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ESPN: Top 10 Draft Steals in NFL History

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  1. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    NFL's top 10 draft steals in league history

    NFL Network

    [IMG] Tom Brady, sixth-round pick in 2000
    Brady has led the Patriots to four Super Bowls and three titles since 2001. As the MVP in 2007, he set an NFL record with 50 touchdown passes.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 2000 Draft



    [IMG] Joe Montana, third-round pick in 1979
    The 49ers won four Super Bowls with Montana at quarterback during the 1980s and he landed in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1979 Draft



    [IMG] Terrell Davis, sixth-round pick in 1995
    Davis rushed for 6,413 yards in his first four seasons for the Broncos, helping Denver to wins in Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1995 Draft



    [IMG] Deacon Jones, 14th-round pick in 1961
    Jones played in eight Pro Bowls, including seven straight for the Rams, as a pass rush specialist and won Defensive Player of the Year honors twice.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1961 Draft



    [IMG] Dan Marino, first-round pick in 1983
    Even though the Dolphins took Marino 27th overall, five quarterbacks were taken before the man who rewrote the NFL's passing record book.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1983 Draft



    [IMG] Bo Jackson, seventh-round pick in 1987
    Jackson was the top overall pick in 1986, but didn't sign with the Bucs. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry with Oakland in a career shortened by injury.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1987 Draft



    [IMG] Shannon Sharpe, seventh-round pick in 1990
    In 14 seasons, Sharpe won three Super Bowls. At the time he retired in 2003, he held the tight end record for receptions, yards and touchdowns.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1990 Draft



    [IMG] Ray Guy, first-round pick in 1973
    The only punter ever to be taken in the first round of the draft, Guy averaged 42.4 yards on his punts over 14 seasons with the Raiders.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1973 Draft



    [IMG] Larry Wilson, seventh-round pick in 1960
    During Wilson's 13-year career with the Cardinals, the safety made eight Pro Bowls and had 52 interceptions en route to being enshrined in Canton.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1960 Draft



    [IMG] Roger Staubach, 10th-round pick in 1964
    With Staubach under center, the Cowboys scored victories in Super Bowls VI and XII. He led the NFL in passing four times and went to six Pro Bowls.
    Watch Clip | Player Page | Photos | 1964 Draft
  2. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    Pretty darn good list.
  3. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    Except for the freaking punter in the 1st round. How is that a steal?

    Bart Starr should be on that list.
  4. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    True, true.

    But that's why it's pretty darn good and not a great list. :p
  5. hendog

    hendog Well-Known Member

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    You could make a case for Emmitt to be on that list.
  6. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    No kidding.

    Is that some sort of joke?
  7. lkelly

    lkelly Well-Known Member

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    Ray Guy was supposed to be on the "you could almost justify this pick but not quite" list. I'm sure the teams picking at the top of the first round were steamed that they passed on Guy.
  8. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    I agree that Guy shouldn't be on the list. I would think that they could come up with a better one than Marino also just because of him still being a first round pick.
  9. THUMPER

    THUMPER Papa

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    I don't see how anyone taken in the first round could be considered a "steal".

    If anything, Ray Guy was a "reach" that panned out.
  10. superpunk

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    We could add to this list in the future with Jason Witten and Tony Romo. (Maybe Tony doesn't count)

    [IMG]

    Respect.
  11. marchetta

    marchetta Well-Known Member

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    How about the Herschel Walker selection? Didn't we get Herschel with a late rd pick while he was still in the USFL? Then, once he came into the NFL his rights were ours. That one pick indirectly resulted in our 90's dynasty team after we made the Herschel trade with the Vikes.
  12. lkelly

    lkelly Well-Known Member

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    You know you'd trade that entire Herschel Walker bounty for one shot at Ray Guy.
  13. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    That is what I was thinking. Marino and Guy were not steals in the first round. That is why I would not put Emmitt on this list. He was just a great first round pick by Dallas.

    It is even a little difficult to put someone like Montana on the list because the 3rd round is still pretty high. I would think guys on the second day of the draft or 4th round or lower are more of steals.
  14. jobberone

    jobberone Genetically engineered moderating Orangutan Staff Member

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    So should the Walker draft and even the TD draft. At the time I thought Dallas had lost its mind but Seattle got raped on that one.
  15. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    You're never going to lose that thing you have against kickers and punters are you?

    NTTAWWT mind you! :D
  16. joseephuss

    joseephuss Well-Known Member

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    I would also take Bo Jackson off the list. He only played four seasons and had less than 3000 rushing yards for his career. He was very dynamic and clearly could have been one of the best had he played full time and not been injured, but that is not what happened. Julius Jones has more rushing yards after four seasons. If we are talking all time steals, then I think you can find another player that was drafted as low as Bo, but was able to accomplish more.
  17. adamknite

    adamknite Well-Known Member

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    Yeah.... I don't care what the reasoning is... if a player is drafted in the first round they're not a "steal" IMHO.

    Other than that, it was a good list.
  18. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    No, I never will. You want to see me in jail? Have one of my daughters fall in love with a Kicker. Somethign somewhere is going to be criminally broken.
  19. Randy White

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    a steal over Emmitt Smith ?

    Plluuaaazzzzeee...


    :lmao2:
  20. Randy White

    Randy White Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    5th round draft pick acquired from, if I remember correctly, the Mike Renfro ( WR ) trade.

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