When I see draft grades of C and the like for the Fins this year, I find it hard to believe there isn't a bias against us and/or a lot of nonsense published about player evaluation.
But these things are inherently very subjective, so it's hard to criticize one guy's opinion. Nevertheless, I decided to have a look at the NFL Draft Grade given to each and every player (except a few lesser lights) leading up to the Draft and see how all 32 teams did against the player grades. I took the average of all picks made by the team, as some teams had more picks than others. A straight average is a little oversimplified, as teams with more picks are likely to have had more late round picks, but the idea was not to be scientific.
I know the NFL Draft Grade in itself is subjective, sometimes maybe even totally inaccurate in some cases. But if the NFL are happy to put their name to it, then the analysts the NFL employs should surely not totally ignore the validity of their own proprietary grading system when handing out Cs and Ds to teams.
Sooooo, out of all 32 teams in the NFL Draft, care to guess which one had the highest average NFL Draft Grade across all picks?
Fins had an average 76.9, just above the Bengals 76.7.
Again, for the record, I doubt the accuracy of the NFL Draft Grades as a predictor for the future. Do I believe we had the best draft of everyone? Probably not. But I know that the team who drafted the players with the highest average NFL grade should be ruled automatically out of the C and D grade territory from some of these "experts", particularly NFL analysts.
The full list for what it's worth:
Dolphins 76.9 Bengals 76.7 Cardinals 72.5 Packers 72.3 Bills 72.1 Chiefs 72.1 Texans 71.1 Eagles 71.1 Browns 71.1 Chargers 70.2 Rams 70.1 Panthers 70.1 Steelers 69.8 Giants 69.3 Buccaneers 69.0 Vikings 68.8 Lions 68.0 Titans 67.9 Colts 67.6 Ravens 67.4 Jaguars 67.3 Patriots 67.0 49ers 67.0 Broncos 66.4 Jets 66.3 Cowboys 64.9 Redskins 63.2 Bears 62.7 Falcons 61.5 Seahawks 60.7 Raiders 58.8 Saints 56.6