9. Bruce Matthews, 1983, Oilers
This pick is close to a coin flip between Matthews and Brian Urlacher, but in the end, we put the quarter away and just went with Matthews. There just haven’t been many offensive linemen like him in the history of the game, and certainly no one who had the same kind of longevity and durability.
For starters, Matthews played 293 NFL games, the second-most in NFL history. He’s also tied for the most Pro Bowl selections with 14. If that wasn’t enough, he started games at all five positions on the offensive line. Matthews had the kind of versatility that’s rarely seen in linemen these days. He was even the snapper on special teams, so his value on an NFL roster is off the charts.