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2012 NFL Draft: Grading Drafts Requires Context

Published by on April 4, 2012
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Indianapolis Colts

Everyone loves to grade drafts, but not everyone does it well. It's easy to look at player production and slap a letter grade on a general manager, but unless basic rules are followed, the end result is alphabet soup.

Anytime a draft grade is given, ask the following questions before taking it seriously.


1. Has enough time gone by?

Draft grades given out right after the draft are fun, and they are a good way for an analyst to go on the record about a player, but they don't mean much in the long run. Even a full year later, it can be too early to judge most prospects, especially linemen who can take time to develop.

The earliest you can possibly grade a draft pick is two years out. Three is even better.


2. Did the grader consider draft position?

This rule cannot be overstated. Teams drafting at the top of a draft have a massive advantage. Teams drafting in the back half of the first round ...

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