DAILYNEWS.COM 2011 NFL DRAFT THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2011 C9 HIGHS AND LOWS >>> THE BEST AND WORST FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS FOR EACH NFL TEAM: By The Associated Press: AFC NFC ARIZONA CARDINALS Best: WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, 2004 Has gone to four Pro Bowls, becoming youngest Atlanta player to reach 7,000 yards receiving. Helped became Cardinals to first Super Bowl in 2008 season. a ‘Prime Worst: DT Wendell Bryant, Wisconsin, 2002 Olayed in 29 games over three seasons before he Time’ was released after team learned he’d be suspended market for year for substance-abuse violations. when Deion Sanders ATLANTA FALCONS arrived. Best: CB Deion Sanders, Florida State, 1989 Most dynamic player in Falcons history, only Atlanta draft pick to make Hall of Fame (2011). Worst: DE Aundray Bruce, Auburn, 1988 Top overall choice lasted 11 years in league, but made only 42 starts. Hyped as next Lawrence Taylor, but at best was only serviceable. CAROLINA PANTHERS Best: DE Julius Peppers, North Carolina, 2002 Immediately became one of most dominating ends in NFL. Amassed franchise-record 81 sacks. Worst: WR Rae Carruth, Colorado, 1997 NEW YORK GIANTS Had mediocre three seasons until his career abruptly ended with a Thanksgiving arrest in Best: LB Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina, 1981 Donald Miralle Getty Images 1999. Later convicted of conspiracy to commit Became prototype for the modern linebacker. A Peyton Manning turned the Indianapolis Colts from laughingstock to Super Bowl contender. murder of his pregnant girlfriend. 10-time Pro Bowl selection, won two Super Bowls, was NFL MVP in 1986 and three-time Defensive CHICAGO BEARS Player of Year (1981, 1982, 1986). Best: RB Walter Payton, Jackson State, 1975 Worst: RB Rocky Thompson, West Texas St., 1971 BALTIMORE RAVENS JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Retired after 1987 season as NFL’s all-time Played two-plus years, 29 games, 68 carries, 217 Best: T Jonathan Ogden, UCLA, 1996 Best: T Tony Boselli, USC, 1995 yards, one TD. Selected with team’s first pick after move from Franchise’s inaugural draft pick made the Pro leading rusher with 16,726 yards. Helped Bears win the 1985 title. Made the Hall of Fame in 1993. Cleveland, Ogden held down the left tackle spot Bowl in five of first six seasons and was Worst: RB Cedric Benson, Texas, 2005 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES through 2006, was selected to 11 Pro Bowls and three-time All-Pro selection. Injuries shortened his Best: LB-C Chuck Bednarik, Penn, 1949 was star on 2000 Super Bowl champions. career to eight years. Never lived up to hype and was released in June 2008 after his second alcohol-related arrest in a Considered last of the NFL’s great two-way players. Worst: WR Travis Taylor, Florida, 2000 Worst: DE Derrick Harvey, Florida, 2008 He starred at center and linebacker, was a 10-time month. Battled injuries and never became the big-play Jacksonville gave up two third-round picks and a All-Pro and helped the Eagles win two of their wideout Ravens envisioned. fourth-rounder to swap first-round selections with DALLAS COWBOYS three NFL titles. Elected to Hall of Fame in 1967. Baltimore and draft Harvey. Has eight sacks in Best: RB Emmitt Smith, Florida, 1990 Worst: T Kevin Allen, Indiana, 1985 BUFFALO BILLS 47 games. Played one season for the Eagles. Tested positive Leading rusher in NFL history. He helped the Best: DE Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech, 1985 Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles in a four-year for cocaine after reporting to training camp in With some question whether Smith or Ray Childress KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 1986, then charged with sexual assault. span, was the MVP of the 1994 game, and also was worthy of the No. 1 pick, the Bills went with Best: TE Tony Gonzalez, California, 1997 MVP of the 1993 season. He finished with 18,355 Smith, who became the NFL’s sack