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The 1998 Entire NFL Draft Review

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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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POSITIIONS KEY
C Center CB Cornerback DB Defensive back DE Defensive end
DL Defensive lineman DT Defensive tackle FB Fullback FS Free safety
G Guard HB Halfback K Placekicker KR Kick returner
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        

Player Selections

Rnd. Pick # NFL Team Player Pos. College Conf. Notes
1 1 Indianapolis Colts Peyton Manning QB Tennessee SEC
1 2 San Diego Chargers Ryan Leaf QB Washington State Pac-10 from Arizona
1 3 Arizona Cardinals Andre Wadsworth DE Florida State ACC from San Diego
1 4 Oakland Raiders Charles Woodson CB Michigan Big Ten Heisman winner
1 5 Chicago Bears Curtis Enis RB Penn State Big Ten
1 6 St. Louis Rams Grant Wistrom DE Nebraska Big 12
1 7 New Orleans Saints Kyle Turley OT San Diego State WAC
1 8 Dallas Cowboys Greg Ellis LB North Carolina ACC
1 9 Jacksonville Jaguars Fred Taylor RB Florida SEC from Buffalo
1 10 Baltimore Ravens Duane Starks CB Miami (FL) Big East
1 11 Philadelphia Eagles Tra Thomas OT Florida State ACC
1 12 Atlanta Falcons Keith Brooking LB Georgia Tech ACC
1 13 Cincinnati Bengals Takeo Spikes LB Auburn SEC
1 14 Carolina Panthers Jason Peter DT Nebraska Big 12
1 15 Seattle Seahawks Anthony Simmons LB Clemson ACC
1 16 Tennessee Oilers Kevin Dyson WR Utah WAC
1 17 Cincinnati Bengals Brian Simmons LB North Carolina ACC from Redskins
1 18 New England Patriots Robert Edwards RB Georgia SEC from New York
1 19 Green Bay Packers Vonnie Holliday DT North Carolina ACC from Miami
1 20 Detroit Lions Terry Fair CB Tennessee SEC
1 21 Minnesota Vikings Randy Moss WR Marshall MAC
1 22 New England Patriots Tebucky Jones S Syracuse Big East
1 23 Oakland Raiders Mo Collins OT Florida SEC from BUCS
1 24 New York Giants Shaun Williams S UCLA Pac-10
1 25 Jacksonville Jaguars Donovin Darius S Syracuse Big East
1 26 Pittsburgh Steelers Alan Faneca G LSU SEC
1 27 Kansas City Chiefs Victor Riley OT Auburn SEC
1 28 San Francisco 49ers R.W. McQuarters CB Oklahoma State Big 12
1 29 Miami Dolphins John Avery RB Mississippi SEC from Green Bay
1 30 Denver Broncos Marcus Nash WR Tennessee SEC
2 31 Oakland Raiders Leon Bender DT Washington State Pac-10
2 32 Indianapolis Colts Jerome Pathon WR Washington Pac-10
2 33 Arizona Cardinals Corey Chavous S Vanderbilt SEC
2 34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jacquez Green WR Florida SEC
2 35 Chicago Bears Tony Parrish S Washington Pac-10
2 36 Arizona Cardinals Anthony Clement OT Louisiana-Lafayette Ind. (I-A)
2 37 St. Louis Rams Robert Holcombe FB Illinois Big Ten
2 38 Dallas Cowboys Flozell Adams OT Michigan State Big Ten
2 39 Buffalo Bills Sam Cowart LB Florida State ACC
2 40 New Orleans Saints Cameron Cleeland TE Washington Pac-10 from Buffalo
2 41 Pittsburgh Steelers Jeremy Staat DE Arizona State Pac-10
2 42 Baltimore Ravens Patrick Johnson WR Oregon Pac-10
