Running Backs & linebackers need not apply to be the first pick in the draft. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet Twenty years passed since the last time a team chose a running back first in the NFL draft. In today’s NFL, only three positions qualify for the first overall pick, quarterbacks, offensive tackles, and defensive ends. The NFL never passed it as an official rule, but reality enforces it. In the Super Bowl era teams selected forty-eight men first overall, twenty of them quarterbacks and ten of them defensive…

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Steelers’ Mean Joe Green or L.C. Greenwood: Which one was the better draft choice?

Tweet Pick the better player, Joe Greene or LC Greenwood. Now pick the better draft choice, Joe Greene or LC Greenwood. No two players better exemplify the challenge of assessing draft choices than these two Pittsburgh Steelers. For those unaware of it, Mean Joe Greene, a defensive tackle out of North Texas, entered the NFL to fanfare and excitement, the fourth pick taken overall in 1969. Much later in that…

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Bruce Smith @Buffalo DE @VirginaTech GOAT 1at pick ’85 1 day to draft day. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet In 1974 the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted four hall-of-famers, Lynn Swann, Jack Lambert, John Stallworth, and Mike Webster. Most people still consider the Steelers’ class of 1974 the greatest one ever, and, in fairness, the After Drafter Clock understood the logic of it. Yet, to The AD Clock’s way of thinking, that class ranks third at best, and maybe lower. Take a look at the Steelers class of 1974 versus…

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@Cowboys Randy White DT @Maryland GOAT 2nd pick ’75. 2 days to draft day. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet The After Drafter Clock apologizes. On January 31, 2015 he visited the website daysto./nfldraft/2015 and saw 88 days to draft day. Based on that number he proceeded to count down the days starting at 88. Actually the countdown read something along the lines of 88 days, 17 hours, 33 minutes, 44 seconds to the start of the NFL draft. That partial day caused some confusion to his many millions…

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@Bengals Anthony Munoz OT @USC GOAT 3rd pick. 3 days to draft day. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet While looking at the list of players taken 3rd in the draft, the After Drafter Clock noted that teams got it right most of the time. In the Clock’s mind, all draft picks require toggle thinking. Either the man possesses the talent to play in the NFL or he lacks the talent. Currently, Trent Richardson plays the role of failed draft pick. Taken third three years ago, he recently…

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@Steelers Mean Joe Green GOAT 4th pick. 4 days to #nfldraft2015 theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet Many years ago when the After Drafter Clock barely registered as a wristwatch, he worked at a grocery store where the owner once went on a tangent about the lack of good football names. In his day, he claimed, players had names like Bronko Nagurski, a name worthy of a football player. Now, the store owner said, he watched guys with names like Bob Lily, or Sweetness, as people…

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@Chargers Junior Seau GOAT 5th pick. 5 days to #nfldraft. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet Yesterday in the news it emerged that the National Football League reached an agreement to set up a one billion dollar fund to help former players who suffered brain injuries while playing in the NFL. This marked an increase of $400,000,000 from the initial proposed settlement that a judge denied because she felt it offered the players too little. The owners claimed the players knew the risk they took…

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@Raiders Tim Brown WR Notre Dame ’80 GOAT 6th pick. 6 days to draft day. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet The Irish like to say “if you have a reputation as an early riser, you can sleep ‘til noon.” The After Drafter Clock thinks of that saying often while watching nationally televised sporting events because play-by-play broadcasters and their color analysts tend to beat certain “facts” into the ground as they exalt the exploits of one player over others. In Chicago in the eighties Mike Singletary rode the wave…

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49ers Bryant Young DT Notre Dame 1994 GOAT 7th pick. 7 days to draft day. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet In 1994 the Chicago Bears held the 11th pick in the NFL draft, and footballs fans in Chicago expected them to draft a defensive lineman. In that draft five of the first eleven picks were defensive linemen, including four tackles and one end. At the last minute the San Francisco 49ers traded up to the seventh slot and chose defensive tackle Bryant Young. In the days after the 49ers…

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Ronnie Lott @49ers DB GOAT 8th draft pick. 8 days to draft day. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet Like all of the other draft tiers the After Drafter Clock considered so far, the eighth tier included forty-seven players. Of those forty-seven players, eighteen of them played for ten years or more, or one out of three. Considering the punishment their bodies took playing in the NFL, that strikes the Clock as a pretty good average. On the other hand, only five players played ten years for the…

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Bruce Matthews Titans/Oilers GOAT 9th pick @USC 1983. 9 days to draft. theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet For the second time in four days one of the Matthews claimed the top spot in the After Drafter Clock’s countdown. This time Bruce Matthews, the hall-of-fame offensive lineman scored higher than any other player chosen ninth in the draft. The ninth pick also offered another pair of statistical oddities. None of the players chosen ninth ever appeared in two Super Bowls. Nine of them played on the losing…

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