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How NOT to build a team through the draft

Let’s look at how NOT to build a team … the last 6 years of drafting.

Any R1 and R2 picks need to be immediate starters. R3+ you are expecting either a starter to emerge after a year or two or at least to be a situational or depth piece.

By that count we should have 16 starters through R1/2 and say at least 4 or 5 from later rounds so round it out to 20.

We have maybe 10 starters, probably fewer if we had a better team – ie Parker should not be a starter, Leatherwood was expected to be an OG and we could have had him or another OG in a later round. So we are hitting at 50% or less.

NOT GOOD

Reggie was terrible at drafting and Gruden was a moron.

I’ll get into mock drafts in another post but we have weaknesses and gaps all over the place. We need:

· RT - would not be a need if we drafted a real RT last year

· OG – we still need depth and probably another starter

· WR – we need probably 2 more now

· QB – we need a back up – paying way too much for Marriota

· DT – we have no one signed for next year

· DE – we are ok for now but depth would be good

· LB – we need at least one next spring

· CB – we’ll need an eventual replacement for Hayward, assuming he signs for next year we can afford to have someone come along slowly for a year; and we need depth

· S – we are ok but probably need depth

We would have a LOT LESS gaps if we have drafted better!

2015/2016/2017 are especially jarring. Add 2018 except we at least have a starting LT from that draft. AND - most of the picks are not even in the league anymore.

2021


Round

Pick

Pos.

Comment

1

Alex Leatherwood

OL

OG NOT OT – wasted pick

2

Tre'von Moehrig

S

Starter

3

Malcolm Koonce

DE

Has not played

3

Divine Deablo

DB

Has upside

4

Tyree Gillespie

S

Has upside

5

Nate Hobbs

CB

Starter

7

Jimmy Morrissey

C

Gone

2020

Round

Player

Pos.

Comment

1

Henry Ruggs III

WR

Gone

1

Damon Arnette

CB

Gone

3

Lynn Bowden Jr.

RB

Gone

3

Bryan Edwards

WR

Starter

3

Tanner Muse

LB

Gone

4

John Simpson

G

Serviceable

4

Amik Robertson

CB

Has upside

2019

Round

Player

Pos.

Comment

1

Clelin Ferrell

DE

Bust

1

Josh Jacobs

RB

Starter

1

Johnathan Abram

S

Starter

2

Trayvon Mullen

CB

Has upside

4

Maxx Crosby

DE

Starter

4

Isaiah Johnson

CB

hanging around

4

Foster Moreau

TE

Has upside

5

Hunter Renfrow

WR

Starter

7

Quinton Bell

DE

Gone

2018

Round

Player

Pos.

Comment

1

Kolton Miller

T

Starter

2

P.J. Hall

DT

Gone

3

Brandon Parker

T

WTF

3

Arden Key

DE

Gone

4

Nick Nelson

CB

Gone

5

Maurice Hurst

DT

Gone

5

Johnny Townsend

P

Gone

6

Azeem Victor

LB

Gone

7

Marcell Ateman

WR

Gone

2017

Round

Player

Pos.

Comment

1

Gareon Conley

CB

Gone

2

Obi Melifonwu

S

Gone

3

Eddie Vanderdoes

DT

Gone

4

David Sharpe

OT

Gone

5

Marquel Lee

LB

Gone

7a.

Shalom Luani

S

Gone

7b.

Jylan Ware

OT

Gone

7c.

Elijah Hood

RB

Gone

7d.

Treyvon Hester

DT

Gone

2016

Round

Player

Pos.

Comment

1

Karl Joseph

S

Gone

2

Jihad Ward

DE

Gone

3

Shilique Calhoun

DE

Gone

4

Connor Cook

QB

Gone

5

DeAndré Washington

RB

Gone

6

Cory James

LB

Gone

7

Vadal Alexander

G

Gone

2015

1

Amari Cooper

WR

Gone

2

Mario Edwards Jr.

DE

Gone

3

Clive Walford

TE

Gone

4

Jon Feliciano

G

Gone

5a.

Ben Heeney

LB

Gone

5b.

Neiron Ball

LB

Gone

6

Max Valles

LB

Gone

7a.

Anthony Morris

OL

Gone

7b.

Andre Debose

WR

Gone

7c.

Dexter McDonald

CB

Gone