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hoekd0250
06-26-2010, 01:18 PM
just wondering who and what year you think your team had the best draft class

fenikz
06-26-2010, 01:25 PM
2004

3. Larry Fitzgerald WR Pittsburgh
33. Karlos Dansby LB Auburn
64. Darnell Dockett DT Florida State
135. Antonio Smith DE Oklahoma State

Michigan
06-26-2010, 02:00 PM
2009 by far

1 1 Matthew Stafford QB Georgia
1 20 Brandon Pettigrew TE Oklahoma State
2 33 Louis Delmas DB Western Michigan
3 76 DeAndre Levy LB Wisconsin
3 82 Derrick Williams WR Penn State
4 115 Sammie Lee Hill DT Stillman
6 192 Aaron Brown RB Texas Christian
7 228 Lydon Murtha T Nebraska
7 235 Zack Follett LB California
7 255 Dan Gronkowski TE Maryland

DoughBoy
06-26-2010, 02:01 PM
The Pacman Jones draft....

41) Michael Roos

108 ) Vincent Fuller

113) David Stewart

179) Bo Scaife

Finding 2 elite Tackles in the same draft is pretty awesome. Vincent Fuller and Bo Scaife are 2 key cogs. I just wish pac would have kept his nose clean.

CJSchneider
06-26-2010, 02:26 PM
2006 for the Saints

RB Reggie Bush (first round # 2)
S Roman Harper (second round #43)
OG Jahri Evans (fourth round #108)
OT Zach Strief (seventh round #210)
WR Marques Colston (seventh round # 252)

Shiver
06-26-2010, 02:34 PM
2008 by a mile:

Matt Ryan
Sam Baker
Curtis Lofton
Harry Douglas
Thomas DeCoud
Kroy Biermann

If Douglas is healthy we will have all of those players starting this year. Ryan, Lofton and DeCoud have pro-bowl potential.

ATLDirtyBirds
06-26-2010, 02:38 PM
2008 by a mile:

Matt Ryan
Sam Baker
Curtis Lofton
Harry Douglas
Thomas DeCoud
Kroy Biermann

If Douglas is healthy we will have all of those players starting this year. Ryan, Lofton and DeCoud have pro-bowl potential.


What a way to open up your era. (Dimitroff and Smith)

Splat
06-26-2010, 02:48 PM
Chiefs 2008

1.Glenn Dorsey

1.Branden Albert

2.Brandon Flowers

3.Jamaal Charles

5.Brandon Carr

hoekd0250
06-26-2010, 02:49 PM
2004 - Arizona Cardinals
Rd Sel # Player Position School
1 3 Larry Fitzgerald WR Pittsburgh
2 33 Karlos Dansby OLB Auburn
3 64 Darnell Dockett DT Florida State
4 100 Alex Stepanovich C Ohio State
5 135 Antonio Smith DE Oklahoma State
6 167 Nick Leckey C Kansas State
7 202 John Navarre QB Michigan
They came away with the best reciever in the game today along with dline help and dansby who they lost to free agency but is still a great linebacker

2006 - Green Bay Packers
Rd Sel # Player Position School
1 5 A.J. Hawk OLB Ohio State
2 47 Daryn Colledge G Boise State
2 52 Greg Jennings WR Western Michigan
3 67 Abdul Hodge LB Iowa
3 75 Jason Spitz G Louisville
4 104 Cory Rodgers WR Texas Christian
4 115 Will Blackmon CB Boston College
5 148 Ingle Martin QB Furman
5 165 Tony Moll G Nevada-Reno
6 183 Johnny Jolly DT Texas A&M
6 185 Tyrone Culver DB Fresno State
7 253 Dave Tollefson DE Northwest Missouri State
five solid starter including a playmaker in greg jennings who continues to excel.

cvv84
06-26-2010, 03:40 PM
For the Packers I'd have to say the 2005 draft seeing we got our next franchise QB in Aaron Rodgers and a ballhawk safety in Nick Collins. Mostly though without Rodgers developing we wouldn't be where we are today.

