The 2021 NFL draft is over and of course people are quick to judge how teams did.
But who is kidding who — we all want to know what others think of the selections made by our favorite team now. And there are plenty people doing just this.
We’ve tried to compile as thorough a list of Minnesota Vikings draft analysis as you’ll find anywhere on the internet, complete with a GPA for the first-round picks and overall draft. Without further ado, enjoy (and a Vikings fan you should enjoy these. Well, for the most part).
Chad Reuter of NFL.com: A+. “Acquiring two third-round picks from the Jets (and sending back a fourth-rounder) to move down nine selections was clearly the right move, and looked even better when they found the left tackle they needed in Darrisaw at 23. Scouts did not like his inconsistency finishing plays, but he has the athleticism and strength to make it at the next level. His potential as a long-time starter at left tackle makes him a perfect fit for the Vikings.”
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic ($): A. “The Vikings moved back from 14 to 23 and picked up picks 66 and 86 (they gave back 143). Minnesota would’ve been justified in taking Darrisaw at 14. But the trade sets them up now with five top-100 picks. This worked out great for them.”
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: A. “I love this pick. I believe he will be the best tackle in the draft. It fills a need in a big way.”
Danny Kelly of The Ringer: A+. “Even after moving back and picking up a pair of third-round picks, Minnesota gets incredible value in grabbing Darrisaw here. The Virginia Tech standout fills a big need, bringing pass-protecting chops and the athleticism to block well in the run game.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: A. “The Vikings pulled off another draft coup with Rick Spielman, managing to still land the rock of a left tackle they needed for their style of offensive line after trading back nine spots. They got a big upgrade from Rashod Hill to make both Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook happy. This pick is a home run, much like Justin Jefferson around the same spot in 2020.”
Rob Rang of FOX Sports: B+. “Darrisaw is a light-footed tackle with the potential to one day challenge for Pro Bowl honors. He fills a clear area of longtime need for the Vikings, especially given the pass rushers Minnesota faces in the NFC North. Darrisaw is an intriguing talent, one with both quality tape and some clear areas in which he can improve – suggesting he has not yet reached his maximum potential. At this point in the draft, he could wind up proving a steal, just like his former teammate Farley and the Vikings' first-round pick last year, wideout Justin Jefferson.”
WalterFootball.com: B. “How can you not like this value for the Vikings? I thought Christian Darrisaw would be their pick at No. 14 if Rashawn Slater happened to be off the board. He's long and athletic, which is exactly what Minnesota looks for from its offensive linemen. However, several teams told us that there's "something missing with Darrisaw." Some teams think he lacks toughness, which would worry me. Still, this is a good value selection.”
Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report: A. “Darrisaw can immediately move into the starting left tackle spot left by Riley Reiff when the front office released the nine-year veteran. The choice makes the team’s plans much clearer. The possibility that right guard Ezra Cleveland would move back to left tackle was in play. Cleveland is a natural blindside protector, but he found a home along the Vikings’ offensive interior. Darrisaw can immediately take over blindside capabilities and solve one of Minnesota’s two issues along the front five.”
Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports: B+. “GM Rick Spielman typically lands good value, and this fits the bill. We weren’t quite as enamored with Darrisaw’s upside as others, but he's a very nice player with the athletic traits to be a Day 1 starter at left tackle.”
Ben Rolfe of Pro Football Network: A+. “The selection of Christian Darrisaw is a superb value for the Minnesota Vikings. Often touted as a potential selection for them at 14, they get their guy while also trading back and picking up further assets. The Vikings had a huge need at tackle, and Darrisaw gives them a high upside player at the position.”
Ryan Fowler of The Draft Network: B. “The Minnesota Vikings get more protection for Kirk Cousins to stay upright and a mover in the run game for Dalvin Cook. Christian Darrisaw slips to No. 23 here, even with Teven Jenkins still on the board.”
Luke Easterling of Draft Wire: A. “The ideal scenario for any team that trades back is to add picks, and still end up with a player that would have been worth your original selection. That’s exactly what the Vikings did here, moving back nine spots and still landing a starting-caliber left tackle that would have already been a fantastic value at their original spot. He fills a huge need, can start immediately, and he’s a huge bargain this late in the first round.”
