Before the draft Kiper talks up his board. After the draft he berates teams who didn't follow his board. After the season he covers his hiney and says, "I told you so!" quite a bit.
The utter disaster that was the Colts' season takes some shine off this class, but let's consider what they got. Anthony Castonzo was supposed to be the future blindside protector for Peyton Manning. He hasn't been spectacular, but at least he has made it to the left side and looks like the future there. What can he be? Well, if he does a good job of protecting Andrew Luck, the grade certainly will get a bump. But we don't know yet. Ben Ijalana hasn't shown a lot. Drake Nevis has had moments but mostly got good reps for a bad defense. Delone Carter got 101 carries but didn't show a lot as a rookie. Chris Rucker got some time in the secondary but needs to develop. All in all, Castonzo is what we thought he might be, but there isn't a lot to like here at this stage, especially considering how bad this team was. It's fair to say I liked this class better in April.
New grade: C
All three of the top three picks were slowed with injuries, and looked very good prior to those injuries. To say that Ijalana "hasn't shown a lot" is the biggest gaffe, in my opinion. He looked good when given a chance. Castonzo has some learning to go, but has shown the ability to be a solid LT, though likely not an All-Pro. Nevis played like the Colts' best DT before he was hurt, and Carter looked like an above average rookie 4th round running back. Rucker was very good for a 6th round pick, the fact that as a development he could provide some value is pretty awesome. I'm very happy with this draft class to be honest, and as we all should know, judging a draft class after one season is foolish.
I don't think I care about his arbitrary grading system. I do care that he offers an analysis with little to no knowledge of the players he is talking about. I guess it's hard to cover every team/player in the NFL?
What the f***?!
Does Kiper even know that Ijalana went down almost immediately with a season ending injury? And that Nevis's very promising start was derailed by an injury that eventually sent him to the IR? And that even Castonzo battled a knee injury that cost him some games and slowed his progress?
If he wanted to give this class a grade of "Incomplete" I could totally buy that. But downgrading this class because of injuries is riduculous... if not downright stupid.
@18to88 Terrible analysis. I don't think he paid too much attention to the Colts this year.
Kiper loves to talk--he should study more. Very good draft Nevis could be strong--Carter was a force and only hurt by fumbles and the fact that Polan wanted to play 3rd and one Brown. Tackles looked very good but just rookies---Rucker fit right end with a weak secondary. Class looked better than in April?
Do draftniks even have accountability? Kiper's hindsight grade may be fair, but he should at least provide some specifics or concrete evidence as to why a player was good/bad. Provide simple stats like sacks allowed or yards per carry or say he needs to improve his run support skills or his burst off the snap. Don't just say a guy didn't show a lot.
@Lell87 The problem is that even though he's talking, his mouth isn't where it's coming from.