1997 NFL Draft Re-mix

Jul 3, 2008
Here’s a look back at the 1997 NFL Draft to see who the teams would take if they could do it over knowing what they know today.  This was a lot of fun making.  I hope you enjoy it. 

#1 St. Louis Rams – Orlando Pace
Hard to argue with a Hall of Fame Tackle that helped you to a couple of Super Bowl berths.  Pace has been named All-Pro five times and been a Pro Bowler seven times.

#2 Oakland Raiders – Walter Jones
I was debating between Jones and Jason Taylor for the second pick.  I decided to go with the Hall of Fame Tackle.  Jones is a five-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler.

#3 Seattle Seahawks – Tony Gonzalez
Losing Walter Jones would be tough, but acquiring a talent like Gonzo would soften the blow.  He is the best pass-catching TE in NFL history.  He leads his class in Receptions (820), Receiving Yards (9882), and TDs (66) regardless of position.  He’s and eight-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowler.  

#4 Baltimore Ravens – Jason Taylor
Can you imagine adding Jason Taylor to Baltimore’s defense?  The Dancing with the Stars’ star has been named the Defensive Player of the year, All-Pro three times, and a Pro Bowler six times.  He has 662 Tackles and 117 Sacks in his brilliant career.

#5 Detroit Lions – Priest Holmes
He may not have been drafted originally, but after witnessing his dominance, the Lions would jump at the chance to add the 2002 Player of the Year.  Having Priest Holmes follow up Barry Sanders’ act would ensure the Lions weren’t the bottom feeders they’ve become.  He’s been an All-Pro and a Pro Bowler three times each.  He has 8172 Rushing Yards, 2962 Receiving Yards, and 94 TDs (86 Rushing). 

#6 Seattle Seahawks – Tarik Glenn
While he’s no Walter Jones, Tarik Glenn was a pretty solid Tackler, earning three trips to the Pro Bowl.  He helped guide an offensive line that was among the league leaders in rushing, as well as fewest Sacks allowed.

#7 New York Giants – Tiki Barber
The G-Men will have to take Tiki with the 7th pick (rather than the 36th pick where he actually went) if they want his production in their backfield.  The three-time All-Pro/Pro Bowler ran for 10,449 Yards and 55 TDs, while adding 5.183 Receiving Yards and 12 TDs.

#8 New York Jets – Ronde Barber
It’s only fitting that the Twins go back-to-back.  Ronde has earned five All-Pro and four Pro Bowl nods.  He has 857 Tackles, 21 Sacks, and 33 INTs.

#9 Arizona Cardinals – Trevor Pryce
The Cardinals beef up their defensive front with teeh four-time Pro Bowl DE Trevory Pryce.  He has 379 Tackles and 79 Sacks.  He has recoreded at least 7 Sacks seven times.

#10 New Orleans Saints – Darren Sharper
The Saints bolster their secondary by adding four-time All-Pro/Pro Bowl Safety.  He has 798 Tackles, 7 Sacks, and 53 INTs (which is tops among his class). 

#11 Atlanta Falcons – Derek Smith
The Falcons go with the leading tackler of the class, LB Derek Smith.  He has 1092 Tackles and 13.5 Sacks.  He had at least 90 Tackles in his first nine years in the league.  He’s reached the 100 mark six different times.   

#12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Corey Dillon
Although Warrick Dunn was a great player for Tampa Bay, the turn to the leading rusher of the class in Corey Dillon.  Dillon put together 11,241 Rushing Yards and 82 TDs.  He ran for 1100 yards or better in seven of his first eight seasons.  He has four 1300 Yard seasons to his credit.

#13 Kansas City Chiefs – Peter Boulware
With most of the treasured offensive players plucked from their grasp, Kansas City turns to the class’ Defensive Rookie of the Year.  The one-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowler had 403 Tackles and 70 Sacks.  He racked up at least at least 7 Sacks in each of his first seven seasons (including three double-digit sack seasons).   

#14 Cincinnati Bengals – Warrick Dunn
The beauty of Warrick Dunn is that he’s like the anti-Corey Dillon.  He is considered one of the nicest people to ever strap on a helmet and play pro football.  He’s not a bad player either, earning three Pro Bowl nods while producing 14,190 total yards (10181 Rushing) and 62 TDs (47 Rushing).

#15 Miami Dolphins – Sam Madison
The Fins jump up to take CB Sam Madison (they actually took him with the 44th pick.  The four-time Pro Bowler has 470 Tackles and 37 INTs, which is good for second of his class.

#16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derrick Mason
The Bucs grab the best wideout of the class.  Mason has been an All-Pro once and Pro Bowler twice.  He has the most Receptions (710), Yards (9,024), and TDs (47) of the receivers in the draft.

