Re: Travis Johnson on sports radio 610
Drafting in the 2nd round you'd ideally want to get a player who is capable of starting on most NFL teams. That is, if you want to win super bowls via the model of building through the draft. On this list I see Pitts, Demeco and Tate as guys who could start on most NFL teams while they were with us. Due to Tate's injury history he may arguably be in the second tier JAG category below. We'll see when he has a starter's role on his next team.
The next tier is guys like Barwin and Reed. They are "just a guy". You can get that production from 4th rounders if that's what you're into. Enjoy your 8-8 seasons while you're at it.
Gaffney, Joppru and Brandon Harris are in the dubious "bust" category. You don't have winning football teams by drafting busts in the 2nd round.
2011: Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona (42); Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla.) (60)
2010: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn (58)
2009: Connor Barwin, OLB, Cincinnati (46)
2006: DeMeco Ryans, LB, Alabama (33)
2003: Bennie Joppru, TE, Michigan (41)
2002: Jabar Gaffney, WR, Florida (33); Chester Pitts, T, San Diego State (50)
What did the city of Houston do to anger the football gods?