FOX Sports South writers Knox Bardeen and Jay Clemons have converged to cumulatively rank the NFL teams, 1 through 32, on their draft classes from the last five full seasons (2010-14). Our process was simple: We first ranked the teams' draft prowess, separately by division ... and then worked together for consensus rankings throughout the league. There were a few wild swings in voting -- particularly with the Chargers, Chiefs and Saints -- but it was also easy to find clarity with the countdown's best (and worst) drafting clubs. (Photos: Aaron Doster/Steven Bisig/Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)
32 -- Jacksonville Jaguars
MAJOR HITS: None ... PASSABLE PICKS: QB Blake Bortles, WR Allen Robinson, WR Cecil Shorts, OT Luke Joeckel, S Josh Evans, DT Tyson Alualu ... BUST: QB Blaine Gabbert ... SKINNY: 1) According to Pro Football Reference, the Jaguars haven't drafted a single Pro Bowler since 2010 -- a factoid which may change in the next year or two. 2) Alualu has been a four-year starter in Jacksonville and a pillar of the defensive line; however, at the No. 10 slot in 2010 (Round 1), the Jaguars also bypassed Jason Pierre-Paul, Earl Thomas, Maurkice Pouncey, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant. Ouch. 3) Bortles (above), last year's No. 3 overall pick, has 3,500-yard-plus seasons on the horizon -- especially if Robinson, Marqise Lee and tight end Julius Thomas all stay healthy. (What say you, Justin Blackmon?) Maybe Jacksonville will draft Amari Cooper, too.
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31 -- Chicago Bears
MAJOR HITS: WR Alshon Jeffery ...QUALITY PICKS: CB Kyle Fuller, DT Stephen Paea, OG Kyle Long, OT Jordan Mills ... BAD CHOICE: OT Gabe Carimi ... SKINNY: 1) Citing the Bears' last five draft classes, only Jeffery (above -- 198 catches, 2,921 yards, 20 TDs) and Long have experienced Pro Bowl nirvana. 2) McClellin has started 10 games apiece over the last two seasons, while collecting 5.0 total sacks in that span. But that's not proper value for a mid-Round 1 pick -- especially with Chandler Jones, Courtney Upshaw, Dont'a Hightower, Harrison Smith and Whitney Mercilus still on the board. 3) The Bears defense, which ranked 31st in scoring last season (allowing 27.6 points per game), could use a few more impact guys like the cornerback Fuller. 4) It's easy to understand why the Bears made a full regime change during the offseason.
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30 -- New York Jets
MAJOR HITS: DT Muhammad Wilkerson ... QUALITY PICKS: DT Sheldon Richardson, LB Demario Davis, OG Brian Winters, DE Quinton Coples ... BUST: WR Stephen Hill ... SKINNY: 1) Lousiville safety Calvin Pryor remains an upside first-rounder from last year. However, given the Jets' many holes, WR Kelvin Benjamin, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix or even QB Teddy Bridgewater would have brought more hope to a green-and-white fan base that's used to deflating drafts. 2) Richardson represents the Jets' only Pro Bowl draftee of the last five seasons -- although it's a crime Wilkerson (above -- 16.5 sacks since 2013) hasn't received a paid trip to Hawaii yet. 3) QB Geno Smith, just 3-10 as a starter last season, took a sizable step back in the court of public opinion -- despite boosting tallies with completion percentage and TD passes.
