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Every NFL team’s best second-round draft pick

Eight groups traded out of the 2022 first spherical, giving some fanbases a further wait. But the second spherical of the draft has produced Hall of Famers for a number of groups and longtime starters for others. Here is the best second-round pick every of the NFL’s 32 groups has made within the frequent draft period (1967-present).

 

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Arizona Cardinals: Dan Dierdorf

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Dierdorf’s broadcasting profession and his having performed two non-strike-year playoff video games in 13 years could have resulted in him being a bit ignored. But the 1971 second-round pick dominated at proper sort out all through the ’70s, when that place loved the next profile than it does at this time, en path to the All-Decade workforce and Hall of Fame. The Cardinals selected Dierdorf forty third general and likewise used him at guard, middle, and left sort out. St. Louis’ mid-Nineteen Seventies rise may be attributed to Don Coryell’s offense, however Jim Hart, Terry Metcalf, and Co. benefited from a wall of Pro Bowlers that additionally included middle Tom Banks and guard Conrad Dobler. 

 

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Atlanta Falcons: Brett Favre

Atlanta Falcons: Brett Favre

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The Falcons took Favre thirty third general in 1991, because the notorious dorm-room jorts photograph illustrates, however traded him after one season. This notorious transaction got here after Atlanta’s third-string rookie rubbed some, together with head coach Jerry Glanville, the mistaken manner. Off-field conduct, poor playbook comprehension, and in-season weight positive factors led to only 4 Favre go makes an attempt in 1991 when he sat behind Chris Miller and Billy Joe Tolliver. Favre by no means accomplished a go with the Falcons, and Glanville signed off on buying and selling him for a 1992 first-round pick (working again Tony Smith) within the offseason. He fared higher in Green Bay.

 

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Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice

Baltimore Ravens: Ray Rice

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Baltimore lower longtime starter Jamal Lewis in February 2008 and shortly drafted Rice fifty fifth general. This got here after the Ravens traded down 17 spots in Round 2, through the Seahawks. The compact dynamo Baltimore drafted went to a few Pro Bowls and stacked collectively 4 straight 1,100-yard seasons (2009-12), the final of which got here within the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII-winning marketing campaign. The Ravens gave Rice an extension in 2012 however noticed his numbers tail off by 2013, simply previous to his career-ending act of home violence.

 

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Buffalo Bills: Thurman Thomas

Buffalo Bills: Thurman Thomas

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Linked closely to first-round standing, Thomas endured an extended, sleep-inducing wait throughout the 1988 draft. The future Hall of Famer lasted till pick No. 40. Gaston Green, John Stephens, Lorenzo White, Brad Muster, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, Ickey Woods, and Tony Jeffery had been taken earlier than him in a working back-rich draft. The participant who saved Barry Sanders on the bench at Oklahoma State rewarded the Bills, along with his dual-threat skillset very best for his or her burgeoning Ok-Gun offense. Thomas led the NFL in scrimmage yards for 4 straight years, earned 1991 MVP honors, and performed 12 seasons in Buffalo. 

 

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Carolina Panthers: Ryan Kalil

Carolina Panthers: Ryan Kalil

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Although Kalil battled accidents throughout his 12-year Carolina run, he was a continuing for the workforce throughout playoff journeys on the shut of Jake Delhomme’s profession and everything of Cam Newton’s prime. The Panthers landed Kalil close to the top of the 2007 second spherical (59th general). The USC middle was a part of the commerce that allowed the Jets to maneuver up 11 spots in Round 1 to take Darrelle Revis. The Panthers used the additional second-rounder to make Kalil the primary middle taken in 2007, one spot forward of Samson Satele, who went to the Dolphins. Kalil began 145 video games (fourth-most in Panthers historical past) and made 5 Pro Bowls.

 

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Chicago Bears: Mike Singletary

Chicago Bears: Mike Singletary

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The Chargers and Chiefs spoke to Singletary about potential first-round investments in 1981, however the Baylor linebacker fell to the Bears at No. 38. This draft geared up three Nineteen Eighties NFC superpowers with defensive cornerstones, with Lawrence Taylor going to the Giants and Ronnie Lott to the 49ers. Those first-ballot Hall of Famers went off the board within the prime 10. Despite Singletary’s title staying on draft boards longer, he made the same influence. Singletary anchored famed Bears defenses — most famously 1985’s — received two Defensive Player of the Year honors and made the Pro Bowl in his remaining 10 seasons. 

