After months of hype and analysis, Thursday’s NFL Draft is finally within reach. With fans developing a growing anticipation as to whose name will be called and when this weekend, a certain aura of draft fever has spread throughout the NFL.
But even though the draft is all about looking forward, it’s also a great excuse to look back. In the NFL, some players present themselves as great very early on, but a lot of them don’t, and it may take a few seasons—or teams—for a player’s potential to be fully realized.
That makes it hard to know when exactly a draft class can be evaluated and picked apart. Certainly you want to wait more than a few years (For instance, in 2008, what would a 2005 Re-Draft have made of Aaron Rodgers?). That’s why we’re settling on a nice round number. Ten years later, what would the 2004 draft class look like if teams had a do-over.
Tags: 2004 NFL Draft Arizona Cardinals Atlanta Falcons Ben Roethlisberger Cleveland Browns Darnell Dockett DeAngelo Hall Detroit Lions Eli Manning Houston Texans Jacksonville Jaguars Jared Allen Larry Fitzgerald New York Giants NFL Re-Draft Oakland Raiders Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Sean Taylor Vince Wilfork Washington Redskins Will Smith