Matthew Aguilar: Grading top NFL draf...

Matthew Aguilar: Grading top NFL draft picks of past 20 seasons

There are 6 comments on the El Paso Times story from Apr 18, 2010, titled Matthew Aguilar: Grading top NFL draft picks of past 20 seasons. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

It's hard to believe that there was a debate back in 1998 as to who should be the first overall draft selection -- Tennessee's Peyton Manning or Washington State's Ryan Leaf.

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get it right

Plano, TX

#1 Apr 19, 2010
*CORRECTION - jake long was #1 pick to Miami Dolphins in 2008, not the Rams!
Rob

El Paso, TX

#2 Apr 19, 2010
1993: Drew Bledsoe, Patriots: Considered one of the young guns out of Washington State, Bledsoe never quite made it to the mountaintop as a pro. Grade: B.

2003: Carson Palmer, Bengals: One of the stars of the league and a leader who led a truly bad team back to respectability. Grade: A.

I know this stuff is subjective but I don't agree with these two ratings. Tom Brady could've ended up being a career backup if Bledsoe had not been injured during the second game of the 2001 season. He took the Patriots to the Super Bowl in '97 and came in for an injured Brady during the '02 AFC Championship and led a game-winning drive to beat the Steelers. The Pats would win the Super Bowl thus giving Bledsoe 2 Super Bowl appearances and 1 Super Bowl ring to Carson Palmer's zero. Palmer hasn't even been to an AFC title game and has only 2 winning seasons with the Bengals.

I think Bledsoe's career numbers are sufficient enough to match up with Palmer's. Palmer might eventually surpass Bledsoe's numbers but I don't believe at this point Palmer has led the Bengals back to respectability. He needs to backup last season's Division title at least. And with the Bengals that's a mountaintop in itself.

Bledsoe: A
Palmer: B

No. I'm not a Patriots fan. Can't stand 'em.

Chuck a Duck

United States

#3 Apr 19, 2010
A guy who had his entire NFL career affected by the third play he ever ran gets a D? I think your grading of Ki-Jana Carter is dead wrong. At best he should have been a graded an incomplete because we never got to see him live up to his potential.

JaMarcus Russell on the other hand, you were extremely generous. A new scale needs to created for washouts that management nor the player will admit could never live up to Jeff George's career.
Jim Sadler

United States

#4 Apr 20, 2010
Chuck a Duck wrote:
A guy who had his entire NFL career affected by the third play he ever ran gets a D? I think your grading of Ki-Jana Carter is dead wrong. At best he should have been a graded an incomplete because we never got to see him live up to his potential.
JaMarcus Russell on the other hand, you were extremely generous. A new scale needs to created for washouts that management nor the player will admit could never live up to Jeff George's career.
He didn't even mention Eyeball Johnson who was a number one pick so I don't know how complete this rankings really are.
benfromma

Jamaica Plain, MA

#5 Apr 20, 2010
I agree with Rob. When you compare Bledsoe to P.Manning he is a B. But compared to Palmer he is an A
Bullfarts

Houston, TX

#6 Apr 26, 2010
Palmer: D-

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