 

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Cincinnati Bengals: Boomer Esiason

Cincinnati Bengals: Boomer Esiason

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Second-round success has been essential for the Bengals, who nabbed three Super Bowl LVI starters (Joe Mixon, Tee Higgins, Jessie Bates) and landed standouts Bill Bergey and Carl Pickens there in many years prior. No one was as necessary to the franchise than its 1984 second-round selection. Esiason represented the prize of a doubted 1984 quarterback class. After six QBs went off the board within the 1983 first spherical, Esiason (thirty eighth general) was the one one chosen within the first two rounds in ’84. The brash southpaw succeeded Ken Anderson and adopted his arc by successful an MVP award throughout a Super Bowl season. Esiason performed 10 seasons as a Bengal.

 

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Cleveland Browns: Michael Dean Perry

Cleveland Browns: Michael Dean Perry

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Nick Chubb or Joel Bitonio may make higher circumstances quickly, however Perry was one of many NFL’s best defensive tackles for some time. In the sack period, solely Myles Garrett has extra sacks with the Browns than Perry, who in some methods is overshadowed by his much less gifted older brother (William “The Refrigerator” Perry). The Browns took the youthful Perry fiftieth general in 1988 and noticed him earn All-Pro acclaim by his second season. Perry (51.5 sacks as a Brown) helped the Browns to the 1989 AFC title sport and earned six Pro Bowl journeys in a 10-year profession. 

 

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Dallas Cowboys: Larry Allen

Dallas Cowboys: Larry Allen

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The Cowboys bolstered their traditionally elite offensive line with a Division II guard, choosing Allen forty sixth general in 1994. The future John Madden favourite joined Nate Newton, Mark Tuinei, Erik Williams, and Ray Donaldson on a Cowboys 1995 Super Bowl-winning O-line that featured 5 Pro Bowlers. While playoff success eluded Dallas’ dynasty henceforth, Allen turned one of many best guards ever. The terrifyingly sturdy Sonoma State alum made 10 Pro Bowls from 1995 to 2006 and is the uncommon participant to land on two All-Decade groups. He of a bench-press max past 700 kilos, Allen used that energy to grow to be a cinch Hall of Famer. 

 

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Denver Broncos: Curley Culp

Denver Broncos: Curley Culp

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Not essentially the most well-run group throughout the AFL days, the Broncos drafted Culp within the 1968 second spherical however traded him to the Chiefs for a fourth-rounder earlier than he performed a sport for them. After a developmental yr, Culp moved right into a dominant Chiefs defensive lineup in 1969. The defensive sort out out of Arizona State was certainly one of six Hall of Fame-bound gamers on Kansas City’s Super Bowl-winning protection, and he later joined two extra eventual Canton cogs (Elvin Bethea, Robert Brazile) in Houston after being traded to the Oilers in 1974. Culp shined inside for rejuvenated Oilers groups within the late ’70s, cementing his Hall case.

 

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Detroit Lions: Lem Barney

Detroit Lions: Lem Barney

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The brightest spot throughout one of many Lions’ down intervals, Barney turned an elite cornerback rapidly. The Lions broke within the frequent draft period by taking Barney thirty fourth general out of Jackson State in 1967. Barney delivered one of many best rookie years in NFL annals by intercepting 10 passes and returning three for touchdowns (one approaching the second play of his profession). Moonlighting as Detroit’s punter for a bit and working his profession TD whole to 9 through three return scores, Barney completed his profession with 56 INTs and 7 Pro Bowls, making No. 20 well-known in Detroit forward of Billy Sims and Barry Sanders’ arrivals.

 

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Green Bay Packers: LeRoy Butler

Green Bay Packers: LeRoy Butler

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Butler turned the final offensive or defensive participant on the Nineteen Nineties’ All-Decade workforce chosen for Canton enshrinement, following fellow security Steve Atwater as a belated choice. Butler’s hits lacked the influence of Atwater’s, however he proved versatile for the Packers throughout a 12-year profession spent fully in Green Bay. Butler completed his profession with 38 INTs and 20.5 sacks. Of the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI starters, Butler arrived first (forty eighth general in 1990). Moved from cornerback to security early in his profession, the Lambeau Leap originator earned extra All-Pro honors (4) than any security within the ’90s. 

 

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Houston Texans: DeMeco Ryans

Houston Texans: DeMeco Ryans

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Ryans is on the verge of being higher often known as a coach than a participant, however the present 49ers defensive coordinator was one of many NFL’s higher inside linebackers throughout his 10-year profession. The Texans stocked up on protection in 2006, shocking most by taking Mario Williams over Reggie Bush, and commenced the second spherical by choosing Ryans at No. 33. Ryans began each sport he performed in six Texans seasons, voyaging to 2 Pro Bowls and serving to the franchise snap its playoff drought in 2011. Houston traded Ryans to Philadelphia shortly after.

