Thursday, May 9, 2013

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

Top 5 Players Selected #5 in the NFL Draft since 1980
5.  Ricky Williams, RB, New Orleans Saints, 1999
4.  Jamal Lewis, RB, Baltimore Ravens, 2000
3.  Deion Sanders, DB, Atlanta Falcons, 1989
2.  Junior Seau, LB, San Diego Chargers, 1990
1.  LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, San Diego Chargers, 2001

The Chargers aced the #5 pick with both Tomlinson and Seau who land at the top of this list.  Tomlinson is the NFL's #5 all-time leading rusher and #3 in touchdowns.  Seau had more tackles than we can count.  Sanders was the flashiest, but his obsession with baseball kept him from achieving ultimate greatness in football.  Lewis and Williams both hit 10,000 yards rushing, placing both just outside the top 20 all-time.  Lewis gets the slight nod due to his 2,066 yard season.

Worst #5 NFL Draft Picks Since 1980
3.  Curtis Enis, RB, Chicago Bears, 1998 (3 seasons, 36 games, 1,497 yds rushing, 6 total td's)
2.  Trev Alberts, LB, Indianapolis Colts, 1994 (3 seasons, 7 starts, 49 tackles, 4 sacks)
1.  Mike Junkin, LB, Cleveland Browns, 1987 (3 seasons, no stats)

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