Draft Autopsy: 30th picks A Tale of Three Cities.

Tweet Pittsburgh Steel Better than the Lions. Looking at the thirtieth picks in the draft during the Super Bowl era, a tale of three cities emerges.  On the high end, Pittsburgh stands tall.  The Steelers drafted thirtieth three times during that time, and all three of the picks went on to win not just a Super Bowl ring, but two of them.  The first of the three, Terry Hanratty, was…

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Draft Autopsy: 31st Picks Quarterbacks Need Not Apply

Tweet Passers intercepted. In the Super Bowl era, the best 32nd player taken was Drew Brees, one of four quarterbacks taken 32nd since 1967, although he wasn’t the best draft pick taken at that level.  That honor went to center Ray Donaldson.  Moving one slot closer to the top, history shows that not one quarterback has been taken 31st in the last fifty years, and two players, Mike Hartenstine and…

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Draft Autopsy: 32nd Picks A Cool Brees but no Beer.

Tweet Picking 32nd isn’t always a breeze.   A few weeks ago the Cleveland Browns made Emmanuel Ogbah the fiftieth player chosen as the thirty-second pick in the NFL draft since 1967, the year the modern draft began.   Logic suggests the players chosen second fared better in the NFL, like the players chosen twelfth or twenty-second, than the players taken with the 32nd pick.  One expects the success of each…

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2006 Draft Living Autopsy: Any Hall-of-Famers in this group?

Tweet The Ten-Year Living Autopsy. Since there are roughly forty-eight players from the 2006 draft still active, about 18% of all the picks chosen, it’s impossible to give them a final grade, hence we’ll call it a living autopsy.  With most of the results in, however, we can record some of the important numbers. The Best Draft Class: Rank Teams ADCS Picks Hits Miss Active SB Rings SB Loss AVG…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After #1 Green Bay: Easily the Best.

Tweet More than a Lucky 13. If anyone wants to identify the reasons the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl after the 2010 season, the list would probably rank the drafting of Aaron Rodgers as the single most important one.  Tom Brady ranks as the best quarterback in the NFL with the stats and the hardware to prove it, but when asked to name the best quarterback currently in…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After #2 New York Jets: Flightless Plan

Tweet Nick and D’Brick In 2006 the New York Jets owned eleven picks in the NFL Draft.  While they didn’t make the most of those picks, they made a lot out of them.   D’Brickashaw Ferguson will probably end up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Nick Mangold may have a shot at that as well.  If Mangold plays in six games in 2016, the ’06 Jets will have…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After #3 New Orleans: Bottom’s Up

Tweet Saints’ Class of 2006 Remains a Holy Terror. In yesterday’s post I noted that only thirteen draft picks of the Detroit Lions ever went on to win a Super Bowl ring.  Years ago when I began the endless NFL Draft autopsy that is the After Drafter Clock, I guessed that the absolutely worst drafting team was probably the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions, or the New York Jets,…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After #4 Baltimore Ravens: A Familiar Super Bowl Ring

Tweet Ngata Super Bowl ring, now show me the money. Most people assume that football players enter the NFL for one or more of three reasons: to prove themselves as football players, to win a Super Bowl ring, or to make lots of money.  By the time Ngata signed with Detroit, he achieved all of those things, so in that regard he ranks as a complete footballer.  Nonetheless, signing with…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After #5 San Francisco : Singletary Can’t Win With ‘Em

Tweet Disaster Rocks San Francisco Like an Earthquake.   These days in San Francisco, 49ers fans must still shake their heads and wonder what happened.  On draft day for several years they made strong choices only to be undone by Head Coach Mike Singletary.  As a matter of fact, Singletary is a Hall-of-Fame linebacker, but in my mind never really played up to that standard.  Yes, he was a very…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After #6 Carolina: Great Draft of Good Players

Tweet Good Enough to be Great. One of the reasons the 2006 Carolina Panther draft class scored so well on the After Drafter Clock was that other teams liked the Panthers’ mistakes.  With the 89th pick Carolina chose offensive tackle Rashad Butler, a man who never played a single game for them.  He did go on to play a combined fifty-one games for Cleveland and Houston, and lasted in the…

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2006 Draft 10 Years After #8 Houston: Not so Super Mario

Tweet Was Houston beating around the Bush?   As the 2006 draft approached, the general consensus was that halfback Reggie Bush was the man.   Most people considered him the easy choice for best football player coming out of college that year, but Houston apparently had a problem.  Rumors suggested that the Texans would have a difficult contract negotiation with him, and Bush might not be such an easy choice after…

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