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All-Time NFL Draft Bargains

From the pre-Super Bowl era to today's modern pass-happy game, here's a list of 16 guys that were absolute steals on draft day.

We all know the NFL draft is all about getting the best value. When you end up drafting future pro bowlers and hall-of-famers after the 10th round, you know your team is getting a pretty good bang for their buck.

Here is a list of the all-time greatest draft day bargains in the history of the NFL.

#16 Larry Brown, RB

Drafted: 1969 by Washington Redskins, pick No. 191, Round 8

Was dominant for his brief seven-year career in Washington where he was named to four Pro Bowls and was the NFL MVP in 1972. He not only had 35 rushing touchdowns, but also 20 TDs as a receiver. Brown had two seasons where he rushed for more than 1,000 yards — and they got him eight rounds in.

 

#15 Brian Siple, QB

Drafted: 1972 by Cleveland Browns, pick No. 330, Round 13

Another guy that soon became an NFL MVP (1980), which means for a 13th round pick he was a steal. He made two All-Pro teams and passed for more than 23,000 yards in his career. During his time with the Browns, his teams were dubbed the ‘Kardiac Kids,’ due to the many comeback wins led by the quarterback — not because they gave kids heart attacks, that would be awful.

 

#14 Terrell Davis, RB

Drafted: 1995 by Denver Broncos, pick No. 196, Round 6

Davis had three short, yet phenomenal years in Denver where he helped lead the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. He made three Pro Bowls and was the 1998 NFL MVP. If it weren’t for his knee troubles, he would have very likely gone on to have a Hall-of-Fame career. Davis would be higher on the list if he could have played longer. But then again, so would I (I stopped playing after high school).

 

#13 Zach Thomas, LB

Drafted: 1996 by Miami Dolphins, pick No. 154, Round 5

Thomas made seven Pro Bowls and was part of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade team. He played in 184 games and finished his career with 1,076 tackles. When I think Thomas, I think John Madden. Don't ask why.

 

#12 Richard Dent, DE

Drafted: 1983 by Chicago Bears, pick No. 203, Round 8

The Hall-of-Famer was the MVP of Chicago’s famous 1985 Super Bowl win, he made five All-Pro teams and wound up with 137.5 career sacks and eight interceptions. Not too shabby.

 

#11 Terrell Owens, WR

Drafted: 1996 by San Francisco 49ers, pick No 89, Round 3

Sure ‘T.O.’ also stands for ‘Team Obliterator;’ but before he ruined chemistry with teammates on multiple franchises, he was the best down field threat in the NFL. Owens should be a sure-bet to make the Hall. He finished his NFL career with the Bengals in 2010, winding up with 1,078 receptions, 15,934 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns – not bad for a third rounder. Owens would be higher on the list if he wouldn't have gotten so many people fired over the years. And yes, I just typed 'gotten.' Say it outloud. It's fun.

 

#10 Michael Turner, RB

Drafted: 2004 by San Diego Chargers, pick No. 154, Round 5

“Burner Turner” really amped things up when he arrived in Atlanta, becoming a two-time All-Pro and NFC rushing champion twice in that time. He’s averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his NFL career and owns just about every Falcon rushing record. Now that's a real dirty bird (Late '90's NFL fans, ATL peeps and fans of Ludacris will get that reference).

 

#9 Mike Webster, C

Drafted: 1974 by Pittsburgh Steelers, pick No. 125, Round 5

“Iron Mike” was part of the ‘Steele Curtain’ that dominated the ‘70’s en route to four Super Bowls for Pittsburgh. Webster is considered one of the greatest centers in NFL history and was voted into the Hall-of-Fame in 1997 following his career that included nine Pro Bowls. Talk about the 'center' of attention. I get my dry humor from my papa. What do you want from me?

 

#8 Raymond Berry, WR

Drafted: 1954 by Baltimore Colts, pick No. 232, Round 20

Good karma when you get these stats from your 20th round pick: 631 receptions, 9,275 yards and 68 touchdowns. Berry made six Pro Bowls and became a member of the Hall-of-Fame in 1973. He was with the Colts when they were still in Baltimore, which means Berry is bad**s.

 

#7 Chris Hanburger, LB

Drafted: 1965 by Washington Redskins, pick No. 245, Round 18

You know you find quite the gem when you end up with a Hall-of-Fame linebacker after pick 200. “The hangman” was known for his clothesline tackling style that earned him nine Pro Bowls. These were the good ol' days; the days when clothesline head-hunting type tackles were still legal. I'm being mildly facetious of course. Mildly.

 

#6 Steve Largent, WR

Drafted: 1976 by Houston Oilers, pick No. 117, Round 4

The Oilers quickly traded Largent to the Seahawks for a 1977 eighth-round pick. Funny considering that he would go on to make the NFL Hall-of-Fame. Largent made seven Pro Bowls and finished with over 100 career touchdowns. Largent was large and in charge. Still dry… I know…

 

#5 Deacon Jones, DE

Drafted: 1961 by Los Angeles Rams, pick No. 186, Round 14

NFL.com rated Jones as the No. 15 player of all-time in the history of the league. Pretty good for a 14th round pick out of South Carolina State / Mississippi Valley State. Jones made eight Pro Bowls and was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1967 and 1968. He was inducted into the Hall-of-Fame in 1980.

 

#4 Roger Staubach, QB

Drafted: 1964 by Dallas Cowboys, pick No. 129, Round 10

Bet you didn’t know this legend was picked in the 10th round of his draft; and that was after winning a Heisman Trophy. He got his career started late (age 27)  because of his military commitment, but was soon voted to six Pro Bowls and became MVP of Super Bowl VI. Staubach finished his career passing for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns and was inducted into the Hall in 1985.

 

#3 Shannon Sharpe, TE

Drafted: 1990 by Denver Broncos, pick No. 192, Round 7

Sharpe finished his career as the all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving touchdowns (62) by a tight end.  He was an eight-time Pro Bowler and won three Super Bowls. His records have since been broken by Tony Gonzalez, but Sharpe will always remain one of the best tight ends in the history of football — and he got drafted in round 7.

 

#2 Bart Starr, QB

Drafted: 1956 by Green Bay Packers, pick No. 199, Round 17

Starr threw for 24,718 yards and 152 touchdowns in his Hall-of-Fame career. He was named to four Pro Bowls and led the Packers to five NFL titles. Starr was also the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. A 17th round pick leads you to five championships? Are you kidding me?

 

#1 Tom Brady, QB

Drafted: 2000 by New England Patriots, pick No. 199, Round 6

Argued as one of the top five quarterbacks in the history of the NFL, Brady had to fight off Drew Henson to see playing time his last two years in college while enrolled at Michigan, and only saw playing time in the NFL after starter Drew Bledsoe got injured. Lucky for New England fans, Bledsoe’s injury was a blessing in disguise.  Brady has led the Pats to five Super Bowl appearances (winning three), and is the only person in NFL history, alongside Joe Montana, to win multiple MVP trophies and multiple Super Bowl MVPs. He has been to seven Pro Bowls and is a sure first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. He's also dreamy and is married to a crazy hot super model. But that's off the record.

 

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