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View Poll Results: Who's making satisfactory progress (or better)?
Who's making satisfactory progress (or better)? Remember, vote for as many as you'd like!
For reference, the rookies:
34. Patrick Chung
40. Ron Brace
41. Darius Butler
57. Sebastian Vollmer
83. Brandon Tate
97. Tyrone McKenzie—on IR
123. Rich Ohrnberger
170. George Bussey—on IR
198. Jake Ingram
207. Myron Pryor
232. Julian Edelman
234. Darryl Richard—on practice squad
UDFA. Brian Hoyer
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I think everyone is pretty much where they "should" be, with some outperforming others. The only ones I didn't vote for are Brace and Orhnberger, because we haven't been able to really see them play.
Chung is starting to get me excited. He's reminding me of Meriweather's rookie year, where he started out non-existent but by year's end was contributing. If he can make the same leap from this year to next, we're going to have two damn good safeties for years to come.
In all my years of watching football, I have never seen a draft produce so many players. But still the Steelers had a draft that produced 4 or 5 HoF players. But even they never had a draft produce what appears to be 13 players capable of playing in this league.
I think all of the rookies that have hit the field have all deserved to be there.
But I am not sating that RB and RO are crap, and don't deserve to be on hence they aren't, but I think that the players above them are better. Why put in a high pick player, if you have others that are better?
34. Patrick Chung - B- He only gets into the B catagory because he started to play more in the Bucs game with the regular D for the first time. He was our first draft choice and I'd have hoped he'd have had more of an impact thus far. Happy with the pick, though I had preferred Delmas. (and I bet so did BB, DAMNED those Liions.) This grade has more to do with WHERE he was picked than the fact he's a rookie playing behind 2 very good players.
40. Ron Brace - D- I can't believe I spend most of the preseason building this kid up. Now he isn't even being activated. I hope Ron is as pissed as I am about this, and is doing what he can to change it.
41. Darius Butler - A- The kid keeps getting better and better. He'll be a fixture in the DB for many years to come.
57. Sebastian Vollmer - B+ He's right on track. Still learning, yet good enough to see time with the first team. A great future ahead.
83. Brandon Tate - B - that's just for making it on the field, in a season I had him being IRed, and for being diligent enough to know the playbook so he could get on the field in his first week of practice. I have a feeling this grade will only go up.
97. Tyrone McKenzie - INC. on IR He might have gotten some playing time, if he hadn't gotten hurt. But no matter. He'll be like an extra draft pick next season.
123. Rich Ohrnberger - D - Hasn't played, not likely to ever play, surprised we drafted him, don't ever see him being more than a backup....and hope I'm very wrong
170. George Bussey—on IR- INC Even MORE surprised we drafted him. Camp fodder next season
198. Jake Ingram- B+ - snaps aren't "quite" as accurate as Lonnie's, but nothing bad yet.
He gets the grade for being good enough to beat out a quality vet.
207. Myron Pryor - A+ - Doing all the things I had hoped Ron Brace would be doing and doing them VERY WELL. What a find.
232. Julian Edelman - A - a couple of drops loses him the 'plus', but has WAY over exceeded expectations, especially from a kid who had never even played the position.
234. Darryl Richard— C+ on practice squad - this was the best we probably could have hoped for this kid. At least he's still with the team.
UDFA. Brian Hoyer A+ Talk about exceeding expectations. The very fact that the Pats have shown NO INDICATION that they are even looking at a vet QB shows how much they think of this kid. WOW! who'd have thunk.
Kudo's to the personel department. They did a hell of a job Amazing that 9 guys made the team and 7 are already contributing...significantly.
As someone not especially thrilled about the last several years' draft results beyond the 1st pick, I'm VERY satisfied with this class so far. Brace is only a disappointment because he 'seemed' to be doing so well pre-season. I wouldn't expect any rookie OLs to be contributing this early so Ohrnb is actually within expectations. Pre-season I had 'expected' more from Chung but he's where a rookie should be given McGowan's stellar contributions. Good problems to have.
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This is known as "bad luck." RAH