Top 100 Draft Picks: #76 *Tie Green Bay Packers James Lofton WR Stanford 1978

Tweet         James Lofton: A Poor Man’s Jerry Rice? How good would Tom Brady have been if he never played for Bill Belichick?  Sometimes a great individual career or great team success occurred because of a lucky confluence of players and coaches.  The After Drafter Clock marveled at the success of Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, and Bill Walsh.  They all brought extraordinary talents to their respective jobs…

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Top 100 Draft picks: #79 *tie Pittsburgh Steelers Jack Ham LB Penn State 1971

Tweet “Dobra Shunka” means “Dobry Wentylator Stal” if you will pardon the After Drafter Clock’s Polish.* Every now and again one media member or organization ran a story about which fandom owned the right to call themselves the best fans in sports. The After Drafter Clock always threw a metaphorical penalty flag at these stories because fans were like women: every man thinks the woman he’s kissing is the prettiest…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #81 *tie New England Patriots Julius Adams DE Texas Southern 1971

Tweet             How good was Julius Adams?  The late Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone, like Adams, a long time veteran of the NFL, once claimed he made sixteen sacks in one season back in the late 1960’s.  At ProFootballReference.com no sacks are listed under Julius Adams’ name until 1982, apparently the first year the NFL started keeping them as a statistic.  PFR gave Adams credit…

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Top 100 Draft Picks #81 *tie Cincinnati Bengals Reggie Williams LB Dartmouth ’76

Tweet A Well-remembered Bengal?   Professional athletes sometimes held their accomplishments in higher regard than fans or the teams held those accomplishments.  In Chicago Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of both the Bulls and the White Sox, treated his former players with a schizophrenic mixture of excessive loyalty and cold, hard business reality.  Former White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk whined constantly that the team failed to recognize his excellence and commitment….

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Top 100 draft picks: #83 *tie San Diego Chargers Dan Fouts QB Oregon 1973

Tweet   The Last of the Old School Quarterbacks     The picture that accompanies this entry shows Dan Fouts standing in the pocket during a game.  In today’s NFL, thirty years later, quarterbacks are taught not to hold the ball in such a low position.  The After Drafter Clock, a Bears fan from the first seconds of his life, shares the same frustration that most Bears fans experience with…

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The Top 100 Draft Picks #82 *Tie Buffalo Bills Jim Ritcher G North Carolina State ’80

Tweet A Guy From Buffalo Wings It   In the movie Catch Me if You Can Leonardo DiCaprio played the role of Frank Abagnali Jr., a teenager who mastered the art of pretending to be someone he wasn’t.  At various times he posed as a doctor, a lawyer, and an airline pilot.  One of the reasons he managed to convince people he was a pilot was simply because he put…

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The Top 100 draft picks #82 *Tie Chicago Bears Mike Singletary LB Baylor 1981

Tweet     The Facts, the Koufax, and the Singletary Facts The After Drafter Clock believes Sandy Koufax doesn’t belong in baseball’s Hall of Fame. While the AD Clock recognizes that Koufax may have been the greatest pitcher in the history of the game from 1961 to 1966, that still added up to only six years of dominant baseball. The Clock views the Hall of Fame as a career achievement…

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Top 100 Draft picks #86 *Tie New England Patriots John Hannah G Alabama 1973

Tweet                 The After Drafter Clock holds no claims as far as assessing the individual play of offensive lineman around the league.  As a general rule, some offensive lines developed a group reputation based on how well the team ran the ball, how often opponents sacked the quarterback, and time of possession.  Every once in a while one lineman managed to break out…

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The Top 100 draft picks #86 *tie San Francisco 49ers Keith Fahnhorst OT Minnesota 1974

Tweet         If someone took a superficial glance at Keith Fahnhorst’s Clock line below, they would notice he was listed as a tight end.  That would make him one of the best tight end draft choices ever selected.  In reality Fahnhorst made his living as a left tackle, one good enough to win two Super Bowl rings.  He also played in 193 games for the San Francisco…

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Top 100 Draft picks: #86 *Tie Dallas Cowboys Jim Jeffcoat DE Arizona ST 1983

Tweet What now?  The Curse of Schwarber’s Balls? When asked to name his worst moment as a Cubs fan, the After Drafter Clock cites January, 1980.  For those unfamiliar with January, 1980, the Cubs finished the 1979 season just two games below .500, creating the illusion they were a mediocre organization.  In reality they found themselves in the midst of a long term talent drought.  In 1965 they brought shortstop…

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The Top 100 Draft Picks: #89 *tie Minnesota Vikings Scott Studwell LB Illinois ’77

Tweet The After Drafter Clock watched the Vikings in the 1970’s and wondered about head coach Bud Grant.  On one hand, Grant took the Vikings to four Super Bowls, but on the other, they never won one.  Grant seemed like a coach who could take a bad team and make them good, or take a great team and make them good.  The After Drafter Clock never found a satisfactory answer…

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