Originally Posted by thunderkyss
That may be the case, but I can't imagine there are any NFL teams with nothing but 1st - 3rd round draft picks starting on both sides of the ball. I'm just throwing this out there, but I feel like every team has at least 2 or more 4th rounders & later on both sides of the ball.
We've got OD, Newton, Brooks, Myers, & Schaub (more or less) that were orginally 4th or later picks on offense.
Defensively we've got Sharpton (if he wins the battle with 6th rounder Mays).... well... we're stacked defensively. That can't be the norm.
The norm is to also count 5th, 6th, 7th rounders and UDFAs who make it as starters.
I went through the AFC rosters, and the Texans are quite the norm last year.
The Browns have only 4 starters last year that were not drafted in the first 3 rounds (the fewest), and the Chiefs next with six (including Matt Cassell, who split starts with Quin.)
The norm is between 8-9 players.
Some of the reasons I can think of are:
- Some starters were injured and replaced by a lower draft picks (Cushing and Caldwell for the Texans.)
- With the salary cap and escalating contracts at the top end, teams have no choice but to stock up on on cheaper players who became starters based on their merit like Foster or because the other guy(s) at the position didn't work out (Cassell over Brady Quin.)