NFL Draft stories in the SI Vault

'I Wanted To Go With A Loser' By Gary Ronberg, February 09, 1970 Pittsburgh has never seen the likes of Terry Bradshaw, the big blond quarterback from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute who was the first to go in last week's pro football draft. But then Terry Bradshaw has never seen the likes of Pittsburgh.

It Was The Same Old Song And Dance By Joe Marshall, May 15, 1978 A ballroom was the site of the NFL draft, in which the rich got richer.

Like Father, Like Son By Rick Telander, April 25, 1983 Top prospect Billy Ray Smith Jr. is all ready to follow his dad into pro football, but he's not a carbon copy.

The Big Enchilada By Rick Telander, April 24, 1989 Tony Mandarich, a top NFL prospect, is a chowhound who chews up opponents.

Blue Plate Special By Michael Farber, April 25, 1994 Defensive tackle Dan (Big Daddy) Wilkinson looks to be a draft-day bargain at any price.

A Bone To Pick By Peter King, April 19, 1999 Only days before they were to make the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, the reborn Browns were torn between passers Tim Couch and Akili Smith.

Dennis, Anyone? By Lee Jenkins, April 14, 2008 With a twist of the knee, Dennis Dixon's Heisman Trophy and national title hopes vanished. Now, after five months of high-tech rehab, the Oregon QB is holding tight to his NFL dreams.

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