Super Bowl 10: X Marks the Spot Where the Steelers Made Themselves Legendary.

Tweet Super Bowl Rings True in Pittsburgh.       Which one number is the most important and reasonable statistic to use in evaluating draft picks?  Some people say Super Bowl rings, but since the vast majority of draft picks never win a ring, that would leave most of the draft without a rating.  Certainly Dan Marino counts as a better draft pick than some odd rookie who happened to…

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Draft Autopsy: The 1st Round Overview

Tweet How much difference is there between a high first round and a low first round pick?   In 1966 the NFL and the AFL agreed to stop the madness, first hold a combined draft for college players and then merge officially a couple of years later.  Before 1960 the only teams drafting college players were the Bears, Browns, Cardinals, Colts, Eagles, Giants, Lions, Packers, Rams, Redskins, Steelers, and 49ers. …

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Draft Autopsy, #1 Picks: Dedicated to John Elway, the 1 I Love.

Tweet Ones for the Money.   Is it bad to draft a good player with the number one pick overall?  For just a moment pretend that only three classes of players exist, bad players, good players, and difference-makers.  If a team holds the number one pick overall, then the general manager should be able to find a difference-maker among the thousands of college seniors to choose from.  Of course the…

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Draft Autopsy, 2nd Picks: A Few First Rate Second Bananas

Tweet Second Thoughts on Draft Day.   In the fifty years of the modern NFL draft, the league never drafted a defensive back in the first round, and they only chose one defensive back in the second round.  In 1991 the Cleveland Browns drafted Eric Turner from UCLA with the second pick of the draft, the only time among the first one hundred choices a team thought so highly of…

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Draft Autopsy, 3rd Picks: Cardinal Rules? Not Quite Yet.

Tweet Fitzgerald About to Become the Best 3rd Pick Ever. Today’s blog entry is brought to you by the number 3.  Compared to the draft juggernaut that was the group of players picked 4th, the players picked third proved a disappointing bunch.  While the 4’s included seven existing Hall-of-Famers with three more likely candidates in waiting, the 3’s included only three, with wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald the only obvious choice…

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Draft Autopsy, 4th Picks: Joe Greene or Walter Payton, Who’s the Best 4 Ever?

Tweet 10 4 Hall of Fame Players?   From a standpoint of great players, the fifty players taken as the 4th player in the draft stand head and shoulders above the ones chosen from the 5th spot on down.  Personally I always claim that Walter Payton was the best football player ever, an opinion formed from a combination of hometown bias and the fact that the man was unbelievably great. …

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Draft Autopsy, 5th Picks: Seau Leads San Diego’s Fantastic Four

Tweet When San Diego takes the fifth good things happen. Every morning I hit the magic buttons on my magic box and ask it to show all of the players drafted at a certain point, or in a certain year, or at a certain position, or by a certain team.  The information it offers gives some general information about trends and coincidences within the NFL draft, but some facts leap…

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Draft Autopsy, 6th Picks: What Can Brown do for You?

Tweet Raiders of the Lost Heart. I don’t know that if you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way, from your first blown coverage to your last dying day, but I hold more confidence in the Raiders’ loyalty to their players.  I recently mentioned Marcus Allen, the former Oakland/Los Angeles running back who received somewhat harsh treatment from Al Davis and his management team.  It was worth noting because…

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Draft Autopsy, 7th Picks: Adrian Peterson the only Magnificent 7.

Tweet A Few Good Men, but not a Great Group.   Since the modern draft began in 1967, the seventh pick in the draft yielded relatively poor results.   Teams either drafted players who weren’t all that good, or gave up on the players they chose rather early.  Only five players played in 100 or more games and played their whole careers with the teams that drafted them, and another six…

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Draft Autopsy, 8th Picks: 49ers Draft a Lott of Defensive Backs

Tweet A Lott to Admire about 49ers Pick. After the 1980 season, Head Coach Bill Walsh felt his young San Francisco 49ers team edged closer to a championship on the offensive side of the ball, but his defense needed help, especially his defensive backfield.  He decided to address that weakness in one draft, and so he selected six defensive players with his first seven picks, including four defensive backs with…

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Draft Autopsy, 9th Picks: The Man with the Most Games in One Uniform

Tweet Long Term Answers. Last season Adam Vinatieri played in his 300th NFL game, and ended the season with 306 games played.  Unofficially, that places him fourth all time on the list of total games played behind kicker Morten Andersen (382 games, 622 points), kicker Gary Anderson (351 games, 385 points), and quarterback/kicker George Blanda (340 games, 542 points ).  Technically, Blanda played more than 40 games in the AFL…

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