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Posted by Albert Breer  May 17, 2010 03:36 PM

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Vince Lombardi took Iowa QB Randy Duncan with the first pick in the 1959 draft. Duncan went to Canadian Football League to chase money, never played a down in the NFL, and Lombardi had to dig deep and find some afterthought named Bart Starr (1956 17th-round pick) at the bottom of his roster to make up for it.

Then-first-year-Steelers coach Chuck Noll took Notre Dame QB Terry Hanratty with the 30th pick in the 1969 draft, and that worked out so well that he plucked Terry Bradshaw with the first pick in the next year's draft.

Bill Walsh's first selection as San Francisco coach was UCLA's James Owens, the 29th pick in the 1979 draft, who rushed for 33 yards and caught 19 passes in two years before being jettisoned to Tampa Bay. To his credit, Owens was an Olympic hurdler back in 1976. To Walsh's credit, he got some dude named Joe Montana with his next pick, at 82nd overall.

Jimmy Johnson and the Cowboys are the aberration here, having taken Troy Aikman with the first pick in 1989 in what was a loaded draft (Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders and Derrick Thomas were also in the Top 5.)

So when you look at Klemm and see a bust, know that Belichick's in good company in having his first pick fall to pieces. And remember that about 153 picks later, the coach made up for it in a big, big way.
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