Certain coaches are experts at drafting one type of player. For example, Mike Shanahan is respected for his ability to groom running backs. Can we rate BB on his ability to pick certain types of players? My theory is that if BB knows he can’t pick em, he’s going to pick someone else. Here are my guesses grades:
Quarterback: Hard to tell – someone picked Brady (round 6) in 2000 and then BB was all done for 14 seasons straight. However, BB had a medium flub, Rohan Davey (round 4), and at least one more seventh round diamond, Matt Cassel (7). He gets an A+ for drafting Brady at least, even if it’s possible that someone else really pulled the trigger on Brady. Final grade: A.
Running Back: No one liked dancing Maroney(1). Ridley(2) and Vereen(3) were good. C.
Wide Receiver: D. I don’t know, guys like Taylor Price (3) never crack the starting lineup.
Tight End: A, at least lately. Ben Watson(1) wasn't that great.
Offensive Line: B+. I like Solder(1), Mankins(1), Cannon(5), Vollmer(2). BB has been picking solid guys for a while. The O-line makes the Patriots running backs look a lot better than they are.
Defensive Line: B. Awards for Vince Wilfork (1), Richard Seymour (1) and maybe Ty Warren (1). Ron Brace (2) didn’t make it.
Linebackers: Another B+. I like Mayo, Hightower and Brandon Spikes.
Defensive backs: D. Lots and lots of picks named Wheatley (2) or Butler (2) or something, and only a few gems of any quality at all. Small award for Alfonzo Dennard (6).
Kicker/punter B. Ghost (4) and Zoltan (5) were a bit pricey but worth it.