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  • NFL Draft: Best Top 5 Ever?

    Just had this occur to me the other day as I was thinking about the 89 draft: has there ever been a draft with a more loaded elite group at the top? The top 5 were:

    1. Troy Aikman
    2. Tony Mandarich
    3. Barry Sanders
    4. Derrick Thomas
    5. Deion Sanders

    That's 4 legit first ballot HOFers (had Thomas not passed away prematurely, anyway), including what are arguably the best cover man, running back and rush backer of all time (all respect to LT, but Thomas is in the convo imo). Phenomenal. And even the "other guy" in the equation is probably the most notorious bust in NFL Draft history (at least among non-QBs) who many were pimping to be the greatest OL prospect of all time.

    The best I can come up with in recent years was the 2004 draft with Eli, Fitz, Rivers and Taylor. Even that doesn't really come close (although the parallels with two premature deaths are creepy). Can someone else come up with anything better? I haven't done any research, so feel free to fire away.
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    He was protecting his self
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    From what? His leg?
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    That leg has had it out for him since day 1.
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    DeMarcus Ware

  • #2
    How about that amazing 2005 draft?

    1. Alex Smith
    2. Ronnie Brown
    3. Braylon Edwards
    4. Cedric Benson
    5. Cadillac Williams

    EPIC.

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    • #3
      I'd argue that 2002 was even stronger:

      1. David Carr
      2. Julius Peppers
      3. Joey Harrington
      4. Mike Williams
      5. Quentin Jammer
      I'm a state.

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      • #4
        Boomer Esiason says Deion still can't tackle.
        **** her in da *****!

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        • #5
          fun fact: he questions the toughness of people all the time

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          • #6
            A decade from now, we'll be looking at Nick Fairley, DaQuan Bowers, Von Miller, Patrick Peterson and A.J. Green and wondering why Robert Quinn who had 15+ sacks every year of his career fell all the way down to #17 overall.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RealityCheck View Post
              A decade from now, we'll be looking at Nick Fairley, DaQuan Bowers, Von Miller, Patrick Peterson and A.J. Green and wondering why Robert Quinn who had 15+ sacks every year of his career fell all the way down to #17 overall.
              Greatest single story ever in sports.
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              Coples is that dude.
              Go Amare. I Love Tayshaun Prince...

              Orioles - Raiders - UNC - Nuggets/Wizards

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              • #8
                Very hard to imagine Quinn falling all the way to 17.

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                • #9
                  97 wasn't too bad.

                  1 St. Louis Rams Orlando Pace
                  2 Oakland Raiders Darrell Russell
                  3 Seattle Seahawks Shawn Springs
                  4 Baltimore Ravens Peter Boulware
                  5 Detroit Lions Bryant Westbrook

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                  • #10
                    1. Sam Bradford
                    2. Ndamukong Suh
                    3. Gerald McCoy
                    4. Trent Williams
                    5. Eric Berry

                    This group will be very special, IMO.

                    Props to clover_jeez!

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                    • #11
                      2009 is kinda bad already
                      Matthew Stafford (Made of Glass)
                      Jason Smith (RT only, though a good one)
                      Tyson Jackson (Bad)
                      Aaron Curry (Bad)
                      Mark Sanchez(great record, bad stats)
                      Last edited by asdf1223; 01-31-2011, 03:07 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by killxswitch View Post
                        Very hard to imagine Quinn falling all the way to 17.
                        What's really scary: I seriously wonder if he were available at 17 if the Patriots would want him. He's in the same boat as Dez Bryant last year. He did something that got himself suspended for a year - ultimately hurting the team and looking like a selfish prick in the process. That's not a Bill Belichick type player (at least not one he would draft). Some coaches and GMs will overlook character for talent (lots actually), but the Patriots are not typically one of them. . . typically.

                        He really needs to make sure he doesn't continue to do stupid things like Dez did.

                        edit: The list is more of a "dream" wishlist.
                        **** her in da *****!

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                        • #13
                          The top 12 from the 2004 draft was pretty ridiculous, 9 pro bowlers and the qb's have combined to make 4 super bowls since.

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                          • #14
                            I still can't believe Aaron Curry went 4th overall.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SchizophrenicBatman View Post
                              I still can't believe Aaron Curry went 4th overall.
                              But he's the safest pick in the draft!

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