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Since 1980, 18 draft picks have been stripped from NFL teams; Guess who leads?

NFL has suspended 18 draft picks since 1980, Guess which team leads?

NFL has suspended 18 draft picks since 1980, Guess which team leads?

The NFL has recently been coming down pretty hard on NFL teams for cheating and for tampering. According to, 18 draft picks have been stripped away from NFL teams since 1980. I wanted to know what you think?  Also guess what team leads the league? 

2015 New England Patriots
Transgression: Deflating footballs used in the AFC Championship Game
Forfeited pick(s): 2016 first-rounder, 2017 fourth-rounder

2015 Atlanta Falcons
Transgression: Pumping artificial noise into their stadium
Forfeited pick(s): 2016 fifth-rounder

2012 New Orleans Saints
Transgression: Paying bonuses, or “bounties,” for injuring opposing players
Forfeited pick(s): 2012 second-rounder, 2013 second-rounder

2011 Detroit Lions
Transgression: Tampering with safety Jarrad Page, who was under contract with the Kansas City Chiefs
Forfeited pick(s): 2011 seventh-rounder plus swap of picks with Chiefs in the fifth round

2008 San Francisco 49ers
Transgression: Tampering with linebacker Lance Briggs, who was under contract with the Chicago Bears
Forfeited pick(s): 2008 fifth-rounder plus swap of picks with Bears in third round

2008 New England Patriots
Transgression: Videotaping New York Jets coaches’ signals on the sideline during a 2007 game
Forfeited pick(s): 2008 first-rounder

2002 Denver Broncos
Transgression: Circumventing the salary cap between 1996-98
Forfeited pick(s): 2005 3rd-rounder, 2002 3rd-rounder

2001 San Francisco 49ers
Transgression: Violating salary cap rules
Forfeited pick(s): 2001 5th-rounder, 2002 3rd-rounder

2001 Pittsburgh Steelers
Transgression: Exceeding the 1998 salary cap
Forfeited pick(s): 2001 third-rounder

1986 New England Patriots
Transgression: Illegal use of injured-reserve list
Forfeited pick(s): 1986 third-rounder

1981 Denver Broncos
Transgression: Contract violations involving defensive back Bill Thompson
Forfeited pick(s): 1981 third-rounder

1981 Oakland Raiders
Transgression: Illegally sequestering players in 1978
Forfeited pick(s): 1981 fifth-rounder

1980 Philadelphia Eagles
Transgression: Holding an illegal tryout
Forfeited pick(s): 1980 third-rounder

1980 Oakland Raiders
Transgression: Evasion of player limit
Forfeited pick(s): 1980 fourth-rounder

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