The general reaction to the 2013 NFL Draft class can become rather homogeneous based on the fan base for some teams; at least, it seems true to me when it comes to a few groups. Perhaps this is a reflection of my limited perspective, but it seems Washington Redskins fans are blindly optimistic, Dallas Cowboys wary, New England Patriots fans holding a confident fervor in trusting Bill Belichick and New York Giants fans a bit confused and just hoping Jerry Reese knows best.
Perhaps these are over-generalizations but I’m just going to run with it. I also have access to a hardly-scientific yet intriguing metric that measures fan draft grades by team: NFL.com’s Fan Ballot that allows anyone to grade every round and the draft in its entirety. Let’s see who hates themselves the most right now!
Worst: The Cowboys received a C-minus overall grade from the fans on the back of a C- for Round 1 that saw Jerry Jones trade-down for cheap, help the San Francisco 49ers in every way possible and select a center in the first round. The team had no round graded higher than a C-plus.
Best: Minnesota Vikings‘ fans gave their team an NFL-best A-minus for that efforts draft weekend. It sure does help when big names conveniently fall past draftnik projections and right down to the Vikes, who got themselves a fan-pleaser of a draft class. Now about that whole quarterback position …