NFL DRAFT 2011:Mad Science or Pure Luck? Full 3-Year Draft Grades for Every Team

Greg HerringtonContributor IMarch 30, 2011

NFL DRAFT 2011:Mad Science or Pure Luck? Full 3-Year Draft Grades for Every Team

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    Three years seems to be a good starting point in which to begin the evaluation process on each teams Draft. I have decided to create a unique point system to better determine how each NFL team has drafted over the last three years.

    Each team will receive 1 point for each starter on their roster and 5 points for each "Elite" player. I am including, the years 2008-2010.

    The Grades and Rankings will begin with the #32 ranking and move up until we reach the team that had the best draft over a 3 year period.

    The results may be a little surprising, but keep in mind that the criteria in grading each teams draft during that period of time was to determine how many players drafted made significant contributions to thier respective team and are still on the roster. 

Washington Redskins : Rank 32 , Points 2

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    Brian OrakpoWin McNamee/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (0)

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    DE, Brian Orakpo

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    OT, Trent Williams

     

    Total Points: 2

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (1)

    TE, Fred Davis saw significant playing time.

San Diego Chargers: Rank 31, Points 4

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    Ryan MatthewsKevork Djansezian/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    CB, Antoine Cason

    FB, Jacob Hester

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    G, Louis Vasquez

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    RB, Ryan Matthews

     

    Total Points: 4

     

    Tie Breaker points: (1)

    G, Tyronne Green saw significant playing time.

New York Jets: Rank 30, Points 5

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    Mark SanchezNick Laham/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    TE, Dustin Keller

    CB, Dwight Lowery

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    QB, Mark Sanchez

    RB, Shonn Greene

    G, Matt Slauson

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (0)

     

    Total Points: 5

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (1)

    CB, Kyle Wilson saw significant playing time.

Houston Texans: Rank 29, Points 5

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    Brian CushingBob Levey/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    OT, Duane Brown

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    LB, Brian Cushing

    CB, Glover Quin

    S, Troy Nolan

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    CB, Kareem Jackson

     

    Total Points: 5

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    OT, Antoine Caldwell, RB, Steve Slaton, and DT, Earl Mitchell saw significant playing time.

Minnesota Vikings: Rank 28, Points 5

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    Percy HarvinNick Laham/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    C, John Sullivan

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    WR, Percy Harvin

    OT, Phil Loadholt

    CB, Asher Allen

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    RB, Toby Gerhart

     

    Total Points: 5

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (4)

    DT, Letroy Guion, LB, Jasper Brinkley, QB, Joe Webb and G, Chris DeGeare saw significant playing time.

Buffalo Bills: Rank 27, Points 6

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    Eric WoodRick Stewart/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    CB, Leodis McKelvin

    CB, Reggie Corner

    OT,  Demetrius Bell

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    C, Eric Wood

    S, Jairus Byrd

    G, Andy Levitre

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (0)

     

    Total Score: 6

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (1)

    RB, C.J.Spiller (rotation with Fred Jackson)

Jacksonville Jaguars: Rank 26, Points 6

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    Eugene MonroeRick Stewart/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    DE, Derrick Harvey

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    OT, Eugene Monroe

    DT, Terrance Knighton

    CB, Derek Cox

    WR, Mike Thomas

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    DT, Tyson Alualu

     

    Total Points: 6

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (2)

    TE, Zack Miller and RB, Rashad Jennings saw significant playing time.

Seattle Seahawks: Rank 25, Points 6

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    Aaron CurryOtto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    TE, John Carlson

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    LB, Aaron Curry

    C, Max Unger (missed most of season / injury)

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    OT, Russell Okung

    S, Earl Thomas

    WR, Golden Tate

     

    Total Points: 6

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    RB, Justin Forsett, CB Walter Thurmond and S, Kam Chancellor saw significant playing time.

Dallas Cowboys: Rank 24, Points 6

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    Felix JonesChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    RB, Felix Jones

    CB, Mike Jenkins

    CB,Orlando Scandrick

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters:(1)

    K, David Buehler

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    WR, Dez Bryant

    LB, Sean Lee

     

    Total Points: 6

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    DE/OLB, Victor Butler, TE, Martellus Bennett and RB, Tashard Choice saw significant playing time.