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders: A-. “Overall, Darrisaw's flaws are correctable, while his raw strength-quickness combination is rare. He's a solid value here.”
Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston: A-. “The Vikings selected a potential cornerstone of their offensive line with the selection of Darrisaw, who played great for Virginia Tech in 2020. Darrisaw should be a starter as a rookie with his impressive athleticism and physicality.”
Doug Farrar of Touchdown Wire: A. “I had Darrisaw ranked as my third-best offensive tackle behind Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater, so for the Vikings to get a tackle of Darrisaw’s caliber with the 23rd pick is outstanding value. Darrisaw is plug–and-play as a pass-blocker, and he brings all kinds of nasty to the position.”
Dylan Mickanen of NBC Sports Northwest: A. “This would have been a good pick at No. 14. This is one of the draft's best values at No. 23.”
Joe DiTullio of GameHaus: A+.
James Dator of SB Nation: A. “This is a solid pick made great by the fact the Vikings traded back and acquired more value. It’s completely conceivable the team would have been okay staying at No. 14 and taking Darrisaw, but they were willing to take the risk and move back. Minnesota needed trench help on both sides of the ball, and Darrisaw will play RT from day one.”
Kevin Manahan of NJ Advance Media: C. “Doesn’t it seem like the Vikings are always taking offensive linemen early? Darrisaw was another player with a lot of media hype, but probably went right where he should have gone if not even a bit higher than he should have.”
Nick Gray of The Tennessean: A. “Darrisaw is the second best offensive tackle in this draft. He's not all the way there yet, because he plays with a little less of an edge than you'd like all the time. Darrisaw moves well and mirrors well in pass pro. Really good pick for the Vikings, who get a left tackle after trading down.”
C.J. Doon of the Baltimore Sun: A. “rabbing a player many mocked for the Vikings at No. 14 overall and picking up two extra third-round picks is a great business for general manager Rick Spielman and company. The Vikings simply needed a replacement for Riley Reiff, and Darrisaw was the highest-graded tackle in the Power Five in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. He allowed just six pressures the entire season. That kind of player isn’t usually available this late in the first round.”
Chet Gresham of Draft Kings: A. “The Vikings get their man after trading back and adding a third and second round pick to boot. You can nitpick at Darrisaw, but his ability is evident on the field. The Vikings needed help up front and they got a player poised to be a top talent in the league.”
GPA: 3.78 (3.73 if you don’t believe in giving out A+ with A being the top grade)
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: B+. “The Vikings were a good bet to stash a cerebral dual-threat passer behind Kirk Cousins at some point and came through with Mond, an experienced college starter who can be special if he can develop his mechanics and arm strength to go with his short accuracy and athleticism. Minnesota can reasonably get out of Cousins’ contract in 2022.”
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports: B+. “Prudent selection. Mond went from scrambling QB to a pure pocket passer in college. Athleticism is there too. Average arm but works it well at the intermediate level. Not loads of potential though. Good Kirk Cousins insurance.”
WalterFootball.com: B+. “Kellen Mond's accruacy is a concern, but he's a strong-armed quarterback with plenty of upside. Kirk Cousins is overrated and overpaid, so he doesn't seem like he can consistently lead the Vikings deep into the playoffs. The Vikings will be hoping that Mond can overtake him in 2022, which will allow Minnesota to get out of Cousins' albatross of a contract.”
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic ($): B. “Mond has tools — a strong arm and athleticism — to work with. He can begin his career as Kirk Cousins’ backup and eventually compete for a starting role. There’s nothing wrong with the Vikings taking a shot on Mond’s upside here.”
Steven Ruiz and Charles McDonald of For the Win: A-. “Kellen Mond might end up better than the quarterback drafted two picks ahead of him, but he’s got some work to do on those mechanical, um, mechanics. That doesn’t make sense but Mond plays so rigidly and could add some fluidity to his game.”
