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Best NFL Draft Picks of all time

To be one of the best NFL draft picks of all time, it takes more than just having a legendary career. At the end of the day, 1st overall picks are expected to be stars. To be a truly great draft pick, you have to be a great player who was overlooked by teams initially but went on to have hall-of-hame careers regardless.


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Today, we’ll be taking a look at the top 10 NFL draft picks of all time to see which team had the best NFL draft skills.

Brock Purdy – San Francisco 49ers

Although Brock Purdy’s career has barely even begun, the fact that the last pick in the 2022 draft was getting serious MVP consideration in just his second season is almost impossible to believe. The Iowa State grad led the NFL in touchdown percentage, yards per attempt, and QBR in 2022 while leading the Niners to a Super Bowl appearance.

Maxx Crosby – Oakland Raiders

Falling all the way to the 106th pick of the 2019 NFL draft, Maxx Crosby has proved the doubters wrong and then some across his first five years in the league. The edge rusher out of Eastern Michigan has 27 sacks and a league-leading 45 tackles for loss across the past two seasons as the beating heart of the Raider’s defense.

Shannon Sharpe – Denver Broncos

Despite being the 10th tight end drafted in 1990, Sharpe would retire 14 years later as arguably the greatest to ever play the position. A 3x Super Bowl champion, Sharpe was at one time the tight end record-holder for career receptions (815) yards (10,060), and touchdowns (62).

Ray Lewis – Baltimore Ravens 

It’s a testament to just how good of a player Ray Lewis was that he’s still one of the greatest value picks of all time despite going in the first round. Drafted 26th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in 1996, Lewis went on to win a pair of Super Bowls and DPOYs and is considered by many to be the greatest linebacker to ever play the game.

Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs

The undersized wide receiver out of Southern Georgia was drafted initially by the Chiefs in the 5th round to be more of a return threat, but he quickly outgrew that role to become one of the best all-around pass catchers in the league today. 

Richard Sherman – Seattle Seahawks

The leader of the vaunted Legion of Boom defense in Seattle, Sherman fell all the way to 154th in the 2011 NFL draft after a four-year college stint at Stanford. One of the best lockdown corners in NFL history, Sherman made three straight first-team All-Pros from 2012 to 2014.

Larry Wilson – St. Louis Cardinals

Nobody would have expected a 7th-round pick in the 1960 NFL to completely redefine the safety position, but that’s exactly what Larry Wilson did. Becoming the first safety to blitz regularly, Wilson was a mainstay at the Pro Bowl throughout the 1960s and is widely regarded as the Cardinal’s greatest-ever player.

Deacon Jones – Los Angeles Rams

One of the NFL’s first great pass rushers, few were as unblockable off the line as Deacon Jones in his prime. The Rams legend went from the 116th pick in 1960 to 173.5 career sacks, the 3rd most in NFL history. 

Joe Montana – San Francisco 49ers

Despite winning a national championship at Notre Dame, Joe Montana fell all the way to the 3rd round of the 1979 NFL draft. Initially a backup in San Francisco, Montana would eventually get his opportunity to start and never looked back from there, winning 4 Super Bowls, 2 MVPs, and being widely regarded as the greatest quarterback of all time, that is until #1 on our list came along.

Tom Brady – New England Patriots

Everyone knows the story of Tom Brady at this point. A guy who wasn’t even the full-time starter in college got picked up late in the 6th round by a Patriots squad looking for a backup to pro bowler Drew Bledsoe, only to step up the following year when he went down injured and lead New England ot the first of five Super Bowls. Brady is the greatest player, and greatest draft pick, in NFL history, plain and simple.

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