It is the most inexact and inconclusive thing that we do in sports journalism. We grade each team’s draft immediately after it happens, with the selections having never stepped on an NFL field.
It will take three seasons to find out how the Cleveland Browns actually did, but in the short term, the experts seem to feel they did very well.
Readers love to see the arbitrary grades that each team receives just 24 hours after all the selections are made. If you want to know just how inexact this science is, look at FoxSports.com’s 2011 draft grade for the San Francisco 49ers.
It gave the 49ers a C+ grade in a draft where they selected Aldon Smith, Colin Kaepernick, starting center Daniel Kilgore and a starting cornerback in Chris Culliver. I think that grade should be more in the A+ range for the production they have gotten from those guys.
Despite the lofty projections, you still love to see the grades, so here they are. I rounded up five of the most respected names out there and compiled their grades for the Browns’ draft. Enjoy.