By Peter Bukowski
April 30, 2014
The Colts opted for Peyton Manning (top) over Ryan Leaf in 1998 ... and the rest is history.
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Long vs. Ryan -- Miami has spent years trying to replace Dan Marino, yet in 2008 with the top pick and chance to draft Boston College's Matt Ryan, the Dolphins selected Michigan tackle Jake Long instead. Ryan went third to Atlanta, which has made the playoffs four times since and came a win away from the Super Bowl in 2012.

With a lockout on the horizon, fans booed commissioner Roger Goodell mercilessly in 2011.
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Mr. Irrelevant is born -- The phrase given to the last player selected in a given draft was created in 1976 when Kelvin Kirk was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Shortly after, a press conference was held by Paul Salata, a former USC football player -- using a 40-something butcher pretending to be Kirk. Apparently, the NFL had decided to make a big deal about the last player picked in the draft, to throw a big party and have some fun with it. But Kirk's plane had been delayed out of Dayton and he didn't make it in time, so Salata literally pulled someone off the street to fill in. The gathered media bought it, and the Mr. Irrelevant moniker was coined.

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