20 for 20: 2004

20 for 20

Editor’s Note: Doug Kyed, our intrepid staff writer, will be doing some extra work for the final twenty days before the 2011 NFL Draft, taking a look at the last twenty NFL Drafts.

Today he looks at the 2004 NFL Draft Class.

Have we figured out who won the Manning for Rivers trade yet? The Giants traded a future first round pick (Merriman) a 2004 third round pick (Nate Kaeding) and a future 5th round pick, plus paid $6 million more in bonus money and $10 million more total for a QB who said he was going to refuse to play for San Diego, thus no leverage. I think we can all agree Rivers is the better QB, but the Giants did win a Super Bowl with Manning at the helm.

My Top Ten for the 2004 NFL Draft class:

Larry Fitzgerald: Rd. 1 Pick 3 – Arizona Cardinals
Philip Rivers: Rd. 1 Pick 4 – New York Giants
Ben Roethlisberger: Rd. 1 Pick 11 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Vince Wilfork: Rd. 1 Pick 21 – New England Patriots
Steven Jackson: Rd. 1 Pick 24 – St. Louis Rams
Chris Snee: Rd. 2 Pick 34 – New York Giants
Jared Allen: Rd. 4 Pick 126 – Kansas City Chiefs
Wes Welker: Undrafted – San Diego Chargers
Jason Peters: Undrafted – Buffalo Bills

Other Significant Players – Eli Manning, Sean Taylor, DeAngelo Hall, Dunta Robinson, Jonathan Vilma, Tommie Harris, Shawn Andrews, Karlos Dansby, Bob Sanders, Darnell Dockett, Chris Cooley, Matt Schaub, Shaun Phillips, Michael Turner

My Top Player: Roethlisberger
Consensus Top Player: Roethlisberger
No Hall of Famers
Possible Future HOF: Fitzgerald, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Jackson
Best Value: Welker
Biggest Bust: It’s Reggie Williams, who could never distinguish his off the field problems to show his promise.

Best Patriots Pick: Wilfork
Worst Patriots Pick: It’s probably Cedric Cobbs, since Michael Turner was taken less than 30 picks later. With no disrespect to Marquise Hill or his family, an argument could be made for him as well since Darnell Dockett came off the board a pick later.

Best Team Class: The Chargers nailed the ’05 draft. They drafted five future Pro Bowlers: Rivers, Nick Kaeding, Nick Hardwick, Shaun Phillips and Turner and three other career starters: Igor Olshansky, Shane Olivea and Malcom Floyd. The Cardinals were second best: Fitzgerald, Dansby, Dockett and Antonio Smith.
Overall Grade: Really nice early on and decent depth, B.

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2 Responses to “20 for 20: 2004”

  1. Jared says:

    best pick…Jared Allen…126th???

  2. Jared says:

    wow…Darnell Docket a pick after Marquise Hill. Guess they missed that one.

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