NFL Draft: 10 best Round 7 picks since 2000
There are no throwaway picks in any NFL Draft for any team. Here’s proof.
Valuable players can be found in the seventh round. Here are the 10 best such selections since 2000.
1 Pat McAfee, P (No. 222 overall, 2009)
McAfee hung up his punting shoes for life as a scribe. He was very good at pinning teams back and speaking his mind, too.
2 Josh Brown, K (No. 222 overall, 2003)
Before some of that off-field ugliness came out with the Giants, Brown was a solid leg on the field, starting with the Seahawks out of Nebraska.
3 Stevie Johnson, WR (No. 224 overall, 2008)
The Bills needed a tough receiver to work the slot, and Johnson, undersized out of Kentucky, was the perfect late-round steal to address the need.
4 Matt Cassel, QB (No. 230 overall, 2005)
Cassel was the backup quarterback at USC, but leave it to the Patriots to think he could be a stronger NFL No. 2 with starter potential. He filled in well during one season for Tom Brady, allowing him to eventually cash in as a Chiefs No. 1.
5 Justin Forsett, RB (No. 233 overall, 2007)
Forsett was drafted to be a backup flyer for the Seahawks, but after bouncing around, he got his chance to be a top back briefly in Baltimore. That’s not too bad for a Cal contemporary of Marshawn Lynch.
6 Cortland Finnegan, CB (No. 215 overall, 2006)
The Titans got the feisty corner from Samford, and Finnegan went to work right away, antagonizing wide receivers in the AFC South.
7 Brett Keisel, DE (No. 242 overall, 2002)
Keisel, known for his terrific beard, was a solid 3-4 end in the perfect Steelers mold. They don’t get any scarier from BYU.
8 Jeremiah Ratliff, DT (No. 224 overall, 2005)
Ratliff had a strong all-star career with the Cowboys before some off-field trouble. He finished with the Bears.
9 T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR (No. 204 overall, 2001)
He had a tough name to put the draft card from Oregon State, but he turned out be a great complement to fellow former Beaver and Bengal Chad Johnson. He had better hands and routes than the former Ochocinco.
10 Marques Colston, WR (No. 252 overall, 2006)
Colston was a Flying Dutchman at Hofstra before the Saints thought he could a be special tight end/wideout hybrid as Drew Brees’ initial go-to guy. Turns out Colston lasted a lot longer than that.