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									C8     THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011                                                                      2011 NFL DRAFT                                                                                              DAILYNEWS.COM

SPOT ON                                                                                                                                                         No. 14                JIM KELLY
                                                                                                                                                                                      QB, Buffalo Bills, 1983, Miami (Fla.)
                                                                                                                                                                The Bills had to wait for Kelly to play out his career with the
>>> THE BEST FIRST-ROUND                                                                                                                                        Houston Gamblers of the USFL. He was worth it, leading Buffalo to
DRAFT SELECTIONS SINCE 1967,                                                                                                                                    four straight AFC championships. Although he didn’t win a Super
FROM NO. 1 TO 32                                                                                                                                                Bowl, he’s an easy pick over Eddie George and Darrelle Revis.
    Drafting in the NFL is a lot like investing on
Wall Street. No matter how extensive the
research, there’s no telling what will happen once
the money is plunked down for a Terry Bradshaw
                                                                                                                                                                No. 15                ALAN PAGE
                                                                                                                                                                                      DE, Minnesota Vikings, 1967, Notre Dame
                                                                                                                                                                Page was the first defensive player voted league MVP, and among
or Lawrence Taylor. Or for a Lawrence Phillips or                                                                                                               the stars of the “Purple People Eaters.” Like Kelly, we’re celebrating
Tony Mandarich.                                                                                                                                                 his role in getting his team to four Super Bowls without punishing
    It never hurts to try learning from history.                                                                                                                him for going 0-for-4. Now a judge on the Minnesota Supreme
    With that in mind, The Associated Press looked                                                                                                              Court, he can appreciate this decision being uncontested.
back at every player taken at each spot in the first
round of the NFL draft since the “common draft”
began in 1967. This pick-by-pick approach
compared all the No. 1s to each other, the No. 2s
                                                                                                                                                                No. 16                JERRY RICE
                                                                                                                                                                                      WR, San Francisco 49ers, 1985, Miss. Valley St.
... all the way to the Nos. 32s.                                                                                                                                Like Payton, he’s the kind of guy who would’ve been an easy pick
    What follows is a subjective list of the best pick                                                                                                          regardless of where he was taken. Any receiving record Rice didn’t
made at each slot, with the reason they were                                                                                                                    set is probably not very important. He could’ve caught touchdown
                                                                                                                                                                passes wearing his three Super Bowl rings. He laps the field over
chosen, and others who were considered. Picks                                                                       Harry Harris Associated Press file photo    Russ Francis and Troy Polamalu.
were based on a player’s entire career. When it           NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle points to the No. 1 overall pick of the 1970
was close, the balance tipped toward the player
                                                          draft, Louisiana Tech’s Terry Bradshaw, selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
who meant the most to the team that drafted him.
    The research yielded some nuggets worth
keeping in mind for this year’s draft.                                      as wise drafting being a big part of the Steelers becoming such a
                                                                                                                                                                No. 17                EMMITT SMITH
                                                                                                                                                                                      RB, Dallas Cowboys, 1990, Florida
                                                                                                                                                                Let’s see, he was the leading rusher in NFL history, led his team to
    The best news is for the Cincinnati Bengals, who pick fourth.           perennial power. Pittsburgh claimed three of the top 11 “best” picks                three Super Bowls in four years, won a regular-season MVP award
History says that’s a juicy spot. Only No. 1 has produced more Hall of      and five of the 32.                                                                 and was a Super Bowl MVP. Yeah, that’s pretty good for a No. 17
Famers. The eighth and 19th spots also have been bountiful, raising            The quality of several college programs jumped out, too. Southern                pick, better than Gene Upshaw and Doug Williams.
hopes for fans of the Tennessee Titans and New York Giants.                 California and Miami (Fla.) put four guys on this list, Syracuse had
                                                                            three and Florida and Ohio State had two.
    Sorry, San Francisco 49ers fans, but history shows seventh is a
spot to avoid. It’s the first pick that features an overwhelming
collection of clunkers. Since ‘67, no Hall of Famer has been drafted at
                                                                               As for the best year, the Class of ‘83 lived up to its hype, putting
                                                                            three guys on this list, more than any other year. The ‘83 crop’s great
                                                                                                                                                                No. 18                ART MONK
                                                                                                                                                                                      WR, Washington Redskins, 1980, Syracuse
                                                                            reputation is primarily for quarterbacks, and this list includes two of             It’s often said that Joe Gibbs won Super Bowls with three different
No. 7, at least not yet. The same can be said of Nos. 12, 22, 24, 25
                                                                            those players and a defensive back.                                                 quarterbacks. Well, all three threw to Monk. He held the record for
and 29-32, although the 29-32 grouping deserves an asterisk because                                                                                             most receptions until Rice came along. The strongest competition
those didn’t become first-rounders until the 1990s.                            Let the debates begin.
                                                                                                                                                                here are both newcomers with potential for greatness, Joe Flacco
    These results also validate several things fans already knew, such      — Jaime Aron, The Associated Press                                                  and Maurkice Pouncey.

