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2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

by Michael David Smith

If NFL teams could do the 2000 draft all over again, several first-round picks would switch places with their sixth-round counterparts. Among the sixth-round picks who have far exceeded expectations are Tom Brady, Marc Bulger, and Mike Anderson, and among the high first-round picks who now look more like sixth-rounders are Courtney Brown, Peter Warrick and Ron Dayne.

Players selected in the 2000 draft have now completed their rookie contracts, so it seems like a good time to analyze that year's draft at each position, examining who the conventional wisdom before the draft held as the best player, the first player selected, who turned out to be the best player, the biggest bust, and the best value. (Note: For fans who enjoy revisiting past drafts, the best site on the Web is drafthistory.com.)

Quarterback

Conventional wisdom: Scouts agreed that it was a weak year for quarterbacks, with Marshall's Chad Pennington considered the best of the bunch, Hofstra's Giovanni Carmazzi considered the unheralded player with the big upside, and Louisville's Chris Redman or Tennessee's Tee Martin considered the players most likely to be able to start immediately. Scouts thought there might also be a couple of practice squad scrubs like Michigan's Tom Brady and West Virginia's Marc Bulger worth picking up toward the end of the second day.

Highest pick: Pennington, 18th overall to the Jets.

Best player: Brady, the sixth-round afterthought the Patriots picked up with pick No. 199 (16 spots after the Browns selected Southwest Texas State quarterback Spergon Wynn). The late Joel Buchsbaum, previewing the draft for Pro Football Weekly, wrote, "Brady really came on as a senior and threw the ball extremely well. ... Brady is tall, smart, dedicated, coachable and a good decision-maker." Still, neither Buchsbaum nor anyone else expected Brady to become a dependable starter, let alone a superstar.

Biggest bust: Carmazzi, whom the 49ers made the second quarterback taken (No. 65 overall). He never played in a regular-season NFL game.

Best value: Other than Brady, it was Marc Bulger, picked in the sixth round by the Saints. He became a Pro Bowler after leaving New Orleans and heading to St. Louis.

Other noteworthy picks: Tim Rattay, the seventh-round pick the 49ers grabbed on a lark to join Carmazzi in training camp. Rattay gave the 49ers a couple of decent years as an occasional starter before they decided Alex Smith was their future. Martin went in the fifth round to the Steelers and completed exactly six passes in his NFL career.

Running back

Conventional wisdom: Commentators were evenly split on who would emerge as the best player in what was seen as an excellent draft for running backs. Tennessee's Jamal Lewis had a great combination of speed and power, Virginia's Thomas Jones was known as a complete and durable back, and Wisconsin's Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne had great college production.

Highest pick: Lewis, No. 5 overall to the Ravens.

Best player: Alabama's Shaun Alexander, No. 19 overall to the Seahawks. Some questioned why Seattle would take a running back when Ricky Watters was already on the roster. But after backing up Watters as a rookie, Alexander has rushed for more than 1,000 yards every year since.

Biggest bust: Dayne, who carried 585 times for 2,067 yards (a 3.5-yard average) in five seasons with the Giants. About the only thing Dayne accomplished was taking away enough carries from Tiki Barber that it took Barber a few years longer than it should have to demonstrate that he can be an every-down back. (In fairness to Dayne, he looked good in limited action in Denver last year. Then again, who doesn't?)

Best value: Utah's Mike Anderson, No. 189 overall to Denver, became the league's rookie of the year. Little did anyone know at the time that he wasn't even the best sixth-rounder of his class.

Other noteworthy picks: Reuben Droughns was a smart pickup for the Lions in the third round, but, being the Lions, they only gave him the ball 30 times in two seasons before releasing him. He's since gone on to have back-to-back 1,200-yard seasons, first in Denver and then in Cleveland. Commentators said the same thing about Trung Canidate that they said about Alexander: He was an odd selection for a team that already had a veteran running back. Unlike Alexander, Canidate didn't become the veteran's permanent replacement, although he did have a couple of decent years as a role player, both in 2001 in St. Louis and in 2003 in Washington.

