HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The 10 Years of Rick Smith Series continues next week with a look at what is widely considered one of Rick Smith’s worst drafts, 2013. It will be followed by a combination 2014-2015 edition. Now, though, we take a quick stroll through the earlier entries of the series.
There hasn’t been a year yet where Smith has earned more than two “great” grades.
In 2008, Smith earned four “bad” grades. Three times he didn’t earn a single “bad” grade.
The 2006-2007 combination earned Smith five “terrible” grade. He has twice earned four “terrible grades, 2010 and 2012.
Amobi Okoye is the lone first-round pick to earn a “terrible” grade to this point. Duane Brown (2008) and J.J. Watt (2011) were both graded “great.” Brian Cushing (2009) was the lone “good” grade. Kareem Jackson (2010) was the lone “bad” grade. Whitney Mercilus (2012) is the lone “meh” grade.
2012 checks in as the best year boasting two “great” grades, four “good” grades, and just two “terrible” grades.
2010 is the worst year to date with four “terrible” grades, two “bad” grades, and two “great” with no good grades.
Explanation of grading:
Great – Transformative move that had a positive multi-year effect on the team
Good – Positive move that had at least one year of impact for the team
Meh – Moves that were neither hugely positive or negative. Late round draft picks with no other real options.
Bad – Negative moves that had half season or full season negative impact. Picks/signings when reasonably believable upgrades were available
Terrible – Multi-year negative effects. Picks/signings when significant talent could have been found instead.
These moves are not looked at as much in the moment, as how we now see them in history. No use in trying to remember how we felt at the moment, that was covered extensively at the time.
Great – 10
Good – 18
Meh – 23
Bad – 7
Terrible – 17