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Video highlights of 10 elite draft classes

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Here are NFL.com's top 10 draft classes, accompanied by video highlights.

No. 10: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1995) -- The Bucs stayed in Florida to help build one of the league's top defenses, which eventually led to the franchise's first Super Bowl title.

#9 Buffalo Bills class of 1985

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Although the Bills didn't win a Super Bowl, mainstays of the squad that played for four Lombardi trophies came out of this class.

No. 9: Buffalo Bills (1985) -- Although the Bills didn't win a Super Bowl, mainstays of the squad that played for four Lombardi trophies came out of this class.

No. 8: Chicago Bears (1965) -- The Bears took advantage of having two picks in the first round, selecting arguably the best middle linebacker (Dick Butkus) and running back (Gale Sayers) ever to play.

No. 7: Washington Redskins (1981) -- The Redskins won three Super Bowls in less than 10 years, due in part to the success they had with this crop of players.

No. 6: Baltimore Ravens (1996) -- For a new team in a new city, the Ravens quickly established an identity in Baltimore with their 1996 draft class.

No. 5: San Francisco 49ers (1986) -- In 1986, Bill Walsh executed a plethora of trades, turning eight picks into 14. Eight of those players went on to start at least one Super Bowl for the 49ers.

Top Ten Draft Classes: 1958 Green Bay Packers

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The seeds of Green Bay's success in the 1960s were planted in the '50s when Vince Lombardi was still the offensive coordinator of the Giants.

No. 4: Green Bay Packers (1958) -- The seeds of Green Bay's success in the 1960s were planted in the '50s, when Vince Lombardi was still the offensive coordinator of the Giants.

No. 3: Chicago Bears (1983) -- While many teams were busy drafting quarterbacks in 1983, the Bears found two offensive linemen to help protect their signal-caller.

No. 2: Dallas Cowboys (1991 and 1992) -- The Cowboys drafted a combined nine starters in 1991 and 1992, helping them to win three of the next four Super Bowls.

No. 1: Pittsburgh Steelers (1974) -- Pittsburgh's draft helped establish the Steelers as the dynasty of the '70s, as the team selected four future Hall of Famers.