Which NFL team had the worst 2021 draft performance?
According to ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, it was the Pittsburgh Steelers. The AFC North franchise went with a running back in the first round, selecting former Alabama Crimson Tide star Najee Harris. Taking a running back in the first round is typically a big no-no as far as the experts are concerned.
“This one is tough for me because I’m a big fan of Najee Harris (24) but am almost always against taking a running back in the first round,” he said. “And when I look at this Pittsburgh roster, I see bigger holes. Offensive line, corner, edge rusher — could the team have gotten better value at another position?”
The consensus draft rankings say differently, though.
According to a model compiled by Rene Bugner – who took into account draft grades from 18 different analysts across the sport – the team with the worst 2021 NFL Draft is the Houston Texans.
The Texans come in with the lowest ranking of any team. Here are the full rankings, from Bugner:
🚨 2021 NFL Draft Team Grades
I combined 18 evaluations for GPA incl:
Doug Farrar & Mark Schofield
Mel Kiper Jr
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— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) May 2, 2021
The Steelers, who had the worst draft in the mind of Kiper, come in at a more respectable – but still not great – No. 24 in the consensus rankings.
Of course, while draft rankings are very fun, they are often incredibly wrong.
It’ll take several years before the rankings are proven right – or wrong.
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