2 43 Cincinnati Bengals Artrell Hawkins S Cincinnati C-USA
2 44 Miami Dolphins Patrick Surtain CB Southern Mississippi C-USA
2 45 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Brian Kelly CB USC Pac-10
2 46 Tennessee Oilers Samari Rolle CB Florida State ACC
2 47 Seattle Seahawks Todd Weiner OT Kansas State Big 12
2 48 Washington Redskins Stephen Alexander TE Oklahoma Big 12
2 49 Miami Dolphins Kenny Mixon DE LSU SEC
2 50 Detroit Lions Germane Crowell WR Virginia ACC
2 51 Minnesota Vikings Kailee Wong LB Stanford Pac-10
2 52 New England Patriots Tony Simmons WR Wisconsin Big Ten
2 53 Atlanta Falcons Bob Hallen C Kent State MAC
2 54 New England Patriots Rod Rutledge TE Alabama SEC
2 55 New York Giants Joe Jurevicius WR Penn State Big Ten
2 56 New York Jets Dorian Boose DE Washington State Pac-10
2 57 Jacksonville Jaguars Cordell Taylor CB Hampton MEAC
2 58 San Francisco 49ers Jeremy Newberry C California Pac-10
2 59 San Diego Chargers Mikhael Ricks TE Stephen F. Austin Southland
2 60 Detroit Lions Charlie Batch QB Eastern Michigan MAC
2 61 Denver Broncos Eric Brown S Mississippi State SEC
3 62 Carolina Panthers Chuck Wiley DE LSU SEC
3 63 Oakland Raiders Jon Ritchie FB Stanford Pac-10
3 64 Chicago Bears Olin Kreutz C Washington Pac-10
3 65 St. Louis Rams Leonard Little DE Tennessee SEC
3 66 Pittsburgh Steelers Chris Conrad OT Fresno State WAC
3 67 New York Jets Scott Frost S Nebraska Big 12
3 68 Buffalo Bills Robert Hicks OT Mississippi State SEC
3 69 Washington Redskins Skip Hicks RB UCLA Pac-10
3 70 New York Giants Brian Alford WR Purdue Big Ten
3 71 Indianapolis Colts E.G. Green WR Florida State ACC
3 72 Philadelphia Eagles Jeremiah Trotter LB Stephen F. Austin Southland from Dallas
3 73 Carolina Panthers Mitch Marrow DE Pennsylvania Ivy
3 74 Atlanta Falcons Jammi German WR Miami (FL) Big East
3 75 Cincinnati Bengals Steve Foley LB NE Louisiana Ind. (I-A)
3 76 Seattle Seahawks Ahman Green RB Nebraska Big 12
3 77 Tennessee Oilers Dainon Sidney CB Alabama-Birmingham Ind. (I-A)
3 78 Cincinnati Bengals Mike Goff OT Iowa Big Ten
3 79 Miami Dolphins Brad Jackson LB Cincinnati C-USA
3 80 Minnesota Vikings Ramos McDonald CB New Mexico WAC
3 81 New England Patriots Chris Floyd FB Michigan Big Ten
3 82 Miami Dolphins Larry Shannon WR East Carolina C-USA
3 83 New England Patriots Greg Spires DE Florida State ACC
3 84 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jamie Duncan LB Vanderbilt SEC
3 85 Philadelphia Eagles Allen Rossum CB Notre Dame Ind. (I-A)
3 86 Jacksonville Jaguars Jonathan Quinn QB Middle Tennessee Ohio Valley
3 87 New York Jets Kevin Williams S Oklahoma State Big 12
3 88 Kansas City Chiefs Rashaan Shehee RB Washington Pac-10
3 89 San Francisco 49ers Chris Ruhman OT Texas A&M Big 12
3 90 Green Bay Packers Jonathan Brown DT Tennessee SEC
3 91 Denver Broncos Brian Griese QB Michigan Big Ten
3 92 Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward WR Georgia SEC
4 93 Indianapolis Colts Steve McKinney C Texas A&M Big 12
4 94 Chicago Bears Alonzo Mayes TE Oklahoma State Big 12
