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Sapp, Brooks, Lynch All-Time Most Valubable Draft Picks

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NFL.com has released the results of a poll that rated the most valuable draft picks of all time. On Thursday night the NFL will hold the 75th NFL Draft in league history. On Wednesday the 75-51 most valuable picks were released and three Buccaneers were in the rankings. The remaining 50 picks will be released over the next few days leading up to this year’s draft with the top 10 being announced during the draft.

The Bucs selection of defensive tackle Warren Sapp was rated 54th overall. Sapp was the 12th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft out of Miami. The Buccaneers pick of linebacker Derrick Brooks was the 72nd rated selection. The Florida State product Brooks was also a first-round pick in the 1995 draft and was taken with the 28th pick. The 73rd rated pick was Tampa Bay taking Stanford safety John Lynch (82nd overall in 1993).

Below is a list of the rated players from 75-51.

Rank Name Team Year; Round, Pick


51 Darrell Green Washington Redskins 1983; 1, 28
52 Art Monk Washington Redskins 1980; 1; 18
53 Brian Urlacher Chicago Bears 2000; 1; 9
54 Warren Sapp Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1995; 1; 12
55 Thurman Thomas Buffalo Bills 1988; 2; 40
56 Dan Fouts San Diego Chargers 1973; 3; 64
57 Champ Bailey Washington Redskins 1999; 1; 7
58 Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts 2002; 1; 11
59 Jerome Bettis Los Angeles Rams 1993; 1; 10
60 Terrell Davis Denver Broncos 1995; 6; 196
61 Terrell Owens San Francisco 49ers 1996; 3; 89
62 Brian Dawkins Philadelphia Eagles 1996; 2; 61
63 Jared Allen Kansas City Chiefs 2004; 4; 126
64 Darren Sharper Green Bay Packers 1997; 2; 60
65 Mel Blount Pittsburgh Steelers 1970; 3; 53
66 Jack Ham Pittsburgh Steelers 1971; 2; 34
67 Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins 1968; 1; 8
68 Andre Johnson Houston Texans 2003; 1; 3
69 Kellen Winslow San Diego Chargers 1979; 1; 13
70 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers 1958; 3; 36
71 Julius Peppers Carolina Panthers 2002; 1; 2
72. Derrick Brooks Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1995; 1; 28
73 John Lynch Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1993; 3; 82

74 Sammy Baugh Washington Redskins 1937; 1; 6
75 Gene Upshaw Oakland Raiders 1967; 1; 17
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