A fanpost over at Mocking The Draft directed me to a pretty cool article about which teams are historically good at drafting.
Which NFL teams have done the best job drafting in recent history? It’s way too early to grade any of the last three drafts, but we can start looking at drafts from 2005 and go back about ten years. That should give us a good look at which teams have "overperformed" and which teams have "underperformed" relative to their draft positions in recent years. We can also see which picks were the biggest "steals" and which were the biggest "busts" over that time.
Not surprisingly, the Colts are tops of the bunch, and the rest of the top five teams were also rather unremarkable. I like the rationale used to arrive at the grades and recommend people take the time to check it out.
Why do I post here about it when it's already over on MTD? The Eagles are #5. With 3 of their players ranking in the top 35 drafted between 1995 and 2005 - Westy, Trent Cole and Trots. Jerome McDougle unfortunately appears in the list of 35 worst players drafted over the same time span. It's hard to argue with that, but if ever there's been a player who couldn't catch a break...
Take a look at the entire thing, you can argue with how the author laid out his thoughts, but the general points get through and the tables are pretty interesting.
[Note by JasonB, 05/28/08 5:42 PM EDT ] promoted from fanposts!