Apr 18, 2011

Analyzing Tom Heckert's Draft Picks

GM Tom Heckert calls the shots in the Browns' war room, make no mistake. Mike Holmgren might have overriding veto, but for 99% of personnel decisions Heckert is the one responsible. With this in mind, I am going to analyze his first round picks from 2003-2010, (2003 being his first year as VP of Player Personnel in Philly). Yes, Andy Reid had the final say in Heckert's time in Philly, but I think it's fair to say that they agreed on most if not all of the picks.

2003: Jerome McDougal, DE, Miami

2002 First-Team All Big East
2002 Ted Hendricks Award Finalist (best NCAA defensive end)
2001 First-Team All Big East
2001 Third-Team All American
14 Career Sacks (2 seasons)

2004: Shawn Andrews, OL, Arkansas

2003 All American
2003 Lombardi Award Finalist (best NCAA lineman or linebacker)
2003 Outland Trophy Finalist (best NCAA interior lineman)
2002-2003 Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner (SEC's best blocker)
2003 Parker Award (best NCAA lineman)
2 career sacks given up in 35 career games

2005: Mike Patterson, DL, USC

2004 First-Team All American
2 Time National Champion

2006: Brodrick Bunkley, DL, Florida St

2005 All American
2005 Second-Team All ACC
37 Career Sacks (4 years)

2009*: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Mizzou

NCAA Freshman record holder for single-season all-purpose yards
2007 Consensus AP All-American
2008 AP All-American
33 Career Touchdowns (2 seasons)

2010: Joe Haden , CB, Florida

2007 All-SEC Freshman Team
2007 Freshman All-American
2009 All-SEC Team
2009 Unanimous First-Team All-American
2009 Sporting News National Defensive Player of the Year
2009 Florida Gators Team co-MVP
3 Year Starter
8 Career Interceptions (3 years)

*Philly had no 2007 or 2008 first round pick

In going through all these awards, its obvious that Heckert has a few tendancies. Firstly, all of these players come from major college football programs. There aren't any MAC players of Conference USA players on this list. Secondly, they all have unbelievable pedigrees coming out of college. All of these prospects are distinguished. Thirdly, they all have multiple years of experience, and success in their experience. No players on this list remind anyone of one-year-wonders DaQuan Bowers or Nick Fairley. Later this week I'll go by this information and compile some of the top prospects that fit this prototype for Heckert.

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