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When the Cincinnati Bengals used the 10th overall choice in the 2002 lottery to select left offensive tackle Levi Jones, the pick was roundly criticized by draft pundits.

But it was Jones who got the last laugh Tuesday afternoon, reaching agreement with the Bengals on a six-year contract extension that moves the four-year veteran into a salary class which reflects his development as one of the league's emerging standouts at his position.

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http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2529573

Levi Jones is the poster boy for why you don't "grade" a draft right after it happened. His pick was universally mocked after it was made, and he has turned out to be exactly what the Bengals graded him out to be - one of the best tackles in the League. So keep that in mind when you read that the Redskins get a 'D' for their draft from whoever...or when they get an 'A', for that matter...

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His pick was universally mocked after it was made, and he has turned out to be exactly what the Bengals graded him out to be - one of the best tackles in the League. So keep that in mind when you read that the Redskins get a 'D' for their draft from whoever...or when they get an 'A', for that matter...

While I agree that grading a draft right afterwards is foolhardy sometimes criticism is warranted. Even though the Bengals were right on Jones they could have traded down and still gotten him. Much like the Bills reach on Donte Whitner this year. Of course if you really, really like a guy all it takes is one other team that likes him just as much and you are screwed.

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Just for :pooh:s and giggles, here is a look at one website that graded the 2002 NFL draft right after it happened. you'll get a decent laugh at some of these...

Cincinnati Bengals - Grade: C-

Good Picks: S Lamont Thompson, TE Matt Schobel

Bad Picks: OT Levi Jones

Cleveland Browns - Grade: B

Good Picks: RB William Green, WR Andre Davis, OT Joaqin Gonzalez

Bad Picks: TE Darnell Sanders

Dallas Cowboys - Grade: A-

Good Picks: OG Andre Gurode, WR Antonio Bryant, CB Derek Ross

Bad Picks: None

Denver Broncos - Grade: C

Good Picks: DT Dorsett Davis, WR Herb Haygood

Bad Picks: RB Clinton Portis

Detroit Lions - Grade: A-

Good Picks: QB Joey Harrington, RB Luke Staley, OT Victor Rogers

Bad Picks: CB Andre Goodman

Green Bay Packers - Grade: C+

Good Picks: FB Najeh Davenport, DE Aaron Kampman

Bad Picks: WR Javon Walker

Jacksonville Jaguars - Grade: C+

Good Picks: OT Mike Pearson, TE Chris Luzar, K Hayden Epstein

Bad Picks: DE Akin Ayodele, QB David Garrard

Miami Dolphins - Grade: C-

Good Picks: OC Seth McKinney, RB Leonard Henry

Bad Picks: TE Randy McMichael, WR Sam Simmons

New England Patriots - Grade: B-

Good Picks: QB Rohan Davey, RB Antoine Womack

Bad Picks: WR Deion Branch

Philadelphia Eagles - Grade: B+

Good Picks: CB Sheldon Brown, RB Brian Westbrook, OC Scott Peters

Bad Picks: S Michael Lewis

Washington Redskins - Grade: C-

Good Picks: CB Rashad Bauman, WR Clifford Russell, FB Rock Cartwright

Bad Picks: QB Patrick Ramsey, RB Ladell Betts, TE Robert Royal

Now, this is only one guy, writing for a half-assed web site that no one has ever heard of, but this kind of analysis is all over the internet the day after a draft, and everyone eats it up. What I would like to see a lot more is a grade of the draft from three years ago, as opposed to the one that justt happened. It might not tell anyone what they want to know, but it will tell them something, unlike this...

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While I agree that grading a draft right afterwards is foolhardy sometimes criticism is warranted. Even though the Bengals were right on Jones they could have traded down and still gotten him. Much like the Bills reach on Donte Whitner this year. Of course if you really, really like a guy all it takes is one other team that likes him just as much and you are screwed.

In the end, if you got the guy you feel will help you for many years, it doesn't matter much where they were picked, or what you gave up for him.

Sure, you can try to move down, but that requires someone to move up. Also, as you say, you risk that the guy might not be there if someone likes him as much as you did.

What I would like to see a lot more is a grade of the draft from three years ago, as opposed to the one that justt happened. It might not tell anyone what they want to know, but it will tell them something, unlike this...

Actually, some of the writers out there have done that. Course, fans aren't quite as interested in a draft that happened 5 years ago than in the latest draft.

It is hard to rate a draft when you have no idea what a team sees in a player.

Jason

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