1999 Draft Best in Class: A Tsunami of Stupidity. Donald Driver #1, Steelers Best again

Tweet       A giant stupidity tsunami that crashed into the NFL draft in 1999 and almost everybody got wet, except maybe the Pittsburgh Steelers.  It all started with Mike Ditka’s desperate attempt to prove he really was a great coach.  He wasn’t.  Yes he led the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl in 1985, but that happened because the Bears had the best offense in football, the best…

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1998 Draft Best in Class: Steelers draft best, Manning or no Manning

Tweet             1998 marked one of the key moments in draft history.  Bill Polian faced the choice of drafting the two quarterbacks considered the best prospects coming out of college that year, Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf.  Many people consider Polian one of the greatest draft experts in football, and his decision to choose Manning over Leaf only added to his reputation.   Entering the 2015…

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1997 Draft Best in Class: In 1996 & 1997 combined, the average NFL team scored 2068 on the draft. Find out how your team did @ theafterdrafterclock.org

Tweet         In 1997 the Barber twins, Ronde and Tiki, earned more points on the After Drafter Clock than any other players at their respective positions. Ronde played sixteen years for the Buccaneers and earned a total of 534 points with the possibility of earning 50 more if he makes it into the Hall of Fame. Tiki played ten years as a halfback for the Giants. To…

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1996 Draft Best in Class: We get no kicks from the draft. Kickers and Punters need not apply

Tweet       The 1996 draft was notable for a few things.  For the first time the Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars participated in the draft.   Jacksonville was a terrible choice for a franchise location, and Jaguars was a terrible choice for a nickname.   Everything about the Carolina Panthers franchise is vanilla, from the team colors, to the nickname, to the location. None of the now thirty teams…

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1995 Draft Best in Class: Life plays Warren for a Sapp

Tweet One of the recurring stereotypes of professional athletes suggested the men were lazy and or stupid. The After Drafter Clock found this reasoning remarkable because the competition for the few jobs at the top of the sports leagues evolved to ever higher levels. The competitive reality forced participants to work ever harder to hold off up-and-comers longing to steal their jobs. Most professionals playing at a major league level…

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1994 NFL Draft Best in class: Trent Dilfer is the Mark Grace of the NFL

Tweet           Trent Dilfer and Mark Grace: Different strokes The After Drafter Clock held a long time sense of frustration over former Cubs first baseman Mark Grace. Grace, a lefthander, ran with all the speed of a glacier, so lacked the speed to play the outfield. As a lefthander he was disqualified to play any infield position but first base or maybe catcher, but the Cubs…

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1993 Draft Best in Class: Patriots go deep, Drew Bledsoe to Troy Brown

Tweet     Looking at the After Drafter Clock’s list of best draft choices taken in 1993, one might notice two punters and one kicker listed.   The AD Clock also lists one defensive lineman, not one defensive tackle and one defensive end. The same idea holds true for the offensive line. Choosing only one defensive lineman from either side of the ball occurred because those players often ended up…

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1992 Draft Best in Class: The Giants edge the Steelers for Best Draft

Tweet           Where have you gone Pumpy Tudors? In 1992 the NFL drafted only two punters which meant that a fifty-fifty chance existed for Pumpy Tudors to earn the spot as the best punter drafted that year. Unfortunately the drafted in 1992. Somehow, though, the After Drafter Clock couldn’t resist his desire to include Mr. Tudors among his favorite players taken that year, so Pumpy gets…

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1991 NFL Draft Best in Class: Big Johnson Year for the Cowboys

Tweet       Which one man owns the title of greatest NFL draft talent evaluator ever? Gil Brandt, the head of Cowboys personnel from 1960 through most of the 1980’s may deserve the title. Bill Polian, who built the great Buffalo Bills team of the early 1990’s and then went on to finally win a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts also deserves consideration. The Pittsburgh Steelers have two…

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1990 Draft Best in class: Emmitt Smith, Junior Seau, Cortez Kennedy, and not much else

Tweet       The draft class of 1990 generally disappointed. The Seattle Seahawks ended up earning the highest score on the After Drafter Clock, but still only scored 1409. With their first pick the Seahawks chose defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy The NFL drafted twenty quarterbacks that year, including the number one overall pick Jeff George of the Indianapolis Colts. Currently the Chicago Bears have George’s twin son from a different…

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1989 Draft: Best in Class Alabama at High Tide

Tweet The Giants reach high tide with Alabama’s Howard Cross A quick glance at the 1989 draft showed that five players were chosen from both Alabama and Notre Dame. Of those five Crimson Tide players, three of them proved to be the best draft choice taken at their positions. Tight end Howard Cross scored higher on the After Drafter Clock than any other tight end taken that year (and any…

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