Okay, it’s time for the third installment of my list of the best NFL players picked with each individual pick. Part I covered picks 441 thru 376, part II was 375-337, and now we’re up to part III, picks 336 thru 321. I was going to write bios on the other notable players picked with the same pick, but I honestly don’t think I could get one article done per day at that pace. The final list with everyone on it is 98 pages long, so with bios, it would be like an encyclopedia. I still feel compelled to publish this though, because I don’t think anybody has done this until now.
If you happen to know of a player worth mentioning on the list that you think I missed, let me know, there’s an outside chance I missed somebody decent. Then again, with 98 pages of players listed, I doubt it. Just keep in mind, they are listed in order of what pick they were, not just what round they went in.
12th round-336th pick. Washington Redskins-Matt Elliott, C, Michigan, 1992
One of the few Mr. Irrelevant players to make an impact during his rookie year. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, starting two. He missed the 1993 season due to injury, then was cut in 1994. In 1995, He signed with the expansion Carolina Panthers. He started 32 of 47 games played in three years with the Panthers before calling it quits after the 1997 season.
13th round-335th pick. Dallas Cowboys-Mark Washington, DB, Morgan State, 1970
Played cornerback for the Cowboys from 1970 thru 1978, and 1979 with the Patriots. He made 13 interceptions for 107 yards during his career, and got a Super Bowl ring with the Cowboys when they won Super Bowl XII.
12th round-334th pick. Miami Dolphins-Anthony Carter, WR, Michigan, 1983
After signing with the USFL’s Michigan Panthers in 1983, Carter lasted all the way until the 12th round in the NFL draft. When the league folded in 1985, he signed with the Dolphins. He was quickly traded to the Vikings, where he was their main receiver until eventually being supplanted by Cris Carter. After finishing his career with two seasons in Detroit (1994-1995), he retired with 486 catches, 7,733 yards, and 55 touchdowns.
Other notable players chosen with the 334th pick: Oakland Raiders-Rolf Benirschke, K, California-Davis, 1977; Denver Broncos-Tyrone Braxton, CB, North Dakota State, 1987
12th round-333rd pick. Miami Dolphins-Bill Kenney, QB, Northern Colorado, 1978
After being cut by the Dolphins in 1978, Kenney landed with the Chiefs. He started at the end of the season in 1980 after an injury to Steve Fuller. It looked like he was going to soon be replaced after they made Todd Blackledge the second quarterback chosen in 1983. However, he held off that challenge too, and remained Kansas City’s starter until they traded for Steve DeBerg in 1988.
Other notable players chosen with the 333rd pick: Cleveland Browns-Bill Andrews, LB, S.E. Louisiana, 1967; N.Y. Giants-Jerry Golsteyn, QB, Northern Illinois, 1976; New England Patriots-Dave Preston, RB, Bowling Green, 1977
12th round-332nd pick. L.A. Rams-Fred Stokes, DE, Georgia Southern, 1987
He only had one and a half sacks in his first two seasons with the rams. He signed with the Washington Redskins as a Plan B free agent, and made 20 1/2 sacks in four seasons. He re-signed with the Rams in 1993, and had another 15 sacks in three more seasons with them. He joined the Saints in 1996 and retired after the season.
12th round-331st pick. Philadelphia Eagles-Ray Ellis, DB, Ohio State, 1981
He played five years with the Eagles (81-85), and made 12 interceptions from 1983 to 1985. He spent the next two seasons with the Browns and made two interceptions in 1986.
13th round-330th pick. Cleveland Browns-Brian Sipe, QB, San Diego State, 1972
After spending his first two seasons on the reserve squad, he earned a spot as a backup in 1974. He became the starter in 1976, and remained the starter thru the 1983 season. In 1980 he threw for 4,132 yards and 30 touchdowns, with only 13 interceptions, and was named the NFL MVP. He threw for over 3,500 yards in four of his last five seasons with the Browns. He signed with the USFL in 1984, and that was where he spent his last two years of pro football.
Other notable players picked 330th: Dallas Cowboys-Herb Scott, G, Virginia Union, 1975;
12th round-329th pick. N.Y. Giants-Matt Stover, K, Louisiana Tech, 1990
After spending his rookie season on injured reserve, Stover signed with the Cleveland Browns as a Plan B free agent in 1991. The job turned out to be his for 18 years. He stayed with the team when they moved to Baltimore in 1996 and became the Ravens. He stuck around for the 2008 season, but was replaced by Steven Hauschka in 2009. He signed with the Colts after an injury to Adam Vinatieri, and became the oldest player to play in the Super Bowl at 42 years and 11 days old. He didn’t play in 2010, but I haven’t heard anything official about retirement yet. I wouldn’t be too surprised if someone signs him next year. We’ve already seen it from guys like Morten Andersen and John Carney, so don’t count out Stover yet. He’s scored 2,004 points, and made 83.7 percent of his field goals in his 19 year career.
Other notable players picked 329th: San Diego Chargers-Chuck Ehin, NT, Brigham Young, 1983
12th round-328th pick. L.A. Rams-Drew Hill, WR, Georgia Tech, 1979
After making only 60 catches in his first six seasons, Hill joined the Oilers for the 1985 season, and more than doubled his career total, with 64 catches. He posted over 1,000 yards receiving in five of his seven seasons with the Oilers. He even had a career high 90 catches in what turned out to be his last year as an Oiler in 1991. He spent the next two years in Atlanta and hauled in another 94 catches before calling it quits. He retired with 634 catches, 9,831 yards, and 60 touchdowns.
