Thursday, September 20, 2007

Andy Reid Drafts vs. Other "Top" Teams

UPDATE: updated ratings for logan mankins and shaun phillips.
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UPDATE: added colts (good thing because they're looking like the top drafting team of the group). updated ratings for antonio bryant, rob petitti, ovie mughelli, and elvis dumervil.
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ok, bumble, here is my first (highly unscientific) pass at rating the drafts of the "top" teams we mutually identified. i've scored every player from every draft since 1999 for the eagles, cowboys, broncos, patriots, steelers, chargers, and ravens using this scale:

1 - insignificant
2 - good backup to below average starter
3 - decent starter to good starter
4 - pro-bowl caliber player
5 - superstar

i'll post the summary and analysis after people have had a chance to critique the scores i've assigned to the players.

NOTE: 2007 drafts are not scored as it's too early to judge those players and all kickers are excluded as i don't believe they are relevant to this analysis

Year Team Round Player Pos Rating
2007 Broncos 1 Jarvis Moss DE n
2 Tim Crowder DE n
3 Ryan Harris OT n
4 Marcus Thomas DT n
2006 Broncos 1 Jay Cutler QB 3
2 Tony Scheffler TE 2
4 Brandon Marshall WR 2
4 Elvis Dumervil DE 3
4 Domenik Hixon WR 1
5 Chris Kuper G 1
6 Greg Eslinger C 1
2005 Broncos 2 Darrent Williams CB 3
3 Karl Paymah DB 2
3 Domonique Foxworth CB 2
3 Maurice Clarett -- 1
6 Chris Myers G 1
7 Paul Ernster K k
2004 Broncos 1 D.J. Williams OLB 3
2 Tatum Bell RB 2
2 Darius Watts WR 2
3 Jeremy LeSueur CB 1
5 Jeff Shoate CB 1
6 Triandos Luke WR 1
6 Josh Sewell -- 1
7 Matt Mauck QB 1
7 Brandon Miree RB 1
7 Bradlee Van Pelt QB 1
2003 Broncos 1 George Foster T 3
2 Terry Pierce LB 1
4 Quentin Griffin RB 2
4 Nick Eason DT 1
4 Bryant McNeal DE 1
5 Ben Claxton C 1
5 Adrian Madise WR 1
6 Aaron Hunt -- 1
7 Clint Mitchell DE 1
7 Ahmaad Galloway RB 1
2002 Broncos 1 Ashley Lelie WR 2
2 Clinton Portis RB 4
3 Dorsett Davis DT 1
4 Sam Brandon DB 1
5 Herb Haygood WR 1
6 Jeb Putzier TE 3
7 Chris Young DB 1
7 Monsanto Pope DT 1
2001 Broncos 1 Willie Middlebrooks CB 1
2 Paul Toviessi DE 1
3 Reggie Hayward DE 3
4 Ben Hamilton C 3
4 Nick Harris P k
6 Kevin Kasper WR 2
2000 Broncos 1 Deltha O'Neal CB 3
2 Ian Gold LB 3
2 Kenoy Kennedy SAF 3
3 Chris Cole WR 1
4 Jerry Johnson DT 1
4 Cooper Carlisle G 1
5 Muneer Moore WR 1
6 Mike Anderson RB 3
7 Jarious Jackson QB 1
7 Leroy Fields -- 1
1999 Broncos 1 Al Wilson MLB 4
2 Montae Reagor DE 3
2 Lennie Friedman C 2
3 Chris Watson CB 1
3 Travis McGriff WR 1
4 Olandis Gary RB 2
5 David Bowens LB 1
5 Darwin Brown DB 1
6 Desmond Clark TE 3
6 Chad Plummer WR 1
7 Billy Miller WR 2
7 Justin Swift TE 1
2007 Eagles 2 Kevin Kolb QB n
2 Victor Abiamiri DE n
