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Definition of a good draft

Posted by Chris Brown on March 20, 2010 – 9:00 am

We’ve all seen the rapid fire draft grades that are delivered by the so called draft experts a day or two after the draft is complete. But there is another definition out there that at least waits until those draft choices play a season in the NFL.

It’s just one man’s opinion, but ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay classifies a good draft as follows.

“There’s a fine line between an average draft and a good draft,” he said in a national conference call earlier this week. “Two starters from a draft is an average draft in the NFL. If you can get three starters from every draft that’s a good draft. That helps you build your team that much faster and gives you a core to build around.”

By that logic, the Bills had a heck of a haul with their 2009 class. Buffalo had four starters from the class and are likely to add a fifth starter from that group this year. Wood, Levitre, Byrd and Nelson were all starters in 2009 and Maybin should follow suit in 2010. Put together another draft class with a similar contribution level and the Bills will be on a very good path.

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