4 95 Arizona Cardinals Michael Pittman RB Fresno State WAC
4 96 St. Louis Rams Az-Zahir Hakim WR San Diego State WAC from Chargers
4 97 New Orleans Saints Fred Weary CB Florida SEC from Raiders
4 98 St. Louis Rams Roland Williams TE Syracuse Big East
4 99 New Orleans Saints Julian Pittman DT Florida State ACC
4 100 Dallas Cowboys Michael Myers DT Alabama SEC
4 101 Jacksonville Jaguars Tavian Banks RB Iowa Big Ten from Bills
4 102 Miami Dolphins Lorenzo Bromell DE Clemson ACC from Eagles
4 103 Atlanta Falcons Omar Brown S North Carolina ACC
4 104 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Todd Washington C Virginia Tech Big East from Falcons
4 105 Cincinnati Bengals Glen Steele DT Michigan Big Ten
4 106 Carolina Panthers Donald Hayes WR Wisconsin Big Ten
4 107 Tennessee Oilers Joe Salave'a DT Arizona Pac-10
4 108 Seattle Seahawks DeShone Myles LB Nevada Big West
4 109 Oakland Raiders Gennaro DiNapoli G Virginia Tech Big East from Redskins
4 110 Minnesota Vikings Kivuusama Mays LB North Carolina ACC
4 111 New York Jets Jason Fabini OT Cincinnati C-USA
4 112 Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Whiting DT California Pac-10 from Dolphins
4 113 Washington Redskins Shawn Barber LB Richmond A-10 from Lions
4 114 Atlanta Falcons Tim Dwight WR Iowa Big Ten from BUCS
4 115 New England Patriots Leonta Rheams DT Houston C-USA
4 116 Philadelphia Eagles Clarence Love S Toledo MAC
4 117 Pittsburgh Steelers Deshea Townsend CB Alabama SEC
4 118 Jacksonville Jaguars Harry Deligianis DT Youngstown State Gateway
4 119 San Francisco 49ers Lance Schulters S Hofstra ECAC
4 120 Kansas City Chiefs Greg Favors LB Mississippi State SEC
4 121 Green Bay Packers Roosevelt Blackmon CB Morris Brown SIAC
4 122 Denver Broncos Curtis Alexander RB Alabama SEC
4 123 Pittsburgh Steelers Carlos King RB North Carolina State ACC
5 124 Baltimore Ravens Martin Chase DT Oklahoma Big 12 from Colts
5 125 Arizona Cardinals Terry Hardy TE Southern Mississippi C-USA
5 126 San Diego Chargers Cedric Harden DE Florida A&M MEAC
5 127 Oakland Raiders Jeremy Brigham TE Washington Pac-10
5 128 Kansas City Chiefs Robert Williams CB North Carolina ACC from Bears
5 129 St. Louis Rams Raymond Priester FB Clemson ACC
5 130 Dallas Cowboys Darren Hambrick LB South Carolina SEC
5 131 Buffalo Bills Jonathan Linton FB North Carolina ACC
5 132 New Orleans Saints Wilmont Perry RB Livingstone CIAA
5 133 Baltimore Ravens Ryan Sutter S Colorado Big 12
5 134 New York Jets Casey Dailey LB Northwestern Big Ten from Eagles
5 135 Indianapolis Colts Antony Jordan LB Vanderbilt SEC from Bendals
5 136 Carolina Panthers Jerry Jensen LB Washington Pac-10
5 137 Pittsburgh Steelers Jason Simmons S Arizona State Pac-10 from Falcons
5 138 Dallas Cowboys Oliver Ross OT Iowa State Big 12 from Seahawks
5 139 Tennessee Oilers Benji Olson G Washington Pac-10
5 140 Washington Redskins Mark Fischer G Purdue Big Ten
5 141 New York Jets Doug Karczewski OT Virginia ACC
5 142 Philadelphia Eagles Ike Reese LB Michigan State Big Ten from Dolphins
5 143 Miami Dolphins Scott Shaw G Michigan State Big Ten from Lions
