Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 9/11/12

Every year it seems like Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay spend days arguing over who are the best rookies to draft. Both “experts” make a big board and criticize teams for their draft picks before the rookies ever play a game. Throughout the season we will keep track of how many times each rookie makes this list and see if Kiper and McShay know what they are talking about.

However, Kiper and McShay never have a segment where they look back at their advice and see where they were right and wrong… Of course their experts! Neither is ever actually graded and by time the NFL season is underway, nobody remembers which athletes were highly recommended by either commentator.

Here is a look at the top rookies from week 1, and how both analysts felt about those players during draft time.

QB: Robert Griffin III: Griffin may have had the best opening day of any quarterback in the NFL. The Baylor Bear led the lowly Redskins into the toughest stadium in America, the Superdome, and left with the victory. Griffin completed 73% of his passes and threw for 320 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 42 yards and kept the Saints defense off balance with the quarterback read option play. Both McShay and Kiper liked Griffin, but so did everyone else.

RB: Alfred Morris: It was a good day for Redskins rookies, as Alfred Morris also had quite the opening day. He rushed for 96 yards on 28 carries and found the end zone twice. Kiper gave the Redskins a C+ draft grade and did not even take the time to comment on Morris, the 6th round pick out of Florida Atlantic. As for McShay, Morris was not included in his final 7 round mock draft.

WR: Stephen Hill: Jets fans finally have reason to celebrate, as Stephen Hill emerged as a new target for Mark Sanchez. Hill caught 5 balls for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. The big, fast, athletic wide receiver from Georgia Tech (sound familiar) proved he was ready to compete at the NFL level despite his lack of experience in a passing offense. McShay ranked Hill lower than when he went, making him a reach. Kiper claimed he was “sure if [Hill] will be able to help a lot in 2012.” Looks like he can…

TE: Coby Fleener: The former Stanford Cardinal proved that his chemistry with quarterback Andrew Luck wouldn’t end in the NFL. Fleener caught 6 balls (most for any rookie week 1) for 82 yards (2nd most for any rookie week 1) against a tough Chicago Bears defense. Both McShay and Kiper had Fleener as the top tight end and projected him to go in the first round.

Defensive Player: Janoris Jenkins: The risky rookie proved that he could be an elite talent if he is able to stay out of trouble off of the field. Jenkins looked like a veteran against a strong offensive team in the Lions, and recorded 6 tackles and 1 interception. He also showed he could keep his cool in heated situations, as the Lions benched wide receiver Titus Young head-butted the young corner. Both McShay and Kiper viewed this as a risky pick, which we won’t criticize until Jenkins gains some more experience.

-Langer

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