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10-Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

 

The big receiver was supposed to be too slow, yet all he has done since being selected in the seventh round in 2006 is score 40 touchdowns and become one of the better young receivers in the league. Colston has proved you don’t have to post a great 40-yard dash time to become a good receiver

 

9-T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

 

When the Bengals selected him in the seventh round in 2001, much of the attention was focused on his former college teammate, Chud Ochocinco, who was selected in the second round by Cincinnati. But Houshmandzadeh wound up making the roster that year. He caught 31 touchdowns and posted 506 receptions during his eight seasons with the Bengals.

 

8-Jamal Anderson, RB, Atlanta Falcons

 

A seventh-round pick in the 1994 draft, he didn’t do much in his first few seasons but wound up winning the starting job in Year 3. Anderson went on to score 34 touchdowns on the ground and ran for over 5,300 yards during his eight-year career

 

7-Terrell Davis, RB, Denver Broncos

 

When the Broncos selected Davis in the sixth round in 1995, not much was expected since he wasn’t known for possessing ideal speed for the position. But Davis wound up winning the starting running back job that season and went on to post 60 touchdowns and over 7,600 yards on the ground during his seven-year career

 

6-Will Shields, G, Kansas City Chiefs

 

Shields will go down as one of the best third-round picks in the past 25 years or so. The interior offensive lineman didn’t miss a game in his 14-year career and started all but one after being drafted in 1993. He’s a lock to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

5-Ronde Barber, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

The veteran defensive back has sustained unbelievable durability and a high level of play since he was selected in the third round in 1997. Barber, who recently signed a one-year deal to remain with the Buccaneers, has started an incredible 183 straight games

 

4-Zach Thomas, LB, Miami Dolphins

 

This fifth-round pick in the 1996 draft not only wound up making the roster coming out of the preseason that year but won a starting job. He was one of the best inside linebackers on any team during his 13-year

 

3-Thurman Thomas, RB, Buffalo Bills

 

Thomas fell to the second round in 1988 because personnel evaluators believed he didn’t run fast enough after a knee injury. All Thomas did was become one of the most versatile backs in NFL history and make the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

2-Shannon Sharpe, TE, Denver Broncos

 

Sharpe fell to the seventh round of the 1990 draft because teams weren’t sure if he was going to be able to play wide receiver or tight end at the NFL level. Sharpe wound up not just playing tight end. He became a movable chess piece in Denver’s offense for years and earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

1-Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

 

Scouts said Brady didn’t have a good arm, was too slow and wasn’t going to be anything more than a backup after being selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Instead, he took over the starting job during his second season and has gone on to win three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVP awards and countless other honors\

 

 

 

 

 

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Here is my Top Draft Steals for the Cleveland Browns since 1970:

 

1971 Doug Dieken 6th round

1972 Brian Sipe 13th round

1973 Greg Pruitt 2nd round

1975 Dick Ambrose 12th round

1978 Ozzie Newsome 1st round , 23rd overall

1979 Cody Risien 7th round

1981 Eddie Johnson 7th round

1982 Mike Baab 5th round

1983 Paul Farren 12th round

1984 Ernest Byner 10th round

1985 Reggie Langhorne 7th round

1988 Michael Dean Perry 2nd round, 50th overall

1990 Rob Burnett 5th round

1990 Anthony Pleasant 3rd round

2001 Anthony Henry 4th round

2008 Ahtyba Rubin 6th round

 

Couldn't find much to crow about during the Belichick/Lombardi era.

 

Zombo

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10-Marques Colston, WR, New Orleans Saints

 

The big receiver was supposed to be too slow, yet all he has done since being selected in the seventh round in 2006 is score 40 touchdowns and become one of the better young receivers in the league. Colston has proved you don’t have to post a great 40-yard dash time to become a good receiver

 

9-T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, Cincinnati Bengals

 

When the Bengals selected him in the seventh round in 2001, much of the attention was focused on his former college teammate, Chud Ochocinco, who was selected in the second round by Cincinnati. But Houshmandzadeh wound up making the roster that year. He caught 31 touchdowns and posted 506 receptions during his eight seasons with the Bengals.

 

8-Jamal Anderson, RB, Atlanta Falcons

 

A seventh-round pick in the 1994 draft, he didn’t do much in his first few seasons but wound up winning the starting job in Year 3. Anderson went on to score 34 touchdowns on the ground and ran for over 5,300 yards during his eight-year career

 

7-Terrell Davis, RB, Denver Broncos

 

When the Broncos selected Davis in the sixth round in 1995, not much was expected since he wasn’t known for possessing ideal speed for the position. But Davis wound up winning the starting running back job that season and went on to post 60 touchdowns and over 7,600 yards on the ground during his seven-year career

 

6-Will Shields, G, Kansas City Chiefs

 

Shields will go down as one of the best third-round picks in the past 25 years or so. The interior offensive lineman didn’t miss a game in his 14-year career and started all but one after being drafted in 1993. He’s a lock to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

5-Ronde Barber, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

The veteran defensive back has sustained unbelievable durability and a high level of play since he was selected in the third round in 1997. Barber, who recently signed a one-year deal to remain with the Buccaneers, has started an incredible 183 straight games

 

4-Zach Thomas, LB, Miami Dolphins

 

This fifth-round pick in the 1996 draft not only wound up making the roster coming out of the preseason that year but won a starting job. He was one of the best inside linebackers on any team during his 13-year

 

3-Thurman Thomas, RB, Buffalo Bills

 

Thomas fell to the second round in 1988 because personnel evaluators believed he didn’t run fast enough after a knee injury. All Thomas did was become one of the most versatile backs in NFL history and make the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

2-Shannon Sharpe, TE, Denver Broncos

 

Sharpe fell to the seventh round of the 1990 draft because teams weren’t sure if he was going to be able to play wide receiver or tight end at the NFL level. Sharpe wound up not just playing tight end. He became a movable chess piece in Denver’s offense for years and earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

 

1-Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

 

Scouts said Brady didn’t have a good arm, was too slow and wasn’t going to be anything more than a backup after being selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft. Instead, he took over the starting job during his second season and has gone on to win three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVP awards and countless other honors\

 

Sorry, you missed one- Joe Montana, third round.

