Top 5 NFL draft day steals of all-time
With the 2012 NFL Draft looming just over the horizon, 32 NFL teams are doing extensive research on a multitude of prospects in hopes of making the perfect picks in the early rounds and finding the steal of the draft in the latter rounds. Throughout the history of the NFL draft there have been some franchise changing selections late in the selection process. Here are the top five NFL Draft day steals of all-time.
5. Thurman Thomas: Thomas is the highest draft pick on this list which is why he is at No. 5. Taken by the Buffalo Bills in the 2nd round of the 1988 NFL draft, Thomas was the 40th overall selection. All he did was help the Bills get to four consecutive Super Bowls. Although Buffalo wasn’t able to capitalize on any of those appearances, over the course of his career Thomas accumulated over 12,000 yards rushing and 88 touchdowns and was an instrumental part of one of the most explosive offenses ever assembled in NFL history.
4. Shannon Sharpe: Known to have the gift of gab, Shannon Sharpe is often forgotten when it comes to draft day steals. Sharpe was taken in the 7th round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. One of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game, Sharpe retired with 815 receptions, 69 touchdowns, and over 10,000 yards receiving. He was a key member of three Super Bowl Champion teams; twice with the Broncos and once with the Baltimore Ravens.
3. Terrell Davis: Taken as the 196th pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos, Davis was definitely a hidden gem. Davis was key in the Broncos two Super Bowl wins in the late 90’s. In fact, it is debatable as to whether or not John Elway would have ever won a ring without the emergence of Davis. Davis was twice named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in his injury shortened career. He was also the 1998 NFL Most Valuable Player when he rushed for over 2000 yards during the season.
2. Tom Brady: Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. 198 players were taken ahead of Brady during that draft yet by far he has been the most productive. Brady has led the Patriots to five Super Bowls with three championships. In fact, in his 10 seasons as the New England starter, he has gone to Super Bowls in half of them. Brady has twice been named the league’s Most Valuable Player and Super Bowl MVP. At 34, he is the only active player on this list and still has an opportunity to add to his legacy.
1. Joe Montana: Montana was the 82nd pick in the 1979 NFL draft. Taken by the San Francisco 49ers, in the third round, Montana was definitely a pick that teams let get away. Montana led the 49ers to four Super Bowls with four wins; three of which he was named the MVP. Montana was also named the NFL MVP twice and to many, is considered the best NFL quarterback of all-time.
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