The 2009 class is shaping up to be a better one though with Raji, Matthews, Lang, Johnson, Underwood, and Jones making either big contributions last year or going to be this year.

falloutboy14
06-26-2010, 03:45 PM
Colts notable picks

2006: - Middle rounds weren't pretty, but the start and finish worked out well.
1 30 Joseph Addai - RB LSU
6 199 Charlie Johnson OT Oklahoma State
6 207 Antoine Bethea S Howard

2009: - Not a lot of production from the first two picks yet, but the mid rounds were gold, along with a kicker at the end
1 27 Donald Brown RB UConn
2 56 Fili Moala DT USC
3 92: Jerraud Powers CB Auburn
4 127 Austin Collie WR BYU
7 222 Pat McAfee P West Virginia

G00N
06-26-2010, 03:47 PM
broncos 06 draft
1 11(11) Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt
2 29(61) Tony Scheffler TE Western Michigan
4 22(119) Brandon Marshall WR UCF
4 29(126) Elvis Dumervil DE Louisville
4 33(130) Domenik Hixon WR Akron
5 28(161) Chris Kuper OT North Dakota (one of the most underated guards in football)
6 29(198 ) Greg Eslinger OC Minnesota
UDFA: Mike Bell Arizona

As far as talent goes, maybe the best draft of anyone in the last decade. As far as current team impact....well we all know how that went...

diabsoule
06-26-2010, 05:05 PM
2006 for the Saints

RB Reggie Bush (first round # 2)
S Roman Harper (second round #43)
OG Jahri Evans (fourth round #108)
OT Zach Strief (seventh round #210)
WR Marques Colston (seventh round # 252)

That's pretty much been our best draft ever.

Go_Eagles77
06-26-2010, 05:18 PM
Probably the 2002 draft for the eagles where they got Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown, Michael Lewis and Brian Westbrook who were all key pieces in the superbowl run.

RealityCheck
06-26-2010, 06:03 PM
All the other picks sucked, but Seymour and Light made the day in 2001.

Overall, I'd say 2009.

21ST
06-26-2010, 06:53 PM
The redskins have honestly not had a good draft class in the last ten years but in 04 we got taylor and cooley and in 00 we got samules and arrington so i guess its between those 2

bearfan
06-26-2010, 07:22 PM
broncos 06 draft
1 11(11) Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt
2 29(61) Tony Scheffler TE Western Michigan
4 22(119) Brandon Marshall WR UCF
4 29(126) Elvis Dumervil DE Louisville
4 33(130) Domenik Hixon WR Akron
5 28(161) Chris Kuper OT North Dakota (one of the most underated guards in football)
6 29(198 ) Greg Eslinger OC Minnesota
UDFA: Mike Bell Arizona

As far as talent goes, maybe the best draft of anyone in the last decade. As far as current team impact....well we all know how that went...

I may have to agree with you, if they kept that offense together...wow. Too bad they lost all of those pieces lol

Ravens1991
06-26-2010, 07:34 PM
In 1996 we got Ray Lewis and Jonathen Ogden. Throw in a pro bowl KR/PR in Jermaine Lewis. 2 HOFs and a pro bowler, that is tough to beat.

21ST
06-26-2010, 07:55 PM
In 1996 we got Ray Lewis and Jonathen Ogden. Throw in a pro bowl KR/PR in Jermaine Lewis. 2 HOFs and a pro bowler, that is tough to beat.

You might wanna work on your reading skill though

Ravens1991
06-26-2010, 08:27 PM
Fail indeed good pick up.


I would say 2008 when we got Joe Flacco and Ray Rice back to back. Add in Zbikowski that is a real good draft, with 2 players who are already the faces of our franchise behind Ray Ray.

coordinator0
06-26-2010, 08:45 PM
I think I would have to go with 2008 for the Ravens as well. Getting a starting QB and a RB like Rice is always going to be great. 2007 was nice too, we drafted three of our starting OL that year (Grubbs, Yanda, and Gaither in the supplemental draft).

