Draft Countdown: A five-star Saturday

The 2011 NFL Draft is only five days away. So on this Saturday, when you’re sitting around watching “Saved by the Bell” reruns, general managers and scouting personnel around the league are doing everything they can to get ready for D-Day. With five days left, they don’t have much time …

… but we have time to think about some good 5s and some good draft picks:

  • How about last year’s fifth overall selection? The Chiefs’ Eric Berry has big-time potential. In fact, he was only the third safety to go that high in the last 20 years. The last safety to be drafted in the top five picks was the late Sean Taylor, who went to the Redskins with the fifth overall pick in 2004. Before that, Bill Belichick made Eric Turner the draft’s No. 2 pick for the Cleveland Browns in 1991.
  • Rolling the calendar back one more year, an argument can be made for Josh Freeman making his case as a great 5. Freeman led the Buccaneers to a 10-6 record in his first full season as starter last year.
  • Like Freeman, Donovan McNabb made a career for himself as a big, mobile passer and, like Freeman, he’s a 5. Andy Reid and the Eagles took McNabb second overall behind Tim Couchin 1999.
  • The NFL’s first great 5, pre-dating even the Packers’ Paul Hornung, was George McAfee. Like McNabb, the future Hall of Fame halfback was the second overall pick in 1940, originally selected by the Eagles but then immediately traded to George Halas‘ Bears. So who’s going second overall in 2011? That’s up to the John’s (Elway and Fox) and the rest of the Broncos’ brain trust. Guess we’ll know that one in five days.

– Elliot Harrison

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