Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jan 2008

Many Moves on Road to Super Bowl

A look at the rosters of the Giants and Patriots and how they were assembled. Did you know that the Giants will have just one guy on the field Super Bowl Sunday whom they drafted in the first round? The Patriots will have seven. The bulk of both rosters comes from free agency, but not the kind of high-priced free agents who make headlines.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 26 Jan 2008

5 comments, Last at 30 Jan 2008, 6:26pm by lionsbob

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by Carlos (not verified) :: Sat, 01/26/2008 - 7:29pm

Great, great article.

Free agents (Giants 36, Patriots 30)

Wow, does that just blow up the conventional wisdom that "it's all about the draft" or what?

The Patriots have seven players on their roster whom they drafted in the first round,... (ends Richard Seymour and Ty Warren and nose tackle Vince Wilfork), tight end Ben Watson, guard Logan Mankins and running back Laurence Maroney.

Okay, maybe the draft is important!

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by langsty (not verified) :: Mon, 01/28/2008 - 6:16am

"In the last few years, Vrabel was a solid run stuffer who dropped into coverage on passing plays. This season the Patriots turned him into more of a blitzer, and he responded with 12.5 sacks, tied for second most among all NFL linebackers."

whu-?

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Mon, 01/28/2008 - 3:31pm

"Free agents (Giants 36, Patriots 30)

Wow, does that just blow up the conventional wisdom that “it’s all about the draft” or what?"

I don't think you can say much about it, because they're considering undrafted rookie free agents as "Free Agents", whereas they're really part of the "building through the draft" process

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by seth (not verified) :: Wed, 01/30/2008 - 5:13pm

one quibble-
according to mike's way of thinking, eli manning falls under the heading of "trade" rather than "first round pick." according to that approach, jeremy shockey must also be listed as a "trade" (he's not listed as such, though) because the giants traded up to draft him in the first round.

actually, i think this shows why first round picks should still be listed primarily as "first round picks," even if they're traded for on draft day.

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by lionsbob (not verified) :: Wed, 01/30/2008 - 6:26pm

well to be fair, Manning was property of the Chargers. The Giants did not pick him (was there a draft day agreement for the two to swap....most likely) but semantically, the Giants traded their player (Rivers plus future considerations) to the Chargers for their player (Manning)