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PostSubject: Biggest Draft Steals (year-by-year)   Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:22 pm

2011: Richard Sherman (5th round, 154th pick) - 4 year starter, 2-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All-Pro starter, led the NFL in INTs in 2013, tied for the league lead in AV in 2013.

2010: NaVorro Bowman (3rd round, 91st pick) - 3 year starter, 2-time Pro Bowler, 3-time All-Pro starter, leads his draft class in AV.

2009: Louis Vasquez (3rd round, 78th pick) - 5 year starter, 1-time Pro Bowler, 1-time All-Pro starter, tied for the league lead in AV in 2013. 3rd in his draft class in AV.

2008: none? I honestly couldn't find a very productive specimen past the second round, and the two second-rounders were RBs.

2007: Marshal Yanda (3rd round, 86th pick) - 6 year starter, 4-time Pro Bowler, 1-time All-Pro starter, lines up at three positions.

2006: Jahri Evans (4th round, 108th pick) - 9 year starter, 6-time Pro Bowler, 4-time All-Pro starter, leads draft class in AV.

2005: Frank Gore (3rd round, 65th pick) - 9 year starter, 5-time Pro Bowler, 20th all-time in rushing yards.

2004: Jared Allen (4th round, 126th pick) - 11 year starter, 5-time Pro Bowler, 4-time All-Pro starter, tied for 1st all-time for safeties, 9th all-time in sacks.

2003: Lance Briggs (3rd round, 68th pick) - 11 year starter, 7-time Pro Bowler, 1-time All-Pro starter, leads draft class in AV.

2002: Brian Westbrook (3rd round, 91st pick) - 5 year starter, 2-time Pro Bowler, 1-time All-Pro starter, led the league in yards from scrimmage in 2007.

2001: Drew Brees (2nd round, 32nd pick) - 13 year starter, 9-time Pro Bowler, 1-time All-Pro starter, 4th all-time in total offense, 7th all-time in game-winning drives, 1st all-time pass completion percentage, 1st all-time passes completed, 2nd all-time passing yards per game, 4th all-time in passing TDs, etc.
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PostSubject: Re: Biggest Draft Steals (year-by-year)   Thu Feb 12, 2015 3:27 pm

2008 had Jamaal Charles in the 3rd round, Carl Nicks in the 5th, as well as Justin Forsett in the 7th.
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PostSubject: Re: Biggest Draft Steals (year-by-year)   Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:54 pm

I considered all three of those guys. So far, Charles has only played about as well as Ray Rice (who lost an entire season in his prime), and not as well as Matt Forte - guys who were drafted just a little bit before him. Nicks has only been a starter for less than half of his career, and Forsett has only had one decent season.

Pierre Garcon maybe? To get a six-year starter in the 6th is pretty good value.
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PostSubject: Re: Biggest Draft Steals (year-by-year)   Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:31 pm

2000: This is an easy one Tom Brady (6th round, 199th pick) - 13 year starter, 10 Pro Bowls, 2-time 1st string All-Pro, 4-time Super Bowl MVP, 2-time NFL MVP, 1st string All-2000's team, 5th all-time total offense, 2nd lowest interception rating of all time, 5th best career passing rating, 5th all-time in passing completions, yardage, and TD's. This guy has to be in the argument for greatest steal of all-time, maybe in any sport.

1999: Donald Driver (7th round, 213th pick) - 10 year starter, 3 Pro Bowls, 40th all-time in receptions.

1998: Matt Birk (6th round, 173rd pick) - 10 year starter, 6 Pro Bowls, 7th best AV in his draft class.

1997: TIE Jason Taylor (3rd round, 73rd pick) - 10 year starter, 6 Pro Bowls, 3-time 1st string All-Pro, 2006 defensive player of the year.
AND Ronde Barber (3rd round, 66th pick) - 12 year starter, 5 Pro Bowls, 3-time 1st string All-Pro.

1996: Zach Thomas (5th round, 154th pick) - 10 year starter, 7 Pro Bowls, 5-time 1st string All-Pro. Higher AV than HoF draft classmate Jonathon Ogden

1995: Terrell Davis (6th round, 196th pick) - 5 year starter, 3 Pro Bowls, 3-time 1st string All-Pro, 2-time offensive player of the year, NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP. (I was tempted to go with HoFer Curtis Martin here. We can discuss it if anyone is interested in my reasoning.)

1994: Tom Nalen (7th round, 218th pick) - 11 year starter, 5 Pro Bowls, 2-time 1st string All-Pro, 3rd in AV for his draft class.

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