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Old 06-04-2006   #1
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Default Looking Back to the Past (drafts)

Being the middle of the offseason, and very little new information is coming our way, I decided to do a little digging and look over a couple of players from our first few drafts. It's amazing to look back at some of these, and gives a little bit of insight into what we knew when we got a player. These are just a couple quotes, with full articles linked.

David Carr - http://www.nfl.com/draft/2002/profiles/carr_david.htm

"Positives: "Very composed under pressure, in the Brett Favre mold... Has a three-step release point and will take the sack rather than force the ball into traffic Very effective scrambler in the Donovan McNabb mold, but his maturity allows him to be patient as he first waits for the play to develop"
"Negatives: "Holds the ball too long, inviting the sack, rather than dumping it off or throwing it away"

Andre Johnson - http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/johnson_andre

"Positives: "Despite his size, he takes short, quick steps rather than a long stride in his initial burst off the line ... Excellent hands with proper arm extension to haul the ball in away from the framework"
"Negatives: "Has to maintain concentration on the field, as he will take his eye off the ball at times"

Dominick Davis - http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/davis_domanick

"Positives: "Has good cutback vision and an ability to find the seams getting through traffic Effective receiver, generally being used in the flats, on curls and crossing patterns ... Shows the leg drive to gain yardage after the catch Not afraid to combat defenders to get the tough yardage up the middle"
"Negatives: "More quick than fast, lacking the linear speed to go the distance ... Marginal blocker who drops his head and lunges trying to cut"
"Injury Report - Underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery (torn meniscus) after 2000 spring drills"

Dunta Robinson - http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/dunta_robinson

"Positives: "Reliable wrap-up and drag-down tackler, showing good balance and body control while delivering hits when working in space ... Plays bigger and stronger than his measurables indicate"
"Negatives: "Late to locate the ball, at times, but when he does, he shows no hesitation closing Reliable tackler, but needs to deliver more power behind his hits (more wrap-up than smash-mouth type)"

These four players are the nucleus around which our new team is being built. After having gone through all of this past year's draft prospect extravaganza, I felt it was time to see if we got what we paid for, if players were better than expected, or worse than expected. For Carr, I thought it was interesting that it mentioned that even in college he had problems taking the sack too much, so not much has changed there. For Johnson, I found it interesting that they say he is a reliable catcher, but that his drops are mainly from his lack of concentration. I think D.Davis has lived up to expectations. Almost everything in his profile has continued into his career. (I added his injury history to show he has had knee surgery before, so he is currently going through his second rehab in six years) Finally, I found it funny that they say D.Robinson isn't a hard, hitter, when he has become one of the hardest hitters on our team.

I know this is a lot of information, and it's over information we already should have known, but in order to improve, we must learn from our past, and everything starts with the draft.
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Wow, the part about Carr holding onto the ball too long was very prophetic. I'm hoping with what he has learned over the past few years combined with a fresh start under a new coach and o-line Carr will finally get to show the positives in his game
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