NFL Draft Picks: Top Late-Round NFL Draft Picks in the Last Ten Years

Hidden Treasures: The Top Late-Round NFL Draft Picks In The Last Ten Years

4/7/09 in NFL   |   snbslugger   |   0 respect

Defensive Line: Kansas City Chiefs: Jared Allen, DE, Idaho State (2004 Round 4 Pick 30 - #126 Overall) - Allen, a 6-6 270 pound defensive end with non-stop motor, had a career year in 2007.  His 15 1/2 sacks earned him a spot on his first Pro Bowl team, and he proceeded to follow it up with ANOTHER Pro Bowl campaign for the NFC in 2008.   He was franchised for $8.8 million by the Chiefs and traded to the Minnesota Vikings on April 22, 2008, just days before the draft.  In five professional seasons, Allen has 57.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, and one interception.

Sleeper Note:
Also considered was Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila of Green Bay, who was a 5th round pick in 2000, #149 Overall.  I chose Allen mostly for his contract windfall with Minnesota, plus he went to a much smaller school (I-AA Idaho State vs. I-A San Diego State for KGB)

Linebacker: Pittsburgh Steelers: Joey Porter, DE/LB, Colorado State (1999 - Round 3 Pick 12 - #73 Overall) - The outspoken Porter, who has made headlines as much for his pre- and post-game yapping as it has for his on-field performance, is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl champion.  After seven seasons with the Steelers, Porter was released as a salary cap move in March of 2007.  He signed with the Miami Dolphins just seven days later.  Many people thought Porter's best days were behind him, but he set a career high of 17.5 sacks in 2008 with Miami.  His previous career high was 10.5 sacks, which he reached in 2000 and 2005.

Sleeper note: Chicago LB Lance Briggs was a 3rd round choice in 2003, #68 overall.  He too has been to Hawaii four times, but his numbers aren't even close to Porter's.  At least, not yet.

Safety: Arizona Cardinals: Adrian Wilson, S, North Carolina State (2001 Round 3 Pick 2 - #64 Overall) - Adrian Wilson may be one of the best safeties in the NFL that nobody knew about until this past season.  He is known by some for a popular viral video circulating Youtube where he hurdles a bar in the locker room 66 inches off the ground.  He also happens to be one of the hardest hitting and best tackling safeties in the NFL.  Wilson is a 2-time Pro Bowler and defensive captain of the Cardinals.  He has been described as a "poor man's Brian Dawkins".  His leadership and intensity were integral in the Card's defensive resurgence over the past few years and played a role in bringing Arizona their first NFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance.  Wilson signed a 5-year extension with the Cardinals in 2005, when he surely could have gone to another team that had more success then the once-hapless Cardinals, but he chose to stay and now Arizona is a serious contender in the NFC.

Cornerback: New England Patriots: Asante Samuel, CB, Central Florida (2003 Round 4 Pick 23 - #120 Overall) - Asante Samuel is arguably the best young cornerback in the NFL.  In his six pro seasons, Samuel has already collected 26 interceptions, two Pro Bowl honors and two Super Bowl Championships with the New England Patriots.  After five successful years with New England, Samuel cashed in during free agency, inking a six-year, $56 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. In his first season in Philly, he was selected to his second Pro Bowl, making him an All-Pro in both the AFC and NFC in a very short amount of time.  He is also tied for fifth on the all-time post-season interceptions list with former Patriots teammate Rodney Harrison.

Special Teams: New York Jets: Leon Washington, RB/KR, Florida State (2006 Round 4 Pick 20 - #117 Overall) - The speedy Washington has been a spot-duty running back for the Jets, but primarily returns kicks.  In two seasons, he has amassed over 4800 all-purpose yards.  He has already taken four kickoffs to the house which gives him the Jets all-time mark.  At 5-8, 202 pounds, Washington is used as a speed back in tandem with starter Thomas Jones.  His small size, quick cuts, catching ability and 4.42 speed puts him in a class of back similar to Warrick Dunn or Darren Sproles.

So you can see there is definitely value on the second day of the draft, and on occasion you can get yourself one more maybe even more than one Pro Bowl player.
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4/12/09   |   HouTxFan   |   5218 respect

(Edited by HouTxFan)

WVU's Steve Slaton was a pretty good 3rd round pickup of the Houston Texans.

