I was having a conversation with some friends, and we were debating the "blue chip players" on each team, and were attempting to use that to predict how well they would do next season. We went through each teams and counted up how many players on that team could be legitimately argued for top 10 at their respective positions. The numbers might surprise you.
Nine blue chip players:
Eight blue chip players:
Seven blue chip players:
Six blue chip players:
Five blue chip players:
Four blue chip players:
Three blue chip players:
Every other team ended up with two or less.
Of course, as you all know, stars can rise any day and become a blue chip player. Also, qb play can make a huge difference on if your blue chips count, but it is an interesting topic none the less.
Another reason to not be worried is amount of "Blue Chip" players we have on our roster, blue chip of course meaning, someone who can be argued top 10 in their position within reason, or at least, that is general argument.
We have a whopping seven blue chip players, SEVEN. Just for some perspective.
New Orleans: 5
New England: 4
San Francisco: 8
It is going to be alright, we have a diverse core, CALM DOWN.
The Panthers reached for Newton, in our opinion, and drafted a player not ready to lead in the NFL right away. Newton was a one-year starter at Auburn and will struggle to adapt to the NFL game early on in his career.
Without a second-round pick due to a 2011 trade with the Patriots, the Panthers are left waiting until Round 3 to find a defensive tackle to anchor a very young defensive line.
Terrell McClain is a good option as a three-technique defensive tackle.
Sione Fua is a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He will be able to line up next to McClain and give the Panthers a solid one-two punch at tackle.
Not totally Panther related, but, I was looking through some archives from their head "scout" Matt Miller, and it is rather funny reading over his grades.
Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Texas A&M
The Dolphins needed a quarterback, but not this one. Tannehill is a reach at No. 8 and could be the final straw that breaks the camel's back in terms of Jeff Ireland's job security.
Tannehill is a great guy and a very good athlete, but as a quarterback, he's just OK. We don't like this pick, at all.
Luke Kuechly, Inside Linebacker, Boston College
The Panthers needed to go defense, but the smarter pick would have been Stephon Gilmore (CB, South Carolina) or a defensive tackle. The fact that they drafted an inside linebacker has us shaking our heads in the B/R war room.
Kuechly is a good athlete, but the huge gap at defensive tackle won't help this catch-and-tackle type linebacker who lacks the strength to take on blockers and make plays.
Bruce Irvin, Defensive End, West Virginia
Well...this isn't good.
The Seattle Seahawks made the Miami Dolphins' reach for Ryan Tannehill at No. 8 overall look like a good pick. Bruce Irvin was graded as a third-round pick. Drafted at No. 15? That's a huge mistake.
The Seahawks also reached last year with James Carpenter at the end of Round 1, and they did it again here with Bruce Irvin. They obviously like Irvin a lot, but they could have traded back to get him.
Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina
Quinton Coples' picture above rightly sums up my feelings on this pick.
Coples will fill a need, but with guys like Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram still on the board, the Jets should have addressed the outside linebacker position over the five-technique defensive end.
Coples has amazing athletic potential, but he plays with horrible effort and has questionable football IQ. For a team with a poor reputation and focus already, this is a bad, bad fit.
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Browns made a defensive move by trading up one spot to make sure that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could not draft Trent Richardson. With so many picks in this year's class, thanks to the trade with the Atlanta Falcons last year, the Browns were able to sacrifice three late-round picks to move up and get the best back in this class.
You might hear that this is too high for a running back. It's not.
The Seahawks received our lowest Round 1 grade for their reach to grab Bruce Irvin at No. 15 overall. They messed up again in Round 3 with Russell Wilson after having signed Matt Flynn this offseason. Neither pick makes much sense to us.
Bobby Wagner and Robert Turbin saved the Seattle draft, but two of its first three picks were just bad.
Still laughing at all of it. I am going to go back later and look at the 2011 grades as well. Yikes.