Who was the greatest fourth-round NFL draft pick ever?


Who was the greatest fourth-round NFL draft pick ever?

QB Norm Van Brocklin.  Selected by the Los Angeles Rams in 1949,  the Dutchman went to nine Pro Bowls, led the NFL in passing three times, led in punting twice  and was voted the league MVP in 1960 when he took the Eagles to their last NFL championship. Van Brocklin also passed for 554 yards against the New York Yanks in 1951 – an NFL single game record that, incredibly, still stands today 64 years later. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.

G Jerry Kramer. Selected by Green Bay in 1958, Kramer became a feature performer on Packers teams that won five NFL titles in a span of seven years from 1961-67. Kramer made the key block in the 1967 Ice Bowl NFL title game and teamed with fellow guard Fuzzy Thurston to transform the Packer power sweep into one of the most recognizable plays in NFL history. Kramer was voted the best guard in the NFL’s first 50 years – yet he has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. He’s been a finalist 10 times.

K Morten Andersen. Selected by New Orleans in 1982, Andersen became the NFL’s all-time leading scorer. He kicked 25 seasons for five teams, scoring 2,544 points. He also holds the NFL record for field goals (565) and ranks second behind George Blanda with 849 conversions.  He became the first player ever to kick three 50-yard field goals in a single game and was selected to both the 1980s and 1990s NFL all-decade teams. He has been a two-time Hall of Fame finalist.

DE Charles Haley. Selected by San Francisco in 1986, Haley is the only player in NFL history with five Super Bowl rings. His pass rush off the edge as an elephant linebacker helped the 49ers win two Lombardi Trophies in the 1980s. Then he was dealt to the Cowboys in 1992 and moved to end where his rush helped the Cowboys win three more Super Bowls. He played in seven NFC title games over one eight-year stretch of his career (1988-95).  He is a 2015 Hall of Fame inductee.

WR Cris Carter. Selected by Philadelphia in 1987, Carter ranks 10th on the all-time receiving list with 13,899 yards but fourth in both catches (1,101) and touchdowns (130). A waiver claim in 1991 by the Vikings, Carter was voted to eight Pro Bowls and led the NFL in receiving (122 catches) in 1994. He put back-to-back 122-catch seasons together in 1995, this time finishing second in the NFL in receiving. Carter was named to the 1990s NFL all-decade team and was enshrined in Canton in 2013.

 

 

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