Re: A cold hard look at 7 years off BB's drafting.
posted at 10/12/2013 11:06 AM EDT
This kind of 20/20 hindsight on what is essentially a crapshoot gets a bit tiring after a while. BB gets great value from lower rounds, trades and free agent pick-ups, which are completely excluded from this analysis.
Nevertheless, I thought I would look at all the draft picks made by the rest of NFL right after the Patriots' picks through the same timeframe. Then I assigned them the same opinionated grades that Babe gave our picks. Feel free to argue the merits of my grading system. I won't push back.
Here are the results:
22nd: Manny Lawson, OLB, 49ers C
37th: Jimmy Williams, CB, Falcons F
25th: Jon Beason, OLB, Panthers F
11th: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills D
63rd: Terrell Thomas, CB, Giants C
79th: Antwaun Molden, CB, Texans F
95th: Mario Manningham, WR, Giants D (massive fall-off in performance)
35th: James Laurinaitis, ILB, Rams C-
42nd: Jairius Byrd, CB, Bills D
43rd: Everette Brown, DE, Panthers F
59th: Sherrord Martin, FS, Panthers D
84th: Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers C- (fall-off in performance)
28th: Jared Odrick, DT, Dolphins C+
43rd: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Ravens F
54th: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Bengals C
63rd: Pat Angerer, ILB, Colts F
91st: Navorro Bowman, OLB, 49ers C+
18th: Corey Liuget, DE, Chargers D (for a high pick, been a disappointment)
34th: Aaron Williams, DB, Bills D
57th: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Lions D-
75th: John Moffitt, G, Seahawks F
76th: Will Rackley, G, Jaguars F
22nd: Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns D
26th: Whitney Mercilus, LB, Texans C
49th: Kendall Reyes, DE, Chargers C
91st: Lamar Holmes, T, Falcons F
Net insight: Very few draft picks make it as NFL starters, fewer still have any significant impact, and a very rare few are impact players. By the way, you can do this by team, by year, by draft position or by player position, and the results are consistently the same.
So let's let the teams do their best at picking college players they think are going to survive in the NFL, and we as fans should appreciate those teams that can put a winning product in front of us year after year. All other measures are subjective.