Now here comes the fun stuff.
A few days ago, we took a look at each team’s biggest failure when it came to the NFL draft. Now, it’s time to look at the gems no one might have expected to unearth.
This article takes a look at each current franchise and their biggest steal throughout their draft history. The only disclaimer here is that none of the 32 players listed here were selected in the first round. Like the piece regarding busts, we will also use the common draft era, which dates back 47 years to 1967.
For those not familiar, the NFL and AFL conducted separate drafts from 1960-1966, so we don’t want to add to the confusion of players drafted by both leagues. Prior to 1960, the draft was much different than in the modern eras of 17, 12, eight and seven rounds, respectively.
So what constitutes a draft steal? A steal is a player that greatly exceeds expectations due mainly to the round he was drafted and perhaps the school he attended. In the case of some of the teams which haven’t been around for a long time, we did our best to put their stars into perspective.
Remember, the focus is on the player’s tenure with the team that originally selected him, but we won’t ignore what some of these stars did for some other clubs as well. We will also not ignore some of the other great stories surrounding other steals by each club.
Finally, we are talking about players that were selected in the NFL draft. So, if you’re looking for Kurt Warner, you will have to turn on your television.