Draft Countdown: Four offers real value

Four. In some Eastern cultures that number is bad luck and represents death. For a lot of fans, it will be death by a thousand paper cuts waiting for Thursday … Day 1 of the 2011 NFL Draft. Four is football at its essence: Four downs, four quarters, and going way back, the Four Horsemen.

But what does the No. 4 signify in the world of the draft?

  • Round 4 kicks off the last day of draft weekend, which is often low on hype and high on value.

  • Speaking of value, there’s been some good fourth-round picks from the last couple of years, but nothing like the 2006 draft. Here’s a sampling: Owen Daniels (98th overall), Brad Smith (103rd), Jahri Evans (108th), Jason Avant (109th), Leon Washington (117th), Stephen Gostkowski (118th), Brandon Marshall (119th), Elvis Dumervil (126th), Ray Edwards (127th) Willie Colon (131st). Wow, pretty good for a low round of one draft.

  • OK, we have to say him. Can’t escape it … the ultimate No. 4 is Brett Favre, who also was a great value in the second round of the 1991 draft.

  • The fourth overall pick has been a cash cow for teams, with nine Hall of Famers to date. But that number will get even more bloated when Charles Woodson (1998) and Jonathan Ogden (1996) get in. And what if Philip Rivers (2004), Edgerrin James (1999) and Chris Doleman (1985) make it too?

  • The fourth greatest player on “The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players” is four-time Super Bowl winner Joe Montana. Vote here for the 2011’s 100 best players.

    Montana beat the Bengals in two of those Super Bowls. With the Carson Palmer situation looming over their head, will Cincy take a quarterback at the four-spot?

    Four days from now, we’ll have that answer.

Elliot Harrison

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