We could do that as well. I just picked last years because I read something that made me think of it.
Hawks had another great draft this year... 3 of our 10 are starters and 6 of the 10 play quite a bit... Sweezy was a starter for a while... Gotta love our past 2 or 3 drafts... We have 11 starters from the past 3 drafts...
1 Prince Amukamara DB Nebraska
- Missed half of last year with a broken foot on the first day of camp and was then rushed back before he was ready. Starting to pick it up quickly and may already be the best CB on the team now.
2 Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
- IR in preseason last year with a torn pec after missing his senior year at UNC. Had some injury issues in camp this year as well so he's just way behind the curve now and has been a healthy scratch. Maybe it will start to click for him down the stretch here but I'd expect next year is a more reasonable timetable.
3 Jerrel Jernigan WR Troy
- Probably more of a project than you'd expect in the 3rd round but he was a converted QB in college. Has scary timed speed but looked nowhere near as fast on the field which not being sure what you're doing has a tendency to do. I also expect that he's being asked to learn all 3 WR positions being that far down on the depth chart which will slow down development. Probably won't get a real guage until next year.
4 James Brewer T Indiana
- Another project who a lot of people hoped might take a big step and beat out David Diehl at RT in camp. Didn't happen so it looks like he's another year away. Absolutely massive guy and LT feet (they actually played him predominantly at LT in the preseason) but his technique is still way off.
6 Greg Jones LB Michigan State
- I was a little surprised at the pick and thrust back 20 years when the Giants used to always try to draft a highly productive Big 10 LB. Found out quickly that being undersized and unathletic won't cut it in today's NFL even if you've got a good head on your shoulders. He's in the UFL now.
6 Tyler Sash DB Iowa
- Special teamer and not a terribly good one. With Will Hill and Stevie Brown backing up Rolle and Phillips I expect he may not even last the season.
6 Jacquian Williams LB South Florida
- Very productive as a rookie but got by mostly on athleticism. Obviously his big moment was forcing the fumble in OT of the NFCC. Has been hurt pretty much all year. I think he'll eventually start on the outside when Mathias Kiwanuka is moved back to DE.
7 Da'Rel Scott RB Maryland
- Another guy that a lot of people thought might win the role that Andre Brown holds now. Had some pretty bad protection issues in preseason which almost got David Carr killed and hasn't looked instinctive as a runner - really a one cut, straight line as fast as you can guy. Was sent to IR a few weeks ago with what was probably not a serious injury - so essentially stashing until next year.
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?
1. Aldon Smith - led rookies in sacks last year and doing a pretty good job in his sophmore year. Easily the best pass rusher the 49ers have had in years.
2. Colin Kaepernick - project guy but got his first real duty last week after Smith was hurt and after a shaky start played much better in the second half. Probably still needs to sit a bit but has some crazy potential.
3. Chris Culliver - 3rd corner right now but has been really impressive. Should only get better with experience and coaching
4. Kendall Hunter - has been a great compliment to Gore. Small guy who runs hard, quick and is a capable blocker to boot.
5. Daniel Kilgore - hasn't had to play much but looks like a good backup at OG, also being groomed at C
6. Ronald Johnson - cut in camp
6. Colin Jones - excellent special teamer as a rook, traded to Carolina before final cuts and the special teams unit misses him
7. Bruce Miller - converted college DE to FB. The guy has been terrific. Last year when he was out the OL crumbled.
7. Mike Person - PS guy as a rookie, cut this year after camp
7. Curtis Holcomb - injured his achilles as a rookie, cut after camp this year
Overall it was another great draft by the niners. They finally found a pass rush threat in Aldon Smith and a very good corner in Cully. Kaepernick is still a question mark but the potential is great if he can hit it this will be an A+ draft.
Very true for the Lions. There isn't much more to say for them right now.
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1 OT Nate Solder - Starting LT, playing well, looks like he could be their LT for the next decade
2a CB Ras-I Dowling - Started first 2 games last year and looked great, then had a hip injury that required surgery and missed the rest of the season. Didn't look nearly as good when he returned this year and then wound up on IR again.
2b RB Shane Vereen - Has shown a few flashes here and there, but has been banged up a ton
3a RB Stevan Ridley - Starting RB, playing very well
3b QB Ryan Mallett - Won the #2 QB job from Brian Hoyer this year, has only played mop up duty in 1 game and looked pretty underwhelming, IMO.
