Grading a draft is more like grading a research paper than a math test.
There is generally no right or wrong answer when it comes to the draft as there would be on a math test. If there was, we should be able to label every draft pick a "reach" or "value."
Even the teams themselves don't know exactly what they have and the "hit" percentage is probably south of 25 percent.
A research paper is graded on the supporting evidence and the strength or weakness of that evidence will determine the grade.
I'll grade on the following three criteria:
– Did the team address a need? (Not to be confused with drafting for need.)
– Does the team have a role for the player?
– Does the player have developmental value in the long term?
The best picks usually support all three criteria.