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Drek
01-20-2011, 10:16 AM
Retrospective #1 reached pretty much universal agreement, Urlacher is a borderline HoF player already and no one else from his class really comes close.

So on to the next one:


Sel # Player Position School Team
1 Michael Vick QB Virginia Tech Atlanta Falcons
2 Leonard Davis G Texas Arizona Cardinals
3 Gerard Warren DT Florida Cleveland Browns
4 Justin Smith DE Missouri Cincinnati Bengals
5 LaDainian Tomlinson RB Texas Christian San Diego Chargers
6 Richard Seymour DT Georgia New England Patriots
7 Andre Carter DE California San Francisco 49ers
8 David Terrell WR Michigan Chicago Bears
9 Koren Robinson WR North Carolina State Seattle Seahawks
10 Jamal Reynolds DE Florida State Green Bay Packers
11 Dan Morgan OLB Miami (Fla.) Carolina Panthers
12 Damione Lewis DT Miami (Fla.) St. Louis Rams
13 Marcus Stroud DT Georgia Jacksonville Jaguars
14 Kenyatta Walker T Florida Tampa Bay Buccaneers
15 Rod Gardner WR Clemson Washington Redskins
16 Santana Moss WR Miami (Fla.) New York Jets
17 Steve Hutchinson G Michigan Seattle Seahawks
18 Jeff Backus T Michigan Detroit Lions
19 Casey Hampton NT Texas Pittsburgh Steelers
20 Adam Archuleta SS Arizona State St. Louis Rams
21 Nate Clements CB Ohio State Buffalo Bills
22 Will Allen CB Syracuse New York Giants
23 Deuce McAllister RB Mississippi New Orleans Saints
24 Willie Middlebrooks CB Minnesota Denver Broncos
25 Freddie Mitchell WR UCLA Philadelphia Eagles
26 Jamar Fletcher DB Wisconsin Miami Dolphins
27 Michael Bennett RB Wisconsin Minnesota Vikings
28 Derrick Gibson DB Florida State Oakland Raiders
29 Ryan Pickett DT Ohio State St. Louis Rams
30 Reggie Wayne WR Miami (Fla.) Indianapolis Colts
31 Todd Heap TE Arizona State Baltimore Ravens

Drek
01-20-2011, 10:23 AM
This one gets to be a bit more interesting. Highlights are:

Micheal Vick
LaDainian Tomlinson
Richard Seymour
Marcus Stroud
Steve Hutchinson
Casey Hampton
Reggie Wayne

Hits most position groups with a perennial all-pro.

I'd personally have to go with Hutchinson myself. He was arguably the best guard in the league by about his third or fourth season and is still playing at an all-pro level with no dips or lags in between. Surprisingly durable too. He's the kind of guy no one thinks about but when we look back he's going to be viewed as one of the all time greats at guard, very possibly the best.

OBF1
01-20-2011, 10:28 AM
LT
Hutchinson
Vick
Wayne
Seymour
Duece

And then we get Middlebrooks...the year after O'Neil, Please do not remind me.


On a side note, Drew Breese was taken in the 2nd round this year.

Drek
01-20-2011, 10:31 AM
LT
Hutchinson
Vick
Wayne
Seymour
Duece

And then we get Middlebrooks...the year after O'Neil, Please do not remind me.


On a side note, Drew Breese was taken in the 2nd round this year.

You wouldn't put Hampton over McAlister? Arguably the best NT of the decade, on a perennially dominant D.

Jay3
01-20-2011, 10:36 AM
Heap is a highlight of that draft as well.

Jay3
01-20-2011, 10:41 AM
I give it to L.T. He's the #6 all time leading rusher, a virtual lock to finish as high as #4, and with an Emmitt-like glide-path to retirement, he could surpass Barry Sanders for #3.

Drek
01-20-2011, 10:45 AM
I give it to L.T. He's the #6 all time leading rusher, a virtual lock to finish as high as #4, and with an Emmitt-like glide-path to retirement, he could surpass Barry Sanders for #3.

I could definitely see choosing LT. With his resurgence in New York he's really boosting his stock. That brief dip though is what makes me lean to Hutchinson, who's never really had a dip and has been equally dominant relative to his position as Tomlinson has for RBs.

Zoobie
01-21-2011, 02:40 PM
I would go with Justin Smith. He has been such an underrated guy his whole career, but the cog in his time with the Bengals as well as now with the Niners.

McDman
01-21-2011, 03:07 PM
Shanny was such a sh*t drafter.