progress report. the life blood of any team is the draft due to their impact on the salary cap and a continueing need to add youthfull talent. how have we done so far? lets get to the nitty gritty. dissect it. this is a continuation of another thread on a more indepth level. our 2-3 rd round picks could be a lot better. ses has already done a lot of the groundwork for me (in that previous thread with a list of picks). lets try and get a consensus of a players performance so far and then arrange for percentages. this ofcourse is all subjective so we're not going to come to anything definitive...but perhaps we can narrow the margins for error. i'll start and add my reasons for my call as needed. HIT OR MISS? 1 1 David Carr QB Fresno State (hit) 2 33 Jabar Gaffney WR Florida (hit) 2 50 Chester Pitts G San Diego State (hit) 3 66 Fred Weary G Tennessee (miss) 3 83 Charles Hill NT Maryland (miss---and bad. open water) 4 99 Jonathan Wells RB Ohio State (hit?) 5 136 Jarrod Baxter FB New Mexico (hit...debatable...solid special teams...has started) 5 153 Ramon Walker SS Pittsburgh (miss...?) 6 173 Demarcus Faggins CB Kansas State (hit) 6 190 Howard Green DT Louisiana State (miss) 7 229 Greg White DE Minnesota (miss) 7 261 Ahmad Miller (miss) 2 starters out of 12 = 17% 6 hits...6 misses...4 miss after rd 4 (2nd day of draft) 1 3 Andre Johnson WR Miami (hit) 2 41 Bennie Joppru TE Michigan (miss...could be debatable due to injury?) 3 67 Antwan Peek OLB Cincinnati (hit) 3 75 Seth Wand T N.W. Missouri (hit...has served as a starter for a season even if it dosent translate any farther then that) 3 88 Dave Ragone QB Louisville (hit...drafted to be the backup...did you expect him to unseat carr? still in the maturation process) 4 101 Domanick Davis RB Louisiana State (big hit....best so far) 6 192 Drew Henson QB Michigan (hit...if you can turn a 6 into a 3 you've done something right...even if the player you select with the 3 is a flop...kudos...i'd call this a big hit as well) 6 214 Keith Wright DT Missouri (miss) 7 217 Curry Burns DB Louisville (miss) 7 233 Chance Pearce C Texas A&M (miss...could be debatable...was drafted to be a deep snapper...not a starter) 4 starters out of 10 = 40% 6 hits...4 misses. 3 misses after rd 4 (2nd day of draft) 1 10 Dunta Robinson CB South Carolina (hit) 1 27 Jason Babin OLB Western Michigan (hit) 4 122 Glenn Earl SS Notre Dame (hit) 6 170 Vontez Duff DB Notre Dame (miss) 6 175 Jammal Lord DB Nebraska (miss) 6 200 Charlie Anderson OLB Mississippi (hit) 7 210 Raheem Orr LB Rutgers (miss) 7 211 Sloan Thomas WR Texas (miss) 7 248 B.J. Symons QB Texas Tech (miss?...could be debatable...not drafted to start...still in the maturation process...plagued by injuries) 3 starters out of 9 = 33% 4 hits...5 misses. all 5 misses after the 4th rd (2nd day of draft) this one gets a bit cloudier for me due to how long these players have had to mature...but for the sake of discussion i did it anyway. sup draft -milford brown (5th rd pick as i recall) (miss...could be debatable due to his youth and the fact that he has started.) -tony hollings (2nd rd pick) (miss...could be debatable due to inexperience and injury...we have seen the occasional flash.) 0 starters out of 2 = 0% 2 misses. both debatable. 1 after rd 4 (2nd day pick) 33 total...including the supp draft. ive got 16 guys i call hits (solid picks) which leaves 17 guys i call misses. while more are debatable i believe ragone and symons should be held to a diffrent standard...neither were expected to beat out carr as a starter. they were drafted to be back ups at this point in their carreers...and to top it off symons has been plagued by injuries. (for the record i called ragone a hit and symons a miss due to what i expect their contributions and longevity to the team to be...i think thats fair.) also...i think a case can be made for chance pearce. he was drafted to be a deep snapper...never a starter. how do i grade charley's draft selections so far? 33 picks 9 official starters 17 players who have started at one time or another... ( carr, gaffeny, pitts, wells, baxter, faggins, johnson, peek, wand, ragone, davis, robinson, babin, earl, -anderson nickel packages---debatable-, brown, hollings, ) 16 hits 17 misses 13 misses after rd 4 i think we've done pretty good in the draft to be honest with you. i dont expect every selection to be a future hall of famer...and i expect very few 7th rounders to even make the team (7 seventh rounders so far). to top it off johnson has made the pro bowl and d-rob is well on his way. i dont just give casserly a passing grade...i consider all of his drafts to be a success. what do you think?