Edwards, Merriman and Ware emerge three years later
No matter how much draft preparation teams do, it is almost impossible to determine how good a player will be three years down the line. This information is important to remember when you are analyzing your favorite team's 2008 draft class. Take a look at the breakdown of the top players on offense and defense from the 2005 draft class. Scouts Inc.'s grading scale
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Don't be too quick to judge a team's draft
Scouts Inc. tests the theory that it takes three years to fully evaluate a team's draft class by looking back at the '05 draft. The lesson learned is grades handed out on draft day do not always match the grades handed out three years later.
Re-grading the 2005 draft
If the 49ers knew LB Shawne Merriman was going terrorize the NFL, would they have taken him first overall instead of QB Alex Smith? We think so.
Check out the rest of Scouts Inc.'s 2005 re-draft.