JACKSONVILLE – The grades are pretty much done.
And for the most part, the Jaguars' draft has received an overwhelmingly positive response from those who grade such things.
Mel Kiper, Jr., of ESPN. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com and NFLDraftScout.com. Bryan Fischer of NFL.com.
Evan Silva of Rotoworld. Sports Illustrated. Peter Schrager of Fox Sports.
Just finished my 2014 NFL Draft grades. A lot more A's than usual. Jags, Bucs, Texans, Packers, Broncos, Vikings, Saints all cleaned up. — P. Schrager (@PSchrags) May 12, 2014
All weighed in on the 2014 NFL Draft in recent days, and as it turned out, the Jaguars' draft carried quite a bit of weight with all of the aforementioned analysts, who one by one ranked the Jaguars' effort over the three-day draft among the best in the league.
Here's Mel Kiper Jr's AFC Draft Grades. pic.twitter.com/7St0FxBc5A — NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 11, 2014
Kiper, one of the most highly-recognized draft analysts, liked the Jaguars adding wide receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in Round 2, and gave the Jaguars an "A." Chris Burke and Doug Farrar of SI.com called getting Lee and Robinson in Round 2 “remarkable," and gave the Jaguars' overall draft an "A-."
While some analysts were disagreed over the selection of quarterback Blake Bortles of Central Florida at No. 3 overall, Prisco loved the selection and also gave the Jaguars' draft an "A."
"They had to take a quarterback, and he was the best in this class," Prisco wrote of the Bortles selection.
Blake Bortles to Jags: Love the pick. I knew they loved him and they had to get a QB. He's the right guy. GRADE: A http://t.co/KPxAyHqyNs — Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 9, 2014
Rang called the draft “potentially a big win for an up-and-coming franchise," and also graded the draft overall as an "A."
Evan Silva of Rotoworld gave the Jaguars' draft a "B ."
"I continue to believe the Jags are a team in ascent," he wrote.
Fischer put the Jaguars' draft in his "General Manager gets a sticker" category, and wrote that Bortles "could turn out to be the best quarterback in the draft down the road."
Jaguars now have added WRs Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee, along with QB Blake Bortles. Big. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014
Here's a look at the full articles listing the Jaguars draft grades:
Sports Illustrated: http://nfl.si.com/2014/05/10/2014-nfl-draft-grades/2/