Wednesday, May 8, 2013

NFL Draft - Top 5 Players Selected #3 Since 1980 (plus the worst three #3's ever)

Top 5 Players Selected #3 in the NFL Draft since 1980
5.  Joe Thomas, OT, Cleveland Browns, 2007
4.  Steve McNair, QB, Houston Olilers, 1995
3.  Cortez Kennedy, DT, Seattle Seahawks, 1990
2.  Anthony Munoz, OT, Cincinnati Bengals, 1980
1.  Barry Sanders, RB, Detroit Lions, 1989

This pick could be considered the "Michael Jordan" of picks as Barry Sanders is to Michael Jordan as Tony Mandarich is to Sam Bowie.  Munoz is arguably the best offensive lineman of my time and Thomas is today's Munoz.  Kennedy had a sneaky-good Hall-of-Fame career that garners him #3.  Finally, the late Steve McNair never won the big game, but has a long, successful career worthy of a #3 pick.  The first omissions are a couple of wide receivers taken in consecutive years, Andre Johnson in 2003 and Larry Fitzgerlad in 2004.  Health and consistency issues have plagued these two and that is why I went with Thomas.

Worst #3 NFL Draft Picks Since 1980
3.  Heath Shuler, QB, Washington Redskins, 1994  (29 games, 3,691 yds, 15 TD, 33 Int)
2.  Andre Wadsworth, DE, Arizona Cardinals, 1998  (3 seasons, 36 games, 8 sacks)
1.  Akili Smith, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, 1999  (22 games, 2,212 yards, 5 TD, 13 Int)

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