The 2012 NFL Draft will be here in roughly two weeks. Everybody is focusing on where each of the blue-chip players will go in the draft, but what about all of those players that wind up going in the sixth or seventh-round that turn out to be diamonds in the rough like Tom Brady?
Who will wind up being the late-round gems of the 2012 NFL Draft? You know that they exist, because it has proven over the history of the league that most draft classes have some hidden gems that nobody was able to predict would happen.
By the way, this is a good time to define for this presentation what is the criteria we are using to define a late-round pick. For starters, anybody drafted in the fourth-round or earlier doesn't qualify, no matter how much of a steal the player is.
The other major consideration for this list is a star player. All-Pro, Pro Bowl, 1,000-yard seasons, etc. This list is primarily reserved for players that were thought to have issues or had too many flaws in their game to be considered for the top four rounds of their respective draft. Obviously some of these players had some unique scenarios that caused them to be drafted when they were (Roger Staubach and Bo Jackson are good examples of that).
Whether they just needed better coaching, or getting over some injuries that forced their draft day stock to plummet, there are guys that simply get drafted much later than they should have.
In this presentation, we want to call your attention to the best 48 late-round NFL draft picks of all-time.