By Patrick Mondout
By 1988 everyone was looking for the Lawrence Taylor - the All-World
linebacker that may well have been the best defensive player ever. The
next "L.T." in 1988 was Aundray Bruce, or so the Atlanta Falcons
hoped. One of the all-time draft busts, Aundray Bruce eventually found his
way to Al Davis and the Raiders, who tried unsuccessfully to convert the
athletic underachiever into a tight end; his athleticism an supposed
upside kept in the league far longer than his actually playing ability
would have indicated.
The Chiefs were more fortunate with the second pick and took Neil
Smith, who went on to play in six Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls. Kansas
City started out with the third pick and traded up with Detroit to take
Smith. The Lions only moved down one spot and got the guy they wanted.
They also picked up a second round pick which was used on LB Chris
After taking Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson and Vinny Testaverde #1
overall in the past two drafts, the Buccaneers passed on this year's
winner, Tim Brown, whom the Raiders happy picked up at #6 overall. Brown
will eventually be enshrined in the both the college and Pro Football Hall
Bruce wasn't the only bust. The Broncos needed help on the defensive
side after another Super Bowl blowout and selected Syracuse NT Ted Gregory
sight unseen. That turned out to be a huge mistake when it turned
out that they had relied on a sports publication that described him as 6'
and 260. He was closer to 5'10'' and 240 and Gregory was swapped to New
Orleans for 1987 draft bust Shawn Knight before the season started.
Below is the first round of the 1988 NFL draft. We also have the
entire 12 round draft.
1 - Pick acquired from the Detroit Lions
2 - Pick acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs
3 - Pick acquired from L.A. Rams thru Houston
4 - Pick acquired from the Buffalo Bills (As part of the 1987 three team
"Eric Dickerson" trade)
5 - Pick acquired from the Indianapolis Colts (As part of the 1987 three
team "Eric Dickerson" trade)
6 - Pick acquired from the San Francisco 49ers
7 - Pick acquired from the Washington Redskins
* Seattle relinquished their 1st round
pick after taking Brian Bosworth in the Supplemental Draft in 1987. He
does not officially count as a 1988 draft choice, but he is placed where
the Seahawks would have drafted to show the effect of drafting him. The
Eagles took Ohio State WR Cris Carter in the fourth round of the '87