Instead of starting a new thread, I figured I would just post this here. It is a good thread to do so. After analyzing every team we have had since the 2000 season, looking at statistics of each of those years, talent we had on those teams, and by my memory's eye sight I ranked them from worst to best, here they are:
21. 2011 (2-14) - worst team
20. 2017 (4-12)
19. 2019 (7-9)
18. 2001 (6-10)
17. 2015 (8-8)
16. 2016 (8-8)
15. 2010 (10-6) 0-1 playoffs
14. 2000 (10-6) 0-1 playoffs
13. 2002 (10-6) 0-1 playoffs
12. 2012 (11-5) 0-1 playoffs
11. 2013 (11-5) 1-1 playoffs
10. 2018 (10-6) 1-1 playoffs
9. 2008 (12-4) 0-1 playoffs
8. 2020 (11-5) 0-1 playoffs
7. 2014 (11-5) 2-1 playoffs/AFC Title Game app.
6. 2007 (13-3) 0-1 playoffs
5. 2004 (12-4) 1-1 playoffs/Manning 49 TD's that season
4. 2003 (12-4) 2-1 playoffs/AFC Title Game app.
3. 2009 (14-2) 2-1 playoffs/AFC Champions
2. 2005 (14-2) 0-1 playoffs, more talent than the 2009 team.
1. 2006 (12-4) 4-0 playoffs/SuperBowl Champions, best because they closed.
-Interesting since the 2000 season, our regular season record is 208-128. Playoff record is 13-15. The 208 regular season wins rank 4th most out of 32 franchises, the 13 playoff wins rank 7th most out of 32 franchises. The 3 franchises that are ahead of us in those categories are:
Regular Season wins
1. New England Patriots = 244 regular season wins
2. Pittsburgh Steelers = 217 regular season wins
3. Green Bay Packers = 210 regular season wins
4. Indianapolis Colts = 208 regular season wins
1. New England Patriots = 30
2. Baltimore Ravens = 16
3. Pittsburgh Steelers = 15
4. Green Bay Packers = 14, Philadelphia Eagles = 14, Seattle Seahawks = 14
7. Indianapolis Colts = 13
SB wins since the 2000 season
1. New England Patriots = 6
2. Pittsburgh Steelers = 2, Baltimore Ravens = 2, NY Giants = 2, Tampa Bay Bucs = 2
6. Indianapolis Colts have 1, tied with the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, Philadelphia Eagles, KC Chiefs.
I guess our franchise over the last 21 seasons (2000-2020) going by these categories would be considered great. Something some should think about before criticizing our franchise or Mr Irsay.
My long historic post for the morning
Heres another Ojulari type of guy that i like. His name is Malcolm Koonce. Same issue although i think hes a tad bit bigger than Ojulari in terms of weight. Comes from the same school as Khalil Mack. Actually built and moves like Mack. They list him as more of a 3-4 backer but he is so quick and agile i think it could work in a 4-3. Justin Houston type. He was in the Senior Bowl but i dont have clips. I think Buffalo ran the same 3-4 type system when Mack was there and he ended up going to the Raiders plaing in a 4-3 system so it could possibly work. Koonce is really quick.
I really like that and tried something similar in in PFF's simulator.
I'd rather go WR or TE with the 3rd pick though and pick up a promising CB later, but, I confess, I don't value CB very much so that's probably just me.
I would say my draft crush is Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern. He's fast, athletic, a great player, well coached, and never out of position. 6'1 190, perfect scheme fit for us. Ballard visited his pro day and loves him. Great RAS. Great combine. He can even defend the run. My favorite CB in the draft. Take a look at him if you haven't already.
I'm thinking the Chiefs or Packers would do it. Packers could go after Newsome, Farley, Toney, or Bateman at 21. Chiefs could go after an O-Lineman at 21. Especially if Teven Jenkins made it to us. I'd hate to lose him, but he's more of a RT anyway, so I'd trade down in a heartbeat to get a 3rd. Might even get a day 3 pick next year as well from the Chiefs.