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29 -- Oakland Raiders
MAJOR HITS: LB Khalil Mack ...QUALITY PICKS: C Stefen Wisniewski, DE Lamarr Houston, LB Sio Moore, LB Miles Burriss, RB Latavius Murray, TE Mychal Rivera ... SKINNY: 1) The Raiders may have turned a corner with last year's four-pack of draftees -- Mack (left -- a future All-Pro), Carr (right -- 300 yards passing and/or multiple TDs in five of his final 10 games), Jackson (12 starts at left guard) and Ellis (14 starts as a rookie). 2) Murray (136 total yards/2 TDs in Oakland's first victory last season) seemingly has the goods for 1,000 total yards/7 TDs in 2015 -- provided the Raiders don't trade for Adrian Peterson or acquire a stud rusher from the deep rookie class. 3) To date, no Oakland player drafted from the last five classes has made the Pro Bowl. (Photos: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
28 -- San Diego Chargers
MAJOR HITS: DT Corey Liuget, WR Keenan Allen ... QUALITY PICKS: RB Ryan Mathews, LB Donald Butler, S Marcus Gilchrist, LB Manti Te'o, OT D.J. Fluker, CB Shareece Wright ... SKINNY: 1) The jury's still out on Ladarius Green (40 catches, 658 yards, 3 TDs), who seemingly has the skill set to be a blue-chip tight end -- if future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates wasn't blocking his path. 2) Jeremiah Attaochu, a second-rounder last year, could be a game-changing rush end, sooner than later. 3) Ryan Mathews (right) and Darrell Stuckey (special-teams captain) are the only Chargers to reach the Pro Bowl from the last five draft classes. That said, Allen (148 career catches/12 TDs) and Liuget (left -- 18 career sacks) are on the cusp of sustainable excellence. (Photos: Kyle Terada/Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports)
27 -- Atlanta Falcons
MAJOR HITS: WR Julio Jones ...QUALITY PICKS: OT Jake Matthews, CB Desmond Trufant, CB Robert Alford, LB Sean Weatherspoon, DT Corey Peters ...SKINNY: 1) The Falcons should be commended for moving heaven and earth during the 2011 draft -- trading up 21 slots in Round 1 -- to land Julio Jones (above -- 278 catches, 4,330 yards, 26 TDs). His 2014 output (104 catches/1,593 yards/6 TDs) secured Jones' spot in the elite-level strata of NFL receivers. 2) On the flip side, Atlanta's last five draft classes have produced 30 1/2 total sacks -- a deflating stat for a Falcons defense that badly needs an infusion of quality edge rushers. 3) Citing the last five draft classes, no Falcons tailback has amassed 800 total yards in a single campaign.
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26 -- Tennessee Titans
QUALITY PICKS: DE Derrick Morgan, DT Jurrell Casey (left), DT Karl Klug, LB Akeem Ayers, CB Alterraun Verner, WR Kendall Wright (right), LB Zach Brown, LT Taylor Lewan, OG Chance Warmack ... BUST: QB Jake Locker ... SKINNY: 1) Here's a stat that can explain why the Titans outrank the Falcons here: Tennessee's defensive-tackle duo from the 2011 class (Casey, Klug -- 35.5 total sacks) have more combined sacks than the full lot of Atlanta draftees from 2010-14. 2) It's a shame that rookie QB Zach Mettenberger sustained an injury last season. If he had logged 4-5 more games in 2014 ... perhaps the Titans wouldn't be coveting Marcus Mariota at the 2-spot (2015 draft). 3) Aided by steady QB play, Kendall Wright would be a lock for 90-plus catches/1,000 yards once again. (Photos: Evan Habeeb/Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports)
25 -- New Orleans Saints
MAJOR HITS: TE Jimmy Graham, DE Cameron Jordan ... QUALITY PICKS: RB Mark Ingram, DE Akiem Hicks, OT Terron Armstead, WR Brandin Cooks, WR Kenny Stills, S Kenny Vaccaro ... SKINNY: 1) Graham (right -- 386 catches, 4,752 yards, 51 TDs) has cultivated a Hall of Fame-worthy resume in just five pro seasons. But now comes the real test for Graham (traded to Seattle during the offseason) -- being a lock for 1,200 yards/double-digit TDs without Drew Brees at quarterback. 2) Vaccaro has been a stalwart of the secondary; but it also must pain Saints fans to finish one draft slot short of landing defensive tackle Star Lotulelei -- a certifiable stud from 2013 and current property of the rival Panthers. 3) Jordan (left) has been exceptional as a pro, collecting 20 sacks over the last two seasons. (Photos: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports)
24 -- Washington Redskins
MAJOR HITS: OT Trent Williams, DE Ryan Kerrigan, RB Alfred Morris … BIG MISSES: S Phillip Thomas … SKINNY: 1) The Redskins only had six picks in the 2010 draft and three of those were seventh-rounders. In fact, only their first-round pick, Trent Williams, was selected in the first two days. 2) Four of the six players taken in that 2010 draft are out of the league. 3) Morris (2012, 6th round) is one of only five NFL running backs that have rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last three seasons. 4) Kerrigan has seemingly gotten better each season he's been in the league. Not only is he an iron man who's never missed a start in four seasons, only 11 pass-rushers have more sacks since 2011 than Kerrigan's 38.
