Wanted to look into the draft since 2008. This year is very critical because its the catalyst for all the change we as fans had to endure. What I find interesting is how we managed to have 6 first round selections in those four years. Of those six Ryan Clady has been very consistent and Demaryius Thomas, along with Von Miller, seem to have promise for great things. Whereas Ayers and Moreno seem to be more of role players limited to design and scheme. Another thing I noticed was how Tim Tebow and Robert Ayers did not lose extensive playing time due to serious injury.
2nd round to me is as important as a 1st rounder. These are athletes that usually fall into the top 60 to transition into the NFL.
2008 Eddie Royal WR (SD now)
2009 Alphonso Smith CB (traded 2010 first round for selection)
2009 Darcel McBeth CB
2009 Richard Quinn TE
2010 Zane Beadles OG
2011 Orlando Franklin OG
2011 Rahim Moore S
Now I sit here and I let those names roll around my head for a moment. Aside from Royal there was very little contribution in 2009 and 2010 seems to be an upgrade in the likes of 2011's Franklin (if we slide Franklin and let Harris play LT).
Its understandable not to miss on your first round but this year's different thanks to a new CBA. But the second round cannot be where any team should reach. This goes for 3rd round picks too. Maybe this is a lot of nonsense and players just need to play and coaches need to coach. Then I look at those names and I still think to myself: who could we have gotten? I'm sad to see Royal to go but we never utilized him and he was a trooper through and through. Quinn? Never got to know you. Smith? Well he does have 8 career interceptions and playing ball. Beadles, Franklin and Moore simply need to build onto their game and we'll revisit them at their three year mark.