After being totally infuriated by SI's predictably feeble attempt at the "Top Draft Bargains of the Past 20 Years" -- where Steve Smith somehow trumped our QB (and Shannon Sharpe) -- I decided to make a point by sending in my top ALL-TIME bargains.
I'm posting it here so you can take your best shot -- it won't hurt my feelings. Or better yet, counter with your own top-10, it's totally subjective.
I can hear it now, "Staubach over Montana?, ru retarded?"...welcome to my demented paradigm...but remember, Staubach won the Heisman and went off to war which caused him to drop all the way out of the top-100 -- in my book that would've helped his draft stock (and I'd even take Roger over Joe on an even-value-basis anyway, so there).
#232 Raymond Berry
#186 Deacon Jones
#85 Joe Schmidt
UD: Steve Young
#192 Shannon Sharpe
#181 Willie Davis
#321 Rosey Brown
#204 art Donovan
#103 dante Lavelli
#84 Bobby Mitchell
Marino: 6th QB taken in '83 draft
#182 Rayfield Wright
#125 Mike Webster
#105 Harry Carson
#129 Jackie Smith
#48 Howie Long
#93 Charlie Joiner
#103 Tom Fears
#86 Jackie Slater
#214 Ken Houston
#50 Willie Lanier
#196 Terrell Davis (we now know it's the O-line
, but while he was still a tremendous back he's not a HoFer IMO -- no RB deserves to go to Canton with a shorter career than Sayers).
Somewhere below these guys: Warner, Steve Smith (due to injuries), T.O. (due to
For all the talk about how the draft is "overrated" consider that the Packers/Steelers/Niners/Cowboys/Pats, basically built their "dynasties" in a single draft (or two).
People are going to get fired because of what they decide this weekend -- coaches and GMs -- just not right away. And once in a while a team will hit the jackpot.
Since FA, the rosters turnover so much faster and you have to replinish your team more frequently, so the draft today is WAY more important than it ever was 15 years ago...it's not even close. Most teams will end up being dissapointed, but it's still worth hyping -- but seriously, can we get some people on TV that have a clue?