Picking the best draft pick ever for all 32 NFL teams – ESPN

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NFL Nation reporters pick the top draft pick of all time for every team. There are Hall of Famers galore, including Lawrence Taylor, Dan Marino and Barry Sanders, plus three current quarterbacks.

Click the links after each team to view the full posts, or check out the full thread here.

Arizona Cardinals: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, the third overall pick in 2004, is the best player in franchise history. Read more.

Atlanta Falcons: Although Julio Jones might rewrite the record books someday, the No. 5 pick in the 1989 NFL draft has to go down as the franchise’s top pick ever. Read more.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens’ best draft pick won two Super Bowls and has a nine-foot statue in front of M&T Bank Stadium. Read more.

Buffalo Bills: Buffalo’s best pick of all time actually turned down Buffalo to play in the USFL for two seasons before joining the team in 1986. Read more.

Carolina Panthers: An argument can be made that before the 2015 season, quarterback Cam Newton was the third-best draft pick in Panthers history. Not anymore. Read more.

Chicago Bears: The selection of the No. 4 pick in 1975 laid the foundation for the Bears’ storied Super Bowl XX championship in the 1985 season. Read more.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals’ only Hall of Famer is the franchise’s best draft pick of all time. Read more.

Cleveland Browns: Cleveland’s best draft pick is easy. It’s one of the best running backs to ever play. Read more.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys’ best pick was a mammoth guard from tiny Sonoma State who went on to a Hall of Fame career. Read more.

Denver Broncos: Denver’s best pick was the sixth overall pick in the 1967 draft who carried the nickname of “The Franchise.” Read more.

Detroit Lions: The man who got the franchise closest to the Super Bowl, the No. 3 pick in the 1989 draft, is the best pick in team history. Read more.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers found their best draft pick ever in the 17th round of the 1956 draft. Read more.

Houston Texans: The Texans’ best draft pick has played only five NFL seasons, but he already has back-to-back defensive player of the year awards. Read more.

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts’ best draft pick turned Indiana into a football state and led the team to a Super Bowl title. Read more.

Jacksonville Jaguars: The first draft pick in Jaguars history is still, without question, the best in franchise history. Read more.

Kansas City Chiefs: Linebacker Derrick Thomas wasn’t just a great pass-rusher for the Chiefs. He changed the franchise’s losing culture. Read more.

Los Angeles Rams: Merlin Olsen, the third overall pick in the 1962 NFL draft, was the ultimate Ram, playing 15 seasons for the franchise. Read more.

Miami Dolphins: In 1983, the Dolphins selected a former Pittsburgh quarterback at No. 27 overall and found a franchise centerpiece for the next 17 seasons. Read more.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings’ top draft pick ranks second in NFL history with 156 receiving touchdowns — and they got him with the 21st overall pick in 1998. Read more.

New England Patriots: The Patriots’ best draft pick in team history is also the best late-round draft pick in team history. Read more.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints found a Hall of Fame pass-rusher when they drafted a Pittsburgh outside linebacker with the 51st pick in the 1981 draft. Read more.

New York Giants: The Giants’ best draft pick became the best defensive player in NFL history. Read more.

New York Jets: Any discussion involving great players and great moments in Jets history should begin and end with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1965 AFL draft. Read more.

Oakland Raiders: Punter Ray Guy, a first-round pick in 1973, is the Raiders’ best draft pick … by a leg. Read more.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Defensive tackle Joe Greene, the fourth overall pick in 1969, was the catalyst for the golden era of Steelers football. Read more.

Philadelphia Eagles: In the 1999 draft, Eagles fans wanted Heisman-winning running back Ricky Williams. They ended up with the quarterback who would become the all-time leading passer in team history. Read more.

San Diego Chargers: Selected No. 5 overall in the 1990 draft, this linebacker led the Chargers to their only Super Bowl appearance. Read more.

San Francisco 49ers: Joe Montana playing the most important position in team sports gives him the nod as the 49ers’ best draft pick, over Jerry Rice. Read more.

Seattle Seahawks: Seattle has made several impressive draft picks recently, but the Russell Wilson selection stands out above all others. Read more.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa Bay’s best draft pick is a Hall of Famer who was a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team in the 1990s and 2000s. Read more.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans’ best pick led the team to within a yard of overtime in Super Bowl XXXIV and shared the MVP award in 2003. Read more.

Washington Redskins: Darrell Green played 20 seasons and was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, but he has a hard time topping Sammy Baugh when it comes to being the best Redskins draft pick ever. Read more.

Picking the best draft pick ever for all 32 NFL teams – ESPN

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