General Zod
06-26-2010, 08:49 PM
2007 for the Vikes.

1 7 Adrian Peterson RB Oklahoma
2 44 Sidney Rice WR South Carolina
3 72 Marcus McCauley CB Fresno State
4 102 Brian Robison DE Texas
5 146 Aundrae Allison WR East Carolina
6 176 Rufus Alexander LB Oklahoma
7 217 Tyler Thigpen QB Coastal Carolina
7 233 Chandler Williams WR


2006 wasnt to bad either...

1 17 Chad Greenway LB Iowa
2 48 Cedric Griffin CB Texas
2 51 Ryan Cook C/G New Mexico
2 64 Tarvaris Jackson QB Alabama State
4 127 Ray Edwards DE Purdue
5 149 Greg Blue DB

fenikz
06-26-2010, 09:43 PM
also 2008

16. DRC
50. Calais Campbell
81. Early Doucet
149. Tim Hightower
225. Brandon Keith

Brent
06-26-2010, 09:58 PM
2007 - San Francisco 49ers

1 11 Patrick Willis ILB Mississippi
1 28 Joe Staley OT Central Michigan
3 76 Jason Hill WR Washington State
3 97 Ray McDonald DE Florida
4 104 Jay Moore LB Nebraska
4 126 Dashon Goldson SAF Washington
4 135 Joe Cohen DT Florida
5 147 Tarell Brown CB Texas
6 186 Thomas Clayton RB Kansas State

dan77733
06-27-2010, 12:00 AM
I have to agree with Brent.

49ers / 2007

1 11 Patrick Willis ILB Mississippi
1 28 Joe Staley OT Central Michigan
3 76 Jason Hill WR Washington State
3 97 Ray McDonald DE Florida
4 104 Jay Moore LB Nebraska
4 126 Dashon Goldson FS Washington
4 135 Joe Cohen DT Florida
5 147 Tarell Brown CB Texas
6 186 Thomas Clayton RB Kansas State

Definitely the best draft of the last decade with arguably the best inside/middle LB in Willis, a franchise LT in Staley, a starting and playmaking FS in Goldson, a solid nickelback in Brown, a solid backup pass rushing DE in McDonald and a decent WR in Hill. Moore and Cohen were busts and Clayton was never given a chance during the regular season, got injured last year and was gone.

Honorable mention

2000

1 16 Julian Peterson OLB Michigan State
1 24 Ahmed Plummer CB Ohio State
2 35 John Engelberger DE Virginia Tech
2 48 Jason Webster CB Texas A&M
3 65 Giovanni Carmazzi QB Hofstra
3 86 Jeff Ulbrich LB Hawaii
4 108 John Keith SS Furman
5 132 Paul Smith RB Texas-El Paso
5 150 John Milem DE Lenoir-Rhyne
7 212 Tim Rattay QB Louisiana Tech
7 230 Brian Jennings TE Arizona State

We struck gold with Peterson before we switched to the 3-4 and he left town. Plummer and Webster were two solid starters before injuries. Engelberger was a solid starting DE opposite our 2001 first rounder Andre Carter. Ulbrich was a steal and had a good ten year starting career. Jennings is arguably the best LS in the league and Rattay was a solid backup QB.

2001

1 7 Andre Carter DE California
2 47 Jamie Winborn OLB Vanderbilt
3 80 Kevan Barlow RB Pittsburgh
6 169 Cedrick Wilson WR Tennessee
6 179 Rashad Holman CB Louisville
6 191 Menson Holloway DT Texas-El Paso
7 209 Alex Lincoln LB Auburn
7 224 Eric Johnson TE Yale

Carter was a damn good DE but like Peterson, was gone after we switched to the 3-4 defense. Winborn was mostly a backup but played well when there were injuries. Loved his energy and motor. Barlow was a 1000 yard rusher but fell off once Hearst was let go. Johnson was one of the biggest steals for us in the last decade. Shame injuries pretty much cut his career short. Wilson was a starter in 2004 and decent. Holman was a backup/special teamer while the other two never played in a regular season game or at least I dont think that they did.

