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THE GENIUS OF OZZIE NEWSOME: The 1997 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 1997 NFL DRAFT

 

Baltimore Ravens

 
Player/Draft Position 
Yrs. (pts) 
GS (pts)* 
PB (pts)**
Penalty 
TP*** 
LB Peter Boulware (4)
9 (9) 
102 (204) 
4 (40) 
253 
LB  Jamie Sharper (34)
5 (5)
79 (158) 
(-140) 
23 
S Kim Herring (58)
4 (4) 
43 (86) 
(-60)
30 
RB Jay Graham (64) 
3 (3) 
4 (8) 
(-150) 
(-139) 
LB Tyrus McCloud (118) 
2 (4) 
2 (4) 
C Jeff Mitchell (134) 
4 (8) 
40 (80) 
88 
RB Steve Lee (167) 
(-20) 
(-20) 
LB Cornell Brown (194) 
7 (14) 
25 (50) 
64 
DE Chris Ward (205) 
1 (2) 
QB Wally Richardson (234) 
2 (4) 
S Ralph Staten (236) 
2 (4) 
6 (12) 
16 
DT Leland Taylor (238) 
1 (2) 
1997 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
331 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • J. Sharper: Tiki Barber (3), Corey Dillon (4), Jake Plummer (2), Sam Madison (4), Marcellus Wiley (1)
  • K. Herring: Darren Sharper (5)
  • J. Graham: Dexter Coakley (3), Ronde Barber (5), Jason Taylor (6), Mike Vrabel (1)
  • S. Lee: Al Harris (2)

Pittsburgh Steelers

 
Player/Draft Position 
Yrs. (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
CB Chad Scott (24) 
8 (8) 
79 (158) 
(-40) 
126 
WR Will Blackwell (53) 
5 (5) 
2 (4) 
(-50) 
(-41) 
T Paul Wiggins (82) 
2 (2) 
DE Mike Vrabel (91) 
4 (4) 
0
1 (10) 
14 
RB George Jones (154) 
1 (2) 
1 (2)
DB Daryl Porter (186) 
DE Rod Manuel (199) 
2 (4) 
4
WR Mike Adams (223 
1 (2) 
0
1997 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
111 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • C. Scott: Trevor Pryce (4)
  • W. Blackwell: Darren Sharper (5)

New England Patriots

 
Player/Draft Position 
Years (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
DB Chris Canty (29)
2 (2) 
10 (20) 
22 
DE Brandon Mitchell (59)
5 (5) 
37 (74) 
(-50) 
29 
RB Sedrick Shaw (61) 
2 (2) 
1 (2) 
(-110) 
(-106) 
DB Chris Carter (89) 
3 (3) 
15 (30) 
(-10) 
23 
G Damon Denson (97) 
3 (6) 
4 (8) 
(-20) 
(-6) 
T Ed Ellis (125) 
3 (6) 
1 (2) 
LB Vernon Crawford (159) 
3 (6) 
1 (2) 
WR Tony Gaiter (192) 
2 (4) 
T Scott Rehberg (230) 
2 (4) 
0
4
1997 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
(-14) 
 
Notable Players Passed on in Same Round
  • B. Mitchell: Darren Sharper (5)
  • S. Shaw: Ronde Barber (5), Jason Taylor (6)
  • C. Carter: Mike Vrabel (1)
  • D. Denson: Derrick Mason (2)

Indianapolis Colts 

 
Player/Draft Pos. 
Years (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
G Tarik Glenn (19) 
10 (10) 
154 (308) 
3 (30) 
348 
T Adam Meadows (48)
7 (7) 
96 (192)
(-50) 
149 
LB Bertrand Berry (86)
3 (3) 
13 (26) 
1 (10) 
39 
DB Monty Montgomery (117)
3 (3) 
8 (16)
19 
WR Nate Jacquet (150) 
1 (2) 
2
DE Carl Powell (156) 
2 (4) 
LB Scott Von der Ahe (182) 
1 (2) 
2 (4)
Clarence Thompson (219) 
1997 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
567 
 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • A. Meadows: Darren Sharper (5)
 
FOOTNOTE
 

* GS ~ Games Started

** PB ~ Pro Bowl Selections

*** TP ~ Total Points

 
 

 

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