22 of the Most Shocking First-Round NFL Draft Selections

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22 of the Most Shocking First-Round NFL Draft Selections
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The title of this article could have read many things. The NFL draft dates back to 1936, and over the years, there have been some highly-debated draft picks by NFL teams. The one that I will always remember being controversial was the Oakland Raiders selection of Ohio Bobcat safety Mike Mitchell. In 2009, Al Davis picked Mitchell with the 47th draft selection overall. 

I had NFL scout friends calling me saying they did not even have Mitchell on their draft boards. I remember thinking “that pick could cost some scouts their jobs.” It is a scout’s job to have a report on every player drafted, and I know that by drafting Mitchell, the Raiders sent a shock wave through the NFL community.

With the history of the NFL being as complex and in-depth that it is, I have decided to focus my attention to the past 15 years of the NFL draft. I am also staying with selections taken in the first round.

When NFL general managers and owners select these players, at the time, they all believe they have a future NFL Hall of Fame. Some of these picks are shocking due to when they were selected, while others just did not make a lot of sense.

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