Evaluating the 2005 draft...

Preferring to be an optimist, I couldn't leave well enough alone.  Going against my own stated theory that you need 3 years to evaluate a draft, here is my assessment of the 2005 draft class:

OVERALL:  Funny how much talk there is of potential "break-out" years among this group.  When you have 6 of 8 draft choices contributing after 3 years, you gotta call this draft VERY good.  It remains to be seen if we're talking PRO-BOWL great or just good.  A year under Phillips will likely answer this question.  Look for Ware, Barber and Canty to have break-out years and move this draft into the category of GREAT.

1-11 Demarcus Ware OLB Troy -- Just as with JJs comparison to Jackson, Ware will always be linked with SDs Shawne Merriman.  Ware has been a productive and valuable part of the defense, but if Merriman continues to put up hall-of-fame numbers, this will cloud the decision to take Ware.  You cannot call it a great decision, only a GOOD PICK.

1-20 Marcus Spears DE LSU -- Indecision about the value of the other Round-1 pick will hopefully be clarified this year.  He's been a solid starter, and now's the time for a break-out year.  GOOD PICK.

2-42 Kevin Burnett OLB Tennessee -- Again, indecision as to his long-term value, but you got to like a guy that feels like he deserves more time.  Burnett's shown flashes of brilliance.  GOOD PICK.

4-109 Marion Barber HB Minnesota -- Still potentially our franchise runner, here's hoping MB3 gets a shot at starting.  As much as I have been pulling for JJ, Barber has put up the numbers.  GREAT PICK.

4-132 Chris Canty DE Virginia -- As an ACC fan, I have followed Canty since his college days.  This pick has proven to be one of the steals of the draft.  GREAT PICK.

6-208 Justin Beriault S Ball St. -- This was one of the feel-good stories from the '05 draft, but his knees simply wouldn't cooperate.  Based on the numbers alone, gotta call this one a BUST.

6-209 Rob Petitti OT Pittsburgh -- Started his rookie year, but was consistantly helping his QB off the carpet.  Released within the year.  Only time will tell if we gave up too early.  BUST.

7-224 Jay Ratliff DE Auburn -- Sees playing time mostly in 3rd down situations.  A solid contributer.  GOOD PICK.

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.

Join Blogging The Boys

You must be a member of Blogging The Boys to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Blogging The Boys. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.