leader. Chiefs traded up with Houston to take him. yards rushing and 175 total TDs. ST. LOUIS RAMS Worst: LB Tom Cousineau, Ohio State, 1979 Shattered NFL tight end records for receptions, Worst: LB Billy Cannon Jr., Texas A&M, 1984 Best: RB Eric Dickerson, SMU, 1983 Touted linebacker selected first overall who never touchdown catches and yards receiving. Made 10 Son of 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, the younger Rushed for 1,808 yards and 18 TDs his rookie played a game for the Bills due to a contract Pro Bowls. Cannon played eight games, got hurt and never season. In 1984, set an NFL record with 2,105 squabble and better offer from the CFL. Worst: QB Todd Blackledge, Penn State, 1983 played again. yards. Made Hall of Fame in 1999. Spent seven years in NFL before retired to the Worst: RB Lawrence Phillips, Nebraska, 1996 CINCINNATI BENGALS broadcast booth with passer rating of 60.2. DETROIT LIONS Coming off a troubled college career, was a pro Best: T Anthony Munoz, USC, 1980 Best: RB Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, 1989 bust, totaling 1,453 yards in three seasons with Chosen third overall, Munoz ended up in the Hall MIAMI DOLPHINS Hall of Famer was first player to run for 1,000 three teams. of Fame as one of the top offensive linemen ever. Best: QB Dan Marino, Pittsburgh, 1983 yards in each of first 10 seasons and helped Detroit He made 11 Pro Bowls from 1980-92. Became a starter as a rookie, led the Dolphins to win its only playoff game — in 1992 over Dallas — SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS Worst: RB Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State, 1995 the Super Bowl in 1984 and retired after the 1999 since its 1957 NFL title. Retired just before training Best: WR Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley St., 1985 Bengals moved up to take him first overall and season as the most prolific passer in NFL history. camp in 1999 with 15,269 yards rushing. Holds virtually every significant receiving mark, gave him a then-record $7.1 million signing bonus. Inducted into Hall of Fame in 2005. Worst: WR Charles Rogers, Michigan St., 2003 including most career receptions (1,549); yards Tore ACL in his left knee on his third preseason Worst: DE-LB Eric Kumerow, Ohio State, 1988 After scoring twice in his debut, a broken receiving (22,895); total touchdowns (208); and carry, starting a career cut short by injuries. The 16th pick, choice was panned from the start, collarbone ended his rookie season and same combined net yards (23,546). and Kumerow was out of the NFL after three injury set him back in 2004 opener. Detroit cut Worst: QB Jim Druckenmiller, Virginia Tech, 1997 CLEVELAND BROWNS seasons. Rogers entering his fourth season. Niners picked him as heir apparent to Steve Best: RB Jim Brown, Syracuse, 1957 Young. Made one start in two seasons with a Rushed for 12,312 yards and 126 touchdowns NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS GREEN BAY PACKERS 29.2 passer rating. before retiring at the peak of career to pursue Best: G John Hannah, Alabama, 1973 Best: RB Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, 1957 acting. Was three-time Player of the Year and a Hannah, taken fourth overall, was inducted into Won four championships with the Packers, won SEATTLE SEAHAWKS nine-time Pro Bowler. the Hall of Fame in 1991 and voted to the NFL’s scoring title three straight seasons (1959-61), with Best: T Walter Jones, Florida State, 1997 Worst: DE Courtney Brown, Penn State, 2000 75th anniversary team. league-record 176 points in 1960 — which stood An All-Pro selection four times and made nine Injuries doomed the talented, soft-spoken Brown, Worst: DE Kenneth Sims, Texas, 1982 until LaDainian Tomlinson broke it in 2006. Made Pro Bowls. the top overall choice. Missed 33 games in his Plagued by injuries, Sims started all 16 games just Hall of Fame in 1986. Worst: QB Rick Mirer, Notre Dame, 1993 final four seasons with Cleveland after three knee once and played in only 74 games over his eight Worst: OL Tony