3 Stewart Bradley LB n
3 Tony Hunt RB n
5 C.J. Gaddis SAF n
5 Brent Celek TE n
6 Rashad Barksdale CB n
7 Nate Ilaoa FB n
2006 Eagles 1 Brodrick Bunkley DT 3
2 Winston Justice T 2
3 Chris Gocong LB 2
4 Max Jean-Gilles G 1
4 Jason Avant WR 2
5 Jeremy Bloom WR 1
5 Omar Gaither LB 2
6 LaJuan Ramsey DT 1
2005 Eagles 1 Mike Patterson DT 3
2 Reggie Brown WR 3
2 Matt McCoy LB 1
3 Ryan Moats RB 1
4 Sean Considine DB 2
4 Todd Herremans T 3
5 Trent Cole DE 3
5 Scott Young G 1
6 Calvin Armstrong T 1
7 Keyonta Marshall DT 1
7 David Bergeron LB 1
2004 Eagles 1 Shawn Andrews T 4
3 Matt Ware DB 1
4 J.R. Reed DB 1
4 Trey Darilek T 1
5 Thomas Tapeh RB 2
6 Andy Hall QB 1
6 Dexter Wynn DB 1
7 Adrien Clarke G 1
7 Bruce Perry RB 1
7 Dominic Furio C 1
2003 Eagles 1 Jerome McDougle DE 1
2 L.J. Smith TE 3
3 Billy McMullen WR 1
4 Jamaal Green DE 1
6 Jeremy Bridges G 1
7 Norman LeJeune DB 1
2002 Eagles 1 Lito Sheppard CB 4
2 Michael Lewis SS 3
2 Sheldon Brown CB 4
3 Brian Westbrook RB 4
4 Scott Peters C 1
5 Freddie Milons WR 1
6 Tyreo Harrison LB 1
7 Raheem Brock DE 3
2001 Eagles 1 Freddie Mitchell WR 2
2 Quinton Caver LB 1
3 Derrick Burgess DE 4
4 Correll Buckhalter RB 2
5 Tony Stewart TE 1
5 A.J. Feeley QB 2
2000 Eagles 1 Corey Simon DT 3
2 Todd Pinkston WR 2
2 Bobbie Williams G 1
4 Gari Scott WR 1
6 Thomas Hamner RB 1
6 John Frank -- 1
6 John Romero -- 1
1999 Eagles 1 Donovan McNabb QB 4
2 Barry Gardner OLB 2
3 Doug Brzezinski G 2
4 John Welbourn T 3
4 Damon Moore SS 3
4 Na Brown WR 1
6 Cecil Martin FB 2
6 Troy Smith WR 1
7 Jed Weaver TE 2
7 Pernell Davis DT 1
2007 Steelers 1 Lawrence Timmons LB n
2 LaMarr Woodley LB n
3 Matt Spaeth TE n
4 Daniel Sepulveda P n
4 Ryan McBean DE n
5 Cameron Stephenson G n
5 William Gay CB n
7 Dallas Baker WR n
2006 Steelers 1 Santonio Holmes WR 3
3 Anthony Smith DB 2
3 Willie Reid WR 2
4 Willie Colon T 2
4 Orien Harris DT 1
5 Omar Jacobs QB 1
5 Charles Davis TE 1
6 Marvin Philip C 1
7 Cedric Humes RB 1
2005 Steelers 1 Heath Miller TE 3
2 Bryant McFadden DB 3
3 Trai Essex T 1
4 Fred Gibson WR 1
5 Rian Wallace LB 1
6 Chris Kemoeatu G 1
7 Shaun Nua DE 1
7 Noah Herron RB 1
2004 Steelers 1 Ben Roethlisberger QB 3
2 Ricardo Colclough CB 2
3 Max Starks T 3
5 Nathaniel Adibi DE 1
6 Bo Lacy T 1
6 Matt Kranchick TE 1
6 Drew Caylor C 1
7 Eric Taylor DT 1
2003 Steelers 1 Troy Polamalu DB 4
2 Alonzo Jackson LB 1
4 Ike Taylor CB 3
5 Brian St. Pierre QB 1
7 J.T. Wall -- 1
2002 Steelers 1 Kendall Simmons G 3
2 Antwaan Randle El WR 2
3 Chris Hope DB 3
4 Larry Foote ILB 3
5 Verron Haynes RB 2
6 Lee Mays WR 1
7 LaVar Glover CB 1
7 Brett Keisel DE 2
2001 Steelers 1 Casey Hampton NT 4
2 Kendrell Bell ILB 3
4 Mathias Nkwenti T 1
5 Chukky Okobi C 1
6 Rodney Bailey DE 1
6 Roger Knight LB 1
7 Chris Taylor -- 1
2000 Steelers 1 Plaxico Burress WR 3
2 Marvel Smith T 3