 

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Indianapolis Colts: Ted Hendricks

Indianapolis Colts: Ted Hendricks

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Unique in proportions and persona, Hendricks was a mainstay for 3 Super Bowl-winning groups. Although the 6-foot-7 exterior linebacker is best recognized for his Raiders years, he was an All-Pro as a Colt as properly. Baltimore drafted Hendricks thirty third general in 1969, with the ex-Miami Hurricane’s slender body resulting in a draft fall. The lanky star retired after 15 seasons with 26 INTs, 61 sacks, and a document 25 blocked kicks. The rebuilding Colts traded Hendricks to the Packers in 1974, and contract calls for led Green Bay to ship him to Oakland a yr later. That proved a really perfect match, with Hendricks a Raider starter till his remaining season in 1983.

 

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Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew

Jacksonville Jaguars: Maurice Jones-Drew

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The fantasy soccer fanatic glad scores of fantasy GMs for years in Jacksonville, producing whatever the product the Jaguars placed on the sector. The Jags drafted Jones-Drew sixtieth general out of UCLA in 2006 and put him to work instantly alongside stalwart Fred Taylor. This duo gashed defenses throughout its quick time collectively, and Jones notched 15- and 14-touchdown seasons in his first three years. This didn’t earn the 5-foot-7 again Pro Bowl acclaim, however he achieved it for bottom-tier Jags squads later. Jones-Drew received the 2011 dashing title for a 5-11 workforce and spent eight years in Jacksonville.

 

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Kansas City Chiefs: Willie Lanier

Kansas City Chiefs: Willie Lanier

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Already geared up with some of the athletic linebackers in NFL historical past in Bobby Bell, the Chiefs added long-term starter mates on the place within the 1967 second spherical. Kansas City drafted Jim Lynch and Lanier 4 picks aside (Nos. 47 and 50, respectively). Both had been 11-year starters for the Chiefs, who deployed Lanier as a difference-making center ‘backer from the bounce. The fearsome tackler teamed with Bell to steer the Chiefs to a runaway Super Bowl IV win, and though the franchise’s trajectory veered off the championship tier within the second half of Lanier’s profession, the longer term Hall of Famer saved racking up Pro Bowls.

 

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Las Vegas Raiders: Howie Long

Las Vegas Raiders: Howie Long

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Long’s second profession has dwarfed his first in longevity, but it surely mustn’t obscure the Villanova alum’s run as one of many NFL’s prime defensive linemen. The Raiders landed Long through a lopsided 1980 commerce after they despatched Dave Casper to the Oilers for a first-round pick and two seconds. The flat-topped go rusher delivered in quite a lot of roles throughout the Raiders’ Los Angeles years, dominating exterior in 3-4 appears to be like and inside in 4-3 alignments. Long broke into the Raiders’ beginning lineup for good in 1983, serving to them cruise by means of the playoffs towards a Super Bowl XVIII rout. Long later cruised to the Hall of Fame.

 

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Los Angeles Chargers: Drew Brees

Los Angeles Chargers: Drew Brees

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Rather than take Michael Vick first general in 2001, the Chargers traded all the way down to No. 5 and drafted a first-ballot Hall of Famer (LaDainian Tomlinson), and added a future first-ballot inductee in Round 2. Brees got here to San Diego as the primary pick in that second spherical. Although the Purdue product’s early-career struggles led the Chargers to “draft” Philip Rivers fourth general in 2004, complicating issues at QB, Brees was trending upward earlier than the December 2005 shoulder damage ended his Bolts run. The Bolts solely obtained a compensatory pick for Brees’ 2006 exit, when the Saints made the best free-agent signing in NFL historical past.

 

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Los Angeles Rams: Isaac Bruce

Los Angeles Rams: Isaac Bruce

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Bruce narrowly clips 1983 second-rounder Henry Ellard right here. The Rams moved on from Ellard the identical yr (1994) they drafted Bruce thirty third general out of Memphis State. Ellard anchored the Rams’ Jim Everett groups; Bruce turned the centerpiece of the Kurt Warner squads with that snazzy “Greatest Show on Turf” nickname. Bruce first toiled on unmemorable Rams groups, turning into an elite Pro Bowl snub amid his 1,781-yard 1995 season. But he remained in his prime as Warner broke out. The latest Hall of Fame inductee’s 80-yard Super Bowl game-winner gave the Rams their first Super Bowl title.