LonghornsLegend
06-27-2010, 12:19 AM
2005 Class for Dallas takes the cake


Rd 1(11): Demarcus Ware
Rd 1(20): Marcus Spears
Rd 2(42): Kevin Burnett
Rd 4(109): Marion Barber
Rd 4(132): Chris Canty
Rd 6(208): Justin Berlault
Rd 6(209): Rob Pettiti
Rd 7(224): Jay Ratliff



This should be up there with one of the best classes out of anyone. Alot of pro bowlers, some all-pro teams, and even guys like Spears and Burnett were big contributers on the team.

j05son
06-27-2010, 01:08 AM
Cleveland Browns - 2007

1-3 LT Joe Thomas
2-53 CB Eric Wright
5-140 CB Brandon McDonald

'09 class is looking really good so far. Mack, Massaquoi, Robiskie, Veikune, Maiva, Francies, Davis.

XxXdragonXxX
06-27-2010, 04:49 AM
Definitely has to be 2001 for the Seahawks.

Hutchinson and Ken Lucas were the best guys from the class. Floyd Womack, Koren Robinson, Alex Bannister, Heath Evans and Orlando Huff all got some decent playing time as well.

Razor
06-27-2010, 06:46 AM
For the Patriots the 2009 draft looks like the best one:

34 Patrick Chung DB Oregon
40 Ron Brace DT Boston College
41 Darius Butler DB Connecticut
58 Sebastian Vollmer T Houston
83 Brandon Tate WR North Carolina
97 Tyrone McKenzie LB South Florida
123 Rich Ohrnberger G Penn State
170 George Bussey T Louisville
198 Jake Ingram LS Hawaii
207 Myron Pryor DT Kentucky
232 Julian Edelman QB Kent State
234 Darryl Richard DT Georgia Tech

All of the players are still with the team. Chung, Butler and Vollmer looks like starters at this point. So does Edelman, but only because of Welkers injury. Tate and McKenzie are wildcards, as both could end up starting in 2010. Pryor surprised everyone last year and played really well, and Orhnberger is coming along and looks solid. Probably needs another year before he's ready to start. Brace was horrible last year, but he's been working alot at DE which is probably a better fit for him at this point. I'm also confident, that Vollmer will have proven himself an elite LT in the NFL in two years. The guy is a beast, he just kills his opponents.

AntoinCD
06-27-2010, 11:07 AM
For the Patriots the 2009 draft looks like the best one:

34 Patrick Chung DB Oregon
40 Ron Brace DT Boston College
41 Darius Butler DB Connecticut
58 Sebastian Vollmer T Houston
83 Brandon Tate WR North Carolina
97 Tyrone McKenzie LB South Florida
123 Rich Ohrnberger G Penn State
170 George Bussey T Louisville
198 Jake Ingram LS Hawaii
207 Myron Pryor DT Kentucky
232 Julian Edelman QB Kent State
234 Darryl Richard DT Georgia Tech

All of the players are still with the team. Chung, Butler and Vollmer looks like starters at this point. So does Edelman, but only because of Welkers injury. Tate and McKenzie are wildcards, as both could end up starting in 2010. Pryor surprised everyone last year and played really well, and Orhnberger is coming along and looks solid. Probably needs another year before he's ready to start. Brace was horrible last year, but he's been working alot at DE which is probably a better fit for him at this point. I'm also confident, that Vollmer will have proven himself an elite LT in the NFL in two years. The guy is a beast, he just kills his opponents.

