2008 Draft After Ten Years, All 252 Picks Best to Worst

Tweet The entire draft class won 36 rings.  Green Bay’s draft class won 6 of them. Ten years ago the NFL draft included 252 players, 231 of whom played at least one game in the NFL. The best overall pick was Joe Flacco, who edges out Matt Ryan because Flacco won a Super Bowl and Matt Ryan, famously, did not.  They are both still active, so which one will eventually…

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2008 Draft: Only 12 of 32 Teams Drafted at Least 1 Man Who Played 100+ Games for Them

Tweet Kansas City drafted four guys who played 100+ NFL games, but  only one played 100 for the Chiefs. Ten years ago the thirty-two NFL franchises drafted two hundred fifty-two players, two hundred thirty-one of whom played in at least one NFL game.  Thirty-six players won a Super Bowl ring.  If you view draft slots as starting field position, the Cleveland Browns had the worst starting field position.  Their five…

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The Giants on Draft Day: No Offense, but Not Much Offense Taken

Tweet In their history the Giants drafted only two Hall-of-Famers who played on the offensive side of the ball. In 2008 the Giants drafted seven players, two of whom, quarterback Andre Woodson and defensive end Robert Henderson, never saw action in an NFL game.  Two linebackers, Bryan Kehl and Jonathan Goff, played for three years with the Giants before moving on, Kehl to life with three other NFL teams, and…

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2008 Draft: Raiders Try Running Back to Greatness

Tweet In 2008 drafting a running back 4th overall was like buying a typewriter in the computer age. In my youth the Raiders were the most predictable team in the NFL.  They were always good and often great.  Since 2000 they’ve become one of the most predictable teams again, almost always bad.  They managed to slip a 12 – 4 record in there in 2016, and with Derek Carr at…

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2008: Steelers Drafted Badly, but Win the Super Bowl Anyway

Tweet Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Super Bowls aren’t one with one good draft. One of my heroes, Rashard Mendenhall, played in the NFL for six years, won a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers, and then retired to pursue a career as a writer.  Writers are cool, and if I were a better writer, I would be cooler.  Mendenhall is cool because he was talented enough to…

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Barbara Bush: Last of the Traditional First Ladies

Tweet Women’s ambition and Conservative animus toward ambitious women changed things for first ladies. My birth occurred early in the last year of the Eisenhower Administration, meaning I’ve  lived long enough to see twelve first ladies, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lady Bird Johnson, Patricia Nixon, Betty Ford, Rosalyn Carter, Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Hilary Clinton, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, and, finally, Melania Trump.  I sometimes write political opinions in…

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Jimmy Carter, and America’s Need for Character and Moral Courage

Tweet After the Trump debacle, we need a president capable of making tough, unpopular decisions. Why did Donald Trump bomb Syria?  As a distraction.  To get the American people to avert their gaze from Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller, the pee tape, and so on.  The bombing of Syria and the killing of innocent people in an effort improve his public image was a morally repugnant act by a…

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Cleveland Quarterbacks: Not big Shoes to Fill

Tweet If Cleveland says they’re waiting for a quarterback, they may or may not be joshing. Here in Chicago we believe we got our guy.  It might be also said we got Cleveland’s guy.  I refer to Mitchell Trubisky, the quarterback still walking on water until he either sinks or swims.  I don’t know from quarterbacks.  What I liked about the Bears drafting of Trubisky was that he was Ryan…

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2008 Draft: Vikings Kicked Booty (Off the Team)

Tweet The NFL drafted a pack of Trojan quarterbacks, but derived very little pleasure from it. In 2008 the Minnesota Vikings didn’t exactly kick booty, but they did kick Josh Booty off the team.  One of the remarkable quirks of the NFL draft is how often teams draft quarterbacks from USC, but those quarterbacks never make much noise in the NFL.   In the Super Bowl era USC saw more of…

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2008 Draft: Bill Polian Completes Another Strong Draft

Tweet Some GM’s are right right away, some are right eventually, and some are never right. Nobody gets draft day right every year, but some guys and some organizations tend to do better than most.  Excellence in the NFL draft is impossible to sustain, so we, as football fans, should admire those who achieve goodness more often than not.  A case in point is Bill Polian, the longtime general manager…

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2008 Draft: If You’re Ever in Houston, You Better Draft Right

Tweet The Texans always seem to have a couple of studs, but never seem to have the horses. In 2008 the Houston Texans made one great draft pick, offensive tackle Duane Brown out of Virginia Tech.  Brown gave Houston almost a full decade of effort, and he now stands as the ninth best pick that year, after the Texans spent the 26th pick on him.  An improvement of seventeen slots…

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