 

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Miami Dolphins: Dwight Stephenson

Miami Dolphins: Dwight Stephenson

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Perhaps essentially the most gifted middle ever fell to the No. 48 slot within the 1980 draft, although the Dolphins did make him the primary snapper taken that yr. Stephenson towered over his place for a lot of the Nineteen Eighties, giving Dan Marino’s quick-strike capability a swift path to NFL dominance. A knee damage sustained on a November 1987 Monday evening ended Stephenson’s profession in his eighth season, however he completed his NFL run with 4 straight first-team All-Pro appearances. Stephenson later joined Jim Langer and Larry Little as Dolphins O-linemen within the Hall of Fame.

 

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Minnesota Vikings: Matt Blair

Minnesota Vikings: Matt Blair

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Coming off a Super Bowl VIII look, the Vikings nabbed Blair with the penultimate pick of the 1974 second spherical. While Blair didn’t enter his prime till Minnesota’s run of NFC titles was over, he shined as an outdoor linebacker and kick-blocker properly into the Nineteen Eighties. Blair registered 23 sacks, recovered 20 fumbles, and blocked over 20 kicks or punts as a professional. His most well-known block got here in Super Bowl IX as a rookie, with that play accounting for the Vikes’ lone rating that day. Blair performed 12 seasons, all with the Vikings. 

 

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New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski

New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski

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The pick that turned Gronkowski (No. 42 in 2010) modified palms 3 times, going from the Bears to the Buccaneers to the Raiders to the Patriots. Bill Belichick traded up two spots to amass the 21-year-old pass-catcher out of Arizona. That resolution went an extended technique to the Patriots claiming championships 4-6, with Gronkowski giving Tom Brady an unequalled weapon throughout a lot of the 2010s. Gronk’s 17 landing catches in 2011 stay a good finish document, and he spent the following a number of years submitting a powerful argument as essentially the most dominant tight finish ever. Even the post-WWE Gronk model stays a dependable weapon. 

 

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New Orleans Saints: Rickey Jackson

New Orleans Saints: Rickey Jackson

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The Chargers took an early lead within the 1980 commerce that despatched working again Chuck Muncie to San Diego for a 1981 second-round pick, however the Saints ended up successful by a large margin. New Orleans took Jackson 51st general, and the Pitt product turned one of many best gamers in workforce historical past. The exterior linebacker was the primary participant to spend the majority of his profession with the Saints and make the Hall of Fame. A 13-year Saint, Jackson registered 136 sacks, pressured 40 fumbles, and led the team’s Dome Patrol linebacking corps of the late Nineteen Eighties and early ’90s. That group performed a significant position within the team’s first batch of playoff berths.

 

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New York Giants: Michael Strahan

New York Giants: Michael Strahan

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Playing lengthy sufficient to be a part of three memorable Giants eras — the LT/Phil Simms interval, Jim Fassel’s Super Bowl XXXV group, and the preliminary Eli Manning groups — Strahan started his profession as a second-round pick (fortieth general in 1993) from a small faculty. The Texas Southern alum turned some of the well-known NFLers ever, largely on his post-career success. On the sector, the highly effective defensive finish beat proper tackles frequently on his technique to 141.5 profession sacks (a document 22.5 in 2001). Strahan remained a key performer by means of his age-36 season in 2007, a quite memorable Giants marketing campaign.

 

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New York Jets: Mark Gastineau

New York Jets: Mark Gastineau

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Gastineau, an Arizona State switch, caught the Jets’ eye out of East Central (Oklahoma) in 1979. The Jets took the boisterous defensive finish forty first general; he quickly led the best way to the NFL lastly seeing a significant change in defensive stat-keeping. Gastineau and D-line mate Joe Klecko’s 40.5 mixed sacks in 1981 proved important to the NFL making the sack a full-fledged statistic. This cleared the best way for Gastineau, the highest rusher within the New York Sack Exchange, to carry the acknowledged sack document (22) for almost 20 years. Gastineau performed 10 seasons with the Jets, boosting them to 4 playoff berths within the Nineteen Eighties.

