Posted on: December 4, 2008 2:38 pm

Overlooked facts from the NFL draft

We've all debated who makes who better - quarterbacks making their receivers elite or receivers making their quarterbacks elite.  I'm not going to name who this argument generally comes from (at least, when I'm debating) but I'm sure Bong Show knows it's him..oops.  Now, I know he's going to post about 100 examples of skill players becoming great after a decent college career and moderate draft pick based on who their quarterback is to argue with me, but I only want to say a few things that people might not consider, in regards to things like:
  • The best player doesn't always go first
  • The best skill players don't always succeed on the teams they're drafted by
  • Lots of people have a lot to do with numbers and stats; it's not just who's throwing the ball and who's catching it.

For the record, I'm not saying the receiver or backs are entirely responsible for the play of their quarterbacks.  That's not close to true.  However, the fact of the matter is an elite quarterback makes a good receiver great, and an elite receiver makes a good quarterback great.  Now, onto the facts.

-Kurt Warner was not drafted and won two MVP's while in St. Louis (he had Marshall Faulk, Torry Holt, and Isaac Bruce).  Marc Bulger, picked only a few selections higher than Tom Brady, inherited that team in 2002 and had ratings above 90 in four of his first five seasons (2002, 2004 - 2006).  Tom Brady came onto a team with Antowain Smith, Troy Brown, and David Givens and didn't put up incredibly gaudy numbers until his 2007 offensive overhaul.  Anyone think Bulger and Warner made Bruce and Holt?
-Kevin Dyson was selected five spots before Randy Moss in 1998.  He spent five years in Tennessee with Steve McNair, who I would consider a better quarterback than Daunte Culpepper.  As of right now, Dyson has 178 career catches (Moss had 92 last year alone), 2,325 yards (Moss had 1,500 last year alone), and 18 career touchdowns (Moss had 23 career touchdowns alone).  And if you remember, the Titans went to the Super Bowl in 1999 so it's not exactly like he was on a bad team.
-There were five running backs taken in the first round of the 1957 draft (13 teams).  The first was Hall of Famer Paul Hornung (first overall) followed by Jon Arnett.  The next back came as the #6 pick - a guy named Jim Brown.  Not trying to downplay the other two, but does anyone really consider either one better than Jim Brown?

Now, with that in mind, can we PLEASE drop this whole "Such and such went HIGHER in the draft than this other guy?" or "Such and such can't do anything with good players, so he sucks" nonsense?
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