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Great NFL Drafts (for franchises)

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Jake_Taylor, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Started reading Next Man Up the other day and early on it talks about how in the first draft Ozzie Newsome was in charge of he picked Jonathon Ogden and Ray Lewis in the first round. Later it mentions that the Browns took Clay Matthews and Newsome in the first round in 1978.

    Obviously both those teams did great in those drafts. What were some other years individual franchises picked up multiple all-pros and/or Hall of Famers? How about some of the worst drafts where a team picked nobody good?
  2. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Saw something on the Chargers last year around draft time in which SD's drafts for the past several years all had individual merit, but that some of those individual years were sort of overshadowed by the past.
  3. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Nothing can top the Steelers' 1974 draft -- Swann, Lambert, Stallworth and Webster were four of their first five picks.
  4. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Not up there with that great Steelers' draft, but the 49ers getting Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright and Carlton Williamson with three of their first four picks in 1981 was a pretty good haul for that first SB.
  5. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    Steelers did pretty well in '71, too:

    2. Jack Ham, 4. Gerry Mullins, 4a. Dwight White, 5. Larry Brown, 8a. Ernie Holmes, 11. Mike Wagner.
  6. D.Sanchez

    D.Sanchez Member

    We have a winner, although the 1986 49ers brought in 8 future Super Bowl starters with their draft.
  7. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Who was the other pick? I used to know that, but can't remember. I do remember that they also signed Donnie Shell as a rookie free agent that year. He wasn't on the level of the four Hall of Famers, but he was a very solid pro for a long time.
  8. Rumpleforeskin

    Rumpleforeskin Active Member

    Who can forget the Houston Texans' expansion draft? Tony Boselli and Ryan Young were great picks. They both kept David Carr from getting sacked.
  9. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    I had to look up the year, but the Chicago Bears took Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers back-to-back with the third and fourth picks overall in the 1965 draft. They got the pick for Butkus in a trade with the Steelers. No idea what they gave up for it.
  10. SlickWillie71

    SlickWillie71 Member

    Dallas' 1975 draft class brought in future HoF'er Randy White, but also had future Pro Bowlers Hollywood Henderson and Pat Donovan, along with future starters Randy Hughes, Bob Breuning, Mike Hegman and Burton Lawless.
  11. Trey Beamon

    Trey Beamon Active Member

    Didn't the Steelers get the chance to draft Bradshaw based on a coin flip with the Bears? And didn't the same thing happen with O.J. Simpson?
  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    You're correct on Bradshaw. I don't know about OJ.
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