Top 100 Draft Picks: #49 New York Jets Randy Rasmussen G Nebraska-Kearney 1967

Tweet Among the players on the list of the 100 best draft picks, no other ones lasted as long on the draft board as Randy Rasmussen of the New York Jets.  The NFL and the AFL found 301 players who they thought more highly of before Rasmussen went 302nd.  The talking heads on television love to say that a guy like Rasmussen would have been a reach if he went…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #49 Cleveland Browns Ozzie Newsome TE Alabama 1978

Tweet       So, you think you’re a football guy?  Compare your resume to that of Ozzie Newsome.  Ozzie Newsome played his college football at Alabama, under football legend Bear Bryant.  The Cleveland Browns drafted him in the first round in 1978.  Once he arrived in the NFL all he managed to achieve was a thirteen year career during which he played in one hundred ninety-eight games.  If you…

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Top 100 Draft Picks #50 Detroit Lions Lomas Brown OT Florida 1985

Tweet The After Drafter Clock spends his time looking at the numbers, but even then, he finds reasons to root for or admire certain players.  One of the players he developed an admiration for was the Detroit Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown.  Brown played an astonishing eighteen years and two hundred sixty-three games in the NFL.  The AD Clock never ceases to be amazed that young players coming out of…

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Top 100 Draft Picks #53 Chicago Bears Walter Payton RB Jackson State 1975

Tweet If this were a list of the best 100 players ever, Walter Payton would rank number one in the opinion of the After Drafter Clock.  The photograph included in this post shows Payton in a Superman-like position, flying through the air.  If a given fan preferred a player who gave his all every down, every game, then Payton fit the bill.   If a given fan preferred a player who…

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Top 100 Draft Picks #52 Pittsburgh Steelers Terry Bradshaw QB Louisiana Tech 1970

Tweet       Why does Terry Bradshaw get so little appreciation?  The After Drafter Clock maintains a soft spot for athletes, even great ones, who receive less recognition than they deserve.  If a baseball fan were asked to name the greatest hitter in baseball history, he might name Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, or maybe a few others.  One name that never seems to make the…

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The Top 100 Draft Picks: #54 Pittsburgh Steelers John Stallworth WR Alabama A&M

Tweet           Is it something for nothing, or nothing for something?  In the state of Washington a veteran expressed dismay at the store’s denial of his veteran’s discount.  The After Drafter Clock learned of this denial from a Facebook posting by an enraged shopper who stood in line behind the veteran and witnessed the store’s awkward explanation of its discount policy.  In a separate incident the…

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The Top 100 Draft Picks: #56 Indianapolis Colts Reggie Wayne WR Miami 2001

Tweet           The After Drafter Clock admires the New York Giants.  The Giants teams that won Super Bowls under both Bill Parcels and Tom Coughlin were all great football teams and worthy champions.  That said, it still strikes the Clock that the Giants got lucky (at least a little) in two of those victories, and maybe three.  The Buffalo Bills fielded a better team than the…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #57 Pittsburgh Steelers Franco Harris RB Penn State 1972

Tweet Franco Harris should be ashamed of himself.  Today’s entrant in the top 100 draft picks graduated from Penn State.  Today he funds and otherwise supports Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, a group attempting to fire all Penn State Board members who fired Joe Paterno.   His efforts put all further whistleblowers on notice.  If anyone attempts to hold powerful institutions or persons responsible for knowingly tolerating the sexual abuse of…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #58 New England Patriots Troy Brown WR Marshall

Tweet    Troy Brown would not qualify as one of the one hundred best players in NFL history.  In reality, he wouldn’t come close.  The After Drafter Clock wondered if Brown would qualify as one of the one hundred best players in Patriots history.  No matter how he ranked as a player, he definitely deserved a place in the top 100 draft choices ever.  New England drafted him with the…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #59 Indianapolis Colts Rohn Stark P Florida State 1982

Tweet   If the Lions drafted Tom Brady how good would Brady have been as a pro?  Tuesday’s opinion that Marcus Allen didn’t belong in the Hall of Fame stirred up a little debate about Allen’s greatness.  The After Drafter Clock knows that Al Davis held some odd personal animosity toward Allen, and that animosity hurt Allen’s overall production.  Sports in general and football in particular are littered with men…

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The Top 100 Draft Picks: #59 New York Giants Howard Cross TE Alabama 1989

Tweet       The Giants deliver the right Cross.  In 1989 the Giants drafted Howard Cross out of Alabama.  It boggled the mind to think that a player from Alabama who then played in New York and won a Super Bowl ended up as a fairly anonymous player.  The After Drafter Clock imagines New York Giant fans remember him well, but if fans of other teams were asked to…

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