During a conversation I had with an ex-NFL head coach at the league's scouting combine this past February, he told me he couldn't understand the grading we do in the media.
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Not in this era. It's a give-it-me-now approach, which is why we have report cards immediately after games and drafts.
The fans want it, so our bosses want it. I told the coach that.
"It's our job," I told him. "You have yours, and we have our job. We do what we're told."
And I'm told to do draft grades. Plus, here's a little secret: I like doing them.
The reality is a draft really can't be graded for three years. But you want it now. So we give it to you now.
Coaches and personnel people hate it. But what do we care? That's why this year's draft was barely over and I was already popping up grades next to team's drafts.
Why wait? Especially when you know how some coaches and personnel people take it so seriously.