5 144 Minnesota Vikings Kerry Cooks S Iowa Big Ten
5 145 New England Patriots Ron Merkerson LB Colorado Big 12
5 146 New York Jets Blake Spence TE Oregon Pac-10 BUCS
5 147 New York Giants Toby Myles OT Jackson State SWAC
5 148 Jacksonville Jaguars John Wade C Marshall MAC
5 149 New York Jets Eric Bateman OT BYU WAC from Steelers
5 150 Green Bay Packers Corey Bradford WR Jackson State SWAC from Chiefs
5 151 San Francisco 49ers Phil Ostrowski G Penn State Big Ten
5 152 Oakland Raiders Travian Smith LB Oklahoma Big 12 from Packers
5 153 Denver Broncos Chris Howard RB Michigan Big Ten
6 154 Baltimore Ravens Ron Rogers LB Georgia Tech ACC from Colts
6 155 San Diego Chargers Clifford Ivory CB Troy State Southland
6 156 Green Bay Packers Scott McGarrahan S New Mexico WAC from Raiders
6 157 Chicago Bears Chris Draft LB Stanford Pac-10
6 158 Arizona Cardinals Zach Walz LB Dartmouth Ivy
6 159 St. Louis Rams Glenn Roundtree G Clemson ACC
6 160 Buffalo Bills Fred Coleman WR Washington Pac-10
6 161 New Orleans Saints Chris Bordano LB Southern Methodist WAC
6 162 Seattle Seahawks Carl Hansen DT Stanford Pac-10 from Cowboys
6 163 New York Jets Eric Ogbogu DE Maryland ACC from Eagles
6 164 Baltimore Ravens Sammy Williams OT Oklahoma Big 12
6 165 Carolina Panthers Damien Richardson S Arizona State Pac-10
6 166 Atlanta Falcons Elijah Williams CB Florida SEC
6 167 Cincinnati Bengals Jason Tucker WR Texas Christian WAC
6 168 Tennessee Oilers Lee Wiggins CB South Carolina SEC
6 169 Seattle Seahawks Bobby Shaw WR California Pac-10
6 170 Washington Redskins Pat Palmer WR NE Louisiana Ind. (I-A)
6 171 Miami Dolphins Nate Strikwerda C Northwestern Big Ten
6 172 Miami Dolphins John Dutton QB Nevada Big West from Lions
6 173 Minnesota Vikings Matt Birk C Harvard Ivy
6 174 New York Jets Chris Brazzell WR Angelo State Lone Star
6 175 Tampa Bay Buccaneers James Cannida DT Nevada Big West
6 176 New England Patriots Harold Shaw RB Southern Mississippi C-USA
6 177 New York Giants Todd Pollack TE Boston College Big East
6 178 Pittsburgh Steelers Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala FB Utah WAC
6 179 Jacksonville Jaguars LeManzer Williams DE Minnesota Big Ten
6 180 San Francisco 49ers Fred Beasley FB Auburn SEC
6 181 Kansas City Chiefs Derrick Ransom DT Cincinnati C-USA
6 182 Jacksonville Jaguars Kevin McLeod RB Auburn SEC from Packers
6 183 New York Jets Dustin Johnson FB BYU WAC from Broncos
6 184 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Shevin Smith CB Florida State ACC
6 185 Detroit Lions Jamaal Alexander CB Southern Miss C-USA
6 186 Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Olson DT Colorado Big 12
6 187 Green Bay Packers Matt Hasselbeck QB Boston College Big East
6 188 Dallas Cowboys Izell Reese S Alabama-Birmingham Ind. (I-A)
6 189 Chicago Bears Patrick Mannelly G Duke ACC
7 190 Indianapolis Colts Aaron Taylor C Nebraska Big 12
7 191 Washington Redskins David Terrell S Texas-El Paso WAC
7 192 Jacksonville Jaguars Alvis Whitted WR North Carolina State ACC from Bears
