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Mel Kiper Jr. is paid to have opinions and make predictions about NFL drafts and players. This we know and accept each year. With that comes some mistakes, because you're not going to get it right all the time.
Kiper Jr. was kind to the Redskins after the 2015 draft. General manager Scot McCloughan worked his magic to acquire 10 draft picks and once all the selections were made, Kiper gave Washington a post draft grade of A-minus.
So, essentially there was more room for disappointment for this bunch. Instead, Kiper, in his annual "re-grading" session, ranked this bunch even higher.
Here's Kiper's full take:
"I loved this class at the time. I wrote: 'Everywhere you look, they got tougher. Overall, I was really impressed with this draft.' Not only did they get tougher, but the rookies rubbed off on other players and the team got tougher overall. Brandon Scherff had to be good at guard given that draft slot, and he settled down and played well. Preston Smith showed he's going to be a big part of that defense going forward, and Jamison Crowder was a reliable target. Matt Jones had his moments and will in the future. Kyshoen Jarrett was a nice get late, and don't forget undrafted Quinton Dunbar. There's more to talk about with this class, but in short, it was really good."
Imagine if linebacker Martrell Spaight had a chance to play the entire season, too.
These rookies will only get better as they enter their first official NFL offseason. Another McCloughan draft with a Kiper stamp of approval should mean big things for 2016.