Talking Points: Grade the NFL draft




Supposedly, it takes three years to grade a draft choice. Well, the NFL is a win-now league, where quick turnarounds are possible with one good draft — like the 2012 Indianapolis Colts.

The Seahawks were given a grade of B- for their selections in the 2013 draft by Vinnie Iyer of Sporting News.

Here’s what he wrote: “Having already taken care of their major immediate holes in free agency, the Seahawks could just take intriguing projects with all 11 picks, including two running backs, Texas A&M’s Christine Michael and LSU’s Spencer Ware. Kansas State’s Chris Harper can develop into a good possession receiver. They did come away with needed defensive tackle depth in Penn State’s Jordan Hill and Alabama’s Jesse Williams.”

So who had the best 2013 draft?

Iyer gave a A to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Green Bay San Francisco and Jacksonville. He gave A-minus to Cincinnati, Minnesota, Arizona and Houston.

B+ went to Baltimore, Indianapolis, Miami and St. Louis. Getting Bs were the New York Giants, San Diego, New Orleans, Atlanta and Detroit. Other teams getting a B- besides Seattle were Carolina and New England.

On the C list were Dallas, Buffalo and Chicago. C-minus went to Tampa Bay, Tennessee, Kansas City, Denver and Oakland. At the bottom of the draft getting Ds were the New York Jets, Washington and Cleveland.


Portland’s win over Sporting Kansas City is making the Timbers a new favorite in the MLS. Both and Soccer America slot the Timbers at No. 5 in this week’s power ratings.

“The Timbers pulled off the shock of the week in Kansas City as they took down Sporting in their home fortress,” according to bleacherreport.