NFL Draft: Best all-time pick for each team

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Ahead of the 2017 draft, here are the all-time best draft picks for each of the NFL’s 32 franchises.

Later this month, the 2017 NFL Draft will take place in Philadelphia. It’s reality television to the highest degree, as invited prospects emerge early from the “green room” while others are forced to wait longer than expected.

Teams that recognize value, practically above specific need, often come out on the good side of immediate post-draft grades. But time is typically a better indicator of the quality of draft picks, good or bad, when a name and a college career becomes an NFL track record.

Here is the best all-time draft pick for all 32 NFL franchises.

Arizona Cardinals: CB Aeneas Williams, 3rd Round (No. 59), 1991

Coming out of Saginaw Valley State 1991, Williams was an overlooked small school draft prospect. He spent the first 10 seasons of his Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals, earning six of his eight Pro Bowl selections and intercepting 46 passes over that span.

Current Cardinals’ running back David Johnson, a third-round pick himself in 2015, is starting build a case to be the team’s representative on a list like this down the road. But I’m going with Williams right now, based on a longer track record.