Grade the Claiborne pick
I give the Claiborne pick a B+ for the following reasons.
Researching the player. C I like the fact that they emphasized film study, and watched his highlight reels. The major detractor is that they did not speak with him, were seemingly unaware of his wrist injury, and for all we know, knew nothing of his Wonderlic score. On the other side, they obviously knew that he was the Jim Thorpe award winner, and based much of their grading process on that.
Trade Value. A+ They did not overpay at all, in fact they traded up while underpaying in terms of points.
Compatability w/ Defense. A+ It is EXACTLY what Dallas needs to be more successful under Rob Ryan's Defense.
Making the trade. A- Kudos to Stephen Jones for staying on the phone, and not buckling under for the requested 4th rounder, or 5th rounder. The drawback here is that they surrendered their 2nd round pick on a player that they had not researched the injury history on.
Overall, a B+, although I'm hoping that Claiborne's talent outweighs and covers the oversight Dallas had in "getting to know your draft pick"
What's your Grade? Mods, can you add this as a poll?
Last edited by nathanlt : 04-28-2012 at 03:30 AM.