Top 100 Draft picks: #100 Buffalo Bills Thurman Thomas RB Oklahoma State 1988

Tweet       In the 1980’s the Buffalo Bills drafted four future Hall-of-Fame players, Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, and Thurman Thomas.  The Buffalo draft class of 1985, which included Smith and Reed, still ranks as one of the five best draft classes ever.  Thurman Thomas, taken in 1988, meant that the Bills entered the four Super Bowl seasons with four future Hall-of-Famers.   As far as the After…

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Top 100 draft picks: #100 Buffalo Bills Darryl Talley LB West Virginia 1983

Tweet Darryl Talley is not the man he used to be.  He may be suffering from CTE, but until he dies and doctors and look at his brain, it is possible to say for sure.       In Chicago we learned that one of the After Drafter Clock’s childhood favorites, Mike Pyle, suffered from CTE.  Pyle played center on the 1963 Bears championship team, and then went on to…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #25 Chicago Bears Patrick Mannelly LS Duke 1998

Tweet       Patrick Mannelly:  The Loneliness of the Long Distance Snapper           The Chicago Bears possess one of football’s great legacies.  People refer to their founder, George Halas, as Papa Bear because they consider him the founding father of the NFL.  The team ranks high on the list of teams with the most championships, and they sent more players to the Hall of Fame than any other…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #26 Oakland Raiders Art Shell OT Maryland-Eastern Shore 1968

Tweet     Since 1900 the American people elected the taller of the two presidential candidates in every election with one exception.  George W. Bush was not taller than Al Gore, although Al Gore actually received a slightly higher percentage of the actual vote.  The After Drafter Clock will leave it to others to fill in the joke here.  It raises the question of what people look for in a…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #27 Baltimore Ravens Ray Lewis LB Miami (FL) 1996

Tweet Ray Lewis:  One of the NFL’s greatest players, and a football everyman.     When telling the story of the NFL, writers like to assign certain stereotypes to various players, sometimes more than one to the same guy.  No single player filled the role of more of those stock characters than linebacker Ray Lewis.  The first and foremost stereotype describes NFL players as tough guys.  Ray Lewis roamed the…

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The Top 100 Draft Picks: #28 Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning QB Tennessee 1998

Tweet               2015 marked the year  Brady passed Peyton Manning on the list of best draft picks ever. The list attached to this post is complete through 2014.  As of today, Brady actually ranks as the second quarterback on the list of the best draft choices ever, but will rise to first place if he competes again next year.  Even if he retires, he will rise to the first spot once…

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Top 100 Draft Picks #29 New England Patriots Tom Brady QB Michigan 2000

Tweet Tom Brady and Sebastian Janikowski have the best chances to become the best draft choice ever.   Quarterbacks always held the position of the Holy Grail of the NFL draft.  Unlike the Holy Grail of myth, sometimes teams actually found genuinely excellent quarterbacks in the draft, a fact that gave hope to fans everywhere, except, of course, Chicago.  In the dark ages of the NFL draft, before, say, 1980,…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #30 New Orleans Saints Rickey Jackson LB Pitt 1981

Tweet Rickey Jackson: One Helluva Saint       Over the past week or so the After Drafter Clock listed some top 100 picks who never made it to the Super Bowl, names like Elvin Bethea, Tony Gonzalez, and Will Shields.  Today’s top draft choice, #30, Rickey Jackson of the New Orleans Saints enjoyed a happier ending.  Jackson played excelled linebacker for thirteen years on a few good Saint teams,…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #31 Dallas Cowboys Randy White DT Maryland 1975

Tweet   Randy White: He was a scab.  He also was one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL, but, ultimately, he was a scab. In 1975 the Dallas Cowboys held the second pick in the draft.  They chose wisely and selected Randy White, one of the greatest defensive lineman to ever play the game.  Two picks later the Chicago Bears chose Walter Payton, not simply…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #32 Dallas Cowboys Larry Allen G Sonoma State ’94

Tweet   Living in Chicago, the After Drafter Clock often hears people talk about what a great fan base the Cubs have, or the Bears, the Blackhawks, the Bulls, every team except the White Sox.  That is not meant as a shot at White Sox fans.  To paraphrase a quote from the movie Seabiscuit, which apparently borrowed it from Shakespeare, “though they be but small, they are mighty.” Unofficially, the most…

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Top 100 Draft Picks: #33 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans Elvin Bethea DE North Carolina A&T 1968

Tweet     When people look back to the 1970’s they often imagine that no other teams ever came close to beating the Steelers.  In reality, the Steelers often came close to losing.  That should not be read as an insult to the great Pittsburgh teams because they proved their mettle by performing well when the games mattered most.  Nonetheless, the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys both came thisclose to…

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