This article was posted in another thread in a slightly different context. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/print?id=2466154&type=story It's interesting to begin to evaluate the 2005 1st round picks as to whether teams picked solid starting contributors. As has been commented on in past threads, 1st rounders turn out to be a fairly risky proposition. There are so many who never become every game starters not to mention busts. Perhaps something like 25 to 35 percent turn out to be solid players. That's quite a failure rate, and a costly salary cap hit for no results. That's what is impressive about Belichick and Pioli. They seem to be able to evalute players and not pick some that the pundits are so hyped about - and maybe even some that Pats fans are upset that they didn't take. And some that they pass up do turn out to be solid starters - it's just that they seem to really know which are risks that they avoid and which are going to turn out to be sure things. They don't waste 1st round picks.