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23 -- Baltimore Ravens
MAJOR HITS: WR Torrey Smith … BIG MISSES: LB Sergio Kindle … SKINNY: 1) The Ravens didn't have a first-round pick in 2010, which made second-round pick Sergio Kindle's flameout all the worse for this franchise. Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson, Dennis Pitta and Arthur Jones helped bring a bit of respectability to the draft class, though. 2) When C.J. Mosley made the Pro Bowl last season, he became the first Ravens-drafted player to have that honor bestowed upon him since Ray Rice, of the 2008 draft class. 3) Pernell McPhee (2011, 5th round) was one of the best Day 3 picks the Ravens have had since 2010. He played in 60 games over four seasons with six starts and accumulated 17 sacks (7.5 last season). McPhee left the Ravens in the offseason and signed with the Bears. 4) Baltimore has only made three first-round picks in the last five years.
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22 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
MAJOR HITS: DT Gerald McCoy, LB Lavonte David … BIG MISSES: DT Brian Price … SKINNY: 1) The Bucs had five picks in the first four rounds of 2010 but only two (McCoy and Mike Williams) turned into anything better than respectable. Arrelious Benn was average while Price and Myron Lewis were busts. 2) Tampa Bay's most accomplished pass-rusher since 2010 wasn't drafted as an attack-the-quarterback lineman. McCoy gets pressure on opposing passers better than Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, or any other pass-rusher the Bucs drafted. 3) When the Bucs drafted David in 2012, there was no way to tell just how good he would become. He's often overshadowed by fellow NFC Souther Luke Kuechly (although he's in the same league as the Panthers' All-Pro) and doesn't get the national attention he deserves. He's one of the best young linebackers today.
21 -- Detroit Lions
MAJOR HITS: DT Ndamukong Suh, DT Nick Fairley …BIG MISSES: WR Titus Young … SKINNY: 1) The Lions took Suh with the second-overall pick in the 2010 draft and have made 35 picks since then. Not one has made a Pro Bowl. 2) The 2014 draft didn't net one player that made more than the seven starts tight end Eric Ebron made last year. 3) Every first-round pick for Detroit since 2010 (Suh, Fairley, Riley Reiff and Ezekiel Ansah) has become a full-time starter except for Ebron, and he'll likely improve in his second season to that level. 4) Three of the Lions' six picks in the 2010 draft and three of their five picks in 2011 are now out of football. That means almost 55 percent of Detroit's picks from those two drafts are no longer playing, and all six flamed out before the 2013 season.
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20 -- Houston Texans
MAJOR HITS: DE J.J. Watt, WR DeAndre Hopkins ... BIG MISSES: OL Brennan Williams ... SKINNY: 1) Until Jadeveon Clowney in 2014, every one of Houston's first-round picks turned out extremely well. There's still time for Clowney too. 2) Look at some of the late-round hits for the Texans: T.J. Yates (2011, 5th round), Derek Newton (2011, 7th round), Jared Crick (2012, 4th round) and Chris Jones (2013, 6th round). 3) Watt was taken 11th-overall in 2011 and was sandwiched by quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Christian Ponder. He's sacked that duo a combined 4.5 times in his career (Gabbert 3.5 times, Ponder once).
