posted by Joe Anaya on April 27th, 2012

This weeks blog posts were about winning the lottery. The NFL equivalent of winning the lottery is getting a great player at a low draft value. Here are the NFL’s top 10 draft day steals.

10. Kurt Warner QB – Undrafted: Okay, I started with a kind of cheat, technically he wasn’t even drafted. So, that’s a pretty good value for a Superbowl MVP, and probable Hall of Fame player.

9. Dan Marino QB – 1st round 27th pick: It’s hard to be a steal when you are drafted in the first round, but 5 quarterbacks were taken ahead of him. Two, Jim Kelly and John Elway, were good picks, the other three were less than good.

8. Bo Jackson RB – 7th round: The first modern era multi-sport athlete. Nobody wanted to draft a part-time football player except the Raiders. For their trouble, they got a dynamic player who had a 5.4 yard average per carry and still holds the Monday Night Football for yards, 221.

7. Shannon Sharpe TE – 7th round: When he retired, he held the NFL tight end records for receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

6. Steve Largent WR – 4th round: This 7 time Pro Bowler, and Hall of Famer was drafted in the fourth round, but traded to my beloved Seahawks for an 8th round pick.

5. Deacon Jones DE – 14th round: Considered one of the best defensive players ever. They don’t even have 14 rounds any more, because 14th-rounders never made the team. Well, rarely ever.

4. Terrell Davis RB – 6th round: Terrell “TD” Davis led the Broncos to two Superbowls, was a league MVP, and a rare 2,000 yard rusher.

3. Tom Brady QB – 6th round: Superbowl MVP, probable Hall of Famer. I might have rated him higher but he hasn’t won a Superbowl since his coach got caught cheating.

2. Roger Staubach QB – 10th round: The original Captain Comeback has two Superbowl wins, was a 4 time passing leader, 6 Probowls and a Hall of Famer.

1. Joe Montana QB – 3rd round: Joe Cool has 4 Superbowl rings, a Superbowl MPV, and is in the Hall of Fame. You can’t get better than that and certainly not in the 3rd round.

And the opposite of a draft “steal” is a “reach” drafting a player way before anybody else thinks they should be drafted. And so goes the Seahawks’ draft. For the second year in a row, they’ve reached; this year for OLB Bruce Irving.

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