Best Draft Classes For NFL Betting in the Last Two Decades

Posted by Alex Murphy on Tuesday,June 9, 2015 11:59, EST in

By all NFL betting standards, it is hard to argue against the fact that the 2015 NFL Draft class was pretty special—well rounded on both ends of the field. But on such an account, then all the draft classes over the past two decades should be rated as special since they’ve all been pretty balanced, right? Well, being special is good for conversational and literary purposes. But as far as timeless record books are concerned, good is the enemy of best… that’s why our biased focus on this stroll-down-memory-lane will be on the best NFL draft classes over the last two decades.

Essentially, factors like the arbitrary depth of talent, Pro Bowl/All Pro selections, acceleration into first team football and utility reserves have been duly considered to find the classes listed herein. That being said, join us in our best of 5 list below, detailed in the descending order of recent years:

CLASS OF 2011

• Had four players make the Pro Bowl in their rookie years
• Has 23 players who have made at least one Pro Bowl
• 14 of its First-rounders have made at least one Pro Bowl
• Came with a wide variety of players who have consistently influenced the NFL Odds as reserves and starters.
• Has a total of 21 players in Super Bowl wins
• Has a combined total of 45 Pro Bowl selections

Demarco Murray

Noteworthy players in the Class of 2011: Cam Newton, J.J. Watt, Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, DeMarco Murray, Justin Houston, Patrick Peterson, Von Miller, Aldon Smith, Torrey Smith, Marcell Dareus, and Roy Helu.

CLASS OF 2007

• Has 33 players who have made at least one Pro Bowl
• 16 of its First-rounders have made at least one Pro Bowl
• Has a total of 32 players in Super Bowl wins
• Has a combined total of 84 Pro Bowl selections
• This class is full of regular All-Pros, including WR Calvin Johnson, linebacker Patrick Willis, cornerback Darrelle Revis.

Calvin Johnson

Other Noteworthy Players in the Class of 2007: Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, Marshawn Lynch, Jon Beason, Dwayne Bowe, Ben Grubbs, David Harris, LaMarr Woodley, Dashon Goldson, Jacoby Jones and Marshal Yanda.

CLASS OF 2004

• Has 33 players who have made at least one Pro Bowl
• 15 of its First-rounders have made at least one Pro Bowl
• This first-round selections in this class have emerged as some of the best artists of the game
• Has a total of 29 players in Super Bowl wins
• Has a combined total of 77 Pro Bowl selections

Eli Manning

Noteworthy players in the Class of 2004: Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Larry Fitzgerald, DeAngelo Hall Sean Taylor, Vince Wilfork, Darnell Dockett, Steven Jackson, Matt Schaub, Shaun Phillips, Antonio Smith, Jared Allen and Michael Turner.

CLASS OF 2001

• Has 34 players who have made at least one Pro Bowl
• 17 of its First-rounders have made at least one Pro Bowl
• Has a total of 24 players in Super Bowl wins
• Has a combined total of 107 Pro Bowl selections

Ladainian Tomlinson

Noteworthy players in the Class of 2001: Drew Brees, Steve Hutchinson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Michael Vick, Richard Seymour, Justin Smith, Santana Moss, Todd Heap, Reggie Wayne, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Kris Jenkins, Chad Johnson, Matt Light, Adrian Wilson, Shaun Rogers and Steve Smith.

CLASS OF 1996

• Has a Pro Football Hall of Famer in Jonathan Ogden
• Has 33 players who have made at least one Pro Bowl
• 15 of its First-rounders have made at least one Pro Bowl
• Has a total of 36 players in Super Bowl wins
• Of all classes over the last decade, the 1996 draft class has earned the highest number of combined Pro Bowls with 115 total Pro Bowl selections

Marvin Harrison Colts

Noteworthy players in the Class of 2001: Ray Lewis, Brian Dawkins, Marvin Harrison, Terrell Owens, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Alstott, Eddie George, Lawyer Milloy, Stephen Davis, Tedy Bruschi, Joe Horn, , La’Roi Glover and Zach Thomas.

WORTHY MENTIONS

CLASS OF 2009

A good number of game-changers with a chance to still improve
• Noteworthy players in the Class of 2009: Matthew Stafford, Arian Foster, Brian Orakpo, B.J. Raji, Percy Harvin, Hakeem Nicks, Clay Matthews, Kenny Britt, LeSean McCoy, Connor Barwin, Mike Wallace and Johnny Knox.

CLASS OF 2010

Loaded will with killer weapons and impact players
• Noteworthy players in the Class of 2010: Ndamukong Suh, Eric Berry, Sam Bradford, Maurkice Pouncey, Jason Pierre-Paul, Dez Bryant, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, NaVorro Bowman, Antonio Brown and Geno Atkins.

Dez Bryant

CLASS OF 2003

A fine blend of players and decent number of them are today’s NFL stars
• Noteworthy players in the Class of 2003: Andre Johnson, Terence Newman, Jordan Gross, Kevin Williams, Terrell Suggs, Troy Polamalu, Willis McGahee, Dallas Clark ,Nnamdi Asomugha, Anquan Boldin, Osi Umenyiora, Lance Briggs, Jason Witten, Asante Samuel, Robert Mathis, David Diehl and Dan Koppen.

CLASS OF 1998

Gets a worthy mention because of Peyton Manning…and the rest
• Other Noteworthy players in the Class of 1998: Ryan Leaf, Randy Moss, Charles Woodson, Hines Ward.
Sources
NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/player/andydalton/2495143/profile)
ESPN.com (http://espn.go.com/nfl/player/stats/_/id/939/marvin-harrison)