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1977 No. 1 Overall Draft Pick to Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ricky Bell, RB - USC 

*I loved watching Bell.  Just a step behind Earl Campbell. 

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Here were some projected stars for the 1977 Draft.

Can you name anybody?  Tony Dorsett on end on the right.  Second row.

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1978 No. 1 Overall Draft Pick to the Houston Oilers

Earl Campbell, RB - Texas

"The Tyler Rose" was great in college, and phenomenal in the NFL.  

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1979 No. 1 Overall Draft Pick to the Buffalo Bills

Tom Cousineau, LB - The Ohio State University

Cousineau did not play for Buffalo.  He got triple the money offered by Buffalo from the Montreal Alouettes.  He played three seasons in Montreal and then ended up playing for Cleveland in 1983.  It seems he liked the bottle a lot. 

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Bills had the #1 pick in 1979 after they traded OJ Simpson to the 49ers after the 1977 season for draft picks. The 49ers finished last overall in 1978. The Bills eventually traded Cousineau to the Browns for more picks. They drafted Jim Kelly with one of them.

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How about this for the 1979 NFL Draft? 

Joe Montana was drafted out of Notre Dame in the Third Round, and Jack Thompson, The Throwin' Samoan, from Washington State was selected by the Bengals with the Third Overall Pick!!! 

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Thompson had a cannon arm and set the record for college passing yardage....I think. I could see where a team could enamored.

Going back to Cousineau, he did like to drink, but he also destroyed his elbow in his last season in Canada, the disastrous 1981 Alouettes season. The owner had thrown around a lot of money for guys, including Vince Ferragamo and the team was atrocious. Anyway, there were a lot of whispers that Cousineau was let go by Cleveland because of a love of penises. So much so, that Art Modell had to publicly deny it. He had led the team in tackles 3 times in 4 years. He ended up as a spot starter/reserve with the 49ers for a couple years.

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The No. 1 Overall Puck for 1980 to the Detroit Lions

Billy Simms, RB - Oklahoma
A guy who could have been speciL if his knees would have held up better. 



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George Rogers, the overall #1 pick in 1981 for the Redskins.  The #2 pick was Lawrence Taylor.  Rogers had a solid career but passing on Taylor?


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The No. 1 Draft Pick for 1981 to the New Orleans Saints

George Rogers, RB - South Carolina

Another big back.  Simms was the odd guy in the mix with the four running backs.

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The No. 1 Pick Overall in 1982 for the New England Patriots. 


Kenneth Sims, DT - Texas

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The No. 1 Overall Draft Pick for 1983 for the Baltimore Colts.


John Elway, QB - Stanford


A very odd and controversial No. 1 selection in 1983 with John Elway as he was not shy in saying that he did not want to play for the Colts.  Elway stated he would pursue playing Major League Baseball instead of playing football for Baltimore.  Elway was eventually traded to the Denver Broncos.  

This was also the year of the "elite quarterback class of 1983".

John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Tony Eason, Todd Blackledge and Ken O'Brien were the first-round quarterbacks in 1983. 









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Papa Voo wrote: The No. 1 Overall Draft Pick for 1983 for the Baltimore Colts.


John Elway, QB - Stanford


A very odd and controversial No. 1 selection in 1983 with John Elway as he was not shy in saying that he did not want to play for the Colts.  Elway stated he would pursue playing Major League Baseball instead of playing football for Baltimore.  Elway was eventually traded to the Denver Broncos.  

This was also the year of the "elite quarterback class of 1983".

John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Tony Eason, Todd Blackledge and Ken O'Brien were the first-round quarterbacks in 1983. 









 

Six Hall of Famers from this draft class. Five from the first round and Richard Dent was an 8th round pick.

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The No. 1 Overall Draft Pick of 1984 for the New England Patriots. 

Irving Fryar, WR - Nebraska 



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Earl Campbell easily my favorite of the bunch

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