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Off the Beaten Path

Forget the top 10 lists and mock drafts for a minute…'s Gil Brandt goes in another direction with some of the lesser-known facts surrounding the 2003 NFL Draft


QB Brad Johnson wasn't drafted by Tampa Bay, but he was selected with a pick that once belonged to the Buccaneers

Did you know that the pick the Minnesota Vikings originally used to draft current Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Brad Johnson in 1992 was obtained in a trade with those same Buccaneers? Or that the 1987 selection the New England Patriots employed to select QB Rich Gannon, now a Raider, had been picked up in a trade with – you guessed it – the Los Angeles Raiders?

Gil Brandt did. The resident draft guru on and former NFL personnel director has dissected this weekend's selection meeting every way possible and, amid the player rankings and workout evaluations, he has come up with a surprising list of little-known draft facts.


(by Gil Brandt,

The 2003 NFL Draft is upon us. After scouting Pro Days all over the country, ranking the top 15 prospects and dissecting players from every position, it's time for a quick break.

Here are some interesting notes you may not have known about the NFL draft.

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