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Who's the Best All-TimeDefensive Draft Pick?

Which player was the best use of a defensive draft pick?

Posted by Emil Steiner on April 10, 2009 9:01 AM
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bikesac: It is almost impossible to chose an absolute best defensive draft, but; Jack Youngblood certainly fits in with any of the other picks. And ...

ronn21041: A DEFENDER REDSSKIN FANS HATED TO SEE! FROM THE NYG #56 "LT"....

lloydxmas1: Best defensive draft pick would be Reggie White but he never got drafted. Instead it has to be Lawrence Taylor. Despite all the crack that w...

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tracker2 Author Profile Page :

Two ways to answer this.

First way -- if you took all the defensive players ever drafted, and, as they were perceived on draft day (no benefit of hind sight), put them in a single draft, the player who would go number 1, therefore the best defensive draft pick ever would be Lawrence Taylor, Dan Wilkinson, or Andre Wadsworth. A perfect demonstration of how difficult it can be to draft defensive talent.

Second way -- value and production relative to draft position. In this sense, the best draft pick ever was the Chicago Bears' Richard Dent, with honorable mentions for the undrafted, but ultimately multi-year All-Pro Raiders CB Willie Brown, and last pick of the 1965 1st Round -- Dick Butkus.

tracker2 Author Profile Page :

Also, worth noting Reggie White, who went 4th overall in the 1984 Supplemental draft

bikesac Author Profile Page :

It is almost impossible to chose an absolute best defensive draft, but;
Jack Youngblood certainly fits in with any of the other picks.

And of course, how could anyone forget Dick Butkus, or Ray Nitschke, or Alan Page.
They are all comparable, this is an exercise in futility as no one of them was really any better than the other, each made a difference to the team they played for.

ronn21041 Author Profile Page :

A DEFENDER REDSSKIN FANS HATED TO SEE! FROM THE NYG #56 "LT".

lloydxmas1 Author Profile Page :

Best defensive draft pick would be Reggie White but he never got drafted. Instead it has to be Lawrence Taylor. Despite all the crack that went up that man's nose he is a great big sacking machine ever. Think about how he completely and totally changed the position of Linebacker

 
 
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