This Day In Sports History (April 21st) – NFL Draft
It was on this day in 2001 that the first day of the NFL draft was held at Madison Square Garden in New York. The draft is most remembered for the trade that took place between the Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Chargers.
The Falcons traded their first round pick (5th overall), along with their third round pick in 2001, a second round pick in 2002 and wide receiver Tim Dwight to the Chargers for the #1 overall pick. Atlanta used the #1 pick to draft quarterback Michael Vick out of Virginia Tech, while San Diego took running back Ladainian Tomlinson from Texas Christian University with the fifth selection.
When this trade was first made, it was tough to tell who got the better deal, but after some time it was quite obvious who the winner was. Although Vick had some early success in Atlanta, his off-field problems all but killed his career, while Tomlinson was a premier running back in the NFL for the entire decade.
Here is some discussion of this blockbuster draft day trade.
Ed Belfour, NHL – Born April 21st 1965 (age 46) in Carman, Manitoba
Tony Romo, NFL – Born April 21st 1980 (age 31) in San Diego, California
Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, NFL – Born April 21st 1982 (age 29) in Gadsden, Alabama