Originally Posted by 76Texan
OK, so let's correct that Butler was a FA off the scrap heap.
Wasn't that a good find by the scouting department and Rick Smith?
Now concerning the 5th and 6th rounders, ProFootball Reference. Com
has a neat feature where you can query about all the drafts.
Of those two years, there are 28 sixth rounders still remain in the NFL in 2012.
There are 6 more fifth rounders (34 total).
3 sixth rounders definitely give you a better percentage of finding a contributor.
Based on those figures, 3 sixth rounders are actually better than 2 fifth rounders.
There was an article that we circulated around here a few years back.
It recorded the success percentage of players drafted in each round.
So yeah, it's not the first time we ever discussed this matter.
Butler was initially a good find. Not so much the last few yrs. The "injury prone" label has been bestowed upon him & its highly unlikely he returns. For being a former 3rd rounder most would say he didn't live up to expectations similar to Caldwell, but at least he wasn't Smith's 3rd rounder & he was serviceable when Brown was suspended.
Once again, I will politely agree to disagree concerning your round selection evaluations. I'm sure its a neat little feature & all, but in the end it clearly shows more 5th rounders making it compared to 6th rounders. Which makes sense because as I stated earlier & as your little feature showed the talent level falls a bit as each round goes by & thus more 5th rounders are on rosters compared to 6th rounders. I'm not sure if that little tid bit of info helped your case much, but it was worth a try.
Just guessing, using my little feature of "common sense", that if a trade is being worked out between 2 GM's that an offer of 2 5th round picks vs an offer of 3 6th round picks...I'm pretty sure the 2 5th rounders would win out more times then not. Once again, it goes back to quality over quantity. The GM's that pick 6th round picks over 5th round picks is probably the ones that would also pick a punter in the 3rd round & we all know the eventual fate of types.