In this article, I experimented with writing a little tidbit on each player picked with the pick, including the ones in the honorable mention category. Unfortunately, it made the article way too long. I don’t think I’ll keep that up unless there’s enough popular demand for me to do it. I’d like to finish this list before the year is over, and that would be difficult if every article is ten pages long.
The list is only getting better as it goes on. Even though there’s only ten players here, we’ve got three Hall of Famers, although one was inducted as a coach. One of my favorite linebackers from an arch rival is the first pick, followed by the 49ers receiver famous for “the catch” in the 1981 NFC championship game. There’s also one of Dick Vermeil’s favorites from the Eagles defense, followed by the first in the Matthews family line of defense. One of the Steelers Pro Bowl defenders is at the bottom of this list, followed by the running back who ran Herschel Walker out of Minnesota. These are the best players I could find drafted with picks #241-250:
9th round-250th pick. Minnesota Vikings-Scott Studwell, LB, Illinois, 1977. Scott was a starting middle linebacker for the Vikings, and played with Minnesota for 14 years. He was the only Viking to have played with both Jim Marshall and John Randle. He was named an all pro three times, and picked for the Pro Bowl twice. He was credited with more than 200 tackles five times, with a career high 230 in 1981. He recorded 15 fumble recoveries, 11 interceptions and 10 sacks. I can’t find full career statistics on how many tackles he made, but I found a football card that said he had 1,882 heading into the 1990 season.
I know there’s going to be some modern day fans that try to make a case for Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick or Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw with this pick. One of them could eventually outshine Studwell at this pick. I think for either of them to outperform him, they’d have to play at a high level for a decade. I kind of doubt it’ll happen since Bradshaw and Fitzpatrick both got their biggest workload in 2010. Fitzpatrick will be in his seventh season in 2011, and Bradshaw in his fifth.
Among the other players picked with the 250th pick, Jim Fraser was selected to three Pro Bowls with the Broncos. Tom Condon was a starting guard with the Chiefs for ten years. Mark Brown was a starting linebacker for the Dolphins for five seasons. Rashad Jennings ran for 459 yards and four touchdowns backing up Maurice Jones-Drew last season.
Other notable players picked 250th: Cleveland Browns- Jim Fraser, LB/P, Wisconsin, 1959-1968; Kansas City Chiefs-Tom Condon, RG, Boston College, 1974; Miami Dolphins-Mark Brown, LB, Purdue, 1983; Chicago Bears-Thomas Sanders, RB, Texas A&M, 1985; Denver Broncos-Bruce Plummer, DB, Mississippi State, 1987; Denver Broncos-Bradlee Van Pelt, QB, Colorado State, 2004; St. Louis Rams-Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Harvard, 2005; New York Giants-Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, Marshall, 2007; Jacksonville Jaguars-Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty, 2009; New England Patriots-Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State, 2010
10th round-249th pick. San Francisco 49ers-Dwight Clark, WR, Clemson, 1979. Dwight Clark’s introduction to the 49ers was pure luck. Coach Bill Walsh was trying to reach Clark’s roommate Steve Fuller for a workout before the 1979 season, and Clark answered the phone. He got invited to run routes for Fuller so Walsh could test out the quarterback. Even though the 49ers didn’t get to draft his teammate, Walsh was impressed enough by Clark that they picked him with the first pick in the 10th round.
He didn’t see much playing time as a rookie, but he took off in 1980. In his sophomore season, he made 82 catches for 991 yards, and eight touchdowns. In 1981, he followed up with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and four touchdowns. In the NFC championship game against the Cowboys, he leaped and made the game winning touchdown catch in the back of the end zone. That particular play is now immortalized as “the catch”, it sealed their 28-27 victory. He finished that game with eight catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns.
