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Looking back on past NFL Drafts...1996

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Looking back at the NFL Draft...1996
Keyshawn Johnson
Kevin Hardy
Simeon Rice
Jonathan Ogden
Terry Glenn
Willie Anderson
Welcome to the series, "Looking back on past Drafts."  With the 2007 NFL Draft coming very soon, we will look back on drafts of a few years ago.  We will remember how some players became great stars, and we will laugh at the sight of the names of complete busts. (Or cry, if it killed your team) Let's begin.

The Draft Year? 1996.  The previous season featured many changes.  The league added two new franchises, the Panthers and Jaguars.  Also this year, the Rams moved to St. Louis, and the Raiders moved to Oakland, both teams previously in Los Angeles.  Later that year, the Cleveland Browns would also announce a move to become the Baltimore Ravens.  That season, the Cowboys won their 3rd Super Bowl in 4 years, defeating the Steelers.  By season's end, the team with the #1 pick and worst record; the New York Jets.

Top 10

Pick Player Team College POS
1 Keyshawn Johnson Jets USC WR
2 Kevin Hardy Jaguars Illinois LB
3 Simeon Rice Cardinals Illinois DE
4 Jonathan Ogden Ravens UCLA OT
5 Cedric Jones Giants Oklahoma DE
6 Lawrence Phillips Rams Nebraska HB
7 Terry Glenn Patriots Ohio State WR
8 Tim Biakabutuka Panthers Michigan HB
9 Rickey Dudley Raiders Ohio State TE
10 Willie Anderson Bengals Auburn OT

Breaking down the Top 10.

You could say that Keyshawn was a bad pick by the Jets, considering that he only played 4 years for the Jets, although he was productive.  He's been very productive in his career, consistently putting up good numbers.

Hardy had a solid career, although he isn't a hall of famer, he produced solid numbers in a 10 year career.

Simeon Rice has been a fantastic pass rusher at defensive end with 121 career sacks.  His best years weren't his first 5 with the Cardinals, but the last 5-6 years he's spent in Tampa.

Jonathan Ogden has been an absolute beast at tackle, making the Pro Bowl 10 times in 11 seasons.  He's also only missed 10 starts out of 176.  He's likely a lock Hall of Famer.

Cedric Jones was a bust, putting up mediocre numbers in 5 seasons.

Lawrence Phillips was a complete bust.  He had many legal issues, and it helped kill his career.  In 4 years, he had 1453 yards.  To this day, he is facing charges that could land him up to 20 years in jail.

Terry Glenn has had a solid career, but being picked as high as he did, it's disappointing that he never become elite.  His best season arguably was his rookie year.

Injuries ultimately hindered Biakabutika's career, in 6 years, he missed just over half of the games he could have potentially played.  He finished with 2530 yards.

Dudley had 5 decent years in Oakland, but didn't do anything after.  It could be argued that he didn't ever amount to much.

Willie Anderson has been a great tackle for the Bengals for many years, only missing two starts in his entire career.  Being on a bad Bengals team cost him recognition early in his career, however he has made 4 straight Pro Bowls.

Rest of the 1st round

13th pick Walt Harris has been a bit inconsistent in his career, although this past year he had 8 interceptions.  14th pick Eddie George had many great seasons with the Oilers/Titans, finishing with over 10,000 rushing yards.  LB John Mobley had a few solid seasons, but injuries eliminated him a few years.  18th pick WR Eddie Kennison has had a few solid seasons as a WR. 

19th pick WR Marvin Harrison has been one of the NFL's best receivers, and will likely be a Hall of Famer.  He has the 6th most receiving yards, 4th receptions, and 3rd most receiving TD's of all time.

23rd pick C Jeff Hartings had a good career, his best years happening in Pittsburgh.  24th pick WR Eric Moulds has had a solid career and had some very good years in Buffalo.  25th pick OT Jermane Mayberry was a solid tackle in his career.

26th pick LB Ray Lewis has been one of the very best linebackers for the Ravens.  He has had only 2 shy of 1400 tackles, and is a 2 time Defensive player of the year, and a Super Bowl MVP.  Amazing how the Ravens got both of their franchise's best players in this draft.

Other notables.

The 34th, 35th and 36th picks all have been good players.  WR Amani Toomer has been solid, Mike Alsottt has been one of the NFL's best running fullbacks, and Lawyer Milloy has been one of the NFL's top safeties.  Another good WR was taken with the 43rd pick, Muhsin Muhammad.  47th pick Fred Thomas has been a solid CB recently for the Saints.  49th pick Randall Godfrey has been a very good NFL LB.  The last pick of the 2nd round may have been the best, FS Brian Dawkins was selected with it.

The 3rd round had 3 noticeable guys.  Among them, Pats LB Tedy Bruschi, who went with the 86th pick.  C Mike Flanagan, who went 90th, and at pick #89, Everyone's favorite player, Terrell Owens.  I bet ESPN is glad he got picked, since they talk about him 24/7, but that's for another day.

The 4th round featured LB Donnie Edwards, along with HB Stephen Davis, T Jon Runyan, and DB Juran Bolden.   The 5th round had WR Joe Horn, T Fred Miller, G Chris Villarial, LB Zach Thomas, and DT La'Roi Glover.   The 6th round had standout guard Marco Rivera, and then 7th round had LB Carlos Emmons.

Chock full of tons of great players.  Dare I say, "Best Draft class ever?"  That's all, feel free to add your thoughts.

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