Draft Countdown: 17 again

The Path to Primetime is down to 17 days. While 17 reminds some people of teenybopper magazines, or bad Winger songs, the number jogs to mind many things NFL draft related.

For example…

  • The first African-American quarterback to win a Super Bowl, Doug Williams, went 17th overall to Tampa Bay in 1978. He also wore number 17 when he won that Super Bowl for the Redskins.

  • A real burner for a 17, the Steelers’ Mike Wallace, ran a 4.28 at the combine. That performance landed him on Pittsburgh’s draft board in 2009.

  • Another 17: “Dandy” Don Meredith, the Cowboys’ first franchise quarterback. Bears owner George Halas drafted him in the third round in 1960 with the sole intent of dealing him to Dallas.

  • Number 17 on NFL Network’s The Top 100: NFL’s Greatest Players is maybe the most electrifying player the NFL has ever seen… Barry Sanders, who went third overall, behind Troy Aikman and Tony Mandarich in the 1989 draft.

We’ll be counting down the list of the top 100 players of 2011 right after the draft, on Saturday night, April 30, on NFL Network.

Just so we can bring you back full circle, the Bucs’ current quarterback, Josh Freeman, went 17th overall in 2009.

It’s only 17 days until the Bucs are on the clock again.

Elliot Harrison

Elliot Harrison, a research analyst for “NFL RedZone” on NFL Network, counts down the days until the start of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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