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Need to Know: The five best players drafted with the 34th pick

Apr 9, 2014, 5:03 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, April 9, 29 days before the NFL draft.

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Here are the five best players drafted with the 34th pick since the first AFL-NFL common draft in 1966. (per the Pro-Football-Reference.com Approximate Value metric):

1. LB Jack Ham, career AV 112 (drafted in 1971 by the Steelers)—Ham went straight into the starting lineup as a rookie and started all but three games of the Steelers run of four Super Bowl titles in six years. He was first-team All-Pro six times and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

2. CB Lem Barney, 99 (1967, Lions)—A shutdown corner before the term was invented, Barney was one of the bright spots on a string of mediocre to awful Lions teams from 1967-1977. He made six Pro Bowls, was first-team All-Pro twice and he has a bust in Canton as well.

3. DB Carnell Lake, 81 (1989, Steelers)—Lake played for the Steelers from 1989-1998, a time when they were winning games but they were unable to add “one for the thumb”. They lost his only Super Bowl appearance following the 1995 season. He made four Pro Bowls with the Steelers (plus first-team All-Pro honors in 1997) and one more in Jacksonville in 1999. He finished up his career with the Ravens in 2001.

4. G Chris Snee, 75 (2004, Giants)—Snee was with the Giants for both of their recent Super Bowl wins and has been one of the more solid lineman in the league since he came to the Giants in 2004. He has four Pro Bowls and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2008. Snee is the only active player on this list.

5. DB Tim McDonald, 71 (1987, Cardinals)—Quite the ball hawk at safety, McDonald picked off 40 passes in 13 NFL seasons. He spent the first six with the Cardinals before moving to the 49ers. After becoming the Cardinals’ starter at strong safety in 1988 he missed just five starts in 12 years. McDonald made six Pro Bowls including five straight from 1991-1995.

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  1. internetcareer - Apr 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    speaking of guards, it’s an interesting question to ask the Redskins. If a Pro Bowl type guard is available with pick #34 and a lessor talented tackle is available…..would they pick NEED over best player available?

    And then it’s all subjective, because Polumbus might actually be better this season than Chester so in reality do we need a Pro Bowl Guard much more than we need a solid right tackle? Just food for thought and legitimate questions.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Apr 9, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Seems to me we need a safety as much as anything else.

      And an inside linebacker with pass coverage skills.
      ~

    • kenlinkins - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:49 PM

      If he is by far and away the best player on the broad, then yes, take the OG. This team can not allow any top 20 player to fall pass them (other than QB and RB). This team needs better players every where you look. Better Players Make Better Teams.

  2. ceetown22 - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    I would go O-Line at 34 – it doesn’t matter what position, G or T whoever they rate better. Then look for either S, CB or LB in the 3rd round…. hopefully one of those positions is the best player available.

  3. kenlinkins - Apr 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I hope there is a Lem Barney sitting there at #34 this year. THAT would make my day!

  4. patrickmartin2014 - Apr 9, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Wait?!?! No Devin Thomas?!?!? This poll is rigged!

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