Greatest NFL defensive players drafted with No. 1 altogether pick

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Past drafts have shown that late-round picks can spin into NFL stars.

Almost all 2017 NFL breeze first-round projections —  including the stream ridicule breeze of record during USA TODAY Sports — foresee a Cleveland Browns to use their No. 1 altogether preference on Texas AM defensive finish Myles Garrett.

Only 15 loyal defensive players have been comparison No. 1 altogether in a 81-year story of a draft. The selections of those defensive players has been a churned bag of luminosity (see players listed below) and tomfoolery (see Walt Patulski, Aundray Bruce). We take a demeanour during a biggest defensive players selected during a top.

(Despite a implausible career accolades of players like Chuck Bednarik, we’re going with particularly modern-era defenders in this rankings exercise.)

5. Ed “Too Tall” Jones

Position: Defensive end
Draft: 1974
Selected by: Dallas Cowboys

As we would expect, a Cowboys’ preference of a small-school awaiting such as Jones was considered a large play during a time. But at 6-foot-9, Jones was a ominous participation on Dallas’ “Doomsday Defense” of a 1970s. During his 15-year career, Jones played in 232 games, warranted 3 Pro Bowl selections and played in 3 Super Bowls, including a Cowboys’ Super Bowl XII win.

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4. Mario Williams

Position: Defensive end
Draft: 2006
Selected by: Houston Texans

Then-Texans ubiquitous manager Charley Casserly made a impossibly unpopular — among a team’s fans — preference of Williams. Local sports fans had hoped a group would name Texas QB Vince Young (a Houston native) or a electric Heisman leader from USC, Reggie Bush. In hindsight, Casserly chose wisely. Williams emerged as one of a NFL’s tip corner rushers, apropos an all-pro collect and a four-time Pro Bowl preference while recording double-digit sacks in 5 of his initial 9 NFL seasons.

3. Tommy Nobis

Position: Linebacker
Draft: 1966
Selected by: Atlanta Falcons

Nobis was a initial breeze choice in Falcons history, and was also a first-round collect (No. 5 altogether by a Houston Oilers) in a American Football League’s draft. Nobis was a NFL’s defensive rookie of a year, was a five-time Pro Bowl preference and warranted a mark on a NFL’s all-decade group for a 1960s. In his 11-year career, Nobis played on only one Falcons group that had a winning deteriorate (1973), and his team’s miss of on-field success expected indemnification Nobis’ chances for a Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2. Lee Roy Selmon

Position: Defensive end
Draft: 1976
Selected by: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Like Nobis, Selmon was a initial breeze collect for an enlargement team. Selmon was a critical partial of a Buccaneers’ rise from 0-26 contumely to a group that came within a diversion of reaching a Super Bowl during a 1979 season. That year, Selmon warranted NFL defensive actor of a year honors. Selmon was a Pro Bowl preference in 6 of his 9 NFL seasons and was a 1985 enshrinee into a Pro Football Hall of Fame.

1. Bruce Smith

Position: Defensive end
Draft: 1985
Selected by: Buffalo Bills

Smith played 19 seasons in a NFL, including 15 in Buffalo, and he did bad things to hostile quarterbacks. Smith binds a NFL record for sacks (200). He was also a two-time NFL defensive actor of a year collect and an 11-time Pro Bowler. The primary of his career coincided with a Bills’ implausible run to 4 uninterrupted Super Bowls.

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