Lions Suffer a Reciprocal Version of the Lake Woebegone Effect

Tweet Detroit Woebegone: the fans are devoted, the drafts are typical, and everyone expects the worst to happen. If the draft day difference between the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys is so small, why haven’t the Lions ever won?  Not only have the Lions not won a championship over the past 50 years, they rarely competed.  When a rookie receives a Steelers or a Cowboys uniform, he also receives…

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Broncos Win with Other People’s Quarterbacks

Tweet Since 1967, only four quarterbacks drafted by Denver started ten games for Denver. When he was no more than a wristwatch the After Drafter Clock spent his time rooting for the Chicago Bears.  He quickly realized the importance a good quarterback held for a team, but the Bears never had one.  In the late sixties and early seventies the Cowboys seemed to have two, Roger Staubach and Craig Morton,…

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Is Jason Witten the Greatest Cowboy Draft Pick Ever?

Tweet The Dallas tight end keeps on chugging along. As a member of the rear echelon of the Baby Boomer generation, the After Drafter Clock grew up learning about John F. Kennedy in school, believing he needed to wait one hour after eating before he went swimming, and watching the hated Dallas Cowboys on TV.   After the Kennedy assassination his cultural peers, call them the World War II veterans, their…

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Browns Haven’t Gotten the 1st Round Pick Right Very Often

Tweet Half the time, their first pick doesn’t stay with the team for four years.   The After Drafter Clock views most first round picks with suspicion until they’ve played 64 NFL games, or the equivalent of four full seasons.  Sometimes, like Ezekiel Elliott in Dallas last year, a first round pick announces his presence loud and clear from the first moment he steps on the professional gridiron, so all…

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Cincinnati QB’s: Has any Other Team Drafted 4 who are as Good?

Tweet Anderson, Esiason, Palmer, and Dalton are a fantastic four, or at least a damn good four. In their history the Bengals have played 756 regular season games.  Quarterback Ken Anderson played in 192 of them, Boomer Esiason played in 134, Carson Palmer played in 97, and Andy Dalton played in 93.  For the math challenged, that comes to 516 games, 485 games as starters.  Ignoring the idea that Anderson…

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Bill Polian: He Made Bad Teams Good, and Great Teams Good

Tweet Bill Belichick and Al Davis proved that could take theirs and beat his, or take his and beat theirs. The Buffalo Bills offer the best evidence that both Al Davis and Bill Belichick are the type of football men who, as the cliché goes, could take theirs and beat yours, and take yours and beat theirs.  Since 1967 and the start of the Super Bowl era, the Bills drafted…

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Tom Brady is Still Chasing Darrell Green

Tweet Brady’s not the best draft pick ever, yet. The After Drafter Clock likes to give credit where it’s due, but sometimes finds it difficult to admit someone is due credit.  Actually, the AD Clock has no problems with the subject of today’s post, Tom Brady, nor with the idea of giving Brady his due.   People sometimes can’t get past the idea that great players and great draft picks are…

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Wouldn’t Manning, Faulk, & Harrison Been Better than Aikman, Smith, & Irvin?

Tweet Did Polian trade Faulk because Faulk was drafted by somebody else?   Since 1967 the Colts drafted four players who ended up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, linebacker Ted Hendricks, quarterback John Elway, running back Marshall Faulk, and wide receiver Marvin Harrison.  It’s reasonable to believe the number will double over the five or ten years.  Certainly Peyton Manning will end up there, and he’s likely to…

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1988-1993 Falcons Draft Picks: The Birds Kept Flying the Coop

Tweet The rest of the NFL kept robbing the Falcons’ nest. What was going on in Atlanta from 1988 through 1993?  The Falcons drafted sixty-five players who played a total of 3,875 NFL games, but only 1,882 of them were in a Falcons uniform.  That means the Falcons draft choices played 1,882 games for the home team, but 1,993 games for somebody else.  How can that be? When I began…

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A Thumbnail Look at the Bears Draft Record Since 1967

Tweet Would you guess the Bears performed above average or below average on draft day?   Since the NFL and AFL agreed to conduct a common draft in 1967, the Chicago Bears drafted a total of 553 players, including four future members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Six of them managed to play in the NFL long enough to appear in two hundred or more games, but only…

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Can the Eagles put the Right Pieces Around Carson Wentz?

Tweet If Jason Peters falters, who will step up? Last year Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Paxton Lynch all went in the first round, but history suggests only one of them is likely to lead his team to the championship.  As far as all three of them doing it, that has never happened before.  In a similar vein, as a general rule, if a first round quarterback doesn’t lead a…

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