Chet Gresham of Draft Kings: A. “Mond is a dual threat, who has a cannon arm. His accuracy is suspect and he’ll need a lot of work, but he’s going to stick in the NFL. And maybe turn out to be a starter. The Vikings can use him in packages early on.”
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders: C. “Mond will likely max out as a peppery backup and acceptable spot starter. But he's the closest thing Kirk Cousins has had to a challenger since Robert Griffin. Give the Minnesota Vikings credit for finally—finally—realizing they needed a Cousins escape hatch. Mond probably isn't the answer, but he's better than waiting until next year to even ask the question.”
Nick Farabaugh of Pro Football Network: C. “The Vikings are adding a mobile, strong-armed quarterback in Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond. Mond’s inconsistency, however, is going to be an absolutely massive downer for his stock to be a potential franchise QB. His mental processing, especially post-snap processing, will have to improve. Kirk Cousins is nothing special, but Mond is unlikely to be the answer with his inconsistency that has never cleaned up.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: A. “The Vikings needed to think about the future at linebacker beyond Anthony Barr and Surratt is a solid fit for Mike Zimmer's system in every which way. He’s an active playmaker who can do a little of everything well like Barr.”
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports: B. “Converted QB, yes, QB who flashed as a linebacker the past two years. Plays with reckless abandon, Missile as a blitzer. Cleaned up some of his tackling woes. And has the fluidity to cover. Just lacks the instincts. Good depth for Vikings.”
WalterFootball.com: B+. “I suspected the Vikings would address their linebacker situation after they struggled so much in that regard once Eric Kendricks got hurt there last year. Chazz Surratt is a versatile player who can rush the passer and make plays in coverage. This is a solid choice, as Surratt could've gone in the second round without many complaints.”
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic ($): B. “He’s 24 years old, but it will be fun to see what Mike Zimmer can get out of Surratt, given that he’s relatively new to playing defense.”
Steven Ruiz and Charles McDonald of For the Win: B. “Chazz Surratt was inconsistent last season, but his speed allows him to make a lot of big plays. Mike Zimmer is going to have a lot of fun with Surratt’s 4.5 speed on his blitz packages.”
Chet Gresham of Draft Kings: B. “Surratt moved from quarterback to linebacker and his athleticism was enough to produce. He’s not instinctual as a linebacker, but his determination and athleticism keep him in every play. He may be too small to stay on the field in the NFL, but as long as he keeps at it, he will likely continue to prove people wrong.”
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders: B+. “Surratt may be a little too lean to be more than a situational blitzer at the NFL level, but otherwise he could develop into an ideal three-down linebacker. Surratt's value may have slipped due to a reported 4.6-second 40-yard dash. One look at the film proves that he runs faster than he times.”
Nick Farabaugh of Pro Football Network: B. “A quick, instinctive football player, Surratt’s quarterback background allows him to process the field in front of him as well as anyone in this class. He does lack length and can get swallowed up by blocks at the second level. However, Surratt brings a level of stability and athleticism that is needed to go with Eric Kendricks.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: A+. “The Vikings upgraded left tackle with Christian Darrisaw in the first round. They took care of a need at left guard well here with Davis, a powerful, reliable run blocker for Dalvin Cook who should have been an early second-round pick.”
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports: A-. “Balanced, decently powerful interior blocker. Didn't play as well in 2020 as 2019 but his film was mostly clean. Can be a little lungy. Good athleticism. Fits the offensive scheme.”
WalterFootball.com: B+. “The Vikings are doing a good job of bolstering their offensive line, which is something they sorely needed to do. Wyatt Davis has some trouble with interior speed rushes, but he's a powerful blocker who will blast open huge running lanes for Dalvin Cook. I had Wyatt Davis at the end of the second round, so I like this value.”
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic ($): B. “There’s a lot to like about Davis (6-foot-4, 315). He started 24 games at right guard and was a two-time first-team all-American. He should be able to compete for a starting job right away in Minnesota.”
Steven Ruiz and Charles McDonald of For the Win: B+. “Wyatt Davis played a ton of good football for Ohio State. He’s not the most athletic guard, but he’s strong as an ox and just understands the game of football. Hopefully this isn’t another offensive line bust for the Vikings.”
