Pro Football’s All-Time Top 50 Draft Picks

Here’s a list of the top 50 Draft Picks in Pro Football history, of course, some may disagree:
We will update every day as we approach the draft.

Number 17 – Jack Lambert

Lambert was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the NFL’s 1970s and 1980s all-decade teams and the NFL’s 75th anniversary team. Lambert was a 1980 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 18 – Deion Sanders

Sanders was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s 1990s all-decade team. He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XXIX-winning team and the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl XXX-winning team. Sanders was a 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 19 – Terry Bradshaw

Bradshaw was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s 1970s all-decade team. He helped guide the Steelers to four Super Bowl wins, and was named MVP in two of those games. Bradshaw was a 1989 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 20 – Mel Blount

Blount was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a member of the NFL’s 1980s all-decade team and a member of the NFL’s 75th anniversary all-time team. He was a four-time Super Bowl winner. Blount was a 1989 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 21 – Randy Moss

Moss was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s 2000s all-decade team. Moss holds the single-season record for touchdown receptions with 23 set in 2007.

Number 22 – Ray Lewis

Lewis was a 13-time Pro Bowl selection. He helped the Ravens win two Super Bowls, and was named MVP of the Super Bowl XXXV win. Lewis is a member of the NFL’s 2000s all-decade team.

Number 23 – Mike Singletary

Singletary was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl XX-winning team. Singletary is a member of the NFL’s 1980s all-decade team, and a 1998 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 24 – Troy Aikman

Aikman was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Cowboys, earning game MVP honors in Super Bowl XXVII. Aikman was a 2006 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 25 – Ray Nitschke

Nitschke was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection. He was a member of five NFL championship-winning teams with the Packers, including winning the first two Super Bowls. Nitschke is a member of the NFL’s 1960s all-decade team and the NFL’s 75th-anniversary team. Nitschke was a 1978 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Number 26 – Joe Greene

Greene was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of four Super Bowl-winning teams with the Steelers in the 1970s. Greene is a member of the NFL’s 1970s all-decade team. Greene was a 1987 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 27 – Richard Dent

Dent was a four-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of the Bears’ Super Bowl XX-winning team and the San Francisco 49ers’ Super Bowl XIX-winning team. Dent was a 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 28 – Ronnie Lott

Lott was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of four Super Bowl-winning teams with the 49ers. Lott was a member of the NFL’s all-decade teams for the 1980s and 1990s. Lott was a 2000 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 29 – Marcus Allen

Allen was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. He was the game MVP in the Raiders’ win in Super Bowl XVIII, and the NFL’s MVP in 1985. He was the first player in NFL history with more than 10,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards receiving in career. Allen was a 2003 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 30 – Shannon Sharpe

Sharpe was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of three Super Bowl-winning teams, two with the Broncos and once with the Baltimore Ravens. At time of retirement, Sharpe was NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving TDs (62) by a tight end. Sharpe was a 2011 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 31 – Raymond Berry

Berry was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. Berry won back-to-back titles with the Colts in 1958 and 1959. The ’58 title was epic, dubbed the “Greatest Game Ever Played.” In that game, Berry had 12 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. Berry finished his career with an NFL record 631 catches for 9,275 yards and 68 TDs. Berry was a 1973 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 32 – Drew Brees

Brees is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection. Brees was the MVP in the New Orleans Saints’ win in Super Bowl XLIV. In 2011, Brees set an NFL record with 5,476 yards passing (since broken by Peyton Manning by 1 yard).

Number 33 – Eric Dickerson 

Dickerson was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. Set a rookie rushing yardage record (1,808) in 1983 and rushed for NFL-record 2,105 yards in 1984. Dickerson was a 1999 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 34 – Art Shell

Shell was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of two Super Bowl-winning Raiders teams (Super Bowl XI and Super Bowl XV). He is a member of the NFL’s 1970s all-decade team. Shell was a 1989 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 35 – Joe Namath

Four-time AFL All-Star selection and one-time Pro Bowl selection. Directed one of greatest upsets in pro football history when Jets beat the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Namath was a 1985 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Number 36 – Dan Fouts

Fouts was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1982 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Directed “Air Coryell,” one of the most explosive offenses in league history. Fouts was a 1993 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 37 –Fran Tarkenton

Tarkenton was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and the 1975 NFL MVP. He helped lead the Vikings to three Super Bowl appearances. At time of retirement, Tarkenton held career passing yardage and touchdown records. Tarkenton was a 1986 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 38 – Andre Reed

Reed was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of the Bills when the team advanced to an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowls. Reed was a 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 39 – Jack Ham

Ham was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a member of the NFL’s 1970s All-Decade Team. Ham was a member of four Steelers teams that won the Super Bowl during that decade. Ham was a 1988 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 40 – Johnny Unitas

Unitas was a 10-time Pro Bowl selection, and a three-time NFL MVP. Led dramatic Colts win in what has been dubbed as “Greatest Game Ever Played.” Unitas was a 1979 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 41 – Howie Long

Long was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. He recorded a career-high 13 sacks in 1983 when he helped lead the Los Angeles Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XVIII. Long was a 2000 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 42 – Sam Huff

Huff was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of the Giants team that won the 1956 NFL championship, and a member of the NFL’s 1950s All-Decade Team. Huff was a 1982 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 43 – Earl Campbell

Campbell was a five-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time NFL rushing champion and 1979 NFL MVP. Campbell was a 1991 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 44 – Larry Allen

Allen was an 11-time Pro Bowler, and a member of the 1990s and 2000s NFL All-Decade Teams. He was on the Cowboys’ Super Bowl XXX-winning team, and a 2013 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 45 – Michael Strahan

Strahan was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. He was a member of the Giants team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXV and part of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XLII, one of the greatest upsets in league history. Strahan was a 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 46 – Terrell Davis

Davis was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He was named MVP of the Broncos’ win in Super Bowl XXXII. En route to leading the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl XXXIII, Davis rushed for 2,008 yards, earning him league MVP honors. Injuries cut short Davis’ career, but he rushed for 7,607 yards in his seven NFL seasons.

Number 47 – Bruce Smith

Smith was an 11-time Pro Bowl selection and is the NFL’s all-time sacks leader with 200 (he’d record 10 or more sacks in an NFL-record 13 seasons). He was a vital part of the Bills teams that advanced to four consecutive Super Bowls, and a member of both the 1980s and 1990s NFL All-Decade Teams. Smith was a 2009 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 48 – Jack Youngblood

Youngblood was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and played in a team-record 201 consecutive games. He famously played on a fractured left fibula during the 1979 playoffs, helping lead the Los Angeles Rams to their only Super Bowl appearance. Youngblood was a 2001 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 49 – Jim Kelly

Kelly was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Kelly engineered the team’s “K-Gun” no-huddle offense, which Buffalo rode to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances. Kelly was a 2002 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Number 50 – Ed Reed

In all, Reed played 174 career games and amassed a total of 643 tackles (531 solo), intercepted 64 passes which he returned for 1,590 yards and 7 touchdowns, recorded 6 sacks, and made 13 fumble recoveries.

A nine-time Pro Bowler, Reed was named All-Pro six times and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2004. Reed was also named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 2000s.