The NFL Draft, more than any other pro sports draft, is about drafting well in the late rounds. In no sport is it more important to do your late-round homework than in tackle football.
Year after year, unheralded names from the draft's final day come out of nowhere to make huge contributions to their teams.
Only remember the top picks that do well? Well here's a refresher of some of the late-round gems from the last decade or two:
Zach Thomas, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, Jared Allen, Cris Carter, Asante Samuel and, of course, Tom Brady.
It's a pretty impressive list, and it goes on further with names that you've seen in Pro Bowls, Super Bowls and Hall of Fame jackets.
There are many more prospects who fit the bill this year, but each of these has stood out for some reason in workouts leading up to the Draft. There are indicators attached to each of these players that might suggest they are being undervalued on draft boards, but could have major impacts with their new teams.
Looking back at past late-round steals is fun, but it's time to look into the 2011 NFL Draft for potential diamonds in the rough.