Every year, Mel Kiper re-grades the drafts of all 32 teams from the previous season after getting to evaluate how much progress rookies have made. He provides the disclaimer that this is just a fun exercise, and that it takes more than one year to firmly label how well a team's draft class did.
After the draft last year, Kiper gave the Browns a B for their 2015 draft. Below is a table of the Browns' 2015 picks:
|1||19||C||Cameron Erving||Florida St.|
|3||77||RB||Duke Johnson||Miami (FL)|
|3||96||DT||Xavier Cooper||Washington St.|
|4||123||WR||Vince Mayle||Washington St.|
|6||195||TE||Malcolm Johnson||Mississippi St.|
Kiper also considered undrafted free agents in his assessment, although the Browns didn't have any undrafted players who contributed in 2015. Here is what Kiper sees in the Browns' 2015 draft class after one year:
This class just doesn't look as good today. I liked the pick of Danny Shelton, but called the choice of Cameron Erving a "surprising pick" because of the lack of an immediate need for him, and that's a spot (No. 19) where you can get major talent. I said Duke Johnson Jr. was one of the best pass-catchers in the draft, even at running back, and he looked good. But I was all over the Browns to get a truly useful wide receiver in that offense, and when they took Vince Mayle I wrote: "the speed is a major issue, and the hands can be inconsistent." He was a reach. Mayle didn't even survive camp, and as a fourth-rounder, that's just brutal. No wide receivers, no interesting depth shot at QB like a Bryce Petty. The grade was better then because they got a lot of raw talent, but much of it underperformed. Nate Orchard's usefulness helps, but they're back near the top of the draft, again with QB in mind.
The Browns got terrible results for having 12 draft picks, and because of that, Kiper dropped the Browns to a C- in his re-grade. Shelton looks like he can mold into a good building block if he takes a step forward in 2016, and Johnson was by far the most impactful player of the class. Everybody else either underwhelmed with their performances or didn't even finish the season on the roster.
Cleveland was the lowest-graded team, and the only one to receive a C-. That's one of the big reasons that Ray Farmer was booted as general manager. Honestly, I probably would've gone down a notch and given the draft a D. What grade would you give the Browns' 2015 draft, upon further review?