April 28th, 2011
There is always a lot of buzz around the #1 draft pick, but many times the best players aren't the first picked. Many players with incredible careers were drafted in late rounds. Take a look at these famous picks who were far away from #1 on draft day.
* In the 1969 NFL Draft, Jeff Van Note was drafted as pick 262 in the eleventh round. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons and stayed with them for his entire 18-year career! He went to five Pro Bowls and was inducted in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. The Falcons loved him so much that they retired his number!
* T.J. Houshmandzadeh was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2001. He was pick 204 in the seventh round. Since joining the NFL, he has played for three teams (the Bengals, Seahawks, and Ravens). Houshmandzadeh set the Bengals' record for most receptions in a season. T.J. is still going strong with the Seattle Seahawks.
* Here's a surprise! Tom Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots, is having an incredible career...but no one would have guessed that at the 2000 NFL Draft. Brady was pick 199 in the sixth round. Bill Belichick said that he just had a hunch about Brady, so he took a chance on him. Brady is a two-time Super Bowl MVP, six-time Pro Bowl selectee, and is the Patriots' all-time leader for passing touchdowns. It seems Belichick's hunch was a good one.
Which draft picks this year could turn into legendary players? Leave your predictions on the NFL Draft in the comments below!