It's time to grade the Falcons on their 2006 draft. For grading criteria, if the player made it to the Pro Bowl, he gets an A. If he has started at least 24 games (1.5 seasons) he gets a B. C's are still on the team. D's are still in the NFL. F's are no longer in the NFL. Plus and minuses are subjective.
1st round, no pick:
They traded it to the Jets for John Abraham. Anytime you get a pro bowl for John Abraham and two draft choices (3rd round in this draft, and 4th in the '07 draft). So since the Falcons got guaranteed value, they easily passed the class. Grade:A
Round 2, pick 37: Jimmy Williams, CB, Virginia Tech
He played in 27 games for the Falcons, with seven starts. After the 2007 Williams was released. He served a 5 game suspension for possessing marijuana. He was signed by the 49ers on 1/22/2009. Grade: D
Round 3, Pick 79: Jerious Norwood, RB, Mississippi State
Playing in 45 games, starting two, Norwood has compiled 1,758 yards rushing, adding 717 yards receiving with nine combined TDs. His career rushing average is 5.8. Not bad for a third round pick. I'm going to give him a bump in grade since he has been playing behind great running backs. Grade B.
Round 5, pick 139: Quinn Ojinnaka, OT, Syracuse
Quinn has played in 30 games for the Falcons, starting 7. He appears to be a quality rotation guy. Not Bad for a fifth round pick. Grade: C+
Round 6, pick 184: Adam Jennings, WR, Fresno State
Adam played in 38 games for the Falcons, before joining the Lions midway through the 2008 season. He played 7 games for the Lions as well. For a small 5th round receiver, only missing 3 games is pretty good. He has 6 career catches for 62 yards, with 1 touch down. Giving this a bump, as the pick was pretty decent. Grade C-
Round 7, pick 223, D.J. Shockley, QB, Georgia
D.J is a short developmental QB. He is still on the team at this point, and that's all you can ask of a 7th round pick. He has not appeared in any games. Grade: C
So adding up all of the grade points, just like you would in college (grade times credits). And we'll pretend that the first round is a 7 credit class, the second round is six and so forth.The Falcons have 24 credits, with 61.6 grade points. That gives a GPA of 2.56.
That's a passing draft. I let Abraham count, as that was 100% the right move to make. I had to give Jennings a bump, as its not his fault that the Falcons draft a WR every year. Laurent Robinson was traded this last year for the same reason. However if it wasn't for the trade, this one would have been very bad.
I'm grading all of the teams 2006 drafts. The Panthers got a 2.78, and the Bucs got a 1.84. Check back for updates!