Wide receiver

Conventional wisdom: Florida State's Peter Warrick was seen as head and shoulders ahead of the rest of the pack. Vying for second-best receiver were Michigan State's Plaxico Burress, Florida's Travis Taylor, Jackson State's Sylvester Morris and USC's R. Jay Soward.

Highest pick: Warrick, No. 4 overall to the Bengals.

Best player: A close call. Burress, who went No. 8 overall to the Steelers, has 5,378 career yards and has been the No. 1 threat in both the Steelers' and the Giants' passing attacks, would probably be the choice of most analysts. But Warrick's college teammate, Laveranues Coles, who went No. 78 overall to the Jets, has slightly more career yards (5,501) and is a better route-runner.

Biggest bust: Warrick, who never emerged as a No. 1 receiver in Cincinnati, certainly qualifies. But the biggest disappointment has to be Soward, who was suspended several times for violations of the league's substance-abuse rules, and who finished his career in Jacksonville with 14 catches despite going No. 29 overall.

Best value: Texas A&M's Dante Hall, No. 153 overall to the Chiefs. Hall was a running back in college but projected to receiver in the NFL. He's become a mediocre offensive threat but a very good kick returner.

Other noteworthy picks: Taylor went No. 10 overall to the Ravens and never produced the way they thought he would. Morris went No. 21 overall to the Chiefs and looked promising but suffered several serious knee injuries.

Tight end

Conventional wisdom: Bubba Franks of Miami had good size, good hands and good speed and was a clear No. 1 at the position.

Highest pick: Franks, No. 14 overall to the Packers.

Best player: Probably Franks, although with only 1,936 receiving yards in six years, he hasn't lit it up quite the way the Packers thought he would.

Biggest bust: With only Franks and West Virginia's Anthony Becht (picked by the Jets with their fourth and final first-round pick, No. 27 overall) going in the first round, there aren't a lot of busts to choose from. It was a mediocre crop of tight ends, but no individual player earned the bust label.

Best value: Erron Kinney, selected by the Titans out of Florida with the 68th pick overall, has been nearly as good a player as Franks.

Other noteworthy picks: After Kinney, the list of tight ends selected reads like a who's who of mediocre players that fans will only vaguely remember: Dave Stachelski to the Patriots from Boise State, James Whalen to the Buccaneers from Kentucky, Austin Wheatley to the Saints from Iowa, Jay Tant to the Cardinals from Northwestern, etc.

Offensive line

Conventional wisdom: Chris Samuels of Alabama was widely regarded as the best of the bunch and about as much of a sure thing as this draft had.

Highest pick: Samuels, No. 3 overall to the Redskins.

Best player: It's hard not to pick Samuels, who became an immediate starter. Both Chad Clifton of Tennessee, selected No. 44 overall by Green Bay, and Marvel Smith of Arizona State, selected No. 38 overall by Pittsburgh, have also become solid starters.

Biggest bust: Chris McIntosh of Wisconsin, selected No. 22 overall by Seattle, never panned out.

Best value: Mark Tauscher of Wisconsin, a college guard selected at No. 224 overall by the Packers, has moved to tackle and started 80 games for Green Bay. If you ever wonder how much of a crapshoot the draft is, remember that NFL scouts watched film of Wisconsin and came away thinking McIntosh was a first-rounder and Tauscher was a seventh-rounder.

Other noteworthy picks: Stockar McDougle of Oklahoma, selected No. 20 overall by the Lions, was the second offensive lineman drafted. He started 54 games in Detroit but never turned into anything more than a competent NFL lineman. He's currently fighting for a spot on the Jaguars' roster.

Defensive end

Conventional wisdom: Everyone loved the rare strength and athleticism of Penn State's Courtney Brown.

Highest pick: Brown, No. 1 overall, to the Cleveland Browns.

