THE GENIUS OF OZZIE NEWSOME: The 1998 Draft Class

NFL Draft THE GENIUS OF OZZIE NEWSOME: The 1998 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 1998 NFL DRAFT

 

Baltimore Ravens

 
Player/Draft Position 
Yrs. (pts) 
GS (pts)* 
PB (pts)**
Penalty 
TP*** 
CB Duane Starks (10)
4 (4) 
43 (86) 
(-260) 
(-170) 
WR Patrick Johnson (42)
5 (5)
15 (30) 
(-40) 
(-5) 
DT Martin Chase (124)
2 (4) 
0
S Ryan Sutter (133) 
LB Ron Rogers (154) 
T Sammy Williams (164)
4 (8) 
7 (14)
(-90) 
(-68) 
TE Cam Quayle (241) 
1998 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
(-239) 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • D. Starks: Tra Thomas (3), Keith Brooking (5), Takeo Spikes (2), Randy Moss (7), Alan Faneca (9)
  • P. Johnson: Patrick Surtain (3), Samari Rolle (1)
  • S. Williams: Matt Birk (6), Matt Hasselbeck (3)

Pittsburgh Steelers

 
Player/Draft Position 
Yrs. (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
G Alan Faneca (26)
10 (10) 
153 (306) 
9 (90) 
406 
DE Jeremy Staat (41)
3 (3) 
2 (4) 
(-40) 
(-33) 
T Chris Conrad (66)
3 (3) 
4 (4)
(-90) 
(-83) 
WR Hines Ward (92) 
13 (13) 
181 (362)
4 (40) 
415 
CB Deshea Townsend (117) 
12 (12) 
80 (160) 
(-10) 
162 
RB Carlos King (123) 
1 (2) 
DB Jason Simmons (137) 
4 (8) 
RB Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala 
5 (10) 
6 (12)
0
(-30) 
(-8) 
Ryan Olson (186) 
DE Angel Rubio (221) 
1998 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
869 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • D. Townsend: Lance Schulters
  • J. Staat: Patrick Surtain, Samari Rolle
  • C. Conrad: Jeremiah Trotter, Ahman Green, Brian Griese
  • C. Fuamatu-Ma’afala: Matt Hasselbeck

New England Patriots

 
Player/Draft Position 
Years (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
RB Robert Edwards (18)
1 (1) 
15 (30) 
(-10) 
21 
DB Tebucky Jones (22)
5 (5) 
36 (72) 
0
(-90) 
(-13) 
WR Tony Simmons (32) 
3 (3) 
9 (18) 
21 
TE Rod Rutledge (54)
4 (4) 
31 (62) 
66 
RB Chris Floyd (81) 
3 (3) 
2 (4) 
DE Greg Spires (83)
3 (3) 
3 (6) 
(-50) 
(-41) 
DT Leonta Rheams (115) 
1 (2) 
(-10) 
(-8) 
LB Ron Merkerson (145) 
2 (4) 
RB Harold Shaw (176)
3 (6) 
(-30)
(-24) 
C Jason Andersen (211) 
3 (6) 
1998 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
39 
 
Notable Players Passed on in Same Round
  • R. Edwards: Randy Moss
  • T. Jones: Alan Faneca
  • G. Spires: Brian Griese, Hines Ward
  • L. Rheams: Lance Schulters
  • H. Shaw: Matt Hasselbeck

Indianapolis Colts 

 
Player/Draft Pos. 
Years (pts) 
GS (pts) 
PB (pts) 
Penalty 
TP 
QB Peyton Manning (1) 
13 (13) 
208 (416) 
11 (110) 
539 
WR Jerrome Pathon (32)
4 (4) 
30 (60)
(-100) 
(-36) 
WR E.G. Green (71)
3 (3) 
4 (8) 
(-138) 
(-127) 
G Steve McKinney (93)
4 (8) 
60 (120)
(-10) 
118 
LB Antony Jordan (135) 
1 (2) 
3 (6) 
G Aaron Taylor (190) 
Cory Gaines (231) 
1998 TOTAL POINTS 
 
 
 
 
502 
 
 

Notable Players Passed on in Same Round

  • J. Pathon: Corey Chavous, Flozell Adams (5), Patrick Surtain, Samari Rolle
  • E.G. Green: Jeremiah Trotter, Ahman Green, Brian Griese, Hines Ward
  • S. McKinney: Lance Schulters
 
FOOTNOTE
 

* GS ~ Games Started

** PB ~ Pro Bowl Selections

*** TP ~ Total Points

 

 

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