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Draftback: 1993 NFL Draft

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Installment two of my whoever knows how long part series where I give very little insight to past NFL Drafts. The '93 draft had a lot intrigue going as it was your classic draft where the top two picks were expected to be quarterbacks but it was only a question of who the New England Patriots would select, Rick Mirer or Drew Bledsoe, and who the Seattle Seahawks would end up with.

 

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1. New England - Drew Bledsoe, QB, Washington State

Okay so he isn't going to be a Hall of Famer but Bledsoe has put together a pretty good career that just peeked early. At least New England did pick the correct quarterback here.

 

2. Seattle - Rick Mirer, QB, Notre Dame

Boy Bill Walsh really took a hit in the "genius" department when he proclaimed Mirer was the next Joe Montana. He had a decent rookie year but it was all downhill from there.

 

3. Phoenix - Garrison Hearst, RB, Georgia

His first four years in the league were plagued with knee injuries and he was looking like a bust but turned his career around in San Francisco. Ended up with just under 8,000 career rushing yards.

 

4. N.Y. Jets - Marvin Jones, LB, Florida State

Jones was probably the #1 rated player going into the draft. Decent player but never became star everyone projected him to be.

 

5. Cincinnati - John Copeland, DT, Alabama

Just decent.

 

6. Tampa Bay - Eric Curry, DE, Alabama

Bust. Only 12 sacks in his seven year career.

 

7. Chicago - Curtis Conway, WR, USC

Decent career. More than 8,000 yards receiving and over 50 touchdowns is nothing to be ashamed of.

 

8. New Orleans - Willie Roaf, T, Louisiana Tech

Arguably has had the best career of any player from this draft and pretty much a lock for the Hall of Fame.

 

9. Atlanta - Lincoln Kennedy, T, Washington

Forgot he played for the Falcons. Was rated even with Roaf going into the draft, obviously didn't have the career of Roaf but was still a pretty good lineman.

 

10. L.A. Rams - Jerome Bettis, RB, Notre Dame

ESPN killed any love I could have for Bettis and they do that for a lot athletes for me. Anyways good pick for the Rams, too bad for them they didn't hang on to him.

 

11. Denver - Dan Williams, DE, Toledo

Workout wonder who moved up the board but was nothing special. Hey that never happens.

 

12. L.A. Raiders - Patrick Bates, S, Texas A&M

Bust. Lasted only three years, left the Raiders before the 1995 season without notice, lots of off the field problems.

 

13. Houston - Brad Hopkins, T, Illinois

Been a rock at tackle for the Oilers/Titans franchise, good pick.

 

14. Cleveland - Steve Everitt, C, Michigan

Pretty good but only lasted seven years.

 

15. Green Bay - Wayne Simmons, LB, Clemson

Showed flashes of brilliance early in his career but never reached his full potential. Was killed in a car accident a few years ago.

 

16. Indianapolis - Sean Dawkins, WR, California

Made a career out of being a second or third option but not what you want out of a 1st round pick.

 

17. Washington - Tom Carter, CB, Notre Dame

Average at best who cashed in on a big money deal with the Bears in 1997 who waived him two years later.

 

18. Phoenix - Ernest Dye, T, South Carolina

Injury riddled, short career that was spent primarily as a back up.

 

19. Philadelphia - Lester Holmes, G, Jackson State

Nothing special, started for three teams.

 

20. New Orleans - Irv Smith, TE, Notre Dame

I don't know why but I always thought he'd up being good. He wasn't.

 

21. Minnesota - Robert Smith, RB, Ohio State

Like Hearst injuries hampered him early in his career but he turned it around. Not your typical pro football personality as he had his best year in 2000 and then promptly retired.

 

22. San Diego - Darrien Gordon, CB, Stanford

Average corner but an excellent punt returner.

 

23. Pittsburgh - Deon Figures, CB, Colorado

Just another average corner.

 

24. Philadelphia - Leonard Renfro, DT, Colorado

Lasted two years, yup that's a bust.

 

25. Miami - O.J. McDuffie, WR, Penn State

Had a few decent years but lacked the size to become a great NFL wideout.

 

26. San Francisco - Dana Stubblefield, DT, Kansas

Maybe remembered more now for being a big contract bust for the Redskins but was a great pick for the 49ers.

 

27. San Francisco - Todd Kelly, LB, Tennessee

I remember my friends all thinking Kelly was going to be great and that we thought Stubblefield was a bad pick. Probably had to do with Kelly having a much easier name to say. Nothing career.

 

28. Buffalo - Thomas Smith, CB, North Carolina

Solid cover corner.

 

29. Green Bay - George Teague, S, Alabama

Decent player who's best known for being the guy who hit Terrell Owens when he posed on the Dallas Cowboys' star.

 

Other Players of Note

 

37. Cincinnati - Tony McGee, TE, Michigan

40. N.Y. Giants - Michael Strahan, DE, Texas Southern

52. Minnesota - Qadry Ismail, WR, Syracuse

70. Denver - Jason Elam, K, Hawaii

74. Kansas City - Will Shields, G, Nebraska

79. Minnesota - Gilbert Brown, DT, Kansas

82. Tampa Bay - John Lynch, S, Stanford

118. Green Bay - Mark Brunell, QB, Washington

170. Seattle - Michael McCrary, DE, Wake Forest

181. L.A. Raiders - Greg Biekert, LB, Colorado

196. Dallas - Brock Marion, S, Nevada

207. N.Y. Giants - Jesse Armstead, LB, Miami

214. Houston - Blaine Bishop, S, Ball State

219. San Francisco - Elvis Grbac, QB, Michigan

222. San Diego - Trent Green, QB, Indiana

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I enjoy these draftbacks... bring back a lot of memories of when I used to really love the NFL.

 

Keep 'em up, if they're not too much trouble. :)

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