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19 -- Arizona Cardinals
MAJOR HITS: CB Patrick Peterson ... BIG MISSES: RB Ryan Williams ... SKINNY: 1) It's too early to call 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper a bust, but he's done very little to show he's capable of playing offensive guard in the NFL. He showed glimpses last season, and needs to build in 2015. 2) The quartet of Dan Williams, Daryl Washington, Andre Roberts and O'Brien Schofield at the top of Arizona's 2010 draft was a show of great drafting. All turned into starters, and Washington a Pro Bowler. 3) Andre Ellington aside, the last two draft classes for the Cardinals haven't lived up to expectations. 4) Since 2010, the Cardinals have drafted three quarterbacks: John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas. Their combined touchdown-to-interception ratio is 17-to-36.
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18 -- Carolina Panthers
MAJOR HITS: QB Cam Newton, WR Kelvin Benjamin, LB Luke Kuechly, DE Greg Hardy ... BIG MISSES: None ... SKINNY: 1) The Panthers have drafted at least one star in each of their last five draft classes: Hardy (2010), Newton (2011), Kuechly (2012), Star Lotulelei (2013) and Benjamin (2014). 2) The Panthers have hit on each of their first-rounders since 2005 (they didn't have picks in the first round in 2009 or 2010), and two of their last four (Kuechly and Newton) have become Pro Bowlers with one (Benjamin) a 1,000-yard receiver. This year's first-round pick has some big shoes to fill.
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17 -- New York Giants
MAJOR HITS: WR Odell Beckham Jr., OL Justin Pugh, WR Rueben Randle, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, DT Linval Joseph ... BIG MISSES: DB Chad Jones ... SKINNY: 1) Between Beckham and Randle last season, the duo hauled in 162 passes for 2,243 yards and 15 touchdowns, and made LSU a very proud football factory. 2) It's hard to get better than Pierre-Paul and Joseph in the first two rounds of the 2010 draft. Those two were defensive forces. It also proved hard to keep them around; Joseph bolted in free agency while Pierre-Paul had to be tagged. 3) While the Giants have had much success with receivers in the draft, finding a long-term running back has been difficult. Andre Williams (2014) is a backup, and former first-rounder David Wilson (2012) has already retired.
16 -- Kansas City Chiefs
MAJOR HITS: DB Eric Berry, DB Kendrick Lewis, LB Justin Houston, DT Dontari Poe ... BIG MISSES: WR Jonathan Baldwin ... SKINNY: 1) Outside of fifth-round pick Cameron Sheffield, the Chiefs hit on every one of their 2010 draft picks. 2) From 2010-2012 the Chiefs drafted at least one Pro Bowler (two in 2010) and two (Berry and Houston) were All-Pros. 3) As great as the 2010 draft was for Kansas City, last year's class has a lot of work to do. Dee Ford and Phillip Gaines must build upon less-than-stellar rookie campaigns, and De'Anthony Thomas and Aaron Murray must grow offensively.
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15 -- Philadelphia Eagles
MAJOR HITS: DB Nate Allen, OL Jason Kelce, DT Fletcher Cox ... BIG MISSES: LB Marcus Smith ... SKINNY: 1) Wide receiver Jordan Matthews was an absolute find in the second round for the Eagles last year. He was targeted 103 times in 2014, and should be a perennial 1,000-yard receiver moving forward. 2) Finding receiver talent outside the first round is nothing new for Philadelphia. Riley Cooper was a fifth-round grab in 2010, and tight end Zach Ertz was a second-rounder in 2013. 3) The 2012 draft helped solidify Philadelphia's pass rush. Cox, Mychal Kendricks and Vinny Curry each have posted three of more sacks in each of the last two seasons for the Eagles.
