There’s one major change to note in the revisions on this list. The first time around, I had picked current Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel as the best player chosen with the 230th pick. Normally, you’d think a player this good would be good enough to list as the best one at his pick. However, that was before I heard about Dolphins defensive end Vern Den Herder. Just read below and you’ll see why I had to make a change:
9th round-230th pick. Miami Dolphins-Vern Den Herder, DE, Central College, 1971. This pick originally went to current Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, but unless he starts for ten years, I can’t see him topping Den Herder. He became a starter in his second season, and started 144 games, all but one coming from 1972 to 1981. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1973, and led the team in sacks four times. The Dolphins won Super Bowl VII & VIII while he was a starter on their defensive line. Unofficially, he had 64.5 sacks in his career, fourth on the career
Other notable players picked 230th: Dallas Cowboys-Claxton Welch, RB, Oregon, 1969; Miami Dolphins-Vern Den Herder, DE, Central College, 1971; N.Y. Jets-Ralph Tamm, G, West Chester, 1988; Green Bay Packers-Ty Detmer, QB, Brigham Young, 1992; Green Bay Packers-Adam Timmerman, G, South Dakota State, 1995; New England Patriots-Scott Rehberg, T, Central Michigan, 1997; New York Giants-Ross Kolodziej, DT, Wisconsin, 2001; 7-230. New England Patriots-Matt Cassel, QB, USC, 2005; Green Bay Packers-C.J. Wilson, DE, East Carolina, 2010
7th round-229th pick. New York Jets-Jason Ferguson, DT, Georgia, 1997
Although there were 17 defensive tackles picked before him, Jason outlasted the majority of them. He spent his first eight seasons with the Jets, and had a good enough season in 2004 that he was a highly coveted free agent. He chose Dallas since the coach who drafted him was running the Cowboys. He started all 16 games in 2006, then played only game in 2007 before suffering a season ending injury. Once again he was reunited with his former coach Bill Parcells when the Dolphins traded for him in 2008. He played in nine games in 2009 before another season ending injury. He wound up with an eight game suspension in 2010 but simply retired.
Other notable players picked 229th: St. Louis Cardinals-Tom Day, G/DE, North Carolina A & T, 1960; Dallas Cowboys-Mitch Johnson, G/T, UCLA, 1965;
Pittsburgh Steelers-Charles Davis, NT/DT, TCU, 1974; N.Y. Giants-Otis Wonsley, RB, Alcorn State, 1980; San Francisco 49ers-Mike Mularkey, TE, Florida, 1983; Kansas City Chiefs-Scott Auer, T, Michigan State, 1984; Indianapolis Colts-Mark Boyer, TE, USC, 1985; Kansas City Chiefs-Gary Baldinger, DE, Wake Forest, 1986; Atlanta Falcons-Ethan Brooks, T, Williams,1996; San Diego Chargers-Andrew Pinnock, FB, South Carolina, 2003; Washington Redskins-Erik Cook, C, New Mexico, 2010
19th round-228th pick. L.A, Rams-Andy Robustelli, DE, Bridgeport, 1951
He spent his first five seasons with the Rams, being selected to the Pro Bowl twice. He was traded to the Giants in 1956, where he spent the next nine years. In his 14 year career, he made the Pro Bowl seven times, and he was on the NFL Championship teams in 1951 and 1956. He made only two interceptions in his career, but he returned both of them for touchdowns. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971.
Other notable players picked 228th: Philadelphia Eagles-John Magee, G, Louisiana-Lafayette, 1945; Washington Redskins-Dallas Hickman, DE, California, 1975; Pittsburgh Steelers-A.J. Jenkins, LB, Cal State-Fullerton, 1989; Chicago Bears-Johnny Bailey, RB, Texas A&M – Kingsville, 1990; Carolina Panthers-Kris Mangum, TE, Mississippi, 1997; Pittsburgh Steelers-Kris Brown, K, Nebraska, 1999; Buffalo Bills-Mario Haggan, LB, Mississippi State, 2003; Kansas City Chiefs-Jarrad Page, S, UCLA, 2006; Green Bay Packers-DeShawn Wynn, RB, Florida, 2007; St. Louis Rams-Chris Chamberlain, LB, Tulsa, 2008; Detroit Lions-Lydon Murtha, T, Nebraska, 2009; Cincinnati Bengals-Reggie Stephens, OL, Iowa State, 2010
9th round-227th pick. Minnesota Vikings-Brad Johnson, QB, Florida State, 1992. His story was quite similar to current Chiefs starter Matt Cassel at the beginning.He was a backup quarterback at Florida State, and he only played in nine games in his first four years. In 1996 he got his first extended playing time, starting eight games. He started 13 games in 1997, throwing for over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was injured twice in 1998 and only started twice. In 1999, the Vikings cashed in when they traded him to the Redskins for a first round pick, a future second round pick, and a third round pick.
