The first few rounds of the NFL Draft is exciting. What sure-to-be superstar is your team going to take? It’s filled with highlights of collegiate moments and fans going crazy over the franchise superstar their team just selected. But what about the later rounds? The picks aren’t really celebrated and the names become obscure. The highlights begin to dwindle because no one really paid attention to these guys. Most of the time these players struggle to make the team and, at best, might one day become a starter.
Occasionally, there are exceptions. Here are ten of the greatest steals in NFL Draft history. Consider all of the players that no one remembers or recognizes that were taken before this list. The next Hall of Famer could fall right into your team’s lap.
1. Tom Brady – Patriots, 6th Round 2000
No surprise here. The Patriots got Brady from Michigan in the 6th round of the draft and he’s gone on to win three Super Bowls, the NFL MVP award, he had 50 touchdown passes in a season, and also led the Patriots to an undefeated regular season. He’s got a pretty good personal life from what I hear as well.
2. Joe Montana – 49ers, 3rd Round 1979
One of the most recognizable athletes in sports history, Montana led the 49ers to four Super Bowl wins and, of course, is in the NFL Hall of Fame. It doesn’t sound ridiculously low that Montana was drafted in the third round until you realize that means 81 players were selected before him.