Best player: John Abraham, who played outside linebacker at South Carolina but moved to defensive end after the Jets selected him No. 13 overall. Now in Atlanta, Abraham, who was seen as a reach by many observers, has 53.5 career sacks. Brown, who was seen as a legitimate No. 1 overall selection, has 19.

Biggest bust: Erik Flowers of Arizona State, taken at No. 26 overall by the Bills. It's hard to imagine what the Bills were thinking when they took Flowers that high, as he didn't appear in any first-round projections. He had four sacks with the Bills, who released him after two years.

Best value: Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, taken in the fifth round by the Packers out of San Diego State, has turned into a Pro Bowl defensive end after playing linebacker in college. Also note that Indiana's Adewale Ogunleye went undrafted after a serious knee injury during his senior season. Miami coach Dave Wannstedt, who kept a close eye on Indiana because his daughters went there, picked him up and stashed him on the roster for a year while his knee healed. He has since produced 40 career sacks.

Other noteworthy picks: Shaun Ellis, taken No. 12 overall by the Jets, has been overshadowed by Abraham but is a solid player, and significantly better than Brown. Darren Howard, taken No. 33 overall by the Saints out of Kansas State, has 44.5 career sacks with New Orleans and recently signed as a free agent with Philadelphia.

Defensive tackle

Conventional wisdom: No one disputed that Florida State's Corey Simon was the best prospect at the position, but many disputed whether he could stay healthy. In college Simon had multiple surgeries on both shoulders, plus knee and neck injuries. Some teams put him near the top of their draft boards; other teams dropped him completely.

Highest pick: Simon, No. 6 overall to the Eagles.

Best player: Simon, who proved the wisdom of the Philadelphia team doctors who cleared the team to take him: He missed only two games in five years with the Eagles before signing as a free agent with the Colts last year.

Biggest bust: It was a good crop of tackles with no major busts. Steve Warren of the Packers was the only defensive tackle taken on the first day of the 2000 draft who isn't still on an NFL roster.

Best value: Alfonso Boone was the Lions' choice with the 253rd selection of the draft, one before Mr. Irrelevant. But, being the Lions, they cut him in training camp, Chicago picked him up, and he has become an important part of a very good defensive line rotation in the Windy City.

Other noteworthy picks: Chris Hovan, taken by the Vikings out of Boston College with the 25th overall pick, developed into a good pass rusher but a liability against the run. Cornelius Griffin, taken by the Giants out of Alabama with the 42nd overall pick, has become a very good all-around lineman and rivals Simon as the best tackle to come out in 2000.

Linebacker

Conventional wisdom: LaVar Arrington of Penn State was seen as a uniquely talented linebacker with great strength, speed and leaping ability.

Highest pick: Arrington, No. 2 overall to the Redskins.

Best player: Brian Urlacher, the ninth overall pick by the Bears. Urlacher played strong safety in college at New Mexico, and his detractors say that shows in his inability to take on blocks, but there's no disputing that he has been that rare Top-10 pick who exceeds expectations.

Biggest bust: It's probably unfair to call a third-round pick a bust, but Virginia Tech's Corey Moore received a huge amount of media hype, with just about every football commentator alive singing the Bills' praises for drafting him at No. 89 overall. He played 10 games in his NFL career.

Best value: Some very good value picks, including the Giants grabbing Michigan's Dhani "Dancin' in the Street" Jones in the sixth round, Pittsburgh taking Colorado State's Clark Haggans in the fifth round, and Green Bay taking Ohio State's Na'il Diggs in the fourth round.

Other noteworthy picks: Julian Peterson of Michigan State, taken 16th overall by the 49ers, was an excellent linebacker before he was slowed by an Achilles injury. Keith Bulluck of Syracuse, taken 30th overall by the Titans, has had every bit as good a career as the more heralded Arrington. Marcus Washington, a defensive end at Auburn, was taken in the second round by Indianapolis and has become a very good pass-rushing linebacker, first with the Colts and now with the Redskins.

