Everyone knows the NFL Draft is as much of a crapshoot as . . . well . . . playing craps. Even with all of the pro days, draft boards, personal interviews and over-hyped meaningless combine measureables, assurance that your first round wager will pan out in congruence with the million dollar commitment is as likely as landing a quarter on “heads”. We all know the stories of highly drafted botches JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf and Charles Rogers – all of whom were selected within the first 2 overall picks in their draft year.
So in the spirit of tweaking statistics to one’s needs – not too dissimilar to how NFL GMs and owners (mis)use their data to bank an NFL team’s future. Here are a few other mind boggling numbers:
Why the disDayne for running backs?
There were more players (11) chosen from a single college conference (SEC, of course) in this year’s 1st round than there have been running backs (10) chosen in the last 5 years-worth of 1st rounds combined. And 6 of those 10 were between picks 27-32.
Everybody Okung Tonight
With all the glitz and glamour that often accompany “skill-position” players – and of course skill-position is code word for either (1) wide receiver; or (2) spoiled prima donna. Many teams have cashed in their chips on the headaches that come with the most narcissistic athletes in America besides pre-teen gymnasts and cheerleaders (or is it their mom’s?). Consider that in the past 7 years, there have been 46 offensive linemen selected in the 1st round. In the 7 years prior to that (2001-2007), there were only 27 OLs. On average that’s 6.57 vs. 3.86. This tells me that the “skills” that 330 pound behemoths have is more difficult to find than a Siamese cat at Mike Vick’s house (too soon?)
Quick trivia question – What do R.Jay Soward (2000, 29th overall, USC); Matt Jones (2005, 21st overall, Arkansas QB); and Reggie Williams (2004, 9th overall, Washington) have in common?
Yes, they were all never truly 1st round worthy with their combined 10 years of service. But the answer I was looking for was they were all drafted by and “retired” as Jacksonville Jaguars. Ya think Justin Blackmon (2012, 5th overall, Oklahoma State) is going to be on that list?
Once again proving the uselessness of Mel Kiper, current Jag, Cecil Shorts (2011, 4th round, 114 overall, from Division III Mount Union) had more receptions in a single season (2013) than any of the aforementioned Jag-WiRes ever did.
Want more Jags fans? Your team has drafted 4 kickers/punters this century (2012, 2007, 2004, 2002). In fact Bryan Anger’s (2012) selection in the 3rd round was the highest a K/P had been selected since 2005 when Mike Nugent was drafted by The JAY-EEE-TEE-ESS.
Easy trivia – Name the last K/P selected in the 1st round. Hint – He’s still with his original team.
Gotta end it here. The 2nd round coverage is starting!
Easy trivia answer - Sebastian Janikowski