1994 Draft Redo - What Should've Happened
San Diego State RB Marshall Faulk
San Diego State RB Marshall Faulk
Posted Apr 23, 2009

What should each team have done in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft?

Draft Redo ... 1994

How should the drafts have gone?

By Pete Fiutak 

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Here's a look at past NFL drafts looking to see what each team needed, who they all took in the first round, and in hindsight, who should've gone based on how their pro careers turned out (forgetting about proper coaching and other circumstances).

If each team could draft knowing what we all know now and not taking future drafts into account, this is how the first round should've gone. There were 29 picks in the first round of the 1994 draft. In parentheses is the round the player was actually taken.

Who Went How the Draft Should've Gone
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Dan Wilkinson, DT Ohio State
RB Marshall Faulk (1st), San Diego State
Indianapolis Colts
The Bengal run defense was miserable and needed a ton of help. Wilkinson was supposed to be the man to fill the void and while he was fine, he wasn't a star for Cincy. With Steve Broussard, Derrick Fenner and Harold Green combining to score all three of their rushing touchdowns, Faulk would've been the obvious choice.
2. Indianapolis Colts
Marshall Faulk, RB San Diego St
DT Bryant Young (1st), Notre Dame
San Francisco 49ers
The Colts were 28th in the league against the run in 1993. Young would've been the exact ten-year type of player they could've really used. With a running back corps of Roosevelt Potts, Rodney Culver and Anthony Johnson, they'll be ticked Faulk is gone.
3. Washington Redskins
Heath Shuler, QB Tennessee
OG Larry Allen (2nd), Sonoma State
Dallas Cowboys
If conducting this exercise with 20/20 hindsight, the Skins should used their backup QB Rich Gannon and late round pick Gus Frerotte, forgotten about Shuler, and taken the player who'd grow into the premier NFL guard in the game.  
4. New England Patriots
Willie McGinest, DE USC
WR Isaac Bruce (2nd), Memphis
Los Angeles Rams
McGinest wasn't a bad pick and worked out nicely for the Pats, but with a receiving corps of Vincent Brisby, Michael Timpson, Greg McMurtry and an underutilized Troy Brown, the Reverend Ike would be a sensational weapon for Drew Bledsoe. 
5. Indianapolis Colts
Trev Alberts, LB Nebraska
DT Tim Bowens (1st), Mississippi
Miami Dolphins
Maybe Mel Kiper was right and the Colts should've taken QB Trent Dilfer  to boost the woeful passing game. The Colts already took Bryant Young with the second overall pick, so the pick would be Bowens (just barely over Dan Wilkinson) to provide a dynamic run stuffing duo in the middle. 
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Trent Dilfer, QB Fresno State
DB Rodney Harrison (5th), Western Illinois
San Diego Chargers
The Bucs needed help everywhere so going with the best-player-available theory, the pick is Harrison as a hard-hitting defensive back in a soon-to-be killer defense. Things didn't work out with Dilfer.
7. San Francisco 49ers
Bryant Young, DT Notre Dame
DE Willie McGinist (1st), USC
New England Patriots
The Niners didn't need too much with one of the NFL's top offenses and a good defense. The one missing ingredient was a top corner, but they're about to get Deion. McGinest would be a 10+ year performer and a rock of the defense.
8. Seattle Seahawks
Sam Adams, DT Texas A&M
OL Todd Steussie (1st), California
Minnesota Vikings
Adams wasn't a bad pick, but Steussie would've worked out better in the long haul. 
9. Cleveland Browns
Antonio Langham, CB Alabama
RB Dorsey Levens (5th), Georgia Tech
Green Bay Packers
Langham wasn't a star, but he was a very decent player for the Browns/Ravens. With little running game to speak of with bust Tommy Vardell and the average Leroy Hoard carrying the rock, Levens would've worked out well.  
10. Phoenix Cardinals
Jamir Miller, LB UCLA
WR Derrick Alexander (1st), Michigan
Cleveland Browns
At times Miller looked like a superstar and was good enough to be a decent player for several years. The Cards had the pieces in place, but screwed it up. The QBs were Chris Chandler and Steve Beuerlein while RBs Garrison Hearst and Ronald Moore weren't bad. All they needed was a solid receiver with only Randal Hill, Ricky Proehl and an over-the-hill Gary Clark to throw to.
11. Chicago Bears
John Thierry, DE Alcorn State
DB Jason Sehorn (1st), USC
New York Giants
The Bears were hoping to turn Thierry into a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Sehorn wouldn't have been a bad player on a Bear secondary that needed work.
12. New York Jets
Aaron Glenn, CB Texas A&M
CB Aaron Glenn (1st), Texas A&M
New York Jets
The Jets needed defensive backs so Glenn is still the pick.
13. New Orleans Saints
