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The number 23 pick


I've been doing some thinking about the 23rd pick and I've came to a conclusion, there will be some good to great players left on the board at 23. Going back a few years, I'll list off some names that were taken after number 23 (stopping at the end of the third). I'm not saying all of these guys were good enough to be the 23rd pick, but I do think any one of them is a starting caliber player and wouldn't have been so bad if they were taken at 23. If I were to go into the deeper rounds, I could still find a lot of starting caliber players that would have been a decent grab at 23.

First though, I want to point out that on offense and defense, there are 13 different positions on the field. Which means that at 23, a guy should be no worse than the third best player at his respective position. Ideally, he'd be the best or second best. The reason I say this is because it's very rare that there are more than 2 or 3 guys at each position that are truly first round good, taking a player after there's been a run at that position is a surefire way to overdraft somebody *cough* Gosder *cough*.

Also, this isn't an all inclusive list, I'm sure there are good players in those drafts whose names I just don't recognize.

2010

Dez Bryant

Devin McCourty

Rob Gronkowski

Ben Tate

Jimmy Graham

2009

Michael Oher

Clay Matthews

Hakeem Nicks

Kenny Britt

Louis Delmas

James Laurinaitis

Ray Maualuga

LeSean McCoy

Shonn Greene

Mike Wallace

Lardarius Webb

2008

Rashard Mendenhall

Chris Johnson

Kenny Phillips

Brandon Flowers

Jordy Nelson

Tracy Porter

Matt Forte

DeSean Jackson

Ray Rice

Jamaal Charles

Jermichael Finley

Cliff Avril

Mario Manningham

2007

Dwayne Bowe

Brandon Meriweather

Jon Beason

Ben Grubbs

Paul Posluszny

Eric Weddle

Chris Houston

Sidney Rice

LaMarr Woodley

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Pride Of Detroit or its writers.

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