NFL Draft Late Round “Diamonds in the Rough”: The Top 30 Small College “Gems” of All-Time

Dean HyblAnalyst IApril 19, 2009

NFL Draft Late Round “Diamonds in the Rough”: The Top 30 Small College “Gems” of All-Time

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30. Aaron Smith – 1999 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Northern Colorado - Fourth Round

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Defensive end Aaron Smith #91 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tries to get around tackle Jacob Bell #60 of the Tennessee Titans during a game at Heinz Field on September 11, 2005 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers defeated t

29. Al Harris – 1997 – Tampa Bay – Texas A&M Kingsville – Sixth Round

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 09: Al Harris #31 of the Green Bay Packers gets ready onfield against the Oakland Raiders on December 9, 2007 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Raiders 38-7 to win the NFC North Division title. (Ph

28. Troy Brown – 1993 – New England Patriots – Marshall – Eighth Round

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    INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 21:  Troy Brown #80 of the New England Patriots runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship Game on January 21, 2007 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

27. Charles Haley – 1986 – San Francisco 49ers – James Madison – Fourth Round

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    SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 1:  Defensive ends Charles Haley #94 of the San Francisco 49ers takes a rest on the bench during a game against the New Orleans Saints at Candlestick Park on December 1, 1991 in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 38-24.  (P

26. Greg Lloyd – 1987 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Fort Valley State – Sixth Round

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    2 Aug 1997:  Defensive end Greg Lloyd #95 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the Steelers 28-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn  /Allsport

25. Herbert Scott – 1975 – Dallas Cowboys – Virginia Union – 13th Round

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24. Robert Mathis – 2003 – Indianapolis Colts – Alabama A&M – Fifth Round

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    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 04:  Quaterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Chicago Bears drops back to pass as Robert Mathis #98 of the Indianapolis Colts dives in during Super Bowl XLI on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Colts

23. Clyde Simmons – 1986 – Philadelphia Eagles – Western Carolina – Ninth Round

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    7 NOV 1993:  A CANDID PORTRAIT OF EAGLES DEFENSIVE LINEMAN CLYDE SIMMONS ON THE FIELD BEFORE A GAME AGAINST THE CARDINALS. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn/ALLSPORT

22. Harold Carmichael – 1971 – Philadelphia Eagles – Southern – Seventh Round

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21. Jared Allen 2004 – Kansas City Chiefs – Idaho State – Fourth Round

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 8:  Defensive end Jared Allen #69 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 8, 2006 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Chiefs won 23-20.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/

20. Jack Kemp – 1957 – Detroit Lions – Occidental – 17th Round

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19. Rich Gannon – 1987 – New England Patriots – Delaware – Fourth Round

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Rich Gannon #12 of the Oakland Raiders scrambles with the ball during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Network Associates Coliseum on September 19, 2004 in Oakland, California. The Raiders defeated the Bills 1

18. Harry Carson – 1976 – New York Giants – South Carolina State – Fourth Round

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17. Rodney Harrison – 1994 – San Diego Chargers – Western Illinois – Fifth Round

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    FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 22: Rodney Harrison #37 of the New England Patriots  faces the Philadelphia Eagles during preseason action at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

16. John Stallworth – 1974 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Alabama A&M – Fourth Round

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15. Andre Reed – 1985 – Buffalo Bills – Kutztown – Fourth Round

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    31 Jan 1993:  Wide receiver Andre Reed of the Buffalo Bills moves the ball during Super Bowl XXVII against the Dallas Cowboys at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  The Cowboys won the game, 52-17. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport

14. Charlie Joiner – 1969 – Houston Oilers – Grambling State – Fourth Round

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13. Bob Hayes – 1964 – Dallas Cowboys – Florida A&M – Seventh Round

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12. Richard Dent – 1983 – Chicago Bears – Tennessee State – Eighth Round

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    15 Oct 1995: Defensive lineman Richard Dent of the Chicago Bears during a 30-27 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida.

11. Billy “White Shoes” Johnson – 1974 – Houston Oilers – Widener – 15th Round

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10. Leroy Kelly – 1964 – Cleveland Browns – Morgan State – 8th Round

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9. Donald Driver – 1999 – Green Bay Packers – Alcorn State – Seventh Round

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    GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 07:  Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers makes a reception in the second half against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field on December 7, 2008 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Texans defeated the Packers 24-21.  (Photo by Jeff G

8. Rayfield Wright – 1967 – Dallas Cowboys – Fort Valley State – Seventh Round

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7. L.C. Greenwood – 1969 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Arkansas Pine Bluff – 10th Round

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6. Roosevelt Brown – 1953 – New York Giants – Morgan State – 27th Round

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5. Ken Houston – 1967 – Houston Oilers – Prairie View A&M – Ninth Round

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4. Andy Robustelli – 1951 – Los Angeles Rams – Arnold College – 19th Round

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3. Shannon Sharpe – 1990 – Denver Broncos – Savannah State – Seventh Round

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 22:  Tight end Shannon Sharpe #84 of the Denver Broncos catches a pass during the NFL game against the Oakland Raiders on December 22, 2002 at Network Associates Coliseum in Oakland, California.  The Raiders defeated the Broncos 28-

2. David “Deacon” Jones – 1961 – Los Angeles Rams – South Carolina State/Mississippi Vocational College – 14th Round

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1. Willie Davis – 1956 – Cleveland Browns – Grambling State – 15th Round

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