NFL Draft history: Linebackers fill the hole with the ninth pick
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NFL Draft history: Linebackers fill the hole with the ninth pick

Talented linebackers are a recent trend at pick nine in the NFL Draft. Find out what other top players were picked in this spot.

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 Brian Urlacher to Fred Taylor, here's a closer look at the history of the No. 9 pick.

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