As everyone knows, the NFL draft is as much about value as it is selecting the best players.
Of course, picking the right players really, really helps.
So here’s a look at the biggest steals in draft history, which dates back to 1936. To be clear, this is NFL draft history and its rounds, with all due respect to the AFL draft, which took place from 1960-66.
This is not a case of picking the best players in each respective round, although some may indeed fit the bill. And when it comes to the word steal, we’re combining draft position with school and other circumstances. Obviously, as the rounds goes on, the bargain became much greater.
You’ll notice that the list is extremely offensive-heavy and that’s more by coincidence than design. But you will see other great players picked in those rounds given their due as well.
It makes for a great discussion and it’s hard to go wrong with any of these phenomenal performers.