4/12/09   |   HouTxFan   |   5218 respect

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want to know who was the luckiest team of all time to get a quarterback who would later break all records and he wasnt selected until the 8th round????? Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula couldnt believ it when Dan Marino still wasnt picked by the 8th round....he snatched him up and as they say......the rest is history.

I'm not sure if I understand your 8th round comment...Marino was the 6th quarterback taken in 1983, but only if you're looking strictly at the first round.  He could also be described as the 27th pick overall that year, which isn't late-round by a long shot!

4/8/09   |   phillydeac4life   |   20 respect

Terrell Davis 6th Round
Shannon Sharpe 7th Round
Kennan McCardell 12th Round
Richard Dent 8th Round
Zack Thomas  5th Round
Dante Hall 5th Round
Joe Horn 4th Round
Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila 5th Round
Marc Bulger 6th Round
Stephen Davis 4th Round
Jammal Anderson 6th Round
Leon Lett 5th Round
Jay Novacek 6th Round
Herschel Walker 4th Round

4/7/09   |   kelski1974

I drafted Witten in my FFL last year guy was awesome for me. Great article

4/7/09   |   snbslugger

WhoDat12 wrote:
Excellent write up, but you didn't mention Marques Colston. He was 3 picks away from being Mr. Irrelevant, but he holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first 2 seasons (163)

I completely missed Colston, you're absolutely right.  When I was doing research for this article I made a note to include him and forgot to.  Colston is an excellent find.  It will be interesting to see if he can keep his performance going over the long term.

4/7/09   |   snbslugger

kantwistaye wrote:
For defensive end (although he is now being moved to OLB) I'd argue Aaron Kampman was just as good a pick as Jared Allen.  He was picked in the 5th round and is a complete DE, being able to stop the run and rush the QB.  Over the past 3 seasons, he has 37 sacks and that's despite being the only legitimate threat on the Packer's defensive line this past year.  Also, unlike Allen, he's not a total douche.

I debated on Kampman for a long time.  He could definitely be on this list, no question.

4/7/09   |   Brendanc8504

gobigblue1960 wrote:
Oh, to be Tom Brady for a week or so...he is still with Gisele, right.

yeah, they just got married

4/7/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4805 respect

Oh, to be Tom Brady for a week or so...he is still with Gisele, right.

4/7/09   |   TheGreat8

Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans. 7th round. Now one of the leagues top corners and Pro Bowler.

4/7/09   |   primo   |   1 respect

what's funny is how these players were all low in the draft. mel kifer is the devil! don't listen to him on his picks

4/7/09   |   kantwistaye   |   4216 respect

For defensive end (although he is now being moved to OLB) I'd argue Aaron Kampman was just as good a pick as Jared Allen.  He was picked in the 5th round and is a complete DE, being able to stop the run and rush the QB.  Over the past 3 seasons, he has 37 sacks and that's despite being the only legitimate threat on the Packer's defensive line this past year.  Also, unlike Allen, he's not a total douche.

4/7/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

WhoDat12 wrote:
Excellent write up, but you didn't mention Marques Colston. He was 3 picks away from being Mr. Irrelevant, but he holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first 2 seasons (163)

Yeah, Colston was definitely a steal.  Him and Wayne Chrebet (undrafted) are giving Hofstra a good name from time to time, and some good publicity for a mid-major program.

4/7/09   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

Excellent write up, but you didn't mention Marques Colston. He was 3 picks away from being Mr. Irrelevant, but he holds the NFL record for most receptions in the first 2 seasons (163)

4/7/09   |   Brendanc8504

The story of Tom Brady really is unbelievable. who would have thought. How much hope does it give to fans of all teams that in the upcoming draft, your team could get a guy that will end up with a story just as amazing

4/7/09   |   DigitalSquire   |   1 respect

Great write up ... And yes Jason Witten is probably the best player on the offensive side of the ball for Dallas. He is Jay Novachek catching but can block like a tackle.  Also he played with a broken arm this year for like 2-3 games.

4/7/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

Very nice write up Scott!  And quality teams are made up of quality parts from Day 2 of the draft.  The Day 1 players get the notoriety, which is why we are so quick to label them as "busts."  I would say the Steelers and Patriots are the best at finding quality guys late that fit into their respective systems, which is definitely a correlation to each teams' recent successes and a testament to their strong managements.