So, some may be able to argue that ARod is a better #1 than Griffy. Or that Harold Baines is too good a player to be the most middle of the road #1.
One thing no one can deny is who is the best #402 MLB draft pick of all time.
It has to be this guy.
I wanted to make a joke and pull out some random dude also picked 402 and try and make a silly argument, but I can’t even find a list of draft picks that goes that high.
To put that in perspective that is 148 spots above the NFLs Mr. Irrelevant, and 342 spots past the final pick i the NBA draft.
It just goes to show in basbeall, more than an other sport you can’t just assume lower draft number means success.
Me Pujols was picked relativly high when compared to this guy.
He was take 1390th.
So sticking with the draft talks let’s take a side step on over to the diamond.
I mentioned in comments to the Billy Sims post that Harold Baines would be the best middle of the road #1 MLB draft pick. On closer inspection he may land higher than that. The batting average for #1 MLB picks is pretty low. Far more Brien Taylors than Chipper Joneses.
So who is the #1 of the #1 MLB draft picks.
I say it’s this guy in a walk…
The Kid is the easy pick.
ARod and Chipper Jones are close, but I think Griffey is the clear top dog.
Fun fact, not a sinbgle #1 pick in the HOF…yet.
People argue the best #1 pick all time. Peyton Manning, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, you could debate it forever.
Same can be said for worst #1 pick all time. JaMarcus Russell, Tim Couch, you can debate it forever, but who are we kidding it has to be JaMarcus Russell.
The strange thing is no one ever talks about who the most middle of the road #1 pick is.
I have the answer.
That’s right, the 1980 NFL drafts #1 pick Mister Billy Sims.
Billy isn’t a HOFer, but wasn’t a bust either. He simply had a nice career.
He made a couple of Pro Bowls, rushed for 1000 yards a few times, and also rushed for 600 a few times.
He wasn’t the best RB, but far from the worst.
He was a good player and a decent #1 pick!
The ’83 QB class discussion brought up a question,
Who are the best QBs of all time?
Here is my top 5 in no particular order:
Brett Favre (2009 Favre only)
I think it is a solid list; you would be hard pressed to convince me otherwise.
On closer inspection I have learned that the ’83 QB class may not be so great.
Of those 6 QBs taken in the 1st round they have a combined 9 Super Bowl loses. Elway has the only wins, in his final two seasons. Before you get too excited about that remember he is still 2 for 5 when it comes to Super Bowls. I believe he and Brady are the only guys to start 5 Super Bowls; Brady at least has a winning record at 3 for 5.
A bit rough huh?