                                                                                                                                                                No. 19                MARVIN HARRISON
                                                                                                                                                                                      WR, Indianapolis Colts, 1996, Syracuse
No. 1                  TERRY BRADSHAW
                       QB, Pittsburgh Steelers,
                       1970, Louisiana Tech
                                                                                No. 10                  ROD WOODSON
                                                                                                        DB, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1987, Purdue                   Suddenly, there’s a run on Syracuse receivers. Harrison had the
                                                                                                                                                                luxury of being on the receiving end of Peyton Manning’s passes,
                                                                                Marcus Allen and Jerome Bettis had terrific careers, helping teams
                                                                                                                                                                but he was very good for a very long time, helping the Colts go
John Elway, Troy Aikman and                                                     win Super Bowls. Bettis was probably the better pick because he
                                                                                                                                                                from also-rans to Super Bowl champions. He topped a field that
Peyton Manning were far more                                                    was less of a college standout; Allen, after all, won the Heisman
                                                                                                                                                                included Jack Tatum, Randall McDaniel and Shaun Alexander.
dazzling. Earl Campbell was far                                                 Trophy. Yet Woodson trumps them all. An All-Pro at cornerback,
more feared. Yet teams draft                                                    safety and kick returner, he was voted to the NFL’s all-time team
players they think will help them
win championships. Bradshaw
guided the Steelers to four Super
                                                                                while still playing. He helped the Steelers reach the Super Bowl, then
                                                                                was part of Super Bowl teams for the Raiders and Ravens.                        No. 20 JACK YOUNGBLOODDE, Los Angeles Rams, 1971, Florida
                                                                                                                                                                You try telling him that Steve Atwater or Javon Walker were better.
Bowl titles and was the MVP in
two of those championship games.                                                No. 11                  BEN ROETHLISBERGER
                                                                                                        QB, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2004, Miami (Ohio)
                                                                                                                                                                Youngblood played 201 straight games in his Hall of Fame career,
                                                                                                                                                                and that doesn’t include playing a Super Bowl with a broken leg.
                                                                                Big Ben has guided Pittsburgh to the Super Bowl three times in
No. 2                  LAWRENCE TAYLOR
                       LB, New York Giants, 1981, North Carolina
                                                                                seven seasons, winning twice. He’s the youngest QB to win a Super
                                                                                Bowl and he’s still only 29. Pretty amazing that there are only two             No. 21                LYNN SWANN
                                                                                                                                                                                      WR, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974, USC
He changed the course of his team’s history — Super Bowl titles                 QBs on this list so far, and both were drafted by the Steelers.                 Swann’s specialty was making the big catch in big games, which earned
following the 1986 and 1990 seasons — and changed the way                       Michael Irvin and Dwight Freeney were also considered for this spot.            him this selection over Randy Moss. As great as Moss was in his prime,
outside linebackers are used. Heck, he also led to a change in the                                                                                              he was part of a 15-1 Minnesota team that didn’t reach the Super Bowl
importance of offensive left tackles. All that earns LT this spot over
some other incredible players, such as Randy White, Tony Dorsett
and Eric Dickerson.
                                                                                No. 12                  WARREN SAPP
                                                                                                        DT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 1995, Miami (Fla.)
                                                                                                                                                                and part of a 16-0 New England team that lost the Super Bowl.

