Often lost in the shuffle leading up to and immediately following the NFL draft is that it can be years before we know which players really were good picks. While that doesn’t stop most of us from handing out grades immediately after each round, it’s always fun to look back and see where players should have gone knowing what we know now.
The folks at Pro Football Focus have redrafted the 2008 NFL draft and to on one’s surprise, Jamaal Charles took one of the biggest leaps, all the way up to No. 4 overall. The Chiefs electric running back wasn’t the only selection of theirs to move around on the board, showing just how good this rookie class was for Kansas City.
Here is where the Chiefs were projected to go in the redraft along with their original pick.
4. Jamaal Charles, Original Pick: 73
5. Brandon Flowers, Original Pick: 35
17. Branden Albert, Original Pick: 15
20. Brandon Carr, Original Pick: 140
In place of Albert at No. 15, PFF projected the Chiefs would have selected RB Jonathan Stewart to take the place of Larry Johnson.
Glenn Dorsey, the Chiefs 5th overall pick in 2008, was left out of the first round completely. I would argue Carr belongs in the Top 15, but other than that it’s hard to argue with any of the PFF projections.