Chet Gresham of Draft Kings: B. “Davis can smack down the biggest d-lineman out there, but his footwork and lateral quickness leave something to be desired as a pass blocker. But he’ll be able to help out the Vikings running game if he can get on the field.”
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders: B+. “Davis is not Quenton Nelson or Zack Martin but is everything a team needs in a starting guard. And he could probably play right tackle in a pinch.”
Nick Farabaugh of Pro Football Network: A. “This is phenomenal value, and this team needed to overhaul the offensive line that has been an issue for years. With Darrisaw and Davis now in the fold, the Vikings should be very good up front. Davis must work on his pad level and hand placement, but he has a high ceiling to be a cornerstone for the Vikings.”
GPA: 3.49 (3.45 if you don’t believe in giving out A+ with A being the top grade)
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: A+. “The Vikings needed to pad their pass-rush depth with another starting option opposite (and contingency for) Danielle Hunter. Jones is the prototypical 4-3 end with a variety of moves to get to the quarterback.”
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports: B-. “High-energy rusher with shorter arms. Flashed pass-rushing moves but not consistent with them. Some speed-to-power conversion. Smart for Minnesota to add more to the defensive line.”
WalterFootball.com: B+. “The Vikings lost several edge rushers in recent offseasons, so it made sense for them to acquire someone like Patrick Jones. The Pittsburgh product has great pass-rushing upside, but he needs to get stronger for the NFL. He's not quite there yet, but he could be a stud one day.”
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic ($): B+. “He plays with great effort and is an excellent scheme fit as a defensive end in Mike Zimmer’s 4-3. And Jones could offer versatility as an interior pass rusher. This is a nice fit between prospect and team.”
Steven Ruiz and Charles McDonald of For the Win: B-. “The Vikings needed to add another defensive end to play across from Danielle Hunter, who is currently unhappy with the team. Jones may wind up starting this year because the Vikings don’t have a whole lot of talent on the edge.”
Chet Gresham of Draft Kings: C. “Jones has the physical traits to be an NFL player, but his instincts and tenacity are lacking. He’s a good tackler and has speed, but has trouble getting off of blocks.”
Mike Tanier of Football Outsiders: A+. “The Vikings defense ranked last in the NFL in adjusted line yards and 28th in adjusted sack rate. They added former Giants defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency and expect Danielle Hunter to return from back surgery, but their defense has weaknesses that one Hog Molly and a banged-up edge rusher cannot solve by themselves. This was my favorite selection of the draft.”
Nick Farabaugh of Pro Football Network: B+. “With a slight frame, Jones will still lack some strength to convert speed-to-power, but he has flexibility and plenty of moves to win with speed around the edge. There is still room to grow into his frame to potentially develop some power moves to take the next step up. Overall, this is a solid pick, but Jones will take some time to get up to speed.”
GPA: 3.24 (3.16 if you don’t believe in giving out A+ with A being the top grade)
Chad Reuter of NFL.com: Day 2 analysis: “The Vikings didn't have a second-round pick this year because they traded it for edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue last August. Although the deal didn't play out as they hoped, they were at least able to send him to the Ravens a short time later and recoup a third-rounder (which they used on Jones). Minnesota had to find a young quarterback to back up Kirk Cousins and potentially start down the line if Cousins can’t get the team over the hump. Mond has the upside to make him worthy of a third-round selection, possessing some ability from the pocket (though he lacks consistency) and good mobility when needed. However, Davis Mills was still on the board (at least until the next pick, when Houston grabbed him), and it will be interesting to see which quarterback makes the most of his opportunity.”
WalterFootball.com: Day 3 grades – Kene Nwangwu: F; Camryn Bynum: B; Janarius Robinson: A-; Ihmir Smith-Marsette: B; Zach Davidson: C; Jaylen Twyman: C-.
Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports: Day 3 grades – Kene Nwangwu: A-; Camryn Bynum: B-; Janarius Robinson: B-; Ihmir Smith-Marsette: B-; Zach Davidson: C+; Jaylen Twyman: B+.
