My Draft Grades so far. Grade me if you want?
49ers = A
Willis will learn from Mike Singletary, 'Nuff said! Staley will learn from Larry Allen. Hill is a big WR with a nose for the end zone. McDonald will contribute as long as his knees hold up. An excellent job by the 49ers thus far!
Bears = A -
Olson will be a nice pass catching TE. Bazuin is a blue collar guy who adds depth for run support. Wolfe is a 3rd down back to spell Benson. Okwo will learn while playing special teams for a few years. Solid job thus far.
Bengals = C+
Hall is a great pick who will team with Joseph to give them a solid, young CB tandem. Irons is a confusing pick considering they just resigned Watson to a big multi-year deal. Is this their way of saying Perry is done?
Bills = A+
Hall of Famer Marv Levy pulls out a great draft so far! Lynch is seen in the mold of Thurman Thomas/ Ken Davis and a better fit for their offense than Magahee. A real steal! Posluszny will either try to fill Spikes or Fletchers spot and is solid. A 1st rounder dropped to the 2nd! Many had Edwards the 2nd rated QB behind Russell and he will provide a nice push for the improving Losman.
Broncos = B
As usual, they trade. This time it is a gamble. Moss will either be a solid edge rusher or miss completely. Crowder is solid, but unspectacular and a reach. Harris was a smart pick to learn from his aging O line mates. The 2nd day most likely will be a better one in Denver.
Browns = A
Thomas was a no brainer who now helps give the Browns a good looking offensive line. They paid way too much for Quinn, who was rated the 5th best QB by me, but he is a hometown kid who wants to play at home. Just don't be surprised if Frye or/and Anderson beat him out now that they have blockers finally. Wright is a great gamble. If he really has cleaned up his act, he might end up being the best CB to come from this draft. An immediate starter if just in nickel packages. Savage was a savage!
Buccaneers = A+
Adams is the best DE in the draft and will learn from the aging Rice. Sears was a great pick who will help protect whoever the QB is and open a hole or 2 for Cadillac. Piscitelli is a great athlete who can play SS or OLB in the Bucs cover 2 scheme. Their next John Lynch. Black has a chance to be a star and gets to learn from Brooks. Fastest LB in the draft.
Cardinals = B+
They needed any type of lineman on offense, but Brown may be a bit too high. He's more a guard than tackle. Branch fell right into their laps and may even inspire ex-Wolverine team mate McBride to play up to his potential. If that happens, the Cards will have a duo on par with the Jags 2 All Pro DT's. Davis is short and battles with his weight, but is a over achiever and will help somewhere. Special teams perhaps.
Chargers = A -
The theme today was that the rich got richer. Davis will put Parker on the bench by years end maybe. Weddle is a perfect pick who can cover the TE or WR. Waters was a 1st rounder last year until he blew out his knee. He will help on special teams as he learns. Day 2 is important for San Diego as far as line depth is concerned.
Chiefs = C -
They amazingly did not address their offensive line woes. Johnson should last about 4 games. Think a small Earl Campbell getting burned out too fast. Bowe fills a need as far as the WR corp is aging and he can block well too. McBride is a hard worker who will fill in for Allen while he serves his suspension. A wasted day in KC.
Colts = A +
Remember how the rich got richer? The Colts got 4 guys who were 1st round picks on many mock drafts! Gonzales replaces Stokely without blinking. Ugoh will learn as he is groomed to replace Glenn in a few years. Hughes won the Lott Award and was maybe the best fit as a CB for a cover 2 D in the draft = A REAL STEAL who starts day 1! Pitcock will rotate with Booger and help solidify the run support.
Cowboys = B+
Jerry is wheeling and dealing, so the grades higher now than it may end up. Spencer adds depth to a deep, talented LB corp. Martin is a solid offensive lineman who needs a year or 2 to learn. If they fail to address the secondary or WR, this grade drops to a D.
Dolphins = B
Ginn has speed. Point blank. He needs to learn how to be a better WR, but maybe after watching Hester, the Fins think Ginn will win a few on special teams? A reach that is a grand slam if it works out. Beck was rated the 2nd best QB by many and comes from a system than grooms NFL ready QB's. He may end up starting sooner than expected if Lemon is..well...a lemon. Satele can play guard or center and will start day 1. Booker will be a 3rd down back to spell Brown. Now...what to do with Ricky?
Eagles = A
I'm no Iggles fan, but even I recognize Andy Reids unpredictable genius. Kolb will be the first QB he can groom since Donovan and can take his sweet time with Feeley and Holcome as back ups. It's a hit or miss that won't hurt if it misses, but don't bet against Reid. Abiamiri is a solid DE who will lend to the rotation. Bradley could be a real steal if his knee stays healthy. At the least, he helps on special teams. Hunt is a real steal here! Finally they can sit Westbrook on short yardage and relieve him of about 10 carries per game to lengthen his career.
Falcons = A +
The Petrino era starts out STRONG! Anderson was the best defensive player on the board and helps them day 1. Blalock was a 1st rounder who fell to them and will be a solid guard for a decade. Houston is another 1st rounder who allows Williams to go to FS and gives Atlanta a young secondary that may soon be the best in the NFL! Robinson is a big, fast WR who will push the 2 former #1 WR's to either play to their potential or sit.
Giants = C -
Ross was a fine pick up. Smith will push the aging Toomer. Alford is a pass rushing DT who fits right is with the pass rushing happy DE's. But they still have no left tackle! Amazing! I guess we will get used to seeing Eli on his back more than David Carr ever was this year. They still haven't addressed LB either!
