1998: Kevin Dyson
One of the biggest stories heading into the 1998 NFL Draft was where would Randy Moss go? No one doubted his supreme talent. In his freshman year at Marshall, Moss tied Jerry Rice’s Division I-AA mark of 28 touchdowns while averaging nearly 115 yards per game. After an equally successful sophomore campaign that ended with him winning the Fred Biletnikoff Award and finishing fourth in the Heisman voting, Moss declared for the draft.
There were rumors Moss would go as high as third to the Cardinals. Many others expected the Raiders to bite with the fifth pick. But team after team passed on Moss because of questions about his character. He had pled guilty to battery in high school, tested positive for marijuana in college and was arrested for domestic battery his freshman year.
The Oilers had the 16th pick and looked to improve their anemic passing attack, which had ranked second-to-last in the league the previous season. It seemed like a blessing that Moss had fallen into their laps. But, Tennessee went with what it thought was the safer choice in Utah's Kevin Dyson.
Dyson went on to a decent career, but is best known for coming up just a few feet short of the potential game-tying touchdown on the final play of Super Bowl XXXIV. Fans in Tennessee are left to wonder what the combination of Steve McNair and Moss could’ve accomplished and whether it might have pushed the franchise over the top to nab its first Super Bowl.