Thursday, March 20, 2008

Always Trade the #1 Pick in the NFL Draft

Why give $50-60M to an unproven player? Thats All-Pro money. I'd trade the #1 pick every time.

1977 - Ricky Bell - Bust
1978 - Earl Campbell - Stud
1979 - Tom Cousineau - Good not great
1980 - Billy Sims - Injury
1981 - George Rogers - Injury
1982 - Kenneth Sims - Bust
1983 - John Elway - Stud
1984 - Irving Fryar - Good not great
1985 - Bruce Smith - Stud
1986 - Bo Jackson - Injury
1987 - Vinny Testaverde - Bust
1988 - Aundray Bruce - Bust
1989 - Troy Aikman - Stud
1990 - Jeff George - Bust
1991 - Russell Maryland - Good not great
1992 - Steve Emtman - Injury
1993 - Drew Bledsoe - Good not great
1994 - Dan Wilkinson - Bust
1995 - Ki-Jana Carter - Injury
1996 - Keyshawn Johnson - Stud
1997 - Orlando Pace - Stud
1998 - $48M - Peyton Manning - Stud
1999 - $44M - Tim Couch - Bust
2000 - $45M - Courtney Brown - Bust
2001 - $62M - Michael Vick - Bust
2002 - $60M - David Carr - Bust
2003 - ???? - Carson Palmer - Stud
2004 - $54M - Eli Manning - ???
2005 - $49.5M - Alex Smith - Bust
2006 - $54M - Mario Williams - Stud
2007 - $61M - JaMarcus Russell - ???

4 Comments:

At March 22, 2008 10:00 PM, Blogger Tony said...

Fife,

You truly are the Jimmy "The Greek" of open source sports commentary.

 
At March 29, 2008 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take JaMarvcus Patten for 200 Alex!

 
At July 08, 2008 7:42 PM, Anonymous Campus Entrepreneurship said...

just found your blog... pretty interesting stuff, i look forward to reading more of it.

this is a great list and cool post, though i am a little confused on how eli manning has ?????. Didn't he just win the superbowl? Win 8(?) games in a row to close out the season (4 in a row or something on the road? in the playoffs?)...Beat the best team in history in the superbowl?

That sounds like a stud to me.

 
At July 08, 2008 7:50 PM, Blogger Andrew Fife said...

Campus:
Eli Manning had a great playoff run, but he also lead the league in interceptions and his completion percentage of 56.1% was 29th. Prior to making the playoffs, Manning was on the verge of losing his starting position. Clearly, he's got talent, but whether or not he can put it together for an extended period of time remains to be seen. I hope he does... the quarterbacking in the NFL is at an all-time low.
-Andrew

 

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