Almost 48 hours removed from the annual tradition of Mr. Irrelevant closing out the three-day festivity known as the NFL Draft, hundreds of draft reviews are circulating around the Internet.
Experts attempt to examine each individual pick and then collectively add the grades together to give a draft grade to each franchise.
These grades, however are about as important as mock drafts—meaning they really don’t care any relevance other than individuals giving their thoughts about “winners” and “losers”. They often add disclaimers too to prove that they are indeed meaningless and will no doubt have to stand corrected for some of their choices.
A prime example of that can be the 2012 class for the Redskins that features an AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, the franchise’s single-season rushing yardage record holder, and a backup quarterback that can claim to be undefeated as a starter and have a victory over the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
What letter grades were handed out to them last April?
Still, these grades can give you a quick background of these players highlighting their chances at making an impact early. Plus what’s the draft without the grades?
The Redskins 2013 draft class graded as follows:
Davis understood why the Redskins draft gameplan centered on picking up multiple secondary players, but questioned the team’s decision to not address the offensive line considering the fact that they traded this year’s first rounder for the man behind the line, Robert Griffin III.
They’re still paying for RGIII — no shame in that — and the tab will linger into 2014. However given the state of Griffin’s knee, we would’ve liked to see improvements to the offensive line.
Burke liked the Redskins draft as a whole but didn’t see any instant headliners like Griffin III due to their first round pick being with the Rams and rewarded them with a slightly above average grade to reflect that hole.
Washington knew this year would be lean after dealing its 2013 first-rounder as part of that package to land RGIII. The fourth-round pick of ball-hawking safety Phillip Thomas moved the needle more than that of up-and-down CB David Amerson in Round 2 (even if the Redskins later took sleeper Bacarri Rambo, a very similar player to Thomas). TE Jordan Reed could be fun to watch in this offense. There’s nothing great here, but all in all, it’s decent.
Kiper and Cole decided to throw Griffin III into their draft analysis since he was technically their first round pick after the trade.
Cole sees Phillip Thomas as a possible steal after being selected in the fourth round.
The one nugget pick in this group might be Thomas, who is a pretty good hitter and might provide some presence on defense.
So now that its all said and done, what grade would you give this year’s group?
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