New York Giants: Rank 23, Points 6

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    Kenny PhillipsNick Laham/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    S, Kenny Phillips

    CB, Terrell Thomas

    WR, Mario Manningham

    LB, Jonathan Goff

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    WR, Hakeem Nicks

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    DE, Jason Pierre-Paul

    P, Matt Dodge

     

    Total Points: 7

    Tie Breaker Points: (0)

Chicago Bears: Rank 22, Points 7

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    Johnny KnoxJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    OT/OG , Chris Williams

    RB, Matt Forte

    WR, Earl Bennett

    CB, Zack Bowman

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    CB, D.J.Moore

    WR, Johnny Knox

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    OT, J' Marcus Webb

     

    Total Points: (7)

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (2)

    G, Lance Louis and S, Major Wright saw significant playing time.

San Francisco 49ers: Rank 21, Points 7

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    Mike IupatiStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    G, Chilo Rachal

    WR, Josh Morgan

    S, Reggie Smith

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    WR, Michael Crabtree

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    OT, Anthony Davis

    G, Mike Iupati

    S, Taylor Mays

     

    Total Points: 7

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (2)

    LB, Navorro Bowman and RB, Anthony Dixon saw significant playing time.

Arizona Cardinals: Rank 20, Points 7

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    Dominique Rodgers-CromartieChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    CB,Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

    DE, Calais Campbell

    RB, Tim Hightower

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    RB, Beanie Wells

    CB, Greg Toler

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    DT, Dan Williams

    LB, Daryl Washington

     

    Total Score: 7

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    QB, John Skelton - WR, Early Doucet and CB, Rashad Johnson saw significant playing time.

St. Louis Rams: Rank 19, Points 8

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    Sam BradfordChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    DE, Chris Long

    WR, Donnie Avery (IR)

    LB, David Vobora

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    OT, Jason Smith

    LB, James Laurinaitis

    CB, Bradley Fletcher

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    QB, Sam Bradford

    OT, Rodger Saffold

     

    Total Points: 8

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    LB, Chris Chamberlain, CB Jerome Murphy and DE, George Selvie saw significant playing time.

Denver Broncos: Rank 18, Points 8

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    Tim TebowDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    OT, Ryan Clady

    WR, Eddie Royal

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    RB, Knowshon Moreno

    LB, Robert Ayers

    TE, Richard Quinn

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    WR, Demaryius Thomas

    G, Zane Beadles

    C, J.D. Walton

     

    Total Points: 8

     

    Tie Breaker Points:(5)

    QB, Tim Tebow , WR, Eric Decker, CB, Perrish Cox, S, David Bruton and CB,Syd'Quan Thompson saw significant playing time.

Indianapolis Colts: Rank 17, Points 9

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    Pierre GarconDoug Benc/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    G, Mike Pollak

    LB, Phillip Wheeler

    TE, Jacob Tamme

    WR, Pierre Garcon

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    RB, Donald Brown

    DT, Fili Moala

    CB, Jerraud Powers

    P, Pat McAfee

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    LB, Pat Angerer

     

    Total Points: 9

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (2)

    WR, Austin Collie, and LB, Kavell Conner saw significant playing time.

New England Patriots: Rank 16, Points 9

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    Jerod MayoElsa/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    LB, Jerod Mayo

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    S, Pat Chung

    OT, Sebastian Vollmer

    WR, Brandon Tate

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (5)

    CB, Devin McCourty

    TE, Rob Gronkowski

    LB, Jermaine Cunningham

    LB, Brandon Spikes

    P, Zoltan Mesko

     

    Total Points: 9

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    DT, Ron Brace, S, Darius Butler, and TE, Aaron Hernandez saw significant playing time.

New Orleans Saints: Rank 15, Points 10

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    Carl NicksRick Stewart/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (8)

    DT, Sedrick Ellis

    CB, Tracy Porter

    G, Carl Nicks (Elite, Bonus 5 Points)

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    CB, Malcolm Jenkins

    P, Thomas Morstead

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (0)

     

    Total Points: 10

     

    Tie Breaker points: (2)

    CB, Patrick Robinson and TE, Jimmy Graham saw significant playing time.

