The 2011 NFL Draft can't be far off the minds of executives and general managers around the league...even with this season still two months away from completion.
We all know the importance of the draft for NFL teams: it's an opportunity to add youth, depth, franchise players, playmakers on either side of the ball, or perhaps projects that will hopefully develop a few years down the line.
The organizations that typically remain at the top of the league year after year are ones that hit home runs in the draft. The ones that struggle, well...they typically miss with their pick or sometimes pass up a sure thing.
So how confident should you be in your GM heading into next year's draft? Are they going to make picks that will help them in much-needed areas or will they miss out on a prospect and set the franchise back a few years?
Let's take a look at how some of the GMs have fared in previous drafts and rank them from busts to gurus. Keep in mind that these rankings have nothing to do with free agency—just how successful they've been in the last couple of drafts (dating back to 2007 at the latest).
As always, starting at the bottom and working our way towards the top...
(Note: not all NFL teams have GMs. Those that don't will be evaluated by the team's overall draft.)