Draft grades are silly. Draft grades are ridiculous. Draft grades are meaningless. But we all look. Every darn time.
We took a peek at 10 first-round draft grades that popped up overnight to see how people around the country felt about the Eagles moving up three spots to take offensive tackle Andre Dillard.
The grades were generally positive — three A's, six B’s and one curious C from a draft analyst who is apparently the world’s biggest Jordan Mailata fan.
Also odd was an analyst who was shocked the Eagles didn’t take a cornerback when they moved up from 25 to 22. A cornerback? OK.
In any case, here’s a look at 10 draft grades we found Friday morning:
Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report, B+
My take: Tra Thomas held down left tackle for a decade and Jason Peters has held it down for a decade. Dillard is next.
Luke Easterling, USAToday DraftWire, A
My take: “Best pass blocker,” is the whole key. It’s a passing league. Nobody in the draft pass blocked more or at a higher level over the past few years than Dillard.
Walter Cherepensky, Walter Football, C
My take: Bizarre bit of analysis. Does he really think an undrafted rugby player who’s never played a meaningful football game at any level in his life is going to affect a team’s draft decision making? But they’re getting a steal? OK ...
Danny Kelly, The Ringer, A-
“I’m never a big fan of trading up to grab a non-quarterback, but general manager Howie Roseman got my 17th-ranked player with the No. 22 pick and only had to give up a pair of day three selections. Not bad.”
My take: I’m not sure about the “don’t trade up for a non-QB” rule. You do what you do to get the best player and best value for your team.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports, B-
My take: The Eagles disagreed about Taylor. The entire NFL disagreed about Taylor.
Andy Benoit, SI.com, B
“Dillard, who should be the future left tackle, can learn from the bench as a rookie. The focus will be on his run-blocking, as Dillard’s Washington State Cougars did not employ many NFL-style run concepts, while the Eagles have one of football’s most expansive rushing schemes.”
My take: The run-blocking question is valid because Dillard has done so little of it. But he’s got the tools to become an effective run blocker. He just needs reps.
Dan Kadar, SBNation, B-
My take: Who cares when he plays? If you think this kid is going to play left tackle here for the next decade, a redshirt year isn’t going to change your plans.
Mike Farrell, Rivals, B
My take: How is it a reach to draft a guy at No. 22 who everybody projected going in the top 10?
Chad Reuter, NFL.com, A
“Jason Peters has had a great NFL career, but he's 37 years old and his contract is due to expire after next season. Dillard and Lane Johnson will form a great tandem whenever Peters moves on, and giving up a late fourth- and sixth-rounder to trade up for Dillard was more than acceptable to get an elite pass protector.”
My take: Reuter’s analysis is spot on.
Loaded Box Podcast, B
“With the top cornerbacks all still on the board, the majority of analysts believed the Eagles trading up to No. 22 meant they were going after one of the draft’s best CB’s. Dillard makes sense for a team that needs to protect Carson Wentz while also committing more to the run, but it’s still a bit of a head scratcher.”
My take: Nobody thought the Eagles were going to take a cornerback at 22. Nobody except the guys at Loaded Box.
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