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NFL Draft history: A Hall of Fame safety and legendary running back highlight the eighth pick
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NFL Draft history: A Hall of Fame safety and legendary running back highlight the eighth pick

With the NFL draft a little over a week away, we are examining the top players and teams at each pick. Find out who your team took with the eighth pick.

The NFL draft, instituted in 1937, has served as the building block for franchises. It started as an attempt to ensure each team had a fair shot to land college talent, since college players were considered free agents before the draft began. ESPN began televising the draft in 1980 and it now has grown into a three-day affair. 

In preparation for the NFL draft, scheduled for April 23 to 25, we are taking a closer look at the history of the top 10 picks, with plenty of help from pro-football-reference.com. From Ronnie Lott to Christian McCaffrey, here's a closer look at the history of the No. 8 pick.

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