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2001 NFL Draft, I Wanted Michael Vick Over Ladainian Tomlinson


When that 2001 draft came up and we had the number one overall pick, I wanted us to draft Michael Vick. I wanted the quarterback out of Virginia Tech and didn’t even know much about Ladainian Tomlinson.

Mike Vick was a freak athlete and even after the first few seasons he had in Atlanta, I was questioning if we made the right decision. Vick was running wild in the NFL and seemed to be on SportsCenter every weekend. He couldn’t hit his receivers with a pass, but he found ways to get outside of the pocket and kept burning through defenses.

I can admit when I WAS WRONG! Of course LT was the better selection!

LT is one of the greatest that has ever played the game and will be in the Hall of Fame, while Vick has been in and out of jail and has fought injury concerns year in and year out. What a great move by GM John Butler and the Chargers!

Anyone else want Michael Vick when we went into that draft? I can’t be the only one!

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  • RussellGrant

    Think of how different we would have been with Vick.  Not that we’d have won and that dog fighting fiasco would have pissed people here off to no end.  Yep, I like LT more.  Mostly he was a class act (overlooking the last couple years but AJ can be an ass too) and the man was skilled.

  • KennyRedman

    Same here. After the Leaf fiasco, the best QB coming out of the draft in 2001 could be the only answer to right the ship. After Riley came out and said that it would take an incredible offer to trade away the #1 pick I was ready to get my Vick jersey. Thank God Alanta traded the farm for “Ron Mexico” because LT is a household name here in San Diego; Along with Fouts, Alworth, Seau, and Gwynn…….and soon to be Rivers.

    • KennyRedman

      And When I say “the best QB”, I mean that was the thinking at that time. Who knew that a 6′ nothing Boilermaker would prove us all wrong on that front as well.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

         @KennyRedman thats right.. love that biolermaker!!i loved him in college too, but thought vick was better than brees too. there i am  being wrong again! haha

  • KennyRedman

    How great was it to watch LT bust that 20 yard run for a TD in Jokeland during overtime, and to finish it off with his hands fully extended, on his knees, in front of the man hole while they pelted him with water bottles. It was the only time I can remeber LT ever show boating after a TD……….Good times.

  • MikeTuck

    @Ernie; All I can say about those possibilitys is Tijuana and dog fighting. How long would it have lasted.

  • A_Eme_O_Ere

    Ditto. I loved Vick in college. Swore I would never watch the Boltz again. I try to remember that moment every draft day.

  • BoJackRusso

    I NEVER liked Mike Vick, I could only see him as an injury waiting to happen. I did enjoy watching him at VT though, and wanted to see him play in the NFL, just not on my team. TBH, I was hoping we’d get Brees but I figured we wouldn’t get the chance to get him. I was stoked when we did.

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