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NFL Draft Steals: The Best Late-Round Draft Picks Since The 1970 Merger

NFL Draft Steals: The Best Late-Round Draft Picks Since The 1970 Merger May 21, 2018

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    Who are the best NFL draft steals of all time?

    NFL teams screw up all the time. Some more than others. That could mean blowing a high pick on a total bust. Or it could mean passing on a Hall of Famer several times over in the same draft. Let’s take a look at the best late-round NFL draft steals since the NFL-AFL merger. These are the players every team had multiple chances to select. But they still had to wait forever before coming off the board. We’ll set the cutoff at the 129th overall pick, which would be the first pick of the fifth round in a present-day draft without compensatory picks.  

    Bo Jackson

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    The multisport athlete played in just 38 games (23 starts) in his four-year NFL career, but he made those performances count, amassing 3,134 yards from scrimmage and 18 total touchdowns, all for the Raiders. In a playoff game in January 1991, he suffered a career-ending hip injury, but was able to play pro baseball for a few more seasons.