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News » Draft review: How every team ranks from 2003-'08


Draft review: How every team ranks from 2003-'08


Draft review: How every team ranks from 2003-'08
It is never easy grading drafts on draft day. Who really knows if a player is going to be great, so-so, get hurt or even arrested and bust out? But these league-wide grades include the six most recent drafts, starting with 2003.


DETROIT: Well, Matt Millen is long gone but he hired Martin Mayhew, his replacement, although team finance man Tom Lewand will have some influence in future drafts. Millen did draft three talented receivers in Charles Rogers, Roy Williams and Calvin Johnson. But Rogers broke his shoulder blade in consecutive seasons, ending his career, while Roy Williams is now a Cowboy. USC receiver Mike Williams was a total bust in 2005 and Ernie Sims is simply a nice little linebacker. The Lions were 0-16 last season because the coaching and talent were substandard.
Picks: 47
First-round picks: 7
Starters: 9
Pro Bowlers: 1
Grade: D

GREEN BAY: The last two drafts have been ho-hum, producing some decent backup receivers and kicker Mason Crosby. The 2004 draft cost coach Mike Sherman his job because of failed top selections in Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas, plus a third-round pick used on punter B.J. Sander. GM Ted Thompson's best draft was his first with quarterback Aaron Rodgers, safety Nick Collins and linebacker Brady Poppinga. Greg Jennings was a great pick at No. 52 in 2006.
Picks: 58
First-round picks: 5
Starters: 10
Pro Bowlers: 0
Grade: C

HOUSTON: The Texans have been doing a better job in the draft, getting four starters last season with offensive linemen Duane Brown and Mike Brisiel, running back Steve Slaton and linebacker Xavier Adibi. They have made solid top picks with receiver Andre Johnson, DE Mario Williams and Amobi Okoye. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans might even be a better player than Williams out of the 2006 draft. It's up to Matt Schaub and coach Gary Kubiak to take Houston to the next level.
Picks: 48
First-round picks: 7
Starters: 12
Pro Bowlers: 2
Grade: C

INDIANAPOLIS: GM Bill Polian did a great job at picking the type of players that Tony Dungy wanted. The entire Indy secondary was drafted by Polian and Bob Sanders was the 44th player taken in 2004. Polian has hit on all four of his first-round picks in the last six years: Dallas Clark, Marlin Jackson, Joseph Addai and Anthony Gonzalez, who will replace Marvin Harrison. However, the beauty of Polian's genius is picks like Robert Mathis at 138 in 2003 and Antoine Bethea at 207th overall in 2006.
Picks: 52
First-round picks: 4
Starters: 15
Pro Bowlers: 6
Grade: A-

SAN DIEGO: A.J. Smith's first draft in 2004 was a blockbuster, considering quarterback Phillip Rivers, center Nick Hardwick, linebacker Shaun Phillips and running back Michael Turner, who cashed in big last season in Atlanta, were taken. Turner was the 154th overall pick. The 2005 draft found Shawne Merriman, Luis Castillo, Vincent Jackson and Darren Sproles. Smith might have had the two best years back-to-back of any general manager in league history. Punter Mike Scifres was the 149th pick in 2003 and the 2006-7 drafts produced four starters, including safety Eric Weddle and RT Marcus McNeill.
Picks: 46
First-round picks: 7
Starters: 15
Pro Bowlers: 6
Grade: A

SAN FRANCISCO: The 49ers might have struck out with four consecutive No. 1 picks, including Alex Smith, Rashuan Woods and Kwame Harris. Tight end Vernon Davis remains a toss-up with me. He still may become productive. The best pick is linebacker Patrick Willis, with Frank Gore in the third round of 2005 a close second. Manny Lawson and Joe Staley have been solid top-round selections.
Picks: 52
First-round picks: 8
Starters: 11
Pro Bowlers: 1
Grade: C

SEATTLE: The starting numbers are a tad escalated because they include players like Ken Hamlin, Michael Boulware, D.J. Hackett and Josh Brown, who have moved on after playing well for the Seahawks. Marcus Truffant was taken No. 1 six years ago and probably battles Lofa Tatupu as the best player taken in the last six drafts. The Seahawks nailed two starters last year in Lawrence Jackson and tight end John Carlson.
Picks: 46
First-round picks: 5
Starters: 14
Pro Bowlers: 2
Grade: B

TAMPA BAY: The Bucs starting doing a better job drafting beginning with the 2005 season with Cadillac Williams and linebacker Barrett Ruud. They grabbed five starters in the 2006-7 drafts with three offensive linemen and defensive end Gaines Adams, one of the best young players at his position. Safety Tanard Jackson was a great pick in 2007. The Bucs had five rookies make their roster last season, although kick returner Clifton Smith was an undrafted free agent.
Picks: 53
First-round picks: 5
Starters: 10
Pro Bowlers: 1
Grade: B-

TENNESSEE: The Titans really struck out at the top of the draft between 2003 and 2005, picks that included cornerbacks Pacman Jones and Andre Woolfolk. However, the 2005 draft did bring offensive tackles Michael Roos and David Stewart and Bo Scaife. CB Cortland Finnegan, a star last season, was the 215th pick in 2006. The Titans found two more secondary starters in the 2006-'07 drafts, one that also included Vince Young, who still has a ways to go to be a starting NFL quarterback. RB Chris Johnson was a great pick last season.
Picks: 57
First-round picks: 6
Starters: 9
Pro Bowlers: 1
Grade: C-

WASHINGTON: The Redskins did a lot with only 23 picks between 2003-07, although they were devastated by the loss of All-Pro safety Sean Taylor, who was murdered during a home invasion. The 2005 draft produced CB Carlos Rogers and QB Jason Campbell. The next two drafts produced starters Kedric Golston, Rocky McIntosh and free safety LaRon Landry. The key to the Redskins will be if last season's top three picks, all receivers, display some maturity and toughness. If they do, Campbell will have a chance to succeed.
Picks: 33
First-round picks: 4
Starters: 8
Pro Bowlers: 2
Grade: B



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 14, 2009

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