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THE GENIUS OF OZZIE NEWSOME: The 1996 Draft Class

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SCORING SYSTEM

Each individual pick will be scored based upon the years the player spent with the team that drafted him; the number of games started for that team; and the number of Pro Bowl nominations the player received during his career regardless of whether said nomination occurred while playing with the team that drafted him.

Teams will also be assessed a penalty for each player that they bypassed in the draft who ultimately went on to play in a Pro Bowl(s) if the player selected instead did not make the Pro Bowl at any point during their career.

This system is intended to grade the draft, the collective accomplishments of the scouting staff and front office on draft day. Whether a player leaves via free agency or for some other reason is irrelevant when scoring the organization on draft day. Therefore, future Pro Bowls earned by a player, even when they are no longer with the drafting organization, do factor into the quality of a particular draft class. Front office errors outside of the control of the scouts should not be weighed against them.

Years Spent with Drafting Team

·         Players selected in rounds 1-3 get 1 point per year with the team; rounds 4-7 get 2 points per year with team.

Games Started

·         Players receive 2 points per start

Pro Bowl Appearances

·         Players receive 10 points per Pro Bowl appearance.

Points deducted for passing on a better player in same round

·         If the Ravens pass on a player or players in the same round who eventually becomes a Pro Bowl player(s) and the player the Ravens selected is NOT a Pro Bowler, penalties will be assessed. A 10 point penalty will be assessed if the player plays a position not the same as the player the Ravens selected and a 12 point penalty if the player plays the same position as the player the Ravens selected. Just as with Pro Bowl appearances by Ravens, the penalty is multiplied by the number of years the passed on player makes the Pro Bowl.
 

THE 1996 NFL DRAFT

 

Baltimore Ravens

 
Player/Draft Position 
Yrs. (pts) 
GS (pts)* 
PB (pts)**
Penalty 
TP*** 
T J. Ogden (4)
12 (12) 
176 (352) 
11 (110) 
474 
LB  R. Lewis (26)
15 (15)
210 (420) 
12 (120) 
555 
CB D. Jenkins (55)
4 (4) 
30 (60) 
(-80)
(-16) 
WR J. Lewis (153) 
6 (12) 
30 (60) 
2 (20) 
92 
LB D. Daniels (172) 
1 (2) 
WR J. Roe (186) 
3 (6) 
7 (14) 
20 
QB J. Stark (238) 
1996 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
1,127 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • D. Jenkins: Brian Dawkins (8)

Pittsburgh Steelers

 
Player/Draft Position 
Yrs. (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
T J. Stephens (29) 
3 (3) 
11 (22) 
25 
LB S. Conley (72) 
3 (3) 
1 (2) 
(-84) 
(-79) 
FB Jon Witman (92) 
6 (6) 
43 (86) 
92 
LB E. Holmes (126) 
6 (12) 
79 (158)
170 
WR Jahine Arnold (132) 
3 (6) 
DE I. Raybon (163) 
1 (2) 
(-80) 
(-78) 
DE O. Roye (200) 
5 (10) 
26 (52) 
62 
QB S. Fischer (203) 
LB C. Emmons 
4 (8) 
30 (60) 
0
68 
1996 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
266 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • S. Conley: Tedy Bruschi (2), Terrell Owens (6)
  • I. Raybon: Jermaine Lewis (2), La’Roi Glover (6)

New England Patriots

 
Player/Draft Position 
Years (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
WR T. Glenn (7)
6 (6) 
63 (126) 
2 (20) 
152 
S L. Milloy (36)
7 (7) 
106 (212) 
4 (40) 
259 
LB T. Bruschi (86) 
13 (13) 
139 (278) 
2 (20) 
311 
G H. Irwin (101) 
4 (8) 
17 (34) 
(-30) 
12 
DE C. Sullivan (119) 
4 (8) 
20 (40) 
(-10) 
38 
RB K. Barber (124) 
G J. Elmore (139) 
(-20) 
(-20) 
DT C. Peter (149) 
(-72) 
(-72) 
TE C. Griffin (173) 
0
RB M. Grier (195) 
2 (4) 
DT D. Wyman (206) 
3 (6) 
4 (8) 
14 
WR L. Purnell (216)
3 (6) 
7 (14) 
20 
C JR Conrad (247) 
1996 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
718 
 
Notable Players Passed on in Same Round
  • H. Irwin: Stephen Davis (3)
  • C. Sullivan: J. Runyan (1)
  • J. Elmore: Jermaine Lewis (2)
  • C. Peter: La’Roi Glover (6)

Indianapolis Colts 

 
Player/Draft Pos. 
Years (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
WR M. Harrison (19) 
13 (13) 
188 (376) 
8 (80) 
469 
CB D. Mathis (51)
2 (2) 
11 (22)
(-80) 
(-56) 
TE S. Slutzker (82)
2 (2) 
2 (4) 
(-80) 
(-74) 
FB B. Mine (115)
DT S. Martin (151) 
3 (6) 
5 (10) 
(-92) 
(-76) 
T K. Conlin (191) 
QB Mike Cawley (205)
DE A. Robinson (232) 
1996 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
263 
 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • Dedric Mathis: Brian Dawkins (8)
  • Scott Slutzker: Tedy Bruschi (2), Terrell Owens (6)
  • Steve Martin: Jermaine Lewis (2), La’Roi Glover (6)
 
FOOTNOTE
 

* GS ~ Games Started

** PB ~ Pro Bowl Selections

*** TP ~ Total Points

 
 
 
 
     

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