The 2011 NFL Draft has come and gone with many teams landing an impressive haul of players. After the draft, everyone likes to look down at the selected players and form an opinion. NFL Draft grades are very popular because it lets you see how your team stacked up against the rest of the league.
This is just a quick impression of each team's draft and we will be taking a more extensive look as the summer progresses. So check out the grades and feel free to leave some feedback.
C+This was a very solid draft with few wow selections. Watkins will start right away at guard and bring some toughness to the offensive line. Jarrett is a good safety prospect that might need a little time to fully develop. Marsh is an underrated corner that could fill a nickle roll. Casey Matthews will provide some linebacker depth which is something lacking in Philly. Is this the end for David Akers? Alex Henery is the best kicker in the draft but was selected about a round or two early.
B- The Cowboys grade is a little low because I think they could have went a different direction with the Carter and Murray picks. Both players are nice prospects but might get burried on the depth chart. However, I love the Tyron Smith pick and Arkin is a nice developmental guard. Look out for Josh Thomas and Dwayne Harris both of which I feel will see playing time this season.
C Who is going to play quarterback for the Redskins? They passed on the shot to add Blaine Gabbert and then didnt even take a flyer on a late round prospect. Kerrigan is a nice player but would have been a better fit at defensive end in a 4-3. I like Jenkins because I feel he brings versitilityto the defensive line with the abilty to play both nose tackle and the 5 technique. Evan Royster has the feel of another late round running back that Mike Shannahan develops.
A The Giants added four players that have the potential to make an immediate impact. Amukamara was to good of a player to pass up. If Austin didnt have his off the field issues he would have been a 1st round selection and Jernigan will be a kick returner and someone that can create in space. James Brewer helps the offensive line get younger with the potential to fill in if an injury occurs.
B- Ponder has a good shot at being a good quarterback but #12 was way to high to take that risk. He will likely compete for early playing time and could prove everyone wrong. I like the next 3 picks as I feel each represented good value and filled some needs.
C+ The Carimi selection in the 1st round is what saved this draft because the rest of the selections were questionable. Carimi will be an immediate starter on a terrible Bears offensive line. I think Paea is a nice tackle but there were better fits for the 3 technique spot. Conte, Enderle, and Thomas were all reaches and a bit of luxury picks as this team had needs elsewhere.
B+The Packers added some nice pieces but probably most importantly added good depth. The Packers know more than anybody the importance of have depth across the roster. Sherrod is a nice tackle prospect and Randall Cobb will add a playmaker to the offense. I am a bit lower on both players than most but each has some upside. They got some interesting playes in Ricky Elmore and Lawrence Guy who both have some potential to contribute.
A+This was a great draft for the Lions as they added at least three impact players. Fairley, Young, and Leshoure will all play an important role next season. The combo of Suh and Fairley might be the nastiest defensive tackle combo in the NFL. Young will be the slot receiver that Derrick Williams never developed into and Leshoure is going to complement Javhid Best. Very good draft because they added value and filled some needs.
A-I like the aggressiveness of the Falcons and by adding Jones they add another dimension to their offense. Yes they gave up a lot to make the move but it gives them a potential star. I like the later round additions of Rodgers, Jackson, and Matthews all of whom could make the roster.
B-The jury is out on Cam Newton but the rest of the draft was full of solid picks at positions of need. The defensive tackle position was a black hole so they added both McClain and Fua who will complement each other. I think the Lawrence Wilson pick could end up being a steal. Lee Ziemba doesnt have much upside but he is a good leader that could back up all offensive line positions.
A+I love everyone of these picks and the fact that they focused on the defensive side of the ball. I would not be surprised that if by the end of the season Mark Ingram gets over 80% of the carries in New Orleans. The Illinois linebackers Wilson and Busse yare athletic and hard hitters. If Romeus was healthy all season he could have come off the board in the 3rd round.
B I dont love Adrian Clayborn but at #20 it is good value for someone that will play tough against the run and also get after the quarterback. The Bowers pick is a risk but he is top 5 talent and even if he sits out his rookie year you get a good all around player with upside. Mason Foster was on of my favorite players in this draft and I think he will be a real playmaker. Ahmad Black is undersized but has good instincts. I love the Bradford pick because it gives the Bucs some insurance incase LeGarrette Blount cant stay out of trouble.
C+ I am not a big Aldon Smith fan as I think he needs to add strength and weight in order to be an every down player. Kaepernick is like Smith in that he has a ton of upside but needs a lot of work. I like the Hunter selection because he is different than the rest of the running backs on their roster.
B-At first I didnt like this draft but as I looked closer it wasnt that bad. Peterson is a great pick and will give the Cardinals a much improved secondary. Both Sam Acho and Sturdivant can make an immediate impact in the Cardinals linebacker corps. I like Ryan Williams but I am not sure where he fits in Arizona. I feel they had other areas they needed to address.
D-The Seahawks reached on just about everyone of their selections. I had Carpenter rated in the 3rd round and Moffitt in the 4th. Both went a lot earlier than expected and honestly may need to be replaced several years down the road. Both are decent players but not the type that you can plug in and forget about. I like the Sherman pick as I think his best football is ahead of him.
C+I really like the Quinn pick but the rest were a bit questionable. Kendricks and Pettis went earlier than I expected as both have limited upside. I think Salas will be a good player but is very similar to Danny Amedola.