By Mike Gordan
Decided to make a topic covering this after I was unable to find a topic at hand here on the off-topic forum. Basically, I would like to go explore just who were the very best draft selections in each franchise's history. Of course, when tackling such a subject, I needed to establish a few things:
1. Said players had to have been drafted by and played for their respective franchises. Meaning John Elway with the Denver Broncos or Brett Favre with the Packers are gonna be out of the question, as well as traded, undrafted, or otherwise free agents.
2. They also had to be great players with the very teams they were drafted by.
3. For the record, I'm going to simply limit our selections to players that were playing while statistical records were being kept; if said statistics are difficult to come by, I personally am not going to include them--though I'm sure some of you might find something noteworthy out of players as far back as, say, 1940 perhaps?
4. Existing NFL franchises only. One could make an arguable exception--or perhaps even make the debate--for the Houston Oilers in relation to the Tennessee Titans.
With that, I'm sure we can discuss who the best drafted players in each franchise's history are. Many of them are of course gonna be pretty obvious, though I'm sure we can find some reasonable answers for every team regardless, even if we come to a general agreement on who is easily the best drafted player of a particular franchise (for example, do we need to debate the best drafted player in New England Patriot history?). After all, I'm sure there are still plenty of great players drafted by just about every team in franchise history that we could debate through thick and thin.
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