Grading Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff: a 2009 NFL breeze class

Thanks to an engaging criticism on a summary play (that we can’t seem to find, yet that indistinguishable commenter will live on forever), we suspicion it would be good to review Dimitroff’s selections with some of his foe in a NFL. The years are separate adult between opposite writers, and when it is all over, we will demeanour during Dimitroff’s whole physique of work and see where he lands.

We have no thought where it is headed, so suffer a float with us. We picked 3 other teams: one that is deliberate to have finished a unequivocally good pursuit (the Seattle Seahawks); one that is deliberate to be flattering unsuitable (the New York Giants); and a Cleveland Browns (no reason necessary).

We used a 5 indicate system, with a “3” category definition a actor strike expectations. For instance, Peria Jerry was comparison in a initial round, so we would design him to make a Pro Bowl or two. That, of course, never happened. He was usually quickly an normal player, so he goes down as a bust. A late turn collect meets expectations if they hang on a register and play a few snaps.

And we are off.

The Atlanta Falcons draft

Draft grades

Peria Jerry might be a ultimate “what if” awaiting underneath Thomas Dimitroff, yet is substantially his misfortune initial turn pick. Jerry looked like he had some genuine potential, yet never unequivocally finished it behind from early career injury. He apparently checked out on football during some point, we usually can’t tell if that was in college of after his awful knee injury. Not certain how many of this we can put on Dimitroff, yet we consider Jerry deserves a 1. Looking during some of a surrounding players (3 of a subsequent 4 selections finished a Pro Bowl), Jerry stays a large bust.

Christopher Owens deserves a 2. we still have night terrors of Owens starting opposite a Packers in 2011. He had good speed, yet struggled with flattering many each other aspect of being an NFL corner. Garrett Reynolds started 24 games for a Falcons, even yet he wasn’t great. Vance Walker is a usually actor outward of Reynolds that still has an NFL job. He was a good surprise, always looked like a peculiarity player, yet was authorised to travel for unequivocally small money. we wish he could have stayed in Atlanta, yet Walker stays one of Dimitroff’s best late turn selections.

Dimitroff creates it out of this breeze with 23 points. You wish for an normal of 21 points for a standard 7 preference draft, so even accounting for Atlanta’s additional pick, Dimitroff hold his possess in 2009.

The New York Giants

The Giants were flush with picks after trade divided Jeremy Shockey, and could not have presumably finished reduction with all of their options. Half their breeze category did not even play a snap for a team.

2009 breeze grades

I consider for many of a decade, a Giants always had some small pass rusher they drafted unequivocally high… that never seemed to play during all. Clint Sintim is that actor this year. Not many else to contend about this draft. Nicks goes down as a disappointment, yet he did put together a few good seasons. Will Beatty is practically a usually actor they snagged in a draft.

Despite dual additional picks, a Giants usually pulled in 15 points according to a system. What a toxic score, and is hopefully Jerry Reese’s misfortune breeze transport ever.

The Cleveland Browns

The Browns outdid a Giants? But how?

2009 breeze class

At slightest a Browns got Alex Mack, yet they missed badly everywhere else. And they still outdid a Giants. This was a usually George Kokinis breeze (hired in January, escorted from a group trickery in November). Hitting on Alex Mack apparently finished this draft. They traded behind from nearby a tip of a breeze and grabbed some-more picks. As is flattering standard of Browns trade downs, they didn’t do many with those combined picks.

Brian Robiskie might be a misfortune NFL far-reaching receiver in history. Mohamed Massaquoi flashed, yet was never unchanging and eventually finished his approach out of a NFL. Kaluka Maiava was a usually man providing decent value for his breeze status. Despite murdering it with Mack, a Browns still finished adult with a next normal 17 points. Not bad adequate to get we dismissed in underneath one year, yet still, flattering bad.

The Seattle Seahawks

2009 breeze grades

This is how we remove your pursuit and move in a Pete Carrol era. Missing badly on during 4th overall, a Seahawks went with a safest actor in a draft. That actor wasn’t unequivocally fast, and played a non-premium position. What a terrible pick, yet a whole initial round, solely for about 6 players, unsuccessful to live adult to their breeze status. Seattle’s biggest problem might have been being unequivocally bad a year before a terrible breeze class.

The Seahawks tumble right between a Giants and Browns with 16 miserable points.

Interesting note: a Seahawks sealed Michael Bennett as an UDFA, afterwards cut him. Not certain if that was worse, or a Tampa Bay Buccaneers vouchsafing Bennett travel after it was transparent he could be a good player.

What we see

The Browns (lolwut) were a usually group with even a decent collect in a initial round.

This was a bad breeze for Atlanta, yet Dimitroff outdid a other teams we looked at. 2009 was simply a terrible time to need impact players. While some of these grades might be a bit biased on a part, Dimitroff has surprisingly and simply outdone all 3 other teams. He has been criticized for his 2009 draft, and flitting over Clay Matthews and Vontae Davis for Peria Jerry, yet a early partial of a category was simply atrocious. Coming divided with William Moore, and 3 other players that took complicated snaps during their rookie contracts, is impressive.

Follow along tomorrow to see how these teams did in giveaway agency, and we substantially allot a category to trade for some man named Tony Gonzalez.

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