Commentary

Edwards, Merriman and Ware emerge three years later

Updated: April 10, 2008, 2:30 PM ET
By Scouts Inc. | ESPN.com

No matter how much draft preparation teams do, it is almost impossible to determine how good a player will be three years down the line. This information is important to remember when you are analyzing your favorite team's 2008 draft class. Take a look at the breakdown of the top players on offense and defense from the 2005 draft class. Scouts Inc.'s grading scale

Top 10 Graded Offensive Players From The 2005 Draft -- Then and Now

Grade Entering Draft Current NFL Grade
QB Aaron Rodgers, California
Round 1, Pick 24 (Green Bay) | Grade: 99
WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan
Round 1, Pick 3 (Cleveland) | Grade: 88
WR Braylon Edwards, Michigan
Round 1, Pick 3 (Cleveland) | Grade: 99
OT Jammal Brown, Oklahoma
Round 1, Pick 13 (New Orleans) | Grade: 87
RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn
Round 1, Pick 2 (Miami) | Grade: 98
OG Logan Mankins, Fresno State
Round 1, Pick 32 (New England) | Grade: 87
QB Alex Smith, Utah
Round 1, Pick 1 (San Francisco) | Grade: 98
RB Ronnie Brown, Auburn
Round 1, Pick 2 (Miami) | Grade: 84
RB Carnell Williams, Auburn
Round 1, Pick 5 (Tampa Bay) | Grade: 97
RB Frank Gore, Miami
Round 3, Pick 65 (San Francisco) | Grade: 84
WR Mike Williams, USC
Round 1, Pick 10 (Detroit) | Grade: 97
TE Heath Miller, Virgina
Round 1, Pick 30 (Pittsburgh) | Grade: 83
RB Cedric Benson, Texas
Round 1, Pick 4 (Chicago) | Grade: 96
OT Michael Roos, Eastern Washington
Round 2, Pick 41 (Tennessee) | Grade: 79
OT Alex Barron, Florida State
Round 1, Pick 19 (St. Louis) | Grade: 95
RB Marion Barber, Minnesota
Round 4, Pick 109 (Dallas) | Grade: 77
WR Troy Williamson, South Carolina
Round 1, Pick 7 (Minnesota) | Grade: 94
WR Roddy White, UAB
Round 1, Pick 27 (Atlanta) | Grade: 77
TE Heath Miller, Virgina
Round 1, Pick 30 (Pittsburgh) | Grade: 93
OT Khalif Barnes, Washington
Round 2, Pick 52 (Jacksonville) | Grade: 75

Top 10 Graded Defensive Players From The 2005 Draft -- Then and Now

Grade Entering Draft Current NFL Grade
CB Adam Jones, West Virginia
Round 1, Pick 6 (Tennessee) | Grade: 98
LB Shawne Merriman, Maryland
Round 1, Pick 12 (San Diego) | Grade: 93
LB Derrick Johnson, Texas
Round 1, Pick 15 (Kansas City) | Grade: 96
DE DeMarcus Ware, Troy
Round 1, Pick 11 (Dallas) | Grade: 93
CB Antrel Rolle, Miami
Round 1, Pick 8 (Arizona) | Grade: 96
LB Lofa Tatupu, USC
Round 2, Pick 45 (Seattle) | Grade: 87
DT Travis Johnson, Florida State
Round 1, Pick 16 (Houston) | Grade: 95
LB Michael Boley, Southern Miss.
Round 5, Pick 160 (Atlanta) | Grade: 85
LB Shawne Merriman, Maryland
Round 1, Pick 12 (San Diego) | Grade: 95
CB Adam Jones, West Virginia
Round 1, Pick 6 (Tennessee) | Grade: 84
DE David Pollack, Georgia
Round 1, Pick 17 (Cincinnati) | Grade: 95
DT Justin Tuck, Notre Dame
Round 3, Pick 74 (New York Giants) | Grade: 84
DE Marcus Spears, LSU
Round 1, Pick 20 (Dallas) | Grade: 94
DT Luis Castillo, Northwestern
Round 1, Pick 28 (San Diego) | Grade: 81
DE Erasmus James, Wisconsin
Round 1, Pick 18 (Minnesota) | Grade: 93
DE Trent Cole, Cincinnati
Round 5, Pick 146 (Philadelphia) | Grade: 79
CB Carlos Rogers, Auburn
Round 1, Pick 9 (Washington) | Grade: 93
S Kerry Rhodes, Louisville
Round 4, Pick 123 (New York Jets) | Grade: 78
DE Dan Cody, Oklahoma
Round 2, Pick 53 (Baltimore) | Grade: 92
LB Kirk Morrison, San Diego State
Round 3, Pick 78 (Oakland) | Grade: 76

Scouts Inc. watches games, breaks down film and studies football from all angles for ESPN.com.