1995. Curtis Martin (Pick: Ki-Jana Carter)
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the 1995 NFL Draft as the foundation of their great defenses of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, and future perennial Pro Bowl players Tony Boselli and Steve McNair were taken among the top 3 picks, but in our opinion, the top pick from that year’s class goes to running back Curtis Martin, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro.
Starting his career with the New England Patriots and then traded to the New York Jets, Martin ran for over 1,000 yards in each of his first 10 seasons in the NFL, including a league-leading 1,697 yards in 2004. Upon his retirement after the 2006 season, Martin had the fourth-most rushing yards in NFL history, trailing only Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders.