No, it’s not an algebra problem with a question mark. Instead this is based off of recent comments made by Giants GM Jerry Reese that the Cardinals asking price for WR Anquan Boldin, a 1st and 3rd round draft pick, may be too high. Now I’m no football personnel genius, I probably wouldn’t have made it as GM of the Orlando Breakers, but I’d like to think I have a little thing called herpes “common sense”. Reese is in effect saying he wouldn’t trade the 29th and 91st overall picks in the NFL Draft for 3-time Pro-Bowler Anquan Boldin. Sure I recognize the salary cap issues and the idea that draft picks can represent cheap labor for at least 3 years if you draft right, but still…take a look at 29th and 91st picks past and tell me you wouldn’t cut a deal for Boldin:
2008 – 29th – Kentwan Balmer DT (6 tackles in 10 games). 91st – Jermichael Finley TE (Zero catches). I’ll give these two the benefit of the doubt as they’ve each only spent a year in the league, yet Boldin caught 89 balls for 1,038 yards and 11 TD’s…in 12 games.
2007 – 29th – Ben Grubbs G (a solid starter in 2 seasons for Baltimore). 91st – Mario Henderson OT (12 career games). Pedestrian offensive lineman. Yes now it’s all beginning to make sense.
2006- 29th – Nick Mangold C (a 2008 Pro-Bowler). 91st – Frostee Rucker (4 career starts). Mangold made the Pro Bowl in ’08! So did Boldin, again…in 12 games.
2005- 29th – Marlin Jackson CB (a solid starter by his 3rd season at corner for a terrible defense in Indy). 91st – Chris Colmer OT (Never played a down). Even Marlin Jackson (or any member of the Jackson 5) would make this deal.
2004 – 29th – Michael Jenkins WR (185 career catches). 91st – Anthony Hargrove DE (out of the league at 25 years old). Now Jenkins is not terrible, but he’s never exceeded 777 yards in a season or 53 catches. Hargrove on the other hand clearly was terrible.
2003 – 29th – Nick Barnett LB (has started all 87 games of his NFL career). 91st – Visanthe Shiancoe TE (came into his own during 2008). Barnett and Shiancoe are decent. And honestly, I probably don’t trade them for Boldin…but it isn’t because of the stats. DONG!
2002 – 29th – Marc Columbo OT (solid starter, still in the league). 91st – Brian Westbrook RB (I won’t insult you). Fine. You got me. If you are so confident that the 91st pick is going to turn into Brian Westbrook than go ahead and stay put. As a sidenote: Westbrook has appeared in 1 less Pro-Bowl than Boldin.
2001- 29th – Ryan Pickett DT (he starts at least…not much else). 91st – Cory Bird DB (remained in the league all the way until 2004). Now that’s more like it.
2000 – 29th – R. Jay Soward (had more suspensions for substance abuse (3) than career starts (2), didn’t even make it to year two). 91st – David Macklin DB (not a regular starter in the past 3 years). OK the Giants argument is crystal clear at this point, you don’t pass up an opportunity at the next R. Jay Soward.
1999 – 29th – Dimitrius Underwood (bi-polar). 91st – Tony George DB (started 1 game in 2 seasons). Both great picks. Hopefully the Giants scouting department can pick up on minor things like horrific personality disorders.
So there you have it, 10 years of 29th and 91st picks. All 20 players combined for 3 Pro-Bowl appearances, which seems to match the number reached by Boldin. Well I’m sure Jerry Reese won’t fall into those same traps. History is on his side…err.
Just for my own personal entertainment I attempted to see how far I would have to go back to find a single player at the 29th pick who had near the impact of an Anquan Boldin. The results? Steve Wisniewski a guard for the Raiders was selected 29th in 1989 and was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection. Yea, eat that lousy writing blogger guy. You can count on it, every 20 years like clockwork a perennial Pro-Bowler will come along at pick 29.
My general point is, draft picks are vastly overrated. It may have taken me 670 words to get there but I did. For me it comes down to known versus unknown commodities. If my little 10 year sample size says anything, its that you’re far more likely to get crap than you are to get a player the caliber of Boldin.