A peek at the pick’s potential

So, what is the 245th pick in the NFL draft actually worth?

It all depends on which player is selected. The Seahawks picked up that extra pick Monday when the league doled out 32 compensatory picks to 19 teams.

Last year, the Seahawks selected Nick Reed with the 245th pick, and the pass-rusher/special teams standout from Oregon made an immediate impact by leading the league in sacks during the preseason. During the season, Reed had a sack among his nine tackles and also had seven tackles and a fumble recovery while covering kickoffs and punts.


Five spots before the Seahawks selected Reed, the AFC West champion Arizona Cardinals used a compensatory pick to draft running back LaRod Stephens-Howling. All he did was led the club in special teams tackles and – in one game – returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and downed three punts inside the 5-yard line.

In 2008, the Washington Redskins used the 249th selection to take Chris Horton, a defensive back from UCLA. Horton started 10 games at safety and finished third on the team in tackles as a rookie. Last year, he was limited to eight games and five starts because of injuries.

In 2007, the New York Giants used the 250th pick on running back Ahmad Bradshaw, and he turned in the team’s longest runs in ’07 (88 yards) and ’08 (77 yards). Last year, he contributed 778 yards and seven touchdowns to the Giants’ running-back-by-committee ground game.

In 2006, the New Orleans Saints used the 252nd pick on Marques Colston, a big receiver (6-4, 225) from Hofstra who was projected as a tight end in the NFL. Instead, he has turned into a productive wide receiver – catching 70 passes as a rookie, 98 in 2007 and 70 last season. Oh, and he has 33 touchdown catches in four seasons.

You get the picture. As is the case in the first round, it’s the player who is selected that gives the pick its true value.

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