23. Ray Guy, 1973, Raiders
It’s not always wise to take a punter with the 23rd overall pick, but Guy is the obvious exception. He was the first pure punter to reach the Hall of Fame and considered the greatest punter in the history of the game. That’s why he barely edges out the likes of Ty Law and Ozzie Newsome as the best no. 23 pick of all-time.
In addition to making seven Pro Bowls and eight All-Pro teams, Guy revolutionized punting. He’s the reason we keep track of hang time on punts and why modern punters try to prevent any return at all. During his career with the Raiders, he was just as valuable as any other player on the roster and a big part of the franchise winning three Super Bowls during his career.