Consensus NFL Draft Grades

Updated: May 3, 2006, 6:47 PM ET
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 Mario Williams
Because the Texans selected Mario Williams instead of Reggie Bush, opinions on their draft vary greatly.

Everyone has an opinion, especially when it comes to how teams fared at the NFL draft each year. And this year is no different.

The intrigue started on the night before the draft began when the Houston Texans came to terms with defensive end Mario Williams as the No. 1 overall selection. News of the surprising signing spread quickly around the league. And there were more surprises in store on the first day of the draft when Vince Young went ahead of Matt Leinart, and Leinart fell all the way to Arizona at No. 10.

While many websites are in agreement that the Cardinals enjoyed one of the best weekends, the jury is still out on Houston's draft class. Other nearly unanimous winners were San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos. But which teams didn't draft so well according to the experts? Below are the grades handed out by nine different outlets followed by the consensus GPA, based on a 4.0 scale.

Highest Grade: Arizona Cardinals (3.8)
Lowest Grade: Washington Redskins (1.3)

NOTE: USAToday.com's Jarrett Bell actually used a 4-star system, which we adjusted to a grade, ranging from A (four stars) to D (one star).

NFC East Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
B-
C
A+
C-
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
C
C
C
F
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
B-
C+
B
C
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
B
B-
B+
C-
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
C+
C-
C+
D
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
B
B
A
F
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
B
B-
A
C
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
C
C
A
D
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
C+
C+
A
C
Consensus GPA
2.6
2.3
3.4
1.3

NFC North Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
C-
C
B
B+
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
D
C
B+
D
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
B
C+
B
C+
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
B-
B
B
D-
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
D
B+
B
C+
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
C
B
B
B
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
B-
B
A+
C
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
D
B
C
D
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
C
C+
A
C
Consensus GPA
1.9
2.7
3.1
2.0

NFC South Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
C
A
B
C
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
D
B
B+
C
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
C
C
C
C+
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
B+
B
A
B-
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
C-
B
A
B-
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
A
A
A
C
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
B
B
A-
B-
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
D
B
A
B
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
B
B-
B+
C-
Consensus GPA
2.3
3.1
3.5
2.3

NFC West Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
A+
A
B+
C
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
A
C
B+
C
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
B
C+
B+
B
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
B
B
A+
B+
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
A
B+
A-
B-
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
A
B
A
B
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
A
B+
B+
B
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
A
C
A
C
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
A
B-
B+
B
Consensus GPA
3.8
2.8
3.6
2.7

AFC East Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
C+
B-
A
B
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
C
C
B-
A+
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
C
C
B
B-
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
B
B
B+
B-
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
C
C
B
A-
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
F
B
A
A
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
B+
C
B
B+
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
C
B
A
B
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
C
B
B+
B+
Consensus GPA
2.1
2.5
3.4
3.3

AFC North Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
A
B
B+
B+
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
B-
C
A
C
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
B+
C
B
C+
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
A-
C
B+
B
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
B
B-
B-
B
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
B
B
B
A
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
A-
C
B+
B
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
B
C
B
B
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
B-
C
B+
B+
Consensus GPA
3.2
2.3
3.2
3.0

AFC South Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
A
B
B
B-
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
B-
C-
B
B
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
B+
C
C+
B
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
A
C
B
A-
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
D
C
C
B-/C+
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
F
B
B
A
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
D
B-
B-
C
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
A
C
B
A
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
B
C
C+
A
Consensus GPA
2.6
2.3
2.7
3.2

AFC West Draft Grades
 
CBSSportsline.com's
Pete Prisco
B-
C
B
B-
FoxSports.com's
John Czarnecki
A
D
C
C-
ESPN.com's
Mel Kiper Jr.
B
C
C
C
Pro Football Weekly's
Nolan Nawrocki
A
B
B-
C
SI.com's
Paul Zimmerman
A
B-
B
C+
ESPN.com's
SportsNation
A
B
B
B
SportingNews.com's
Dan Pompei
D
B
B+
B
USAToday.com's
Jarrett Bell
A
C
B
C
Yahoo.com's
Charles Robinson
A-
C+
C+
B-
Consensus GPA
3.4
2.3
2.7
2.4