Nick Farabaugh of Pro Football Network: Kene Nwangwu: B-; Camryn Bynum: B-; Janarius Robinson: B; Ihmir Smith-Marsette: A; Zach Davidson: ; B Jaylen Twyman: A-.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic ($): In his draft rankings of every team has the Vikings at No. 19.
Overall team grades
Chad Reuter of NFL.com: A. “The Vikings addressed their need at left tackle (Darrisaw) and picked up two third-rounders (while giving up a fourth) in a savvy first-round trade with the Jets. Mond provides much-needed depth behind (and competition for?) Kirk Cousins. Minnesota did well with their other three third-round picks: Surratt serves as a fine replacement for Eric Wilson; Davis is a sturdy guard the team hopes steadies the O-line; Jones provides strength off the edge. Nwangnu offers depth at returner but was picked a round too early. Bynum is a versatile defensive back who played cornerback at Cal but was announced at safety, which should play more to his strengths. That said, his tackling must improve to be reliable in that position. Robinson’s length and quickness give him a shot to be the team’s best pick after Darrisaw. I love Davidson’s foot quickness and ability to win down the seam.”
Danny Kelly of the Ringer: B-. “I like that the Vikings were able to trade back in the first round and still take Darrisaw, one of the top-ranked tackles on my board. I also like their Surratt pick, as he’s an ascending playmaker who’s new to the linebacker position but has already shown excellent instincts. Davis has the potential to be a starter at guard, and players like Nwangwu, Smith-Marsette, and Davidson could surprise in this offense because of their high-end athletic traits. Then, of course, there’s Mond. He offers an intriguing skill set, and could be groomed as Minnesota’s quarterback of the future. Kirk Cousins’s performance this season will be under close scrutiny.”
Pro Football Focus: B+.
Ryan Dunleavy of the NY Post: B+. “Traded down from No. 14 to No. 23 and still got the same player in Darrisaw The extra pick from the Jets led to Mond, who some experts ranked as one of the top-five QBs.”
Tim Bielik of cleveland.com: A-. “The Vikings got off to a great start picking up a steal in Christian Darrisaw at No. 23. They made some impressive picks later on including Wyatt Davis, Patrick Jones II and Jaylen Twyman. I don’t mind the Kellen Mond pick.”
Ben Rolfe of Pro Football Network: A. “The headline selection from this draft could be Kellen Mond if they can develop him. However, initially, that is perhaps the weakest selection of the Minnesota Vikings draft class. Although, when you have a questionable pick like that and your grade for the 2021 NFL Draft is still an A, it tells you just how good the rest of the draft was. With the superb value on both sides of the ball, the Vikings could be real challengers in their division and the conference at large this season.”
Nick Goss of NBC Sports Boston: B. “Taking Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond in the second round didn't make a ton of sense when there were better players and positions of need on the board. That said, the Vikings made one of the best picks in the first round when they traded down to No. 23 and still got Virginia Tech left tackle Christian Darrisaw.”
Nick Farabaugh of Pro Football Network: A. “The Vikings come away from the draft with a bevy of talented players, and all at positions of need. Between the trade back to land Christian Darrisaw, and the value picks of Wyatt Davis, Patrick Jones, Ihmir Smith-Marsette, and Jaylen Twyman, the Vikings came away with a nice haul. Kellen Mond is still a little head-scratching, and I’m not as high on Chazz Surratt as others, but overall, this will lay a nice foundation for the Vikings to get back into the playoffs.”
Ryan Fowler of The Draft Network: A. “General manager Rick Spielman’s haul rivals as tops in the class. While you’re here, check out Kene Nwangwu’s player profile and get familiar with him, he’ll be around for a while. He and Ihmir Smith-Marsette provide two track stars for the Kirk Cousins-led offense.”
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News: A. “Count on GM Rick Spielman to come through in both rebuilding and reloading mode with a boatload of picks. Darrisaw and Davis should start on the left side of their offensive line. Former college teammates Jones and Twyman were absolute steals ideal for two key front-four spots. Mond is a savvy stash behind Kirk Cousins. Surratt is a fine contingency for Anthony Barr. Bynum could start at safety soon. They also managed to add good offensive skill depth everywhere.”
