Why does everybody give a draft a "grade"? We don't assess other sporting events by applying an academic scoring system. I suppose in a game we have clear winners, and writers want to show who the winners of a draft are. But why is the academic grading system so ubiquitous? There's really no originality at all in the format--somebody did it, then more people did it, and now everybody thinks they have to do it. Alas, we still read them; we just wish somebody would do a more creative system.
Though I rip Peter King's writing all the time, I still feel his MMQB is required reading. I don't know how to feel about that.
Dr. Z does a draft report card, and he's not high on Randy Moss.
Don't worry too much about Adrian Peterson's collarbone; he's already cleared to participate in rookie mini-camp.
The Ppress gives its draft grades for the Vikes (via Kansas Viking).
The Daily Norseman found three other draft grades.
The Ragnarok loves the Vikings' draft.
Packer fans should probably be a little upset.
Pro-football-reference looks at the Browns' decision to trade for Brady Quinn.
Here's the Fanhouse's draft grade for the Vikes.
I'm giving you all Ds for lack of originality. Freaking grades. For the next two weeks I'm going to be up to my elbows in grades; for the draft, give me something else to think about besides B+s and Cs and A-s and all that.
NBA Legacy Watch
Here are the three players doing the most to increase their legacies so far in the playoffs.
Luol Deng: the 22 year old averaged 26.3 ppg and 9 rpg in the Bulls' sweep of the defending champs. He shot 57.9% from the field.
Ben Gordon: Gordon won an NCAA championship, and against the Heat, he averaged 25.5 ppg. He's a keeper.
Baron Davis: obviously. Last year LeBron was the bearded superhero, and this year it is Baron. He's averaging 25.8 ppg in helping the Warriors take 3 of 4 from the 67 win Mavericks.