Draft Countdown: T-minus two weeks

Credit: Morris Berman

Two weeks. That’s how long we’ve got until Day One of the NFL Draft. Two weeks goes by fast. Remember how fast your two-week, low carb diet went? Okay, maybe not… but April’s biggest weekend is right around the corner.

So with 14 days left, where does 14 fit in the pantheon of draft history?

  • Two of the premier passers of their era: Otto Graham (fourth overall pick, 1944) and Dan Fouts (third round, 1973) both wore 14. Graham donned the number after the Browns joined the NFL from the AAFC, while Fouts’ 14 was famous for launching footballs all over the Murph, with three straight-4,000 yard seasons.
  • Speaking of great passers, perhaps the most iconic picture in NFL history is of a famous No. 14… Y.A. Tittle. Great stuff.
  • Who’s the best 14th overall pick of all time? Tough call between Gino Marchetti (1952) and Jim Kelly (1983), both of whom are Hall of Famers. Both also started their careers with defunct franchises: Marchetti with the original Dallas Texans, Kelly with the USFL’s Houston Gamblers.
  • Last year the 14-hole produced Earl Thomas, a safety out of the University of Texas. He was the second guy drafted at that position behind the Chiefs’ Eric Berry. Thomas went to the Seahawks, who could use more help in the back four.

What will Seattle’s Pete Carroll, who was hired as the Patriots head coach 14 years ago, do this time around?

— Elliot Harrison

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