(SI.com breaks down the greatest pick in the history of the NFL Draft at each first-round spot.) Elway's knack for come-from-behind wins gives him the edge over Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw as the best No. 1 pick of all time. A couple of running backs, Earl Campbell and O.J. Simpson, were strong candidates, and Peyton Manning may enter the debate later. But for now you have to give Elway the edge. Chuck Bednarik, the first pick of the 1949 draft, was certainly the toughest guy to go No. 1 overall.<br><br>Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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He redefined the position and the way teams played defense, and drove opposing coaches crazy for 13 seasons. Two running backs, Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson, were very close. Defensive tackle Randy White also deserves mention.
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This was a close race between Butkus, the ultimate middle linebacker, and Barry Sanders, the third pick in 1989 and the most electrifying running back of all time. Butkus gets the nod, partly because of his toughness and partly because Sanders retired too early. Anthony Munoz, the No. 3 pick in 1980, gets consideration for his consistent excellence.
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Sweetness held the all-time rushing record until Emmitt Smith broke it in 2002, and embodied everything you could want in a football player. Still, he barely edged Otto Graham, the Browns QB who was the ultimate winner. Bears running back Gale Sayers' career was too brief to put him in the top spot.
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Sanders stuck around way too long, but when he was in his prime (time), he dominated the game as a cornerback and returner. LaDainian Tomlinson, Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson, tight end Mike Ditka and potential Hall of Famer Junior Seau were strong candidates at this spot. <br><br>Send comments to email@example.com.
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The Browns were certainly lucky Brown fell to No. 6. He may not hold all the records, but it's easy to argue he's the best running back of all time. Slingin' Sammy Baugh, James Lofton, John Riggins and offensive tackle Walter Jones also were picked sixth overall.
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This may be the weakest spot in the top 10. Simms was a very good quarterback, and his performance in Super Bowl XXI was one of the best ever. But he's not even a Hall of Famer. Former Super Bowl MVP Chuck Howley was one of Simms' competitors at this slot, and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may eventually surpass Simms.
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Alworth was selected in the No. 8 slot by the Niners but opted for the San Diego Chargers of the AFL. His grace and explosiveness give him the slightest edge over the great Larry Csonka and Ronnie Lott.
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The electric Moore was a huge part of the Colts' three championships in the `50s and `60s and for many years held the record for most straight games with a TD -- 18, which was broken by LaDainian Tomlinson. Linebacker Brian Urlacher, the ninth pick in 2000, may take over this spot one day.
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Allen was the first player in NFL history to get 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards, and he stayed in the league for 16 years. Ron Mix, ''the Intellectual Assassin,'' was one of the great offensive linemen of all time and got consideration here, as did Jerome Bettis and Rod Woodson.<br><br>Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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He didn't have great numbers, but that says nothing about his game. The premier deep threat of his time, Warfield averaged 20.1 yards per catch throughout his career with the Browns and Dolphins and helped open up the running game for the Super Bowl Miami teams. That was enough to give him the edge over Giants star Frank Gifford, Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin and, for now, Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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This selection is a bit deceiving because Namath joined the AFL instead of going to the Cardinals. But "Broadway Joe" has to get the nod for leading the Jets to victory in Super Bowl III and transforming the game.
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A huge battle at this spot between Franco, Chargers tight end Kellen Winslow and Cowboys defensive tackle Bob Lilly. Harris' four Super Bowl rings give him the edge, although Winslow and Lilly were both among the greatest players in NFL history.
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The Bills drafted him in the great QB class of '83 but had to wait until '86 to get him, since he took a detour to the USFL. But when Kelly arrived in Buffalo, he was the consummate leader, taking the Bills to four Super Bowls.
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He was a dominating defensive tackle who played in 218 straight games and four Super Bowls for the Vikings and was named league MVP in 1971. Page became a lawyer and a judge on the Minnesota Supreme Court after he retired.<br><br>Send comments to email@example.com.
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He was the third receiver taken in 1985, behind two other receivers, the Jets' Al Toon and the Bengals' Eddie Brown. Needless to say, the 15 teams that passed on Rice regretted the decision. Rice owns almost every meaningful receiving record in the book and is considered by some to be the greatest player of all time.
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The diminutive Smith might have fallen a bit in the draft because of his size, but he came up big in his NFL career, setting the all-time rushing record with 18,355 yards. He was a key reason the Cowboys won three Super Bowls in the 1990s. The Jets selected Penn State running back Blair Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick that season.