He threw for over 4,000 yards in his first season with the Redskins. However, in his second year he threw more interceptions than touchdowns. The Redskins gave up on him & traded him to Tampa Bay, leaving them with Jeff George and Tony Banks. In 2001, he started all 16 games, and threw for 3,405 yards. The next season he had 22 touchdowns and only six interceptions, and led Tampa Bay to a win in Super Bowl XXXVII. in 2003 he had 26 touchdowns, but also threw 21 interceptions. He started the first four games in 2004 but got benched after three touchdowns and eight interceptions.
He re-joined Minnesota in 2005, and took over from Daunte Culpepper after he got hurt in week seven. He threw 12 touchdowns and only four interceptions in nine starts. In 2006 he began the year as the starter, but was eventually pulled in favor of Tarvaris Jackson. He went to Dallas in 2007 to backup Tony Romo, starting three games in 2008 before retiring after the season.
Other notable players picked 227th: Washington Redskins-Ray Lemek, G/T, Notre Dame, 1956; Detroit Lions-Herman Weaver, P, Tennessee, 1970; N.Y. Jets-Matt Robinson, QB, Georgia, 1977; Green Bay Packers-Tim Huffman, T, Notre Dame, 1981; Buffalo Bills-Keith McKeller, TE, Jacksonville State, 1987; San Diego Chargers-Chris Goetz, G, Pittsburgh, 1990; Denver Broncos-Peyton Hillis, RB, Arkansas, 2008; Dallas Cowboys-Mike Mickens, CB, Cincinnati, 2009; Houston Texans-Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh, 2010
9th round-226th pick. Houston Oilers-Steve Tasker, WR, Northwestern, 1985
He only made two catches in nine games during two seasons as an Oiler. The Bills found a much better use for him though, as a gunner on special teams. He made the Pro Bowl in 1987 and from 1990-1995. He was the most feared man on kickoff coverage during his time with the Bills. There’s quite a few of us that think he belongs in the Hall of Fame. No one else has ever been voted to so many Pro Bowls as a special teamer.
Other notable players picked 226th: St. Louis Cardinals- Dave Meggyesy, LB, Syracuse, 1963; Philadelphia Eagles-Mike Morgan, LB, LSU, 1964 St. Louis Cardinals-Stump Mitchell, RB, The Citadel, 1981; Washington Redskins-Ken Coffey, DB, Texas State University, 1982; Houston Oilers-Jeff Donaldson, S, Colorado, 1984; New England Patriots-Shawn Bouwens, G, Nebraska Wesleyan, 1990; Washington Redskins-Scott Turner, DB, Illinois, 1995; Arizona Cardinals-Pat Tillman, FS, Arizona State, 1998; Oakland Raiders-Chaz Schilens, WR, San Diego State, 2008; Pittsburgh Steelers-A.Q. Shipley, C, Penn State, 2009; St. Louis Rams-George Selvie, DE, South Florida, 2010
9th round-225th pick. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Reuben Davis, DE, North Carolina, 1988. He made 10.5 sacks in 4 seasons and five games with the Buccaneers. He was traded to the Cardinals during the 1992 season. He started five of 11 games for the Cardinals in 1992, then 15 of 16 in 1993. He signed with the Chargers in 1994, and started 47 of 48 games over the next three seasons. He retired after missing the 1997 & 1998 seasons due to injury.
Other notable players picked 225th: St. Louis Cardinals-Stafford Mays, DE/DT/NT,Washington, 1980; Baltimore Colts-Jim Mills, T, Hawaii, 1983; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Rick Mallory, G, Washington, 1984; Phoenix Cardinals-David Bavaro, LB, Syracuse, 1990; Denver Broncos-Matt Mauck, QB, Louisiana State, 2004; Denver Broncos-Syd’Quan Thompson, CB, California, 2010
7th round-224th pick. Green Bay Packers-Mark Tauscher, T, Wisconsin, 2000
He was a surprise starter as a rookie, starting 14 of 16 games. He missed all but two games because of injury in 2002, but always comes back. He started all 16 games every year for the next three years then missed five games in 2006. He missed three games in 2008, and the Packers initially tried to replace him, but their line performed so poorly that they needed him back. He re-signed after four games in the 2009 season, and wound up playing in & starting eight games. They re-signed him quickly in 2010, but he got hurt again and started only four games.
Other notable players selected 224th: Chicago Bears-Visco Grgich, G/MG/T, Santa Clara, 1946; San Francisco 49ers- Gene Babb, LB-FB, Austin, 1957;
Houston Oilers-John Frongillo, C, Baylor, 1961; N.Y. Jets-Ed Taylor, DB, Memphis, 1975; N.Y. Giants-Byron Hunt, LB, Southern Methodist, 1981; L.A. Raiders-Sam Seale, DB, Western State (Colo.), 1985; Dallas Cowboys-Omar Stoutmire, DB, Fresno State, 1997; San Francisco 49ers-Eric Johnson, TE, Yale, 2001; Seattle Seahawks-Donnie Jones, P, Louisiana State, 2004; Dallas Cowboys-Jay Ratliff, NT, Auburn, 2005; New York Giants-Michael Johnson, S, Arizona, 2007; Buffalo Bills-Steve Johnson, WR, Kentucky, 2008; San Francisco 49ers-Philip Adams, DB, South Carolina State, 2010
8th round-223rd pick. Miami Dolphins-Mark Clayton, WR, Louisville, 1983. One of Dan Marino’s favorite targets, Clayton would have been a steal in fantasy leagues in 1984. He was an eighth round pick with only six catches as a rookie, but he wound up hauling in 73 catches for 1,389 yards, averaging 19 yards a catch, and 18 touchdowns. He had over 1,000 yards receiving five times, and hit double digits in touchdowns four times. After ten seasons in Miami, he went to Green Bay for one last season before retiring after the 1993 season. His career totals were 582 catches for 8,974 yards, averaging 15.4 yards a catch, and 84 touchdowns.
