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Handing out team grades one day after the NFL Draft is a tough business.You’re basically judging teams and players before you have a body of evidence to judge.
That explains why NFL draft experts almost universally hated the Seattle Seahawks’ 2012 Draft, which turned out to be franchise-alteringly good.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., the guy who invented the NFL Draft pundit business, gave the Seahawks a C-.
To be fair, he judges “the draft process” not “the players.” Kiper wrote that the Seahawks could have drafted Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner later on, and that they didn’t really need Russell Wilson since they already had Matt Flynn. All of that is probably true.
Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke gave them a C. He called the Irvin pick “spit take-inducing” and wrote, LB “Bobby Wagner (47) and RB Robert Turbin (106), both from Utah State, will help, and QB Russell Wilson (74) has a bright future, even if Seattle didn’t really need him. Everything else was … very … blah.”
The NFL Network team of analysts gave them a C. Michael Lombardi criticised them, saying they took “a lot of chances.”
Irvin, Wagner, Jeremy Lane, and Daye Howard are significant players on defence, Wilson has been a revelation, and running back Robert Turbin is #2 on the depth chart behind Marshawn Lynch.
It was a homerun draft.
Again, these draft experts have a basically impossible job. But this should at least make us take draft grades with a bit more salt.
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