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14 -- Cleveland Browns
MAJOR HITS: DB Joe Haden, DB T.J. Ward, DL Jabal Sheard ... BIG MISSES: RB Montario Hardesty ... SKINNY: 1) Cleveland knows how to find talent on Day 2 and beyond. Since 2010, the Browns have found at least two starters in the third round or later in four of their five drafts. 2) The Browns have drafted quarterbacks in the first round in two of their last three drafts, and may do so again in 2015. This isn't a great thing. 3) Cleveland's 2010 draft was phenomenal with Haden at corner and Ward at safety. Add in Shawn Lauvao at guard and even Colt McCoy as winners and the Browns showed there they know how to have success on draft day.
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13 -- Indianapolis Colts
MAJOR HITS: QB Andrew Luck, WR T.Y. Hilton, OL Anthony Castonzo ... BIG MISSES: DB Kevin Thomas ... SKINNY: 1) When it comes to offensive talent, the 2012 Colts draft is hard to beat. Luck, Coby Fleener, Hilton and Vick Ballard have all been weapons. 2) It's not often that the seventh round can generate top talent, but the Colts did well in 2010 with linebacker Kavell Conner. 3) Indianapolis typically does well with its first pick. In each of the last five years (Jack Mewhort, Bjoern Werner, Luck, Castonzo and Jerry Hughes) the Colts' first pick turned into a starter.
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12 -- Miami Dolphins
MAJOR HITS: QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Lamar Miller, OL Mike Pouncey ... BIG MISSES: DE Dion Jordan ... SKINNY: 1) Outside of fourth-rounder A.J. Edds, five of the other six picks in the first five rounds of the 2010 draft turned into starters. 2) The first two picks of Miami drafts over the last three years have been hit or miss. Tannehill and Jonathan Martin were great from 2012, Jordan and Jamar Taylor in 2013 were less than fun, and Ja'Wuan James and Jarvis Landry from last season turned out fine. 3) The 2012 draft was strong for Miami. Four of its first five picks turned into starters, and even seventh-rounder Rishard Matthews has contributed.
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11 -- Minnesota Vikings
MAJOR HITS: OL Matt Kalil, ... BIG MISSES: WR Greg Childs ... SKINNY: 1) Teddy Bridgewater wasn't the most popular pick in the late portion of the first round last season, but he turned in a great second half. His last five games gave much hope for his future. 2) Minnesota's 2012 draft was special. Kalil in the first round was excellent, and then the starting-caliber players kept coming: Harrison Smith, Josh Robinson, Jarius Wright and Blair Walsh. 3) Minnesota has made multiple picks in the first round in each of the last three seasons (two in 2014, three in 2013, and two in 2012).
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10 -- Buffalo Bills
MAJOR HITS: RB C.J. Spiller, DT Marcell Dareus, OL Cordy Glenn, DB Stephon Gilmore ... BIG MISSES: OL Cyrus Kouandjio ... SKINNY: 1) When it comes to offensive weapons, the Bills did it right with C.J. Spiller in 2010. But he wasn't the only find. Robert Woods (2013) and Sammy Watkins (2014) should follow suit. 2) According to Pro Football Focus, Marcell Dareus has been a top six defensive tackle for the past two seasons, and few at his position play versus the run better. 3) Outside of E.J. Manuel (2013), the Bills have had huge success in the first round over the last five years. Too bad Buffalo doesn't have a pick on Thursday this year.
9 -- Green Bay Packers
MAJOR HITS: RB Eddie Lacy, WR Randall Cobb ... BIG MISSES: RB Johnathan Franklin, OL Derek Sherrod ... SKINNY: 1) The 2010 draft for the Packers was darned good. Their first five picks (Rounds 1, 2, 3 and two 5's) all turned into full-time starters at some point, and sixth-rounder James Starks was a valuable rusher. 2) Eddie Lacy (2013, 2nd round) has turned into the new-age prototypical running back. He's rushed for at least 1,139 yards and caught no fewer than 35 passes in each of his two seasons. 3) In each of their last two drafts, the Packers have hit gold in the fifth round (Corey Linsley, Micah Hyde).
