Consider this an addendum to my column on second-round picks – and how the Redskins, to their detriment, are always trading them away. When you research a subject like this, you gather a lot of information, and not all of it makes the final cut. That’s why we have blogs, so we have a place to put really primo Extraneous Stuff (or so I’m told).
Anyway, the Redskins – hurrah – have a second-rounder this year (for now), but in the previous seven drafts (2004-2010) they were without one five times, more than any other team in the league. Here’s the company they keep:
No. Team (Years without second-round pick)
5 Redskins (2004, ’05, ’07, ’09, ’10)
4 Texans (2004, ’05, ’07, ’08)
4 Chargers (2007, ’08, ’09, ’10)
3 49ers (2006, ’07, ’09)
3 Jets (2004, ’08, ’09)
Here, meanwhile, are clubs that had the most No. 2s in that period (note: the Redskins had four):
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to be on any list that included the Texans, who have never made the playoffs, and the 49ers, who have been absent from the postseason since 2002. I definitely would want to be on a list, though, that included the Patriots, Vikings, Packers and Eagles. After all, since 2004, two of them have won the Super Bowl (Pats, Pack), another reached the Super Bowl (Eagles) and the fourth just missed (the Vikes, who lost in overtime in the NFC title game).
Second-round picks weren’t necessarily the secret of those teams’ success, but they contributed to it. They certainly contributed more than the Redskins’ handful of second-rounders (Rocky McIntosh, Devin Thomas, Fred Davis, Malcolm Kelly) did. Take a look at the Patriots’, Vikings’, Packers’, and Eagles’ No. 2s and see if you don’t agree with me.
Putting an emphasis on second-round picks is just good business. Not only are they cost effective – compared to first-rounders, who are often overpriced – they also turn out, quite frequently, to be pretty good players.
Here, for your perusal, are the second rounds in the Free Agency Era (1993-present) that produced the most Pro Bowlers:
● 2001 (11) – QB Drew Brees (5 Pro Bowls), DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (3), TE Alge Crumpler (4), WR Chad Ochocinco (6), LB Kendrell Bell (1), DT Kris Jenkins (4), DE Aaron Schobel (2), OT Matt Light (3), WR Chris Chambers (1), RB Travis Henry (1), DT Shaun Rogers (3). Total Pro Bowls: 33.
● 1998 (7) – SS Corey Chavous (1), OT Flozell Adams (5), LB Sam Cowart (1), CB Patrick Surtain (3), CB Samari Rolle (1), TE Stephen Alexander (1), C Jeremy Newberry (2). Total Pro Bowls: 14.
Not every year is like those, obviously, but it shows the kind of talent that can be available. But you can’t get your hands on any of it if you don’t have a second-round pick.