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Warren Moon and John Randle are among 14 players who made it to the Hall of Fame despite not being drafted.


It's always a benefit when a team's first-round draft pick meets those lofty expectations. And it's a real bonus when mid- to low-round selections exceed their expectations. This, of course, has been at the heart of NFL.com's voting platform to determine the best draft picks in NFL history.

Then there is the ultimate satisfaction of signing a player who was passed over entirely in the draft and seeing him become a productive pro. Talk about return on investment!

So, as the NFL celebrates 75 years of the draft by asking fans to vote on the 75 most valuable draft picks of all time, here's a look at the 75 best undrafted players of all time:

1. Kurt Warner, QB, Northern Iowa
Signed by: St. Louis Rams
First year: 1998
NFL seasons: 12
Pro Bowls: 4
All-Pro selections: 2
Notes: In addition to being perhaps the greatest Cinderella story in NFL history, Warner is a two-time league MVP who has posted the three best single-game passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history.

2. Dick "Night Train" Lane, CB, Scottsbluff (Neb.) Junior College
Signed by: Los Angeles Rams
First year: 1952
NFL seasons: 14
Pro Bowls: 7
All-Pro selections: 3
Notes: Hall of Famer still owns rookie record for interceptions (14 in 1952) ... Had 68 career interceptions with three teams (Rams, Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions).

3. Emlen Tunnell, DB, Iowa
Signed by: New York Giants
First year: 1948
NFL seasons: 14
Pro Bowls: N/A
All-Pro selections: N/A
Notes: One of the great defensive backs in NFL history, second on the all-time list with 79 interceptions.

4. Warren Moon, QB, Washington
Signed by: Houston Oilers
First year: 1984
NFL seasons: 17
Pro Bowls: 9
All-Pro selections: 0
Notes: Hall of Famer ranks in the top six all-time for career attempts, completions, yards and TD passes.

5. Willie Brown, CB, Grambling
Signed by: Denver Broncos
First year: 1963
NFL seasons: 16
Pro Bowls: 9
All-Pro selections: 5
Notes: Starred for Oakland Raiders. ... Had 54 career interceptions and inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1984.

6. Willie Wood, CB, USC
Signed by: Green Bay Packers
First year: 1960
NFL seasons: 12
Pro Bowls: 8
All-Pro selections: 5
Notes: Member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame ... had an interception in Super Bowl I.

7. Joe Perry, RB, Compton (Calif.) Community College
Signed by: San Francisco 49ers
First year: 1948
NFL seasons: 14
Pro Bowls: 3
All-Pro selections: 2
Notes: One of the most explosive inside runners in NFL history. Hall of Famer led NFL in rushing two seasons.

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8. Lou (The Toe) Groza, OT/PK, Ohio State
Signed by: Cleveland Browns
First year: 1946
NFL seasons: 21
Pro Bowls: 9
All-Pro selections: 4
Notes: Groza doubled as an offensive tackle and kicker for 14 years on Cleveland's championship teams of the 1950s before becoming a kicking specialist in 1961 ... Hall of Famer played until he was 43 years old.

9. Cliff Harris, S, Ouachita Baptist
Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
First year: 1970
NFL seasons: 10
Pro Bowls: 6
All-Pro selections: 3
Notes: One of the Cowboys' greatest success stories. Nickname was "Crash," and he was as tough as they come.

10. Cornell Green, DB, Utah State
Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
First year: 1962
NFL seasons: 13
Pro Bowls: 5
All-Pro selections: 3
Notes: Former college basketball player had 34 career interceptions.

11. Emmitt Thomas, CB, Bishop
Signed by: Kansas City Chiefs
NFL seasons: 13
First year: 1966
Pro Bowls: 5
All-Pro selections: 1
Notes: Had 58 career interceptions in a Hall of Fame career.

12. John Randle, DT, Texas A&I Kingsville
Signed by: Minnesota Vikings
NFL seasons: 14
First year: 1990
Pro Bowls: 7
All-Pro selections: 6
Notes: Randle, who was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year; had 137.5 career sacks in 219 games.

13. Antonio Gates, TE, Kent State
Signed by: San Diego Chargers
NFL seasons: 7 (active)
First year: 2003
Pro Bowls: 6
All-Pro selections: 3
Notes: Former college basketball player has 479 receptions for 6,223 yards and 59 TD catches in seven seasons.

14. Priest Holmes, RB, Texas
Signed by: Baltimore Ravens
NFL seasons: 10
First year: 1997
Pro Bowls: 3
All-Pro selections: 3
Notes: Holmes overcame major injuries in college and the NFL. Had three straight seasons of 1,400-plus yards, scored 86 career rushing touchdowns.

