Re: 2006-2012: Over that span, no team drafted more combined Pro Bowl and All-Pro players than the Patriots
posted at 5/9/2013 11:41 PM EDT
Wow TP, you are really twisting yourself into pretzels to find fault in this article. Every single one of your points is dead, factually wrong.
" For openers, this article includes Logan Mankins as a pro-bowl/All Pro hit for the Pats, during the period from 2006-12." - No it does not. It mentions Mankins, but does not say, nor even imply, that he is one of the 5 Pro Bowl / All Pros for the '06-'12 seasons. For the record, these are those 5 players:
- Brandon Meriweather (2x Pro Bowler)
- Jerod Mayo (2x Pro Bowler, 1x All Pro)
- Matthew Slater (2x Pro Bowler, 2x All Pro)
- Devin McCourty (1x Pro Bowler)
- Rob Gronkowski (2x Pro Bowler, 1x All Pro)
And 2 more that I don't think were counted:
- Stephen Gostkowski (1x Pro Bowl / 1x All Pro, don't think he was counted)
- Sebastian Vollmer (2x second team All Pro, don't think he was counted)
" Secondly, the article is misleading, as it counts guys djuring the 2006-12 period, who were either pro-bowlers, or All Pro. So, are guys were were both pro-bowlers and All Pro players counted twice?" - Yes, as they should be. Someone who is an All Pro is at a level above a simple Pro Bowler. He should count twice as much if you're trying to determine "elite" drafting.
" Finally, this refers to another article by a New Orleans' writer, who wrote on the Saints drafts, during this period." - He actually links to the raw data that accompanies the article you mention, not the article itself: http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2013/04/post_264.html
"Nowhere does it say in this article that the Patriots have drafted better than anyone else, as Rosenthal claims" - Rosenthal does not make that claim. Rosenthal say "Over that span, no team drafted more combined Pro Bowl and All-Pro players than the Patriots. That's since 2006. (The New Orleans Saints and Denver Broncos also drafted five Pro Bowl players, but the Patriots had an extra All-Pro.)" This statement is accurate.