Third Pick Isn’t Always A Stud

April 1st, 2010
Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick in last years draft, hasnt exactly set the world on fire yet.

Chiefs defensive end Tyson Jackson, the third overall pick in last year's draft, hasn't exactly set the world on fire yet.

On face value, Joe believes the Bucs should get a lock down stud of a player with the third pick overall.

But upon further study, that may not be the case. Just going through some recent drafts, the third pick is a crapshoot.

In 2009, the Chiefs selected defensive end Tyson Jackson. He hasn’t exactly set the world on fire.

In 2008, the Falcons selected quarterback Matt Ryan. Stud.

In 2007, the Browns picked up offensive tackle Joe Thomas. Stud.

In 2006, the Titans grabbed quarterback Vince Young. The jury is still out after four inconsistent years.

In 2005, the Browns drafted wide receiver Braylon Edwards. Now with the Jets, he’s no better than serviceable.

In 2004, the Cardinals selected Larry Fitzgerald. Possible Hall of Famer.

In 2003, the Texans drafted wide receiver Andre Johnson. Stud and Joe believes is the most underrated wide receiver in the NFL.

In 2002, the Lions selected quarterback Joey Harrington. ‘Nuff said.

In 2001, the Browns drafted defensive tackle Gerald Warren. Eh. He was barely average and just cut by the awful Browns.

The past decade began with the Redskins selecting Chris Samuels. He just retired due to a series of injuries. When he was healthy, he was damned good.

So just because the Bucs have the third overall pick, it’s not guaranteed the Bucs will have a Pro Bowl player.

7 Responses to “Third Pick Isn’t Always A Stud”

  1. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Of the 9 3rd overall picks you’ve got 6 studs and 2 duds with 2 “questionable”

    What’s the common demoninator?

    Look at the teams who drafted them – The Browns are just a crappy organization to which I fear the Bucs are likely to become

  2. T in Orlando Says:

    Actually, if 5 out of 10 are “studs”, 2 are duds, 2 are questionable (with VY currently on an upswing and BE treading water), and the 10th is only one year in the league, those aren’t bad odds. Find me a pick in the draft that has better odds over the pas ten years. I doubt 1st or 2nd are better.

    Also, looking at the non-studs, Jackosn was considered “solid” but not spectacular, plus he plays the 5 technique in a 3-4 defense, not exactly a position to make a big splash in. Many people felt both VY and Harrington were reaches at 3. Admittedly Edwards and Warren were supposed to become top 5 in the leauge at their postions, and that clearly didn’t happen. Point is, 3 of the 5 non-studs, did not enter the draft as highly rated as either Suh or McCoy.

    Most football people would agree Suh would be considered a steal at 3, and McCoy would be a great value pick at 3. I have trouble finding any major strikes against either of them. Suh projects to be Hanyesworth-esque (without the facemask stomping), while McCoy would be more in the Sapp/John Randle mold. It’s like picking Cookies n’ Cream or Cookie Dough Ice Cream, both are great, it’s just a matter of preference. (By the way, if you get the chance to try DQ’s Cookie Jar blizzard, I highly recommend it, it mixes both cookies n cream and cookie dough together).

  3. tampa2 Says:

    I think Joe is “assuming” that the Glazers will not trade down with that 3rd pick. That may come back to bite you, Joe! lol

  4. BRB Says:

    I’m sorry, but how is Andre Johnson the most under-rated receiver in the league?
    Do you realize that he is probably THE best receiver in the league?

    No one that watches football would agree to even leave him out of the top 2.

    What were you thinking? April Fool’s joke?

  5. Joe Says:


    No one that watches football would agree to even leave him out of the top 2.

    You have a very high opinion of the general football fan. Of course Johnson is one of the top wide receivers in the league, hence why Joe wrote he is underrated.

    How much run does Johnson get compared to others? Not much.

    That’s why he’s underrated. Not sure how you can go after Joe for writing that. What, would you have preferred Joe to write he was overrated? 🙁

  6. Eric Says:

    The bucs are going to have to dig deep to blow this one. But they have pulled defeat from the jaws of victory before.

    Maybe they can even dream of a third place finish in a four team Division, since the Panthers do not even have a first round choice and are in the process of a complete gutting of their team. That is, if we can find somebody to please tackle their two running backs.

  7. Radio Mushmouth Says:

    Tyson Jackson was a total reach at 3 …he wasn’t projected until middle of the 1st round on most boards.

    The Chiefs are almost as retarded as our Bucs are….