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Here is my Top Draft Steals for the Cleveland Browns since 1970:

 

1971 Doug Dieken 6th round

1972 Brian Sipe 13th round

1973 Greg Pruitt 2nd round

1975 Dick Ambrose 12th round

1978 Ozzie Newsome 1st round , 23rd overall

1979 Cody Risien 7th round

1981 Eddie Johnson 7th round

1982 Mike Baab 5th round

1983 Paul Farren 12th round

1984 Ernest Byner 10th round

1985 Reggie Langhorne 7th round

1988 Michael Dean Perry 2nd round, 50th overall

1990 Rob Burnett 5th round

1990 Anthony Pleasant 3rd round

2001 Anthony Henry 4th round

2008 Ahtyba Rubin 6th round

 

Couldn't find much to crow about during the Belichick/Lombardi era.

 

Zombo

 

I'd add Andra Davis, 2002 5th round, started 83 games for the Browns.

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I think I can do better than y'all have with these:

 

Roosevelt Brown 321st pick, 27th round Giants 1953

 

Raymond Berry 232d pick, 20th round, 1954 Colts

 

Andy Robustelli, 228th pick, 19th round Rams 1951

 

Chris Hanburger, 245th pick, 18th round, Redskins 1965

 

Bart Starr, 200th pick, 17th round, Packers 1956

 

Willie Davis, 181st pick, 15th round Browns 1956

 

Deacon Jones, 186th pick, 14th round Rams 1961

 

Roger Staubach, 129th pick, 10th round Cowboys 1964

 

John Unitas, 102d pick, 9th round, Steelers 1955

 

Shannon Sharpe, 192d pick, 7th round Broncos 1990

 

Even Better yet are all these guys:

John Randle

Warren Moon

Jim Langer

Willie Brown

Willie Wood

Dick "Night Train" Lane

 

All of the above were Undrafted Free Agents that any team could have picked up.

 

Every person mentioned above is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

 

The Hell of it is that the Browns owned the rights to both Willie Davis and Jim Langer and just let them go.

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As you may know, Tom Brady was the 199th pick in the 2000 draft and is a sure fire Hall of Famer. The ONLY players in the Hall of Fame in history that were drafted lower, by pick number, than Brady are as follows:

 

Bart Starr #200

Richard Dent #203

Ken Houston #214

Andy Robustelli #228

Raymond Berry #232

Chris Hanburger #245

Roosevelt Brown #321

 

And the group which I referenced before of the street FAs.

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Quality players that the Browns have taken at draft position 100 or lower over the years:

 

Galen Fiss #155 1953

Bernie Parish #108 1958

Fred Cox #110 1961 (kicker for Vikings for over 15 years)

Leroy Kelly #110 1964

Jack Gregory #139 1966

Ben Davis #439...yes #439 1967 (played DB for Browns for 10 years)

Walt Sumner #176 1969

Doug Dieken #142 1971

Brian Sipe #330 1972

Dick Ambrose #290 1975

Cody Risien #183 1979

Steve Cox #134 1981

Mike Baab #115 1982

Paul Farren #316 1983

Brian Brennan #104 1984

Ernest Byner #280 1984

Reggie Langhorne #175 1985

Frank Winters #276 1987 (played 15 years, mostly with Packers)

Rob Burnett #129 1990

Aaron Shea #110 2000

Ryan Pontbrian #142 2003

Lawrence Vickers #180 2006

Aytaba Rubin #190 2008

 

Others of note:

Don Shula #110 1951

Chuck Noll #239 1953

John Havlicek #95 1962

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Quality players that the Browns have taken at draft position 100 or lower over the years:

 

Galen Fiss #155 1953

Bernie Parish #108 1958

Fred Cox #110 1961 (kicker for Vikings for over 15 years)

Leroy Kelly #110 1964

Jack Gregory #139 1966

Ben Davis #439...yes #439 1967 (played DB for Browns for 10 years)

Walt Sumner #176 1969

Doug Dieken #142 1971

Brian Sipe #330 1972

Dick Ambrose #290 1975

Cody Risien #183 1979

Steve Cox #134 1981

Mike Baab #115 1982

Paul Farren #316 1983

Brian Brennan #104 1984

Ernest Byner #280 1984

Reggie Langhorne #175 1985

Frank Winters #276 1987 (played 15 years, mostly with Packers)

Rob Burnett #129 1990

Aaron Shea #110 2000

Ryan Pontbrian #142 2003

Lawrence Vickers #180 2006

Aytaba Rubin #190 2008

 

Others of note:

Don Shula #110 1951

Chuck Noll #239 1953

John Havlicek #95 1962

 

 

Boy, we stole Aaron Shea ...

 

Zombo

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Are you being sarcastic? I thought he played pretty decently for the Browns for a while, didn't he?

 

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/S/SheaAa00.htm

 

Here are his stats. I guess they are not that great. 4th round seems about right at best.

 

Yes, I was being sarcastic.

 

Zombo

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So? You don't consider Aaron Shea a "Quality player"? I guess he was halfway decent at best...and I may have been trying to stretch it a little.

 

I'm saying that snaring Aaron Shea with the 110th pick in the draft was not really much of a feather in our cap.

 

Zombo

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