Have you ever had a test graded by every single teacher in your school? Well, the Carolina Panthers just have . . . kind of.
Twitter user René Bugner recently rounded up 2023 NFL draft grades from 29 evaluators across the web. Using those marks, Bugner compiled a cumulative grade point average (GPA) for each of the league’s 32 teams.
Here’s how the grades stack up:
🏈🧑🏻🎓 I´ve compiled 29 evaluations of the 2023 NFL draft and totaled the team grades.
Here is the spreadsheet. Sorted by GPA for all 32 teams.
I also sorted the 29 evaluations by GPA. From left (soft graders) to right (hard graders).
Thanks to all who give out grades every year! pic.twitter.com/lEvqCkViCT
— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) May 25, 2023
The success of this draft of course depends on how well Young plays at the next level. I might have preferred C.J. Stroud here, especially given what the Panthers had to spend for the first overall pick, but we’re splitting hairs here. If Young was 6-foot-2 and weighed 220 pounds, nobody would have a question, and he has every other attribute you want in a franchise quarterback. Mingo might be a bit of an overdraft here to me, but there are a lot of people I respect who like him better than I do.
Johnson is a hybrid end whose production last season made him a bit underrated, and I absolutely love the last two picks. Zavala is one of the better power guards in this class, and he has a positive history with former college teammate Ikem Ekwonu. And Robinson might be a bit undersized, but you wouldn’t know it when you’re watching his tape — he has a tonesetter’s alpha personality that shows up all over the place. The Panthers were clearly going for players who could win in the locker room as well as on the field.
Will a 3.12 GPA, however, translate into winning on the field? Can the wiz kid Bryce Young lead his fellow rookie teammates (and the rest of the Panthers, for that matter) in acing the 2023 season?
That’s another test for another time. So study up, cats.