EXPERTS: Here Are The Winners And Losers Of The NFL Draft

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The NFL Draft is over, but the wildly premature but nevertheless addicting practice of grading the draft has just begun.Rather than speculate wildly ourselves, we compiled grades from the three top NFL Draft experts — ESPN’s Mel Kiper, SI’s Chris Burke, and the NFL Network team of analysts.

There were five clear winners, six clear losers, and 21 teams stuck in between.

It’s far from definitive, but it gives you a really solid idea of what NFL insiders think of each team’s draft.

WINNER: Cincinnati Bengals (Median grade: A-)

First-round picks: Dre Kirkpatrick (CB, Alabama) and Kevin Zeitler (OG, Wisconsin)

Notable other guy: The two first-rounders made the Bengals' draft, but NFL.com's Mike Mayock liked third-round pick Brandon Thompson (DT, Clemson)

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

WINNER: Indianapolis Colts (Median grade: A-)

First-round pick: Andrew Luck (QB, Stanford)

Notable other guy: Coby Fleener (TE, Stanford) caught passes from Luck all through college. The Colts snatched him up in the second round.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

WINNER: Philadelphia Eagles (Median grade: A-)

First-round pick: Fletcher Cox (DT, Mississippi State)

Notable other guy: Fourth-round corner Brandon Boykin (CB, Georgia) was a beloved sleeper for many draft gurus.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

WINNER: Pittsburgh Steelers (Median grade: A-)

First-round pick: David DeCastro (OG, Stanford)

Notable other guy: Mike Adams (OT, Ohio State) is a first-round talent who fell to the second round. So basically Pittsburgh got two first-round guys to sure up their porous offensive line.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

WINNER: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Median grade: A-)

First-round picks: Mark Barron (S, Alabama), Doug Martin (RB, Boise State)

Notable other guy: Their two first-rounders were what had draft experts salivating. But third-rounder Lavante David (LB, Nebraska) was considering a home-run pick as well.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

LOSER: New Orleans Saints (Median grade: C-)

First-round pick: None.

Notable other guy: The Saints didn't draft until the third round. Nick Toon (WR, Wisconsin) was productive in college, but not a whole lot else stands out and the Saints unfortunately continued their dismal offseason with an underwhelming draft.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

LOSER: Atlanta Falcons (Median grade: C)

First-round pick: None.

Notable other guy: Peter Konz (C, Wisconsin) was a projected first-round pick in a few mock drafts, so the Falcons did OK getting him in the 2nd round.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

LOSER: Miami Dolphins (Median grade: C)

First-round pick: Ryan Tannehill (QB, Texas A&M)

Notable other guy: Jonathan Martin (OT, Stanford) was a nice pick-up in the second round. But this grade all comes down to Tannehill -- who a lot of people don't think is a top-10 talent.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

LOSER: New York Jets (Median grade: C)

First-round pick: Quinton Coples (DE, North Carolina)

Notable other guy: Stephen Hill (WR, Georgia Tech) is huge and fast and talented. But he's a big gamble since he wasn't all that productive in college, and so is the inconsistent Coples.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

LOSER: Oakland Raiders (Median grade: C)

First-round pick: None

Notable other guy: The Raiders didn't draft until the third round because they traded away all their picks for Carson Palmer last year. Not a good move.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

LOSER: Seattle Seahawks (Median grade: C)

First-round pick: Bruce Irvin (LB, West Virginia)

Notable other guy: The Seahawks are getting slammed for reaching on too many players, including Irvin and Utah State LB Bobby Wagner, who they picked in the second round when they probably could have gotten him later on.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

PRETTY GOOD: Buffalo Bills (Median grade: B+)

First-round pick: Stephon Gilmore (CB, South Carolina)

Notable other guy: Cordy Glenn (OT, Georgia) went at 41 when a lot of people had him going in the mid-20s before the draft. He's one of the steals of the draft.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

PRETTY GOOD: Carolina Panthers (Median grade: B+)

First-round pick: Luke Keuchly (LB, Carolina)

Notable other guy: Joe Adams (WR, Arkansas) doesn't really fill a need, but he gives Cam Newton another young weapon on the outside.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

PRETTY GOOD: Green Bay Packers (Median grade: B+)

First-round pick: Nick Perry (DE, USC)

Notable other guy: Jerel Worthy (DT, Michigan State) was another projected first-rounder who fell, and the Packers snatched him up.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

PRETTY GOOD: New England Patriots (Median grade: B+)

First-round pick: Chandler Jones (DE, Syracuse) and Dont'a Hightower (LB, Alabama)

Notable other guy: Honestly, it's all about the first-rounders. Bill Belichick is notorious for trading down, but this year he kept his high picks and used them on some really talented players that can potentially become stars.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

