In the minutes after each NFL draft, writers and analysts are in a massive hurry to give rabid fans their take on a player. However you grade them—1-10 point scale, A-F letter grades or with five-stars—if you're an NFL draft writer, chances are you're grading the picks as they happen.
But what happens after that? Right now, nothing. The draft comes and goes and those grades are never revisited. The fans never learn if the analyst was right, wrong or somewhere in the middle or if the team made the right moves on draft day. That's why we're re-grading the 2011 draft class.
It wouldn't be fair to grade NFL teams without also grading myself, though, so I'm posting my original predraft ranking of each player along with their grade. In my predraft process, players are graded and ranked based on their predicted NFL success, not their draft order, so now three years later we can truly get a feel for if those grades were correct or not.
So, how does the 2011 NFL draft look three years later?