Then GM Bill Polian used his first pick in the 1998 draft to take Peyton Manning. While Polian has had a few good picks since, it has been mostly downhill from there.
I think it is too soon to take a look at the 2010 and 2011 drafts so I will start our analysis with the 2009 draft.
1 27 Donald Brown RB Connecticut – Brown has been a failure. He has started only 11 games in 3 years and has been cut once. He is not fast enough to be a franchise back and has had fumbling issues.
2 56 Fili Moala DT USC – This was a reach on my board. Moala was an under achiever at USC and has started 31 games in the last 3 years but has only 38 solo tackles in his NFL career.
3 92 Jerraud Powers DB Auburn – He has started every game in which he was healthy. He has missed 14 games in 3 years. He has only 5 interceptions but has made 170 tackles.
4 127 Austin Collie WR Brigham Young – I liked Collie at BYU and this was a nice pick. He was drafted as a slot guy and has had 172 catches with a ...