In his nine seasons with the 49ers, they won Super Bowls XVI and XIX. He made the Pro Bowl two seasons in a row, in 1981 and 1982. In his career, he made 506 catches for 6,750 yards, averaging 13.3 yards a catch, and 48 touchdowns. He retired after the 1987 season, and so did his jersey number, #87. Since his retirement, he’s also served as the general manager for the Cleveland Browns and the 49ers.
Among the other players drafted 249th, Seahawks receiver Ben Obomanu started to show he can play last season, finishing with a career high 30 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns. Redskins safety Chris Horton didn’t see as much playing time in 2010, but started 15 games from 2008-2009. Bobby McCray recorded 29.5 sacks in his first six seasons with the Jaguars & Saints. Linebacker Mark Maddox recorded 250 tackles in nine seasons with the Bills & Cardinals.
John Outlaw recorded 16 interceptions in 10 years with the patriots and Eagles. Lenvil Elliott played nine years as a backup running back for the Bengals & 49ers. Don Calhoun ran for 3,559 yards, & 23 touchdowns in nine years in the NFL, mostly with the Patriots. Hokie Gajan ran for 1,358 yards & 11 touchdowns in foru seasons with the Saints. John Teltschik was the Eagles punter from 1986-1989, and led the league in number of punts each year from 1986-1988.
Other notable players picked 249th: Boston Patriots-John Outlaw, CB, Jackson State, 1968; Cincinnati Bengals- Lenvil Elliott, RB, Truman State, 1973; Buffalo Bills-Don Calhoun, RB, Kansas State, 1974; New Orleans Saints-Hokie Gajan, RB, Louisiana State, 1981; Chicago Bears-John Teltschik, P, Texas, 1986; Buffalo Bills-Mark Maddox, LB, Northern Michigan, 1991; Jacksonville Jaguars-Bobby McCray, DE, Florida, 2004; San Francisco 49ers-Billy Bajema, TE, Oklahoma State, 2005; Seattle Seahawks-Ben Obomanu, WR, Auburn, 2006; Washington Redskins-Chris Horton, SS, UCLA, 2008; Cincinnati Bengals-Clinton McDonald, DT, Memphis, 2009; Carolina Panthers-Robert McClain, DB, Connecticut, 2010
10th round-248th pick. Philadelphia Eagles-John Bunting, LB, North Carolina, 1972. He spent eleven years as a key member of the Eagles defense, recording eight interceptions in his NFL career. After playing for the Eagles from 1972-1982, he signed with their USFL rival, the Philadelphia Stars, where he spent his last two seasons as a player. He joined the Stars coaching staff when they moved to Baltimore in 1985. After the USFL folded, he was an assistant at Brown (1986) and Glassboro State (1987) before becoming Glassboro’s head coach in 1988. He lasted as their head coach thru the 1992 season. He joined the Chiefs staff in 1993, spending four seasons as an assistant. He joined his former coach Dick Vermeil’s staff in 1997 as a defensive coordinator, and contributed to their victory in Super Bowl XXXIV. He then joined the Saints staff in 2000, and left to be the head coach at North Carolina, where he coached from 2001-2006.
Among the other players drafted with the 248th pick, Kyle Kosier has been a starting guard for the Cowboys since 2006, & has started 104 games in his career. Bryce Fisher recorded 26.5 sacks in seven seasons with the Bills, Rams, and Seahawks. Louis Riddick recorded 143 tackles in six seasons, including 74 as a rookie with the Falcons. Stanley Wilson was a productive backup running back for the Bengals until he was banned from the league for drug use. Ken Schroy played safety for the Jets for eight years, and had a career high eight interceptions in 1980. Nick Mike-Mayer kicked for 10 years, and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie with the Falcons in 1973.