#17 Washington Redskins – James Farrior
The Redskins go with Pro Bowl LB James Farrior, who has notched 1017 Tackles, 21 Sacks, and 10 INTs.  He has four seasons of 120+ Tackles.

#18 Tennessee Oilers – Mike Vrabel
I was trying to figure out a way that I could keep Vrabel on the Patriots, but knew that would be wrong.  Instead, Tennessee gets the All-Pro.  Vrabel has 600 Tackles, 51 Sacks, and 10 INTs.  He also has 8 career TD receptions.

#19 Indianapolis Colts – Jamie Sharper
Like I said, this wasn’t a great draft for offensive players so the Colts turn to LB Jamie Sharper, who had 882 Tackles and 25.5 Sacks in his career.  He really blossomed for Houston with three straight 130+ Tackle seasons.

#20 Minnesota Vikings – Mike Minter
The Vikes grab Safety Mike Minter who finished his career with 817 Tackles, 11 Sacks, and 17 INTs.  He had at least 79 Tackles in all but two seasons in his career.

#21 Jacksonville Jaguars – Shawn Springs
Springs has been decent, but injuries have kept him from being one of the game’s best.  He’s been to one Pro Bowl.  For his career he has 616 Tackles, 7.5 Sacks, and 31 INTs.

#22 Dallas Cowboys – Jake Plummer
While he wasn’ great, he would help bridge the gap between Troy Aikman and Tony Romo.  The Pro Bowler has 29,253 Passing Yards, 161 TDs (161 INTs), a 57.1% Completion Percentage, and a 74.6 Passer Rating.  He added 17 Rushing TDs.

#23 Buffalo Bills – Antowain Smith
Antowain was decent at times for the Bills (and later for New England).  Smith is fourth in the class with 6881 Rushing Yards and third with 54 Rushing TDs.  He had a pair of 1000 yard seasons.

#24 Pittsburgh Steelers – Marcellus Wiley
The Steelers go with Pro Bowl DE Marcellus Wiley.  He finished his career with 324 Tackles, and 44 Sacks.

#25 Philadelphia Eagles – Ike Hilliard
The Eagles WRs over the years have typically been so bad that Ike Hilliard would be an upgrade.  Ike has 499 Receptions for 5,973 Yards, and 31 TDs. 

#26 San Francisco 49ers – Jake Delhomme
Jim Druckenmiller certainly didn’t pan out for the 49ers.  They would much rather have taken the undrafted Cajun QB.  The Pro Bowler has 14,589 Passing Yards, 100 TDs (64 INTs), 59.7% Completion Percentage, and a 85.2 Passer Rating.

#27 Carolina Panthers – Bertrand Berry
I’m not even going to go into the scumbag the Panthers took with this pick.  Instead I’ll focus on who they would take.  They would grab Pro Bowl DE Bertrand Berry, who has 289 Tackles and 54 Sacks.  He had a pair of double-digit sack seasons in 2003 & 2004.

#28 Denver Broncos – Kenard Lang
He finished his career with them, why not start out with them since Trevor Pryce already got snagged?  He had 455 Tackles and 50 Sacks before hanging ‘em up.

#29 New England Patriots – Al Harris
The Pats add Pro Bowl CB Al Harris to the mix.  He has 395 Tackles and 19 INTs. 

#30 Green Bay Packers – Dexter Coakley
The Pack finish it up with three-time Pro Bowl LB Dexter Coakley.  He had 797 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks, and 13 INTs in his career.  He had 90+ Tackles five times.

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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Chuck
    July 3rd, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

    Nice job. There are probably five or six Hall of Famers from this class. Pace, Jones, Gonzo, Taylor, Priest, Tiki.

  2. LestersLegends
    July 3rd, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Good call. It’s interesting to think if Priest is HOF material.

  3. David Funk
    July 3rd, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    There’s no doubt that the best move made in this draft was by the Chicago Bears. They traded their first round pick to Seattle for Rick Mirer! And what happened? The Bears lost their first seven games of the 1997 season! They had a tough act to follow that up with by selecting Curtis Enis and Cade McNown as their next first round picks in 1998 & 1999! Oh yeah, they traded down to select McNown and blowing a chance to get Champ Bailey! Those years were tough pills to swallow for us Bears fans!

    Needless to say, the draft has been more kind to the Bears in recent years with only a bust here in there(see Cedric Benson).

    Nice job on what could of been.

  4. LestersLegends
    July 3rd, 2008 at 2:29 pm #

    David – Sorry to open up an old wound.

  5. David Funk
    July 3rd, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    LOL! You know I have to throw some sarcasm in there, and it’s all good. The wound has long healed up because of what the Bears have done now. Then again, no one was to know what would eventually happen to them at that point. I have to admit that them trading for Rick Mirer(even at that time) has to be one of the biggest head-scratching sports deals of all-time.

  6. LestersLegends
    July 3rd, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Just a testament to the QB woes they’ve had over the years.

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