Why Jerious Norwood May Have Been a Better Draft Pick than Reggie Bush
The big story in this year's NFL draft was defensive end Mario Williams being picked first overall, ahead of Heisman-winning running back Reggie Bush. Through week five in the NFL, the Williams over Bush choice still seems poor. However, the real story of the 2006 draft may very well end up being how Falcons running back Jerious Norwood was a better draft pick than either Williams or Bush.
Drafted by the falcons in the 3rd round, with the 79th pick overall, Norwood is already looking like a better draft pick. Go ahead, call me a Falcons homer... OK, now let me back up my "outrageous" statement with their rushing numbers through week five. Keep in mind that the Falcons have only played four games, and the Saints have played five:
Reggie Bush -- 54 attempts, 170 yards, 3.1 average. 1 lost fumble, 0 TD
Jerious Norwood -- 26 attempts, 217 yards, 8.3 average, 0 fumbles, 1 TD
To be fair, Reggie has played well on special teams, getting a touchdown this past weekend against Tampa Bay and has had 34 receptions for 250 yards. All I'm saying is that the Saints shelled out $26.325 million in guaranteed money to Bush. Terms of Norwood's deal were not disclosed, but one can be sure it was waaaaaay less money. Many will say that Bush has low numbers because he's sharing time with Deuce McAllister and they would be correct. Of course, Norwood is on the number one rushing team in the league, led by Warrick Dunn and Michael Vick. Only time will tell what Norwood and Bush will really mean to their teams, but as it stands now, Norwood was a great, and inexpensive pick that we may look back upon as the steal of the draft.