PRETTY GOOD: San Diego Chargers (Median grade: B+)

First-round pick: Melvin Ingram (DE, South Carolina)

Notable other guy: Kendall Reyes (DT, UConn) is another first-round talent who slipped.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

NOT TOO SHABBY: Baltimore Ravens (Median grade: B)

First-round pick: None

Notable other guy: Courtney Upshaw (LB, Alabama) was probably Alabama's best player last year, and he was projected by some to go in the teens. Baltimore got him in the second round.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

NOT TOO SHABBY: Dallas Cowboys (Median grade: B)

First-round pick: Morris Claiborne (CB, LSU)

Notable other guy: It's hard to get past the shocking Claiborne trade. No one else really stands out.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

NOT TOO SHABBY: Detroit Lions (Median grade: B)

First-round pick: Riley Reiff (OT, Iowa)

Notable other guy: Ryan Broyles (WR, Oklahoma) was a reach in the second round, but a lot of people had him as a sleeper so ultimately the Lions got their guy.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

NOT TOO SHABBY: Houston Texans (Median grade: B)

First-round pick: Whitney Mercilus (DE, Illinois)

Notable other guy: Mel Kiper seems to think that fourth-rounder Jared Crick (DT, Nebraska) has second-round talent. We'll take his word of it.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

NOT TOO SHABBY: Minnesota Vikings (Median grade: B)

First-round pick: Matt Kalil (OT, USC) and Harrison Smith (S, Notre Dame)

Notable other guy: The Vikings absolutely killed it in the first round, but the experts weren't all that impressed by the rest of their draft.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

NOT TOO SHABBY: New York Giants (Median grade: B)

First-round pick: David Wilson (RB, Virginia Tech)

Notable other guy: Reuben Randle (WR, LSU) isn't a star but he fits a need perfectly.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

NOT TOO SHABBY: St. Louis Rams (Median grade: B)

First-round pick: Michael Brockers (DT, LSU)

Notable other guy: Janoris Jenkins (CB, North Alabama) has top-15 talent but off-the-field issues saw his stock drop into the third round. If the Rams can keep him in check, that could be a great pick.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

MEH: Arizona Cardinals (Median grade: B-)

First-round pick: Michael Floyd (WR, Notre Dame)

Notable other guy: The experts were flabbergasted that the Cards didn't sure up their offensive line early in the draft. Fourth-rounder Bobby Massie (OT, Ole Miss) could compete for playing time.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

MEH: Washington Redskins (Median grade: B-)

First-round pick: Robert Griffin III (QB, Baylor)

Notable other guy: It seems really unfair to given the Colts an A- for picking Andrew Luck and the Redskins a B- for picking RG3. But the 'Skins made the craziest pick of the draft, taking Kirk Cousin (QB, Michigan State) to create a needless QB controversy in D.C.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

YIKES: Chicago Bears (Median grade: C+)

First-round pick: Shea McClellin (DE, Boise State)

Notable other guy: Alshon Jeffrey (WR, South Carolina) is a risk but he could be a star with his size and speed.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

YIKES: Cleveland Browns (Median grade: C+)

First-round pick: Trent Richardson (RB, Alabama) and Brandon Weeden (QB, Oklahoma State)

Notable other guy: This grade is all about the experts not liking the Weeden pick.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

YIKES: Denver Broncos (Median grade: C+)

First-round pick: None.

Notable other guy: A team in desperate need of offensive weapons didn't get many. They took QB of the future Brock Osweiler (QB, Arizona State) in the second round. The experts did like the second round pick of Derek Wolfe (DT, Cincinnati) however.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

YIKES: Jacksonville Jaguars (Median grade: C+)

First-round pick: Justin Blackmon (WR, Oklahoma State)

Notable other guy: They picked Bryan Anger (P, Cal) in the third round. A punter! In the third round!

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

YIKES: Kansas City Chiefs (Median grade: C+)

First-round pick: Donatri Poe (DT, Memphis)

Notable other guy: Poe is a gamble, and the Chiefs didn't get any other impact guys.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

YIKES: San Francisco 49ers (Median grade: C+)

First-round pick: AJ Jenkins (WR, Illinois)

Notable other guy: LaMichael James (RB, Oregon) was one of the most explosive players in college football, and he gives the 'Niners a much-needed offensive threat.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

YIKES: Tennessee Titans (Median grade: C+)

First-round pick: Kendall Wright (WR, Baylor)

Notable other guy: Mike Mayock described second-round pick Zach Brown (LB, North Carolina) as 'somewhat allergic to contact.' That can't be a good thing.

Full analysis: Kiper (subscription), Burke, NFL Network

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