NFL Draft 2011 Reasoning Network: Can You Name the Best Drafting Organization?

Lake CruiseAnalyst IApril 21, 2011

NFL Draft 2011 Reasoning Network: Can You Name the Best Drafting Organization?

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris
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    Drafting in the NFL is a volatile profession.  Some organizations stay steady as they go and always seem to make good picks.  Others are just the opposite.

    Opposites attract, they say, so why hasn't there been more copycatting of the successful organizations when it comes to the draft?

    Only the football Gods know, but I know who the best organizations in the draft have been in the last few years.  Here they are coming at you now.  Enjoy the show.

10. Kansas City Chiefs: They Had an Epic Draft in 2010

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 09:  A fan of the Kansas City Chiefs supports his team against the Baltimore Ravens as the Ravens defeated the Chiefs 30-7 in the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 9, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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    Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry, Javier Arenas, Dwayne Bowe and John Asamoah. 

    Their young talented acquired in the last few drafts helped propel them to the playoffs last season.  It'll be interesting to see how they do this draft.

    All indications are they'll have another solid one and could be poised for a run deep in the 2011-2012 playoffs.

9. St. Louis Rams: Surprising St. Louis Has Drafted Well Lately

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams hands the ball off to running back Steven Jackson #39 during their game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on January 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Gre
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    Torry Holt, Sam Bradford, Chris Long and Steven Jackson.  These four players will go down as some of the best at their positions ever for the St. Louis Rams.

    They're already some of the best draft picks in NFL history.  Bradford was risky to some because of his injured shoulder, but he's turned out to be labeled as the second coming of Peyton Manning.

    The overall No. 1 pick is far from an Alex Smith, and that's why the Rams organization will be very successful for years to come while the 49ers need to turn it around and upside down.

8. Baltimore Ravens: Their Draft Picks Are Something to Rave About

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 15:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Heinz Field on January 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Im
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    Joe Flacco and Ray Rice—the starting backfield—were acquired via the draft, and boy, are the Ravens glad.  The talented youngsters have proven to be solid.

    The Ravens need to show their drafting skill and find a wide receiver this draft.  If so, then they'll have their own version of the Big Three in Dallas years ago: Irving, Aikman and Smith.

    Good luck.

7. San Diego Chargers: They Recognize NFL Talent as Well as Any Organization

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    SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22:  Cheerleaders of San Diego Chargers during the game against Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Chargers defeated the Broncos, 35-14.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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    LaDainian Tomlinson and Drew Brees are among some of the best draft picks in recent NFL history, the way I see it. 

    The Chargers have a knack for snapping up talent capable of producing on the field in the National Football League.

6. Philadelphia Eagles: They Usually Get Players Who Produce Sooner Than Later

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles takes the field before playing against the Green Bay Packers in the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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    Donovan McNabb, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Brian Westbrook and LeSean "Shady" McCoy.  Do those names ring a bell?  They should.

    They are the most prolific offensive players the Eagles have had in the last few years and all came through the draft.  The Eagles always seem to draft to fill the team's needs.

    For this reason, they've enjoyed much success in the NFL.  If they continue to draft this way, then the success will continue.

5. New Orleans Saints: How Do They Find These Steals Every Year It Seems?

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints attempts to avoid a tackle from Lawyer Milloy #36 of the Seattle Seahawks as Colston runs for 30-yards after a catch in the first quarter during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game a
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    Marques Colston from Hofstra is perhaps the biggest steal of the last five years at wide receiver.  He's been the stalwart for the highly efficient quarterback, Drew Brees.

    While Reggie Bush hasn't produced like the Saints would have liked him to, he's provided excitement and put people in the stands.  He also helped them win a Super Bowl.

    Robert Meachem had a breakout season last year and appears Pro Bowl bound.

4. Green Bay Packers: Some of Their Best Players Have Come Via the Draft

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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    Aaron Rodgers could be the steal of the draft this decade.  The San Francisco 49ers picked Alex Smith with the No. 1 overall selection in 2005.

    How did it pan out?  It panned out all right.  Smith is grounded, while Rodgers, the No. 24 pick, has been "Aaron it out" and won a Super Bowl in 2011.

    Clay Matthews, Rodgers and the rest of the defending Super Bowl champions came through the draft.  Grade-A drafting right there.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers: Building Perennial Super Bowl Contenders

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls a play against the Green Bay Packers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    When was the last time the Steelers missed on a draft pick?  Good question.  I’ll let you know as soon as I find out. 

    Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Rashard Mendenhall, Maurkice Pouncey, LaMarr Woodley.  

    Any questions? 

2. New England Patriots: They Have 4 of the First 33 Picks in This Draft

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    FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks to pass during their 2011 AFC divisional playoff game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/G
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    Andre Tippett, Asante Samuel, Lawyer Milloy, Curtis Martin and Tom Brady

    Enough said. 

    The Patriots are viewed as a model NFL franchise by most of their peers.  They have it on lock when it comes to drafting and filming other team’s practices—allegedly.

    C’mon, Pats, with your draft skills, you all don’t need to cheat.

1. Indianapolis Colts: Their Moves in the Draft Are Absolutely Some of the Best

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts passes the ball in the first quarter against the New York Jets during their 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 8, 2011 in Indianapolis, I
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    Peyton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Edgerrin James, Austin Collie, Dwight Freeney and Joseph Addai were all taken via the draft.  And those are just a few names.

    All have been successful in helping the Colts become one of the elite franchises this decade.  While Manning is known for faltering in big games, his NFL career has been more than honorable.

    Speaking of honorable, there are a few teams not on the list that deserve at least a mention.

    Honorable Mention: Detroit Lions in the last three years, Tampa Bay, Atlanta and the New York Jets.

    Time for me to jet out of here.  Catch you next time.  Until then, good living, good loving and good drafting.


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