The Best Draft Classes of Each NFL Team; Modern Draft Era

Tony MeyerAnalyst IApril 19, 2009

The Best Draft Classes of Each NFL Team; Modern Draft Era

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Arizona Cardinals- 1971

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Atlanta Falcons- 1991

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Baltimore Ravens- 1996

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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 10: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the Cincinnati Bengals during their season opening game on September 10, 2007 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 27-20.  (Photo by Ji

Buffalo Bills- 1985

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    15 Nov 1998:  Defensive end Bruce Smith #78 of the Buffalo Bills looks on during the game against the New England Patriots at the Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Patriots 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport

Carolina Panthers- 2001

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    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 12: Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers grabs a warmup pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chicago Bears- 1989

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    27 Sep 1992: Defensive lineman Trace Armstrong of the Chicago Bears (right) rushes the Atlanta Falcons line during a game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears won the game, 41-31.

Cincinnati Bengals- 2001

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    CINCINNATI - DECEMBER 09:  Receiver Chad Johnson #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals reacts after pulling in a reception against the St. Louis Rams during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 9, 2007 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Cincinnati defeated St. Lo

Cleveland Browns- 1978

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Dallas Cowboys- 1989

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Denver Broncos- 2006

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    DENVER - NOVEMBER 02:  Quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Denver Broncos rolls out and looks for a receiver against the Miami Dolphins during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 2, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Dolphins defeated the Broncos

Detroit Lions- 1989

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    20 Sep 1998:  Running back Barry Sanders #20 of the Detroit Lions looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 29-6. Mandatory Credit: Tom Pidgeon  /Allsport

Green Bay Packers- 1990

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    8 Dec 1996:  Safety LeRoy Butler of the Green Bay Packers tackles Denver Broncos quarterback Bill Musgrave during a game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers won the game, 41-6. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport

Houston Texans- 2006

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    EAST RUTHERFORD,NJ - NOVEMBER 5: Mario Williams #90 of the Houston Texans walks on the field during the game against the New York Giants during their game on November 5, 2006 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by: Al Bello/Getty Imag

Indianapolis Colts- 1998

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    PITTSBURGH - NOVEMBER 09:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts readies to pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 9, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Colts won24-20.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Jacksonville Jaguars- 2001

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    JACKSONVILLE - OCTOBER 17:  Defensive tackle Marcus Stroud #99 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is seen on the field during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 17, 2004 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs- 1967

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Miami Dolphins- 1983

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    12 Dec 1999:  Dan Marino #13 of the Miami Dolphins looks on during the game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Dolphins 28-20. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport

Minnesota Vikings- 1998

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New England Patriots- 2003

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    GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  Cornerback Asante Samuel #22 of the New England Patriots celebrates after breaking-up a pass thrown to wide receiver Plaxico Burress #17 of the New York Giants (not pictured) in the third quarter during Super Bowl XLII on Febr

New Orleans Saints, 1993

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New York Giants- 1981

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    12 Nov 1989:  Linebacker Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.  The Rams won the game, 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell  /Allsport

New York Jets- 2000

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Oakland Raiders- 1968

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Philadelphia Eagles- 1986

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    6 SEP 1992:  PHILADELPHIA EAGLES LINEBACKER SETH JOYNER #59 CELEBRATES DURING THE EAGLES 15-13 WIN OVER THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT VETERANS STADIUM IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA.  MANDATORY CREDIT:  JEFF HIXON/ALLSPORT

Pittsburgh Steelers- 1974

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    PITTSBURG - SEPTEMBER 4:  Offensive lineman Mike Webster #52 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Three Rivers Stadium on September 4, 1988 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers won 24-21.  (Photo by Mike Po

San Diego Chargers-2004

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    LONDON - OCTOBER 26:  Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers runs with the ball during the Bridgestone International Series NFL match between San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium on October 26, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by

San Francisco 49ers- 1979

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    9 Jan 1993: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS QUARTERBACK JOE MONTANA SHOWS HINT OF JOY DURING 49ERS 20-13 NFC DIVISIONAL PALYOFF VICTORY OVER THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS AT CANDLESTICK PARK IN SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Seattle Seahawks- 1997

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 17:  Tackle Walter Jones #71 of the Seattle Seahawks gets ready for the snap against the Arizona Cardinals at Qwest Field on September 17, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won 21-10. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

St. Louis Rams- 1983

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    6 Oct 1985: Running back Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams looks on during a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Rams won the game 13-10.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers- 1995

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Tennessee Titans- 1996

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 14:  Eddie George #27 of the Tennessee Titans runs the ball as Izell Reese #43 of the Buffalo Bills tries to catch him in the first half on December 14, 2003 at the Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty

Washington Redskins- 1981

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    LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 29:  Offensive linebacker Russ Grimm #68 of the Washington Redskins sits on the sideline during a game against the Los Angeles Raiders on October 29, 1989 at the Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. The Raiders won 37-24. (P