3 Kendrick Clancy NT 2
3 Hank Poteat CB 2
4 Danny Farmer WR 1
5 Clark Haggans LB 3
5 Tee Martin QB 1
6 Chris Combs DE 1
6 Jason Gavadza TE 1
1999 Steelers 1 Troy Edwards WR 1
2 Scott Shields DB 1
3 Joey Porter LB 4
3 Kris Farris T 1
3 Amos Zereoue RB 2
4 Aaron Smith DE 3
5 Jerame Tuman TE 2
5 Malcolm Johnson WR 1
7 Antonio Dingle DT 1
7 Chad Kelsay LB 1
7 Kris Brown K k
2007 Ravens 1 Ben Grubbs G n
3 Yamon Figurs WR n
3 Marshall Yanda G n
4 Antwan Barnes LB n
4 Le'Ron McClain FB n
5 Troy Smith QB n
6 Prescott Burgess LB n
5 Jared Gaither T n
2006 Ravens 1 Haloti Ngata DT 3
2 Chris Chester C 3
3 David Pittman DB 1
4 Demetrius Williams WR 2
4 P.J. Daniels RB 1
5 Dawan Landry SS 2
5 Quinn Sypniewski TE 1
6 Sam Koch P k
6 Derrick Martin CB 1
7 Ryan LaCasse LB 1
2005 Ravens 1 Mark Clayton WR 2
2 Dan Cody LB 1
2 Adam Terry T 3
4 Jason Brown C 3
5 Justin Green RB 1
6 Derek Anderson QB 2
7 Mike Smith LB 1
2004 Ravens 2 Dwan Edwards DT 2
3 Devard Darling WR 1
5 Roderick Green LB 1
6 Josh Harris QB 1
6 Clarence Moore WR 1
7 Derek Abney WR 1
7 Brian Rimpf T 1
2003 Ravens 1 Terrell Suggs OLB 4
1 Kyle Boller QB 2
3 Musa Smith RB 2
4 Jarret Johnson DE 1
4 Ovie Mughelli FB 3
5 Aubrayo Franklin DT 1
5 Tony Pashos T 3
6 Gerome Sapp DB 1
7 Trent Smith TE 1
7 Mike Mabry C 1
7 Antwoine Sanders -- 1
2002 Ravens 1 Ed Reed SS 5
2 Anthony Weaver DE 2
4 Dave Zastudil P k
4 Ron Johnson WR 1
5 Terry Jones TE 1
6 Lamont Brightful WR 1
6 Javin Hunter WR 1
6 Chester Taylor RB 3
6 Chad Williams DB 1
7 Wes Pate QB 1
2001 Ravens 1 Todd Heap TE 4
2 Gary Baxter DB 3
3 Casey Rabach C 3
4 Edgerton Hartwell LB 3
5 Chris Barnes -- 1
6 Joe Maese C 1
7 Dwayne Missouri DE 1
2000 Ravens 1 Jamal Lewis RB 4
1 Travis Taylor WR 1
3 Chris Redman QB 1
5 Richard Mercier G 1
6 Adalius Thomas DE 4
6 Cedric Woodard DE 1
1999 Ravens 1 Chris McAlister CB 4
4 Brandon Stokley WR 3
4 Edwin Mulitalo G 3
7 Anthony Poindexter DB 1
2007 Cowboys 1 Anthony Spencer LB n
3 James Marten OT n
4 Isaiah Stanback WR n
4 Doug Free OT n
6 Nick Folk K n
6 Deon Anderson FB n
7 Courtney Brown CB n
7 Alan Ball CB n
2006 Cowboys 1 Bobby Carpenter LB 2
2 Anthony Fasano TE 2
3 Jason Hatcher DE 1
4 Skyler Green WR 1
5 Pat Watkins FS 2
6 Montavious Stanley DT 1
7 Pat McQuistan T 1
7 E.J. Whitley C 1
2005 Cowboys 1 DeMarcus Ware OLB 4
1 Marcus Spears DE 3
2 Kevin Burnett LB 2
4 Marion Barber RB 2
4 Chris Canty DE 2
6 Justin Beriault DB 1
6 Rob Petitti T 2
7 Jay Ratliff DE 1
2004 Cowboys 2 Julius Jones RB 3
2 Jacob Rogers T 1
3 Stephen Peterman G 1
4 Bruce Thornton CB 1
5 Sean Ryan TE 1
7 Nate Jones CB 1
7 Patrick Crayton WR 2
7 Jacques Reeves CB 1
2003 Cowboys 1 Terence Newman CB 4
2 Al Johnson C 2
3 Jason Witten TE 4
4 Bradie James LB 3
6 B.J. Tucker CB 1
6 Zuriel Smith WR 1
7 Justin Bates -- 1
2002 Cowboys 1 Roy Williams FS 3