Defensive backs

Conventional wisdom: Scouts saw 2000 as a down year for defensive backs, with no clear consensus No. 1 pick. Some liked the big-play ability of Cal's Deltha O'Neal, who doubled as a return man, while others liked the size of Jackson State's Rashard Anderson, and still others liked the intelligence and work ethic of Ohio State's Ahmed Plummer.

Highest pick: O'Neal, No. 15 overall to the Broncos.

Best player: Mike Brown, whom the Bears selected out of Nebraska at No. 39 overall, has had a good career as an important part of Chicago's division-winning defenses in both 2001 and 2005.

Biggest bust: Anderson, whose career was derailed by repeated positive drug tests. He started nine games for Carolina before a two-year drug suspension.

Best value: Mario Edwards was a very good cover corner at Florida State, and one of the biggest surprises of the 2000 draft was that he slipped all the way down to the sixth round, where the Cowboys selected him. Although he's now out of football, Edwards had four good years in Dallas.

Other noteworthy picks: Kenoy Kennedy, selected by the Broncos out of Arkansas with the 45th pick, has become one of the best coverage safeties in the league, shutting down tight ends both in Denver and in Detroit.

Kicker

There weren't enough of them to give the position a full analysis, but we'll close by pointing out that in a year when the quality of the sixth round rivaled the quality of the first, even kickers got in on the act: Oakland's first-round pick, Sebastian Janikowski of Florida State, isn't nearly as good a kicker as Cincinnati's sixth-round pick, Neil Rackers of Illinois.

Comments

128 comments, Last at 26 Apr 2007, 7:46pm

1 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Two noteable omissions:

Jerry Porter taken 16th in rd 2. 3215 yds & 24 TDs to date.

Jeno James taken in the 6th, @ No. 182. He's played 85 games, starting 58, including 46 of the last 48 regular season games. (Stats are from NFL.com, I don't think they include post-season games). A definite candidate for 'best value' O-lineman

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These are fantastic articles. Thanks, FO.

I've got to say a word in defense of Chris McIntosh (much as it pains me to defend a Mike Holmgren draft) -- he suffered a devastating neck injury that ended his career when it had barely started. He's more of a

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OK, Tauscher wins 'best value'. By any strech though, Jeno James is a 'noteworthy' pick.

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How could Trung Candidate NOT be a bigger bust than Dayne. At least Dayne is still around.

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James, good points on Jerry Porter and Jeno James.

Smeghead, you're certainly right that we don't know what would have happened to McIntosh if he had stayed healthy, but I guess I feel like even if an injury is the reason, a first-round pick who contributes next to nothing has to be considered a bust. I agree with you that he's a different circumstance than a guy like Rashard Anderson, though.

SoulardX, the reason I list Dayne as a bigger bust than Canidate is that the Giants took Dayne at No. 11 thinking he'd be the featured back, while the Rams took Canidate at No. 31 thinking he'd be a role player. Neither one worked out, but the Giants spent a higher pick and had higher expectations than the Rams.

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Damn I guess not.

Hey Smeghead how the hell did you get the Double quotes to show up?

9 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Canidate also did a passable job filling in for Marshall Faulk a few times when Faulk was injured; Dayne was never the featured back for the Giants, which is what they drafted him to be.

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Re: 6

Michael, I'm not buying your defense of calling McIntosh a bust. You wrote,

If you ever wonder how much of a crapshoot the draft is, remember that NFL scouts watched film of Wisconsin and came away thinking McIntosh was a first-rounder and Tauscher was a seventh-rounder.

This statement strongly implies that you believe that the scouts were wrong. The scouts may well have been right that McIntosh was the better of the two linemen, but his injury simply never gave him the chance to prove it.

but I guess I feel like even if an injury is the reason, a first-round pick who contributes next to nothing has to be considered a bust.

I think it's fair in such a situation to call the pick a bust, but it is completely unfair to call the player a bust. In the article, you did the latter.

11 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Good job, guys. People can disagree with some of your assessments, but theres no denying that a lot of research and good analysis went into your article.

