Picky, picky

This story appears in the April 19 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

For each team's picks from 2000 to 2007, Footballl Outsiders calculated the Games Started Above Average (GSAA), a weird-science metric that compares the number of starts a player had during his first five seasons to the starts of a baseline player of similar draft value. But we also factored in the draft history, expertise of decision-makers and overall efficiency of every operation to get our 1-32 ranking. Sorry, Oakland!

*Denotes teams where the current decision-makers didn't take over until 2006 or later.

1. Indianapolis Colts

It's a family affair: President Bill Polian has been the main man since 1998, and son Chris has been groomed to take the reins. Polian finds value in undersized, unheralded players, such as six-foot LB Clint Session ('07, RD4). He's also unconventional, drafting three centers in 2008.

GSAA: 4.43