Other notable players picked 248th: Atlanta Falcons-Nick Mike-Mayer, K, Temple, 1973; Philadelphia Eagles-Ken Schroy, S, Maryland, 1975;
L.A. Rams-George Farmer, WR, Southern University, 1980; Cincinnati Bengals-Stanley Wilson, RB, Oklahoma, 1983; San Francisco 49ers-Derrick Harmon, RB, Cornell, 1984; San Francisco 49ers-Louis Riddick, S, Pittsburgh, 1991; Buffalo Bills-Bryce Fisher, DT, Air Force, 1999; San Francisco 49ers-Kyle Kosier, T, Arizona State, 2002; Seattle Seahawks-Cameron Morrah, TE, California, 2009; New England Patriots-Kade Weston, DT, Georgia, 2010
25-247. L.A. Rams-Clay Matthews, T/DT/DE, Georgia Tech, 1949. He didn’t play for nearly as long as his son Clay junior did for Cleveland, but he appears to have started a family dynasty. Clay senior spent four seasons with the 49ers, spending the last two as their left defensive end. His son Clay Matthews junior played linebacker for the Browns & Falcons from 1978-1996, and was picked for four Pro Bowls. His nephew Bruce made the Pro Bowl at guard, center, and tackle, made the Pro Bowl a record 14 times, started 292 games, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007. Now, his grandson Clay III has been named to two straight Pro Bowls, has 23.5 sacks in his first two seasons, & won a Super Bowl. Who knows what his other grandson Casey will do, but the bar is certainly set high.
Among the other players drafted with the 247th pick, Dolphins tight end Bruce Hardy started 95 games, and had 256 catches from 1978-1989. Linebacker Garry Cobb had 10 interceptions and 23.5 sacks in 11 years with the Lions, Eagles, and Cowboys. Bobby Humphery was an effective kickoff returner & starting corner for the Jets after converting from wide receiver. Reyna Thompson was a Pro Bowl kickoff coverage man for the Giants.
Other notable players drafted 247th: Miami Dolphins-Bruce Hardy, TE, Arizona State, 1978; Dallas Cowboys-Garry Cobb, LB, USC, 1979; N.Y. Jets-Bobby Humphery, WR/CB, New Mexico State, 1983; Miami Dolphins-Reyna Thompson, CB, Baylor, 1986; Houston Oilers-Bernard Dafney, T, Tennessee, 1992; Seattle Seahawks-Nick Reed, DE, Oregon, 2009; New England Patriots-Brandon Deaderick, DE, Alabama, 2010
9th round-246th pick. Dallas Cowboys-Mike Wilson, WR, Washington State, 1981. Although he was usually stuck behind guys like Dwight Clark and Jerry Rice, and later John Taylor and Mike Sherrard, he lasted ten years as a 49ers receiver. He played for them during four of their Super Bowls: XVI, XIX, XXIII, and XXIV. He played a more significant role in their 1988 Super Bowl run, catching 33 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. From 1981 to 1990 he had 159 catches for 2,199 yards, a 13.8 yard average, and 15 touchdowns.
Among the other players drafted with the 246th pick, Alvin Haymond played ten years with five teams, recording 10 interceptions, and scoring three touchdowns on kick & punt returns. Kevin Hunt played seven years, and started at tackle for the Oilers for two seasons. Jeff Rutledge played from 1979-1992, for the Rams, Giants, & Redskins, but only started 10 games. Al Gross played five seasons for the Browns, starting 38 games at safety.
Kicker Greg Davis played 12 seasons, six of them with the Cardinals, but played for six teams along the way. Scott Miller spent five seasons in Miami, mainly as a punt returner. Quinton Ganther has been a serviceable backup runner in five seasons in the league. Kenneth Darby has spent the last three seasons with the rams backing up Steven Jackson.