Cincinnati Bengals: Rank 14, Points 10

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    Ray MaualugaJamie Sabau/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters:(3)

    OLB, Keith Rivers

    DT, Pat Sims

    WR, Andre Caldwell

     

    2009 Draft Class:                               

    Starters: (3)

    LB, Ray Maualuga

    DE, Michael Johnson

    P, Kevin Huber

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    TE, Jermaine Gresham

    DE, Carlos Dunlap

    WR, Jordan Shipley

    DT, Geno Atkins

     

    Total Points: 10

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    WR, Jerome Simpson, OT, Andre Smith, LB, Roddrick Muckelroy saw significant playing time.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rank 13, Points 11

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    Josh FreemanLarry French/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    CB, Aqib Talib

    C, Jeremy Zuttah

    LB, Geno Hayes

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    QB, Josh Freeman

    DT, Roy Miller

    CB, E.J. Biggers

    WR, Sammie Stroughter

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    DT, Gerald McCoy

    DT, Brian Price (IR)

    WR, Arrelious Benn (IR)

    WR, Mike Williams

     

    Total Points: 11

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (1)

    LB, Dekoda Watson saw significant playing time.

Green Bay Packers: Rank 12, Points 11

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    Clay MatthewsAl Bello/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class

    Starters: (3)

    WR, Jordy Nelson

    TE, Jermichael Finley

    G, Josh Sitton

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (7)

    DT, B.J. Raji

    LB, Clay Matthews (Elite,Bonus 5 Points)

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    OT, Bryan Bulaga

     

    Total Points: 11

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (4)

    OT, T.J Lang, TE, Andrew Quarless, RB , James Starks and DE C.J. Wison saw significant playing time.

Cleveland Browns: Rank 11, Points 12

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    Joe HadenChris Graythen/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    DT, Ahtyba Rubin

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (8)

    C, Alex Mack   (Elite,Bonus 5 points)

    WR, Brian Robiskie

    WR, Mohamed Massaquoi

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    CB, Joe Haden

    S, T.J. Ward

    QB, Colt McCoy

     

    Total Points: 12

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (0)

    ## Joe Haden, borderline Elite prospect.

Carolina Panthers: Rank 10, Points 12

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    Charles GodfreyChris Graythen/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (6)

    OT, Jeff Otah (IR)

    RB, Jonathan Stewart

    S, Charles Godfrey

    DT, Nick Hayden

    OT, Geoff Schwartz

    G, Mackenzy Bernadeau

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    S, Sherrod Martin

    CB/PR, Captain Munnerlyn

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters:(4)

    QB, Jimmy Clausen

    WR, Brandon LaFell

    DE, Greg Hardy

    WR, David Gettis

     

    Total Points: 12


    Tie Breaker Points: (1) 

    RB, Mike Goodson split time with Jonathan Stewart.

     

Philadelphia Eagles: Rank 9, Points 12

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    DeSean JacksonNick Laham/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (8)

    DT, Trevor Laws

    WR, DeSean Jackson (Elite, Bonus 5 Points)

    C, Mike McGlynn

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    WR, Jeremy Maclin

    RB, LeSean McCoy

    LB, Moise Fokou

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    S, Nate Allen

     

    Total Points: 12

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (3)

    OT, King Dunlap, LB, Jamar Chaney, S, Kurt Coleman saw significant playing time.

Oakland Raiders: Rank 8, Points 14

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    Tyvon BranchJamie Squire/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (7)

    RB, Darren McFadden

    S, Tyvon Branch (Elite,Bonus 5 Points)

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    WR, Darrius Heyward-Bey

    DE, Matt Shaughnessy

    WR, Louis Murphy

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    LB, Rolando McClain

    DE, Lamarr Houston

    OT, Jared Veldheer

    WR, Jacoby Ford

     

    Total Points: 14

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (1)

    S, Mike Mitchell saw significant playing time.

