Although you wouldn’t know it based on how quickly football followers judge teams immediately after each NFL draft, it takes a few years to accurately and truly judge a draft class. Operating under the premise that 3 years is enough time to look back and assess, NFL.com has an interesting page that reviews the 2007 NFL Draft.
On the page, Bucky Brooks does a draft do-over in which he goes team-by-team – starting with the Oakland Raiders at pick #1 – and suggests what each team would do now if they had another chance. The Raiders, for example, took QB JaMarcus Russell that year. So Brooks has them taking RB Adrian Peterson instead. Click on the link in the paragraph above this one to see which player the Vikings would’ve taken at #7 with Peterson already off the board.
What I found interesting is that Brooks had the Miami Dolphins taking WR Sidney Rice with the 9th overall pick, meaning the Vikings came away with 2 top 10 players in the 2007 draft – Peterson and Rice.
Finally, there’s also an interesting video on this page that features draft expert and NFL.com contributor Charlie Casserly, as he describes what the NFL draft means to teams and also takes a look back at an important decision he made as GM of the Washington Redskins several years ago.
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