- Troy Aikman – Dallas Cowboys
- Terry Bradshaw – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots
- Jim Brown – Cleveland Browns
- Dick Butkus – Chicago Bears
- Brett Favre – Atlanta Falcons
- Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens
- Ronnie Lott – San Francisco 49ers
- Peyton Manning — Indianapolis Colts
- Dan Marino – Miami Dolphins
- Joe Montana – San Francisco 49ers
- Randy Moss – Minnesota Vikings
- Walter Payton – Chicago Bears
- Jerry Rice – San Francisco 49ers
- Barry Sanders – Detroit Lions
- Deion Sanders – Atlanta Falcons
- Mike Singletary – Chicago Bears
- Emmitt Smith – Dallas Cowboys
- Lawrence Taylor – New York Giants
- Rod Woodson – Pittsburgh Steelers
I can’t argue with anyone on the list. Many were league MVPs, so how can you say they aren’t deserving of draft MVP status?
Interesting to note all but Brady (sixth), Favre (second), Montana (third) and Singletary (second) were first-round selections. The early list also includes four current players (five if you believe Favre will come back for another season with the Minnesota Vikings).
Now for Favre and Sanders…
Before you grumble about this skewed inclusion of the Falcons, remember it’s a list of valuable draft picks. For better or worse, Sanders and Farve started their careers in Atlanta before playing with other teams.
He has the second-most kickoff return yards in team history, one of three 100-yard returns for scores and the longest punt return for a score. “Primetime” also had 24 interceptions as a member of the Falcons.
Favre played in just two regular season games in Atlanta, completing four passes (read about his preseason debut in an old “Time Machine” post).
That said, any memories or thoughts to share on Sanders and Favre? Can you argue with their — or any other — placement of the top 20?
The league is ranking the top 75 most valuable draft picks, so it’s not too late to vote for other Falcons, including:
- Steve Bartkowski
- Keith Brooking
- Alge Crumpler
- Bill Fralic
- Claude Humphrey
- Mike Kenn
- R.C. Thielemann
- Jeff Van Note
Who is your most valuable draft pick in that list?