No. 1: WR Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings, 1998
After losing his Notre Dame scholarship and being forced to attend Marshall back when the Thundering Herd were an FCS school, Moss put up eye-popping stats, but his past failed to convince any of the teams that held one of the first 20 selections in 1998 to take a chance on him.
Minnesota chose not to overthink things, as they saw a 6-4, 215-pound receiver with Slam Dunk Contest-level hops and speed that made him arguably the fastest player in the league for a brief period of time. When slotted next to Cris Carter, Moss became one of the greatest receivers in league history.
Even with the abrupt end to his career and wasted time in Oakland, Moss ended his career with just under 1,000 catches, 15,292 yards, 156 touchdowns (still second all-time), the word “Mossed” added to football vernacular, and a legacy as one of the most unguardable players the league has ever seen.
Jerry Rice certainly had the better career, but Moss at the turn of the millennium in Minnesota was just about as dominant as a wide receiver has ever been for a two- or three-year stretch. Who knows? Maybe the Colts will stumble upon the next Moss in this draft.