2006 Draft Ten Years After #26 Jacksonville: Marcedes Bends the Rules

Tweet Hartenstine? Some time ago the After Drafter Clock listed all of the best picks taken at each level of the draft.  For example, the Steelers chose John Stallworth, the Hall of Fame wide receiver, with the 82nd pick in the 1974 draft.  For a while he stood as the best 82nd pick ever, but eventually saw Joe Montana rise past him, leaving Stallworth as the second best 82nd pick…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After, #27 Tampa Bay: Men Overboard.

Tweet Too Many Bucs Picks Walk the Plank. In 2006 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted ten players and cut three before the season started.  Of the surviving seven, one played only three games, another played eleven games, and a third played in twelve.  A seventh player, Bruce Gradkowski hung around the NFL for nine years, but spent most of his time holding the clipboard for other quarterbacks.  That amounts to…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After: #28 Eagles Mediocre at Nest

Tweet It’s Not That Easy Being Green A dear, dear, friend of the After Drafter Clock, Jimmy Kempski (jimmy@phillyvoice.com) wrote a column about how the defensive starters of the Eagles stack up versus other teams in their division.  I apologize in advance if I get this wrong, but I read it as there are only three players worth keeping long term, safeties Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod, tackle Fletcher Cox,…

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2006 Draft: #29 Dolphins Under Water

Tweet The Dolphins Underwater.   The 2006 Miami Dolphins’ draft class offers an opportunity to wonder if the front office management was half incompetent, a third incompetent, or completely incompetent.  In real estate, when a person owes more money on a mortgage than a property is worth, the owner is said to be underwater.  In assessing the NFL draft sometimes the After Drafter Clock discovers a team drafted a group…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After: #30 Detroit Lions

Tweet Great Scott! A Lion draft pick actually played in a Super Bowl. Since 1967, not counting the 2016 draft class, the Detroit Lions drafted five hundred fifteen players, including twenty-four who later played in a Super Bowl.  Twelve players won a Super Bowl ring: Efren Herrera, Dwight Hicks, Eddie Murray, Eric Williams, Lomas Brown, Willie Green, Mike Compton, Jeff Hartings, Charlie Batch, Clint Kriewaldt, Reuben Droughns, and Cliff Avril. …

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2006 Draft Ten Years After: Rams Butt Out

Tweet Can Ewes’ guys go home again? In 2006 the St. Louis Rams owned eight picks in the NFL draft, and all eight of the players chosen managed to play at least eight games in the pros, but only one took the field forty-eight or more times.  Forty-eight games marked a complete three seasons, a feat accomplished by only Victor Adeyanju, a defensive end from Indiana.  His fifty-three games and…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After: Falcons Never Take Flight

Tweet Falcons’ Talons Grab no Talents.   Over the span of two days, April 29 and 30, 2006, the NFL held its annual draft. Two hundred fifty four players were chosen, including thirteen by Green Bay compared with a mere five by Atlanta. When asked how to determine which team proved to be the best at drafting players, I typically get three answers: Count the Super Bowl rings, count the…

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Curry Favor

Tweet Tell Me Why That’s a Good Thing. For the first twenty-six years of my life I watched a lot of bad baseball and football, mostly, with the occasional side order of hockey and basketball. All five of Chicago’s major sports franchises came close to a championship at least once, and the Blackhawks actually managed to have the best team in hockey a couple of times in the early seventies,…

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You Don’t Say

Tweet Shut your mouth when you’re talking to me. In Chicago a long time cigar-chomping political type once gave advice to a newcomer. “Don’t say anything. If you gotta say something, don’t say nothing.” That quote stands in stark contrast to another quote by the famous Alderman Paddy Bauler, who exulted “Chicago ain’t ready for reform yet!” when Richard J. Daley won the mayor’s office for the first time in…

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Pro Bowl: Weekend at Roger’s?

Tweet Why Won’t the NFL let the Pro Bowl die?   I’ve never actually seen the movie Weekend at Bernie’s, but I know some of the plot basics.  Essentially, a couple of young men have to pretend a dead guy isn’t dead, so they keep moving the body around in order to convince people Bernie is still alive.  I don’t know why they wanted people to think he was alive,…

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