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What your favorite player looked like on NFL Draft night

April 24, 2019

Jamie Squire

It's easy to forget, but the stars of the NFL Draft are usually, beneath the stunting suits and goofy draft caps, little more than kids. Some of them even look like they could use a Proactiv endorsement. To celebrate the spotty complexions, youthful exuberance and return of the NFL's most irrationally optimistic weekend, we dug into the vaults to find the swaggiest (and sometimes sweatiest) old photos we could find. No matter who your favorite player is, something tells us you won't believe what they looked like on their first day on the job.

Eric Dickerson - 1983


John Elway - 1984


Richard "Refrigerator" Perry - 1985

Jonathan Daniel

Troy Aikman - 1989


Brett Favre - 1991

Perry McIntyre

Drew Bledsoe - 1993

Focus On Sport

Marshall Faulk - 1994

Focus On Sport

Trent Dilfer - 1994

Focus On Sport

Keyshawn Johnson - 1996

New York Daily News Archive

Orlando Pace - 1997

Al Bello

Peyton Manning - 1998

Ezra Shaw

LaDanian Tomlinson - 2000

New York Daily News Archive

Chris Samuels and LaVar Arrington - 2000

M. David Leeds

Eli Manning - 2004

Chris Trotman

Eli Manning Part Deux - 2004

Chris Trotman

Ben Roethlisberger - 2004

Tom Berg

Alex Smith - 2005

Sporting News Archive

Matt Leinart - 2006

Chris Trotman

Brady Quinn - 2007

Rich Schultz

Jamarcus Russell and Adrian Peterson - 2007

Chris McGrath

Joe Flacco - 2008

Jeff Fusco

Sam Bradford - 2010

Jeff Zelevansky

Beast Mode - 2012

MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

Odell Beckham Jr. - 2014

Icon Sports Wire

Ezekiel Elliott - 2016

Kena Krutsinger

Jamal Adams - 2017

Lisa Lake