What is your draft Grade for the Saints? (1 Viewer)

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So they say it takes 2 or 3 years before you can grade a draft. So go ahead and pick one and grade away:

2018​
1​
1​
14​
14​
Marcus Davenport​
DE​
Texas-San Antonio​
2​
3​
27​
91​
Tre'Quan Smith​
WR​
Central Florida​
3​
4​
27​
127​
Rick Leonard​
T​
Florida State​
4​
5​
27​
164​
Natrell Jamerson​
DB​
Wisconsin​
5​
6​
15​
189​
Kamrin Moore​
DB​
Boston College​
6​
6​
27​
201​
Boston Scott​
RB​
Louisiana Tech​
7​
7​
27​
245​
Will Clapp​
C​
Louisiana State​

2019​
1​
2​
16​
48​
Erik McCoy​
C​
Texas A&M​
2​
4​
3​
105​
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson​
DB​
Florida​
3​
6​
4​
177​
Saquan Hampton​
DB​
Rutgers​
4​
7​
17​
231​
Alize Mack​
TE​
Notre Dame​
5​
7​
30​
244​
Kaden Elliss​
LB​
Idaho​
 

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so i think the 2018 draft is an D and never looked much more optimistic than that. Davenport hasnt been mediocre, nevermind good, Trequan has shown some flashes but thats it. In all honestly Boston Scott is the best player of that draft and he is not on the roster. Clapp has played some but trading up waaay to early to grab davenport was an overly aggressive move even if it wouldve worked out, if only because it wasnt improbable that he'd actually fall a good bit further.

2019 draft provided 2 good players and nothing much else, which i guess is a C+ kinda draft given how the 2018 Davenport move killed the available draft capital
 

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so i think the 2018 draft is an D and never looked much more optimistic than that. Davenport hasnt been mediocre, nevermind good, Trequan has shown some flashes but thats it. In all honestly Boston Scott is the best player of that draft and he is not on the roster. Clapp has played some but trading up waaay to early to grab davenport was an overly aggressive move even if it wouldve worked out, if only because it wasnt improbable that he'd actually fall a good bit further.

2019 draft provided 2 good players and nothing much else, which i guess is a C+ kinda draft given how the 2018 Davenport move killed the available draft capital
Boston Scott
1,035 total yards, 7 TD, 6 fumbles

Trequan Smith
1,112 total yards, 14 TD, 1 fumble
 

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Well,Davenport is still an inc. but there are still high hopes for him, T. Smith has played well at times even though he is inconsistent but he blocks great down field, Even though Scott is not on the team anymore he has played well for the Eagles and Clapp has been a steady backup for us and has played well in spot starts sooo.....C+
 
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(Im not going to use a 2018/19 Need Ruler, but I would think it would be higher if you did)

I would give the 2018 draft a low B-:
  • Leonard did not pan out, but he still got a reserves/future contract (WFT)
  • Jamerson was essentially a ST player who was cut due to injury (CAR)
  • Moore was a STer that didnt make it past year 1 (NYG)
  • Boston Scott was a nice pick and has worked well for the Eagles
  • Will Clapp was a solid 7th rnd pick
I will wait one more year on 2019
 
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ive gotta ask. If 2018 is a C+ what would a draft have to look like to be an F for you?
1979​
1​
1​
11​
11​
Russell Erxleben​
K​
Texas​
2​
2​
10​
38​
Reggie Mathis​
LB​
Oklahoma​
3​
4​
11​
93​
Jim Kovach​
LB​
Kentucky​
4​
5​
10​
120​
Harlan Huckleby​
RB​
Michigan​
5​
6​
9​
146​
Ricky Ray​
DB​
Norfolk State​
6​
7​
11​
176​
Stan Sytsma​
LB​
Minnesota​
7​
8​
10​
202​
Doug Panfil​
G​
Tulsa​
8​
11​
10​
285​
David Hall​
WR​
Missouri-Rolla​
9​
12​
8​
311​
Kelsey Finch​
RB​
Tennessee​

with the exception of Jim Kovach
 

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Well,Davenport is still an inc. but there are still high hopes for him, T. Smith has played well at times even though he is inconsistent but he blocks great down field, Even though Scott is not on the team anymore he has played well for the Eagles and Clapp has been a steady backup for us and has played well in spot starts sooo.....C+

I'd probably go as high as B- because I think both Davenport and Smith have played better than people think they have. The issues have been injuries, but I can't really hold that against the team when they didn't have much of an injury history before they were drafted. Both were about to have break out seasons when they got injured. I also think that with a QB with more arm to throw the deep ball we will see some of TQS's ability to catch the deep ball.
 

