The grades are in for the Cleveland Browns' trade for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And those grades are worthy of the honor roll.
The deal, which was made official on Wednesday, landed the Browns Beckham and pass rusher Olivier Vernon. In exchange, the Browns gave up the 17th and 95th picks in this year's NFL Draft and safety Jabrill Peppers.
"Very rarely do you get a chance to acquire a player of this magnitude," Browns general manager John Dorsey said in a story on the team's official website. "He's at a relatively young age. He's got a lot of football left in him. Great hands, great work ethic, committed, competitive, he really wants to be great. And that's all you can ask for."
Members of the media agreed, giving Cleveland almost all A's for the deal. Here's a collection of them:
Connor Orr, Sports Illustrated (link)
Reaction: This acquisition is not without its challenges. All at once, a rookie head coach with just a few weeks of coordinating experience inherits the most explosive offense in the NFL while simultaneously trying to ensure that last year’s rookie quarterback develops on schedule.
Tadd Haislop, Sporting News (link)
Reaction: This trade is the latest in a line of promising roster moves on the part of general manager John Dorsey, who in just his second year on the job has transformed a roster that was full of holes into a team that entered 2019 searching for new players not in desperation for talent, but in confidence for luxury.
The Beckham acquisition is as luxurious as they come.
SB Nation staff (link)
Reaction: Cleveland has an offense that’s ready to erupt and take over the AFC North this year. ALSO, Cleveland gets to keep all of their 2020 draft picks. What a damn deal for the Browns.
Joe Giglio, NJ.com (link)
Reaction: Here come the Browns! Cleveland has made itself into the favorite in the AFC North this offseason. By adding Beckham for a reasonable price, second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield now has a bevy of weapons at his disposal.
Lindsday Jones, The Athletic (link)
Reaction: The addition of Beckham gives the Browns the most exciting offense in the AFC North (especially now that Brown is gone from Pittsburgh) and one of the most intriguing collections of offensive players outside of Kansas City.
Sean Wagner-McGouh, CBS Sports (link)
Reaction: The Browns won this trade. They just acquired arguably the league's best receiver who is both 26 years old and under contract for five more seasons with an average annual base salary of roughly $14.5 million
He turns the Browns into the best team in the AFC North one year after they went 7-8-1 with their young nucleus, even after Hue Jackson actively sabotaged them during the first half the season.
Bill Barnwell, ESPN (link)
Reaction: At receiver, the Browns are suddenly blessed with Beckham and Landry. You might prefer the Vikings' duo of Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, and the Rams are deeper one through three, but nobody would fight you if you suggested that the Browns have the best duo of starting wideouts in football.
This is the official end of the Browns' rebuilding period. For the first time in a decade, pressure will be on them to win regularly.