Draft Day: Here the list of the Worst 1st Picks Taken by Each Team in the Super Bowl Era

Tweet If in the first round you don’t succeed, cut your losses and move on.   The NFL Draft begins today without my beloved Bears partaking. We were warned “Don’t wait until next year,” but I’m happy with Kahlil Mack. To celebrate the sometimes occasional, sometimes continual draft-day incompetence of various franchises, I compiled a list of the worst first-round picks by every franchise. The one unfair listing is Kevin…

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Draft Day Minus 1: Darrell Green is the Best Draft Pick Ever until Brady Catches Him.

Tweet Brady will pass Green when he plays six more games or gets voted into Canton, whichever comes first. Years ago I wondered why nobody ever rated NFL teams for their drafting track record so I created a formula to compare various picks and teams. When I finally entered the math formula I wondered who would prove to be the best pick ever. I guessed Jerry Rice and Bruce Matthews…

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Draft Day Minus 2: Tom Brady is the 2nd Best Draft Pick Ever, with a Bullet

Tweet Tom Brady is the reason today’s Patriots are not the 1970s Steelers. On a temporary technicality, Tom Brady currently ranks as the second best draft pick ever. If he retired immediately and never played another game, he would move into first place once his inevitable enshrinement in Canton is official. After he plays six more games for the Patriots in 2019, he will move into first place even before…

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Draft Day Minus 3: Jason Hanson is the 3rd Best Draft Pick Ever

Tweet As a draft pick, Jason Hanson was good for three. It is not fair to hold players responsible for their value as draft picks. Warren Moon proved to be an excellent NFL quarterback, but he went undrafted, played in the Canadian Football League, and then finally got a shot with the Oilers. Racism might explain why the NFL overlooked him, but it wasn’t Moon’s fault they didn’t give him…

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Draft Day Minus 4: Jerry Rice is the 4th Best Draft Pick

Tweet About 85% of Jerry Rice’s touchdown catches were thrown by Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks, which is more touchdowns than anybody caught from all quarterbacks. Jerry Rice caught one hundred ninety-seven touchdown passes in his career, one hundred seventy-six with the 49ers. I don’t know exactly how many were thrown by quarterbacks other than Joe Montana or Steve Young, but let’s call it ten. That would mean Rice caught one hundred sixty-six…

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Draft Day Minus 5: Bruce Matthews is the 5th Best Draft Pick Ever

Tweet Bruce Matthews played more games than any other offensive lineman. Where does the NFL find its offensive tackles? A few days ago I asked the trivia question about which men played the most games at right tackle and left tackle. More people incorrectly guessed Bruce Matthews than any other name. It made sense because Matthews came out of USC listed as a tackle, but spent his career playing every…

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Draft Day Minus 6: Morten Andersen is the 6th Best Draft Pick Ever

Tweet Kickers keep getting better at and more important to the NFL, but the NFL isn’t getting better at drafting them.       Let’s take a look at three men who were at one time were each considered the greatest kicker in NFL history.  Jan Stenerud was the greatest kicker ever when he succeeded on 67% of his field goal attempts from 1967 through 1985. Morten Andersen set a…

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Draft Day Minus 7: Mike Webster was the 7th Best Draft Pick Ever

Tweet Mike Webster lived as a great center on a great team and died as the canary in the coal mine. Mike Webster originally symbolized the greatness and the toughness of the great Steeler teams of the 1970s and helped change Pittsburgh from one of the worst-run franchises in the NFL to perhaps the single best franchise. In both cases, I refer to status over time. From the thirties to…

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Draft Day Minus 8: Jackie Slater is the 8th Best Draft Pick Ever

Tweet The apprenticeship of Jackie Slater, three seasons and only one start. It used to be that quarterbacks were drafted, even in the first round, for the purpose of serving a two-or-three year apprenticeship before they were allowed to start. All other position players were expected to step on the field immediately and learn on the job. If an offensive lineman or a linebacker wasn’t good enough to start from…

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Draft Day minus 9: Sebastian Janikowski is the 9th Best Draft Pick Ever

Tweet If your team drafts a player who appears in 268 games, you would call it a great pick no matter what position he plays. Years ago Apple ran an ad campaign encouraging people to “think different.” No organization in the NFL typically thinks different more than the Raiders. In 1973 they drafted a punter, Ray Guy, with the 23rd pick in the draft, and almost thirty years later the…

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Draft Day Minus 10: Bruce Smith is the 10th Best Draft Pick Ever

Tweet Only 32 men recorded 100+ sacks. Bruce Smith did it twice. Bruce Smith played for nineteen years and recorded twelve sacks or more in eight of those seasons. It compares rather favorably to baseball’s Henry Aaron and Aaron’s RBI totals. In twenty-three years Aaron drove in one hundred or more RBI’s eleven times. I like the idea of a clearly defined level of greatness, and twelve sacks seem to…

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