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Grading the 2001 Draft 5 years later


FU Spanos and Dundon
Staff member

By Peter King


Grade B

5. San Diego. I struggle giving a "B'' for a two-person draft, but what put me over is the impact of the two. LaDainian Tomlinson is on his way to being one of the best 10 backs ever. And for the last two years Drew Brees has been one of football's top-five quarterbacks. Getting him with the 32nd pick was a steal. Brees' injury and his departure doesn't diminish the impact he had in the last two years in San Diego. I also give late GM John Butler credit for hooking tackle Brandon Gorin in Round 7. He's an average player, but he has started 18 games for the Patriots in recent seasons.