A very solid B
. (A good crop of UDFA could sweeten it)
I have to believe that McC knows he is on the hot seat (or at least a very warm seat), so he knew he had to have a "Very" good draft. If he is happy with it, then for NOW, I can give the benefit of the doubt and give the overall draft a B. (Of course, there is potential for it to be at most an A- draft, and potential to be easily a C- draft)
*I still think that with all the cap space we have, we will be signing some quality players that will be cut in the summer.
A _ Legit #1 WR prospect.
B/B+ _ #2 RB prospect and possible replacement if Gore begins to break down in the next few years. Played in the SEC, and had his best games against SEC teams. Has only been a full time ball carrier 1 year, so he should have a very fresh RB body. (As we all know RB shelve life is like 5 good years)
A- _ Probably a late-teen 1st RD draft pick next year - Panthers will have to contend with Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa, and a very tough schedule. (not too mention they have Mr. Make-a-mistake-in-crucial-games Delhomme)
B+ _ A very productive ILB who could be the next TED LB. An instant SP contributor. Upgrade over L. Grant, A. Brooks, and probably could push Ulbrich out. Though Ulbrich seems like a McSing guy.
B _ TE replacement and upgrade over Billy. I thought 6 was a too high at first, but seeing the run on TE in the final 3 rds, it was probably necessary to pick him there. Although he will be a pure blocker, he has better receiving skills than Billy, so he can slip out every now and again to grab a pass.
C+ _ QB Nate Davis. But the potential to get a lot better of a grade. I have no problem with using a COMP 5th for probably the 4th-6th best QB prospect. Sitting for a couple of years, and absorbing a Jimmy Raye Off, may turn him into a serviceable contributor, or even a complete steal at QB. Dude has a HUGE arm as well.
B- _ 7th round picks of the 2 LSU players, SEC players. That is how you use 7th rounders. A DT with possible 1st day talent, that has not had the right person there to whip into shape. (Calling 1-800-SING-PAIN) Although he really does not fit anywhere yet, hopefully he is a practice squad guy who can put on some weight and become a back-up NT. And a 6-4 209 S with ball hawk skills who has some high "potential".
D+/C- _ Did not address OLB or OT. McSing said multiple times in the past 2 days that they were not going to reach or draft a player at a position "just to draft a player." So, I guess they were content not to draft for need above BPA. At least I hope that was the case.
[ Edited by Sactown49er on Apr 26, 2009 at 5:25 PM ]