2012 NFL Draft Grades

Here’s a look at my grades on each of the 32 NFL teams’ drafts.  I have a formula for draft picking and team building.  It’s very simple and I use it to grade drafts along with other factors.

Here are the positions you need to draft:


Stay in those areas and your ability to have a successful draft increases greatly.

The other positions listed below,  you address in free agency with low key signings.  Not big named additions that achieved famed success elsewhere and will have a hard time doing things your way in you organization.  Here those positions:


A ‘2’ next to a position means the 2nd player at that position.  So WR2 means second best wide receiver.

Here are my draft grades

Team Grade Comment
AFC East
New England A Attacked weaknesses on defense. Drafted at all key spots. Got value with late picks on Dennard
Buffalo B – Better picks available than their 1,3 and 4th round picks. Addressed weaknesses.
Miami C Reached with 1st rnd pick. Yet another OL in draft. Unpolished pick at 3. Failed to address WR.  No impact players.
NY Jets B Impact player with 1st rnd pick. Got what they needed with 2nd pick. Drafted outside of key area.
AFC North
Baltimore B – Strong 1st rnd pick. Question two guards drafted. Intruiging pick with Streeter at #198.
Cleveland A – Got their player in rnd 1. Addressed uncertainty at QB.  Lost points for guard draft and 2 ILBs
Cincinnati A – Solid pick at #17. Lose points for 1st rnd guard pick. Sanu a steal as is Charles. Addressed key areas
Pittsburgh B – Lose pts with OG 1st round. Spence in 3rd round could pay off. Downgraded for 2 guards in draft
AFC South
Houston B – Not solid on 1st rnd. Downgraded for OG, OC picks at 3 and 4th plus K pick in 5th. Need more impact players
Indianapolis A – Solid 1st. Got impact player at 3. Value with 5th with Ballard. Drafted mostly in key areas.
Jacksonville B Nice move to get Blackmon. Downgrades for punter and OLB pick.
Tennessee B – Solid 1st and 3rd. OLB in 2nd led to downgrade. Limited picks. Seemed like better picks were available with most picks.
AFC West
San Diego A – Addressed some key areas. Lost a grade for OG and OC picks at 5 and 7.
Oakland C No impact players. Loses grades for OG and a pair of OLB picks. Reached with most picks
Denver B Osweiller lacks be big time. OC and OLB picks cost them grade. 2, 3 and 4th was solid
Kansas City B Risky 1st pick with Poe. OG pick with 2nd is a downgrade. Unspectacular with rest but stayed with key areas with most picks
Team Grade Comment
NFC East
Dallas B Solid #1 pick. Not much impact with others. Wait and see type picks with the rest of draft.
Washington C Got Griffin but Cousins a head scratcher. Downgrades for two OG and OLB pick.
Philadelphia A Addressed need with solid pick at 1. Stayed with picks at crucial draft positions
NY Giants B + Wilson a good back have to see where he fits. Randle good pick up. Stayed with key draft. Positions
NFC North
Green Bay A Two solid DL picks at 1 & 2. Hayward solid corner picks. Addressed def need.  They just know what they are doing.
Detroit B Addressed OT need. Broyles could pay off big. Bentley good pick up at CB. Attacked secondary needs
Minnesota A Addressed needs with solid players. Liked moves in secondary and WR. Don’t like K picks but got a good one.
Chicago B – Unspectacular. Reached with 1st pick and 2nd pick.  Attacked secondary needs but with who?
NFC South
New Orleans B – Not many picks. Picked a player from Regina at 3. Hope he’s good. Nick Toon good pick. Obscure with the rest.
Atlanta C What did they do? Went OL with 1st two picks. Nothing to write home about with the rest.
Tampa Bay A Lost on Richardson but battled back with Barron & Martin. David solid pick. Sent message to Blount by picking 2 backs and a FB in this draft.
Carolina B – Reached with 1st round pick, picked a guard at #2, didn’t really get impact players.
NFC West
Arizona B + Floyd good pick up next to Fitzgerald. Filled some needs. Lindley pick at 6 could be sleeper
St. Louis A Reached with 1st pick. Loved next 4 picks. Jenkins a risk but high reward. Pead will surprise
Seattle A – Reached for Irvin but filled a need with a good player. Wilson intriguing. Turbin solid. Filled needs
San Francisco C Reached with 1st round pick. Didn’t need another back. Downgraded for OG, OLB and OC picks

Author: Chad Wilson

Chad Wilson is a college football recruiting expert and creator of the GridironStudsApp which allows high school football players to gain exposure to college football coaches and fans. Wilson is a former college football player for the University of Miami (92-94) and Long Beach St. (’90-’91) and played briefly for the Seattle Seahawks (’95). He is also a former youth and high school football coach for over 15 years. Wilson’s older son Quincy plays in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts and his younger son plays cornerback for the University of Florida. Email:

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