Matt LaPan

Best Late-Round Picks of Past Decade

Created on Apr. 27, 2013 12:23 AM EST

As we conclude our look at the best draft picks by round in the past decade, we move on to Rounds 4-7, now held on the third and final day of the NFL draft. Often this is where teams find "sleepers," players who fell due to character or injury concerns, and special team players. But every so often teams find a diamond in the rough that rewards their scouting acumen with play worthy of a high draft pick.

Teams have found players such as Matt Birk (sixth round, 1998), Terrelle Davis (sixth round, 1995) and Shannon Sharpe (seventh round, 1990) who became leaders and stars of their teams. But the "crown jewel" of these late-round picks came in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, when the New England Patriots selected Tom Brady. Just goes to show that sometimes, numbers mean nothing.

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