The 50 Most Shocking Draft Selections in NFL History

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The 50 Most Shocking Draft Selections in NFL History
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The NFL draft is so compelling and draws such a huge following for one simple reason: Every so often, there is a move that stuns the ESPN or NFL Network panel of experts, the fans in the audience (usually Eagles, Giants or Jets fans) and the millions watching at home on television.

Sometimes it's because the move is considered a huge reach; the player chosen was never considered to be a high, mid- or low first-round choice yet they came off the board far sooner than expected. 

Sometimes it's because a team opted for a position that didn't seem to be one of need.

And sometimes it's because the team passed on a high-profile name who was surprisingly still on the board.

Any one of those scenarios would constitute a draft-day shocker. Through the years, we've seen some real doozies. Here's a look back at 50 of them.

But do keep one thing in mind while reading this list: There's an old saying, "hindsight is 20/20." How is that relevant to this list? Well, just because JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf and Tony Mandarich turned out to be colossal busts doesn't mean they were necessarily shockers on draft day. When their names (and many other soon-to-be busts) were called out by the commissioner, they weren't really surprise moves. 

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