Who were the best and worst first-round NFL draft picks of the 1990s? With NFL Network celebrating '90s week, we offer a look at two strong candidates for each category in all 10 drafts of the decade. Let the debates begin:
Best: Junior Seau or Emmitt Smith
Seau: One of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, the No. 5 overall pick was named to 12 Pro Bowls and played 13 years with the team that drafted him (San Diego).
Worst: Andre Ware or Blair Thomas
Ware: The Detroit Lions made Ware the No. 7 overall pick, and he started just five games (with just five touchdown passes) over a four-year career.
Thomas: The former No. 2 overall pick had a decent rookie year in averaging 5.0 yards per carry, but lasted just four years with the New York Jets.
Best: Herman Moore or Ted Washington
Moore: The Detroit Lions took Moore out of Virginia with the No. 10 pick, and he became one of the franchise's best ever at the position: more than 9,000 yards, including 1,686 and 14 touchdowns on 123 receptions in his career-best year (1995).
Washington: Nose guards don't pile up gaudy statistics, but Washington's career needs no more validation than its sheer length: 17 years with seven clubs.
Worst: Huey Richardson or Todd Marinovich
Richardson: After a disappointing rookie season as the No. 15 pick, Richardson was traded from Pittsburgh to Washington for a seventh-rounder.
Marinovich: The Raiders made Marinovich the No. 24 overall pick and let him go after only two seasons.
Best: Leon Searcy or Dale Carter
Searcy: The No. 11 overall pick played 11 seasons in the NFL and and was at one point one of the game's elite left tackles.
Carter: The former Tennessee star was the No. 20 overall pick and lasted 14 years in the NFL, half of them with the team that drafted him (Kansas City), and had 24 career interceptions.
Worst: Steve Emtman or Tony Smith
Smith: The former Southern Miss running back started just six games as a rookie for the Atlanta Falcons as the No. 19 overall pick, and didn't start another game in his brief career.
Best: Willie Roaf or Jerome Bettis
Worst: Rick Mirer or Leonard Renfro
Mirer: The Seahawks' No. 2 overall pick showed some promise as a rookie, but never could get beyond a bad knack for throwing interceptions (76, to just 50 TD passes).
Renfro: The Philadelphia Eagles got two seasons and just two starts out of the No. 24 overall pick.
Best: Marshall Faulk or Willie McGinest
Faulk: The Pro Football Hall of Famer, a No. 2 overall pick of the Colts, had an incredible four-year stretch in which he rushed for more than 5,000 yards and received for more than 3,000, accounting for 69 touchdowns.
McGinest: The Patriots' No. 4 overall pick amassed 86 career sacks and logged 12 years of service with the club that chose him.
Worst: Heath Shuler or Trev Alberts
Alberts: Alberts lasted just three years in the NFL and made just seven career starts at linebacker as the No. 5 pick.
Best: Tony Boselli or Warren Sapp
Boselli: The cornerstone draft pick of the then-expansion Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 2 overall), Boselli was one of the best left tackles in the NFL right from his rookie year.
Worst: Rashaan Salaam or Trezelle Jenkins
Salaam: After a 1,000-yard rookie season with the Bears, the former Heisman Trophy winner was out of the league within three years with injury and fumbling issues.
Jenkins: The Chiefs took Jenkins at No. 31 overall, and he played in just nine games with no starts in three years.
Best: Eddie George or Ray Lewis
George: The Houston Oilers' No. 14 overall pick had seven seasons of 1,000-plus rushing yards and was a four-time Pro Bowler.
Worst: Lawrence Phillips or John Michels
Phillips: Disciplinary issues cost Phillips a promising NFL career as the No. 6 pick of the Rams, and he made just 20 career starts.
Michels: The Packers took Michels at No. 27 overall out of Southern Cal, but knee injuries shortened his career to four years, only three in Green Bay, and 14 career starts.
Best: Walter Jones or Tony Gonzalez
Kansas City Chiefs got infinite value out of the No. 13 pick, 12 seasons of stellar play before the Atlanta Falcons picked him up for five more productive years.
Worst: Reinard Wilson or Jim Druckenmiller
Wilson: Cincinnati took Wilson with the No. 14 pick, and although he lasted six years with the club, he made just 23 starts over that time.
Druckenmiller: San Francisco's No. 26 overall pick played sparingly as a rookie and was traded to the Miami Dolphins, where his career ended after three years.
Best: Peyton Manning or Charles Woodson
Manning: The No. 1 overall pick became one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history in Indianapolis, and is still going strong with the Denver Broncos.
Woodson: Like Manning, the former Michigan star and Heisman Trophy winner is still active in the league after 16 years, and has 56 career interceptions.
Worst: Ryan Leaf or Jason Peter
Leaf: A longtime posterchild for draft busts, Leaf was a No. 2 overall pick of the San Diego Chargers, and was off the roster after three seasons.
Peter: The Carolina Panthers' No. 14 overall pick made 20 starts over his first two NFL seasons, but chronic neck pain brought an early end to his career.
Best: Champ Bailey or Torry Holt
Worst: Tim Couch or Akili Smith
Couch: The former No. 1 pick lasted just five forgettable seasons in Cleveland, and the Browns compiled a 26-54 record in that stretch.
Smith: As a No. 3 overall pick, Smith lasted just four years with the Cincinnati Bengals, appearing in just three games over his last two years.