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NFL Draft Grades 2013: Sporting News Hands Out Nine A's

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The Cincinnati Bengals impressed the Sporting News with their offensive additions during the first two rounds. But at what point does handing out nine A's saturate the A?


Vinnie Iyer was far more liberal handing out an "A" or "A-" to nine teams, grading the 2013 NFL draft. The teams with a solid "A" includes the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars. That sets the benchmark for graders; the more A's released, the more saturated they become.

The Cincinnati Bengals received an "A-" (along with the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans). Iyer writes of Cincinnati's draft:

Welcome to the Jungle, where the Bengals have buried their bungling, and done it with offense. See Notre Dame mismatch-creating tight end Tyler Eifert and North Carolina speed back Giovani Bernard. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green got it going in '11, and Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones were good follow-ups in '12. Eifert and Bernard are great options for Dalton to further break out of his Green dependency. They also made their defensive strength stronger, as SMU's 6-8 Estonian end Margus Hunt fits right in with their pass rush. Georgia's Shawn Williams fills free safety.

Well, probably strong safety but that's semantics.

The Ravens received a solid "B+" and the Cleveland Browns were one of three teams that earned a solid "D", with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets.