1998 Draft: Chicago gets it right, wrong, and weird all in one year.

Tweet The Bears made a long snap decision.  Is it a tragedy if a team’s best pick is a long snapper?   In 1998 the Chicago Bears conducted a draft that was a success, a failure, and virtually every possibility in between.  Their first pick, Curtis Enis, was a consensus great pick beforehand, and a consensus bust afterhand.  He lasted three years and thirty-six games, but that amounted to the…

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1997 Tampa Bay Draft: Best Since 1993?

Tweet Tampa Bay Earns its Stripes with Ronde Barber and Other Picks. In 1997 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to their slow build up to a Super Bowl victory.  It started in 1995 with the arrival of two Hall-of-Famers, Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, continued in 1996 with Mike Alstott, and then again in 1997 with Ronde Barber and Alshermond Singleton.  Every great team seems to have one or two…

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1996 Draft: Jets Draft Keyshawn Johnson, Obviously.

Tweet From Wentz the Orgasm Came: Philly’s Euphoria. When a team drafts the right quarterback, a great quarterback, the fans experience an orgasmic thrill that nothing else in sports rivals.  Right now in Philadelphia, even in the middle of the week, fans can be heard moaning “Oh, God, Oh, God,” as part of their nonstop euphoria over Carson Wentz.  I hope the magic lasts there, in Denver, and in Dallas,…

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1995 Draft: Carolina and Jacksonville Enter the Fray.

Tweet Green Bay Comes Packing Heat, Leaves with 7 rings.   Since 1995 the three most successful franchises were definitely the New England Patriots, and probably the Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos, followed by the Green Bay Packers among a couple of others.  On the After Drafter Clock in 1995, the Packers landed the best draft class, followed closely by the Steelers in second, and the Patriots fourth.  The Buffalo…

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1994: Trent Dilfer Was the Best they Could Do?

Tweet 49ers Strike Gold, but the Falcons Never Take Flight.   1994 was a 49ers year.  Their draft class played in more games than any other team’s picks, and won more Super Bowl rings than any other draft class taken that year.  They earned an overall After Drafter Clock Score of 1,675.  On the whole, however, 1994 was a much less successful year for the NFL Draft than 1993.  In…

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1993 NFL Draft: The Guy Can Play, Just Not For Us.

Tweet The Big Tuna’s first draft in New England, and a lot of teams under water. In 1993 the NFL reduced the draft to eight rounds and 224 picks, the shortest draft ever conducted to that point.  Of those 224 draft picks, only eighteen failed to ever play in at least one NFL game, meaning the NFL Draft Class of 1993 had a 92% chances of playing in the NFL. …

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Mr. Irrelevant 1973, Charlie Wade, Best Receiver on the 1974 Bears.

Tweet What good is a circus without irrelevance?   In a left-handed sort of way, I feel sorry for kids growing up as football fans in Boston.  They may be developing the idea that it’s easy to find winning quarterbacks because Bill Belichick keeps making it look easy.  The same thing might be true of baseball fans in San Francisco or hockey fans in Chicago.  If the local heroes win…

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Is Kevin White for the Bears?

Tweet Is Chicago the White Place for a Talented Young Wide Receiver? For all of his greatness, Tom Brady proved to be a lucky man.  Because the Patriots selected him with the 199th pick, he gained a place on the team’s roster under the cover of darkness.  “You still here?” was as a likely to be said to him as anything else because neither the fans nor the media placed…

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The McNabb Line: 2 or More Touchdown Passes for Every Intercpetion.

Tweet Donovan McNabb threw 234 touchdowns, 117 interceptions.  Very few quarterbacks retire with a better ratio than that.  It’s a hard number to reach. *******I erred when I originally posted this.  Neither Johnny Unitas nor John Elway were above the McNabb Line, as I originally wrote.  Now I am aware of only 6 quarterbacks above the McNabb Line.  I changed the chart below to reflect this.  I regret the error….

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Good “1’s”, Bad “1’s”, and Other Ones.

Tweet Is Ex-Packer Rich Campbell, taken 6th in ’81, the worst “1” ever?   In 1981 the Green Bay Packers used the number six pick in the draft to select Rich Campbell, a quarterback out of California.  Every franchise experiences the sense of dread when they realize they spent their first round pick on a player who reveals he doesn’t really belong in the NFL from the moment he begins…

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Ryan’s Hope(less) in Buffalo.

Tweet It ain’t bragging if you can do it.  Apparently Rex Ryan is bragging. In Rex Ryan’s case, it is bragging.  One of the old adages in sports declares “it ain’t bragging if you can do it,” but unfortunately for Bills’ fans, Ryan can’t.  Like his father, the late football coach Buddy Ryan, Rex Ryan likes to speak of himself in terms of coaching greatness.  Neither generations of the Ryan…

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