1971 Draft Best in Class: Hey, Cleveland, Who Was Doug Dieken?

Tweet   Two More Careers Go WIDE Right A while back the After Drafter Clock introduced the idea of great players whose careers left them just outside the standards for induction in the Hall of Fame.   In researching the “best of” for 1971, the AD Clock found two prime examples. The best overall pick in 1971 was defensive end Jack Youngblood, a man who moved into the top slot after…

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1970 Draft Best in Class: The Steelers Reign Again, but the Rams get Their Linebackers

Tweet Brutally Fair Game   In the 1970’s the Oakland Raiders enjoyed the reputation of being the toughest team in the league. The After Drafter Clock chose the “enjoyed” intentionally. They, as a group, liked the idea of playing outside the rules of society and of the NFL, and intimidating their opponents. At the same time, journalist Roy Blount wrote the book About Three Bricks Shy of a Load, a…

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1969 Draft Best of Class: It All Starts for the Steelers

Tweet 1968 marked the last year the Pittsburgh Steelers took the field without a Hall of Fame player on their roster. In 1969 the Steelers drafted Joe Green with the fourth pick and he went on to be the best player and draft pick taken that year. The Steelers also chose the second best draft pick in L. C. Greenwood. If Greenwood played for any other team he might have…

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1968 draft: The Raiders dominate

Tweet     1968 Best in Draft Class            With only a minor level of certainty, the After Drafter Clock believes the picture to the left shows Oakland Raider kicker Jerry DePoyster. In putting together the list of best draft choices taken at each position, DePoyster ended up as the kicker with the highest After Drafter Clock score (ADCS). The AD Clock admitted he could have chosen a picture of Art…

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1967 Draft: Eight Hall of Famers and a sneaky little punter.

Tweet     The list below contains an error. It shows the single best running back draft choice of 1967 was Miami’s Larry Seiple. In reality, he never played running back as a Dolphin, did spend a little time playing receiver, but earned his living as a punter. Nevertheless, he made one of the most significant runs in Dolphins history.  Early in the season Coach Don Shula gave Seiple permission…

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The Chicago Sports Media Finds its Benghazi

Tweet Bears rookie Kevin White injured his ankle and nobody told the local media the full story. This can’t be tolerated. When a screenwriter tells a story the characters must serve the audience. By that the After Drafter Clock means that the character must say the right thing at the right time, and the more important characters must say the more important things. In a John Wayne movie, the bad…

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Bears 2005 Draft 10 Years Later: Bears Nation in Hibernation

Tweet There’s an old Irish expression: If you have a reputation as an early riser, you can sleep ‘til noon.  In the case of the Chicago Bears, it might be better said that if you have a reputation as a good drafter, you can hibernate until 2011. That mindset caused the Bears a few more years of bad management under the leadership of Jerry Angelo. Angelo, the Chicago Bears general…

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2005 Patriots Draft 10 Years Later: Other People’s Linebackers

Tweet     The single best draft choice the Chicago Bears made since 2000 was linebacker Brian Urlacher. The good news was that he was a great player, the bad news was that he played linebacker. Years ago the After Drafter Clock formed the opinion that when God made good linebackers, He made a lot of them. The AD Clock remains only a billion or two dollars away from owning…

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2005 Buccaneers Draft 10 Years Later: A Return to Badness

Tweet During his childhood the After Drafter Clock apparently joined an evil cult. On warm summer days he boarded the east bound Addison Avenue bus and headed to Wrigley Field. Since the Devil with the Blue Caps on played all of their games during the day, the ballpark filled with children, Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops, summer camp field trips, and that sort of thing.   There the children engaged…

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2005 Titans Draft 10 Years Later: A Giant Success for the Titans

Tweet                   Later this morning the After Drafter Clock will take his father out for breakfast. Back in the 1950’s a strain of anti-immigration sentiment worked its way through the American populace and the United States gave the Grandfather Clock a choice. He could serve in the American military or go back home to Ireland. The Grandfather Clock chose to serve and…

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2005 Panthers Draft 10 Years Later: The Cats become the Catfish

Tweet         Before the 2005 NFL Draft the Carolina Panthers succeeded in identifying NFL talent in the college ranks. Once the draft finishes, however, they apparently lost their way. They drafted ten players that year, and four of the ten played in one hundred games or more (technically, Joe Berger has played in only ninety-nine, but he’s still active), and a fifth, Jovan Haye played in seventy-four….

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