Your No-Guilt List of Postdraft Grades

Even Ted Thompson and his staff hand out grades so, come on, take a look at these 10 selections

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Draft grades, of course, are stupid.

But if it’s OK for Ted Thompson and his staff to hand them out, then it really is OK for you to read them.

“We usually all go and gather in front of the draft board where they have taken them off (as players have been selected) and put them up and it shows all of Tennessee’s picks and all of my picks,” Thompson said on Saturday. “So, we’ll sit there and, ‘Let’s grade Tennessee’s.’ And we’ll grade their draft class. Or Tampa Bay’s or Detroit’s. We will go through that and we won’t know — any more than they do. You just never know. But we usually grade ours higher than everybody else’s.”

Here are 10 postdraft grades for your dancing and dining pleasure.

Scout.com gave the Packers a C. “Montgomery has size and length at wide receiver but his stock dropped off, as he showed inconsistent hands at receiver. Ryan could be a nice find in the middle rounds and I liked the drafting of QB Hundley,” Jamie Newberg wrote.

Rotoworld gave the Packers a C-plus. “I'm used to giving Ted Thompson high ‘grades.’ I think I've done it every year. This draft seemed a little more needs-focused than usual, which is a fine approach in general but may have left some ‘value’ on the board,” wrote Evan Silva.

Sports Illustrated gave the Packers a B-plus. “Third-round receiver Ty Montgomery of Stanford can line up all over the formation, a great fit for Mike McCarthy's multiple offensive schemes,” wrote Doug Farrar.

NFL.com gave the Packers a B. “Add in Randall's ability to play some corner if needed, and the Packers might have landed a gem in addition to shoring up their secondary,” wrote Bryan Fischer.

CBSSports.com gave the Packers a C-plus. “They need corners with the loss of two in free agency, but Randall looked more like a safety to me. Then again, Ted Thompson usually knows what he's doing,” wrote Pete Prisco.

FoxSports.com gave the Packers a C-plus. “Ted Thompson is known for sticking to his board and did so by drafting two athletic, versatile defensive backs in Arizona State’s Damarious Randall and Miami-Ohio’s Quinten Rollins.”

The Houston Chronicle gave the Packers a B-plus. “GM Ted Thompson bolstered the secondary with safety Damarious Randall, the highest-rated player at his position, as well as Quinten Rollins, who could play the nickel as a rookie,” wrote esteemed NFL writer John McClain.

The Washington Post gave the Packers a B-minus. “Using the 30th choice on S Damarious Randall might have been just a slight reach. Talent evaluators have praised his pass coverage skills but some have questioned his tackling,” Mark Maske wrote.

Sporting News gave the Packers a B. “Ryan can be pretty good, but they could have looked at a 3-4 inside linebacker earlier,” Vinnie Iyer wrote.

WalterFootball.com gave the Packers a B. “The ‘biggest’ name Green Bay took (was) Brett Hundley. I loved the pick; Hundley doesn't know how to play quarterback yet, but has first-round physical talent. The Packers could develop him and flip him for a second-round choice in the future. In the meantime, Hundley won't be a terrible option if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt again.”

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