Heading into an NFL season, only a handful of teams can truly compete for a Super Bowl title, while a dozen or so other teams trick themselves into believing they can. That leaves the last group, those poor bottom-dwellers, to come up with slogans like "Suck for Luck" as they look forward to April's draft.
For those teams, the NFL draft is the Super Bowl, the moment they can finally shine. Colts fans may not remember the 1997 season when Indy went 3-13, but they do remember drafting Peyton Manning following that dreadful season. Likewise, Green Bay fans have tried to forget both the four-win 1988 season and the '89 draft in which the Packers drafted Tony Mandarich ahead of Barry Sanders.
Franchises are measured by Super Bowl wins, but good drafting is the best way to reach that pinnacle. Still, while some franchises have paved the way to glory in April, others have gone down in flames. The draft has produced some of the most memorable and bizarre moments in league history; some good, some bad and some downright ugly -- the selection of Mandarich being at or near the top of that list.
We combed through the NFL draft archives -- and spent a lot of time on Wikipedia -- to come up with a list of moments that will bring smiles to the faces of some fans, while sending others to look for a suitable wall to bang their heads against.
That is what makes the draft such an anticipated few days: the path of a franchise can be set both for better or worse.
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