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The 1996 NFL Draft Reordered

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Keyshawn 560x333June is a pretty good sports month because we get the Stanley Cup and NBA Finals. In the NCAA, both softball and baseball is in the post-season too. However, for the football fans out there, May, June, and July can be miserable. There is simply nothing to do besides watch ESPN discuss Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, all-day, everyday. Seriously, enough is enough. Find something else to report and move on. Please. No one cares about Tom Brady getting suspended for four games anymore. The news is old and 95% of NFL fans have moved on.

Since we hate watching boring reports on the scandals of the NFL, we decided to open up the NFL vault and head back to the 1996 NFL draft and try it ourselves. It’s kinda like Chad Ford going back and altering old Mock Drafts, but way less shady. Can you imagine what the top picks of the draft would have been if General Managers could see the future and know exactly what they were drafting?

To our knowledge, every player drafted in 1996 is now retired, so we have the benefit of complete hindsight on their careers. Although there is one guy still in the league who went undrafted, Adam Vinatieri. He’s a kicker though, and regardless of how good he has been in his long career, you should never draft a kicker in the 1st round unless you are Al Davis. So we’ll just go ahead and begin with the 1st pick of the 1996 draft…

1. Jets – Ray Lewis, LB, Miami

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1996 Original Draft Slot: Round 1, 26th Overall

1996 Original Pick: Keyshawn Johnson, WR, USC

All-Pro Selections: 10 (First Team – 7, Second Team – 3)

Pro Bowls: 13

NFL Defensive Player of the Year: 2 (2000, 2003)

Super Bowls: 2 (XXXV, XLVII)

Super Bowl MVP: 1 (XXXV)

Sacks: 41.5

Interceptions: 31

2. Jaguars – Jonathan Ogden, OT, UCLA

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1996 Original Draft Slot: Round 1, 4th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Kevin Hardy, LB, Illinois

All-Pro Selections: 9 (First Team – 5, Second Team – 4)

Pro Bowls: 11

Super Bowls: 1

Pro Football Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2013

3. Cardinals – Simeon Rice, DE, Illinois

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 3rd Overall

1996 Original Pick – Simeon Rice, DE, Illinois

All-Pro Selections: 4

Pro Bowls: 3

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: 1 (1996)

Super Bowl: 1 (XXXVII)

Sacks: 122 (17th All-Time)

Forced Fumbles: 25

4. Ravens – Brian Dawkins, DB, Clemson

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 2, 61st Overall

1996 Original Pick -Jonathan Ogden, OT, UCLA

All-Pro Selections: 6

Pro Bowls: 9

Retired Jersey: Philadelphia Eagles retired his #20 jersey

Interceptions: 37

Sacks: 26

5. Giants – Zach Thomas, LB, Texas Tech

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 5, 154th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Cedric Jones, DE, Oklahoma

All-Pro Selections: 7 (First Team – 5, Second Team – 2)

Pro Bowls: 7

Sacks: 20.5

Interceptions: 17

6. Rams – Terrell Owens, WR, UTC

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 3, 89th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Lawrence Phillips, RB, Nebraska

All-Pro Selections: 6 (First Team – 5, Second Team – 1)

Pro Bowls: 6

NFL Records: 14

Receiving Yards: 15,934 (2nd All-Time)

Receiving Touchdowns: 153 (3rd All-Time)

7. Patriots – Marvin Harrison, WR, Syracuse

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 19th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Terry Glenn, WR, Ohio State

All-Pro Selections: 8 (First Team – 3, Second Team – 5)

Pro Bowls: 8

Super Bowls: 1 (XLI)

NFL Records: 47

Receiving Yards: 14,580 (7th All-Time)

Receiving Touchdowns: 128 (5th All-Time)

8. Panthers – La’Roi Glover, DT, SDSU

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 5, 166th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Tim Biakabutuka, RB, Michigan

All-Pro Selections: 4

Pro Bowls: 6

NFC Defensive Player of the Year: 1 (2000)

Sacks: 83.5

9. Raiders – Willie Anderson, OT, Auburn

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 10th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Rickey Dudley, TE, Ohio State

All-Pro Selections: 3

Pro Bowls: 4

10. Bengals – Donnie Edwards, LB, UCLA

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 4, 98th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Willie Anderson, OT, Auburn

All-Pro Selections: 2

Pro Bowls: 1

Sacks: 23.5

Interceptions: 28

11. Saints – Keyshawn Johnson, WR, USC

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 1st Overall

1996 Original Pick – Alex Molden, DB, Oregon

Pro Bowls: 3

Super Bowls: 1 (XXXVII)

Receiving Yards: 10,571 (34th All-Time)

Receiving Touchdowns: 64 (58th All-Time)

12. Buccaneers – Jon Runyan, OT, Michigan

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 4, 109th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Regan Upshaw, DE, California

