RB BRENT FULLWOOD 1st Rd. (4)- 1987: The former Auburn Tiger never showed the type of explosiveness or heart you would expect from someone taken fourth overall. He made the Pro Bowl in his one shining season in 1989, even though he never came close to gaining 1,000 yards. Fullwood was shipped to Cleveland in 1990 after reportedly asking out of a game due to combination of stomach and throat issues.
RB/FB DARRELL THOMPSON 1st Rd. (19)- 1990: Touted by some scouts as the second best running back after Blair Thomas entering the 1990 draft, Thompson was a powerful runner at 6’0” 215 pounds with 4.3 speed. However, the ex-Golden Gopher wasn’t well versed in making defenders miss and often suffered injuries just when it seemed he was on the verge of breaking through.
Thompson stuck around for five years and even played some fullback, but he just didn’t fit Mike Holmgren’s system and never averaged over 3.9 yards per carry. The GM at the time of the 1990 draft, Tom Braatz, could have taken Rodney Hampton who was selected five picks later.
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