Wide Receiver - Jacquez Green
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall pick.
The 1998 draft was held April 18–19, 1998, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.
Before the draft, there was a debate on whether the Indianapolis Colts should select Peyton Manning or Ryan Leaf with the first overall pick; both were considered excellent prospects and future franchise quarterbacks. Leaf was considered to have more upside and a stronger throwing arm, while Manning was considered a prospect who was NFL ready and more mature. On the day of the draft, the Colts selected Manning due to Leaf's disdain for Indianapolis. Manning went on to win the Most Valuable Player award in five different seasons, the most of any NFL player ever, whereas Leaf was out of the NFL by 2002 and is considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.
The Buccaneers drafted alternately 23rd and 22nd in this draft. The Buccaneers traded their first round pick to Oakland for a pair of second round picks. They then the second of those 2nd rounders to San Diego in a deal that brought them a 2000 first round selection and gained them an additional 2nd round pick in this draft. Another deal was done with Atlanta to move up in the 2nd round that cost a 4th rounder. The additional 4th round pick came from Baltimore in return for the following year's third round pick as part of the Errict Rhett trade. The extra 6th round pick was a compensatory pick in return for losing free agents.
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|C||Center||CB||Cornerback||DB||Defensive back||DE||Defensive end|
|DL||Defensive lineman||DT||Defensive tackle||FB||Fullback||FS||Free safety|
|LB||Linebacker||LS||Long snapper||OT||Offensive Tackle||OL||Offensive lineman|
|NT||Nose tackle||P||Punter||PR||Punt returner||QB||Quarterback|
|RB||Running back||S||Safety||SS||Strong safety||TB||Tailback|
|TE||Tight end||WR||Wide receiver|
Notable Undrafted Players
|Original NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|Baltimore Ravens||Lional Dalton||DT||Eastern Michigan||MAC|
|Baltimore Ravens||Jeff Saturday||C||North Carolina||ACC|
|Dallas Cowboys||Robert Thomas||FB||Henderson State||Gulf South|
|Detroit Lions||Brock Olivo||RB||Missouri||Big 12|
|Indianapolis Colts||Larry Moore||G||BYU||WAC|
|Indianapolis Colts||Mike Vanderjagt||K||WVU||Big East|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Reggie Swinton||WR||Murray State||OVC|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Eric Hicks||DE||Maryland||ACC|
|New York Giants||Jason Whittle||G||Southern Missouri State||Gateway|
|New Orleans Saints||Earl Little||S||Miami||Big East|
|Oakland Raiders||Phil Dawson||K||Texas||Big 12|
|St. Louis Rams||London Fletcher||LB||John Carroll||OAC|
|San Diego Chargers||DeMingo Graham||G||Hofstra||ECAC|
|San Diego Chargers||Kendyl Jacox||G||Kansas State||Big 12|
|San Francisco 49ers||Jeff Posey||LB||Southern Mississippi||C-USA|
|Seattle Seahawks||Brian Finneran||WR||Villanova||A-10|
|Seattle Seahawks||Paul Spicer||DE||Saginaw Valley State||MIFC|
Hall of Famers
- Walter Jones, offensive tackle from Florida State University taken 1st round 6th overall by the Seattle Seahawks.
inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2014.
- Orlando Pace, offensive tackle from Ohio State University taken 1st round 1st overall by the St. Louis Rams.
inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2016.
- Jason Taylor, defensive end from University of Akron taken 3rd round 73rd overall by the Miami Dolphins.
inducted: Professional Football Hall of Fame class of 2017.