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Draft Dose: Evaluating the draft chart

Discussion in 'American Football' started by chargerlipz, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. chargerlipz

    chargerlipz Leading the league in nose hairs.

    Mar 28, 2007
    Draft Dose: Evaluating the draft chart - NFL - Yahoo! Sports

    2004 Chargers-Giants trade

    Chargers get: Philip Rivers(notes) (1, 4) and Nate Kaeding(notes) (3, 65) in ’04; Shawne Merriman(notes) (1, 12) and Jerome Collins(notes) (5, 144) in ’05; Draft chart points: 3,895.2

    Giants get: Eli Manning(notes) (1, 1); Draft chart points: 3,000

    The draft chart indicates that this was a lopsided deal for the Chargers. While we aren't going to call the deal lopsided, it does look like the Chargers got the better of this exchange. Merriman made three Pro Bowls for the Chargers and was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in '05. Kaeding has been the Chargers' placekicker for the past seven years, making the Pro Bowl twice over that span. After studying and watching Drew Brees(notes) for a couple of seasons, Rivers has steadily improved and has thrown for more than 4,000 yards in each of the past three seasons. He has made three Pro Bowls and only playoff success stands in the way of his inclusion in the top tier of quarterbacks in the NFL. Manning has that playoff success, having led the Giants to an improbable Super Bowl XLII victory over the Patriots. That eased the criticism on Manning for a while, but the quarterback has come under fire for his issues with costly interceptions. We are going to agree with the draft value chart and give the Chargers the better end of this deal, even though Manning helped the Giants earn a Super Bowl ring

    2001 Falcons-Chargers trade

    Falcons get: Michael Vick(notes) (1, 1); Draft chart points: 3,000

    Chargers get: WR-RS Tim Dwight (veteran), LaDainian Tomlinson(notes) (1, 5) and Tay Cody (3, 67) in ’01 and Reche Caldwell(notes) (2, 48) in ’02; Draft chart points: 2,380

    This one is a little harder to evaluate, since the Falcons threw Dwight into the deal, and that doesn't fit into the draft chart's neat mathematics. However, given that Dwight had value of a mid-round pick, the Falcons still would have come out ahead in this deal, according to the draft chart. Dwight, Cody and Caldwell were little more than journeymen, so the deal again comes down to two players: Vick and Tomlinson. Vick was obviously spectacular in his first few seasons in the league, but his dogfighting troubles set his career back and forced the Falcons to release him. He has resurrected his career with the Eagles, but he never gave the Falcons the total return on their investment. Tomlinson, on the other hand, has made his mark as one of the best running backs of all time. Tomlinson has made five Pro Bowls, was named first-team All-Pro three times and currently sits in sixth place on the career rushing yards list. We are going to go against the draft chart (again) and give the edge to the Chargers.

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