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Type two consecutive single quotes. The spacing issue is negligible. '''''''''

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RE 10

But think about it all this hype surrounding first round picks (especially this year) and how many of those back in 2000 became what you would consider a value for the money that they got paid. I have to agree with him injury or not if a 1st round pick cannot meet the expectaions of the team drafting him the he should be classified as a bust.

But of course this is coming from a person that belives that a minor league system should be set up for NFL football so these picks get some workouts and experience in the NFL before they are required to play in the Pro's.

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Reuben Droughns was a smart pickup for the Lions in the third round, but, being the Lions, they only gave him the ball 30 times in two seasons before releasing him.

Other than the fact that he missed his entire first season on IR with a shoulder problem and tweaked his knee in his second and third training camps, you're right. The Lions were fools to not give more playing time to a guy who was never healthy and had an attitude problem.

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shaun ellis is a much better player than john abraham. he gets about as many sacks, plays the run better, doesn't get forced upfield every other passing down, and stays healthy. most importantly, he plays playoff games instead of sitting out with mysterious strained hamstring injuries.

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This statement strongly implies that you believe that the scouts were wrong. The scouts may well have been right that McIntosh was the better of the two linemen, but his injury simply never gave him the chance to prove it.

But the scouts gauge injury potential, too. If nothing else, this just shows that the biggest problem that scouts have is predicting that.

Which makes me wonder if there's some indicator that might be a proxy for injury potential. Interestingly enough, games started is probably a pretty good guess.

18 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

I like these articles, well done, but I'd like to put my 2 cents in regarding formatting, I really liked the way you guys did the 1998 draft better. I liked having all of the picks listed by order and commented in that way. Regardless though, good job.

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MDS, I can dig it -- from the standpoint of the team getting value from the pick it's a bust whether it's a coke habit, a balky knee or the inability to ball that causes it. I was taking issue more with ''If you ever wonder how much of a crapshoot the draft is, remember that NFL scouts watched film of Wisconsin and came away thinking McIntosh was a first-rounder and Tauscher was a seventh-rounder.''

(yep, it's single quotes)

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Re 14, yep, I've noticed that every time I post something critical of a decision made by Matt Millen, you instantly rush to Millen's defense. I'm curious, what is it about Millen you like so much?

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Of all the crappy Browns drafts since the reboot, I think this one was the worst. A baker's dozen of picks and only three of them are still in the league at all (Brown, Northcutt and Shea). Yikes!

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just out of curiousity, when was plax the steelers #1 WR? did hines go to south korea a couple of years ago and both the AP and i missed it?

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Re: 23 and Best player: A close call. Burress, who went No. 8 overall to the Steelers, has 5,378 career yards and has been the No. 1 threat in both the Steelers’ and the Giants’ passing attacks, would probably be the choice of most analysts.

I ripped Michael a bit for his statement regarding the 1998 draft that Ward was a close second to Moss among WRs, and others proceeded to rip me. The fact is that, between Ward and Burress, Burress generally was the more dominant, even if less consistent, of the two players when they played side-by-side and to this day. Ward is a distant second to Moss among WRs taken in the 1998 NFL draft. He was a close second to Burress among WRs on his own team between 2001 and 2004. Saying that Ward has been close to as good as Moss is at least as absurd as saying that Burress has been close to as good as Moss.

25 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Being a Colt's fan, I gotta ask...

Why isn't Rob Morris considered a big bust? He was drafted in the first round and never became the middle linebacker the Colt's needed. I seem to recall that he was well hyped also.

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'Oakland’s first-round pick, Sebastian Janikowski of Florida State, isn’t nearly as good a kicker as Cincinnati’s sixth-round pick, Neil Rackers of Illinois.'

Sure Rackers had one of the greatest NFL seasons (40 of 42 FGs), last year while Janikowski struggled (20 of 30); but career Rackers is 76% while Seabass is 78%. Before 2005 Rackers started off below 70%, Seabass over 80%. That's a big difference - narrowed by their respective seasons.