Other notable players picked 328th: Philadelphia Eagles-Rob Taylor, T, Northwestern, 1982; L.A. Rams-David Lang, RB, Northern Arizona,1990
12th round-327th pick. L.A. Rams-Marcus Dupree, RB, Oklahoma, 1986
He had a prolific college career, and went on to be a star in the USFL in 1984. Unfortunately, he suffered a serious knee injury in 1985 that many thought would be career ending. However, just in case he ever returned healthy enough to play again, the Rams drafted him in 1986. In 1990 he decided to give it a shot, and he landed a backup spot. In 1991 he ran for 179 yards on 49 carries and one touchdown. Unfortunately he was cut in 1992 and that was it for his comeback.
Other notable players picked 327th: San Francisco 49ers-Matt LaBounty, DE, Oregon, 1992
12th round-326th pick. Washington Redskins-Keenan McCardell, WR, UNLV, 1991
After not seeing any playing time as a rookie with the Redskins in 1991, he joined the Browns in 1992 and slowly worked his way up. He had 56 catches in 1995, and then signed with Jacksonville as an unrestricted free agent in 1996. He was chosen for the Pro Bowl in 1996 after catching 85 passes for 1,129 yards and 3 touchdowns. He had 499 catches in 6 years before being cut early in 2002 to clear salary cap room. He signed with the Buccaneers in 2002 and started there for two years, then spent three years in San Diego. He returned to the Redskins for one last season in 2007. By the time he was done, he racked up 883 catches for 11,373 yards, and 63 touchdowns.
Other notable players picked 326th: N.Y. Giants-Herb Welch, S, UCLA, 1985
12th round-325th pick. St. Louis Cardinals-Lonnie Young, S, Michigan State, 1985
He played safety for the Cardinals (1985-1990), Jets (1991-1992, 1994-1995) and Chargers (1994). He had 11 interceptions in his twelve seasons as a pro.
Other notable players players picked 325th: Denver Broncos-Dave Jacobs, K, Syracuse, 1979
12th round-324th pick. St. Louis Cardinals-Wayne Wilson, RB, Shepherd, 1979
He played nine years in the NFL, mostly with the Saints. In 1983 he ran for a career high 783 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was with the Vikings for 8 games in 1986, and the Redskins for 2 games in 1987.
Other notable players picked 324th: Houston Oilers-Bill Capece, K, Florida State, 1981.
12th round-323rd pick. L.A. Rams-Harold Jackson, WR, Jackson State, 1968
After not seeing any action during his rookie year with the Rams, Harold was traded to the Eagles in 1969. He became an immediate star, catching 65 catches for 1,116 yards and 9 touchdowns. He was their top receiver for four seasons before being traded back to the Rams for quarterback Roman Gabriel. He was the Rams most explosive weapon when he returned, averaging 21.8 yards a catch, and scoring 13 touchdowns on only 40 receptions. He started for the Rams until he was traded to the Patriots in 1978, where he saw significant playing time thru 1981. He still hasn’t been elected to the Hall of Fame in spite of the fact that he was the leagues most prolific receiver in the 1970’s. He led the league with 432 catches, 7, 724 yards, and 61 touchdowns during the 70’s, and he was named to the Pro Bowl 5 times during his career. He was even added to the Patriots active roster in 1987 at the age of 41 after the NFL players strike ensued, but he didn’t actually play. It makes me wonder, could that have anything to do with him not getting in the Hall of Fame?
Other notable players chosen with the 323rd pick: Pittsburgh Steelers-Jeff Brady, LB, Kentucky, 1991.
12th round-322nd pick. Oakland Raiders-Calvin Muhammad, WR, Texas Southern, 1980
It took two years for him to make the Raiders active roster, but was just in time to collect a ring. Muhammad played with the 1982 Raiders team that won the Super bowl. Two years later he joined the Redskins and had a career high 42 catches for 729 yards and 4 touchdowns. He spent two years with the Raiders, two with the Redskins, and joined the Chargers for two games in 1987 before retiring.
Other notable players chosen with the 322nd pick: San Francisco 49ers-Tom Owen, QB, Wichita State, 1974; Seattle Seahawks-R.J. Kors, S, Long Beach State, 1989
27th round-321st pick. N.Y. Giants-Roosevelt Brown, T, Morgan State, 1953
The lowest drafted player currently in the Hall of Fame, Rosey was named to the Pro Bowl 9 times. He blocked for Hall of Famers Frank Gifford and Y.A. Tittle, and he was on the Giants team that won the NFL Championship in 1956. He was named to the NFL’s 1950’s All Decade Team, the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.
Other notable players picked with the 321st pick in the draft: Green Bay Packers-Phillip Epps, WR, Texas Christian, 1982; Kansas City Chiefs-Harper LeBel, TE, Colorado State, 1985
Player information obtained through a combination of historical player searches on nfl.com, player bios on wikipedia, and NFL draft records from pro-football-reference.com.