A look at the draft classes:
2012- 1. Luck
Getting Luck has been well documented and has more to do with the success of this era, than anything. One of the greatest drafts stats-wise in NFL history, Fleener has been very good, Allen was actually suppossed to be the better all around TE, but has not been able to stay on the field, trading up to get Hilton has been one of his best moves, Chapman seemed to be the answer at NT, but never produced, Ballard had a great rookie season and appears to be out of the league, with non -stop injuries, Brazill showed promise, before off field issues led to his release and Harnish had some upside...outstanding draft!
2013: 1. Werner
2. traded away in the Davis deal
The obvious lack of production from Werner stands out and Thortan, Holmes and Hughes all looked like good picks at the time, yet none of them have produced, adding Davis has to be factored into the equation, but overall a very non productive draft.
2014: 1. traded away for Richardson
4. traded for Hughes
The obvious again with the Richardson trade that will haunt Grigson forever and with that factored in, overall not a real good draft...Mewhort, Moncrief and Newsome all seem to be keepers,
2015: 1.. Dorsett
A little too early to rate this draft, although Dorsett, Anderson,Geathers and Parry look like very good players, Robinson and Herrera should have some value and there is hope for Smith, but also for the 3rd straight year, the #1 pick has been suspect, at least to some. At this point, it seems like a very good draft.
The lack of production with the last 3 #1 picks is really unaceptable, the overall talent is ok, with the first draft class and Luck being a big part of that, the next 2 draft classes really weren't very good and this years was very good. Another factor is the lack of "nugget's" in the late rounds, that is never a given, but the best scouting departments usually find a few, Ballard-Newsome and Parry were all 5th rounders and decent picks for that slot, but the late rounds have not been all that productive either. Much like the free agent signings, there is some good, too much bad and the bottom line, is that Grigson had not been good enough to get this team over the hump and several of his decisions have resulted in the team regressing, to some degree.