A couple of days ago I mocked the mock drafts despite the fact that a few of our bloggers took turns providing mocks.
Oh the irony…
Today, I’ll turn my attention towards another rather amusing NFL Draft media byproduct – Draft Grades. How funny are they?
Draft analysts and NFL GM wannabes nationwide will take out their red pens and assess what each team has done during draft weekend. You or me or the guy at the corner of the bar critiquing Ozzie Newsome is akin to giving Larry Bird shooting tips; Phil Mickelson sand wedge lessons; and Evan Longoria advice on how to play the hot corner.
It’s ridiculous – yet we’ll read it nonetheless. Just like we’ll moan about backups on the interstate because folks are rubbernecking over a guy changing a flat yet when we get up next to the poor fellow we do the same.
Seriously, grading a draft before these players mesh with their new teams. Really?
Before their bodies fully develop?
Before we see if they are up to the cerebral challenges of the NFL?
Before it can be determined if they can keep up with the speed of game?
Perhaps the biggest surprise in decades on draft day was Tom Brady, chosen with the 199th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft. SI’s Peter King, the biggest Patriots suck-up on the planet while grading the Patriots after that draft gave them a B+ and commented that RB J.R. Redmond would be an every down back by October 1.
No mention of Tom Brady.
Redmond played 33 career games with the Patriots and was out of the league by 2005 with 676 total rushing yards to his credit.
In that same draft King gave the Raiders a grade of A- despite using their first round pick on a kicker – Sebastian Janikowski.
Here’s what he said about the Ravens draft in 2000:
The point here isn’t to beat up on King but rather the whole concept of draft grades.
Come see me in three years and THEN we can grade those drafts.
Until then don’t vent your spleen if the MMQB gives the Ravens a “D” on Monday or feel jubilant if he gives them an “A+”. That and $8 will get you a draught beer at M&T Bank Stadium.
Now if you’ll excuse me I have to finish this email to Buck Showalter with my thoughts on how to utilize the starting rotation more efficiently.