Steelers News: Ridiculous draft grades and analyzing Pittsburgh’s picks
Why pundits’ draft grades are ridiculous
First of all, let me clarify. I get it. Grading a team’s draft picks can be fun and it fills the pages these action-deficient days after the NFL draft. I see why they do it. I just don’t see why any of us would take them seriously. At all.
Let’s look at the 2011 draft. We’ve had nearly a decade to determine how players selected that year have worked out and how the teams who picked them performed. Mel Kiper had shifted from the days when he would give every team the grade B or C, regardless of how much he loved or hated their picks. Instead, he was giving more diverse grades, and rated every team from 1 to 32 on their performance.
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Mel Kiper’s Grade: D+
Kiper’s Draft Rank: 32
Round 1: James Carpenter, Alabama OT
Round 3: John Moffitt, Wisconsin OG
Round 4: K.J. Wright, Mississippi State OLB
Round 4: Kris Durham, Georgia WR
Round 5: Richard Sherman, Stanford DB
Round 5: Mark LeGree, Appalachian State FS
Round 6: Byron Maxwell, Clemson CB
Round 7: Lazarius Levingston, LSU DL
Round 7: Malcolm Smith, LSU LB
Kiper’s Comments: “…this is a very young team, and you suspect Pete Carroll expects improvement. I just don’t know if he added much this weekend.”
Reality: Richard Sherman became one of the best CB’s in pro football and will be in the Hall of Fame one day. James Carpenter started for multiple years, including the Seahawks’ championship run in 2013. K.J. Wright was a staple of the Seahawks’ linebacking corps. Byron Maxwell, like Sherman, was a founding member of the notorious Legion of Boom secondary that anchored the best defense in football for several years running. Oh, and Malcolm Smith was Super Bowl MVP in 2013.