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2019 Draft Report Card Report
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2019 Draft Report Card Report

Once again, we cover a dozen different draft experts to find the consensus opinion on which teams drafted well and which dropped the ball. This year's results: everyone loved what the Patriots and Cardinals did, but looked down on the picks of the Giants and Texans. The Bengals and Titans, meanwhile, just left everyone confused.

41 comments, Last at 14 May 2019, 3:30am by Bobman
2013 NFL Draft: Six Years Later
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2013 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The 2013 draft has gotten a reputation as the worst in recent history. Is there anything redeemable to be found in a draft that produced Dion Jordan, Dee Milliner, and EJ Manuel?

35 comments, Last at 28 Apr 2019, 12:17pm by Theo
2018 Draft Report Card Report
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2018 Draft Report Card Report

Our examination of this year's draft grades finds plenty of love for the Broncos and a lot of scorn for the Seahawks. The draft will likely be remembered, though, for Buffalo's trade up for Josh Allen, a move that drew praise and ridicule alike.

50 comments, Last at 05 May 2018, 11:56am by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual
2012 NFL Draft: Six Years Later
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2012 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The five quarterbacks taken in the first two rounds in 2012 combined to win zero games in 2017. Meanwhile, two third-rounders have won Super Bowls, and a fourth-rounder just got an $84 million contract. Let's look back at how that went down.

44 comments, Last at 05 May 2018, 6:40pm by LionInAZ
2017 NFL Draft Report Card Report
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2017 NFL Draft Report Card Report

The biggest trade of 2017 determined both the most and least popular drafts this year. Meanwhile, high-risk draft strategies in Cincinnati, Oakland, and Houston drew strongly mixed reactions from the pundits.

25 comments, Last at 05 May 2017, 3:58pm by Raiderjoe
QBASE 2017
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QBASE 2017

How iffy is the 2017 quarterback class? Even our highest-rated prospect has us questioning the numbers. While the top of the draft is full of risky picks, though, we might have found a solid mid-round sleeper.

11 comments, Last at 28 Apr 2017, 12:44pm by Aaron Schatz
SackSEER 2017
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SackSEER 2017

Our numbers back up the conventional wisdom when it comes to edge rushers in the 2017 draft: this Garrett kid is Myles ahead of the competition.

29 comments, Last at 19 May 2017, 1:41pm by JDL4
BackCAST 2017
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BackCAST 2017

Even in what looks like an historically great class of running back prospects, LSU's Leonard Fournette comes out on top. The depth of quality options, though, makes it clear: 2017 is a great year to draft a runner.

12 comments, Last at 09 May 2017, 7:21am by Mr Skinner
Playmaker Score 2017
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Playmaker Score 2017

Our annual statistical examination of wide receiver prospects finds one big name who might be overrated, but also finds plenty of players who might offer depth in later rounds.

23 comments, Last at 09 Apr 2017, 11:24pm by LionInAZ
The Julio Jones Trade: Six Years Later
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The Julio Jones Trade: Six Years Later

Atlanta's run to the Super Bowl in 2016 was set up in part by a bold trade made in 2011. Does that mean other Super Bowl contenders should take similar risks in 2017?

50 comments, Last at 10 Apr 2017, 12:00pm by Bright Blue Shorts