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2005 draft in review

Posted on: March 29, 2010 2:18 pm
Now that the 2005 draft is five years behind us, I did a Casserly-style review of all 256 picks from that draft class.  But there's no way to cover the details and keep it from getting way too long.  So right up front, here's the executive summary: 

The 2005 draft class was a very weak one. 

The Falcons had eight picks, including an extra fifth rounder from trading Ellis Johnson to the Broncos in 2004.  They came away with a strong group of prospects in spite of picking late (they made it to the NFC Championship game with a record of 11-5 the year before). 

Bottom line:  the Falcons picked late in a lousy draft and came out of it very well.  While the "instant" grades were typically in the B / B- range, the Falcons get an outstanding final grade for that draft. 


I'll have to hit the details in bits and pieces.  But before I get into the boring statistics, here's a quick look at the top ten overall picks just to refresh everyone's memory on the 2005 draft:

#1 =  49ers, QB Alex Smith
#2 =  Dolphins, RB Ronnie Brown
#3 =  Browns, WR Braylon Edwards
#4 =  Bears, RB Cedric Benson
#5 =  Buccaneers, RB Cadillac Williams
#6 =  Titans, DB PacMan Jones
#7 =  Vikings, WR Troy Williamson
#8 =  Cardinals, DB Antrel Rolle
#9 =  Redskins, DB Carlos Rogers
#10 =  Lions, WR Mike Williams

In retrospect...   ouch.  If you were building a mock NFL roster from scratch, none of these guys would be among your top 50 choices. 

Smith is finally breaking through for San Francisco, but they've had to wait out his entire rookie contract for that to happen.

Brown has over 4000 rushing yards, so he has obviously "made it" in the league.  Cadillac has over 3200 yards for the Bucs, and Benson has rebounded with the Bengals to surpass the 3500 career yard mark.

But keep in mind that these were top five overall selections.   Meanwhile, Frank Gore (3rd round) has over 5500 yards, and fourth rounders Marion Barber and Brandon Jacobs have 3984 and 3455 career yards.  So it's tough to say these first three RBs off the board have justified their ultra-high selections, especially considering that Benson was released outright by Chicago after three seasons.

He wasn't the only one to get the axe...  Adam "PacMan" Jones is trying to work his way back into the league. Never mind his the legal issues - the reason why the Cowboys aren't keeping him is that he's only a mediocre defensive back.  

The Vikings gave up on Williamson, trading him to the Jaguars for a mere sixth round pick.  Tenth pick Mike Williams washed out with three different teams and has been out of the league since 2007.

And these guys were the top ten overall selections, the alleged cream of the crop.  You get the idea...

The next three picks were DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, and Jammal Brown, so it wasn't all a horror show.  But it certainly wasn't the hit parade you'd expect from the first round of ANY draft.

More details to come...


Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 10:44 am

2005 draft in review

Actually, I didn't forget about Aaron Rodgers.  I didn't forget about the Falcons own first round pick (Roddy White) either.  As the last sentence said, more to come...

Thanks for all the comments, guys!   Nice to see so many people reading the blog, which I started back at the beginning of the 2008 season when CBS tried out the "official" fan blog project.

When I did the rough draft of this full piece, it turned out to be extremely long - not a full-fledged novel, but at least a novella.  So I broke it up into several parts and cut out as much as I could to keep it bearable.   I've already posted all four parts on the Falcons message board but haven't cross-posted the other bits here yet.  I'll do that this week.

Thanks again for reading!

Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2010 4:32 pm

2005 draft in review

Ugg, what an ugly top ten. I can say this for some of the players, Cedric Benson, Ronnie Brown, at least they are coming around. Unfortunitly for the Bears, Benson decided until after he was cut from the team to start producing. I can't blame the Bears for dropping him (2 DUI charges, 1 resisting arrest charge), but they still must be licking their wounds in the front office.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2010 3:15 am

2005 draft in review

Brown averages 4.4 ypc for his career. Yea, he's been banged up but come on he is easily a top 50 player from that drafts, as is Edwards and Rolle. Acctually, I would love to see your 50 players from that class you'd put in front of those 3.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2010 11:25 pm

2005 draft in review

true, true. Scout elvaluators are pretty mucj like weather men. They got a dart board and guess like hell!!!

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2010 9:41 pm
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Since: Mar 4, 2010
Posted on: March 30, 2010 2:35 pm

2005 draft in review

I don't know if I would say the entire draft class was bad. There are some pretty good players that came out that year. However, you can say the scout evaluaters were bad because none of the good players went in the top 10 haha.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: March 30, 2010 12:15 am

2005 draft in review

Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I think you forgot the best player from that year's draft

With the 24th pick from the Green Bay Packers . . . Aaron Rodgers

Since: Jul 16, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2010 11:41 pm

2005 draft in review

Very good post, its crazy how bad that top ten is.

Ronnie Brown has had only one thousand yard season.
Cadillac has been plagued by injuries and was even told at one point he would never play again.
Benson was cut from the Bears due to his inability to preform.
Braylon Edwards plays like his hands are covered in olive oil.
Carlos Rodgers has only 6 interceptions in 5 seasons.

Just goes to show how hard it is to project how a player will translate from college to the pros. Or does it highlight the reason why the majority of those teams have had front office and coaching changes since then? hhmmmmmm ....

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