7 193 Arizona Cardinals Phil Savoy WR Colorado Big 12
7 194 San Diego Chargers Jon Haskins LB Stanford Pac-10
7 195 New York Jets Lawrence Hart TE Southern SWAC from Rams
7 196 Carolina Panthers Vili Maumau DT Colorado Big 12 from Saints
7 197 Seattle Seahawks Jason McEndoo G Washington State Pac-10
7 198 Buffalo Bills Victor Allotey G Indiana Big Ten
7 199 Atlanta Falcons Ephraim Salaam OT San Diego State WAC from Panthers
7 200 Denver Broncos Trey Teague C Tennessee SEC
7 201 Atlanta Falcons Ken Oxendine RB Virginia Tech Big East
7 202 Cincinnati Bengals Marcus Parker FB Virginia Tech Big East
7 203 Atlanta Falcons Henry Slay DT West Virginia Big East from Steelers
7 204 New Orleans Saints Andy McCullough WR Tennessee SEC
7 205 Tennessee Oilers Jimmy Sprotte LB Arizona Pac-10
7 206 Washington Redskins Antwaune Ponds LB Syracuse Big East
7 207 Detroit Lions Chris Liwienski G Indiana Big Ten
7 208 Minnesota Vikings Chester Burnet LB Arizona Pac-10
7 209 Arizona Cardinals George "Jomo" Cousins DE Florida A&M MEAC from NY Jets
7 210 Miami Dolphins Jim Bundren G Clemson ACC
7 211 New England Patriots Jason Andersen C BYU WAC
7 212 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chance McCarty DE Texas Christian WAC
7 213 New York Giants Ben Fricke C Houston C-USA
7 214 Jacksonville Jaguars Brandon Tolbert LB Georgia SEC
7 215 San Francisco 49ers Ryan Thelwell WR Minnesota Big Ten from Steelers
7 216 Kansas City Chiefs Eric Warfield CB Nebraska Big 12
7 217 Chicago Bears Chad Overhauser G UCLA Pac-10 from 49ers
7 218 Green Bay Packers Edwin Watson FB Purdue Big Ten
7 219 Denver Broncos Nate Wayne LB Mississippi SEC
7 220 Philadelphia Eagles Chris Akins DT Texas Big 12
7 221 Pittsburgh Steelers Angel Rubio DT SE Missouri State OVC
7 222 Cincinnati Bengals Damian Vaughn TE Miami (OH) MAC
7 223 Dallas Cowboys >Tarik Smith RB California Pac-10
7 224 Kansas City Chiefs Ernest Blackwell RB Missouri Big 12
7 225 Minnesota Vikings Tony Darden CB Texas Tech Big 12
7 226 Arizona Cardinals Pat Tillman S Arizona State Pac-10
7 227 Dallas Cowboys Antonio Fleming G Georgia SEC
7 228 Carolina Panthers Jim Turner WR Syracuse Big East
7 229 Tennessee Oilers Kevin Long C Florida State ACC
7 230 Oakland Raiders Vince Amey DT Arizona State Pac-10
7 231 Indianapolis Colts Cory Gaines S Tennessee SEC
7 232 Chicago Bears Moses Moreno QB Colorado State WAC
7 233 Arizona Cardinals Ron Janes FB Missouri Big 12
7 234 San Diego Chargers Kio Sanford WR Kentucky SEC
7 235 Oakland Raiders David Sanders DE Arkansas SEC
7 236 St. Louis Rams Jason Chorak LB Washington Pac-10
7 237 Dallas Cowboys Rodrick Monroe TE Cincinnati C-USA
7 238 Buffalo Bills Kamil Loud WR Cal Poly Ind. (I-AA)
7 239 New Orleans Saints Ron Warner LB Kansas Big 12
7 240 Philadelphia Eagles Melvin Thomas G Colorado Big 12
7 241 Baltimore Ravens Cam Quayle TE Weber State Big Sky

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.
Click Any Year Here To Review The Entire NFL Draft & Notable Undrafted Players
1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017