The 2016 NFL draft took place last April 28 to 30, and for many aspiring professional football players, it was a dream come true, especially for the top quarterback prospects, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. But many in the auditorium probably had their hopes dashed when they heard their names chosen only in the later rounds, with some not having been selected at all.
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Being selected in the early rounds though is never guarantee that the player would have a solid or remarkable career in the pros. Some players became successful in the NFL after being overlooked or underestimated during the draft process.
Bart Starr: The overall 199th pick in the 17th round of the 1956 draft, all-time great quarterback Starr teamed up with legendary coach Vince Lombardi to win five NFL Super Bowls.
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Deacon Jones: A pioneer of the sack and the 15th best NFL player ever, Jones was drafted in the 14th round and 186th overall in 1961. His defense dominated the league, and he was selected to pro bowl teams and all-pro teams eight times.
Richard Dent: Drafted 203rd overall in 1983, he is one of the best defensive linemen to ever play. He won the MVP of Super Bowl XX.
Tom Brady: He is one of the best, if not, the best quarterback to ever hold the pigskin, with multiple Super Bowl wins and appearances, MVP awards, and a multitude of records. No one would have thought that he would have such a stellar career after being chosen last 2000 in the 6th round and 199th overall.