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      9 Greatest Steals in NFL Draft HistoryBy Brian Rafter May 21  2014  via RSS 14242491895_f54255b704_o.jpgAP Photo/Tom OlmscheidWhen draft day rolls around and teams are looking for an impact player to add to their roster, it’s usually within the first and second round that they find them. Finding a Pro Bowl caliber player in the seventh round rarely ever happens, but when it does it’s like winning the lottery.  Lucky drafting can be the difference between making the playoffs or not.  Or even winning the Super Bowl. So here is the list of top nine draft steals that became stars.14055907207_edb260e2e7_o.jpg9. John Lynch  - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3rd round)Four safeties were chosen before John Lynch in the 1993 draft, and not one of them came close to what John accomplished in his career. Making nine trips to the Pro Bowl and averaging 70.5 tackles per season, he punished offenses with his devastating tackles. John also won the Super Bowl in 2003 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, solidifying his career and making him one of the best safeties in history.14240254762_c966055e2a_o.jpg8. Jared Allen - Kansas City Chiefs (4th round)With a career like Jared’s, and the consistency he has played with over the years, the Hall of Fame will be looking at his name very closely. He has 128.5 sacks in his career, 12th most in history, and his career isn’t even over yet, currently playing for the Minnesota Vikings. When 7.5 sacks is his career low in a season, and missing only 9 games in his 10 year career, “draft steal” is a modest way of putting it.14239185151_0847dddb02_o.jpg7. Andre Reed - Buffalo Bills (4th round)Every Buffalo Bills fan was waiting for Andre to get inducted into the Hall of Fame, and it finally happened in 2014, eight years after his eligibility began. Reed stood out with the Bills, and even though he never won a Super Bowl with the team, having over 13,000 receiving yard was a big factor of why they made it to the championship game four times. Andre has a foundation where he helps underprivileged children reach their full potential, and with a career like his, he is the right man for the job.14055877460_7ab5736760_o.jpg6. Cris Carter - Philadelphia Eagles (4th round)Cris is one of those receivers who won’t be forgotten.  With his circus catches and his “diva” attitude, he always seemed to be in the spotlight. With 130 touchdowns and eight consecutive trips to the Pro Bowl, he is one of the best of all time. Only three other receivers have more touchdowns in their career than Carter and making it in to the Hall of Fame is what secured him on this list. Even though early in his career Cris admitted to having drug problems, he cleaned himself up and went back to what he does best, scoring touchdowns.14240254952_6cd861c995_o.jpg5. Kurt Warner (undrafted)Being an undrafted player means every team in the NFL passed on Kurt during the 1994 draft, and every team made a huge mistake by doing that. His story is one of the best: from working at a grocery store making $5.50 an hour, to becoming a Super Bowl champion and earning millions of dollars, while remaining humble through it all.  Primarily playing with the St. Louis Rams and the Arizona Cardinals, Warner had four trips to the Pro Bowl, three NFL MVP awards, three NFC championships, and a Super Bowl MVP award.  His story is an inspiration to many young men around the world, hoping to follow in his footsteps.14219336846_6bf93a3e60_o.jpg4. Shannon Sharpe - Denver Broncos (7th round)One of the best tight ends to ever play the game, Shannon made the game look easy every time he was on the field. After eight Pro Bowls, three Super Bowl rings, and over 10,000 receiving yards, he was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. After lasting fourteen years in the NFL, and having his face on the Wheaties cereal box, Shannon retired as a seventh round super star.14055845069_fd7f409185_o.jpg3. Terrell Davis - Denver Broncos (6th round)When you are fully healthy for only four out of the seven years you play, and have stats like Terrell Davis, it shows this draft steal was the real deal. With injuries ending his career early, Terrell still ran for over 7,600 yards and won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos. Don’t forget his 1280 receiving yards, 65 career touchdowns, Super Bowl MVP, with three trips to the Pro Bowl. All this proves he was truly amazing, especially for a 6th round pick.14242491835_27dbcaa8e8_o.jpg2. Joe Montana - San Francisco 49ers (3rd round)No quarterback in history has won more Super Bowls than Joe Montana. Terry Bradshaw is tied with Montana, having won four titles.  The difference is that Terry was selected first overall in the 1970 draft, and Montana was overlooked until the 82nd overall pick, deep in the third round. Joe was named Super Bowl MVP three times, which no other quarterback in history has accomplished. He has also never thrown an interception in a Super Bowl, one of the reasons he is nicknamed “Joe Cool”.14239185031_0dae0327dc_o.jpg1. Tom Brady - New England Patriots (6th round)Tom was easily the most underrated player coming out of college.  He started his freshman year in college playing for the Michigan Wolverines, where he was the backup for his first two seasons. Competing against Drew Henson in his junior year, Brady won the starting spot.  He proved it a smart choice by winning the Citrus Bowl that year, and then winning the Orange Bowl his senior season. Drafted by New England, his career took off to heights no one could have imagined.  With three Super Bowl victories , two Super Bowl MVPs, nine trips to the Pro Bowl, five AFC Championships, and two NFL Offensive Player of the Year awards, what else can you ask for from the 199th overall pick?http://www.sportsbreak.com/nfl/9-greatest-steals-in-nfl-draft-history/10/

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      If we’re counting undrafted free agents, I’m pretty sure this list needs more John Randle.

