In the sixth round of the 2000 NFL draft, the New England Patriots arguably made one of the best draft picks ever. Former Michigan quarterback Tom Brady was on the board late and the Pats took a chance.
Three Super Bowls, nine Pro Bowls and two MVP Awards later, Brady is definitely in the running as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
All that from a sixth-round draft pick.
History is littered with heart-warming, success stories like that. They might not all be of the same magnitude but drafting a player low in the draft and finding a hidden gem is something every team hopes for.
The 2014 draft is fairly deep and chances are better than normal that talented football players—even future starters in the NFL—can be had in the late rounds. But teams have to uncover these guys.
Here are eight players eligible for this year’s draft who aren’t getting enough love from draft pundits. The teams that take these guys will be pleasantly surprised, hopefully sooner rather than later.