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Now comes the time we pore over our team’s crop of Draft Picks the way we used to go through our birthday presents. Who’s the superstar? Who’s a bust? Well, don’t always believe the scouts. Here are this Century’s greatest players who got dissed by the Draft. May your team get one!
Someone was definitely sleeping in 2005 when the NFL let Jay Ratliff slip to the 7th Round. That’s almost not getting drafted, period. People should have more respect for a great Nose Tackle, especially a 4 Time Pro Bowler.
The 49ers’ not-quite-boom-then-bust decade so far has probably obscured how good NaVorro Bowman has been since going in the 3rd Round in 2010. A 3 Time First Team All-Pro in 5 seasons, so far? That screams ‘First Round talent’ in our book.
Usually, getting picked 24th might be a disappointment, but you shrug, ‘Well, it’s first round anyway.’ That doesn’t cut it when it’s Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were right to spot in 2005 that drafting Rodgers would mean replacing Bret Favre with a better Bret Favre. Rodgers is Favre with way fewer picks.
Jared Allen has been such a force since being drafted in 2004 that it’s incredible thinking about him waiting till the 4th Round. That can happen when you’re coming out of Idaho. Since then, ‘5 Time Pro Bowler’ and ‘4 Time First-Team All-Pro’ don’t begin to describe Allen’s impact. He led the league in sacks twice, scoring 22 notches in 2011. Between 2008 and 2011 Allen scored four Safeties. That’s a wrecking ball.
It’s hard to believe that Richard Sherman lasted 5 rounds in 2011. Since then he has been the face of one of the great defenses of all time, the Super Bowl Champion ‘Legion of Boom’ Seahawks. Maybe just as impressive, Sherman has been one of only three guys (with Watt and Revis) to take the media spotlight from the Quarterback during this pass-happy era. DEE-FENSE.
Trent Cole isn’t quite the sack machine he was just a few years ago. But the Eagles took him in the 5th Round in 2005. Since then, he’s given his teams 88.5 sacks, 456 tackles and not once appeared in fewer than 14 games.
Stunning, that no one picked Russell Wilson until the Third Round. It’s also stunning that it’s only been since 2012. Both indicate Wilson’s impact. His seasons tend to end in the Super Bowl; you have to remind yourself that he ‘only’ has one ring. That’s one ring more than Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, by the way.
Asante Samuel was disrespected when he got picked in the 4th Round in 2003, and he still is disrespected. Samuel was good enough during his ten years that it doesn’t give him enough credit to just say ‘4 Time Pro Bowler.’ He was CB on 3 of the Patriots teams that went to the Super Bowl and 2 that won. The one that didn’t went 18-0 in the regular season. Samuel led the NFL in picks – twice. And he was a hitter.
Jimmy Graham was a basketball player with only one year of football when he was drafted in the Third Round in 2010. Since then he’s registered 4 seasons over 85 catches and 3 Pro Bowls.
Antonio Brown has probably been the NFL’s ultimate offensive weapon the past couple years. In 2010, the League couldn’t tell him apart from a dozen other 5’10” 180 lb. guys. What were they missing?
By now Tom Brady probably has to struggle with what TO DO with all the Super Bowl trophies and MVPs. Everybody knows he was Taken In Round Six. Which means that just because he has perfect teeth doesn’t mean he was born to all that silver. So don’t be a hater!
True: the skills, and stats Tony Romo has racked up during the regular season haven’t translated to postseason success. But… undrafted? Really?