Beyond 1983: A list of the best NFL Drafts in history

Beyond 1983: A list of the best NFL Drafts in history

The 1983 NFL Draft is undoubtedly the best in history, but The Post’s George Willis went deeper to look at other notable drafts:

Former Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi calls this the best draft in NFL history with 12 teams choosing nine Hall of Famers, including Browns RB Jim Brown, Packers RB Paul Hornung, Colts OT Jim Parker, Chiefs QB Len Dawson, and Giants/Jets WR Don Maynard.

The first-overall pick Bubba Smith didn’t make the Hall of Fame, but eight others did: Dolphins QB Bob Griese, Broncos RB Floyd Little, Vikings DT Alan Page, Raiders OG Gene Upshaw, Lions DB Lem Barney, Chiefs LB Willie Lanier, Cowboys OT Rayfield Wright, and Oilers DB Ken Houston.

Barry Sanders while at Oklahoma State.AP

The NFL became a phenomenon in the ’80s and this class had a lot to do with that. Giants LB Lawrence Taylor, 49ers safety Ronnie Lott, Bears LB Mike Singletary, Raiders DE Howie Long, Saints LB Rickey Jackson, and Redskins OL Russ Grimm were all Hall of Famers and game-changers.

It’s hard not to spotlight a class that includes Lions RB Barry Sanders, Chiefs LB Derrick Thomas, Falcons/49ers/Cowboys CB Deion Sanders, and Cowboys QB Troy Aikman, all Hall of Famers. Denver, and later Jets, safety Steve Atwater and Raiders/Cowboys C Steve Wisniewski also had productive careers.

This draft is notable because it cemented the Steelers dynasty. Over 17 rounds, Pittsburgh landed future Hall of Famers in WR Lynn Swann (1st round), LB Jack Lambert (2nd round), WR John Stallworth (4th round) and C Mike Webster (fifth round).

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