Mandarich, Michigan St., 1989 Played four seasons in Seattle and went 20-31 surgeries. NFL seasons. Considered one of best offensive line prospects in with 41 TD passes to 56 interceptions. history, lasted only three seasons in Green Bay. DENVER BRONCOS NEW YORK JETS TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Best: S Steve Atwater, Arkansas, 1989 Best: RB Freeman McNeil, UCLA, 1981 MINNESOTA VIKINGS Best: DE Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma, 1976 No, not John Elway, who actually was selected by Third overall pick was a three-time Pro Bowl Best: WR Randy Moss, West Virginia, 1998 Team’s first-ever pick and franchise’s only Hall of Indianapolis and traded to Denver. Atwater was selection and played his entire 12-year NFL career Character concerns, which continued to play out Famer. Selmon-led Bucs rebounded from losing an Eight-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time with the Jets, retiring as their all-time leading during his mostly spectacular 13-year career, led first 26 games in team’s history to reach NFC title Super Bowl champion. rusher. McNeil averaged 4.5 yards a carry and to freakishly talented Moss going 21st. Moss led game in 1979. Worst: DE Jarvis Moss, Florida, 2007 ran for 38 TDs. Vikings to a 15-1 record that season and a painful Worst: DE Eric Curry, Alabama, 1993 Worst: RB Blair Thomas, Penn State, 1990 three points away from Super Bowl. Never played up to expectations. Had 12 sacks in Moss managed just 3½ sacks in 3½ seasons Plagued by injuries and was ineffective when he Worst: DE Dimitrius Underwood, Michigan St., 1999 five seasons with the Bucs. before the Broncos released him. did play, rushing for only 2,009 yards and five Vikings reached for physically gifted but unproven HOUSTON TEXANS player. Underwood didn’t last one day of training WASHINGTON REDSKINS TDs in four seasons. camp, dealing with mental-illness issues. Best: QB Sammy Baugh, TCU, 1937 Best: WR Andre Johnson, Miami, 2003 OAKLAND RAIDERS Greatest player in franchise history, arrived the Five-time Pro Bowl selection and franchise’s NEW ORLEANS SAINTS Best: G Gene Upshaw, Texas A&M-Kingsville, 1967 same year franchise relocated from Boston and all-time top receiver. Became first exclusive guard to make Hall of Best: T William Roaf, Louisiana Tech, 1993 led Redskins to titles in ‘37 and ‘42, Worst: DT Travis Johnson, Florida State, 2005 revolutionizing passing game along the way. Part Fame, winning two of his three Super Bowl Was a franchise-high seven-time Pro Bowl player Underachieved and was plagued by injuries in of the Hall of Fame’s inaugural class in 1963. appearances. with the Saints. Was 2011 finalist for Hall of Fame. four seasons. Started 38 games and had two Worst: PK Russell Erxleben, Texas, 1979. Worst: T Andre Johnson, Penn State, 1996 sacks. Worst: QB JaMarcus Russell, LSU, 2007 Lasted five seasons in New Orleans, where his net Washington traded up to nab him with the Got paid more than $39 million before being cut INDIANAPOLIS COLTS punting average was never higher than 35.2. Was 30th pick, but he was so inept he never even after three seasons. rarely used on field goals. got onto the field. Best: QB Peyton Manning, Tennessee, 1998 Is on pace to break every major career passing PITTSBURGH STEELERS record, turned a beleaguered franchise into a Best: QB Terry Bradshaw, Louisiana Tech, 1970 perennial Super Bowl contender and won the The top overall pick, became the first quarterback 2006 NFL title. to win four Super Bowls, and was the MVP of two Worst: LB Trev Alberts, Nebraska, 1994 of them. Entered Hall of Fame in 1989. Played only three seasons, finishing with four Worst: LB Huey Richardson, Florida, 1991 sacks and one interception. Expected to be next in a long line of dominant Steelers linebackers, but played in only five games. