Every year, the television networks that broadcast the NFL draft try to sell fans on the final day of coverage by touting all of the great players who've come from the last three rounds.
Tom Brady, the greatest sixth-round draft pick in NFL history, will be talked about constantly, and former front-office executives now working in media will swear general manager salaries are earned by how often they find good players in the later rounds.
As true as all of that may be, it doesn't make it any more exciting to watch. As Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly told CSNPhilly.com's John Gonzalez, even teams that think they got lucky in later rounds should be chastising themselves for letting good players slip by them to begin with:
When you draft someone in the sixth round and you say ‘hey, we got a steal,’ my first question is, why didn’t you take him in the fifth, then? If you’re so smart and you knew what you knew and you knew everything about the draft and you knew the guy was going to be an All-Pro -- the people who brag about ‘we got a sixth-round pick and he became an All-Pro player’ -- then the first question is, well why didn’t you draft him earlier if you were so smart? A lot of times you don’t know.
Though this draft is so deep that there are some very interesting names still available in the fourth, fifth, sixth and even seventh rounds, future generations could look back on this piece and laugh about how we didn't know one of these names would end up a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
If you want to find out which lottery tickets your favorite team will purchase on the 2014 NFL draft's third day, read on for my complete, updated mock draft.