Other notable players picked 246th: Baltimore Colts-Alvin Haymond, CB/PR, Southern, 1964; Green Bay Packers-Kevin Hunt, G/T, Doane, 1971; L.A. Rams-Jeff Rutledge, QB, Alabama, 1979; Dallas Cowboys-Al Gross, S, Arizona, 1983; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Greg Davis, K, The Citadel, 1987; Miami Dolphins-Scott Miller, WR, UCLA, 1991; Tennessee Titans-Quinton Ganther, RB, Utah, 2006; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Kenneth Darby, RB, Alabama, 2007; Chicago Bears-Lance Louis, G, San Diego State, 2009; Indianapolis Colts–Ray Fisher, DB, Indiana, 2010
18th round-245th pick. Washington Redskins-Chris Hanburger, LB, North Carolina, 1965. 33 years after an awesome 14 year career ended, Hanburger finally got some overdue recognition this year with his selection to the Hall of Fame as a senior candidate. He was first named to the Pro Bowl in 1966, in his second season. It was the first of nine trips to Hawaii for the linebacker nicknamed “The Hangman”. He gained that nickname for his frequent use of clothesline tackles to bring down opponents. He had a streak of 135 consecutive starts from 1968 to 1977 ended when he had his appendix removed. In his career, he had 46 sacks, 19 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries, and a total of five defensive touchdowns.
Among the other players drafted 245th, safety Ken Stone became a ballhawk with the Cardinals, and had a career high nine interceptions in 1978. Dave Studdard was a starting tackle for the Broncos for much of his 10 year career. John Spagnola played ten years, mostly for the Eagles, and had 263 catches. Chris Johnson has turned into a useful corner for the Raiders, starting 26 games in the last three years.
Other notable players picked 245th: Washington Redskins-Ken Stone, S, Vanderbilt, 1973; Baltimore Colts-Dave Studdard, T, Texas, 1978;
New England Patriots-John Spagnola, TE, Yale, 1979; San Diego Chargers-Mike Green, LB, Oklahoma State, 1983; N.Y. Jets-Nuu Faaola, RB, Hawaii, 1986; Jacksonville Jaguars-Danny Clark, LB, Illinois, 2000; Green Bay Packers-Chris Johnson, CB, Louisville, 2003; Oakland Raiders-Courtney Anderson, TE, San Jose State, 2004; Seattle Seahawks-Courtney Greene, DB, Rutgers, 2009
21st round-244th pick. Philadelphia Eagles-John Madden, TE, Cal Poly. State, 1958. He didn’t make it with the Eagles as a rookie, then suffered a career ending knee injury a year later, so he was forced to settle for a career as a football coach. In 1960, he joined Allen Hancock college as an assistant, and was promoted to head coach only two years later. He spent two seasons there before joining San Diego State as an assistant for head coach Don Coryell. In 1967 he joined the Raiders as a linebackers coach. He was named the Raiders head coach in 1969, and had an incredible winning record with them. In ten seasons his record with them was 103-32-7, and they won Super Bowl XI. He was the youngest coach to reach 100 wins, but he retired at the age of 42 after the Raiders missed the playoffs. He’s still the winningest coach in the Raiders history, and was elected to the Hall of Fame as a coach.
He joined CBS in 1979, and was paired up with Pat Summerall in the booth in 1981. The two of them worked together for 21 years with CBS and then FOX, covering eight Super Bowls. He finally retired from broadcasting in April 2009 after 30 years. I hoped he would return when Brett Favre unretired again and joined the Vikings. I still miss hearing quotes like this during Sunday Night Football: “A fumble is a fumble when he fumbles, and that my friend was a fumble!”.
Among the other players drafted with the 244th pick, Danny Copeland started 41 games at strong safety for the Redskins from 1991-1993. Cecil Gray started games both on offensive line and defensive line in six years in the league. Jay Leeuwenburg started 108 games all over the offensive line in nine years with the Bears, Colts, Bengals, and Redskins. Darick Holmes ran for over 1,200 yards in his first two years with the Bills.
Tight end Jay Riemersma started 74 games in eight years, and recorded 224 catches. Offensive tackle Kevin Shaffer has started 93 of 132 games played with the Falcons, Browns, & Bears. Jason Snelling has run for over 1,000 yards in four seasons with the Falcons, and is a very valuable backup to Michael Turner. Kurt Coleman had 27 tackles and an interception as a rookie with the Eagles in 2010.
