falcon057 Posted March 8, 2012 Share Posted March 8, 2012 The Best Draft Steal in the History of Every NFL Franchise By Dan Van Wie(Featured Columnist) on March 7, 2012 Atlanta Falcons — Jamaal AndersonThe Atlanta Falcons have drafted some great players over the history of the franchise. The top three draft picks in Falcons history that leap to mind off the bat are quarterback Brett Favre (No. 33 pick in 1991 draft), running back Jamal Anderson, (No. 201 pick in 1994 draft), and corner Deion Sanders, who lasted until the No. 5 overall pick in the 1989 draft.We all know that Sanders is one of the greatest corners to have ever played in the NFL. His election to the Hall of Fame signifies that. But since he was one of the top five draft picks in 1989, that really doesn't qualify as a draft day steal in the spirit of this presentation.While Favre awaits the proper number of years to stay retired before he can be enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame, he never really played for the Falcons. Although you can say he was technically the greatest draft day steal in Falcons history (and you would have an argument there), I am electing to go in a different direction.Instead, we will go with Jamal Anderson, who lasted in the 1994 draft until overall pick No. 201 in the seventh round. Now, that is what I call a draft day steal.Anderson was a star running back for the Falcons from 1994-2001. During his career, Anderson gained 5,336 rushing yards, 1,645 receiving yards and 41 career touchdowns. In 2001, Anderson suffered a torn ACL, and that ended his career.Anderson was a workhorse for the Falcons. He carried the ball 410 times in 1998 and gained 1,846 yards while scoring 14 touchdowns. Anderson led the Falcons to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1998, but they lost that game to the Denver Broncos, who were led by John Elway and Terrell Davis.Anderson is also remembered for his touchdown dances, when he would do the "Dirty Bird". Anderson was elected to the Pro Bowl team in 1998.This was his pick for us and I like it. who's yours? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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