Originally posted by thl408:
I don't think draft grades can be evaluated a couple days after the draft. They can be done 3 years later like the 'Grade the 2010 draft" thread. At this point, I don't think grades from A to F can be given. It's more like draft impressions rated on a scale of 1-10 "How much do you like what the 49ers did".
It's a much different exercise, honestly. Grading the 2010 draft is kind of easy. You just look at the players, count the Pro Bowlers, count the busts, and come up with a letter. Some people may have slightly different criteria, but it's hard to have major disagreements.
In grading a current draft, I think there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. The right way is for all the graders to just admit out front that we can't be sure what kind of careers these players will have. A "bad" grader says things like, "I would have given this pick an A if they had taken the guy I
prefer, but since they took Player X instead, I'm giving it a D." It's arrogant for a draft grader to implicitly guarantee that they know more about player evaluation than an NFL team.
But you can still grade a current draft based on the team's approach and how they addressed needs while getting good value. You can evaluate an entire class and talk about how a team balanced risk with safety.
MD's criticism of the 49ers' draft hits on a very legitimate question. The 49ers needed a TE and a S. Would they have been better off to get a higher rated TE and lower rated S? I say no. Time will tell!