For their work during the 2021 NFL project, the Green Bay Packers received mostly Bs and Cs with a few As and Fs mixed for good measure.
Each year, Renee Bugner compiles drafts from 18 different sources to help establish a consensus assessment. This year, the Packers ranked 26th in the overall class among the 32 NFL teams.
Let’s just say it’s straightforward: instant draft estimates are mostly pointless little things. For most, this is a basic exercise in looking at the overall consensus for a player, finding out if the player has been reached or stolen, and then doing it a few more times, while trying to figure out if the team has met the perceived project needs. And it is almost impossible to take into account how each individual player will develop among a million different variables.
True estimates cannot be established until two or three years have elapsed. But the ratings for immediate drafts are undeniably amusing. They can be informative if done correctly. The evaluation of the process is valuable. We don̵
So get the ratings for what they are and don’t worry one way or the other. This is especially true this year.
Of the 18 drafts, the packers received 14 ratings in the B or C range. It is clear that the majority of analysts agreed that this is a solid but unspectacular class of drafts. We tend to agree. Packers hit on needs with solid players. This was, if nothing else, a safe and sensible project for a candidate.
But the class was a little polarizing, too. Two analysts gave Packers AA Two others gave Packers F.
NFL.com’s Chad Reuters liked what Packers did all three days of the project. Thor Nistrom of NBC Sports hated the value of the entire draft class.
It is fair to wonder whether the bombing, reporting on Aaron Rodgers, has influenced the opinion of the class. The Packers took Love in the first round last year, starting the whole process, and on the day it was announced that Rodgers wanted to leave Green Bay, the Packers chose a cornerback that was not a consensus in the first place. A day later, they took center and not everyone was convinced it was right center. The long-awaited weapon for the quarterback just arrived (gasped!) In the third round. So it’s not hard to see why the ratings didn’t shine everywhere.
But it’s all just background noise. Packers has selected nine players who they believe will help the football team in 2021 and beyond. In a few years we will look back at the class and see what the Packers did right and wrong.
The process looked good. The Packers got an elite runner-up in first place in the first round. They loaded up on big people. They were given a slot weapon that looks perfect for an attack. They added depth to positions in need of help. This was not a sexy project. But it will be surprising if they do not remove a few capable starters from the mix and it is possible that the first three choices will be players with immediate impact.
Just have fun with the draft ratings. Getting an A will not guarantee anything. Obtaining an F will not doom the class. Have a little patience and enjoy the trip.