2008 Draft: Chiefs Look for Greatness at LSU, Don’t Find It

Tweet LSU hasn’t produced a Pro Football Hall of Fame member since 1958. In 2008 LSU sent seven players into the NFL draft, more than any other school except USC, which sent ten.  If a team looks for greatness and uses history as a guide, they should look somewhere other than LSU.  In LSU’s long and proud football history, they sent three players to the Pro Football Hall of Fame,…

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2008 Draft: Washington, Cleveland, and Doubting Thomases

Tweet When it comes to winning Super Bowl rings, sometimes it’s better to be disappointing than to be great. Left tackle Joe Thomas, recently retired and now waiting for his formal invitation into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, never stood much of a chance to win a Super Bowl ring.  He played one of the most important positions in football with both talent and passion, and his greatness meant…

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2008 Saints Draft: It wasn’t a Mickey Mouse Effort.

Tweet After winning the Super Bowl, Carl Nicks declared “I’m going to motherf*****g Disneyland” during a radio interview. The 2008 draft conducted by the New Orleans Saints stands as a perfect example of how difficult it is to declare success or failure after a draft.  The Saints won the Super Bowl one year later, and three of their six draft picks contributed mightily to the championship.  Cornerback Tracy Porter intercepted…

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2008 Draft: Dolphins Go Long, Come up Short

Tweet    Miami takes a pass on Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco, go with Chad Henne instead.     In the NBA this year there is a race to the bottom as several teams attempt to lose position in the standings in order to gain position in the NBA draft at the end of the season.  That type of negative planning doesn’t work in the NFL because team success isn’t…

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What Does it Take to Reach the Hall of Fame?

Tweet Chris Johnson is just short of 10,000 yards for his career. While discussing the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, I stated that some numbers amount to automatic inclusion, 3,000 hits for a hitter, or 300 wins for a pitcher.  500 home runs used to be automatic for a power hitter but the steroid era put that accomplishment in a different light.  For a few minutes Sammy Sosa owned…

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2008: If a High Draft Choice Falls Off the Roster, is He a Bad Pick?

Tweet How good a draft pick was Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie if he has played ten years in the NFL, but only three with Arizona? In theory the first player taken in the draft should be the best player in the draft, a little better than the second player taken, and a lot better than the 200th player taken.  Reality creates a different set of rules, however, because the best player might…

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2008: Cowboys Ride a Strong Draft to Mediocrity

Tweet Without Jimmy Johnson, Jerry Jones is still all hat, no Lombardi trophies. Over the past ten years, the Dallas Cowboys seemed to be a pretty well run organization on draft day.  Two years ago they appeared to strike gold when they landed a quarterback, Dak Prescott, in the fourth round.  As a rookie Prescott outplayed the first two picks in the draft, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, but Prescott…

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2008: The Jets First Pick Never Had a Gholston of a Chance

Tweet Jets jettison their first round pick, and fall short of their goal(ston). With all of the scrutiny that potential draft picks go under, the idea of getting it completely wrong should be impossible.  In 2008 the Bears drafted a future left tackle with their first pick, Chris Williams out of Vanderbilt, 14th overall.  The Panthers drafted left tackle Jeff Otah out of Pittsburgh, 19th  overall, after trading up to…

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2008: Packers Drafted the Good, the Bad, and the Finley

Tweet Jordy Nelson, Josh Sitton, and a few other guys end up with 7 rings. Draft picks, like golf scores are better when they are lower.  The number one pick is better than the number one hundred pick.  In 2008, the Packers owned nine draft picks, 36, 56, 60, 91, 102, 135, 150, 209, and 217, or an average pick of 117.  Based on my numbers, Green Bay’s picks rank…

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2008: Seattle Picks Played 184 Games for Seattle, 258 for Everybody Else

Tweet The Seahawks class of 2008 ended up underwater.   Assume for the moment that one team managed to possess the first seven picks in the NFL draft.  If we added the slot value of those picks up (7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1), they would equal 28 points, or an average of 4.  Like in golf, a team wants its average pick…

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Joe Thomas Beats Calvin Johnson to Become the Biggest Loser

Tweet Calvin Johnson didn’t win many games over his nine year career, but Joe Thomas won even fewer over eleven years. In 2007 the Detroit Lions drafted Calvin Johnson with the second pick overall, and Johnson went on to become one of the best if not the best wide receiver in the NFL over the next nine years.  After the 2015 season Johnson called it a career, retiring after playing…

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