                                                                                Voted the top defensive player in college football, he was supposed
                                                                                to be a top-five pick. Then came rumors he’d tested positive for                No. 22 JACK REYNOLDS  LB, Los Angeles Rams, 1970, Tennessee

No. 3                  ANTHONY MUNOZ
                       T, Cincinnati Bengals, 1980, USC
                                                                                cocaine and marijuana, causing him to slip in the draft. The Bucs
                                                                                took the risk and were rewarded with a standout career. Between
                                                                                                                                                                Those Rams sure were good at drafting in the early ‘70s. Along with
                                                                                                                                                                Youngblood, “Hacksaw” helped the Rams get to the Super Bowl.
Barry Sanders was an unbelievable talent, and would’ve been the                 his success and the mediocre careers of all other No. 12 picks, there           Reynolds, however, moved north to San Francisco and won two
NFL’s rushing champion had he not retired early. While he made                  are no runners-up.                                                              Super Bowls. The most noteworthy other selection at this spot also
more people pay attention to the Detroit Lions, he never got them                                                                                               is known by his nickname: “The Refrigerator.” But William Perry
over the top. Munoz was among the greatest blockers in league                                                                                                   wasn’t nearly as good for as long.
history. His best work was in 1981 and ‘88, years his quarterbacks
(Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason) were NFL MVPs and the
                                                                                No. 13                  KELLEN WINSLOW
                                                                                                        TE, San Diego Chargers, 1979, Missouri
Bengals went to the Super Bowl.                                                 Tony Gonzalez also was drafted 13th, and he’s broken all of Winslow’s
                                                                                receiving records at tight end. The pioneer at the position gets the            No. 23 OZZIE NEWSOME  TE, Cleveland Browns, 1978, Alabama
                                                                                nod, though, even over another strong candidate, Franco Harris.                 As GM of the Ravens, Newsome would love finding a bargain like
No. 4                  WALTER PAYTON
                       RB, Chicago Bears, 1975, Jackson State
                                                                                                                                                                himself. He retired with the fourth-most catches in NFL history and
                                                                                                                                                                wound up in the Hall of Fame, making him the obvious pick over
“Sweetness” would be in the discussion of greatest running backs of                                                                                             Ray Guy and Deuce McAllister. (At a weaker draft spot, Guy — a
all time, probably the best of the Super Bowl era. His only Super                                                                                               punter — might’ve been an intriguing choice for this list.)
Bowl was as part of the ‘85 Bears juggernaut, but his overall
dominance makes him an easy choice over fellow Hall of Famers Joe
Greene, Derrick Thomas, John Hannah and Bob Griese.                                                                                                             No. 24 CALVIN HILL    RB, Dallas Cowboys, 1969, Yale
                                                                                                                                                                The Cowboys might have thought their scouting computer hiccuped
No. 5                  DEION SANDERS
                       CB, Atlanta Falcons, 1989, Florida State
                                                                                                                                                                when it claimed an Ivy League running back was one of the best
                                                                                                                                                                players in college football. They took the chance anyway and were
                                                                                                                                                                rewarded with the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Hill tied Jim
Although “Prime Time” won Super Bowls rings with other franchises,
the other guys he’s up against didn’t lead their original teams to                                                                                              Brown’s record for most yards by a rookie and he was second only to
Super Bowl titles either. Thus, his overall talent wins him this spot                                                                                           Gale Sayers in the league that season. He helped Dallas reach the
over Mike Haynes, Junior Seau and LaDainian Tomlinson.                                                                                                          Super Bowl for the first time the next season and win it all the season
                                                                                                                                                                after that. Aaron Rodgers makes for tough competition here, but as a
                                                                                                                                                                top-10 talent who was slipping, he wasn’t the draft-day risk Hill was.

