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| Monday, October 20, 2014



Top 10 Late-round NFL draft picks in recent memory


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While Maurice Clarett and Mike Williams await the ruling as to their eligibility for Saturday's NFL Draft, the rest of the prospective players sit anxiously, waiting to see what team will select them. If the draft goes as it has in previous years, it could be those sneaky late-round picks that make or break a team's playoff chances. With that in mind, The Eagle looks at the top 10 late-round NFL draft picks of recent memory. 10. Gary Anderson After being taken in the seventh round of the 1982 draft with the 171st selection, this kicker went on to do great things. He retired in 2003 as the league's leading scorer with 2,226 points and topped the all-time field goal-list with 521 converted kicks in 650 tries (80.2 percent). 9. Dante Hall This lightning-fast kick-return specialist was selected with the 153rd pick of the 2000 draft. With four kickoff/punt returns for touchdowns in 2003, he stands out as one of the game's brightest young stars. 8. Zach Thomas He is the anchor of the Miami Dolphins' defensive core but it comes as a shock to many that this all-star linebacker was taken in the fifth round with the 154th overall pick in 1996. 7. Joe Horn In 1996, a young wide receiver from Itawamba Junior College was selected with the 135th pick overall. Hundreds of cell phone bills later, this standout receiver for the New Orleans Saints has proven that greatness can be found even in round five. 6. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila In the fifth round of the 2000 draft, a young defensive end was taken from San Diego State University. In only three years in the NFL, KGB has turned himself into a quarterback's worst nightmare and one of the Packer's all-star ends. 5. Marc Bulger He started as a young gun at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, moved his way to West Virginia University and is now the starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams. That's not too shabby for a man taken in the sixth round with the 168th pick. 4. Stephen Davis In the fourth round of the 1996 draft, a young Auburn running back was taken with the 102nd pick overall. Seven years later, Stephen Davis led the Carolina Panthers to their first Super Bowl appearance and a Pro-Bowl appearance for himself. 3. Ahman Green A perennial all-star, Ahman Green was a little-known running back from Nebraska when he was selected with the 76th pick overall in 1998. Since then, he's been nothing short of amazing for the Green Bay Packers, helping them balance a prolific offensive machine. 2. Terrell Davis Running behind John Elway and the Denver Broncos, Davis led his team to consecutive Super Bowls in 1998 and 1999. However, it was a far cry from 1995 when Davis was taken in the sixth round with the 196th overall pick. 1. Tom Brady By now the entire country knows his story, but it is always worth repeating. Brady was taken in the sixth round with the 199th overall selection in 2000 and went on to lead his team to two Super Bowls in three years and earn a Super Bowl MVP. His performance makes him one of the greatest late-round selections of all time.