True or false: The last 6 teams to appear in the Super Bowl got great contributions that year from their rookie draft class

Giants 2011 Pos Round Stats
Prince Amukamara CB 1 14 tackles, 1 INT
Marvin Austin DT 2 DNP, injured in preseason
Jerrel Jernigan WR 3 0 receptions, some unimpressive return numbers
James Brewer OT 4 0 games played
Greg Jones LB 6 31 tackles
Tyler Sash S 6 17 tackles, 1 FF
Jacquian Williams LB 6 78 tackles, 1 sack
Da’Rel Scott RB 7 5 carries, 16 yards. 2 catches, 13 yards
Patriots 2011 Pos Round Stats
Nate Solder OT 1 13 starts, mostly played at RT, up and down season
Ras-I Dowling CB 2 3 tackles
Shane Vereen RB 2 15 carries, 57 yards, 1 TD, no receptions
Steven Ridley RB 3 87 carries, 441 yards, 1 TD, 3 catches, 13 yards
Ryan Mallett QB 3 DNP
Marcus Cannon OL 5 Appeared in 7 games, 168 snaps
Lee Smith TE 5 4 catches, 11 yards
Markell Carter LB 6 DNP
Malcolm Williams DB 7 Appeared in 2 games, no tackles

Packers 2010 Pos Round Stats
Bryan Bulaga OT 1 12 starts at RT, was the weak link on that Packers OL in 2010
Mike Neal DT 2 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF
Morgan Burnett S 3 14 tackles, 1 INT
Andrew Quarless TE 5 21 catches, 238 yards, 1 TD
Marshall Newhouse OT 5 DNP
James Starks RB 6 29 rushes, 101 yards, 0 TD, 2 catches, 15 yards
C.J. Wilson DE 7 18 tackles
Steelers 2010 Pos Round Stats
Maurkice Pouncey C 1 Started every reg season game, played well
Jason Worilds DE 2 17 tackles, 2 sacks
Emmanuel Sanders WR 3 28 catches, 376 yards, 2 TD
Thaddeus Gibson LB 4 0 tackles for Pitt (went to SF mid-season)
Chris Scott OT 5 DNP
Crezdon Butler DB 5 1 tackle
Stevenson Sylvester LB 5 14 tackles, 1 FF
Jonathan Dwyer RB 6 9 rushes, 28 yards, no catches
Antonio Brown WR 6 16 catches, 167 yards, 0 TD
Doug Worthington DE 7 DNP
Saints 2009 Pos Round Stats
Malcolm Jenkins DB 1 55 tackles, 1 INT, 2 FF
Chip Vaughn S 4 DNP
Stanley Arnoux LB 4 DNP
Thomas Morstead P 5 43.6 avg, 36 net
Colts 2009 Pos Round Stats
Donald Brown RB 1 78 rushes, 281 yards, 3 TD, 11 catches, 169 yards
Fili Moala DT 2 7 tackles
Jerraud Powers DB 3 66 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF
Austin Collie WR 4 60 catches, 676 yards, 7 TD
Terrance Taylor DT 4 DNP
Curtis Painter QB 6 8/28, 83 yards, 0 TD 2 INT
Pat McAfee Pos 7 44.3 avg, 37.8 net
Jaimie Thomas OG 7 DNP



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    So is your point roughly that we should already be able pick who’s going to win next year’s Super Bowl? Maybe after free agency we’ll know?

    Clearly it’s the Eagles, I just need to know how to interpret the data so I can frame my argument to get that answer. Thanks.

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  19. Matt G says:

    Im more curious about 2nd year players that were major contributors

  20. says:

    I wouldn’t have picked the 2009 Colts as the team getting the best contributions from their rookie class.

  21. WeNeedLinemen says:

    There are quite a few Redskins fan that are championing a trade up for RGIII who site the Eli Manning trade as the key to the Giants current success.

    My point of view, it’s part of it but the reason why the Giants have been successful is that they draft well. When the go after free agents they don’t over-pay and they don’t go for the big names. When Chris Canty and Haynesworth became free agents it was rumoured that the Skins were in pole position for Canty, but opted for Haynesworth. A classic Cerrato move.

    The Giants meanwhile signed Canty for sensible money and kept on drafting.

    There is one thing about the Manning trade that defines the Giants current success. The Chargers wanted Umeniyora. The Giants refused to give him up, and would have walked away from the trade if the Chargers hadn’t relented and accepted a draft pick instead. It’s that move, drafting a pass rusher and hanging on to him, that defines the Giants’s approach.

    Likewise, the Eagles, have probably been the most consistently successful NFC franchise for more than a decade. It’s not coincidence that they’ve done it in a period where they’ve acquired a lot of extra draft picks. The Eagles, like the Giants, also spend a lot of picks on the offensive and defensive lines. It has been the Redskins’s misfortune to have had one of the worst “GM’s” in the league for almost a decade whilst being in the same division as two of the best drafting franchises in the league.

    People criticise Gibbs for being out of touch in his second run but he got the Skins to the play-offs in 2 out of 4 seasons. Moreover, he did it whilst having to corral Vinnie Cerrato and Dan Snyder and he did it after a decade away from the sidelines.

    1. brisulph says:

      Canty makes a fair bit of money… I don’t think sensible is the right descriptor. Not unreasonable might be better, or just this side of too much.

  22. andiamo says:

    Hynoski and Jaquain Williams were huge for the Giants this season.

    1. “Huge” is pretty strong word. I like Williams, but I can easily name 25 players that were more important to the Giants last year than him. Can probably name 30-35 more important than Hynoski.

      1. brisulph says:

        But that amazing running game… oh right.

  23. KJ Brophy says:

    Won’t change it from going false to true but didn’t the Packers get big contributions from Sam Shields who was there 3rd CB who was a UDFA(I think)? Also Starks didn’t do much in the regular season but he helped a lot in the post-season especially there wild card game

    1. Starks had one big game in the postseason, and naturally, that was against Philly.

    2. Steve D. says:

      Shields played a lot in the playoffs and had a huge game in the NFC championship game. Also, Frank Zombo was an undrafted rookie linebacker that played a lot (maybe started?) in the playoffs and had a sack in the superbowl.

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