20 for 20: 1993

20 for 20

Editor’s Note:Doug Kyed, our intrepid staff writer, will be doing some extra work for the final twenty days before the 2011 NFL Draft, taking a look at the last twenty NFL Drafts.

Today he looks at the 1993 NFL Draft Class.

This is where the Patriots really entered my radar while I was living 15 miles north of Seattle. The star QB from the in state rivals of my UW Huskies went to New England a pick before my Seahawks could take him. Despite him being significantly better than Rick Mirer and despite him being a WSU Cougar, I always liked Drew. How could you not?

My Top Ten from the 1993 NFL Draft Class:

Drew Bledsoe: Rd. 1 Pick 1 – New England Patriots
Willie Roaf: Rd. 1 Pick 8 – New Orleans Saints
Jerome Bettis: Rd. 1 Pick 10 – Los Angeles Rams
Dana Stubblefield: Rd. 1 Pick 26 – San Francisco 49ers
Michael Strahan: Rd. 2 Pick 40 – New York Giants
Chad Brown: Rd. 2 Pick 44 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Will Shields: Rd. 3 Pick 74 – Kansas City Chiefs
John Lynch: Rd. 3 Pick 82 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lorenzo Neal: Rd. 4 Pick 89 – New Orleans Saints
Mark Brunell: Rd. 5 Pick 118 – Green Bay Packers
Jesse Armstead: Rd. 8 Pick 207 – New York Giants
Blaine Bishop: Rd. 8 Pick 214 – Houston Oilers

Other Significant Players –Garrison Hearst, Marvin Jones, Lincoln Kennedy, Brad Hopkins, Robert Smith, Darrien Gordon, Ray Buchanan, Jason Elam, Ron Stone, Frank Wycheck, Michael McCrary, Brock Marion, Troy Brown, Trent Green, Matt Turk, Mack Strong

My Top Player: Willie Roaf
Consensus Top Player: Jerome Bettis
Hall of Famers: None
Possible Future HOF: Roaf, Bettis, Michael Strahan

Best Value: Bishop and Armstead were both incredible 8th round picks, but as a 5x Pro Bowl selection and 4x All-Pro Armstead takes the cake.

Biggest Bust: Rick Mirer

Best Patriots Pick: This was an incredible draft for the Patriots, but Troy Brown takes the cake as an 8th rounder.

Worst Patriots Pick: Todd Rucci, he was a solid starter for 6 years, but Will Shields was taken 23 picks later.

Best Team Class: It’s between the Patriots (Bledsoe, Chris Slade, Rucci, Vincent Brisby, Corwin Brown, Troy Brown), Saints (Roaf, Irv Smith, Neal, Tyrone Hughes), Giants (Strahan, Greg Bishop, Jessie Armstead) and Steelers (Deon Figures, Brown, Andre Hastings, Kevin Henry, Willie Williams, Jeff Zgonina). Even though they didn’t have the depth some other teams had, I have to go with the Giants here.

Overall Grade: Very solid draft with a few future hall of famers and lots of Pro Bowl and All-Pro appearances. B

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2 Responses to “20 for 20: 1993”

  1. Jared says:

    Bledsoe-Slade & Brown alone makit the Pats head of the class in ’93

  2. TD says:

    I remember the Tuna calling slade a ball in tall grass-lost. Also, went to training camp at Bryant College that year. Tuna yelling, Bledsoe throwing 50 yd bombs effortlessly, WR’s getting laid out by defensive players Tuna brought in from NY. This giant behemoth that kept catching poorly thrown balls all day-Ben Coates.

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