Wednesday, April 29, 2009

History of First Round Defensive Tackles

Everyone is pencilling Raji in as an anchor of the defensive line for the next decade.  Out of curiosity I went back over the drafts for then ten year period between 1997 and 2006 and looked at top ten drafted defensive tackles.  There were only eight.  Of those:

  • Two were outright busts (Johnathan Sullivan, Ryan Sims); 
  • Two developed into full time starters (Dewayne Robertson, Gerard Warren). Interestingly, neither player is with the team that drafted him (or his second team which in both cases was the Broncos); and
  • Four became pro bowl players (John Henderson, Kevin Williams, Richard Seymour, Corey Simon)
Not nearly a big enough sample size to draw any actual conclusions.  But interesting.

Going outside the top ten, out of 26 first round tackles, there were 9 outright busts, 7 fulltime starters, and 10 pro bowl players.

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The more you know.

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