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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

Senior Analyst for and

All-Pro Late Draft


Some of my esteemed colleagues are right in pointing out the selection of Tom Brady as the best offensive draft pick of all time. It is tough to argue with his Super Bowl victories, league records and role on the only team since the 1972 Dolphins to enter the Super Bowl undefeated... all after being the 33rd pick of the 6th round (199th overall) of the 2000 draft.

Few remember that taken in the same round of the 2000 draft was another fine quarterback, Marc Bulger from West Virginia. Many other standout players were excellent late round finds, as well.

Here is my All-Pro offensive team cast over the past 20 years drafted in the 6th round or later: I substituted a 3rd receiver for the fullback position and, rather than assign each offensive lineman a position, I just used OL due to the fact that many of the players were drafted at one position, but made their NFL fame at another.

QB: Tom Brady (Michigan, 6th rd, 199 overall, 2000) -- Patriots
RB: Terrell Davis (Georgia, 6th rd, 196 overall, 1995) -- Broncos
TE: Shannon Sharpe (Savannah State, 7th rd, 192 overall, 1990) -- Broncos
WR: T.J. Houshmanzadeh (Oregon State, 7th rd, 204 overall, 2001) -- Bengals
WR: Donald Driver (Alcorn State, 7th rd, 213, 1999) -- Packers
WR:Terance Mathis (New Mexico, 6th rd, 140 overall, 1990) -- Jets
OL: Mark Tauscher (Wisconsin, 7th rd, 224 overall, 2000) -- Packers
OL: Adam Timmerman (South Dakota State, 7th rd, 230 overall, 1995) -- Packers
OL: Tom Nalen (Boston College, 7th rd, 218 overall, 1994) -- Broncos
OL: Matt Birk (Harvard, 6th rd, 173 overall, 1998) -- Vikings
OL: Ephraim Salaam (San Diego State, 7th rd, 199 overall, 1998) -- Falcons

By Rob Rang  |  March 24, 2009; 11:42 PM ET  | Category:  Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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How about Steelers Super Bowl Stars Willie Parker and James Harrison? They were there waiting to be picked after the drafts were over.

Posted by: joelcavicchia | April 1, 2009 12:01 PM

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