Jaguars = A
Nice, solid draft thus far! Nelson gives them a top flight FS who can cover WR's easily. Durant is a perfect fit for their scheme and gets to learn from Del Rio. Versatile too. Walker came off a torn ACL to catch over 90 balls. A nice possession type of WR.
Jets = B+
Mangini took a cue from his mentor and ran his draft room like a mad scientist. Revis was the top rated CB by many and starts now! Harris is very solid and starts day 1 as well at ILB. They only have 1 pick remaining in the 6th round. Gave up a lot for 2 starters. Which may be just fine!
Lions = A -
Matt Millen was wheeling and dealing and I'm not sure he is done yet. Johnson was a no brainer. Furrey goes to the slot and Roy Williams may be the #2 WR for the first time in his life. Stanton may of been a reach. Time will tell, but Martz needs to groom a replacement for Kitna within 2 years. Alama- Francis is a awesome athlete who could help Detroit for a decade at DE. Alexander can play CB or FS. A solid pick. Young should start at CB day 1. Lions have 6 more picks coming too.
Packers = B -
A gambling type of draft. Harrell should be solid for years, but Jackson came out too early and Jones was a huge reach. He's big, but not fast or consistent. A 4th WR type at best. Rouse can play LB or SS and is either going to be great or have a bum knee that will prevent him from going to the next level.
Panthers = A
Fox had a good draft so far. They had to settle for Beeson, but he will be fine at weak side OLB. Jarrett will learn from Keyshawn in his last year in the NFL. Kalil is a small C, but the best in the draft and expert at zone blocking. Johnson is a solid DE who will rotate in to spell the starters.
Patriots = A
Evil Bill is at it again! Next year, 2 first rounders await! Merriweather is a proto typical Pat. He can play CB or either S position. He won't wack out up in NE either, the vets will keep him on a leash. What Bill does day 2 with their SEVEN!!! picks is as usual = unknown.
Raiders = A
Da Raiders might just win, baby! Randy Moss is on the trading block, but he better wise up and beg Al to stay and start working hard again! He would look good next to Porter. Russell would be throwing them the ball at any depth because he has the arm to. Miller would open up the middle because he is a huge TE with good hands. Moses was in the top 10 of most pre season mock drafts and will only help make an excellent D stronger. Henderson is a project at Tackle and will learn from the great Jackie Slater. Higgins is an enigma. The fastest WR in the draft, Al envisions him as the next Cliff Branch. He just may be right.
Rams = A+
Great draft thus far. Carriker can play anywhere on the D line and excel. Leonards pick signifies a new wrinkle on the O. He may spell Jackson in the 1 back set on occasion, but the 2 set system will be there now with both backs excellent at catching passes. Tyler was a 1st rounder on many mock drafts and will start day 1. Wade will push for nickel back at the least day 1 and may soon start.
Ravens = A
Ozzie Newsome is probably the best GM in the NFL. He just drafted 2 starting guards after watching his line get depleted a few weeks ago. Grubbs has All Pro potential, while Yanda plays with a nasty streak that will be embraced by Magahee and McNair. Figurs will return kicks and learn how to run routes from a former returner in Mason.
Redskins = A+
They only have one more pick, but credit them for not withering to Chicagos demands. They'll just get Briggs next year. They held pat and got the best safety since Ed Reed. Landry and Taylor will play off each other perfectly. This pick may insure Taylor staying in DC longer too. Count the trail of bodies they scrape off the turf the next decade as Taylor and Landry may form the best Safety duo in the history of the NFL. Imagine 2 Jack Tatums!
Saints = C -
Meachum is a good WR, but they already had Colston, Henderson, Copper and Patten! They NEED CB's! Alleman keeps them from a failing grade as he upgrades the O line and should be a solid guard a long time. Do they expect to get a decent CB day 2? Most are gone. BAD JOB by Sean Payton!
Seahawks = A
Did great with little to work with. Wilson is the fastest CB in the draft, cerebral and a dangerous returner. He should be a nickel back and return all their kicks day 1. Mebane plays with excellent leverage and will help out in the DT rotation.
Steelers = B
Tomlin seems to have a plan that we will have to wait and see what it is. Timmons is envisioned to replace Porter. Woodley is a tweener who is a decent pass rusher. Spaeth was confusing, considering they have Miller, but he is tough, smart, big and has great hands.
Texans = A
I liked their draft thus far! Okoye will team with Williams, Ryans, Babin and a young and up and coming defense that will be respected league wide sooner than you think. Jones is a possible sleeper from little Lane college, who is huge and fast. He and Johnson may form a fantastic WR duo.
Titans = C -
Griffin was drafted ahead of Nelson, which was curious, considering Nelson can cover WR's and Pacman is gone. Still, a solid safety who should help on run support. Henry was a reach, but he is a big, athletic back. Williams will probably be a wasted pick. He plays with no heart and rarely showed his full speed on the field. He plays like he doesn't want to be there. I'd be surprised if he made the team and shocked if he lasted more than a season, but pray he gets into football because he has all the tools.
Vikings = A +
Peterson lengthens Taylors career and will give them a devastating 1-2 punch behind that huge O line. A VERY SMART PICK! Rice would've been a top 10 pick next year if he stayed one more year with the ol' ball coach. Lets hope he's not the bust fellow Gamecock Williamson is. McCauley has all the tools and could be special, but has not played the same since suffering a major concussion.
Asked By: mogahead79 - 4/28/2007