Other notable players drafted 244th: Cleveland Browns-Danny Copeland, S, Eastern Kentucky, 1988; Philadelphia Eagles-Cecil Gray, DT/G, North Carolina, 1990; Kansas City Chiefs-Jay Leeuwenburg, C, Colorado, 1992; Buffalo Bills-Darick Holmes, RB, Portland State, 1995; Buffalo Bills-Jay Riemersma, TE, Michigan, 1996; Atlanta Falcons-Kevin Shaffer, T, Tulsa, 2002; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Tim Massaquoi, TE, Michigan, 2006; Atlanta Falcons-Jason Snelling, RB, Virginia, 2007; San Francisco 49ers-Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, Louisiana State, 2009; Philadelphia Eagles-Kurt Coleman, SS, Ohio State, 2010
26th round-243rd pick. Philadelphia Eagles-Lou Creekmur, T, William & Mary, 1948. I know you’re all going to go google this after reading it, but Creekmur played on three NFL championship teams with the Detroit Lions. Doesn’t that sound weird putting those two terms together? NFL Championship, and Detroit Lions? It’s not April Fools day, go ahead, check the calendar. He played for the Lions from 1950 to 1959, and was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight seasons.
The Lions won the NFL Championship game in 1952, 1953, and 1957. The thing that stood out to most about him during his playing days was his ability to play through injuries in an era without all of the modern equipment used to protect players. His nose was broken and reset 13 times. At one point he dislocated his shoulder in the last game of the year. If the Lions hadn’t missed the playoffs that year it might have ended his streak. He played in 168 straight games until he retired following the 1958 season. In 1959 he was talked into coming back for one last season. He was eventually selected for the Hall of Fame in 1996. He passed away July 5, 2009, at the age of 82. He was later discovered to have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, likely caused by his professional football experience.
Among the other players drafted 243rd, Keith Uecker started 47 games on the offensive line for the Packers from 1984-1991. Adam Schreiber had a nice long 16 year career, mainly as a backup center and long snapper, playing for seven teams along the way. Jeff Herrod is probably the next best player behind Creekmur with this pick, as the Colts all time leading tackler (1,400), team record holder for single game tackles (22), and single season tackles (200). Jason Fisk started 108 games at defensive tackle, and sacked Kurt Warner in Tennessee’s Super Bowl loss.
Kelvin Garmon started 50 games at guard in four years in the league. Terdell sands lasted seven years in the league.
Other notable players selected 243rd: Denver Broncos-Keith Uecker, T, Auburn, 1982; Seattle Seahawks-Adam Schreiber, G, Texas, 1984; Indianapolis Colts-Jeff Herrod, LB, Mississippi, 1988; Minnesota Vikings-Jason Fisk, DT, Stanford, 1995; Dallas Cowboys-Kelvin Garmon, G, Baylor, 1999; Kansas City Chiefs-Terdell Sands, DT, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 2001; St. Louis Rams-Chris Massey, C, Marshall, 2002; Philadelphia Eagles-Jeff Owens, DT, Georgia, 2010
7th round-242nd pick. Pittsburgh Steelers-Brett Keisel, DE, Brigham Young, 2002. He saw rather limited playing time in his first three seasons, playing in 18 games and recording 13 tackles. In 2005 he played in all 16 games and recorded 33 tackles and three sacks. Since 2006, he’s started all 69 games he played in, and was finally selected for the Pro Bowl this year. Due to an unfortunate scheduling conflict (thanks to the NFL moving the Pro Bowl to the week before the Super Bowl), he won’t be able to go, but maybe next year?
