2005 Draft Ten Years Later: The Band of Merriman

Tweet The Wikipedia entry for Darren Sproles included the following information. Sproles managed to rush for more than 50 yards, gain more than 50 yards receiving, and 100 yards returning in the same game, becoming only the second player in history to achieve those numbers.  Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers also achieved it. The After Drafter Clock dislikes that kind of arcane number crunching. When Sayers accomplished it, he…

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2005 Draft: 10 years later, how did the Packers do?

Tweet               Several years ago the After Drafter Clock happened to listen to WSCR, one of the sports talk radio stations in Chicago, and a caller who identified himself as “New York Jet Joe” or something similar. This caused the AD Clock’s dear, dear, friend Dan McNeil to ask how a guy from Chicago chose to root for the Jets. The man explained that…

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2005 Draft: Are the New York Jets still kicking themselves for choosing a kicker?

Tweet         A dear, dear friend of the After Drafter Clock, Michael MacCambridge , wrote the brilliant book America’s Game about the rise of the NFL (Anybody who writes a book that good automatically qualifies as a dear, dear friend). In it he observed that between 1965 and 1968 the best offensive player in football was Gale Sayers, and the best defensive player was Dick Butkus, both…

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NFL 2005 draft ten years later: Double Trouble for the Bengals

Tweet Double Trouble: Cincinnati Goes to the Dawgs             In 2005 the Cincinnati Bengals chose linebackers with their first two picks, David Pollack and Odell Thurman, both from Georgia. Although the After Drafter Clock still needs to study the topic further, he knows of only one instance in which a team chose two players from the same school and ended up with two very good…

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2005 Philadelphia Eagles Draft: A Tale of two Tackles

Tweet         In the 2005 NFL draft the Philadelphia Eagles drafted two defensive tackles, Mike Patterson from USC and Kenyotta Marshall from Grand Valley State. Patterson, the first round pick completed his tenth year in the league last year, sound evidence that the Eagles made a wise choice when they picked him. Marshall’s career lasted all of one game. When a casual fan looked at it, it…

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2005 NFL Draft: San Francisco, Alex Smith, and the Gentleman’s 3

Tweet On draft day, 2005, the San Francisco 49ers held the first pick and decided to choose a quarterback. By general consensus, the choices came down to Utah’s Alex Smith and California’s Aaron Rodgers. They chose Smith, one of the few mistakes they made that day. On the whole they drafted very well that year. If asked to identify the best quarterback in the league right now, the finalists would…

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The 2005 Draft: How the good ship Minnesota Vikings ended up under water.

Tweet Drafter the Horrible The good ship Minnesota Vikings sailed in rough seas in 2005, took on water and sank. Their first round pick, Troy Williamson, a wide receiver out of South Carolina, received the gentleman’s career only first round picks get. The Vikings held onto him for three years, but, in reality, all teams keep their first round picks for at least three years. The general manager usually explains…

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Arizona’s 2005 draft class ten years later: Antrel Rolle is the last man standing

Tweet       From the outset the After Drafter Clock wanted to assess how well NFL teams drafted players, but not to assess the players themselves. The question involved determined not whether Lawrence Taylor played better football than Ray Lewis, but whether the Giants got more benefit out of Taylor than the Ravens got out of Lewis.   In that particular comparison the Ravens win by a mile.   Two key…

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The Hall of the Very Good for a Long Time: WIDE Right/Left

Tweet       “Do you know what NFL stands for? Not for long.”                                                            Jerry Glanville, Head Coach,  Atlanta Falcons     On March 30th I listed the twenty-five best draft picks ever taken thirty-first in the NFL draft since 1967. Two men tied for first, the Los Angeles Rams linebacker Roman Phifer, and the Bears defensive end Mike Hartenstine. I received a tweet from Ken Becks @1stdown_scout that…

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Ronald Reagan, Godless Capitalism, and the NFL.

Tweet   In the wake of the Reagan administration the United States entered the era of godless capitalism. No corporation or organization made better use of godless capitalism than the National Football League, and the league conducted itself with the swaggering arrogance that accompanies the sense of always winning. Yet a few storm clouds appeared on the horizon even if league commissioner Roger Goodell refused to acknowledge them. The team…

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Too Many Vince Lombardis

Tweet   Throughout all professional sports including football, teams tend to follow the leader. If a team wins a championship with a relatively small, quick offensive line, then other teams start drafting smaller quicker offensive lines. If the champs played a three-four defense, then other teams begin moving toward that alignment. The players throughout the NFL held a rooting interest for the Oakland Raiders against the Philadelphia Eagles in the…

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