Seven days to the Draft: Year of the LB
In 1981, two great linebackers entered the NFL
ESPN Stats & Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967 to 2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers -- regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them. Insider will count down each team's best draft class (seeded 1 through 32), then conduct a tournament to determine the best class of all time.
One draft may never produce a better duo of defenders. In 1981, the New York Giants drafted North Carolina's Lawrence Taylor with the second overall pick. Thirty-six picks later, the Chicago Bears drafted Baylor's Mike Singletary. Here's how good they were: Using ESPN Stats & Information's points system, Taylor and Singletary combine for more points (188) than any other draft class, including the entire 1974 linebacker class (150), which includes Jack Lambert, Randy Gradishar and Matt Blair.
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ESPN Stats & Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967-2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers -- regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them.