Nate Davis of USA Today: C. “Can't argue with LT Christian Darrisaw in Round 1. But they lost their second-rounder in last year's Yannick Ngakoue deal and, despite coach Mike Zimmer deeming last year's defense the "worst" he'd ever fielded in his lengthy NFL career, GM Rick Spielman didn't address it until his third selection – and well after he took QB Kellen Mond at the top of Round 3. And though pass rush seems to be one of this club's weak spots, none of Spielman's first four picks were earmarked for it. Hmm.”
NFL editors at The Score: B+. “Minnesota followed up drafting a whopping 15 players in 2020 by adding another 11 this year. We were impressed with the Vikings' week, especially GM Rick Spielman's first-round craftiness. Darrisaw could have been chosen 14th overall prior to the trade down via the Jets, so grabbing him nine picks later while accumulating draft capital must be commended. Minnesota also addressed needs at interior offensive line and edge rusher, even though the players' upside won't wow many evaluators. Finally, Mond's addition is a confusing one, but grabbing a quarterback is rarely bad business. This is an exciting group overall.”
Luke Easterling of Draft Wire: A. “Trading back and still getting Christian Darrisaw in the first round was a huge win, and loading up on value with four-third round picks made up for not having a second-rounder. Kellen Mond is everything exciting that Kirk Cousins isn’t, Chazz Surratt and Patrick Jones II are perfect fits for this defense with tons of upside and athleticism, and Wyatt Davis is a first-round talent at full health. Day 3 was full of high-upside picks like Janarius Robinson, Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Jaylen Twyman.”
Doug Farrar and Mark Schofield of Touchdown Wire: B.
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic ($): A. “The Vikings wisely traded back from 14 in the first round and still landed a left tackle in Christian Darrisaw at No. 23, picking up selections 66 and 86 in the process. Taking a shot on quarterback Kellen Mond in the second was perfectly reasonable. If he’s a backup, that’s good value. If he surprises and looks like a starter, it offers huge upside, given how inexpensive he’ll be. The Vikings finished the draft having made 11 selections, including five in the top 100. Not many teams seem to have a sounder process than them when it comes to the draft.”
Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports: C+. “Once again, the Vikings had a successful run of picks, building off a strong 2020 class. The QB situation, however, left a bad taste in our mouths. It had the look and feel of a very safe approach, with plenty of dart throws as always. Surratt, Davis, Robinson and Smith-Marsette all were intriguing picks, and we urge you to keep an eye on the fascinating Davidson. But that’s 26 draft picks in a two-year span — how many of the 2020 and 2021 rookies will be on this roster in two years? Sometimes a quality-over-quantity approach is needed for a team that seemingly has been stuck in neutral for years.”
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: A. “They had a lot of picks by virtue of trading down and they landed a lot of good players. Rick Spielman and gang had three really good days. They fixed the offensive line with Darrisaw and Wyatt Davis and added some defensive talent in the later rounds. Keep an eye on sixth-round pick Jalen Twyman.”
Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report: A-. “There were some reaches along the way, but the Vikings crushed it off the top and added 11 draftees in total. It was a promising weekend.”
Conor Orr of SI.com: B+.
Chris Franklin of NJ Advance Media: B+. “The Vikings were able to trade back and still get Christian Darrisaw to be their cornerstone tackle. They also were able to address their interior offensive line with Wyatt Davis and have a potential replacement for Kirk Cousins in Kellen Mond. The Vikings did well while maneuvering up and down the draft board.”
The staff at Draft Kings: B. “Like every team, Minnesota will miss on some of their picks, but they maximized the number of selections in the heart of the draft.”
Eddie Brown of the San Diego Union-Tribune: A+. “GM Rick Spielman found a new left side of the offensive line for the Vikings and a bunch of talent for Mike Zimmer’s floundering defense. Spielman might have also found Kirk Cousins heir apparent at quarterback in the third round with Mond.”
Joshua Buckhalter of The Last Word on Sports: A-.
GPA: 3.47 (3.46 if you don’t believe in giving out A+ with A being the top grade)