Something that I've been wanting to do, but hadn't until now... was to point out just how big a gift AD could be to the Vikes, and why I was happy to see him drop to us. There are not too many RBs in the last 20 drafts that have created the buzz that AD has and/or have the size/speed/vision combination. In the last 20 yrs, LT is the closest, but most thought that he would just be a very good back. I don't think that he came out with the "greatness" stamp. Of course, many of us have since been proved wrong.
Of this list of 20, the only RBs that came out with the greatness stamp (IMO) were Bush (06) and Sanders (89). I will say that I didn't know what to think of Phillips when he came out, but suspect that character was such a negative that most saw "bust" not "greatness" and that limited any buzz he could have generated.
I may be going out on a limb, but I see AD as being the best all-round RB to come out in at least the last 20 years... he has all the markings of a great player. The buzz around CJ was that he was the complete package. I see AD as being a complete package, too, and if not for a couple dings we would not have gotten him.
The other thing that sticks out is the low-production for the "top" RB taken. Maybe that's representative of the draft at all positions, and underlines what a crap-shoot it really is... call me feeling lucky we got AD.
06 Reggie Bush (NO)
05 Ronnie Brown (Miami)
04 Steven Jackson(Rams)
03 Willis Maghee (Buff)
02 William Green (Cle)
01 LaD Tomlinson (SD)
00 Thomas Jones (Ari)
99 Edge James (Colts)
98 Curtis Enis (Chi)
97 Warrick Dunn (TB)
96 Lawrence Phillips (Rams)
95 K-Jana Carter (Cincy)
94 Marshall Faulk(Colts)
93 Garrison Hearst(Ari)
92 Tony Smith (Atl)
91 Lenord Russell (NE)
90 Blair Thomas (Jets)
89 Barry Sanders (Det)
88 Gaston Green (Rams)
87 Alonzo Highsmith (Hou)
How did they fare and what % shot do we have of AD being very good to elite..
06 Reggie Bush (NO)Way early, but it looks like he will be a Faulk type multi-dimension threat
05 Ronnie Brown (Miami) One pretty good year, one eh year..
04 Steven Jackson(Rams) On an upward trend, should have a very good career..maybe not quite elite..
03 Willis Maghee (Buff)Good to very good..but just a shadow of what he was going to be
02 William Green (Cle) Bust
01 LaD Tomlinson (SD)Bust in Canton
00 Thomas Jones (Ari)Bounced around a lot, but will probably have a good to very good career, not elite
99 Edge James (Colts)Very good to elite..
98 Curtis Enis (Chi)Bust
97 Warrick Dunn (TB)I thought this kid was Darren Nelson II very good
96 Lawrence Phillips (Rams)Massive Bust
95 K-Jana Carter (Cincy)Massive epic bust
94 Marshall Faulk(Colts)Bust in Canton
93 Garrison Hearst(Ari)Very good
92 Tony Smith (Atl)Bust
91 Lenord Russell (NE)Bust
90 Blair Thomas (Jets)Bust
89 Barry Sanders (Det)In Canton
88 Gaston Green (Rams)Bust
87 Alonzo Highsmith (Hou)Bust
50% that AD will be a bust, 50% shot at good to elite..
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