15. Brian Waters, C/G, North Texas
Signed by: Kansas City Chiefs
NFL seasons: 10
First year: 2000
Pro Bowls: 4
All-Pro selections: 2
Notes: Played tight end in college and became one of the best interior linemen in NFL history.

16. Tony Romo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
NFL seasons: 6 (active)
First year: 2004
Pro Bowls: 3
All-Pro selections: 0
Notes: Romo's 95.6 career passing rating currently ranks fourth on the all-time list.

17. Coy Bacon, DL, Jackson State
Signed by: Los Angeles Rams
First year: 1968
NFL seasons: 14
Pro Bowls: 3
All-Pro selections: 0
Notes: Had 22 sacks in 1976 (before it was an official stat). Outstanding athlete with unbelievable size/speed combination.

18. Nate Newton, G/T, Florida A&M
Signed by: Dallas Cowboys
First year: 1986
NFL seasons: 14
Pro Bowls: 6
All-Pro selections: 2
Notes: Amazing quickness and ability as a blocker for a man his size.

19. Dave Grayson, CB, Oregon
Signed by: Dallas Texans (AFL)
NFL seasons: 10
First year: 1961
Pro Bowls: 6
All-Pro selections: 4
Notes: Member of the AFL's all-time team, Grayson had 48 career interceptions playing for the Texans, Chiefs and Raiders.

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20. Adam Vinatieri, PK, South Dakota State
Signed by: New England Patriots
NFL seasons: 14 (active)
First year: 1996
Pro Bowls: 2
All-Pro selections: 2
Notes: Four Super Bowl rings -- and the game-winning field goal in two of those championships -- to go along with 338 career field goals.

21. Larry Little, G/T, Bethune-Cookman
Signed by: San Diego Chargers
First year: 1967
NFL seasons: 14
Pro Bowls: 5
All-Pro selections: 5
Notes: The leader of Miami's great offensive line of the 1970s.

22. Jeff Saturday, C, North Carolina
Signed by: Indianapolis Colts
NFL seasons: 10 (active)
First year: 1999
Pro Bowls: 4
All-Pro selections: 2
Notes: Has been the anchor for Colts offensive line that protects Peyton Manning; part of Super Bowl XLI champions.

23. Donnie Shell, CB, South Carolina State
Signed by: Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL seasons: 14
First year: 1974
Pro Bowls: 5
All-Pro selections: 3
Notes: Part of the Steel Curtain defense that helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls in the '70s. Played in 19 playoff games.

24. Deron Cherry, DB, Rutgers
Signed by: Kansas City Chiefs
First year: 1981
NFL seasons: 11
Pro Bowls: 6
All-Pro selections: 3
Notes: Always had great ball skills, finishing with 50 career interceptions; currently minority owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

25. Jim Langer, C, South Dakota State
Signed by: Miami Dolphins
First year: 1970
NFL seasons: 12
Pro Bowls: 6
All-Pro selections: 4
Notes: One of three Hall of Fame offensive linemen from Dolphins' Super Bowl teams of the '70s ... Played every offensive snap in 1972 perfect season.


