In last week’s Bridesmaids piece we went over how the cream of the draft is talked about way too much and we peeked just a bit into the crust of the matter with the late rounder’s and UDFA’s.
Today, lets look at the meat and potatoes of the draft, those 3rd though 6th rounder’s. This is where teams are built; you just have to look at Packer players like Sitton, Lang, Jones, Bishop, Starks and more to see what these players do for a team.
Some of these prospects come out and play right away and even start. But most take a little time to become full time starters. These players show how good a coaching staff really is. The best coaching staffs see what these players can do and put them in a position to make plays, all the while teaching them the finer points of the team’s systems and techniques. When a player has to earn his playing time and/or fight to keep it, you get the best out of them.
In this area of the draft system, compatibility and the value from that has more to do with where a player is picked in these rounds then anything else. One GM’s trash is another GM’s treasure.
I am going to list some players at the positions that Ted Thompson has to draft someone, according to most opinions. The best thing about all this is Ted Thompson has six picks from #90 through #197. And if his other drafts are any indicator, that could end up being even more picks.