Night Train Lane is one of the greatest players of all time, drafted or not. Photo: SportsUntapped.com
Dick "Night Train" Lane attended community college for one year before dropping out and going into the United States Army for four years.
After simply showing up at a Rams practice facility for a tryout, Night Train was awarded a position as a defensive back. Originally, Lane had wanted to be a receiver, but the Rams already had two future Hall of Fame receivers, so that wasn't going to happen.
All parties involved turned out winners, as Lane developed into one of the best players in professional football history. His 68 career interceptions rank third all-time, and his 1,207 interception return yards are nothing to scoff at either.
He set the NFL record for interceptions in a season in his rookie campaign, which still stands today. The number is 14, even though seasons back then only lasted 12 games.
Lane was also known as a vicious tackler, often targeting opposing players' heads and necks, which was a legal tactic at the time.
He was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and was named an All-Pro an astonishing 10 times. Six of those 10 were first-team All-Pro choices.
Night Train is also a member of the NFL 1950s All-Decade Team and the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Night Train ranks No. 1 on this list because he's the best player at his position in NFL history. He defined the cornerback position in a way that no other player can or has, and that deserves extreme recognition.
While Warren Moon and Kurt Warner were certainly amazing players in their own right, neither of them can say they were the greatest at their position.
Night Train Lane can.