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He ended his career as one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history. When he retired in 1995 he held the NFL records for receptions (940), single-season receptions (106) and most consecutive games with a catch (183). He wasn't flashy, but Monk always produced, helping the Redskins win three Super Bowls.
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The Colts wide receiver set a single-season mark with 143 catches in 2002 and is should one day be in the Hall of Fame. He's much quieter than other big-name receivers, but his numbers are as good as anyone's. Seattle RB Shaun Alexander deserves mention. And if you were going for meanness, safety Jack Tatum, who went No. 19 in 1971, would have been your pick.
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Youngblood, a Hall of Famer, is probably best known for carrying the Rams to the Super Bowl in 1979 despite playing with a broken left leg. He played in 201 straight games for the Rams and missed just one game his entire career. A consistent force up front, Youngblood helped the Rams control the NFC West in the 1970s.<br><br>Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The explosive wide receiver likely would have been picked higher if it weren't for off-field issues, and he entered the NFL on a mission to burn the teams that passed on him. Moss caught 17 touchdowns his rookie season and helped the Vikings develop one of the most potent offenses in NFL history over the next several years. He rejuvenated his career with the Patriots, setting the single season touchdown reception record in 2007 with 23.
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Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds
Reynolds didn't get as much recognition as some of the other Rams defensive stars, but he was a stalwart at middle linebacker for an outstanding unit for more than a decade. Reynolds' main competition at No. 22 was William "the Refrigerator" Perry, whom the Bears took in 1985, but he was more of a freak show than an actual contributor.
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Newsome retired in 1990 with the most catches ever for a tight end (662). Newsome helped redefine the tight-end position as a serious receiving threat, paving the way for tight ends like Antonio Gates and Tony Gonzalez.
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Reed is almost unanimously considered one of the best defensive backs of the decade. He has been selected to five Pro Bowls and twice led the league in interceptions. He was named the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year and holds the record for the longest interception return in NFL history (108 yards in 2008). Reed was the fourth defensive back chosen in '02.
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A four-time Pro Bowler, Morgan was a fixture with the Patriots for 13 seasons. He ended his career with 534 catches and 67 touchdowns -- stats that would have been much higher if he had played in a different offense and in a different era.<br><br>Send comments to email@example.com.
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He has been the centerpiece of one of the greatest defenses in NFL history and five times led the league in tackles. A 10-time Pro Bowler and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, Lewis is known for his vocal leadership and his outstanding speed to the ball. Steelers' offensive lineman Alan Faneca would have been a good pick in this spot as well, but Lewis' astonishing resume of awards and decorations gives him the edge.
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The sixth quarterback taken in the first round of the 1983 draft, Marino rewrote the NFL record book during a brilliant 17-year career. Even though he never won a Super Bowl, at one time he held virtually every key passing mark, and he remains one of the most popular players of all time.
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Green, a seven-time Pro Bowler, was known for his blazing speed and incredible longevity. He was 42 when he hung up his cleats in 2002 -- an incredible feat for a position that relies so much on quickness. Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks, picked 28th in 1995, was also a worthy candidate at this spot.
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The draft didn't expand to 29 picks per round until 1993, and it hasn't been a spot where many Pro Bowlers were selected. Teague had a decent nine-year career and gets extra credit for knocking Terrell Owens off the Dallas star in 2000.
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Since 2004, Reggie Wayne has become one of the most prolific and consistent receivers in the NFL, which is why he gets the slight nod over Titans' linebacker Keith Bullock. In the past five seasons, Wayne has logged over 75 receptions, 1,000 yards and five touchdowns five times while not missing a single game and being named to three Pro Bowls. Wayne played a pivotal role in the Colts' 2006 Super Bowl run and usurped Marvin Harrison as Peyton's No. 1 receiver when Harrison went down with an injury in 2007.
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Toiling in Raiders obscurity may have limited Asomugha's exposure to casual fans, but die-hard league observers know him as the game's best shut-down cornerback.
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There have only been six first rounds with a No. 32 pick, and while Mathias Kiwanuka receives honorable mention for his impressive eight sacks and 51 tackles in 2008, Benjamin Watson is the most proven of the group. After missing most of his rookie season with an injury, he displayed talent in a limited role in 2005 and made two huge plays during the playoffs. Watson had an incredible 63-yard touchdown reception to help beat the Jags and ran down Denver's Champ Bailey, who was about to return a pick for a touchdown.<br><br>Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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