Joe Johnson, DE Louisville
DT Sam Adams (1st), Texas A&M
Seattle Seahawks
The Saint run defense needed help and even though Adams never really panned out like many thought he would, he would've been an instant help for the Saints.
14. Philadelphia Eagles
Bernard Williams, OT Georgia
OT Wayne Gandy (1st), Auburn
Los Angeles Rams
Williams was a B-U-S-T. Gandy would've been exactly what the Eagles needed.
15. Los Angeles Rams
Wayne Gandy, OT Auburn
DT Dan Wilkinson (1st), Ohio State
Cincinnati Bengals
The Rams needed help in the secondary, but there wasn't anyone available here. Wilkinson was never great, but he would've been a decent fill-in.
16. Green Bay Packers
Aaron Taylor, OT Notre Dame
RB Jamal Anderson (7th), Utah
Atlanta Falcons
Edgar Bennett was a nice complementary runner, but not a bruising every down back. Anderson would've been a great addition to take the heat off Bennett and QB Brett Favre.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Charles Johnson, WR Colorado
WR Bill Schroeder (6th), UW-LaCrosse
Green Bay Packers
The Steeler O could've used receiving help evidenced by the miserable pick of Johnson. Schroeder quietly became a productive player and a top deep threat.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Dewayne Washington, CB NC State
QB Trent Dilfer (1st), Fresno State
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Not believing in Jim McMahon or Sean Salisbury, the Vikings should've taken Dilfer here and hope they'd get the Baltimore/Seattle version.
19. Minnesota Vikings
Todd Steussie, OT California
C Kevin Mawae (2nd), LSU
Seattle Seahawks
The Vikings were putting together a great offensive line and after not getting Steussie, they could've used the steady pro Mawae who'd be a Pro Bowl performer more than a decade later. 
20. Miami Dolphins
Tim Bowens, DT Mississippi
RB Charlie Garner (2nd), Tennessee
Philadelphia Eagles
With Dan Marino's career winding down, the Dolphins could give him one more shot at the big-time with a speed back like Garner to help give the offense a boost..
21. Detroit Lions
Johnny Morton, WR USC
C Tom Nalen (7th), Boston College
Denver Broncos
They'd consider picking up Morton, but he didn't exactly set the NFL on fire. Instead the Lions could use Nalen's 112 straight starts to open holes for Barry Sanders.
22. Los Angeles Raiders
Rob Fredrickson, LB Michigan State
DE Chad Bratzke (5th), Eastern Kentucky
New York Giants 
Fredrickson was considered a reach for the Raiders and he turned out to be a nice player. They should've taken Bratzke as he was a bit more productive and he really shouldn't slide further than this.
23. Dallas Cowboys
Shante Carver, DE Arizona State
RB Errict Rhett (2nd), Florida
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ahhh the post-Jimmy era for Dallas. Carver is proof the Cowboy scouting department needed Johnson as a talent evaluator if nothing else. Not that Emmitt Smith needed much help, but he might have been even more effective had Rhett been there to take a few carries away from the fellow Gator.
24. New York Giants
Thomas Lewis, WR Indiana
WR Johnnie Morton (1st), USC
Detroit Lions
Lewis was considered a nutty pick by the Giants, and for good reason. They had Ed McCaffrey and didn't use him correctly, so Morton would've helped him and would've boosted the receiving corps.
25. Kansas Chiefs
Greg Hill, RB Texas A&M
LB Rob Fredrickson (1st), Michigan State
Los Angeles Raiders
With Marcus Allen, Kimble Anders, Todd McNair and Harvey Williams already in the backfield, Hill was surprise pick by Marty Schoettenheimer and it didn't work out. Fredrickson would've been the better pick.
26. Houston Oilers
Henry Ford, DE Arkansas
DL Joe Johnson (1st), Louisville
New Orleans Saints
Ford was still with the Titans as a decent backup several years after joining the team, but he was never worth a first round pick. The run defense was No. 1 in the NFL and the offense was still high-octane in 1993. Johnson would've worked out better.
27. Buffalo Bills
Jeff Burris, DB Notre Dame
DT Mike Wells (4th), Iowa
Minnesota Vikings
He didn't have a very distinguished career, but Wells would've been a nice backup to keep Bruce Smith and the rest of the great Buffalo line fresh.
28. San Francisco 49ers
William Floyd, RB Florida State
P Mitch Berger (6th), Colorado
Philadelphia Eagles
What do you give the team that has everything? How about a Pro Bowl punter?
29. Cleveland Browns
Derrick Alexander, WR Michigan
RB Lamar Smith (3rd), Houston
Seattle Seahawks
The Browns already drafted Dorsey Levens earlier in the draft and taking Smith would allow Cleveland to dump Vardell, Hoard and Kevin Mack and have a solid running game for eight years. With 20/20 hindsight they'd find a way to impress upon Smith that the importance of not driving drunk so he wouldn't screw up the early part of his career.