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ive gotta ask. If 2018 is a C+ what would a draft have to look like to be an F for you?

I've got to ask, what does a B or A look like for you? In 2019 we had 5 picks and none in the first round. Despite that, 2 of those picks McCoy and CGJ were immediate impact players. McCoy will likely be our staring Center or Guard for the next 10 years and has played at or near an All-Pro level since year one. CGJ is out best nickel cover man, is a good tackler in the box, and brings nasty to our defensive backfield. And he is potentially our starting SS for the next 10 years. Finally, Kaden Ellis is a good special teams guy and at worst will provide good LB depth this year. At worst that is a B and more likely a B+ or A-.
 

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2018--D minus (considering the cost paid to move up to 14 to pick Davenport, and the other picks were overall poor)

2019--A minus (five picks, no first-round selection, and you pick in the second round a foundational player and in the third round a quality, multiple-year starter)
 

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I've got to ask, what does a B or A look like for you? In 2019 we had 5 picks and none in the first round. Despite that, 2 of those picks McCoy and CGJ were immediate impact players. McCoy will likely be our staring Center or Guard for the next 10 years and has played at or near an All-Pro level since year one. CGJ is out best nickel cover man, is a good tackler in the box, and brings nasty to our defensive backfield. And he is potentially our starting SS for the next 10 years. Finally, Kaden Ellis is a good special teams guy and at worst will provide good LB depth this year. At worst that is a B and more likely a B+ or A-.

I can't speak for him but I'm guessing its because we didn't have a first that year and what we gave it up for. The ROI just isn't there for a lot of people. On another I also didn't realize Davenport was picked before Jaire Alexander.
 
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I'll do the past 6 years through 2019. Probably too soon to judge 2020. My methodology is complete crap...random...and not useful. Deal with it. Essentially I gave each player a grade relative to the resources used to acquire them. I created a cumulative GPA for each draft class. But I also added up the points for every class to give a "total score".

2015 (GPA 1.7, Total score 12)-
Peat: snuck into pro bowl, new mega-contract (A-)
Anthony: one year of meh production but otherwise non-contributor (F)
Kikaha: one year of average production (C-)
Grayson: non-contributor (F)
P. Williams: solid back-up at times (C)
Tull: non-contributor
Davison: solid starter, received contract from other team (B)
Swann: non-contributor
Murphy: non-contributor

2016 (GPA 3.3, Total score 13.2)-
Rankins: semi competent starter/back-up, didn't get a second contract (C)
Thomas: all-pro, new mega contract (A+)
V. Bell: solid starter for a few years, didn't get a second contract (B)
Onyemata: solid starter for years, received second contract (A)
Lasco: Non-contributor

2017 (GPA 3.6, Total score 21.5)
Lattimore: pro-bowl, 5th year option picked up (A)
Ramczyk: pro-bowl, 5th year option picked up (A+)
M. Williams: solid starter, biggest individual choke in NFL history, franchised (B)
Kamara: perennial pro-bowler, new mega-contract (A+)
Anzalone: semi competent starter/back-up, didn't get second contract (C)
Hendrickson: strong starter x 1 year, solid back up, received large contract by different team (A)
Muhammed: Non-contributor

2018 (GPA 2.4, Total score 4.8)-
Davenport: semi competent starter/back-up, 5th year option picked up (C)
T. Smith: Solid back-up/role player (B-)
Leonard: non-contributor
Jamerson: non-contributor
K. Moore: non-contributor
B. Scott: cut, but then became contributor on other team
Clapp: meh back-up

2019 (GPA 3.9, Total Score 7.75)-
E. McCoy: solid starter with potential to be pro bowler (A)
Gardner-Johnson: one of a kind, great role player (A-)
Hampton: non-contributor
Mack: non-contributor
Elliss: practice squad guy/back-up


So, based on my horrible, non-scientific "study" the 2019 draft class had the high hit rate (highest cumulative GPA), but 2017 had the highest total contribution (total score). The 2015 and 2018 draft classes are easily the worst during that time frame, scoring low in both GPA and total score.

Limitations of the study include having a difficulty determining what to do with the non-contributing later round picks, determination of the scale itself, and where some players fit within that scale.
 

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