Diamonds in the Rough: The Top 10 NFL Draft Steals of the Modern Era

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Diamonds in the Rough: The Top 10 NFL Draft Steals of the Modern Era

This time of year, the NFL Draft inevitably invites endless speculation; from the "Biggest Busts" lists to the ubiquitous mock drafts, there are enough "if/then" scenarios to make one's head spin.

This slideshow takes a look at the other side of the coin and showcases the best and most legendary players to fly under the radar on draft days past.

The criteria for this list is centered around one phrase: body of work.

Some prolific low picks might not be on this list due to early retirement or Super Bowl futility (see: Blaine Bishop or Zach Thomas).

Others, while perhaps lightly regarded, WERE technically PICKED high (see: Jerry Rice).

There are also some who are currently lighting up the league today, but were left off simply because their respective legacies have yet to be cemented.

And so on.

Without further ado, here's the list.

Let the debating commence.

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