Looking back at what happened going into and during the 1999 NFL Draft and comparing it to what has happened so far going into the 2012 draft, there are a lot of similarities.
Back in 1999, two quarterbacks were expected to go #1 and #2 in the draft. Cleveland was expected to take Tim Couch, an ultraproductive white pocket passing quarterback from Kentucky. The Eagles were expected to take Donovan McNabb, an athletic strong armed black quarterback from Syracuse. This year it's the same thing. The Colts are expected to take one of the best pocket passers who has come out in a while in Andrew Luck who happens to be white. The Redskins are expected to take black, strong armed athletic quarterback Robert Griffin III.
In 1999 there was a HUGE trade which involved the Redskins and a dreadlocked athlete that was wowing all the draft prognosticators. Back then, the Saints and Mike Ditka offered their entire draft to the Redskins to move up to number 4 and they took Texas running back Ricky Williams. This year the Redskins mortgaged their future and offered three number one picks plus a second rounder for this year to the Rams to put themselves in position to take Robert Griffin III.
In 1999, the Rams traded down with another team and wound up with the number six pick. The Rams took a wide receiver by the name of Torry Holt and we all know what happened after that. This year, the Rams traded down and wound up with the #6 pick again and guess what one of their biggest needs is...yes that is right, they need a wide receiver. Justin Blackmon just might be sitting there for the Rams to fill that hole.
In 1999, the Rams came into the season with a new offensive coordinator from an eastern division team. They brought in Mike Martz from the Washington Redskins. This year we will be starting the season with a new offensive coordinator named Brian Schottenheimer from the AFC East New York Jets.
In 1999, the Rams brought in a key interior lineman from the Green Bay Packers. Adam Timmerman was a major contributor to the Packers NFC Champion and Super Bowl Champion teams of the late 90's. This year, the Rams have brought in Scott Wells. He was the center for the Packers who won the Super Bowl at the end of the 2010 season.
All I know is at the end of that season Jeff Fisher was coaching his NFL team in the Super Bowl. That team was the Tennesee Titans who lost to our Rams in Super Bowl XXXIV. Hopefully Fish will be coaching a Super Bowl at the end of this season also, just with a different result as far as he is concerned!