Sunday, October 07, 2007

Why is this team so bad

It starts with drafting. Here's how the team is doing since 2000:

2000
Todd Wade - no longer with team
Ben Kelly - no longer with team
Deon Dyer - no longer with team
Arturo Freeman - no longer with team
Ernest Grant - no longer with team
Jim Drunkonmiller (trade for a draft pick) - no longer with team
Jeff Harris - no longer with team
Note: no 1st round pick due to a JJ trade up the year before (to get Surtain, who is no longer with the team)

2001
Jamar Fletcher - no longer with team
Chris Chambers - solid starter
Travis Minor - no longer with team
Morlon Greenwood - no longer with team
Shawn Draper - no longer with team
Brandon Whiney - no longer with team
Josh Heupel - no longer with team
Otis Levrette - no longer with team
Rick Crowell - no longer with team
Alonzo Mayes (trade for a draft pick) - no longer with team
Matt Turk (trade for a draft pick) - no longer with team

2002
Seth McKinney - no longer with team
Randy McMichael - no longer with team
Omare Lowe - no longer with team
Sam Simmons - no longer with team
Cade McNown (trade for a draft pick) - no longer with team
Jeff Ogden (trade for a draft pick) - no longer with team
Leonard Henry - no longer with team
Note: no 1st round pick due to the Ricky Williams trade
Note: no 2nd round pick due to a trade up in 2001

2003
Eddie Moore - no longer with team
Wade Smith - no longer with team
Taylor Whitley - no longer with team
Donald Lee - no longer with team
JR Tolver - no longer with team
Corey Jenkins - no longer with team
Tim Provost - no longer with team
Yeremiah Bell - on injured reserve
Sage Rosenfels (trade for draft pick) no longer with team
Davern Williams - no longer with team
Note: no 1st round pick due to the Ricky Williams trade

2004
vernon Carey - starting left tackle
Will Poole - no longer with team
Tony Bua - no longer with team
Rex Hadnot - starting guard
Tony Pape - no longer with team
Derrick Pope - decent reserve

2005
Ronnie Brown - solid starter
AJ Feeley (trade) - no longer with team
Matt Roth - solid starter
Lamar Gordon (trade) - no longer with team
Channing Crowder - solid starter
Travis Daniels - decent reserve
Anthony Alabi - decent reserve
David Boston (trade)- no longer with team
Kevin Vickerson - no longer with team

2006
Jason Allen - might just as well not be here for as invisible as he is
Daunte Culpepper (trade) - no longer with team
Derek Hagan - decent reserve
Joe Toledo - on injured reserve
Manny Wright - no longer with team
Fred Evans - no longer with team
Rodrique Wright - solid reserve
Devin Aromoshodu - no longer with team
** they also gave away a draft pick to get rid of AJ Feeley


All of the 2007 draft picks made the team, and a few are getting significant playing time; a few others are being groomed. So, we won't consider them in this group.


Summary: between 2000-2003, you have one player who is currently on the active roster (Chambers) and one on IR. That is 2 out of 28 players, and it shows that there was no *real* effort to build the team through the draft. One would expect that years 3-5 are the years you have players drafted being paying the most dividends.

From 2004-2006, you have 5 starters and 5 reserves (plus Jason Allen). That's 10 out of 23 picks in that time frame.

If we think about it, that means 12 of 51 players are contributing to Miami's success. Or about 23% of all players drafted in that time. I don't know what the league average is year over year, but I'm fairly certain its higher than that.
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