NFL Quarterback Draft Class Showdown: 2000 Vs. 1999

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NFL Quarterback Draft Class Showdown: 2000 Vs. 1999

As football fans across the globe cast their longing eyes in the direction of the April draft, I decided that now might be a good time to reflect on draft classes of the last 10 years.

Too often in this business, we rush ahead to the next big event without taking pause to evaluate the past and learn from it. In a way, this study will still be a celebration of the coming 2009 draft, as I believe it will shed some light on certain overlooked trends that no one ever stops to consider.

I will begin with a class-by-class showdown of sorts at the quarterback position over the last 10 drafts.  First up, we have the class of 1999 taking on that of 2000:

 

I. 1999

A) 13 quarterbacks selected in the draft, including five in the first round

B) Of those 13, only two are still in the league

C) Of those two still in the league, one merits a level five rating (franchise player) and one merits a level four (starter)

Here is the quarterback class of 1999:

1. Tim Couch: Selected first overall out of Kentucky. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2003.

2. Donovan McNabb: Selected second overall out of Syracuse. Franchise player for the Eagles. Has taken them to one Super Bowl.

3. Akili Smith: Selected third overall out of Oregon. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2002.

4. Daunte Culpepper: Selected 11th overall out of Central Florida. Great career prior to knee injury. Now on downside of his career, barely starting in Detroit.

5. Cade McNown: Selected 12th overall out of UCLA. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2000.

6. Shaun King: Selected in the second round out of Tulane. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2004.

7. Brock Huard: Selected in third round out of Washington. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2003.

8. Joe Germaine: Selected in fourth round out of Ohio State. No longer in league. Played his last season in 1999.

9. Aaron Brooks: Selected in fourth round out of Virginia. No longer in league. Made one Pro Bowl. Played his last season in 2006.

10.  Kevin Daft: Selected in fifth round out of Cal-Davis. No longer in league. Was cut in 1999.

11. Michael Bishop: Selected in seventh round out of Kansas State. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2000.

12. Chris Greisen: Selected in seventh round out of Northwest Missouri State. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2000.

13. Scott Covington: Selected in seventh round out of Miami (FL). No longer in league. Played his last season in 2002.

Overall analysis:  A terrible class, with three wasted first round picks. McNabb and Culpepper are the only ones still playing. None have won a Super Bowl.

Grade: D-

 

II. 2000

A) 12 quarterbacks selected in the draft, including only one in the first round (1999 must have scared off several teams)

B) Of those 12, only four are still in the league

C) Of those four still in the league, one merits a level six (Hall-of-Famer), two merit a level four (starter), and one merits a level two (risky back-up).

Here is the quarterback class of 2000:

1. Chad Pennington: Selected eighteenth overall out of Marshall. Up and down career. Accuracy ranks among the top in NFL history. Never been to Super Bowl.

2. Giovanni Carmazzi: Selected in the third round out of Hofstra. No longer in league. Never played a down.

3. Chris Redman: Selected in the third round out of Louisville. A back-up for 95 percent of his career thus far.

4. Tee Martin: Selected in the fifth round out of Tennessee. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2003.

5. Marc Bulger: Selected in the sixth round out of West Virginia. Surprised many when he assumed Rams’ starting position after injury to Kurt Warner. Once a premier talent in the NFC, he has struggled greatly of late without any kind of pass protection. Never been to Super Bowl.

6. Spergon Wynn: Selected in the sixth round out of Texas State. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2001.

7. Tom Brady: Selected in the sixth round out of Michigan. A future Hall-of-Famer, he has won three Super Bowls already. Considered possibly the best in the business. Suffered season-ending injury in first game of 2008.

8. Todd Husak: Selected in the sixth round out of Stanford. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2000.

9. JaJuan Seider: Selected in the sixth round out of Florida A&M. No longer in league. Never played a down.

10. Tim Rattay: Selected in the seventh round out of Louisiana Tech. Had a brief career revival in San Francisco. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2007.

11. Jarious Jackson: Selected in the seventh round out of Notre Dame. No longer in league. Played his last season in 2003.

12. Joe Hamilton: Selected in the seventh round out of Georgia Tech. No longer in league. Cut in 2000.

Overall analysis: After the 1999 abomination, expectations were relatively curbed. Still, Pennington has shown great ability at times, and Bulger and Brady (in particular) have truly anchored this class out of nowhere. Three Super Bowl rings (all belonging to Brady) thus far for this group.

Grade: B

ADVANTAGE: 2000

 

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