8 -- St. Louis Rams
MAJOR HITS: DE Robert Quinn ... QUALITY PICKS: DT Aaron Donald (left), QB Sam Bradford, LB Alec Ogletree, S T.J. McDonald, DT Michael Brockers, K Greg Zuerlein, OT Rodger Saffold, OT Greg Robinson, CB E.J. Gaines ... SKINNY: 1) The Rams have done a wonderful job of building up their offensive and defensive lines. Partial credit goes to the Redskins, who supplied St. Louis with a boatload of picks to acquire/draft Robert Griffin III. 2) Quinn (right) has racked up 40 sacks in the last three seasons -- eclipsing the double-digit mark each time. 3) The Rams would rank higher if they had better draft success with wide receivers and tight ends. Or maybe commit to a workhorse running back. 4) No St. Louis offensive player from the last five draft classes has reached the Pro Bowl. (Photos: Jasen Vinlove/Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
7 -- San Francisco 49ers
MAJOR HITS: DE Aldon Smith, QB Colin Kaepernick ... QUALITY PICKS: OG Mike Iupati, OT Anthony Davis, LB NaVorro Bowman, S Chris Culliver, S Eric Reid, LB Chris Borland ... BUST: WR A.J. Jenkins ... SKINNY: 1) The 49ers are undergoing radical change at linebacker, mourning the retirements of Chris Borland (2014 draftee) and Patrick Willis (Hall of Famer?). They also didn't have Bowman for 2014 (knee injury). 2) The eminently talented, but equally troubled Smith (left) collected 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons (2011/12). But his production plunged last year (two sacks in seven games). 3) Kaepernick (right) regressed slightly last year -- amid the turmoil involving the front office and coach Jim Harbaugh; but he's still a good bet for 4,000 total yards, 20-plus TDs and a completion rate above 60 percent. (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
6 -- New England Patriots
MAJOR HITS: TE Rob Gronkowski ... QUALITY PICKS: OT Nate Solder (left), LB Jamie Collins, CB/S Devin McCourty, LB Brandon Spikes, DE Chandler Jones, LB Dont'a Hightower, C Ted Larsen, C Bryan Stork ... HONORABLE MENTION: TE Aaron Hernandez (felonious life aside, an on-field draft steal) ... SKINNY: 1) The Patriots' short-term ranking would be even greater here, if they hadn't wisely invested long-term picks on QBs Ryan Mallett (Round 3 in 2011) and Jimmy Garoppolo (Round 2 in 2014). And even though Tom Brady might play for another six years, New England will eventually find a way to maximize Garoppolo's trade value. 2) Groknowski (right -- 308 catches, 4,379 yards, 54 TDs) might be only three all-star seasons from clinching a ticket to the Hall of Fame. (Photos: Brace Hemmelgarn/Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
5 -- Pittsburgh Steelers
MAJOR HITS: WR Antonio Brown, RB Le'Veon Bell, C Maurkice Pouncey ...QUALITY PICKS: DT Cameron Heyward, OT Marcus Gilbert, OG David DeCastro, WR Emmanuel Sanders ... SKY'S THE LIMIT: WR Martavis Bryant ... SKINNY: 1) The Steelers were wise to choose Antonio Brown (left) over Mike Wallace; and Brown rewarded that decision with dazzling two-year tallies of 239 catches, 3,197 yards, 21 TDs. 2) Bell (right) was an easy lock for 2,000 total yards last season; and don't count him out for the 2K mark in 2015 -- despite an early three-game suspension. 3) Pouncey may be the best center in the NFL, racking up two All-Pro honors, four Pro Bowl berths. 4) It's a wonder most franchises don't copy Pittsburgh's model of executing infrastructure picks first ... and then branching out for athletic playmakers. (Photos: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports)
