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Old 04-24-2012   #55
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Default Re: How important is NFL draft to you?

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Originally Posted by GP View Post
WHEN I LOSE INTEREST
I lose interest after round 4. Rounds 5, 6, and 7 are of little interest to me because I think we're just taking blind stabs at guys who will be depth at worst, emergency starters (Yates) at best. I'd like for one of you draftniks to research every Texans 5th, 6th, and 7th rounder to see which ones actually ended up contributing more than just a camp body or depth. That'd be an interesting topic to look at!
I've gone all the way back through the Casserly era picks. I'm actually surprised at how many guys kicked around the league at least a little bit.

I'd written a long post detailing all the picks and what they'd done... but no one wants to go through all that.

We got a few guys that gave us something from the Casserly Era: Petey Faggins, Charlie Anderson, CC Brown, Wali Lundy, and David Anderson. He drafted a bunch of bodies that at least have made squads off and on but not really contributed.

In the Smith era, we've had more guys contribute more to us (even though we might not like some of them): Diles, Studdard, Barber, Nolan, McCain, Casey, Yates. This year, we might be seeing some contributions from some other guys in there like Derek Newton (whose development might be why they felt comfortable letting Winston go) and Shelly Smith. But there have been flame-outs like Dorin Dickerson, Alex Brink, and Trindon Holliday.

Casserly had a draft process of ditching middle round picks and picking up later round picks because he believed that anything after the second round was pretty much a crapshoot. So he drafted a LOT of guys during those years in those later rounds. Smith has been more focused.
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