I was halfway through a post regarding the 25th pick and along comes William Percival Harvin to steal my thunder. My initial reaction (after I changed my shorts) was to completely shit-can what I’d written, but a couple of you encouraged me to follow through. So why not? Here’s a five year history of #25 with a grade for each pick (we all love draft grades) based on shit I completely made up. Maybe it will give us some perspective on what we’re really missing out on. Here we go:
This pick, as many of you may remember, originally belonged to none other than your beloved Seattle Seahawks. In a PCJS-esque move, Tim Ruskell and Mike Holmgren (TRMH) pulled off a masterful draft day trade with the Dallas Cowboys exchanging the #25 pick to move back three spots as well as acquiring a 5th and 7th rounder. In a non PCJS-esque move, TRMH missed on all three of these picks, selecting Lawrence Jackson, Owen Schmitt, and Brandon Coutu (remember them?) Anyhow, back to #25. Mike Jenkins broke out in his second year, picking off five passes and making the Pro Bowl as an alternate. Unfortunately, Jenkins has steadily regressed since the 2010 season and was eventually demoted in 2012 after the Cowboys signed Brandon Carr and drafted Morris Claiborne. Grade: Check Minus, because Mike Jenkins isn’t very good. Next.
Another corner who has shown flashes as an above average NFL'er but has failed to play consistently at a high level. Vernon Davis’ younger brother is best known for wanting to call his grandmother immediately upon being notified by the Miami Dolphins that he was being traded to Indianapolis. Grade: I don’t know. He looked like shit on Hard Knocks but I’ll give him another full year in Indy and then I’ll immediately post a FanShot with my Vontae Davis grade. Keep an eye out for it in January ’14.
With the 25th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos select…. (are you fucking kidding?) Tim Tebow, H-Bac---I mean Quarterback, Florida. In 2011, Tebow and his buddy Jesus led the Broncos to an 8-8 season and a playoff win despite completing 11 passes all season and possessing a throwing motion akin to throwing a live hand grenade. Tebow was eventually traded to the Jets where he…well I don’t really know what he actually did there. Grade: A, because I don’t want to burn in hell. Next.
With the 25th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (ooooo!) select: James Carpenter, Offensive Tackle…no guard?…or is it tackle?...no, I’m pretty sure it’s guard. Alabama. All right, I really like James Carpenter. Despite the injuries, I still see him having a chance to be the Seahawks LOGOTF. I give this pick an A because of blatant homerism and because I fucking want to. If PCJS drafted the French horn player from Alabama’s marching band in the first round I would still find ways to argue that it’s not "reaching".
With the 25th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Dont’a Hightower, Linebacker, Alabama. To finally get serious, this is the best pick at #25 in the last five years. Hightower finished his rookie season with 60 total tackles and 4 sacks and looks to have a future as a solid starter at worst, which brings up the entire (revised) point (thanks Percy) of why I wrote this:
Five drafts, five #25 picks. Two cornerbacks who have likely already flamed out, a kinda quarterback?, a promising yet disappointing offensive lineman, and a starting inside linebacker. Bobby Wagner is probably better than all of these players. KJ Wright too. Same goes for Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, and Russell Wilson. I realize there were some damn good players taken in these drafts in picks 26-32, but this is meant to illustrate that at 25 it's so easy to miss (Even for Pete and John). I originally wanted to write this in an attempt to quell the hysteria that happens during the non-football times leading up to the draft.
Is Was the #25 pick really that important to the future of this team?
(Note: This is my first real FanPost, I’m more than willing to accept constructive criticism as long as no one is mean to me)<!--EndFragment-->