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I dont see how anyone could have ever thought Jamarcus Russel would be good.
There wasn't much not to like. Aside from work ethic concerns, with were just rumors at the time, he had few weaknesses. He was big and relatively mobile, had phenomenal arm strength, was very accurate, performed well in big games (much, much better than Quinn), and put up excellent numbers playing in the top defensive conference in college football. Like I said, the biggest concern was the work ethic rumors (which ended up being true) and those hadn't been proven at that time.
When evaluating prospects, my preferences have changed over the years too. I put more emphasis on measurables now than I did in the past.
I used to be all about the overachievers. Now I rather reach for an athlete.
For example, the guys Ive loved as middle round prospects in the past 2 drafts: Michael Johnson, Geno Atkins, Greg Hardy, Clint Ingram, Mike Wallace, Jimmy Graham, all these guys have great measurables.
I have changed my tune on this as well. I too was all about the "winners" and guys who just got it done...so what if they had a slow 40?
But seeing what a couple of guys with elite measurables can do on my team (Cutler and his arm, Knox and his speedzz,) I've changed my tune as well. Having those type of players just allows you to do so much more...it really opens up the playbook.
Brady Quinn - Not ashamed to say, was a huge Quinn fan.
Matt Ryan - well I thought the type of season he had his rookie year would be his best, maybe it will end up being that.
McFadden - So far anyways, still holding some hope.
Mike Williams - Had no idea he was so damn lazy.
David Carr, William Green, Byron Leftwich, Kevin Jones, Chris Perry, Jamarcus Russell, Chris Houston, Ko Simpson.
I loved Braylon Edwards and Robert Meachem as well. They're a different level of disappointment, though. Braylon was good for one year and Meachem is actually pretty dangerous now. I just thought he'd be a super star by now.
I cant stand Braylon these days, though. He and Roy Williams fell fast.
Can't believe I forgot about Braylon. I had him as the surefire, top overall prospect in that draft class, and thought that SF should pass on both Smith and Rodgers for him.
Brady Quinn. Yeah
Robert Gallery. If he wasn't drafted by the Raiders, he might have been a Pro-bowler.
Devin Hester, who I thought would be a useless pick, was the best weapon the Bears had on their Super Bowl run, and is now a receiver.