1995 Draft Redo - What Should've Happened
Penn State RB Ki-Jana Carter
Penn State RB Ki-Jana Carter
Posted Apr 23, 2009

What should each team have done in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft?

Draft Redo ... 1995

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 32 picks in the first round of the 1995 draft with the new entries of Jacksonville and Carolina. In parentheses is the round the player was actually taken. 

Who Went

How the Draft Should've Gone

1. Cincinnati Bengals
Ki-Jana Carter, RB Penn State

RB Curtis Martin (3rd), Pittsburgh
New England Patriots

This is a very tough pick to make. The Bengals had no running game, but were worse against the run even after taking Big Daddy Dan Wilkinson the year before. What happened to Ki-Jana Carter was cruel as he had all the makings of a star before tearing up his knee in the preseason of his first year. Warren Sapp would've been just as good a fit.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars
Tony Boselli, OT USC

OT Tony Boselli (1st), USC
Jacksonville Jaguars

You can't ask for more production than what Boselli gave Jacksonville. Knowing he won't be a Jaguar several years down the road, he'd still be the pick as he was one of the top tackles in the game when he was 100%. They're going for quality over quantity. Steve McNair should probably go here, but Mark Brunell, and eventually, Byron Leftwich would do just fine.

3. Houston Oilers
Steve McNair, QB Alcorn State

QB Steve McNair (1st), Alcorn State
Houston Oilers

Some thought McNair wasn't worth the third overall pick at the time. He turned into a star after finally getting an above-average receiving corps to work with, and no one has been tougher. Getting his team to within a yard of being the Super Bowl champion is enough to take him at the three without all the other great years he had.

4. Washington Redskins
Michael Westbrook, WR Colorado

DT Warren Sapp (1st), Miami
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Under Bobby Beathard, the Skins ditched draft picks for players and won Super Bowls. Without Beathard, Washington kept the picks and whiffed time after time. The passing game needed help, but the running game was 24th in the NFL in 1994. Terrell Davis would be considered, but Sapp can't slide any longer.

5. Carolina Panthers
Kerry Collins, QB Penn State

RB Terrell Davis (6th), Georgia
Denver Broncos

Would you start a franchise with Davis? Collins would've worked out great for the Panthers if alcohol and immaturity didn't kick his butt before he became a solid player and better citizen for New York. Even though his career is over, Davis was too good in his prime to last any longer than this. Trivia question ... who went with the pick before Denver took Davis? Oregon running back Dino Philyaw was selected by New England. Imagine if the Patriots had Curtis Martin and Davis from the same draft.

6. St. Louis Rams
Kevin Carter, DE Florida

LB Derrick Brooks (1st), Florida State
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It's hard to argue with the production Carter gave the Rams while he was there, but was he worth the No. 6 pick? Needing offense, the Rams should've stuck with Chris Chandler at quarterback (dumping Chris Miller and Tommy Maddox) and give him a weapons to work with later on in the draft. Brooks could've been an Hall of Fame cornerstone for the Ram D.

7. Philadelphia Eagles
Mike Mamula, DE Boston College

DE Hugh Douglas (1st), Central State
New York Jets

Mamula came close to working out for the Eagles, but it just didn't happen. Douglas, a future Eagle, would've been the pass rusher Philadelphia was hoping to get when they drafted the workout warrior.

8. Seattle Seahawks
Joey Galloway, WR Ohio State

QB Kerry Collins (1st), Penn State
Carolina Panthers

This is a tough call. Galloway was a premier player in his prime, but the Seahawks didn't exactly set the world on fire with him. Knowing that they'll have to fight through the tough years, they'll ride out the storm with Collins instead of going into 1995 with Rick Mirer, Dan McGwire and Stan Gelbaugh at quarterback. 

9. New York Jets
Kyle Brady, TE Penn State

DB Ty Law (1st), Michigan
New England Patriots

Brady was the proverbial looks-like-Tarzan-plays-like-Jane player for the Jets. A wide receiver to help out Rob Moore would've been nice, but a steady playmaker like Law would've been better.

10. San Francisco 49ers
J.J. Stokes, WR UCLA

WR Antonio Freeman (3rd), Virginia Tech
Green Bay Packers

Who out there had shivers down their spines when the Niners took Stokes? If the Niners had held onto Ed McCaffrey, the receivers would've been just fine as Rice was still well in his prime. Adding either Freeman or Joey Galloway would've made the attack even more deadly.

11. Minnesota Vikings
Derrick Alexander, DE Florida State

WR Joey Galloway (1st), Ohio State
Seattle Seahawks

Minnesota passed on Warren Sapp because of drug rumors ... OOOOOOOOOPPS. Had the Vikings taken Sapp, they would've gone to at least two Super Bowls. Forget defense. Imagine the eventual possibilities the Vikings would have with Galloway and Cris Carter (and eventually Randy Moss).

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Warren Sapp, DT Miami

CB Bobby Taylor (2nd), Notre Dame
Philadelphia Eagles

The Bucs needed help everywhere and the pass defense wasn't all that bad. Even so, Taylor, who quietly put together an outstanding career, is too strong a player not to take. 

13. New Orleans Saints
Mark Fields, LB Washington State

DE Luther Elliss (1st), Utah
Detroit Lions

Few linebackers are faster than Fields, but he just never lived up to the billing. The defense was 27th out of 28 in points allowed so they'll pass up Kordell Stewart and a slew of top offensive linemen for help on D. They're taking the consistency of Ellis over the unfulfilled talent of Kevin Carter.  

