Ranking best NFL draft picks of all time: Deion Sanders headlines the top five ever taken at No. 5

Nothing produces more enjoyment in the NFL than the draft, conserve for the Super Bowl. It’s a time when all 32 groups get a shot at enhancing their club in the hopes of raising the Lombardi Trophy in 10 months, with some having a lot more work to do than others because regard. So as the 2022 NFL Draft techniques, and with numerous hit offseason trades currently in the books, it’s time to recall at the very best ever taken at No. 5. 

This year, that select comes from the New York Giants, and if you’re believing Big Blue might definitely stand to increase the offending line in this area, our CBS Sports draft professionals totally concur with you. Most have the Giants taking Alabama’s Evan Neal at No. 5, while some are believing it’ll be NC State’s Ikem Ekwonu; you can have a look at all their most current buffoons here.

While we wait to see what occurs on Thursday in Las Vegas, take pleasure in a take a look at our leading 5 ever chosen at No. 5, in addition to a respectable reference.

Honorable Mention: 

Sean Taylor (S), Mike Ditka (TE), Patrick Peterson (CB)

You can’t discuss dominant previous NFL linebackers without discussing Taylor, and oh what might’ve been, had he not been taken away unfortunately in a house intrusion and armed robbery turned murder in 2007. Taylor was the fastest-rising NFL star at the time and among the hardest-hitting gamers to ever step on a football field, regularly rattling teeth with his deals with. In just 4 NFL seasons, he made 2 Pro Bowl nods and was called to the PFWA All Rookie Team in 2004, in addition to amassing a junior varsity All-Pro honor in the season ahead of his death. Washington has actually given that inducted him into their Ring of Fame and deservedly so, due to the fact that his trajectory resembled a few of the best securities to ever play the sport. Honorable reference likewise goes here to Ditka, who was understood for his expertise on the field prior to ending up being the well known head coach of “Da Bears” in the 1980s, and Peterson in having actually constructed what will eventually be a Hall of Fame profession as an NFL cornerback. All 3 surface simply beyond the leading 5 ever chosen at No. 5, however not discussing them at all would be a criminal activity versus football.

5. Steve Van Buren, RB

1944 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 5 total (LSU) 
Team(s): Philadelphia Eagles (1944-51)

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“I tell you what, they don’t make ’em like they used to.” 

That’s an expression said typically by those who have actually followed expert football for numerous years, and if Van Buren is being utilized as the example in making that point, it is difficult to negate it. Back when helmets were made from leather and facemasks weren’t a thing, in addition to a lot of (if any) these days’s guidelines created to secure gamers from unclean blows, Van Buren was a god among guys. Easily among the very best to ever bet the Eagles, he assisted lead the group to 2 champions in the pre-Super Bowl period, and his No. 15 stays retired in Philadelphia and in the group’s Hall of Fame. A five-time All-Pro, Van Buren led the league in hurrying and goals on 4 different events, and has actually given that been called to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team along with the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. A name that still sounds bells in the City of Brotherly Love, Van Buren was whatever the Eagles hoped he’d be and a great deal more. 

4. Mike Haynes, CB

1976 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 5 total (Arizona State)
Team(s): New England Patriots (1976-82), Raiders (1983-89)

He was every quarterback’s problem throughout his famous profession in the NFL. There’s insufficient that can be stated about Haynes and yet, in the exact same breath, it feels as if he’s not gone over almost enough beyond Boston. For prior to the Patriots came from Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, ending up being the dynasty company we now understand it to be, Haynes did his finest to keep the club from being an afterthought prior to heading to the Raiders to complete his storied profession. His 46-career interceptions are a testimony to his efforts as one of the very best protective backs of any generation, in addition to 9 Pro Bowl honors and 2 All-Pro nods. A previous NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1976, Haynes made his existence felt instantly and throughout his period on both groups. His No. 40 is retired and functions as a flag for his name in the Patriots Hall of Fame, and like Van Buren, he’s been honored in the 75th and 100th Anniversary All-Time groups, in addition to belonging to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team. And not just is Haynes a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, however likewise the College Football Hall of Fame — a legend at both levels of the sport.

3. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB

2001 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 5 total (TCU)
Team(s): San Diego Chargers (2001-09), Jets (2010-11)

If you glanced ahead on this list, and I understand you did, you’ll observe the Chargers aren’t too worn-out at hitting the mark when offered the No. 5 choice. Tomlinson was a bottle of greased lightning throughout his time in San Diego, and a crucial part in assisting future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees reach his NFL momentum. It was rather the coup for the Chargers in 2001, considering they landed Brees with the No. 2 choice and Tomlinson just 3 choices later on — setting themselves up for an organizational turn-around that continued even after the group parted methods with Brees and introduced Philip Rivers. With the assistance of the late, excellent Marty Schottenheimer, Tomlinson’s dual-threat nature was completely made use of and he turned into one of the most feared offending gamers in the NFL. A three-time All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowler and previous NFL MVP (2006), the Walter Payton Man of the Year winner (2006) not just saw his No. 21 retired by the Chargers in addition to landing in the group’s Hall of Fame, however has actually given that placed on a Pro Football Hall of Fame coat too. Tomlinson is among the very best running backs of perpetuity: exclamation point.

2. Junior Seau, POUND

1990 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 5 total (USC)
Team(s): San Diego Chargers (1990-2002), Miami Dolphins (2003-05), New England Patriots (2006-09)

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Seau is most understood just recently for the disaster of losing his life to suicide, having actually given that ended up being the most poignant example of what can occur if the NFL continued to dismiss the significance of concussion avoidance. But prior to his posthumous contributions to the science of perhaps conserving others in the sport from CTE, Seau contributed on the field for his group in a manner many others want they could. A first string All-Pac 10 skill and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1989, it was all the Chargers might do to get their hands on him with the fifth-overall choice. He went on to turn into one of the best to ever play the sport — now called to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, in addition to being celebrated in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and having his No. 55 jersey retired by the Chargers. Seau set the requirement for what an NFL linebacker, and person, ought to be — the previous Walter Payton Man of the Year (1994) getting 6 All-Pro honors and 12 (!!) Pro Bowl nods prior to hanging up his cleats after stays with the Dolphins and Patriots. Gone however always remembered, Seau is a football divine being.

1. Deion Sanders, CB

1989 NFL Draft: Round 1, No. 5 total (Florida State)
Team(s): Atlanta Falcons (1989-93), SF 49ers (1994), Dallas Cowboys (1995-99), Washington (2000), Baltimore Ravens (2004-05)

All of the concentrate on branding you see in the NFL nowadays can be traced back to “Neon Deion” aka “Prime Time”, who set the requirement for what it implies to be your own character in a reality motion picture starring you. But while lots of imitate his braggadocios and flamboyant design, none have actually had the ability to mirror what he did on the field that validated it. Sanders was an outright force coming out of Florida State, and undoubtedly produced the “Prime Time” side of himself ahead of the NFL Draft due to the fact that he felt he was being ignored and disrespected. He removed of evictions with the Falcons prior to a brief drop in the Bay Area, where he got his hands on his very first Super Bowl ring. He’d grab another when he signed up with the competitor Cowboys, ending up being a three-way eager beaver while doing so — including the function of periodic wideout to that of his elite defensive back and return abilities. In completion, he made 6 All-Pro honors as a cornerback, All-Pro honors as a kick returner and individually as a punt returner, 8 Pro Bowl nods and a variety of other awards en path to the Falcons Ring of Honor and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

There will never ever be another Deion Sanders — his profession numbers and unforgiving swagger ensuring of that.

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