2 Andre Gurode G 3
2 Antonio Bryant WR 2
3 Derek Ross CB 1
4 Jamar Martin FB 1
5 Pete Hunter CB 1
6 Tyson Walter C 1
6 Deveren Johnson -- 1
6 Bob Slowikowski TE 1
2001 Cowboys 2 Quincy Carter QB 1
2 Tony Dixon DB 1
3 Willie Blade DT 1
4 Markus Steele OLB 1
5 Matt Lehr C 2
6 Daleroy Stewart DT 1
7 Colston Weatherington DE 1
7 John Nix DT 1
7 Char-ron Dorsey T 1
2000 Cowboys 2 Dwayne Goodrich DB 1
4 Kareem Larrimore CB 1
5 Michael Wiley RB 1
6 Mario Edwards CB 2
7 Orantes Grant LB 1
1999 Cowboys 1 Ebenezer Ekuban DE 3
2 Solomon Page G 1
3 Dat Nguyen LB 3
4 Wane McGarity WR 1
4 Peppi Zellner DE 1
6 MarTay Jenkins WR 1
7 Mike Lucky TE 1
7 Kelvin Garmon G 1
2007 Chargers 1 Craig Davis WR n
2 Eric Weddle SAF n
3 Anthony Waters LB n
4 Scott Chandler TE n
5 Legedu Naanee WR n
7 Brandon Siler LB n
4 Paul Oliver CB n
2006 Chargers 1 Antonio Cromartie CB 1
2 Marcus McNeill T 4
3 Charlie Whitehurst QB 1
5 Tim Dobbins LB 1
6 Jeromey Clary T 1
6 Kurt Smith K k
7 Chase Page DT 1
7 Jimmy Martin C 1
2005 Chargers 1 Shawne Merriman OLB 4
1 Luis Castillo DE 3
2 Vincent Jackson WR 3
4 Darren Sproles RB 1
5 Wesley Britt T 1
6 Wes Sims G 1
7 Scott Mruczkowski C 1
2004 Chargers 1 Eli Manning QB 3
2 Igor Olshansky DE 3
3 Nate Kaeding K k
3 Nick Hardwick C 3
4 Shaun Phillips LB 3
5 Dave Ball DE 1
5 Michael Turner RB 2
6 Ryan Krause TE 1
7 Ryon Bingham DT 1
7 Shane Olivea T 3
7 Carlos Joseph -- 1
2003 Chargers 1 Sammy Davis CB 2
2 Drayton Florence CB 3
2 Terrence Kiel SS 1
3 Courtney Van Buren T 1
4 Matt Wilhelm LB 1
5 Mike Scifres P k
6 Hanik Milligan DB 1
7 Andrew Pinnock FB 1
2002 Chargers 1 Quentin Jammer DB 3
2 Toniu Fonoti G 4
2 Reche Caldwell WR 2
3 Ben Leber OLB 2
4 Justin Peelle TE 2
5 Terry Charles WR 1
6 Matt Anderle -- 1
7 Seth Burford QB 1
2001 Chargers 1 LaDainian Tomlinson RB 5
2 Drew Brees QB 4
3 Tay Cody CB 1
4 Carlos Polk LB 1
5 Elliot Silvers T 1
5 Zeke Moreno LB 1
7 Brandon Gorin T 2
7 Robert Carswell DB 1
2000 Chargers 2 Rogers Beckett SAF 1
3 Damion McIntosh T 3
4 Trevor Gaylor WR 1
4 Leonardo Carson DT 1
6 Shannon Taylor LB 1
6 Damen Wheeler CB 1
6 JaJuan Seider -- 1
7 Jason Thomas G 1
1999 Chargers 2 Jermaine Fazande RB 1
3 Steve Heiden TE 2
4 Jason Perry DB 1
5 Adrian Dingle DE 1
5 Reggie Nelson G 1
6 Tyrone Bell CB 1
2007 Patriots 1 Brandon Meriweather SAF n
4 Kareem Brown DT n
5 Clint Oldenburg T n
6 Justin Rogers LB n
6 Mike Richardson DB n
6 Justise Hairston RB n
6 Corey Hilliard OT n
7 Oscar Lua LB n
7 Mike Elgin G n
2006 Patriots 1 Laurence Maroney RB 3
2 Chad Jackson WR 2
3 David Thomas TE 1
4 Garrett Mills RB 1
4 Stephen Gostkowski K k
5 Ryan O'Callaghan T 1
6 Jeremy Mincey LB 1
6 Dan Stevenson G 1
6 Le Kevin Smith DT 1
7 Willie Andrews CB 1
2005 Patriots 1 Logan Mankins G 4
3 Ellis Hobbs CB 2
3 Nick Kaczur T 3
4 James Sanders SAF 1
