Go Horse! This Generation Now stuff is really killing me, and I'm only 29 years old. You can't truly judge a draft until 3 years after the fact, as our 2010 class was profiled earlier today. Everybody in the media is rushing to slap a grade on a draft that just happened. I love any and all Colts coverage, so naturally I will read anything I can get my hands on if it's offering a decently thought-out opinion.
It's fine to say Quinton Patton has skills and would've been a good pick, but to say we had a bad draft simply because we passed on him is preposterous. I'm just using this as an example, and more referring to national writers that grade drafts to stay relevant and on the forefront. Drafting a starting G or C in the 3rd and 4th round was more important to us than picking up a 5th WR or CB. The shmucks doing the grading have no clue at this point, just like most of us.
Remember how our draft was originally graded last year? Other than drafting Luck, most (nationally) hated it. "2 TE's?! Traded up for an undersized WR?! Picked a NT knowing he wouldn't play a down?! Didn't address the defense?! They might not win a game!!!" Grigson's (please stop calling him Griggles) 2012 Draft haul was arguably the best in the NFL and the springboard to winning Executive of the Year.
Draft "gurus" get butthurt when their boards differ than actual, real GM's. It's like "Oh, you didn't take who we thought you should have, so therefore, you must be wrong since your view of your team is different than my view of your team." And my favorite, "I watched the tape..."
Anybody remember how Houston's 2011 Draft was originally graded? They drafted a big, corn-fed defensive lineman from the Big 10 as a piece to help them transition to the 3-4. They received positive reviews(A-,B+), helped by versatile second round pick Brooks Reed, but nowhere near the grand slam results that Watt produced. Not the greatest example, but there was little to no hype for Watt when he was drafted. Should be noted that other than 5th round QB TJ Yates, the rest of their draft that year was a turd sandwich.
I will admit I love following Kiper around the draft, that guy is a true American original. He has been doing this forever, is a self-made man, and has been a part of some memorable, hilarious clips. McShay seems contrived and a little green, he only got the position once the draft turned 24/7/365.
Sorry for this post being such a rant, I have just seen too many "C-" grades for our Colts, and this is what led me here. Thanks!