Among the other players picked 242nd, Terry Cole ran for 418 yards & three touchdowns as a rookie with the Colts in 1968. Keith Wortman played 10 years and started 33 games for the Packers & Rams. Turk Schonert spent most of his career backing up Ken Anderson at QB in Cincinnati, and has worked as a QB coach and offensive coordinator.
Carlos Emmons is probably the next best player taken with this pick, playing 11 years with the Steelers, Eagles, and Giants, starting 121 games and recording 19 sacks & five interceptions in his career. Keyunta Dawson has started 20 games at defensive tackle in his first four seasons with the Colts. Nick Schommer played in 13 games with the Titans in 2010, and recorded a safety.
Other notable players selected 242nd: Baltimore Colts-Terry Cole, RB, Indiana, 1968; Green Bay Packers-Keith Wortman, T/G/C, Nebraska, 1972; Chicago Bears-Turk Schonert, QB, Stanford, 1980; Pittsburgh Steelers-Carlos Emmons, LB, Arkansas State, 1996; Indianapolis Colts-Keyunta Dawson, DT, Texas Tech, 2007; Tennessee Titans-Nick Schommer, DB, North Dakota State, 2009
9th round-241st pick. Minnesota Vikings-Terry Allen, RB, Clemson, 1990.
I thought about switching this one to Cardinals tackle Larry Stallings, but the only information I could find on him was that he played 14 years and made one Pro Bowl. I knew there was more than one comeback story to tell in Terry Allen’s case. Due to an injury suffered in college, he went late in the draft. He wound up missing his rookie season due to injury. In 1991, he came back, and he did so well that Minnesota dumped Herschel Walker after the season. Allen ran for 563 yards and average 4.7 yards per carry, so the Vikings were excited about giving him a heavier workload. In 1992 he ran for 1,201 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards a carry. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL during practice in 1993, and missed the entire season. The next season, despite coming back with two bad ACLs, he still ran for 1,031 yards and six touchdowns, and still had a relatively high rushing average (4.0).
Since he felt the Vikings artificial turf was bad on his knees, he left for “naturally greener” pastures in Washington during free agency in 1995. He ran for 1,309 yards and 10 touchdowns in his first season as Redskin. He outdid himself in 1996, rushing for a career high 1,353 yards and an astounding 21 touchdowns. Only nine other running backs have ever had 20 or more rushing touchdowns in one season. In the next two seasons with the Redskins he only started ten games each year, but still ran for over 700 yards each year. He spent his last three seasons with the Patriots (1999), Saints (2000), and Ravens (2001).
Among the other players drafted 241st, Larry Stallings was the next best player picked, playing his entire 14 year career with the Cardinals, and making the Pro bowl in 1970. Charles Jackson played nine years, and started 70 games for the Chiefs & Jets. Curtis Weathers played seven seasons with the Browns. Robb Riddick was the Bills fullback from 1981-1988.
Chad Eaton played nine years, mainly for the Patriots & Seahawks, starting 77 games and recording 15.5 sacks. Sean Morey only had 11 catches in his career, but was a special teams ace, making the Pro Bowl in 2008 as the NFC’s kickoff coverage man. Ken Dorsey played for the 49ers & Browns from 2003-2008, starting 13 games. David Johnson has started eight games in his first two seasons with the Steelers.
Other notable players selected with the 241st pick: St. Louis Cardinals- Larry Stallings, T/LB, Georgia Tech, 1963; Denver Broncos- Charles Jackson, LB, Washington, 1978; Cleveland Browns-Curtis Weathers, LB/TE, Mississippi, 1979-1985; Buffalo Bills-Robb Riddick, RB, Millersville, 1981; Arizona Cardinals-Chad Eaton, DT, Washington State, 1995; New England Patriots-Sean Morey, WR, Brown, 1999; San Francisco 49ers-Ken Dorsey, QB, Miami (Fla.), 2003; Pittsburgh Steelers-David Johnson, TE, Arkansas State, 2009
Information obtained using player profiles on wikipedia, yahoo, and pro-football-resource.com