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NFL Draft History: The 10 Most Productive First Rounds Since 1980

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NFL Draft History: The 10 Most Productive First Rounds Since 1980
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Only time determines whether a draft class truly pans out.

When it comes to the total quality, the following 10 first rounds were pure gold.

As NFL fans and draft pundits purse the opening 32 picks of the class of 2011, the possibilities of Cam Newton, Patrick Peterson and A.J. Green becoming elite players and franchise changers will begin a process that—in time—could determine if they will fall into the hallowed class of greatness or a buffet table of flops and misguided assessments.

Of the 10 classes, three stand out as first rounds that helped change the course of NFL history, including one that had six Hall of Famers and at least two other players who could eventually reach Canton.

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