Re: amazing mock draft
posted at 10/10/2010 10:10 AM EDT
In Response to Re: amazing mock draft
In Response to Re: amazing mock draft : That's right. Teams should avoid using #1 picks on RBs. Look at some of the top RBs today, and how they were acquired: 1.) Arien Foster, Houston Texans - an undrafted free agent; 2.) Ahmad Bradshaw, NY Giants -7th round draft choice; 3.) BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Patriots - undrafted free agent; 4.) Daniel Grant, Green Bay Packers - undrafted free agent; 5.) Cedric Benson, Cincinnati Bengals - former top 5 pick was picked up by Bengals after being released by Bears; 6.) Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons - a former 5th round draft pick by the San Diego Chargers, acquired by Atlanta through free agency; 7.) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills - undrafted free agent; 8.) Brandon Jacobs, NY Giants - 4th round draft choice; 9.) Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys - 4th round draft choice; 10.) Thomas Jones, KC Chiefs - was originally a top 5 pick by the Arizona Cardinals. Was picked up off the scrap heap by the Chicago Bears, where he starred...and, eventually, was traded to the NY Jets...before joining KC as a free agent. Get the point? Good RBs can be acquired in so many diffent ways, and with low draft choices. Why waste a #1 pick on one...especially on Ingram, who is damaged goods (knee surgery), when the Pats have so many needs on the defensive side of the ball?
Posted by TexasPat3
Nice deflection, but your original point had nothing to do with getting value on RB's outside of Rd 1, which is both obvious and valid for all positions. What we've learned from taking Maroney in the 1st round is that his career to date hasn't warranted his draft position, that's it. That doesn't carry over to Ingram.
To your new point, please define the word "top running back", are you talking about legit top tier NFL caliber RB's or players who are starting for their teams right now? I read this somewhere else, might have been on this forum, but it certainly holds more water than your list of short time starters with a few higher tier backs mixed in (a couple of which were original taken in the top 10 as you pointed out), below is a list of the league rushing champions over the last decade, 80% of which were taken in round 1.
2009- Adrian Peterson- 1st round (#7 overall)
2008- Chris Johnson- 1st round (#24)
2007- Ladainian Tomlinson- 1st round (#5)
2006- Ladainian Tomlinson- 1st round (#5)
2005- Shaun Alexander- 1st round (#19)
2004- Curtis Martin- 3rd round
2003- Jamal Lewis- 1st round (#5)
2002- Ricky Willams- 1st round (#5)
2001- Priest Holmes- URFA
2000- Edgerrin James- 1st round (#4)
If we expand this over to the preceding decade, 90% of the league rushing champions were taken in Rd 1.
Emmit Smith (91-93, 95)- 1st round (#7)
Barry Sanders (90, 94, 96-97)- 1st round (#3)
Edgerrin James (99)- 1st round (#4)
Terrell Davis (98)- 6th round
Heck for the sake of argument, 90% of the league rushing champions in the 80's were also 1st rounders, the one exception (Christian Okoye- 89) was drafted in rd 2.
So to recap, that's 30 NFL rushing champions, (26) 1st rounders, (1) 2nd rounder, (1) 3rd rounder, (1) 6th rounder and (1) URFA.