All-Pro Selections: 1

Pro Bowls: 1

Fun Fact: Member of the House of Representatives since 2010

13. Bears – Eddie George, RB, Ohio State

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 14th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Walt Harris, DB, Mississippi State

All-Pro Selections: 2 (First Team – 1, Second Team – 1)

Pro Bowls: 4

NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year: 1 (1996)

Rushing Yards: 10,441 (26th All-Time)

Rushing Touchdowns: 68 (32nd All-Time)

14. Oilers – Lawyer Milloy, DB, Washington

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 2, 36th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Eddie George, RB, Ohio State

All-Pro Selections: 3

Pro Bowls: 4

Super Bowl: 1 (XXXVI)

Tackles: 1,431

Interceptions: 25

Sacks: 21

15. Broncos – Eric Moulds, WR, Mississippi St

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 24th Overall

1996 Original Pick – John Mobley, LB, Kutztown Pennsylvania

All-Pro Selections: 3

Pro Bowls: 3

Receiving Yards: 9,995

Receiving Touchdowns: 49

16. Vikings – Jeff Hartings, C, Penn State

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 23rd Overall

1996 Original Pick – Duane Clemons, DE, California

All-Pro Selections: 2

Pro Bowls: 2

Super Bowl: 1 (XL)

17. Lions – Tedy Brushci, LB, Arizona

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 3, 86th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Reggie Brown, LB, Texas A&M

All-Pro Selections: 2

Pro Bowls: 1

Super Bowls: 3 (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)

AFC Champion: 5 (1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007)

Ed Block Courage Award: 2

Sacks: 30.5

Interceptions: 12

18. Rams – Marco Rivera, OG, Penn State

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 6, 208th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Eddie Kennison, WR, LSU

All-Pro Selections: 2

Pro Bowls: 3

Super Bowls: 1 (XXXI)

Ed Block Courage Award: 1 (2004)

19. Colts – Randall Godfrey, LB, Georgia

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 2, 49th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Marvin Harrison, WR, Syracuse

All-Pro Selections: 1 (Second Team)

Sacks: 17

20. Dolphins – Eddie Kennison, WR, LSU

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 18th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Daryl Gardner, DT, Baylor

Receptions: 548

Receiving Yards: 8,345

Receiving Touchdowns: 42

21. Seahawks – Phillip Daniels, DE, Georgia

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 4, 99th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Pete Kendall, OG, Boston College

Tackles: 512

Sacks: 62

Pass Deflections: 51

Forced Fumbles: 15

22. Buccaneers – Pete Kendall, OG, BC

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 21st Overall

1996 Original Pick – Marcus Jones, DE, North Carolina

23. Lions – Joe Horn, WR, Itawamba JC

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 5, 135th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Jeff Hartings, C, Penn State

Pro Bowls: 4

Receptions: 603

Receiving Yards: 8,744

Receiving Touchdowns: 58

Fun Fact: Elected to New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame

24. Bills – Carlos Emmons, LB, Arkansas St.

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 7, 242nd Overall

1996 Original Pick – Eric Moulds, WR, Mississippi State

Games Started: 117

Tackles: 479

Sacks: 19

Pass Deflections: 16

Interceptions: 5

25. Eagles – Fred Miller, OT, Baylor

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 5, 141st Overall

1996 Original Pick – Jermane Mayberry, OG, Texas A&M-Kingsville

Super Bowls: 1 (XXXIV)

26. Ravens – Kevin Hardy, LB, Illinois

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 2nd Overall

1996 Original Pick – Ray Lewis, LB, Miami

All-Pro Selections: 1

Pro Bowl: 1

Tackles: 741

Sacks: 36

Interceptions: 5

Forced Fumbles: 9

27. Packers – Walt Harris, DB, Mississippi St.

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 1, 13th Overall

1996 Original Pick – John Michels, OT, USC

All-Pro Selections: 1

Pro Bowls: 1

All-Rookie Team : 1996

Interceptions: 35

Sacks: 3

28. Chiefs – Tony Banks, QB, Michigan St.

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 2, 42nd Overall

1996 Original Pick – Jerome Woods, DB, Memphis

Super Bowls: 1 (XXXV)

Pass Completions: 1,278

Passing Yards: 15,315

Passing Touchdowns: 77

29. Steelers – Stephen Davis, RB, Auburn

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 4, 102nd Overall

1996 Original Pick – Jamain Stephens, OT, North Carolina A&T

All-Pro Selections: 1

Pro Bowls: 3

Rushing Yards: 8,052

Rushing Touchdowns: 65

30. Redskins – Tory James, DB, LSU

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1996 Draft Selection: Round 2, 44th Overall

1996 Original Pick – Andre Johnson, OT, Penn State

Super Bowls: 1 (XXXIII)

Pro Bowl: 1

AFC Champion: 2

Tackles: 402

Interceptions: 39

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