Revisiting 2012 draft classes

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. re-graded each team for the 2013 draft. Let’s take a look at his thoughts on each AFC West team:


Original grade: C+

New grade: B

My thoughts: Kiper bumped up the grade based mostly on the play of defensive lineman Derek Wolfe. He became a major contributor on one of the NFL’s best defense. There are also some interesting other pieces in this class.

Kansas City

Original grade: C+

New grade: C

My thoughts: The Chiefs’ class didn’t make a huge immediate impact, so that’s why Kiper dinged it a bit. But there are players that have a future.


Original grade: C-

New grade: D+

My thoughts: The Raiders had a very small class and linebacker Miles Burris, a fourth-round pick, became a starter. Thus, I don’t agree with a downgrade.

San Diego

Original grade: B+

New grade: C+

My thoughts: The Chargers thought they were going to get a bigger impact, but I think Melvin Ingram and Kendall Reyes have big futures.