I'd put 2003 and 2005 up there as contenders also

2003 noteables:

Ty Warren
Eugene Wilson
Asante Samuel
Dan Koppen
Tully Banta-Cain

2005 noteables:

Logan Mankins
Ellis Hobbs
Nick Kaczur
James Sanders
Matt Cassel

Both of those classes had 5 starters at one stage or another for a team which generally didn't have many holes

Bengalsrocket
06-27-2010, 12:13 PM
So tough for the Bengals.

2001 had Justin Smith, Chad Johnson, Rudi Johnson & TJ Housh. But only 1 of those guys remains on the team.

2003 had Palmer and Steinbach was good but we let him walk. Kooistra and Jeremi Johnson helped the team a bit, but this drafts only strength in the last 10 years has been Palmer.

2006 was great for us. Jonathan Joseph as our starting corner now, Andrew Whitworth as our starting LT now, Frostee Rucker is a very solid pass rushing DE / back up and Domato Peko is arguably our best defensive player right now.

But I guess my final vote would be 2009. I hope that draft is our best for the sake of our team lol. Andre Smith, Maualuga, Michael Johnson, Chase Coffman, Kevin Huber, Morgan Trent, Bernard Scott and Clint McDonald all showed something so far.

toddmlazarchick
06-27-2010, 02:23 PM
For terms of outstanding players is 04 hands down

1 (5) - S - Sean Taylor
3 (81) - TE - Chris Cooley

2006 was also a good draft for key players

2 (35) - LB - Rocky McIntosh
5 (153) - DT - Anthony Montgomery
6 (173) - S - Reed Doughty
6 (196) - DT - Kedric Golston

JetMan
06-28-2010, 05:09 PM
in 2000 the Jets had 4 first round picks that they used on Sean Ellis, John Abraham, Chad Pennington, and Anthony Becth. They also got L. Coles in the 3rd round that year.

prock
06-28-2010, 05:16 PM
Adrian Peterson and Sidney Rice is such a great draft.

Dam8610
06-28-2010, 06:07 PM
I'd have to say from 2000-2009, the Colts best draft class is the 2003 class:

1 24 Dallas Clark TE Iowa
2 58 Mike Doss SS Ohio State
3 90 Donald Strickland FS Colorado
4 122 Steve Sciullo G Marshall
5 138 Robert Mathis DE Alabama A&M
5 162 Keyon Whiteside LB Tennessee
6 198 Cato June DB Michigan
6 208 Makoa Freitas T Arizona

3 Pro Bowlers, 6 starters, given overall quality and production, it's hard to top. Had Strickland and Doss not been injured, it might be even more impressive. That said, the chart from 00-09 would look something like this:

2003

2006
2001
2002
2004
2009
2005

2007
2008
2000

The great thing about that is that the 07 (Gonzalez, Ugoh), 08 (Pollak, Wheeler, Tamme, Richard) and 09 (Brown, Moala) classes all have either highly touted or great schematically fitting players who could all still contribute and bring their ranks up much higher. Were Brown and Moala to become big contributors, for example, the 09 class probably shoots up to the same level as the 03 class.

Dam8610
06-28-2010, 06:10 PM
Pryor surprised everyone last year and played really well

That didn't surprise everyone, Pryor was my favorite non-elite DT prospect in the 2009 class, I was highly pissed when the Pats drafted him.

zachsaints52
06-28-2010, 07:17 PM
06 Saints
3 Pro Bowl caliber players (Evans, Colston, and Bush at PR)
Solid starter in Harper
Backup OT in Strief.

K Train
07-02-2010, 07:49 AM
2007 for the steelers

Timmons
Woodley
Spaeth
Sepulveda
Mcbean
Stepenson
***
Baker

UDFA- Darnell stapleton

The top 2 are star players, sepulveda is a beast when healthy i hope he bounces back after a poor 2009 season, *** is a good NB, spaeth is servicable, and the other 3 are no longer steelers and i think the only one in football still is mcbean on the broncos

the steelers have great players out of most drafts but overall poor classes. 04 was ben, but then followed up with ricardo coclough whos terrible, starks who is ok and a bunch of players out of football.

