem….they didn’t take the time to look closely at each grader’s work. Larry Weisman’s piece from the USA Today is from 2008. Heck he even has a photo up top of Glenn Dorsey, Chris Long and Matt Ryan….
Don’t you think they would have noticed that Wiesman gave the Raiders a “C”? Well, FoxSports.com’s John Czarnecki gave them one too, but you know what I mean. Plus, now all of the GPAs are completely off. Such a shame too.
Consensus NFL Draft Grades (ESPN)
(Thanks to reader JP for the tip)