Nov 18, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham (80) tries to break free from the grasp of Oakland Raiders safety Mike Mitchell (34) at the O.co Coliseum. The Saints defeated the Raiders 38-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports
Conventional wisdom says you are unable to grade an NFL draft class until three years have passed, so would be the time take a look back and re-grade the New Orleans Saints performance in the 2010 NFL draft.
As hardcore fans known, this is the class that brought you big names such as Jimmy Graham, Patrick Robinson and more.
Our good friends over at With The First Pick graded the Saints selections as follows:
Before having an instant reaction to the grades, let’s took a look at the reasoning behind the numbers:
"Analysis: First round pick Patrick Robinson came on slow in 2010. He later started part of the season in 2011 and took over full time in 2012. While the value of the draft pick was questionable early on, Robinson’s pick back to make much more sense by 2012. Charles Brown was drafted to eventually take over as a starting tackle. That plan really hasn’t worked out thus far although Brown will be forced into that role starting in 2013. So far the pick has not panned out. A part time player at tackle is something you would expect out of a late round pick, not a second. All is forgiven, however, with the selection of Jimmy Graham in the third round. Graham has had over 2.6000 yards receiving and 25 touchdowns in three years. Not bad for being the fifth tight end taken in the 2010 draft. None of the late round picks are still with the team. It’s never a bad thing to win a Super Bowl and then draft a Pro Bowl tight end a few months later. But if Robinson can continue to develop and Brown can solidify the offensive line this could go from being an “O.K.” draft to a great one."
It’s hard to argue with any of the ratings. Robinson has been a disappointment to this point in his career, as has offensive tackle Charles Brown.
Of course, Jimmy Graham is the highlight of the class and one of the NFL’s best tight ends. His presence alone in this class makes it difficult to be all that angry with the misfires before him.
Overall, not a great class for New Orleans.Even more troubling is the fact Robinson and Brown have done little to make many think they have what it takes to turn things around.
How would you grade the Saints 2010 draft class? Let us know in the comments below!