Over 2003 / 2004 Seabass was possibly the best kicker in the league over the course of those two seasons, making 47 of 53 FGs - 3 misses each year. Only Vanderjagt with his perfect 2003 and 5 misses in 2004 was better. Didn't he just get cut?

Add to that on kickoffs, Seabass averages 64.2 yds / Rackers 62.4 over their careers.

All in all, over the course of 6-years I'd say Janikowski has had the better career. Racker does represent better value as a 6th round pick against Seabass as a first rounder; but that's not the point.

BBS :)

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Re 23, in 2001 Burress was the No. 1 threat in the Steelers' passing attack with a higher DPAR and higher DVOA.

Re 26, Janikowski's career percentage is higher because he attempts fewer long field goals. Rackers is much better at making long field goals than Janikowski. Rackers has touchbacks on 20% of his kickoffs; Janikowski has touchbacks on 16.6% of his kickoffs. I stand by my claim that Rackers is the superior kicker.

30 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Wow, MDS, your confidence in Matt Millen and the Lions personnell folk is truly awe inspiring.

;-)

32 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Re: Tom Brady- as a Patriots fan, I was happy about the pick. I thought he was big enough, had a strong enough arm, and was accurate enough to merit a second day pick as a *prospect* that could eventually turn into something- that being a solid #2, possibly someone that could be used as A.J. Feeley-type trade bait...or someone that could take over if Bledsoe grew old quickly.

I'm not right often, so I need to make a big deal about it when I am. I won't get carried away, since I said the same thing about Marques Tuisosopo, Jared Lorenzen, Kendrick Nord....:)

33 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Plax played the typical number 2 side of the field, but he also typically drew double coverage while Hines took on the opponent's best cornerback. Deciding which of them was really number one is arguable. I think it was always Hines, but Plax is a solid #1 WR.

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MDS:

Actually, it depends which version of Rackers you believe is real: the pre-2004 version, or the 2004-2005 version. It's really night and day between those two versions of Rackers. The 2004-2005 version is superhuman. The pre-2004 version of Rackers is average at best.

What the hell happened to Rackers in 2003? Was it really just 'hey, crap, I got fired by the Bengals, I better get in shape'? Or were there (twisty mustache) nefarious things going on? Who knows.

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Re 34. Doesn't every fan of the other 31 teams REALLY wish that Brady was still a backup QB? And who knows, under some coach who was more impressed with reputation or draft order, he might still be. '' some mute Milton'' and all that.

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36: I'm fairly sure that kickers are subject to the same testing as everyone else in the league. I wouldn't assume Rackers is any more nefarious than anyone else, unless you think some form of deal with Satan is in effect. (Hey, it could happen. Being fired by the Bengals is enough to shake a guy up pretty bad.)

39 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

As someone who follows the Cards, I read that Rackers made a big deal last season about how much better the turf in AZ was than it was in Cincy. He claimed to have had lots of footing problems, etc in Cincy that didn't exist in the desert. Now, Shayne Graham did a pretty good job as kicker for the Bengals this past season, so there's probably more to it than just turf. It could have a lot to do with kickers' general reputation as headcases.

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andy: Oh, sure, I'm not suggesting that. Though it has only been 2 years as Super Ultra Mega Rackers, so who knows.

Seriously, though, look at the guy's stats. It's an utterly ridiculous shift from Cincinnati to Arizona.

Touchback ratio by year:
2000: 8.7%
2001: 14%
2002: 4.7%
2003: 18%
2004: 33%
2005: 36%

Something happened around 2003.

41 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

I always wondered whether John Butler puposely screwed the Bills in 2000 with those picks. He and Wilson were no longer speaking, but Wilson wouldn't let him out of his contract. So on the way out the door, Butler drafts Flowers, Tavaris Tillman and Corey Moore as a going away present. The Bills haven't won since.

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Re #22

Maybrew, if you think the Browns stank in 2000, try Miami. They had 6 picks, (No #1 and 1 pick in rounds 2-7).

