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My Issue with Grading Drafts

We have know reached the time where everybody's grading their team, and giving their input on it. Well I have a few problems with grading drafts whether its a day after, a year after, or 5 years after. Reasons why after the jump.


First and foremost, you cant grade a draft until at least 3 years. You have to ask yourself "How am I grading this off of?", "Am I going by Mike Kipers Big Board?", "Am I going by my teams 'needs'?" Or "Am I going by BPA? Then you must ask yourself, "How much do I know about this player?", "How much tape have I watched on him?", and "Do I even know he is?". After you get through those questions then you start to understand that we really are not that knowledgeable in terms of "Grading The Draft". We are simply just ArmChair GMs, Most of us will want a certain player because we heard those so-called experts talking him up, when in reality he may or may not be that good (ie Clausen). We are not scouts, coaches, or GM's. Are we really allowed to give a knee-jerk reaction? Most of us to not go to these players houses and meet with them, watch hours upon hours of tape, or go to their combine/Pro Days. The guys upstairs do. Hence, they are more qualfied to make these draft picks, and we should let them pick the guys.

Second, these players probably have not even purchased their nut cup yet, and we are grading them? That is like a College accepting a student and giving them a grade as soon as their accepted based on their High School performance. Is that fair? No, it's not, whether you give them an A or a F. Let these guys tie their cleats and buckle their chinstraps for a good 2-4 years before we start stating whether they are a Draft "Steal" or a Draft "Bust". Perfect example is the 2005 review for the Vikings, we all know how that worked out. I really enjoy watching Troy's HOF career right in front of my eyes, don't you? Speaking of "Bust" that leads me into my final case. (Nice Segway Huh?)

I do not believe there is any such thing as a draft bust/steal. Let me repeat that, I do NOT believe that their are draft Busts/Steals. Every player and every team is different. Let me explain, when the Raiders drafted Russel, he was put on a crappy team and expected to be a great quarterback in a few years. Well he was destined to fail from the beginning. They had just traded away their best reciever, and he had no running game to speak of, and a very questionable D. (And a crazy owner but thats beside the point.) It also does not help when you have a revolving door of coaches, with the latest being a guy who allegedly punched out his assistant. Now ask yourself would Jamarcus have been good with a team like the Vikings, Falcons, Bears, or Dolphins? I guess we will never know. My point being is that just because one player did well with one team and one did not to well with another team does not mean that one is a better pick than the other. Take Sean Taylor for example, a great player. He was considered a great draft pick at the time. Now not so much for obvious reasons. But ask yourself what if the Redskins don't take him? What if they pass on him and the Browns take him with the next pick? Lets assume that he was the great player for the Browns. Now at the time of his death he was at home because of a knee injury, which means he likely would not have suffered that same injury with the Browns. Meaning he would not have been home at the time of the shooting, so he would still be alive. (We're saying this for the sake of this argument). He goes on to have a great career, meanwhile the Redskins nation is kicking themselves for not taking him in the draft. Do you see where I'm going with this? Every situation is different and you can not predict what will happen with any player whether he is Jamarcus Russel or Tom Brady.

Speaking of Brady, Tom is widely considered the greatest "Steal" of all time. How did Tom get his start? An injury to Drew Bledsoe. Now say that the Packers drafted him, he would have sat behind Favre forever. Most likely he would have never gotten a chance to start, and would never have been the player we know today.

So you can grade the teams all you want, you can listen to all the guys talk, and you can determine who is a steal or bust but remember that every team and player are put into different situations, and they may have not strived or performed as well with a different team. Steals and Busts should be limited to that team, not the league.

Thats my rant. In other news Percy Harvin My Fav(!) has stated that PH12 will win the MVP this year.

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a <em>community</em>, that view is no less important.

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