Sunday, May 12, 2013

NFL Draft - Top 5 Players Selected #8 Since 1980 (plus the worst three #8's)

Top 5 Players Selected #8 in the NFL Draft since 1980
5.  James Farrior, LB, New York Jets, 1997
4.  Leslie O'Neal, DE, San Diego Chargers, 1986
3.  Mike Munchak, OG, Houston Oilers, 1982
2.  Willie Roaf, OT, New Orleans Saints, 1993
1.  Ronnie Lott, DB, San Francisco 49ers, 1981

Ronnie Lott outdistances a pair of Hall-of-Fame offensive lineman as the best #8 pick I have seen.  Not many safeties have hot harder and done it with Lott's level of professionalism and success.  Roaf is on the list of OT's who have been as good as it gets at that position, with Munoz, Pace, Ogden and Joe Thomas coming to mind.  Munchak would be the same at guard, solidifying an Oiler offensive line with Bruce Matthews for years in Houston.  O'Neal racked up 132.5 sacks in a solid 13 year career.  The last choice was more difficult, but I went with Farrior over a pair of Seahawk draft picks.  Farrior has a couple of outstanding seasons with the Steelers, while Sam Adams was solid but lacked the great seasons and Joey Galloway never seemed to reach his potential.

Worst #8 NFL Draft Picks Since 1980
3.  Jamaal Anderson, DE, Atlanta Falcons, 2007 (6 seasons, 7.5 sacks, 3 different teams)
2.  David Terrell, WR, Chicago Bears, 2001 (5 seasons, 29 starts, 128 receptions, 1,602 yds, 9 TD)
1.  Leonard Coleman, DB, Baltimore Colts, 1984 (5 seasons, 16 starts, 6 interceptions)

No epic failures at this pick, but don't rule out Jake Locker being on this list someday.

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