1998 NFL Draft Re-mix
#1 Indianapolis Colts – Peyton Manning
I’m not going to bore you with an explanation. You know why this pick sticks.
#2 San Diego Chargers – Randy Moss
They’ll have to figure out somebody to throw the ball to Moss, but the four-time All-Pro/six-time Pro Bowler with 12,193 receiving yards and 124 TDs is too good to pass up. I’ll bet my newborn that they wouldn’t take Ryan Leaf again.
#3 Arizona Cardinals – Alan Faneca
Arizona has been so hideous. Their selection of Andre Wadsworth was no different. If they could do it over they’d grab the five-time All-Pro/seven-time Pro Bowl Guard.
#4 Oakland Raiders – Olin Kreutz
Not that Charles Woodson was bad, but adding a five-time All-Pro/six-time Pro Bowl Center is a no-brainer.
#5 Chicago Bears – Fred Taylor
Curtis Enis was a wasted pick for the Bears. If they could do it over, they would grab Fred Taylor instead. Ahman Green has also been a good back, but Fred has more good years. He made his first Pro Bowl last year, and has amassed 10,715 yards and 61 TDs.
#6 St. Louis Rams – Leonard Little
If they did it all over they would spend their first pick on Little (they got him in the third round pick) instead of Grant Winstrom. Little has 349 tackles and 74 Sacks. He has four double-digit Sack seasons to his credit. While we’re going back in time, maybe we can give him a designated driver that fateful night so he doesn’t kill anybody.
#7 New Orleans Saints – Flozell Adams
Kyle Turley was a decent selection at Tackle, but Flozell (All-Pro, four Pro Bowls) would have been a better one.
#8 Dallas Cowboys – Ahman Green
Let’s give the Cowboys some offensive firepower with the two-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl RB. Ahman has 8,751 rushing yards and 56 TDs to go along with 2,833 receiving yards and 14 TDs.
#9 Jacksonville Jaguars – Keith Brooking
The Jags go with two-time All-Pro/five-time Pro Bowl LB Keith Brooking, who has 1039 tackles, 17 Sacks, and 12 INTs. He’s recorded 100+ tackles in each of the past seven seasons.
#10 Baltimore Ravens – Charles Woodson
The rich get richer by acquiring the three-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl CB. The Heisman winner has 379 tackles and 29 INTs. He’s an upgrade over their original selection of Duane Starks.
#11 Philadelphia Eagles – Tra Thomas
When you select a Tackle that earns two All-Pro nods to go along with three Pro Bowl trips, you stand pat.
#12 Atlanta Falcons – Takeo Spikes
So Keith Brooking doesn’t make it to the Falcons. Instead of cyring in their Corn Flakes they just select the twice All-Pro & Pro Bowl LB Takeo Spikes to fill his shoes. Spikes has 969 tackles, 22.5 Sacks, and 12 INTs. He opened his career with seven straight 100 tackle seasons. OK, the sevent was actually 99, but close enough.
#13 Cincinnati Bengals – Jeremiah Trotter
So Spikes gets swiped under the Bengals nose forcing them to turn to the two-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl Trotter. He has 886 tackles, 12.5 Sacks, and 9 INTs. He reached 100+ tackles six times.
#14 Carolina Panthers – Hines Ward
Carolina would be tickled pink with the three-time All-Pro/four-time Pro Bowl no-nonsense WR. Ward has 8,737 yards and 65 TDs.
#15 Seattle Seahawks – Matt Hasselbeck
To get their franchise QB the Seahwaks will have to pick him here instead of with the 187th pick, which is where they actually got him. Hasselbeck has 22,333 career yards, 142 TDs to 84 INTs, a 60.7 completion percentage, and a 86.2 passer rating. He’s been named an All-Pro once and a Pro Bowler three times.
#16 Tennessee Titans – Patrick Surtain
Tennessee opts to add the two-time All-Pro/three-time Pro Bowl CB Surtain with this pick. He has 536 tackles and 36 INTs.
#17 Cincinnati Bengals – Greg Ellis
They’ve added a top flight LB so why not pair him with a solid DE. The Pro Bowler has 468 tackles and 69 Sacks. He’s had seven or more Sacks six times.
#18 New England Patriots – Matt Birk
In what appears to be a match made in heaven, the two-time All-Pro/six-time Pro Bowl Center out of Harvard goes to the Patriots. He pays a few more dividends than Robert Edwards, although in Edwards’ defense he got hurt during a Pro Bowl sand football game.
#19 Green Bay Packers – Vonnie Holliday
I’ll let the Packers keep their pick. Vonnie has 462 tackles and 51.5 Sacks.
#20 Detroit Lions – Fred Beasley
In a desperate attempt to keep Barry Sanders from retiring the Lions add two-time All-Pro/Pro Bowl FB Beasely to the mix. His numbers aren’t sexy, but he could make life a little easier on one of the best RBs to ever step foot on a football field.
#21 Minnesota Vikings – Jeremy Newberry
This has to be one of the best classes of Centers the NFL has ever seen with Kreutz, Birk and Newberry. The All-Pro/two-time Pro Bowl Newberry obviously doesn’t fill the void that not getting Randy Moss left, but he does make up for missing out on Birk.
#22 New England Patriots – Donovin Darius
Instead of taking the RB turned Safety Tebucky Jones (out of Syracuse), the Pats instead select another Syracuse Safey in Donovin Darius. The hard-hitting S has 635 tackles and 14 INTs.
#23 Oakland Raiders – Kyle Turley
The Raiders go with Turley at Tackle instead of Mo Collins. If ever a player was a perfect fit for Oakland, Turley may be it.
#24 New York Giants – Lance Schulters
The G-Men grab Al-Pro/Pro Bowl Safety Lance Schulters (instead of S Shaun Williams). Schulters has 554 tackles and 19 INTs.
#25 Jacksonville Jaguars – Corey Chavous
With Darius gone the Jags turn to Pro Bowler Corey Chavous. He had 671 tackles and 20 Sacks. There were some quality safeties in this draft.
#26 Pittsburgh Steelers – Samari Rolle
The Steelers get screwed the most losing Faneca and Hines Ward, but adding All-Pro/Pro Bowl CB Samari Rolle helps. Rolle has 416 tackles and 28 INTs.
#27 Kansas City Chiefs – Grant Wistrom
The Chief bolster their pass rush with DE Grant Wistrom. He has 416 tackles and 53 Sacks.
#28 San Francisco 49ers – Duane Starks
R.W. McQuarters was a decent pick, but Starks has perhaps been slightly better. The CB has 356 tackles and 25 INTs.
#29 Miami Dolphins – Michael Pittman
Pittman isn’t a home run, but he’s a heck of an upgrade over John Avery. Pittman has 5307 rushing yards, 3400 receiving yards and 29 combined TDs.
#30 Denver Broncos – Joe Jurevicius
Joe hasn’t been terrific, but after Moss and Hines Ward he’s probably the next best WR in this receiver-starved draft. Joe has 4,119 yards and 29 TDs.