Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Looking back at 2011 NFL draft
By Pat Yasinskas
Take a look at this Insider post by Mel Kiper in which he revisits the 2011 draft and gives updated grades for each team.
After the draft, Kiper gave the Carolina Panthers a C. Now, he’s giving them an A-. That sounds pretty accurate because No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton certainly proved he’s a franchise quarterback.
I think Kiper is pretty generous with his grades for the Falcons and Saints. He gave the Falcons a B. Wide receiver Julio Jones did some very good things as a rookie. But the Falcons gave up a lot to trade up to draft him. They don’t have a first-round pick for 2012. I think it’s a little too early to label the Jones trade a success or failure. I think we’ll have a better answer in two or three years.
Kiper gave the Saints a C+. Based simply on this year’s production from defensive end Cameron Jordan and running back Mark Ingram, I’d say that’s fair. But this is kind of like Atlanta. The Saints gave up their 2012 first-round pick to get Ingram. Let’s see how his career plays out over the next couple of years before making any calls on this one.
Kiper gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a B. That’s respectable and I think it’s pretty accurate. The Bucs didn’t have many bright spots in 2011, but rookie defensive end Adrian Clayborn and middle linebacker Mason Foster showed some promise.