No. 6                  FLOYD LITTLE
                       RB, Denver Broncos, 1967, Syracuse
>Lots of really good players have been taken at this spot, yet few
who jump out as franchise-changers. Little wins out for all that he
                                                                                                                                                                No. 25 SANTONIO HOLMESWR, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2006, Ohio State
                                                                                            George Rose Getty Images             Monica M. Davey Getty Images   Geez, another Steeler. But being a Super Bowl MVP gives him the
meant to the Broncos in their AFL days and then early NFL years.
Others under consideration were John Riggins, James Lofton, Tim                 3 Many consider USC’s                    16 Jerry Rice was recently             credentials to top the other 25th picks, a crop that includes Ted
                                                                                                                                                                Washington and — wait for it — Tim Tebow.
Brown, Walter Jones and Torry Holt.                                             Anthony Munoz, right, the                chosen by NFL Network as
                                                                                best offensive lineman ever.             the best player of all time.

No. 7                  ADRIAN PETERSON
                       RB, Minnesota Vikings, 2007, Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                                                No. 26 RAY LEWIS      LB, Baltimore Ravens, 1996, Miami (Fla.)
                                                                                                                                                                Except for the Colts taking Harrison, it’s hard to imagine what the
The youngster is on his way to becoming the first Hall of Famer                                                                                                 other teams drafting ahead of the Ravens were thinking in ‘96. Lewis
drafted at this spot. The fact the pick is riding on the expectations                                                                                           was a standout player in college who became a two-time NFL
for the rest of his career says something about the rest of the                                                                                                 defensive player of the year and a Super Bowl MVP. That gives him
candidates here. Those also in the conversation include Phil Simms,                                                                                             the nod over Hall of Famer Joe Delamielleure and Dana Stubblefield.
Sterling Sharpe, Bryant Young and Champ Bailey.

No. 8                  RONNIE LOTT
                       DB, San Francisco 49ers, 1981, USC
                                                                                                                                                                No. 27 DAN MARINO     QB, Miami Dolphins, 1983, Pittsburgh
                                                                                                                                                                Perhaps the greatest value among all first-rounders. No, he didn’t
Whether he lined up at cornerback, free safety or strong safety, Lott                                                                                           win a Super Bowl for the Dolphins, but he set virtually every NFL
was among the best at his position. Making the All-Decade Team                                                                                                  passing record. No other 27th pick comes close. Few other
twice puts him among the greatest of any decade. Those four Super                                                                                               first-rounders in any spot do.
Bowls he won with the 49ers make him an easy pick over Larry
Csonka and Mike Munchak.
                                                                                                                                                                No. 28 DARRELL GREEN  DB, Washington Redskins, 1983, Texas A&I

No. 9                  BRUCE MATTHEWS
                       G, Houston Oilers, 1983, USC                                                                                                             The Redskins may have been hoping Marino fell to them in ‘83.
                                                                                                                                                                Regardless, they did darn well, getting a speedy cornerback who was
He retired having played the most games by a position player in NFL                                                                                             among the NFL’s best for many years and part of the reason
                                                                                               Ezra Shaw Getty Images                 Doug Pizac Getty Images
history. And he didn’t just play, he excelled, earning nine All-Pro
selections. No wonder he became the rare offensive lineman                      17 Emmitt Smith finished 20 Jack Youngblood, left,                              Washington won two Super Bowls and played for another title
                                                                                                                                                                during his career. Derrick Brooks is another No. 28 pick who had a
welcomed into the Hall of Fame the first time he went on the ballot.            as the all-time rushing king             helped anchor the Rams’                distinguished career, but not as spectacular as Green’s.
A no-brainer pick over Brian Urlacher.                                          with three Super Bowl titles.            defensive line for 14 years.

