As true Southerners we naturally don't much care for the NFL but we do view the Draft as the last hurrah of the college season. Now you may like the draft or love the draft but we doubt your ADHD along with your quasi- obsessive compulsive disorder leads you to breakdown the draft as if you are an actual GM the way we do over here at S&G. With that in mind here are our five winners and five losers in the draft along with our grade for each:
Best Value- Chris Rainey, RB/KR, Florida
Their first pick of the 7th round (Toney Clemons WR Colorado) was the only stretch. Everything else was not only a good pick but also a value pick.
2. San Diego Chargers- Grade A:
Best Pick- Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, South Carolina
Best Value- Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, South Carolina
All you need to know is that they got the top pass rusher and a top 5 pick with no off field issues with the 18th pick. They had a few misses but also got a future starter at Center in the 7th round. The Ingram pick was one part smarts and one part luck for the Chargers management.
3.Indianapolis Colts- Grade B+:
Best Pick- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Best Value- Josh Chapman, DL, Alabama
Grabbed a 1st round talent at TE in the 2nd and got a 3rd round talent at DT in the 5th. Luck will be a great starter but will never be Peyton Manning level and will never be the player he is projected to be. Colts get a B+ and not an A because with the new Rookie pay scale they could have re-signed Manning, traded down with the Browns for about 10 picks, drafted either the best RB or OT at 4 and re-built their team.
4. Cincinnati Bengals- Grade B+:
Best Pick- Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
Best Value- Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
I don't see Kirkpatrick as a very big risk and think he was better than Gilmore who went 10th. Zeitler was a great pick and Charles is a 1st round talent that fell to the bottom of the 4th.
5.Philadelphia Eagles- Grade B-:
Best Pick- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Best Value- Brandon Boykin, CB/KR, Georgia
The Eagles got the best DT in the draft and they got him outside of the top 10. The Cox pick alone was enough to get them in the top 10, but they grabbed Boykin (a second round talent) at the end of the 4th round. The Eagles also grabbed the very talented Bryce Brown in the 7th. Brown is a high risk high reward guy but at the end of the last round he is a safe bet.
1. New Orleans Saints- Grade F:
Worst Pick- Akiem Hicks, DT, Regina
Pick That May Actually Make It- Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
There are bad drafts every year but usually there is at least one decent pick by even the worst GMs. The Saints draft this year was not one of those drafts. While one can make the case for Nick Toon as a decent pick the truth is that the Saint's entire draft was horrible.
2. Seattle Seahawks- Grade F+:
Worst Pick- Bruce Irvin, LB, West Virginia
Pick That May Actually Make It-Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
If the Seahawks had not taken Howard in the 4th round their entire draft would have been a flaming pile of failure. Kentucky LB Winston Guy in the 6th and NC State DE J.R. Sweezy in the 7th were decent picks. The Irvin pick will haunt this franchise for 5 years.
3.San Francisco 49ers- Grade F+:
Worst Pick- A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Pick That May Actually Make It- Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest
All of their picks weren't horrible but they were all reaches. The 49ers drafted for need and not for the best player available which is a big no-no.
4. Oakland Raiders- Grade D-:
Worst Pick- Miles Burress, LB, SD State
Pick That May Actually Make It- Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
All of their picks weren't horrible but they were all reaches. The Raiders drafted for need and not for the best player available which is a big no-no. "Where have you gone Al Davis? A lonely Raider Nation turns it's eyes to you."
5.Jacksonville Jaguars- Grade D:
Worst Pick-Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
Pick That May Actually Make It- Andre Branch, DE, Clampsun
Blackmon is over-rated and will be a bust. Branch has shown flashes of ability but is inconsistent. All the other picks were just darts thrown against a board.