Sports activities Illustrated’s Rick Gosselin undertook as robust as a problem as one might soak up regard to the NFL draft. Researching all 86 drafts performed over the course of league historical past, the all-time greatest draft was put collectively.
The purpose was to find out the best pick at each selection. Rolling via the train, six Payments gamers seem on the listing, beginning with the crew’s Corridor of Fame operating again, Thurman Thomas.
Right here’s the complete listing:
40. Thurman Thomas, HB, Buffalo, 1988. (13, 182) Corridor of Fame. All-decade. 1991 NFL MVP. 5 Professional Bowls. Performed in 4 Tremendous Bowls. 1991 NFL Offensive Participant of the Yr. 16,532 profession yards from scrimmage, eleventh all-time.
134. Kyle Williams, DT, Buffalo, 2006. (13, 183) 6 Professional Bowls. Collected a career-high 10 ½ sacks in 2013. 48 ½ profession sacks.
171. Gary Anderson, Ok, Buffalo, 1982. (23, 353) 2-time All-decade. 4 Professional Bowls. 1998 NFL scoring champion with solely excellent season by a kicker in historical past, changing all 35 of his area targets and 59 conversion kicks for 164 factors. 2,434 profession factors, third all-time.
221. Tom Nutten, G, Buffalo, 1995. (8, 78) 1 Tremendous Bowl ring. Within the blocking entrance for Kurt Warner’s MVP season in 1999.
235. Carlton Bailey, ILB, Buffalo, 1983. (10, 142) Performed in 4 Tremendous Bowls. Intercepted a John Elway cross and returned it 11 yards for a landing in a 10-7 victory over the Denver Broncos within the 1992 AFC title sport, propelling the Payments to their second Tremendous Bowl. 632 profession tackles, 10 sacks.
253. Roland Hooks, FB, Buffalo, 1975. (7, 98) Lead blocker in Buffalo for 1,000-yard rushers O.J. Simpson, Terry Miller and Joe Cribbs. 12 profession dashing touchdowns, 96 receptions.
Naturally now we have a little bit of an asterisk right here for one decide. Anderson was drafted by the Payments however by no means performed for the crew after a troublesome preseason. Amongst all Payments draft picks listed, Thomas is the clear-cut greatest.
On the flip aspect, amongst notable omissions, now we have Andre Reed (No. 86 Morten Anderson), Jim Kelly (No. 14 Gino Marchetti), and proper on the prime with the likes of Bruce Smith (No. 1 Peyton Manning).
Along with the Payments’ alternatives, different notable former Payments gamers that seem however had been chosen by different groups: Steve Tasker (No. 226, Houston), Frank Fore (No. 65, 49ers), Terrell Owens (No. 89, 49ers), Karry Facilities (No. 115 Cardinals), Josh Norman (No. 143, Panthers), Bryce Paul (No. 159, Packers), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (No. 250, Rams).