OK…here are my draft grades…
San Diego A
I’m going to respect the consistency of those teams and their personnel men, Bill Polian in Indianapolis, A.J. Smith in San Diego, and Kevin Colbert in Pittsburgh.
I’m still looking for the analyst that gave the Colts an A for Melvin Bullitt and Clint Session in ’07, or Pierre Garcon,
Philip Wheeler, Chad Simpson, Eric Foster and Kyle DeVan in ’08. Or, Austin Collie, Jerraud Powers and Pat McAfee last year.
I’m still looking for the person that gave the Chargers an A in ’03, when they signed Antonio Gates,
Kassim Osgood, Kris Dielmann, Jacques Cesaire and Stephen Cooper ALL as undrafted free agents.
Or when the Steelers signed James Harrison
and Willie Parker as undrafted FA’s in ‘04.
It’s amazing that the Colts, Chargers and Steelers come up with a player like that every year. When I find the guy that gave those teams A’s for their personnel procurement in the days after those drafts, I’ll believe what he says today.
We can always count on those three.Otherwise, I’m waiting until I see a guy play in the league before I judge his impact.