A scout's toughest job is at the end of the draft. That's when the bidding war for the best free agents ensues.
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The NFC South's '05 draft class had some late bloomers including LBs Michael Boley and Barrett Ruud.
Unless Cedric Benson or Aaron Rodgers emerges, the entire division failed on draft day.
Browns strike gold in 2005
The 49ers are still waiting to see if they blew it by taking Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers.
The Jaguars gambled on a wide receiver project in Round 1, but it never panned out.
Maurice Clarett was a stud at Ohio State and an NFL draft dud.
The Cowboys and Giants had two of the best draft classes in 2005.
Patriots drafted key players to solidify their championship runs.
Twists of fate are what make the draft worth watching, but they are also why it's tough to tell how well a team did on draft day until three years later.
Derek Anderson jumps ahead of first-rounders Alex Smith, Aaron Rodgers and Jason Campbell.
Three years later Braylon Edwards remains the top offensive player, while Shawne Merriman and DeMarcus Ware share defensive honors.
A steady rain didn't mean Thursday's Senior Bowl practices were a wash, as scouts got to see how players handled the wet conditions and also saw valuable special teams action.
Tempers were running hot at the Senior Bowl on Wednesday but the scuffles in practice could not overshadow the impressive performances by California teammates Lavelle Hawkins and Justin Forsett.
Led by a pair of Trojans, the Pac-10 was showing well in the North practice, writes Scouts Inc.