Their 2nd rounder, Todd Wade, starts at RT for the Texans. Every other player they drafted in 2000 IS OUT OF THE LEAGUE. In fact, the player from those remaining 5 picks I've even heard of is Arturo Freeman, who was last seen failing to secure a roster spot in such legendary secondaries as St Louis and Green Bay.

For the record:

Rd 2 Todd Wade T Mississippi
Rd 3 Ben Kelly DB Colorado
Rd 4 Deon Dyer RB North Carolina
Rd 5 Arturo Freeman DB South Carolina
Rd 6 Ernest Grant DT Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Rd 7 Jeff Harris DB Georgia.

Wade and Freeman aside, did any of the others even make it through training camp?

Players drafted in 2000o should be in the prime of their careers, the backbone of a franchise.

Miami had 6 picks, only one remains in the league, and even he plays for someone else.

Does this set a one year record for draft ineptitude?

43 Re: 2000 NFL Draft, Six Years Later

Nice article.

I am trying to rate the Steelers draft using a rating system based on expectations of the draft position vs. actual production.

It is still in the beginning stages, but would love to hear comments as to better my system.

I am thinking about adding a positional draft expectation...seeing how a QB taken in round 5 would have different expectations than a K taken in round 5.

Anyways, heres the link...
http://www.geocities.com/steelersalarycap/draft.htm

The explanation is poor, the example should be clearer.

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Carmazzi damaged his shoulder and that ended his career before it began. Hard to proclaim

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Carmazzi damaged his shoulder and that ended his career before it began. Hard to proclaim 'bust' when there wasn't a chance. You're too kind to Canidate, if it weren't for Dayne he'd be the biggest bust. As it was, he was definately the biggest reach.

Warrick ran a very pedestrian 4.55 or so on a basketball court. I put my money on bust - lack of character, lack of talent, lack of size. I think you're way over-rating Burress to the detriment of Coles. For a guy his size, Burress has a tremendous difficulty in actually coming down with the ball with regularity.

I think Bubba Franks was a bust, and that the whole TE crop failed. However, the Packers at least made up for it with Chad Clifton who I think is the best lineman in that draft.

I like Howard the best because he's a complete DE. Unlike the predominantly one-dimensional sack artists preferred in the article, Howard can play the run very well, too. Sadly Corey Simon has been the best part-time, over-rated, single-gap DT of his draft due to the paucity of talent in his draft. In a good draft, like 2001, he'd be lucky to come in 4th, and that'd be over-rating him due to his pass-rush.

At linebacker, how could you leave Rob Morris (BYU) off the list? Talk about a non-difference maker. Without doing a detailed analysis, I suspect virtually every Day 1 pick was a better linebacker than Morris.

Can't quibble with the DBs. Looks spot on.

(Ah, that's what 'double quotes' meant. I thought it meant back-to-back...)

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I think Bubba Franks was a bust, and that the whole TE crop failed.

Good point. Franks is both the best TE from the 2000 draft and the biggest bust among TEs from the 2000 draft.

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RE 39

Yea, now with that retractable turf you guys have all it will take is one pissed off fan to turn his chip shot into a 90 yd FG attempt.

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RE 45&46

I wouldn't classify him as a true 'bust' but more along the lines of a ''disapointment''. He blocks well enough, and is a moderate threat insdie the 20 so...

have to agree with you aboput Clifton though, thought that was our best pick up that year.

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Rackers had all sorts of problems in Cincy because of the playing surface and his mentality. He had some big misses early on, and the Cincy fans had enough of him. Meanwhile, Graham isn't struggling because he is playing on FieldTurf, which got installed at Paul Brown Stadium two seasons ago, and he is also more accurate than Rackers IMO.

And Rackers was actually cut from the Bengals due to injury. He tweaked something in a preseason game but was still able to kick. I don't think the Bengals felt he was 100% though, so they cut him and brought in Graham right before the season opener.