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April 26, 2010 12:00 PM

NFL Draft Report Card

At RCS, we took a look at eight different sets of NFL Draft grades, and averaged them to determine which team really came out on top (of course, this is all based on speculation, and we won't have definite answers until a few seasons from now).

The RCS NFL Draft Grade Averages were calculated like a standard GPA (4.0 points for an A or A+, 3.7 for a A-, 3.3 for B+, 3.0 for a B, 2.7 for B-, etc).

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The grades were taken from ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Roto World (NBC Sports), FanHouse, Pro Football Weekly (Yahoo!), Sporting News and USA Today.

For the most part the experts were pretty pleased with most teams' performances in this draft. The Seahawks and Ravens led the way with a 3.79 grade-point average, with Seattle narrowly edging out Baltimore by virtue of its four A+ grades. The Raiders, typically one of the teams receiving the lowest grades, earned a cumulative GPA of 3.68, and received an A- or better from all the graders except ESPN's Mel Kiper. If it were not for Kiper's C+ for Oakland, it would have ended up with the highest GPA of all teams.

The team clearly at the bottom of this year's report card is the Jacksonville Jaguars, with a GPA of 1.56. The Jags didn't get horrible marks from everyone, however, as both CBS and Roto World gave the Jags a respectable grade of a B-.

But don't get too worried, Jags fans (and don't get too excited, Seahawks fans), these grades should all be taken with a grain of salt. There is still a lot of time until we will know how the draft panned out for each team. 

Even the experts themselves have a pretty wide range of opinions on who did well in this draft. For example, Fox Sports gave the Panthers an A+ for their draft, but Carolina also got three C-minuses for the same draft.

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