David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
ESPN's Mel Kiper re-graded the 2012 NFL Draft today (insider article). Immediately after the draft, Kiper gave the Browns a B- for the draft they put together. Cleveland's new grade has them improving slightly to a B. Kiper's explanation is listed below:
Post-draft grade: B-
New grade: B
Based on Kiper's explanation, it sounds like the productivity of Gordon and the rookie defensive tackles were enough to give Cleveland a minimal bump. Had Richardson had a more explosive year or if Weeden had firmly established himself as the 2013 starter, Cleveland could have gotten somewhere in the "A" range.
Last year, Kiper re-graded the Browns' 2011 draft from a B+ to an A-. Tom Heckert did well. When you think about the team's 2013 draft, things could be drastically different for two reasons: we have a new front office in place, and we are without a second-round draft pick.
Around the rest of the division, the Bengals dropped from an A- to a B, the Ravens improved from a B to a B+, and the Steelers dropped from a B to a C. The highest "new" grades in the NFL were given to the Indianapolis Colts (A), the Minnesota Vikings (A-), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (A), and Seattle Seahawks (A).