2011 Draft 5 Years After: #23 New York Jets Not Quite Cleared for Take-off.

Tweet Will the Jets make the Super Bowl if they just start winging it?       Jets fans, take a close look at the list of names below.  The After Drafter Clock offers you one clue.  The New York Jets drafted every one of them.  Beyond that, they hold one more thing in common.  Can you guess what it is?  The answer appears at the bottom of this post. John…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After: Saints & Sinners. A mixed bag of results for New Orleans

Tweet Holy Cow!  The Saints were stuck between Heaven and Hell.     The Saints’ 2011 draft class fascinates the After Drafter Clock.  It started strong, almost to the point of perfection when they chose Cameron Jordan.  After five seasons Jordan played in eighty games out of a possible eighty games, and at a level where he stands as one of the best defensive ends in football.  Although he has…

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2011 Draft 5 years after: Bears are 28th of 32. Chicago bears another bad draft.

Tweet   Monsters of the Bad Way         Years ago the After Drafter Clock attended a wedding reception that featured a fifteen piece orchestra, give or take a piece.  The happy couple decided they wanted to go all out so they hired the extraordinary musicians, hoping to make their wedding an affair to remember. Early in the proceedings the orchestra played beautifully but nobody really danced much. …

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2011 Draft 5 years After: The Jaguars Can only Blaine Themselves.

Tweet Feeling  Jill-ted         The Buffalo Bills decided to hire a woman as a full-time assistant coach.  Reaction from almost all directions praised the move, and hailed it as a step forward for our society.  Certainly a number of fans, men mostly, mutter in their beers about the football incorrectness of allowing political correctness to invade the locker room.  For those old enough to remember, the football…

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2011 Draft 5 Years After: Panthers achieve a magnificent failure.

Tweet Cam Newton and Nate Jackson:  From the top of the heap to the bottom of the pile.       Nate Jackson and Cam Newton arrived in the NFL in completely opposite ways.  Jackson snuck in a side door while almost nobody noticed, but the NFL rolled out the red carpet for Newton, allowing the quarterback to strut in the front door with all the fanfare a first overall draft pick typically…

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2011 NFL Draft 5 Years After: The Colts run out of and into Luck

Tweet As Luck would have it, the Colts drafted poorly in 2011.       Many years ago the After Drafter Clock discussed a rather well-known local high school basketball coach whose teams always played well but never went downstate.  A few of us offered opinions about the man, but one of his former players summed it up best.  “He can take a bad team and make it a good…

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The 2011 NFL Draft: 5 Years Ago the Lions Chose the Worst Draft Class in the League.

Tweet Many football analysts claim it takes three years or five years to tell how well a team drafted.  The After Drafter decided to go back five years and see how well teams did in 2011.  The Detroit Lions finished thirty-second out of thirty two teams.  Because Nick Fairley is still playing, they can score a few more points, but they’re so far behind the thirty-first team, they are unlikely…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #1 Washington Redskins Darrell Green DB Texas A&M-Kingsville 1983

Tweet Darrell Green: Washington Makes the Single Greatest Draft Pick Ever           When an NFL scout evaluates a potential draftee, he needs to answer three basic questions.  The first question:  “Is the prospect good enough to play in the NFL?”  The league provides a definitive answer to that question for every player.  For example, in 2011 the New Orleans Saints used the 243rd pick to take…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #2 San Francisco 49ers Jerry Rice WR Mississippi Valley State 1985

Tweet Jerry Rice:  The most talented overachiever in NFL history.           We all tend to root for the overachievers, the athletes who appear to play the game above and beyond the capabilities their limited physical skills suggest.  The stereotype of the overachievers is White, small, slow, possesses great hands in football, makes every free throw in basketball, or knows how to work the count in baseball. …

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #3 Houston Oilers Bruce Matthews OT USC 1983

Tweet Bruce Matthews: The Last Happy Warrior Among the Football Gods. The After Drafter Clock looks at veteran football players differently these days.  On any given Sunday a few long-time veterans line up and expose their bodies to more of the violence unique to the NFL.  Peyton Manning played in two hundred seventy-six games in his career, but lately his physical skills seemed to have diminished.  In all honesty, Manning…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #4 New Orleans Saints Morten Andersen K Michigan State 1982

Tweet Will this Saint Go Marching into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?   Can a kicker really be the fourth best draft pick ever?  In the case of Morten Andersen, yes.  In 1982 the New England Patriots chose defensive end George Crump with the 85th pick, one pick before the Saints chose Andersen.  Crump eventually played in 9 NFL games.  In fact, eight players chosen ahead of Andersen played…

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