 

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Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Dawkins

Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Dawkins

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The Eagles extracted immense worth from their No. 61 general pick in 1996, seeing Dawkins play 16 seasons and grow to be the chief on the team’s string of NFC title game-qualifying defenses. Philly has made a number of sturdy second-round picks — from Randall Cunningham to Eric Allen to LeSean McCoy to DeSean Jackson — however Dawkins’ 13-season keep and Hall of Fame standing stand out. The hard-hitting defender made performs constantly, racking up 36 pressured fumbles and 26 sacks, and was nonetheless on the Pro Bowl tier throughout his late-30s seasons with the Broncos. He did a lot to safe the Eagles Super Bowl XXXIX entry.

 

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Jack Ham and Jack Lambert

Pittsburgh Steelers: Jack Ham and Jack Lambert

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The Steelers used the second spherical to employees the Steel Curtain’s second stage, drafting Ham thirty fourth general (Penn State) in 1971 and Lambert forty sixth (Kent State) in 1974. The teammates had disparate types, with Ham a well-rounded linebacker who thrived in protection (32 interceptions) and Lambert a tenacious participant excellent for his period. But every was integral to Pittsburgh’s dominance. Ham and Lambert tallied six All-Pro bids apiece, teaming up on all 4 of the Steelers’ Super Bowl-winning squads within the ’70s. Both Jacks had been first-ballot Hall of Famers.

 

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San Francisco 49ers: Roger Craig

San Francisco 49ers: Roger Craig

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This is an instance of each a participant discovering the proper touchdown spot and a coach coaxing extraordinary manufacturing from a second-round fullback. Despite Craig coming from wishbone-centric Nebraska, the place he caught 16 passes, Bill Walsh deployed 1983’s No. 49 general pick as a deadly chess piece out of the backfield. The 49ers landed Craig after buying and selling out of the primary spherical, through the Chargers, choosing up two second-round picks. Craig shined as a receiver as each a fullback and halfback, making 4 Pro Bowls. He scored three TDs in Super Bowl XIX and have become the NFL’s first 1,000-1,000 participant in 1985, which doubled as one of many NFL’s versatility apexes.

 

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Seattle Seahawks: Bobby Wagner

Seattle Seahawks: Bobby Wagner

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The Seahawks managed to seize Wagner regardless of buying and selling down 4 spots, through a Jets transfer for broad receiver Stephen Hill. On a seminal evening for Seattle, which chosen Wagner and Russell Wilson on Day 2 of the 2012 draft, the No. 47 general pick turned his class’ most embellished participant. Wagner took a publicity backseat to the Legion of Boom throughout the Seahawks’ Super Bowl years, however the Utah State alum’s prime has outlasted every LOBer’s. The do-it-all center linebacker has extra first-team All-Pros (six) than any energetic participant and may nonetheless have good years left as a Ram, going into his age-32 season.

 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Alstott

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Alstott

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Bill Belichick’s Browns buying and selling a second-round pick for tight finish Harold Bishop in 1995 geared up the Buccaneers with the No. 35 general selection in ’96. The Rich McKay-Tony Dungy regime, which selected Derrick Brooks and Warren Sapp in its first draft, turned that actual property into Alstott. A participant like Alstott would by no means be chosen that top at this time, however he was a dominant participant for a number of years and one of many Super Bowl-winning Bucs team’s cornerstones. The thunder to Warrick Dunn’s lightning throughout a prolonged partnership, Alstott transcended the fullback place — evidenced by weekly Chris Berman sound results — to grow to be a novel ball-carrier.

 

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Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry

Tennessee Titans: Derrick Henry

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The Titans obtained the Henry pick (No. 45 general) within the Rams’ 2016 trade-up for Jared Goff. After drafting their hopeful franchise quarterback in 2015, the Titans positioned two Heisman winners of their backfield in Henry and Marcus Mariota. The Goff commerce additionally gave the Titans the Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith decisions, however Henry has been the simple standout from the swap. DeMarco Murray held onto the Titans’ beginning job throughout most of Henry’s first two seasons. This oddly benefited the Alabama-developed bulldozer, who was subsequently more energizing for higher Titans groups. The consequence: the NFL’s first back-to-back dashing champion since LaDainian Tomlinson.

 

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Washington: Jon Jansen

Washington: Jon Jansen

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Washington traded up three spots for Jansen in 1999, choosing him thirty seventh general. The ex-Tom Brady protector at Michigan didn’t grow to be a Pro Bowler, however Jansen was one of many 2000s’ best proper tackles, the place most affected by the all-star occasion’s flawed voting system. Jansen teamed with left sort out Chris Samuel to provide Washington one of many NFL’s prime sort out tandems for a lot of the 2000s. The duo guided Clinton Portis to some stable seasons after his 2004 commerce arrival. Jansen was the team’s proper sort out starter by means of 2008.

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