Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 4/30/12

It’s that time where every expert is giving you their 2012 NFL Draft Grades, and yet you’ve stumbled onto my post that is not like that at all.  In all honesty the day after, or couple days after the draft grades are, well useless.  It is still an attempt to predict the future and my honest question is how many people are really held accountable for what they say?

That’s why I just stick with positives and questions or quandaries I have, because honestly what the hell do I know?  I thought that the picks by the Saints were great last year, and they did little to nothing to help the team, I was just ok with the Panthers draft and that ended up being a great draft, hell I had my own team the Cardinals listed in the “Hey it’s still a draft” section and they had some of the highest returns from their picks.  What I am saying is, if you are the Browns and you get a bad grade for the Weeden pick, or the Seahawks for the “reach” of Bruce Irvin, just remember it, file it away and then when they are wrong, throw it in their face.

Anyway, as I always do, breakdown the draft, go in depth, and then tell you why you get put in the great, good or it’s still a draft section, but more importantly let you know exactly about your teams draft.

More importantly is beer, and there are three types of beers to me, even if you think some cheap American beers are like drinking urine water who cares, it’s still beer.

There’s great beers, or great drafts.  This is a beer that you have and it sticks in your mind, something like, well you will see.

Then there is the beers you get when you are having friends or guest over and you know you want to give them something better than just your cheap everyday beer.

Then there is your Miller’s, Coors, Budweiser, or whatever other American beer you think of.  Sure you’ll complain about it, you’ll talk down about it as soon as the host leaves, but in the end guess what, you drink it, because hey, it’s still beer and it’s better than nothing.

I think that drafts are the same way, sure you have great drafts, there are good drafts, and then there are drafts, you were reluctant, but hell it’s your team, you’ll figure a way to buy in.

Agree or disagree, let me know, I love a good draft conversation and this one is about the 2012 AFC North Draft Grades.

A great draft to me AFC North Version:

Click on the links of each team to see my pick by pick review.

A fantastic drink, and something you will remember

Baltimore Ravens: Wait, you trade OUT of the first round and still end up with two first round talents?  That is why teams like the Ravens are perennial contenders.

Cincinnati Bengals: Started out with picks 17 and 21 in the first, traded down to 27, added a third round pick and made the most of each of those picks.  If the Ravens and Steelers didn’t have such great drafts, I would be worried as a fan.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The draft is sometimes about preparation, and sometimes about luck,  When you are able to nab five impact players in the first five rounds of the draft, well that is lucky, because sometimes other teams just miss.

A Good Draft to me:

Cleveland Browns: I was really excited about the Browns draft, I thought it was going along swimmingly, even if they did take some heat for their Brandon Weeden selection that I was ok with, and then Mitchell Schwartz and you are thinking, wow they are really using all these picks well.

Then they drafted John Hughes and Travis Benjamin and I just shake my head and remember, yep these are the Browns.




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