To say the NFL draft is an inexact science would basically be nothing short of stating the obvious.
Because we all know that no matter how many physical tools a player might have, how much the scouts love him, and how much Mel Kiper and others fawn over him and his "upside," a lot of times those top prospects don't pan out.
Then there are those late-round guys, usually the ones teams will just take a flyer on and many fans just think of as roster-fillers. But every once in a while, those late-round picks turn into solid NFL players. And sometimes, those late-round players turn out to be superstars.
This is the list honoring those guys during the last 25 years, the 25 best late-round draft steals (in this case late rounds being the third round or later). Now, because the list is 25 players long, some players are going to miss the cut. Aeneas Williams, Brandon Stokley and Brian Cox are just some of the names that just fell outside of the list. But there are plenty of big names that did make it.
And with that in mind, here's the top 25.