5a OT Marcus Cannon - 3rd tackle, has filled in for Vollmer at RT a fair amount last year after coming back from chemo and again in the early part of this year and played pretty well for the most part despite looking awful in preseason. Has played a little guard, as well. Looks like he can be a good backup/capable starter for the next few years.
5b TE Lee Smith - Got cut late in camp last year and is currently the Bills' #2 TE
6 DE/OLB Markell Carter - spent all of last season on the practice squad, received regular pay and won a bunch of "practice player of the week" awards, then was dumped before training camp even started and hasn't been seen or heard from anywhere around the league since. Weird, IMO.
7 DB Malcolm Williams - OK ST player that has bounced between the practice squad and active roster both years.
Personally I'd probably give it an A just for Solder and Ridley, but realistically Dowling and Vereen's injury problems and the weird situation with Carter probably pull it down a bit.
I'd give this draft a B so far.
Solder has quietly been good as the starting LT. It's only his second year and he'll only get better. His ceiling is higher than Matt Light's and Light was very dependable for NE in the 2000's. Vereen is a question mark: he won't put up big stats in this offense given the jam at RB and has had injury problems, but the guy is talented. Ridley is on pace for for over 1,400 yards and 10+ TDs. Likely, he'll finish with a 1,200/10 TD year. Not bad for a 3rd round pick in his second season. Mallett could be a nice backup QB in this league - has a great arm. Cannon is best suited as a G/T backup. Williams has been good on ST. The real key to this draft is Dowling. The guy cannot stay healthy and is looking like another bust pick at CB that NE has had the past four seasons.
1. James Carpenter - Incomplete due to injury. He's moved inside to LG, where his skills are a better fit overall. When healthy he's developed into a quality player who works well with Okung and Unger. Health has been the issue.
3. John Moffitt - Incomplete due to injury. He's an average starter when healthy, and is versatile in playing all three interior line positions, but health has been a factor here as well.
4. KJ Wright - A+ grade. He's developed into a pro bowl caliber linebacker. He still makes a misread occasionally, but has been outstanding overall.
4. Kris Durham - F, Showed potential early but fell off the map with inconsistent hands. Cut after one season.
5. Richard Sherman - A+. All Pro player who may be one of the top 2-3 CB's in the NFL right now, and he's still young and learning the position.
5. Mark Legree - F, Cut in first camp and never brought back.
6. Byron Maxwell - C, Outstanding special teamer who has some potential as a 3rd/4th CB on defense.
7. Pep Livingston - D, showed some promise as a run stuffer early, but has been pushed out by more talented young players.
7. Malcolm Smith - C, when healthy he's been a solid special teamer with the potential to become a solid starting linebacker. Excellent speed and cover ability, but can't seem to stay on the field.
Keep in mind we also signed UDFA WR Doug Baldwin and backup linebacker Mike Morgan, both of whom have been quality additions.
Jeron Johnson has been a quality contributor that was an UDFA as well.
I mostly agree with your list.
Still amazes me that we can land the best cover corner in football in the 5th round, but our two first OL picks were average at best. Lol.
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1. Mike Pouncey, C, UF: Very good center. PFF had him graded out as the top center in the AFC at the midseason point. Well worth the #16 pick in the draft. A
2. Daniel Thomas, RB, KSU: One of the best running backs in college has been very garden variety in the NFL thus far, but he does find his way onto the field. C+
4. Edmond Gates, WR, Abeliene Christian: He can fly. Not good at returning kicks or being a WR. Cut from our lackluster WR corp and is getting PT with the New York Jets. D
6. Charles Clay, FB/TE, Tulsa: Has lined up in the slot and on the LOS. An H-back type who has made some plays in the passing game. Athletic and a pleasant surprise. B
7. Frank Kearse, DT, Alabama A & M: The Dolphins have a nice D-line, and thus, Kearse didn't make the cut. I'm surprised to learn he's started 4 games for Carolina last season. A wasted pick in hindsight, but it was only a 7th rounder. Considering he's getting PT somewhere: C
7. Jimmy Wilson, CB, Montana: Off the field issues had him drop to the 7th round. He's been on the field a lot as a dime/nickel and has flashed some ability. Considering he's a 7th round pick, I give him a: B
1. Tyron Smith. Good Rt. Not so good lt.
2. Bruce Carter. Stud.
3. SheMarco Murray. Always hurt.
4. David Arkin. Will be cut next year.
5. Josh.Thomas. Already cut.
6. Dwayne Harri. Solid PR. But a poor practice player.
7. Shaun Chapas. Long gone.
7. Bill Nagy. Bye bye.