20 for 20: 1994

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 1994 NFL Draft Class.

What a boring draft, huh? The most significant thing that happened in this draft is that the three keys to the greatest show on turf all entered the league this year (Faulk, Bruce, Warner). The 49ers really helped themselves out this year and it helped them immediately by winning a Super Bowl.

Considering the ’94 and ’95 first overall picks didn’t work out so well for the Bengals, imagine if they had taken Faulk first overall in ’94 instead of Wilkinson and Sapp or Kevin Carter first overall in ’95 instead of Ki-Jana Carter.

My Top Ten from the 1994 NFL Draft class:

Marshall Faulk: Rd. 1 Pick 2 – Indianapolis Colts
Bryant Yount: Rd. 1 Pick 7 – San Francisco 49ers
Isaac Bruce: Rd. 2 Pick 33 – St. Louis Rams
Kevin Mawai: Rd. 2 Pick 36 – Seattle Seahawks
Larry Allen: Rd. 2 Pick 46 – Dallas Cowboys
Rodney Harrison: Rd. 5 Pick 145 – San Diego Chargers
Tom Nalen: Rd. 7 Pick 218 – Denver Broncos
Kurt Warner: Undrafted – Green Bay Packers
Tony Richardson: Undrafted – Kansas City Chiefs
Rod Smith: Undrafted – Denver Broncos

Other Significant Players – Willie McGinest, Trent Dilfer, Sam Adams, Aaron Glenn, Todd Steussie, Tim Bowens, Jason Gildon, Dorsey Levens, Lee Woodall, Jamal Anderson, Jeff Garcia

My Top Player: Faulk
Consensus Top Player: Faulk
Hall of Famers: Faulk
Possible Future HOF: Mawai, Allen, Warner

Best Value: Holy undrafted players! It’s Kurt Warner, but you could make a strong case for Harrison, Nalen, Richardson and Smith as well.

Biggest Bust: Heath Shuler or Trev Alberts? I’m tempted to call this a tie, but I’ll go with Shuler. Injuries kept Albert from producing, being a bad quarterback was all that held Shuler back.

Best Patriots Pick: Willie and it’s not even remotely close.

Worst Patriots Pick: Well, it’s either Kevin Lee, who only played 9 career games as a second round pick or Joe Burch who never played an NFL game as a third round pick. I’ll go with Lee. Not the best Patriots draft.

Best Team Class: 49ers (Young, William Floyd, Woodall, Garcia)

Overall Grade: This was a very eh draft overall. If you’re not including undrafteds it becomes even worse. C

In the summer of 1996, I visited Boston for the first time on a family vacation, on either the flight there or back I read an article about Curtis Martin and he immediately became my favorite player in the league. Over the years, he would be replaced by Ty Law and Lawyer Milloy, but Martin was what really first attached me to the team. When my father went back to Boston the next year to interview for a job, my number one priority was asking him to bring me back a Martin jersey. I think I was the only kid in the Seattle area with a Curtis Martin jersey.

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