When all the wheeling and dealing was done, the Cleveland Browns wound up with three first-round draft picks and all should be walk in starters – pass rusher Myles Garrett, safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku.
Jerry Rice became the most prolific receiver in NFL history, playing 20 seasons and catching 1,549 passes for 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns. He went to 13 Pro Bowls and was the NFL MVP in 1987. That’s pretty good value for the 16th overall pick of a draft.
Cal quarterback Jared Goff was the first overall pick of the 2016 draft. But Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, a fourth-round selection, won NFL Rookie of the Year honors. The first pick is not always the best pick.
The window of NFL free agency opened on March 9 and by the end of the day, there had been 17 contracts of $30 million or more signed, including two apiece by the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Drew Brees suffered a torn labrum in the 2005 season finale and the Chargers already had first-round draft pick Philip Rivers waiting in the wings at quarterback, so Brees left San Diego for New Orleans in free agency.
Rudy Ruettiger played one defensive snap in his Notre Dame career in the final game of his senior season against Georgia Tech – the final snap of the game – and sacked the quarterback. He was carried off the field on the shoulders of his teammates.
The Jets upset of the Colts in 1969 holds the greatest historical significance in Super Bowl annals. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, then the Jets went out and became the first AFL champion to beat the NFL champ.