Aaron Nagler of Cheesehead TV and I agree: Draft grades, in general, suck. It's unfair to the teams and the kids who got picked by placing a judgment on them before we've seen any real games. However, for a myriad of reasons, people readers LOVE draft grades.
Love, love, love, love, LOVE the dang things.
So, instead of doing our standard Mel Kiper-esque write-ups (a.k.a., the unfair ones that often suck) at the end of each draft, we decided to do some very high quality, research-driven videos for our YouTube channel focusing on team draft grades. We did one video each night of the draft, applying analysis and grades to each round. Add them all up, and you get a cumulative "expectation grade" heading into 2012.
Really, what this is all about is seeing if teams addressed needs going into the draft. The silly cliche of "best players" is often a general manager providing the press with a cheap excuse for why the team failed to get the guy they wanted in the round they targeted him at. All teams, every single one of them, base their draft boards off roster need. Thus, if teams addressed roster holes or deficiencies in the draft, they got high marks. If they didn't, they got low ones. It's really that simple.
For SBN Studios, here is our AFC South draft recap, including my draft grade for the Indianapolis Colts. Some of you readers might be a little surprised by my "Sleeper Pick" for them. We also talk Jaguars, Titans, and Texans: