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Draftback: 1998 NFL Draft

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I "reviewed" the draft from 20 years ago so might as well do the one from 10 years ago. Like the 1993 draft, this draft featured quarterbacks being selected #1 and #2 overall. Also like that draft the #1 pick (Drew Bledsoe) turned out to be much better than the #2 pick (Rick Mirer) but in 1998 it was by a much larger scale as we would have a future Hall of Famer at #1 and all-time bust at #2.

 

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1. Indianapolis - Peyton Manning, QB, Tennessee

 

My WEST COAST BIAS~ convinced myself that the next guy would be the better quarterback.

 

2. San Diego - Ryan Leaf, QB, Washington State

 

25 Career Games, 48.4% Comp Pct, 50.0 QB Rating, 14 TD, 36 Int, and a handful of public temper tantrums.

 

3. Arizona - Andre Wadsworth, DE, Florida State

 

Knee injuries killed his career barely after it got started.

 

4. Oakland - Charles Woodson, CB, Michigan

 

Outstanding early in his career but nagging injuries slowed him down quite a bit.

 

5. Chicago - Curtis Enis, RB, Penn State

 

Held out, showed up out of shape, and then blew out his knee. Pretty much useless.

 

6. St. Louis - Grant Wistrom, DE, Nebraska

 

Eight year starter but a tad overrated.

 

7. New Orleans - Kyle Turley, T, San Diego State

 

My guess is he'll end up killing someone during the usual, post-NFL lineman depression stage of his life.

 

8. Dallas - Greg Ellis, DE, North Carolina

 

Has had a career resurrection the last couple of years.

 

9. Jacksonville - Fred Tayor, RB, Florida

 

Passed the 10,000 yard rushing mark this past season.

 

10. Baltimore - Duane Starks, CB, Miami

 

Really good his first few years in the league, although probably helped by a great Ravens defense around him, and then flamed out pretty quickly once he left Baltimore.

 

11. Philadelphia - Tra Thomas, T, Florida State

 

Ten year starter and selected to three Pro Bowls.

 

12. Atlanta - Keith Brooking, LB, Georgia Tech

 

Overrated but still has had a pretty good career.

 

13. Cincinnati - Takeo Spikes, LB, Auburn

 

Was one of the best linebackers in the league for a few years.

 

14. Carolina - Jason Peter, DE, Nebraska

 

Check out his Real Sports segment to find out what happened to him.

 

15. Seattle - Anthony Simmons, LB, Clemson

 

Decent for a few years.

 

16. Tennessee - Kevin Dyson, WR, Utah

 

Place in NFL history is cemented due to the Music City Miracle and the final play of Super Bowl XXXV but really nothing special as a player.

 

17. Cincinnati - Brian Simmons, LB, North Carolina

 

Eight year starter.

 

18. New England - Robert Edwards, RB, Georgia

 

Infamously blew out his knee in an NFL flag football game on the beach during Pro Bowl week after his rookie year.

 

19. Green Bay - Vonnie Holliday, DE, North Carolina

 

Another decent UNC defensive player.

 

20. Detroit - Terry Fair, CB, Tennessee

 

Seven interceptions in four years.

 

21. Minnesota - Randy Moss, WR, Marshall

 

His off the field problems dropped him this far. Still pissed he broke Jerry Rice's single season, receiving touchdown record this past year which I thought was near unbreakable.

 

22. New England - Tebucky Jones, S, Syracuse

 

Nothing special.

 

23. Oakland - Mo Collins, G, Florida

 

Five year starter but was pretty terrible.

 

24. N.Y. Giants - Shaun Williams, S, UCLA

 

Just a warm body.

 

25. Jacksonville - Donovin Darius, S, Syracuse

 

Throws a nice lariat.

 

26. Pittsburgh - Alan Faneca, G, LSU

 

Seven time Pro Bowl selection.

 

27. Kansas City - Victor Riley, T, Auburn

 

Was a decent run blocker, terrible pass blocker.

 

28. San Francisco - R.W. McQuarters, CB, Oklahoma State

 

Great name, pretty good punt returner, awful cornerback.

 

29. Miami - John Avery, RB, Mississippi

 

XFL's all-time leading rusher.

 

30. Denver - Marcus Nash, WR, Tennessee

 

Four receptions in 11 career games.

 

 

Other Notable Picks

 

33. Arizona - Corey Chavous, CB, Vanderbilt

35. Chicago - Tony Parrish, S, Washington

38. Dallas - Flozell Adams, T, Michigan State

39. Buffalo - Sam Cowart, LB, Florida State

44. Miami - Patrick Surtain, CB, Southern Miss

46. Tennessee - Samari Rolle, CB, Florida State

48. Washington - Stephen Alexander, TE, Oklahoma

58. San Francisco - Jeremy Newberry, C, California

64. Chicago - Olin Kreutz, C, Washington

65. St. Louis - Leonard Little, DE, Tennessee

72. Philadelphia - Jeremiah Trotter, LB, Stephen F Austin

76. Seattle - Ahman Green, RB, Nebraska

78. Cincinnati - Mike Goff, G, Iowa

91. Denver - Brian Griese, QB, Michigan

92. Pittsburgh - Hines Ward, WR, Georgia

93. Indianapolis - Steve McKinney, C, Texas A&M

111. N.Y. Jets - Jason Fabini, T, Cincinnati

119. San Francisco - Lance Schulters, S, Hofstra

139. Tennessee - Benji Olson, G, Washington

173. Minnesota - Matt Birk, C, Harvard

180. San Francisco - Fred Beasley, FB, Auburn

187. Green Bay - Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Boston College

199. Atlanta - Ephraim Salaam, T, San Diego State

226. Arizona - Pat Tillman, S, Arizona State

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