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-
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