Best undrafted free agents: 26-50 (alphabetical)
Player, Pos., College Signed by First year NFL seasons Pro Bowls Notes
David Binn, LS, California Chargers 1994 16 (active) 1 One of most reliable long snappers in NFL history
Jim Burt, DT, Miami (Fla.) Giants 1981 11 1 Heart of the great Giants defense of the '80s.
Wayne Chrebet, WR, Hofstra Jets 1995 11 0 Ultimate little guy that always made plays; 580 career receptions, 41 TDs
Josh Cribbs, RB/KR, Kent State Browns 2005 5 (active) 2 College QB, now one of most dangerous return specialists in the game.
Kris Dielman, G, Indiana Chargers 2003 7 (active) 3 Played DL in college before converting to OL
Jeff Garcia, QB, San Jose State 49ers 1999 11 4 Ultimate "intangibles" player; knows how to win
Frank Gatski, C, Marshall Browns 1946 12 1 Hall of Famer; two-way player anchored Cleveland's great OL
James Harrison, LB, Kent State Steelers 2002 6 (active) 3 2008 defensive player of the year was cut three times
Jim Hart, QB, Southern Illinois Cardinals 1966 19 4 Got by with smarts and accuracy; 209 career TD passes
Joe Jacoby, OL, Louisville Redskins 1981 13 4 Leader of the Hogs; should be in the Hall of Fame
Dave Krieg, QB, Milton (Wis.) College Seahawks 1980 19 3 Threw 261 career TD passes
Nick Lowery, PK, Dartmouth Patriots 1978 18 3 One of most accurate kickers in history, mostly with Chiefs
Wayne Moore, OT, Lamar Dolphins 1970 9 1 College basketball player, another stalwart of Miami's great 1970s offensive line
Marion Motley, FB, South Carolina State Browns 1946 9 1 Hall of Famer was dominant rusher for great Cleveland teams
Joe Nash, NT, Boston College Seahawks 1982 15 1 47.5 career sacks from nose tackle
Adewale Ogunleye, DE, Indiana Dolphins 2001 10 (active) 1 Tremendous strong-side DE, great at batting down passes
Willie Parker, RB, North Carolina Steelers 2004 6 (active) 2 Didn't start in college; 75-yard TD run in Super Bowl XL
Drew Pearson, WR, Tulsa Cowboys 1973 11 3 College QB, led NFL in receptions in '77
Rod Smith, WR, Missouri Southern Broncos 1995 13 3 All-time leading receiver among undrafted players
Mark Tuinei, OL, Hawaii Cowboys 1983 15 2 College defensive lineman; won three SB rings in Dallas
Everson Walls, CB, Grambling Cowboys 1981 13 4 Only player to lead NFL in INTs first two years
Wes Welker, WR, Texas Tech Chargers 2004 6 (active) 2 346 receptions last three seasons
Pat Williams, DT, Texas A&M Bills 1997 14 (active) 3 One of the NFL's best run stoppers
Fred Williamson, DB, Northwestern Steelers 1960 8 3 "The Hammer" was big talker who backed it up
Bill Willis, DL/OL, Ohio State 1946 Browns 8 3 Hall of Famer was one of the great two-way players


Best undrafted free agents: 51-75 (alphabetical)
Player, Pos., College Signed by First year NFL seasons Pro Bowls Notes
Bill Bates, S, Tennessee Cowboys 1983 15 1 One of first to shine as special-teams demon
Bob Boyd, WR, Loyola Marymount Rams 1950 7 1 Track star averaged more than 20 yards per catch
Jack Butler, DB, St. Bonaventure Steelers 1951 9 4 Had 52 career interceptions
Jake Delhomme, QB, Louisiana-Lafayette Saints 1999 9 (active) 1 Started for Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVII
Tom Dempsey, PK, Palomar (Calif.) College Saints 1969 11 1 Still shares record with 63-yard FG
Ron East, DT, Montana State Cowboys 1967 10 0 Aggressive inside pass rusher
Booker Edgerson, CB, Western Illinois Bills 1962 9 1 Very good corner in pass-happy AFL
Herman Edwards, CB, San Diego State Eagles 1977 10 0 Best known as a player for role in "Miracle at the Meadowlands"
London Fletcher, LB, John Carroll Rams 1998 12 (active) 0 Led NFL in tackles for the decade of the 2000s
Ryan Grant, RB, Notre Dame Giants 2007 3 (active) 0 Back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Packers
Cullen Jenkins, DT, Central Michigan Packers 2004 6 (active) 0 One of best interior linemen in the NFL today
Curtis McGriff, DL, Alabama Giants 1980 8 0 Unsung stalwart of Giants defense of '80s
Zeke Mowatt, TE, Florida State Giants 1983 8 0 Blocking TE caught TD in Super Bowl XXI
Stephen Neal, G, CSU-Bakersfield Patriots 2002 7 0 Wrestling champ never played college football
Pettis Norman, TE, Johnson C. Smith Cowboys 1962 12 0 Tremendous blocker in Dallas running game
Shaun O'Hara, C, Rutgers Browns 2000 10 (active) 2 Anchored Giants' line in Super Bowl XLII
Antonio Pierce, LB, Arizona Redskins 2001 9 (active) 0 Tremendous leader, heart of Super Bowl XLII champs
Dan Reeves, RB, South Carolina Cowboys 1965 8 0 Threw TD option pass for Dallas in the "Ice Bowl"
Reggie Rucker, WR, Boston University Cowboys 1970 12 0 Caught 447 passes, mostly for Browns
Bart Scott, LB, Southern Illinois Ravens 2002 8 1 Versatile linebacker who is also great leader
Barry Sims, T/G, Utah State Raiders 1999 10 0 Starting LT for Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII
Mike Tice, TE, Maryland Seahawks 1981 14 0 Excellent blocking tight end
Terrence Wilkins, WR/KR, Virginia Colts 1999 6 0 2,000 all-purpose yards as rookie in 1999
Tommy Wilson, RB, none Rams 1956 8 1 Explosive; had 223-yard game as rookie in '56
Jim Zorn, QB, Cal-Poly Pomona Cowboys 1976 11 0 Legitimized expansion Seahawks; 21,115 passing yards


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