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Taking a Look at A.J. Smith's Past Charger Drafts

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Check out this draft chart

    So, the football season is officially over. Now is the time when the thoughts of every red-blooded football fan turn to the upcoming draft. Sure, we'll have free agency before then, but every quality team in the NFL gets the majority of its players, the backbone of its team, through the draft. A lot of the reactionary fans tend to either blindly claim that A.J. Smith is either the biggest genius or the biggest idiot they have ever seen assemble an NFL football team. The only way to really be objective about this is to take a look at past drafts. AJ admitted last year at this time that he had to do better, so let's take a look back as see how he has done.

    Keep in mind that you typically need three years to evaluate a draft. By the third year, a player can be accurately evaluated as to their NFL potential. For some players it comes earlier, but typically we need to give a player three years. I've looked at every player we've drafted since 2001, plus any draft slots we traded away and what we got for them. I've also included Undrafted Free Agents (UDFA) who we picked up after the draft and made an impact (either here or elsewhere in the league).

    Each player is objectively measured on a scale from "made team" to MVP. A full time starter is any player who earned a starting spot and held on to it. Guys who started a long time yet were just injury replacements will not be categorized as full time starters (like Mooch this year), but guys who knocked someone out of their starting position and held onto it will be categorized as full time starters (like Ellison this year). Anyone who was either selected to the pro bowl or made it there as an injury replacement gets marked as a pro bowler (If David Garrard continues to go to the pro bowl I will need to rethink this). A player name formatted with strike-through is no longer on the team.

    So, let's get to it!

  2. CasualKnowledge

    CasualKnowledge BoltTalker

    Sep 21, 2009
    It's up for debate, but I have to think there isn't a single franchise that has done a better job at drafting talent in the last decade. I've heard a lot about AJ and his ego, but I don't know how a guy who can architect a team like that is expected to keep a straight face, it wouldn't be human. Run the table again please, AJ.
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