4 -- Dallas Cowboys
MAJOR HITS: WR Dez Bryant (left), OT Tyron Smith, RB DeMarco Murray ...QUALITY PICKS: OL Zack Martin, LB Sean Lee, WR Terrance Williams, C Travis Frederick ... JURY'S STILL OUT: CB Morris Claiborne, S J.J. Wilcox ...SKINNY: 1) When surveying the Cowboys' draft classes over the last five years, it's more about marketable star power than supreme depth. 2) Forget that Murray now belongs to the hated Eagles. The 2014 NFL rushing champion has averaged 1,822 total yards/12 TDs since 2013. 3) Owner/GM Jerry Jones loves shiny toys, of course; but he should also be commended for green-lighting the high drafting of three dynamic O-linemen since 2010 -- Smith (right -- one All-Pro, two Pro Bowls), Frederick (one Pro Bowl) and Martin (rookie All-Pro last year). (Photos: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports)
3 -- Cincinnati Bengals
MAJOR HITS: WR A.J. Green, QB Andy Dalton, DT Geno Atkins ... QUALITY PICKS: RB Jeremy Hill, DE Carlos Dunlap, RB Gio Bernard, OG Kevin Zeitler, WR Mohamed Sanu, TE Jermaine Gresham ... JURY'S STILL OUT: CB Darqueze Dennard, CB Dre Kirkpatrick ...SKINNY: 1) From a terrorizing-the-QB standpoint, Cincy crushed the 2010 draft, landing Dunlap (35.5 sacks) and Atkins (right -- 32 sacks). 2) Speaking of 2010 ... Gresham (24 career TDs) has been a productive five-year starter. But what if the Bengals had drafted Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham -- two potential Hall of Famers -- at pick 21? 3) Dalton (14,758 yards, 99 TDs) and Green (both left -- 4,874 yards/35 TDs) have carried the Bengals to four consecutive playoff berths. 4) The Bengals have had only one top-15 pick since 2010 (Green). (Photos: Mark Zerof/Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports)
2 -- Denver Broncos
MAJOR HITS: WR Demaryius Thomas (left), LB Von Miller (right), TE Julius Thomas ... QUALITY PICKS: OG Zane Beadles, OT Orlando Franklin, CB Perrish Cox, WR Eric Decker ... JURY'S STILL OUT: QB Brock Osweiler, RB Montee Ball ... SKINNY: 1) The Broncos (and former coach Josh McDaniels) have taken heat for trading up to acquire QB Tim Tebow in the 2010 draft; but Denver still ended up with a boffo class (Thomas, Beadles, Walton, Decker, Cox). 2) Time will tell if Osweiler (Round 2 selection in 2012) will succeed Peyton Manning as the Broncos' QB of the future. To be fair, though, we might be saying the same thing ... if Denver had drafted Russell Wilson in Osweiler's stead. 3) The Broncos' patience with Julius Thomas paid off: The college hoops player/NFL tight end has scored 24 TDs since 2013. (Photos: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports)
1 -- Seattle Seahawks
MAJOR HITS: QB Russell Wilson (left), CB Richard Sherman, S Earl Thomas, S Kam Chancellor, LB Bobby Wagner ... QUALITY PICKS: WR Golden Tate, OT Russell Okung, DE Bruce Irvin, RB Christine Michael, LB K.J. Wright, LB Malcolm Smith (Super Bowl MVP) ... SKINNY: 1) Talk about an embarrassment of homegrown riches. Outside of the 1970-74 Steelers, no franchise has enjoyed a greater draft bounty in a five-year stretch. 2) Seattle's 2010 draft class (Thomas, right, Chancellor, Okung, Tate, Walter Thurmond) stands among the best in history. It would have been absurd, if the Seahawks had grabbed Jason Pierre-Paul, Maurkice Pouncey or Demaryius Thomas over Okung at No. 6 overall. 3) Michael has a 1,500-yard season in his future -- whenever Marshawn Lynch retires (four-year average: 1,612 total yards/14 TDs). (Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports)