My name is Globalpack. I can’t break down film and I am not going to spend hours watching the combine, so I can’t really give you a great opinion article. However, I can learn the rules, research the past and use Excel. So please enjoy a comprehensive statistical look at the draft picks of Ted Thompson.
I read a very interesting analysis of the 2004 draft. As you may recall, that was the last draft Mike Sherman was ever at the helm for. If you are lucky, you don’t remember how ugly it was. It got me wondering, what exactly has Ted Thompson done while he has been at the helm with the five drafts that he has been in charge of.
Ted Thompson has made fifty one draft picks in five drafts. This is the most picks of any team over that period. Tennessee is second with forty nine. The average team has made forty picks. Minnesota and the Jets are tied for last with thirty one. Eighteen of the picks were in the top half (5/8/5) and thirty three were in the bottom half (8/8/9/8). Twenty eight have been on offense (10 top half/18 bottom half), twenty two have been on defense (8/14) and one was a special teams player (Mason Crosby).
Of these fifty one draft picks, thirty one of these players are still on the roster, nineteen have been cut/not tendered and one was traded. Twelve are starters and three are pro-bowlers. Only three of eleven remain from the 2005 draft. Six of the twelve remain from the 2006 draft. Eight of eleven remain from the 2007 class. Fifteen of seventeen remain from the 2008 and 2009 class.
As you are all aware, Ted Thompson loves him some wide receivers. Ted has drafted eight wide receivers. That is part of a three way tie for second with linebackers and defensive backs. These groups are only behind offensive lineman (10), however as will be discussed below, not all that glitters is gold. Ted has focused on wide receivers more in the top half of the draft (4), than any other position.
Many fans criticize Ted Thompson for not having the LT of the future on the roster. At least it has been for a lack of trying. Ted has given barely any attention to offensive linemen during the top half of the draft. Ted has expended the same number of top half draft picks on quarterbacks as he has offensive linemen. Additionally, Ted has only used one first or second round draft pick on an offensive lineman, a distinction that the O-line only shares with running backs (Jackson). Tight end is the only position group with no first or second round draft picks used on it.
On the other end of the spectrum, Ted has used four of his five first round draft picks on linebackers and defensive linemen. Along the same note, the only two times Ted has traded up was to select a linebacker.
However, I’m sure that at some level you all knew this information. So, I’ll try and leave you with some information that you didn’t know. Ted Thompson does not have success in the fifth round. Of Ted’s eight fifth round picks, only two are still on the team. That means a measly 25% of fifth rounders still contribute. Additionally, it is the only round that doesn’t have a starter. Even 38% of seventh rounders are still on the roster and have starter representation. In contrast, Ted has outshined with his sixth round picks. Six of nine are still on the roster and two start.
As you can tell, there was no real opinion to this piece. Like, Joe Friday, just the facts. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed my dry recitation of data.
 For the purposes of this post, the starters are: Clifton, Colledge, Wells, Sitton, Tauscher, Finley, Jennings, Driver, Jones, Rodgers, Grant, Jenkins, Pickett, Jolly, Matthews, Hawk, Barnett, Jones, Harris, Bigby, Collins and Woodson.
 Matthews, Rodgers and Collins.
 Rodgers, Collins, Poppinga.
 Hawk, Colledge, Jennings, Spitz, Blackmon and Jolly.
 Harrell, Jackson, James Jones, Barbre, Hall, Bishop and Crosby.
 Brohm (2008) and Merideth (2009) are current Buffalo Bills.
 Terrence Murphy (2005), Gregg Jennings (2006), James Jones (2007) and Jordy Nelson (2008).
 Linebackers and defensive backs are tied for second with three each.
 Colledge (2nd Rounder) and Spitz (3rd Rounder).
 Rodgers (2005 1st Round) and Brohm (2008 2nd Round).
 Hawk (2006), Harrell (2007), Raji (2009) and Matthews (2009).
 Thompson (2008) and Matthews (2009).
 Breno Giacomini and Quinn Johnson.
 Two fifth rounders never even made the squad once. David Clowney (2007) and James Merideth (2009).
 Eight picks, remaining are Matt Flynn, Brett Swain and Brad Jones.
 Johnny Jolly, Korey Hall, Desmond Bishop, Mason Crosby, Jarius Wynn and Brandon Underwood.
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