Bear with me. I understand that the notion of draft grades is silly. I also know the Internet loves them. But they aren't dumb. It is a way to react initially to how teams did. In this case, the Arizona Cardiinals did really well,according to FOX Sports' Pete Schrager.
Schrager rated the Cardinals as having the fifth best draft of all 32 teams and gave them an 'A.'
I'd feel less comfortable with other teams taking Robert Nkemdiche in the first round, but the Cardinals are a different beast. There's an infrastructure in place, and the people in the building -- from owner Michael Bidwill to GM Steve Keim to head coach Bruce Arians -- are strong enough to handle any potential off-field pitfalls the young man may come across. Tyrann Mathieu is the blueprint. Now Nkemdiche -- whom I had listed as my No. 1 prospect in this draft before the college season started -- just needs to execute. I'm including Chandler Jones -- traded to Arizona in a package that included the Cardinals' second-round pick -- as a part of this draft class and think he'll be an absolute superstar next season. I also think Evan Boehm, a stout center/guard out of Missouri, can contribute right away.
Best value pick: Evan Boehm, C/G, Missouri, 128th overall
There is a lot to like about this draft. They got a rare talent in Nkemdiche. They got a potentially solid pick in Boehm. They got some very high upside players who can add athleticism to the team right now on special teams. It is a really good draft if I am grading it.
Draft grades have been all over the board. Schrager says an A. Mel Kiper says B-. Pro Football Focus says C+. Where are you at with your grades?