Other notable players selected 223rd: Cleveland Browns-Roger Shoals, T, Maryland, 1961; San Diego Chargers- Chuck Allen, LB, Washington, 1961;
San Diego Chargers-Chris Fletcher, S, Temple, 1970; Atlanta Falcons-Ray Easterling, S, Richmond, 1972; San Francisco 49ers-John Ayers, T, West Texas A&M, 1976; Oakland Raiders-Terry Robiskie, RB, LSU, 1977; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Tommy Barnhardt, P, North Carolina, 1986; Detroit Lions-Kip Corrington, S, Texas A&M, 1988; Dallas Cowboys-Jacques Reeves, CB, Purdue, 2004; Houston Texans-Troy Nolan, DB, Arizona State, 2009; Carolina Panthers-RJ Stanford, DB, Utah, 2010
8th round-222nd pick. San Diego Chargers-Trent Green, QB, Indiana, 1993. He spent his rookie year inactive with the Chargers, then went north to the British Columbia Lions for the 1994 season after the Chargers cut him. He signed with the Redskins in 1995, but didn’t play at all until 1997, and that was only one incomplete pass. He was suddenly thrust into the Redskins starting lineup in 1998, & was a pleasant surprise. He threw for 3,441 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only 11 interceptions.
In 1999, he was the Rams prized free agent signing, with a four year, 16.5 million dollar contract. He suffered a season ending knee injury in the preseason, and the Rams had to turn to Kurt Warner instead. In 2000 he came back into the lineup when Warner was hurt, starting five of eight games he played. He threw 16 touchdowns with only five interceptions. In 2001, the Rams traded him to the Chiefs for a first round pick.
He was the Chiefs regular starting quarterback for five and a half seasons, throwing for over 4,000 yards three years in a row. His career high was 4,591 yards in 2004. He missed half the season in 2006 after being knocked unconscious in the first game of the season. He started eight games that year, and then went to Miami in 2007.
He started five games with the Dolphins, but had his season ended with another concussion. He was knocked out trying to block Texans defensive tackle Travis Johnson when his helmet hit Johnson’s knee too hard. Green eventually wound up being placed on injured reserve. he came back for one last season with the Rams in 2008, and then retired in 2009. The Bears tried to talk him into coming back when former Rams head coach Mike Martz became the offensive coordinator, but he turned them down.
Other notable players picked 222nd: Denver Broncos-Paul Smith, LB, New Mexico, 1968; New Orleans Saints-Toussaint Tyler, RB, Washington, 1981; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Mike Pawlawski, QB, California, 1992; New England Patriots-Marty Moore, LB, Kentucky, 1994; Denver Broncos-Byron Chamberlain, WR/TE, Wayne State (Neb.), 1995; Seattle Seahawks-Josh Brown, K, Nebraska, 2003; Washington Redskins-Nehemiah Broughton, RB, The Citadel, 2005; Buffalo Bills-Derek Schouman, FB/TE, Boise State, 2007; Indianapolis Colts-Pat McAfee, P, West Virginia, 2009; Tennessee Titans-Marc Mariani, WR, Montana, 2010
8th round-221st pick. Detroit Lions-Willie Clay, DB, Georgia Tech, 1992. He only started one game in his first two years, but Willie “Big Play” Clay lived up to his nickname in 1995.In his fourth year with the Lions, he intercepted eight passes for 173 yards. He signed as a free agent with the Patriots in 1996, and started there for three years. He went on to the Saints for one last season in 1999, then retired in 2000. He started 90 games in eight years, and finished his career with 27 interceptions for 437 yards and two touchdowns.
Other notable players picked 221st: N.Y. Giants- Pat Hughes, LB/C, Boston University, 1970; N.Y. Giants-Bill Ard, G, Wake Forest, 1981; Cincinnati Bengals-Mike Martin, WR, Illinois, 1983; Chicago Bears-Maurice Douglass, DB, Kentucky, 1986; Dallas Cowboys-Kenneth Gant, S, Albany State (Ga.), 1990; Buffalo Bills-Tom Nutten, G/C, Western Michigan, 1995; Washington Redskins-Eddie Williams, FB, Idaho, 2009 N.Y. Giants-Matt Dodge, P, East Carolina, 2010
Information compiled using player profiles on yahoo, nfl.com, and pro-football-reference.com