03 they drafted troy, but then ike taylor was the only other player among a bunch of failures

2001 could have gotten the nod if kendrell bell didnt flop after getting hurt cause bell and hampton would have run away with that if bell played his whole career like he did as a rookie

2005 was heath miller, bryant mcfadden, trai essex and chris kemoeatu, among some scrubs..that ALMOST got my vote, i just wish essex was a better player. i went 07 over them because imo woodley is a premier pass rusher in the NFL and timmons is so versatile in our defense and the few role players in that class are better than the ones in 05

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scottyboy
07-02-2010, 08:07 AM
Personally I thought scarves were a reach in the second round.

but bikinis in the 3rd? steal of the draft. easily.


also: for the Giants-

might have to go with 05 that netted us:
Webster, Tuck, Jacobs and Eric Moore. ok Moore sucked, but that's 3 good pieces in a 4 pick draft.

07 gets a mention too:

2007 1 20 CB Ross, Aaron Texas
2 51 WR Smith, Steve USC
3 81 DT Alford, Jay Penn State
4 116 LB DeOssie, Zak Brown
5 153 TE Boss, Kevin Western Oregon
6 189 T Koets, Adam Oregon State
7 224 SAF Johnson, Michael Tyler JC TX; Arizona
7 250 RB Bradshaw, Ahmad Marshall

Ross is a good CB, Smith led the NFC in catches last year, Boss and Bradshaw are huge pieces of our offense and Alford has promise if ever healthy. This team made a HUGE impact on the Super Bowl run, in their rookie years.

RealityCheck
07-02-2010, 08:11 AM
but bikinis in the 3rd? steal of the draft. easily.

Hell no. Sunglasses in the 7th was sweet.

scottyboy
07-02-2010, 08:25 AM
Hell no. Sunglasses in the 7th was sweet.

well yes, but they fell due to big personality issues. Supposedly big time diva/me-first attitude. Very glaring attitude problem.

The bikinis are a flashy, sexy pick. Some aren't sure of the frame, saying they're too small and fragile, but i think the pure athleticism and ability of the bikinis make them a knockout, stellar pick

yourfavestoner
07-02-2010, 10:18 AM
I'd have to say from 2000-2009, the Colts best draft class is the 2003 class:

1 24 Dallas Clark TE Iowa
2 58 Mike Doss SS Ohio State
3 90 Donald Strickland FS Colorado
4 122 Steve Sciullo G Marshall
5 138 Robert Mathis DE Alabama A&M
5 162 Keyon Whiteside LB Tennessee
6 198 Cato June DB Michigan
6 208 Makoa Freitas T Arizona

3 Pro Bowlers, 6 starters, given overall quality and production, it's hard to top. Had Strickland and Doss not been injured, it might be even more impressive. That said, the chart from 00-09 would look something like this:

2003

2006
2001
2002
2004
2009
2005

2007
2008
2000

The great thing about that is that the 07 (Gonzalez, Ugoh), 08 (Pollak, Wheeler, Tamme, Richard) and 09 (Brown, Moala) classes all have either highly touted or great schematically fitting players who could all still contribute and bring their ranks up much higher. Were Brown and Moala to become big contributors, for example, the 09 class probably shoots up to the same level as the 03 class.

Mike Doss!!! Now there's a name I haven't seen in a long time.

zachsaints52
07-02-2010, 12:51 PM
well yes, but they fell due to big personality issues. Supposedly big time diva/me-first attitude. Very glaring attitude problem.

The bikinis are a flashy, sexy pick. Some aren't sure of the frame, saying they're too small and fragile, but i think the pure athleticism and ability of the bikinis make them a knockout, stellar pick

Figures watches in the 8th.... no respect for the old school ways of life.

Denver Bronco56
07-03-2010, 12:26 PM
Minus greg eslinger...the whole 2006 Denver draft produced standout players, and is easily one of the best drafts by any team recently...but like said before it really doesnt help that they all got traded minus dumervil and kuper