Steal of the Draft 2001: T. J. Houshmandzadeh, Bengals

Tweet Lions’ offensive linemen Dominic Raiola and Jeff Bacchus were the best and fourth best draft picks taken in 2001. Either Drew Brees or LaDainian Tomlinson was the best player taken. A few random thoughts about the 2001 draft.  T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the second draft pick taken by the Bengals from Oregon State that year. I hold a bias against taking two athletes from the same school if you only…

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Steal (Tom Brady) of (Tom Brady) 2000 (Tom Brady) Draft: Jaguars DE Rob Meier

Tweet Tom Brady Tom Brady might be the greatest football player ever but currently ranks as the third best draft pick ever.  He needs to play in eleven more games for the Patriots in order to catch Darrell Green. Kicker Jason Hanson ranks second.   Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady.  Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady. Tom Brady….

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1999 Steal of the Draft: Falcons Todd McClure

Tweet Donovan McNabb created the McNabb Line, and set the standard for quarterback excellence, a 2:1 TD/INT ratio. I can’t help but imagine a bar fight between a drunken Bears fan and a drunken Bengals fan on a random Jeopardy! trivia night. The answer would be “He was the worst quarterback drafted into the NFL in 1999. The Bengal fan would ask “Who was Akili Smith?” but the Bears fan…

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1998 Steal of the Draft: Eric Warfield of the Chiefs

Tweet The Steelers took two of the five biggest steals of the draft, DeShea Thompson, #4, and Ward Hines #5. They joined Alan Faneca to give Pittsburgh 3 of the top 10 draft picks overall that year. Peyton Manning was both the first pick in the 1998 draft and the best player, which is how it’s supposed to work. Setting aside team needs for the moment, any team who held…

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Steal of the Draft, 1997: Jets Jason Ferguson

Tweet The two best draft picks were Ronde Barber and Tony Gonzalez.  Is Ronde Barber a definite Hall-of-Famer? I think so. Admittedly, my NFL draft scoring system is a simple review of drafting results.  Currently the best accumulated score belongs to Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green, who played for twenty years, won two Super Bowls, played in 295 games, all for Washington, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall…

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1996 Steal of the Draft: Marco Rivera, Green Bay Packers

Tweet The Ravens chose Ray Lewis, the greatest Raven draft pick ever, and the Eagles chose Brian Dawkins, the greatest Eagle draft pick ever. Today I took a look at three different aspects of the 1996 draft. The steal of the draft was Green Bay’s Marco Rivera, although he managed to avoid playing during the Packers Super Bowl year in 1996, so he didn’t qualify as a Super Bowl champion….

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Detroit’s Cory Schlesinger was the Steal of the 1995 Draft

Tweet Tampa Bay drafted Warren Sapp 12th and Derrick Brooks 28th.  They were the two best draft picks in 1995, and they both went to Canton. In 1995 the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled off a rare feat, they drafted two Hall-of-Famers in the first round of a single draft. Linebacker Derrick Brooks and defensive tackle Warren Sapp, taken at number 28 and number 12 respectively, both earned a place in…

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Denver Drafted the 2 Biggest Steals in 1994, Tom Nalen and Keith Burns

Tweet John Beake ranks with the best general managers in NFL history.  Who knew? I view the primary job of a general manager to be building a roster.  When people talk about great general managers I never hear them talk about John Beake.  To be honest, I was completely unaware of his name until I dug into the Broncos draft history a bit. Beyond building a roster, a general manager also…

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Steal of the Draft 1993: Giants LB Jesse Armstead

Tweet The Giants took the best player, Michael Strahan, and the biggest steal, Jesse Armstead. In 1993 the NFL draft took a turn for the more interesting by reducing itself to seven rounds, and essentially eight picks per team. The extra picks are supplemental picks given to teams who lost players to free agency. I don’t know how it all works, but it never ends up with each team having…

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1992 Steal of the Draft: The Ghostly Presence of the Long Snapper

Tweet Steelers’ Kendall Gammon was the 1992 steal of the draft, and kicker Jason Hanson was the best draft pick that year.  It was a very bad year for offensive players. A review of the 1992 stands as a monument to special teams play. The single best draft pick, by the numbers, was Detroit’s Jason Hanson.  Since John Kennedy beat Richard Nixon for the presidency in 1960, the Lions haven’t…

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1991 Steal of the Draft: Larry Brown, Cowboys

Tweet In 1991 Ron Wolf fell in love with Brett Favre, the Bears drafted Stan Thomas, and the ugliest “rivalry” in sports entered yet another sorry era.   In 1991 Brett Favre was the best player drafted, but Aeneas Williams was the best draft choice. The reason for the discrepancy arose after the Falcons drafted Brett Favre, kept him for all of one season and two games. Favre will forever…

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