Analyzing the 2010 Draft – Pittsburgh Steelers

It has been two years now since the 2010 NFL Draft and I am ready to give initial grades to that draft.

Round 1 - Maurkice Pouncey, OC, Florida – Grade A – The Pittsburgh Steelers, coming off a disappointing 2009 campaign decided it was time to move on from Center Justin Hartwig. They elected to select Maurkice Pouncey out of Florida to groom to replace Hartwig. However, what they could not expect was for Pouncey to come in and immediately be able to replace Hartwig. Since entering the leage, Pouncey has been one of the best centers in the NFL and if he can avoid the injury bug, he will be an absolute stud.

Other Possible Selections: Devin McCourtyDez BryantDan Williams

Round 2 - Jason Worilds, OLB, Virginia Tech - Grade B- – In the second round, the Steelers elected to add depth at OLB. The pick was kind of surprising at the time since Worilds was viewed as a 3rd round prospect but Worilds has played fairly well in his action. While he has looked lost in run support early in his career, it certainly looks like the potential is there for Worilds to become the next great Steelers OLB but he will have to get stronger.

Other Possible Selections: Sean LeeTerrence CodyGolden TateCharles Brown

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2008 Cleveland Browns Draft Grade

Finally, back to some good old fashion football talk. Today we are going to look at the 2008 NFL Draft, this time specifically looking at the Cleveland Browns. In 2008, the Browns did not have a pick until the fourth round and had only five total picks. They failed to utilize those picks very well also. Overall, you could call this one of the worst drafts of all time. After the jump, look at specific pick grades and an overall grade.

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Baltimore Ravens 2008 NFL Draft Grades

The Ravens took two big risks in the first two rounds that paid off, by drafting Joe Flacco and Ray Rice. That tandem has nearly put them into the Super Bowl but have not quite gotten there.

Round 1 Pick 18: Joe Flacco, QB, Delaware: Flacco was considered a reach by many at the time but he has proven that the Ravens knew what they were doing. He has been one of the best young QB’s in the NFL but he has not been able to get over the hump that is the Pittsburgh Steelers and get to the Super Bowl. Still, he has tons of potential to get better and maybe, just maybe, he will get to a Super Bowl in the future. Pick Grade: A

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2011 NFL Draft Grades – NFC East and NFC North

The dust is beginning to settle on the 2011 NFL Draft, which for me only means time is ticking for me to go about giving initial grades to each and every pick, as well as all 32 teams. These grades will be revisited around this time next year. The AFC West and South was done here and the AFC North and East was done here. First, a word on my subjective evaluation process once more. The basic grading rules are…

Individual Player Grades

A+: Designated for players that provide incredible value at a position of need, and have Pro Bowl potential

A: Designated for player that provide great value at a position of need, OR for players that provide  incredible value at a position that is not a huge need

B: Designated for players that provide good value at a position of need, OR for players that provide great value that is not a position of need

C: Designated for players player that provide good value at a minor need, OR for players that provide great value at no need, OR for players with clearly identifiable potential at a position of future need

D: Designated for players that provide decent value at a position of no need, OR for players that fall short in addressing positions of need, OR for solid players that were taken significantly earlier than their talent suggested they would be.

F: Designated for player that provide no value at positions where there’s no immediate need, OR for players that most agree are a huge reach at a position of need, OR a player that has no means being in the draft.

Al Davis: A player with great speed that is over-drafted by 1 to 2 rounds (usually would grade out to a C)

Note: In the 6th round the lowest grade you can get is a D. In the 7th round regular picks, the lowest grade you can get is a D+. In the 7th round compensatory picks the lowest grade you can get is a C-

Team Grades:

A: A team filled all/most of their needs without reaching at any pick and got one or more steals

B: A team filled most/all of their needs but reached on some of their picks and failed to get a major steal

C: A team did not fill most of their needs or reached to fill those needs with less than two major steals

D: A team filled none or very few of their needs and reached to do those and failed to draft good players at non needs

F: A team filled no needs, reached for players, picked bad scheme fits, and traded away future picks.

Even though it goes without saying….As we all know, grading a draft immediately after it is mostly useless so this is just speculation on my part.

Without further ado, let’s get to the individual and team grades for the NFC East and NFC North

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys

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2011 NFL Draft Grades – AFC South and AFC West

The dust is beginning to settle on the 2011 NFL Draft, which for me only means time is ticking for me to go about giving initial grades to each and every pick, as well as all 32 teams. These grades will be revisited around this time next year. The AFC North and East was done here. First, a word on my subjective evaluation process once more. The basic grading rules are…

Individual Player Grades

A+: Designated for players that provide incredible value at a position of need, and have Pro Bowl potential

A: Designated for player that provide great value at a position of need, OR for players that provide  incredible value at a position that is not a huge need

B: Designated for players that provide good value at a position of need, OR for players that provide great value that is not a position of need

C: Designated for players player that provide good value at a minor need, OR for players that provide great value at no need, OR for players with clearly identifiable potential at a position of future need

D: Designated for players that provide decent value at a position of no need, OR for players that fall short in addressing positions of need, OR for solid players that were taken significantly earlier than their talent suggested they would be.

F: Designated for player that provide no value at positions where there’s no immediate need, OR for players that most agree are a huge reach at a position of need, OR a player that has no means being in the draft.

Al Davis: A player with great speed that is over-drafted by 1 to 2 rounds (usually would grade out to a C)

Note: In the 6th round the lowest grade you can get is a D. In the 7th round regular picks, the lowest grade you can get is a D+. In the 7th round compensatory picks the lowest grade you can get is a C-

Team Grades:

A: A team filled all/most of their needs without reaching at any pick and got one or more steals

B: A team filled most/all of their needs but reached on some of their picks and failed to get a major steal

C: A team did not fill most of their needs or reached to fill those needs with less than two major steals

D: A team filled none or very few of their needs and reached to do those and failed to draft good players at non needs

F: A team filled no needs, reached for players, picked bad scheme fits, and traded away future picks.

Even though it goes without saying….As we all know, grading a draft immediately after it is mostly useless so this is just speculation on my part.

Without further ado, let’s get to the individual and team grades for the AFC South and AFC West

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

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Grading the Steelers 2008 NFL Draft

During this quite period, I am going to take some time to grade the 2008 NFL Draft. We will look at the Pittsburgh Steelers draft today.

Round 1 Pick 23: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois: This was by far the best pick of this draft. Mendenhall has been exactly what the Steelers needed as one of the best RB’s in the league. He has been a workhorse and is coming off his best season ever. His rookie season was ended as soon as it began but since then he has only gotten better. His carrying has improved and his vision has as well. Pick Grade: A

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