                                                                                                                                                                No. 29 NICK MANGOLD   C, New York Jets, 2006, Ohio State
                                                                                                                                                                After a string of Hall of Famers, a mere two-time All-Pro will have
                                                                                                                                                                to suffice now that we’re getting into the spots that are first-round
BEST OF THE REST                                                                                                                                                newcomers. This pick reached top-tier status in 1993, and Mangold
>>> THE BEST PICK FOR THE SECOND THROUGH SEVENTH ROUNDS:                                                                                                        is the best of the bunch by helping the Jets get within a game of the
                                                                                                                                                                last two Super Bowls. Nick Barnett and Michael Jenkins are
SECOND ROUND: JACK LAMBERT                              FIFTH ROUND: MIKE WEBSTER                                                                               next-best contenders.
LB, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974                           C, Pittsburgh Steelers, 1974
The face of the most dominant defense of his
era, the Steel Curtain, Lambert was the
successor to Dick Butkus as the most fearsome
                                                        The anchor of the Steel Curtain teams and a
                                                        nine-time Pro Bowl choice who also played for
                                                        the Chiefs, Webster was rugged, versatile and
                                                                                                                                                                No. 30 REGGIE WAYNE   WR, Indianapolis Colts, 2001, Miami (Fla.)
                                                                                                                                                                Kudos to Peyton Manning for helping put another guy on this list,
defensive player in the game. He won four Super         clever. He was equally adept as a pass protector                                                        even if he’s not on here himself. Wayne went from excelling
Bowls with Pittsburgh and entered the Pro               and run blocker and was especially durable,                                                             alongside Harrison to proving worthy of taking over as the main
Football Hall of Fame in 1990.                          playing in 245 games. Webster was inducted                                                              man, keeping the Colts near the top of the NFL and getting them to
                                                        into the Hall of Fame in 1997.                                                                          another Super Bowl. He beats a solid field that includes teammate
                                                                                                                                                                Joseph Addai, Heath Miller and Keith Bulluck.
QB, San Francisco 49ers, 1979                           SIXTH ROUND: TOM BRADY >>>
The perfect quarterback for Bill Walsh’s West           QB, New England Patriots, 2000
Coast Offense, Montana was as precise as any
passer in NFL history. An unshakable leader who
performed his best in tight situations, he led the
                                                        A backup to start his career, Brady replaced an
                                                        injured Drew Bledsoe early in the 2001 season
                                                        and guided the Patriots to their first of three
                                                                                                                                                                No. 31                NNAMDI ASOMUGHA
                                                                                                                                                                                      S, Oakland Raiders, 2003, California
                                                                                                                                                                Welcome to the party, Raiders. Alas, this great pick is likely to leave
49ers to four championships in nine seasons and         Super Bowl wins in four seasons. Brady has won                                                          the club when free agency begins. They’ve already made the
was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.             two NFL MVP awards and holds several passing                                                            two-time All-Pro, and NFL man of the year for all his off-field good
                                                        marks, including 50 TD passes in 2007. He                                                               deeds, the highest-paid defensive back. Now he’s expected to cash
FOURTH ROUND: STEVE LARGENT                             guided New England to an undefeated 2007                                                                in again. His toughest competition here was Todd Heap.
WR, Houston Oilers, 1976                                record before losing in the Super Bowl.
Largent played only four preseason games with
Houston before being traded to the expansion
Seattle Seahawks for an eighth-round draft pick.
One of the best route runners the game has
                                                        SEVENTH ROUND: SHANNON SHARPE
                                                        TE, Denver Broncos, 1990
                                                        Sharpe won two Super Bowls with Denver and
                                                                                                                                                                No. 32 LOGAN MANKINS  G, New England Patriots, 2005, Fresno State
                                                                                                                                                                The way this powerhouse club has been built, it’s fitting that its only
seen, Largent also had great hands and a                another with Baltimore as a dangerous receiving                                                         appearance on this list is with an interior offensive lineman taken
surpassing knowledge of defenses. He made               threat. When he retired in 2003, he held several                                                        with the final pick of the first round, out of a non-BCS school.
receptions in 177 games, then a record, and had         receiving records for the position. His blocking                                                        Mankins is a two-time All-Pro who protects Tom Brady (a
100 touchdown catches. Largent made the Hall            improved throughout his career, and he made the                                                         sixth-rounder, by the way). Other guys up for this choice were
of Fame in 1995.                                        Hall of Fame this year.                                                                                 Mathias Kiwanuka and Anthony Gonzalez.

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