14. Buffalo Bills
Ruben Brown, OG Pittsburgh

OG Ruben Brown (1st), Pittsburgh
Buffalo Bills

Brown provided 136 starts for the Bills before becoming a Chicago Bear. There might be better players on the board, but if it ain't broke ...

15. Indianapolis Colts
Ellis Johnson, DE Florida

QB Kordell Stewart (2nd), Colorado
Pittsburgh Steelers

While Johnson turned into a decent player for the Colts, they should take a quarterback with Jim Harbaugh, Don "The Muffin Man" Majkowski and Browning Nagle calling signals going into the 1995 season.

16. New York Jets
Hugh Douglas, DE Central State

DE Kevin Carter (1st), Florida
Los Angeles Rams

Carter might have turned into a dog with fleas, but his sack total is nothing to sneeze at. He probably should've gone earlier than this.

17. New York Giants
Tyrone Wheatley, RB Michigan

OG Adam Timmerman (6th), South Dakota
Green Bay Packers

With Danger Dave Brown and Kent Graham at quarterback, the Giants would be ticked that Collins and Stewart are gone. Going with the Best Player Available theory, the Giants could've plugged Timmerman in for a decade.

18. Los Angeles Raiders
Napoleon Kaufman, RB Washington

OT Zach Wiegert (2nd), Nebraska
Los Angeles Rams

Kaufman was the final-piece-of-the-puzzle type of player. The Raiders needed more every down players on offense and more building blocks like Wiegert.

19. Jacksonville Jaguars
James Stewart, RB Tennessee

RB James Stewart (1st), Tennessee
Jacksonville Jaguars

It sort of worked. When he was healthy, Stewart was a tremendous player for the Jaguars.

20. Detroit Lions
Luther Elliss, DE Utah

FB Cory Schlesinger (6th), Nebraska
Detroit Lions

It's not a sexy pick by any means and it may be a total reach, but Schlesinger was a solid producer as a Lion. Now if Detroit could just figure out how to use him to open holes for Mr. Sanders in 1995.

21. Chicago Bears
Rashaan Salaam, RB Colorado 

RB Napoleon Kaufman (1st), Washington
Los Angeles Raiders

Salaam should've worked out for Chicago if only he had held onto the ball as well as he held on to his weed. Yeah, Kaufman is more of a luxury than a necessity for a team like the 1995 Chicago Bears, but there was little to no speed in a backfield consisting of Robert Green, Raymont Harris, Lewis Tillman, Merrill Hoge and Tim Worley. 

22. Carolina Panthers
Tyrone Poole, DB Fort Valley State

DE Ellis Johnson (1st), Florida
Indianapolis Colts 

The Panthers were building their franchise around veterans on defense. They could've really taught Johnson a few things and maybe made him even a better player than he turned out to be.

23. New England Patriots
Ty Law, DB Michigan

TE Ken Dilger (2nd), Illinois
Indianapolis Colts

The Patriots were already the No. 1 passing team in the league following a 4,555 yard season by Drew Bledsoe and they certainly didn't need a tight end with Ben Coates established as one of the league's elite. Taking Dilger would allow them to use a two-tight end set and would give Bledsoe yet another safety valve.

24. Minnesota Vikings
Korey Stringer, OT Ohio State

OT Korey Stringer (1st), Ohio State
Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings were in the midst of putting together one of the league's best offensive lines. On the field, they'll take the great years Stringer gave them, tragedy and all.

25. Miami Dolphins
Billy Milner, OT Houston

OT Blake Brockermeyer (1st), Texas
Carolina Panthers

Milner never panned out for the Dolphins. Brockermeyer would've been the tackle they were looking for.

26. Atlanta Falcons
Devin Bush, DB Florida State

C Cory Raymer (2nd), Wisconsin
Washington Redskins

Atlanta needed defense more than offense and didn't really have a huge weakness on the offensive line, but Raymer is the best player on the board. 

27. Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark Bruener, TE Washington

TE Mark Bruener (1st), Washington
Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers got 108 solid starts out of Bruener, so it's hard to argue with the pick.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Derrick Brooks, LB Florida State

FB Charles Way (6th), Virginia
New York Giants

The Bucs needed help on offense and could've used a bruising fullback to open holes for Errict Rhett. They'll take Way just barely over North Carolina's William Henderson.

29. Carolina Panthers
Blake Brockermeyer, OT Texas

WR Frank Sanders (2nd), Auburn
Arizona Cardinals

He won't be a superstar, but for a franchise just starting up, a 60+ catch a year receiver like Sanders would've been a nice complementary player for a team needing playmakers. 

30. Cleveland Browns
Craig Powell, LB Ohio State

LB Mark Fields (1st), Washington State
New Orleans Saints

With a backfield of Leroy Hoard, Earnest Byner and Tommy Vardell, they'd consider taking Tyrone Wheatley, then go with the speed of Fields, a first round disappointment-turned late career Pro Bowler.

31. Kansas City Chiefs
Trezelle Jenkins, OT Michigan

OG Frank Garcia (4th), Washington
Carolina Panthers

The Chiefs were looking for offensive line help.

32. Green Bay Packers
Craig Newsome, DB Arizona State

FB William Henderson (3rd), North Carolina
Green Bay Packers

Henderson was a productive player for the Pack for several years and while the first round may be a bit of a reach, and Ty Wheatley is still on the board, there's no reason to mess with what worked.