We keep talking about Jerry Hughes being a bust because he was a first round pick. If you look at the 10 picks after Hughes, however, you see a list of decent but not outstanding players. Are any of them #31 pick guys?
Gronkowski was the #42 pick, but we were not going TE in that draft after Clark earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.
So, excluding Gronkowski, who in the league has proved themselves worthy of the #31 pick in that draft? There are a couple of starters in the secondary here, and Saffold had a nice rookie year (not as solid since). I know Hughes is called a bust, but we could have done worse. Picks 25-32 are really hit or miss, year in and year out. I think Hughes's production this year is about right for a 31 pick in his third year. This group is not necessarily better, and with the injuries to Freeney and Mathis this year, you could argue he fills a big need right now.
|1||31||Indianapolis Colts||Jerry Hughes||DE||TCU||MWC|
|1||32||New Orleans Saints||Patrick Robinson||CB||Florida State||ACC|
|2||33||St. Louis Rams||Rodger Saffold||OT||Indiana||Big Ten|
|2||34||Minnesota Vikings||Chris Cook||CB||Virginia||ACC||from Detroit[R2 - 1]|
|2||35||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Brian Price||DT||UCLA||Pac-10|
|2||36||Kansas City Chiefs||Dexter McCluster||RB||Ole Miss||SEC|
|2||37||Philadelphia Eagles||Nate Allen||S||South Florida||Big East||from Washington [R2 - 2]|
|2||38||Cleveland Browns||T. J. Ward||S||Oregon||Pac-10|
|2||39||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Arrelious Benn||WR||Illinois||Big Ten||from Oakland [R2 - 3]|
|2||40||Miami Dolphins||Koa Misi||DE||Utah||MWC||from Seattle via San Diego[R2 - 4]|
|2||41||Buffalo Bills||Torell Troup||DT||UCF||C-USA|
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