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Miami Dolphins "Entirely Too Early Evaluation" of 2012 NFL Draft


The 2012 NFL Draft has completed just the first round, and already the draft grades are flying. Most teams have made one single selection, such as the Miami Dolphins picking Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the eighth selection, while a few have had two picks, and others are still waiting to take their first player. However, that will never stop people from grading that first round, and how teams have done in the 2012 Draft based on that single player.

SB Nation is not immune to the temptation to grade the draft. Joel Thorman, the NFL Editor and Managing Editor of Arrowhead Pride, the Kansas City Chiefs blog, did exactly that, grading every team's first round.

Thorman graded five teams as an "A," starting with the Indianapolis Colts, who took Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. He also grades the Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Rams, and Cincinnati Bengals in the top group of teams.

But, how does he view the Dolphins' pick of Tannehill, a pick the Miami fan base itself isn't 100% behind?

Thorman puts the Dolphins solidly in the next pack of teams. With a "B" rating, the Dolphins are included with the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, and New York Giants. Of the Miami pick, Thorman writes:

"Not going to knock a team for making a bold move to acquire a quarterback. That's simply what it takes in this league. Good luck, Ryan Tannehill."

Thorman's assessment of Miami's pick mirrors the feelings of Miami fans. According to the poll run on the site last night, with 1,177 votes as of this article, 40% rate the Dolphins' pick a "B." An "A" rating was second, with 31%, meaning 71% of the fans who voted are giving Miami an above average choice. To run down the rest of the grades, 16% gave Miami a "C", 6% a "D," and 5% an "F."

As for the worst grade given out for the first round of the draft, Thorman gave the Seattle Seahawks a "D." Of the surprise of the draft so far, the Seahawks selection of Bruce Irvin with the 15th pick, Thorman writes:

"Bruce Irvin had some fans but he was widely viewed as a second round pick. The Seahawks took him 15th overall. A very 'Huh?' type of moment."

Who are your biggest winners and losers from the first round? Do you think any team just blew the first round out of the water? Or did someone completely fail? Let us know in the comments.