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    • Anonymous

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      If we're counting undrafted free agents, I'm pretty sure this list needs more John Randle.

      One of my all-time favorite players...amazing player and personality

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    • Anonymous

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      this list is lame, there are so many better players than some of the guys listed. the author must not have started watching football before 1985Deacon Jones and Bart Starr were really late picksNight Train Lane was undrafted and walked in to the Rams and asked for a tryout. John Randle wasnt drafted

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    • Anonymous

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      John Unitas 9th round

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    • Anonymous

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      Really bad list

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    • Anonymous

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      It’s a bad list, but adding those  really old-time guys misses a pretty crucial factor – rounds were a lot shorter.Unitas would have been an early 4th rounder today (pick 102). Starr was pretty late though (pick 200). Also, scouting was pretty prehistoric back then. It's easy to miss guys when there's very little television coverage of schools and film is virtually non-existent. It's not until the mid-60s that scouting started becoming sophisticated. Off the top of my head though, stunned there's no Richard Dent (9th rounder).

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    • Anonymous

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      I like Lynch, but for the Bucs, I would put Ronde as a bigger draft steal.

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    • Anonymous

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      If you count undrafted players this list sucks bad.

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    • Anonymous

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      If you count undrafted players this list sucks bad.

      It doesn't.  That's why the title says "DRAFT" History.

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    • Anonymous

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      Ronde in the 3rd was a bigger steal for us.  And why no mention of  Marino?  Ask the Steelers if they regret not taking him.

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    • Anonymous

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      If you count undrafted players this list sucks bad.

      It doesn't.  That's why the title says "DRAFT" History.

      But it does. Kurt Warner was undrafted and on the list. Please do explain that one....

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    • Anonymous

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      If you count undrafted players this list sucks bad.

      It doesn't.  That's why the title says "DRAFT" History.

      But it does. Kurt Warner was undrafted and on the list. Please do explain that one....

      Kurt wrote the list and felt the need to include himself?

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    • Anonymous

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      How is Lynch a bigger steal than Ronde?

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    • Anonymous

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      Aeneas Williams was the #59 pick (then the 3rd round), made 8 Pro Bowls, and 4 all-pro teams. Lance Briggs was the #68 pick, made 7 Pro Bowls, and 3 all-pro teams. Will Shields was the #74 pick, made 12 Pro Bowls, 7 all-pro teams, and an all-decade team.

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    • Anonymous

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      All this complaining, yet only a couple have actually threw some names in there.

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    • Anonymous

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      All this complaining, yet only a couple have actually threw some names in there.

      I do what I can.

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    • Anonymous

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      How about deacon jones?  14th round.

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    • Anonymous

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      Actually it’s not really fair to include draft classes from that far back.  Scouting wasnt what it is today. 

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    • Anonymous

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      If we're counting undrafted free agents, I'm pretty sure this list needs more John Randle.

      I don't remember exactly when John Randle came into the league so I don't know who it was but believe it or not, he had a free agent tryout with the Bucs and was ready to sign when a new coach of ours came in who didn't think he had the tools and let him go.  True story and the rest is history.  Assume this was Perkins or Wilkerson if it was the head coach's call.  Another in the long list of terrible moves back in the day.

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    • Anonymous

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      Ronde in the 3rd was a bigger steal for us.  And why no mention of  Marino?  Ask the Steelers if they regret not taking him.

      He still got drafted in the 1st though. So not exactly a steal for the Dolphins.

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    • Anonymous

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      If we're counting undrafted free agents, I'm pretty sure this list needs more John Randle.

      I don't remember exactly when John Randle came into the league so I don't know who it was but believe it or not, he had a free agent tryout with the Bucs and was ready to sign when a new coach of ours came in who didn't think he had the tools and let him go.  True story and the rest is history.  Assume this was Perkins or Wilkerson if it was the head coach's call.  Another in the long list of terrible moves back in the day.

      That was because of Ervin.

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    • Anonymous

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      If you count undrafted players this list sucks bad.

      It doesn't.  That's why the title says "DRAFT" History.

      But it does. Kurt Warner was undrafted and on the list. Please do explain that one....

      I just looked at the names.  I didn't pay attention to the rounds.  Still though, the list doesn't suck based on the paucity of undrafted players.

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    • Anonymous

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      Richard Dent203rd overall137.5 sacks4 time Pro Bowler5 time All Pro1 time Super Bowl MVP2 time Super Bowl winnerHow does he not make the list over Allen at this point?Hall of Fame

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