5 Ryan Claridge LB 1
7 Matt Cassel QB 1
7 Andy Stokes TE 1
2004 Patriots 1 Vince Wilfork NT 4
1 Benjamin Watson TE 3
2 Marquise Hill DE 2
3 Guss Scott SAF 2
4 Dexter Reid SAF 1
4 Cedric Cobbs RB 1
5 P.K. Sam WR 1
7 Christian Morton CB 1
2003 Patriots 1 Ty Warren DE 3
2 Eugene Wilson FS 3
2 Bethel Johnson WR 1
4 Dan Klecko DT 2
4 Asante Samuel CB 4
5 Dan Koppen C 3
6 Kliff Kingsbury QB 1
7 Spencer Nead TE 1
7 Tully Banta-Cain LB 1
7 Ethan Kelley NT 1
2002 Patriots 1 Daniel Graham TE 2
2 Deion Branch WR 3
4 Rohan Davey QB 1
4 Jarvis Green DE 3
7 Antwoine Womack RB 1
7 David Givens WR 1
2001 Patriots 1 Richard Seymour DT 5
2 Matt Light T 4
3 Brock Williams CB 1
4 Kenyatta Jones T 1
4 Jabari Holloway TE 1
5 Hakim Akbar DB 1
6 Arther Love TE 1
6 Leonard Myers CB 1
7 Owen Pochman K k
7 T.J. Turner LB 1
2000 Patriots 2 Adrian Klemm T 1
3 J.R. Redmond RB 1
4 Greg Randall T 1
5 Dave Stachelski TE 1
5 Jeff Marriott -- 1
6 Antwan Harris CB 1
6 Tom Brady QB 5
6 David Nugent DT 1
7 Casey Tisdale -- 1
7 Patrick Pass RB 2
1999 Patriots 1 Damien Woody C 3
1 Andy Katzenmoyer MLB 1
2 Kevin Faulk RB 2
3 Tony George DB 1
5 Derrick Fletcher T 1
6 Marcus Washington -- 1
7 Michael Bishop QB 1
7 Sean Morey WR 2
4 J'Juan Cherry DB 1
2007 Colts 1 Anthony Gonzalez WR n
2 Tony Ugoh T n
3 Dante Hughes CB n
3 Quinn Pitcock DT n
4 Brannon Condren DB n
4 Clint Session LB n
5 Roy Hall WR n
5 Michael Coe CB n
7 Keyunta Dawson DE n
2006 Colts 1 Joseph Addai RB 3
2 Tim Jennings CB 2
3 Freddie Keiaho LB 3
5 Michael Toudouze G 1
6 Charlie Johnson T 1
6 Antoine Bethea SS 3
7 T.J. Rushing CB 1
2005 Colts 1 Marlin Jackson DB 3
2 Kelvin Hayden DB 3
3 Vincent Burns DE 1
4 Dylan Gandy G 1
4 Matt Giordano DB 1
5 Jonathan Welsh DE 1
5 Robert Hunt C 1
5 Tyjuan Hagler LB 1
6 Dave Rayner K k
7 Anthony Davis -- 1
2004 Colts 2 Bob Sanders DB 4
3 Ben Hartsock TE 1
3 Gilbert Gardner LB 1
4 Kendyll Pope LB 1
4 Jason David CB 2
5 Jake Scott G 3
6 Von Hutchins DB 1
6 Jim Sorgi QB 1
7 David Kimball K k
2003 Colts 1 Dallas Clark TE 3
2 Mike Doss SS 1
3 Donald Strickland FS 1
4 Steve Sciullo G 1
5 Robert Mathis DE 3
5 Keyon Whiteside LB 1
6 Cato June DB 2
6 Makoa Freitas T 1
2002 Colts 1 Dwight Freeney DE 4
2 Larry Tripplett DT 2
3 Joseph Jefferson CB 1
4 David Thornton LB 3
6 David Pugh DT 1
6 James Lewis -- 1
6 Brian Allen RB 1
7 Josh Mallard DE 1
2001 Colts 1 Reggie Wayne WR 4
2 Idrees Bashir FS 2
3 Cory Bird DB 1
4 Ryan Diem G 3
5 Raymond Walls DB 1
6 Jason Doering DB 1
7 Rick DeMulling G 1
2000 Colts 1 Rob Morris LB 3
2 Marcus Washington LB 3
3 David Macklin DB 2
4 Josh Williams DT 1
5 Matt Johnson -- 1
7 Rob Renes DT 1
7 Rodregis Brooks DB 1
1999 Colts 1 Edgerrin James RB 4
2 Mike Peterson OLB 3
3 Brandon Burlsworth -- 1
4 Paul Miranda DB 1
5 Brad Scioli DE 2
7 Hunter Smith P k
7 Corey Terry DE 1

