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Best And Worst Draft Pick In Each Team’s History: NFC North

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Chicago Bears

Best: Richard Dent, DE

In the now defunct eighth round, the Chicago Bears were able to grab a future Hall of Famer. Richard Dent was one of the best players of the era and a key cog in the Bears’ dominant defenses in the 1980s. Dent is one of the forgotten men of the vaunted 1985 defense, but his impact cannot be understated.

Worst: Curtis Enis, RB

Anytime a fifth-overall pick only lasts three years in the NFL, it qualifies as a terrible pick. Curtis Enis was thought to be a sure thing on the football field, but he turned out to be a huge bust that had to be moved to fullback. No matter what way you slice it, Enis was a bust and a huge misevaluation by the Bears front office.

Detroit Lions

Best: Barry Sanders, RB

He may have been the third-overall pick, but when you get one of the best running backs in NFL history, it is a great value. Barry Sanders is the most electrifying players in NFL history, and he was held back by poor decision makers in the front office. It is a shame that a player as great as Sanders never got a chance to play in a Super Bowl.

Worst: Joey Harrington, QB

Joey Harrington got a lot of people fired. The former third-overall picks had a record of 18-37 in his four seasons, and he was one of the many busts in Matt Millen’s tenure as general manager.Harrington was supposed to pull the Detroit Lions out of the doldrums of the NFL, but his selection only caused the Lions to continue their losing ways.

Green Bay Packers

Best: Aaron Rodgers, QB

The Green Bay Packers made the bold move of selecting Aaron Rodgers at the end of the first round despite having a clear-cut starter at quarterback, Brett Farve. It turned out well for the Packers as Rodgers led them to a Super Bowl win and a string of 10-win seasons. It may be early to declare a player, who is still playing, the best draft pick of such a storied franchise, but that’s is how good Rodgers has been thus far.

Worst: Tony Mandarich, OT

Tony Mandarich was supposed to be the next great offensive tackle in the NFL, but stiff ankles and poor flexibility led to his demise on the edge for the Packers. Mandarich was an imposing physical specimen, but he just couldn’t cut it for the Packers. He ended up becoming a decent guard for the Indianapolis Colts later in his career, but he was a flat-out bust for Green Bay.

Minnesota Vikings

Best: Randy Moss, WR

He may have fizzled out at the end, but Randy Moss was the best receiver in the NFL during his time with the Minnesota Vikings. Moss went on to fizzle out in Oakland before resurrecting his career in New England, but he may have been the most dominant player in the NFL while he was in Minnesota. The preeminent deep threat in the history of the NFL, Randy Moss made the Vikings relevant before his antics tore the team down at the end of his tenure.

Worst: Troy Williamson, WR

A receiver who was supposed to be the new Randy Moss for the Vikings, Troy Williamson could never live up to the hype. The Vikings front office misevaluated Williamson as a No. 1 wide receiver when should have been thought as a No. 2 who can stretch the field. The speedy receiver never was unable to pick up on the nuances of playing receiver, which caused him to be a huge disappointment.


About John Owning

John Owning

John Owning is a NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has years of experience covering the NFL, NFL draft and NCAA football. John's work has been featured on the Bleacher Report and DraftBreakdown.com