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NFL Draft grades don't pass this test

My beef with the NFL Draft doesn't end with the hours of television time it eats up.

It continues right through to the grading of teams after the draft.

This is another exercise in futility.

The problem is the preconception of players by those handing out grades.

The gurus who grade the teams for their performance, or lack thereof, already are locked into a belief of where a player should or should not be drafted.

So let's say Draft Guru A has Football Star B rated really high on his draft board.

For some reason, the NFL teams selecting players keep passing on Football Star B. When a team finally gets around to drafting our broken-hearted player in the third round, Draft Guru A will rave about what a steal that selection was.


Maybe Draft Guru A doesn't want to look so bad. Maybe it's a way to cover his behind.

By the time everyone figures out Football Star B doesn't have the talent to be a starter in the NFL, we'll have forgotten about Draft Guru A's assessment.

So while you're going through the post-draft analysis of your favorite team, just keep that in mind.

We'll know the real answers in the fall.


  1. The only way to judge a draft is to wait three years. How did those players from 2009 perform over the first three years of their contracts? That gives the later picks time to learn the NFL and time to succeed, suck or muddle along.

  2. Yeah, we finally know about that 2006 Steelers draft. Some guy named Santonio Holmes kinda worked out, didn't he?


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