Top 10 NFL Draft Steals of the 2000s

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Top 10 NFL Draft Steals of the 2000s

When NFL draft weekend is over after the third weekend of April, some fans will feel like they're set to make a Super Bowl run, while others will wonder if Beavis and Butt-Head were the ones making their teams' draft day choices.

But not to worry—we all know guys get taken high and look like it's their first time wearing shoulder pads (see: Russell, JaMarcus), but there are also guys who are drafted as the sun goes down Sunday evening and make us wonder what NFL scouts really get paid to do.

This one is for those guys.

As we approach the first draft of the new decade, let's first take a look at the biggest steals of the last one.

But remember, this isn't 'Nam—there are rules.

(If you don't get that reference, I recommend you leave your computer now and go watch The Big Lebowski.)

Here they are:

1. No first rounders. No matter if you're first or 32nd, first rounders should be a given franchise player. (Emphasis on "should be.")

2. They have to have been successful with the team who drafted them. For example, while Marc Bulger turned out to be a nice sixth-round pick, the Rams never utilized him.

3. Rankings are based on where players were drafted as much as they are based on the player's performance. While a fourth round guy might be a better player, the guy who went in the seventh gets the nod. Hence the word "steal" in the title.

Okay, that's enough. Here's the list. Feel free to agree, disagree, or just nod your head and throw back another swig of PBR.

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