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Lewis played in the Pro Bowl in 2005. Doesn't that make him Pro Bowl caliber?

9:09 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not agreeing with your insignificant rating on some players. Maybe you need another category. Insignificant to me means that they didn't play a single down, or if they did, lasted only a few games.

Ryan Moats is only a little more than insignificant, but he did play in 15 games over 2 seasons - even scoring 3 TDs.

9:17 AM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Michael Lewis played in the Pro Bowl in 2005. Doesn't that make him Pro Bowl caliber?

here's my thinking on that. yes, michael lewis made the pro-bowl, but i've always thought sheldon brown was the better player. since it seemed overly generous to list all 4 of the guys from that draft as pro-bowl caliber, i dropped michael lewis.

9:26 AM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

Not agreeing with your insignificant rating on some players. Maybe you need another category. Insignificant to me means that they didn't play a single down, or if they did, lasted only a few games.

Ryan Moats is only a little more than insignificant, but he did play in 15 games over 2 seasons - even scoring 3 TDs.


does it really matter that moats played? unless a player played fairly consistently, i think he's likely interchangeable with a lot of guys that eventually get cut from teams.

i once read something where a coach was saying that the last 5 guys on the team are the hardest to pick because there are a ton of guys who are all roughly the same player.

my focus here is on who's getting the best players as opposed to who's drafting ryan moats instead of cj gaddis.

which players specifically do you disagree with?

9:31 AM EDT  
Blogger Steve72 said...

No Colts?

9:51 AM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

No Colts?

yeah, i thought of them and in my list i'd have probably put them in place of the broncos (who i perceived to do a terrible job at drafting), but i had to balance that with the fact that i am lazy, so i chose to add the ravens over the colts.

my top five teams would have been: patriots, eagles, steelers, colts, ravens

9:57 AM EDT  
Blogger Colin said...

A few players who I noticed:

Elvis Dumervil - had 8.5 sacks in 13 games last season, has two already this year. I'd say a 3 w/ 4 upside.

Ovie Mughelli - started at FB for the Ravens, now for Atlanta. Atlanta gave him the biggest contract ever for a FB, probably a 3.

Rob Petiti -sucks, but was a starter for 2 seasons

Antonio Bryant -sucks, but started in a few places and had a few decent seasons

That said, really good job on these. I thought Plex and Ben Roeth had made Pro Bowls, turns out they haven't. Good work on a tough job.

1:26 PM EDT  
Blogger The Mean Guy said...

yeah, was probably too tough on bryant and pettiti. they sucked, but they had significance.

updated ovie and elvis. good names too.

1:49 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I applaud you for all the work that went into this. And though it's probably too late to matter, as someone who follows the Cowboys closely I'd like to quibble with a few of your ratings on Cowboys players from recent drafts. (Your assessment of the putrid pre-Parcells drafts is spot on, though.)

First, Julius Jones vs. Marion Barber. Yes, technically Jones is the starter, but everyone can see now that the true #1 RB on the team is Barber. He's tougher, has a much higher yards-per-carry average, and gets the more significant carries in each game. At the least, I'd reverse their rankings and make Barber a 3 and Jones a 2 or a marginal 3.

Similarly with Marcus Spears and Chris Canty -- most Cowboys watchers would reverse their rankings. Canty is much more solid; Spears will disappear from entire games and is considered a bigger disappointment so far.

Also, Jay Ratliff cannot be an "insignificant" 1 -- he's currently the starting nose tackle due to Jason Ferguson's injury, and beyond that, he's been throughout his career a great pass rusher in the nickel. Has a much better motor and tenacity and is more disruptive than Spears (a lot of us think Ratliff should've been starting over Spears last year). He's at least a 2, if not a 3. Just a better player than Spears, despite their respective draft positions.

Finally, keep an eye on Pat McQuistan, who will turn out to be another Parcells late round find. He's a solid backup now (definitely not a 1) and the team will probably let Flozell Adams walk in free agency after this year b/c McQuistan will be ready to take over as the starting left tackle.

12:15 PM EDT  

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