lol. With this type of stat you would think we would be on the footsteps of greatness due to consistently picking high in the draft and maximizing those picks to add a ton of talent to the roster. Our 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks from those years should be ready to emerge as stars.
2009: (no first round selection), Everette Brown, Sherrod Martin and Corvey Irvin
2010: (no first round selection), Jimmy Clausen, Brandon Lafell and Armanti Edwards
2011: Cam Newton, (no second round selection), Terrell McClain, and Sione Fua
To make things a little worse, here are players of the same position- or a need that were picked after our above mentioned studs:
2009: Connor Barwin (taken 4 picks after Everette Brown)...very good player for the Texans
2009: Sean Smith (taken 2 picks after Sherrod Martin)....solid starter in the dolphins secondary
2009: Henry Melton (taken 12 picks after Corvey Irvin)....solid starter on the Bears d-line
2010: Mike Iupati (taken at our spot in the 1st by San Fran)... solid starter on the 49ers o-line
2010: Jimmy Clausen (given our QB situation, i'm not going to knock this pick)
2010: Jimmy Graham or Navorro Bowman (taken 2 and 4 picks after Armanti)....damn
I won't do 2011 yet, because it is still too early, however the 65th pick in that draft (T. McClain) iss already off the team, and the 98th pick (Brandon Hogan) is on season ending IR and has lost his position to a 5th round rookie and a 5-9" 7th round pick.
(hindsight is 20-20, blah blah blah)
This is all common knowledge yet every time I see it in writing it makes me want to puke. That is PATHETIC drafting for a team that claims to build through the draft. PATHETIC!