Tom Brady and the 25 Best NFL Draft Picks of the Last Decade

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Tom Brady and the 25 Best NFL Draft Picks of the Last Decade
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"We feel very strongly that our best policy is to draft the best player. This isn't fantasy football." -Ted Thompson, Green Bay Packers GM

There have been 2,552 players drafted in the last decade (2001-2010), most of whom we've never heard from again. As you can imagine, paring that list down to the 25 best selections was a daunting task, but someone had to do it. 

Why? Because we love lists. Because we're bored with the CBA. Because the draft is fast approaching, and I'm a glutton for punishment.

How? That's the $9 billion question. How does one accurately compare the value of a seventh-round sleeper to that of a No. 1 pick?

Using my best discretion, I've rated draft picks under two simple criteria, each with its own 50-point scale:

1) Caliber of Player (1-50)  
The first rating is a basic measure of overall talent and production. With regard to younger players, potential and future expectations were taken into consideration. 

2) Degree of Difficulty (1-50)
The second rating is a measure of ingenuity. While turning up stars becomes more difficult as a draft progresses, organizational and situational x-factors also weighed into this rating.

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