Buddy Nix's Chargers and the 2011 Draft class

I saw someone dissecting Mike Shanahan’s draft record and thought that it was a fantastic idea to do with Buddy. I did not really know what to expect because I had heard nothing about his draft record here so I assumed it was either bad or mediocre. I really have not heard anything and looked to his numbers at San Diego.

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A Nix's Posse Member

While he was not the GM at San Diego he was, as Wikipedia puts it, “Nix’s job with the Chargers was to oversee both pro and college scouting and to be one of the main decision makers in each NFL Draft.” This is what I found, and personally based on his record, I have faith that he made the right picks at the right time. I evaluated his top thirty picks over course of the 2000-2009 seasons.

I also compiled a position breakdown as well.  This is where I believe that Nix shows his true colors.  The fact that he rarely misses on DBs makes me confident in the 3 picks he used on the back four.  I love the fact that he is able to pick out Quarterbacks who are able to succeed in the league; this eases the pain that comes with not having the QB of the future on our roster in 2011.  Let me know what you think of his job so far at Buffalo in the comments section.

Pos. Number drafted Success Starter Bust % Success % Not Busts
Total 30 17 6 7 57% 77%
WR 3 2 0 1 67% 67%
RB 2 1 0 1 50% 50%
QB 3 2 1 0 67% 100%
LB 4 3 0 1 75% 75%
DL 3 2 1 0 67% 100%
DB 9 4 3 2 44% 78%
T/C 3 3 0 0 100% 100%
G 2 0 0 2 0% 0%
TE 1 0 1 0 0% 100%
Year Round Pick Player Name Pos
2004 1 1 1 Eli Manning QB Success
2001 1 5 5 LT RB Success
2002 1 5 5 Q. Jammer DB Success
2005 1 12 12 S. Merriman LB Success
2006 1 19 19 A. Cromartie DB Success
2008 1 27 27 Antoine Cason DB Success
2005 1 28 28 Luis Castillo DL Success
2001 2 1 32 Drew Brees QB Success
2006 2 18 50 Marcus McNeill T Success
2005 2 29 61 V Jax WR Success
2003 2 30 62 Terrance Kiel DB Success
2004 3 2 65 Nate Kaeding K Success
2004 3 3 66 Nick Hardwick C Success
2002 3 6 71 Ben Leber LB Success
2000 3 21 83 D. McIntosh T Success
2004 4 2 98 Shaun Phillips DL Success
2003 4 15 112 Matt Wilhelm LB Success
2004 2 3 35 Igor Olshansky DL Starter
2007 2 5 37 Eric Weddle DB Starter
2003 2 14 46 D. Florence DB Starter
2001 3 5 67 Tay Cody DB Starter
2006 3 17 81 C. Whitehurst QB Starter
2007 4 5 103 Justin Peelle TE Starter
2003 1 30 30 Sammy Davis DB Bust
2007 1 30 30 Craig Davis WR Bust
2002 2 7 39 Toniu Fonoti G Bust
2000 2 12 43 Rogers Beckett DB Bust
2002 2 16 48 Reche Caldwell WR Bust
2008 3 6 69 Jacob Hester RB Bust
2003 3 16 80 C. Van Buren G Bust
2007 3 33 96 Anthony Waters LB Bust

 

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