Now that the 2012 NFL Draft has come and gone, we can officially begin the yeoman’s work of analyzing which teams won and lost. This is a process that really takes years and involves multiple stages, but the first one begins right after the draft takes place. That's the one we're focusing on today.
Judging a team’s draft is a lot easier than folks want to make it out to be. In recent years, the concept of grading or reviewing what happened on draft night immediately after draft night has gotten ridiculed mercilessly.
It's really not that crazy.
Sure, we may not know how players will perform at the next level, but we definitely know what holes NFL teams have. And if the teams didn’t make any efforts to patch up those holes in the draft, why is it unreasonable to dub them a loser for that? Similarly, if a team at least attempted to fix a weakness that it had heading into the draft, regardless of whether it ultimately works out or not at the end, why can’t we note that the team is a winner? (For the time being, at least.)
How is that any different from assessing free agent signings before they play a single down with the team? Yes, a player may have been successful or unsuccessful with an old club, but that doesn’t mean anything to his new one. Certainly not that much more than a successful college player’s time in college would.
So, with all that being said – we’ve spent the last couple of days going over which teams did what. Based on our analysis, here are the winners and losers we came up with: Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins.
Who was a winner and who was a loser? You can check that out here.
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