Miami Dolphins: Rank 7, Points 14

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    Jake LongMarc Serota/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (8)

    OT, Jake Long  (Elite, Bonus 5 Points)

    QB, Chad Henne

    DE, Kendall Langford

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    CB, Vontae Davis

    CB, Sean Smith

    S, Chris Clemons

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    DE, Jared Odrick (IR)

    LB, Koa Misi

    G, John Jerry

     

    Total Points: (14)

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (1)

    S, Reshad Jones saw significant playing time.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Rank 6, Points 14

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    Maurkice PounceyGeoff Burke/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (1)

    RB, Rashard Mendenhall

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (7)

    DE, Ziggy Hood

    WR, Mike Wallace (Elite, Bonus 5 Points)

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (6)

    C, Maurkice Pouncey (Elite, Bonus 5 Points)

     

    Total Points: 14

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (2)

    WR, Emmanuel Sanders and LB, Jason Worilds saw significant playing time.




Atlanta Falcons: Rank 5, Points 15

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    Matt RyanChris Graythen/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (11)

    QB, Matt Ryan - (Elite, Bonus 5 points)

    OT, Sam Baker

    LB, Curtis Lofton

    WR, Harry Douglas

    S, Thomas DeCoud

    DE, Kory Biermann

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    S, William Moore

    CB, Chris Owens

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    LB, Sean Witherspoon

    DT, Corey Peters

     

    Total Score: 15

     

    Tie Breaker Points (0)

     

Detroit Lions: Rank 4, Points 15

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    Ndamukong SuhJ. Meric/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    OT, Gosder Cherilus

    DE, Cliff Avril

    FB, Jerome Felton

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    QB, Matthew Stafford

    TE, Brandon Pettigrew

    S, Louis Delmas

    LB, DeAndre Levy

     

    2010 Draft Class:Starters: (8)

    DT, Ndamukong Suh (Elite, Bonus 5 Points)

    RB, Jahvid Best

    S, Amari Spievey

     

    Total Points: 15

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (2)

    DT, Andre Fluellen, and DT, Sammie Lee Hill saw significant playing time.

Baltimore Ravens: Rank 3, Points 15

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    Ray RiceDilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (13)

    QB, Joe Flacco - (Elite) bonus 5 points

    RB, Ray Rice - (Elite) bonus 5 points

    LB, Tavares Gooden

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    OT, Michael Oher

    CB, Lardarius Webb

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (0)

    No Starters, Sergio Kindle (IR)

     

    Total Score: 15

     

    Tiebreaker Points (2)

    DT, Terrence Cody and TE, Ed Dickson saw significant playing time.

Tennessee Titans: Rank 2, Points 15

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    Chris JohnsonAndy Lyons/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (8)

    RB, Chris Johnson (Elite, Bonus 5 Points)

    DT, Jason Jones

    DE, William Hayes

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (4)

    WR, Kenny Britt

    DT, Sen'Derrick Marks

    LB, Gerald McRath

    CB, Jason McCourty

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (3)

    DE, Derrick Morgan (IR)

    CB, Alterraun Verner

    WR/KR/PR, Marc Mariani

     

    Total Points: 15 

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (4)

    TE, Craig Stevens, TE, Jared Cook, RB Javon Ringer and WR, Damian Williams saw significant playing time.

     

Kansas City Chiefs: Rank 1, Points 22

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    Eric BerryDoug Pensinger/Getty Images

    2008 Draft Class:

    Starters: (11)

    DE, Glenn Dorsey

    OT, Brandon Albert

    CB, Brandon Flowers

    RB, Jamaal Charles (Elite,Bonus 5 Points)

    CB, Brandon Carr

    OT, Barry Richardson

     

    2009 Draft Class:

    Starters: (2)

    DE, Tyson Jackson

    K, Ryan Succop

     

    2010 Draft Class:

    Starters: (9)

    S, Eric Berry  (Elite,Bonus 5 Points)

    WR/KR, Dexter McCluster

    CB, Javier Arenas

    TE, Tony Moeaki

     

    Total Points: 22

     

    Tie Breaker Points: (1)

    S, Kendrick Lewis saw significant playing time. ## S, Eric Berry's numbers and production was too impressive to ignore. Posted him as Elite only after one year.