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Five-year NFL Draft analysis: Ravens, Chiefs, Saints continue to nail it

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By Brian Costello | NY Post

NFL draft season brings hope to every team’s fan base. It is the time for their team to improve and the time when every fan dreams of future greatness for their picks.

Unfortunately for most teams and their fans, there is more failure than success when you look back at drafts a few years down the road. Though we will all critique the draft classes as soon as they are made in a few weeks, it takes 3-5 years to really know how teams did in any draft. That is what we will try to do here. This is our seventh annual examination of the previous five years of the draft (2016-20) and how teams fared.

The rankings are based upon how many games the draft pick has played, Pro Bowl appearances, first-team All-Pro selections and awards like MVP and Rookie of the Year. We also factored in how much the team has won during the five years because players on losing teams tend to have an easier path to playing time. ...

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New Orleans Saints players join host of NFL talent to opt out of voluntary offseason workouts

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NFLPA chief: Players better off skipping workouts

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Here is the statement released by the team through the NFLPA.

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