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Best: RB LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 2001 No. 5 overall pick after Chargers traded top pick to Atlanta, which used it on Michael Vick. Tomlinson was 2006 NFL MVP after setting league records with 31 TDs and 186 points. Worst: QB Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1998 No. 2 overall pick after Indianapolis took Peyton Manning. Leaf won only four of 14 starts during his three-year stay. TENNESSEE TITANS Best: RB Earl Campbell, Texas, 1978 Ryan Leaf Then the Houston Oilers, team traded three picks was and tight end Jimmie Giles to Tampa Bay for right thought by to pick him. Earned MVP honors in 1979 and was some to a three-time Offensive Player of the Year. be a better Worst: DB Adam “Pacman” Jones, West Virginia, 2005 quarterback Off-field troubles led to him being suspended in than Peyton April 2007 for the season, and the Titans traded Ken Le Getty Images Manning. him to Dallas in April 2008. Tony Mandarich, right, was expected to be the prototype for future offensive linemen. NFL NOTEBOOK Judge denies league owners’ request to freeze lockout ruling By The Associated Press for a stay pending appeal, expe- The ruling means the league something different alto- Hunter was stabbed in Detroit paperwork in Superior Court The NFL is falling behind in dited or otherwise.” She dis- has no rules in place, shelved gether,” she wrote. and taken to a local hospital in Washington saying that if its court fight with the players missed the NFL’s argument since the collective bargaining “Like any defendant in anyfor treatment. His agent said Haynesworth agrees to plead over the future of the $9 billion that she didn’t have jurisdic- agreement ended on March 11 the wound wasn’t life-threaten- lawsuit, defendants themselves guilty to simple assault they business. tion and that it is facing irrepa- and the NFL’s first work stop- must make a decision about ing. WXYZ-TV in Detroit said would drop the misdemeanor rable harm because of her deci- page since 1987 was imposed how to proceed and accept theHunter was knifed in his left sexual abuse charge. Both The federal judge who lifted sion to end the 45-day lockout. shortly afterward. consequences of their deci- shoulder. ... charges carry the same maxi- the NFL lockout two days ago “In short, the world of ‘chaos’ sion.” Washington defensive line- mum penalty, however, up to dealt another blow to the But Nelson said that needn’t six months in jail and a fine of the NFL claims it has been be the case. Whether that includes freeman Albert Haynesworth alleg- league late Wednesday in Min- thrust into — essentially the edly slid his credit card into the agency or other rules drawn up up to $1,000. ... neapolis, denying its request to ‘free-market’ system this nation “The league may choose to even as the draft gets under bra of a waitress and then Cleveland running back Pey- put her ruling on hold pending otherwise willfully operates act in accordance with its way today was anyone’s guess.touched her breast, according ton Hillis will grace the cover appeals and guaranteeing under — is not compelled by expressed belief that the play- to court papers filed offering of Madden NFL 12, the popular more limbo for the 32 teams, There was no immediate this court’s order,” she wrote. ers remain a union and that Haynesworth a plea deal in the word from the league after Nel- video game, after beating Phila- thousands of players and mil- The judge acknowledged her they have reached a state of sexual abuse case. Haynes- delphia quarterback Michael lions of fans. son’s decision. decision will be appealed to the impasse, or the League may worth’s lawyer, however, said Vick in a vote by fans. Hillis U.S. District Judge Susan 8th U.S. Circuit Court of choose to chart a different the deal was not one he’d take received 66 percent of the 1 mil- Richard Nelson wrote that the Appeals in St. Louis and the course, implementing a version Also ... and that his client would fight lion votes cast to handily NFL “has not met its burden NFL has promised that step. of the 2010 player system, or Denver defensive end Jason the charge. Prosecutors filed defeat Vick in the final.
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