Thursday, December 29, 2005

1999 NFL Draft

The rumors that because of salary cap considerations this may be Edgerin James' last season with the Colts made me take a look back on the draft that brought James to Indianapolis. Here were the top 10 picks from that draft:

1 Cleveland Tim Couch QB Kentucky
2 Philadelphia Donovan McNabb QB Syracuse
3 Cincinnati Akili Smith QB Oregon
4 Indianapolis Edgerrin James RB Miami
5 New Orleans Ricky Williams RB Texas
6 St. Louis Torry Holt WR North Carolina State
7 Washington Champ Bailey CB Georgia
8 Arizona David Boston WR Ohio State
9 Detroit Chris Claiborne OLB Southern California
10 Baltimore Chris McAlister CB Arizona

Of the top 10 - only four are still with their original teams (McNabb, James, Holt and McAlister) and three were plain busts (Couch, Smith and Clairborne). Funny to look back at that draft. The fans in Philly booed the choice of McNabb over Ricky Williams and a number of eyebrows were raised when the Colts picked James over Williams as well. How bad do you think the fans in Cleveland wish they could do this draft over?

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