I keep having the weirdest luck with the players that get grouped together in these lists. There’s two Philadelphia Eagles stars in here, one legend from the 1970’s, and one current star. We’ve got two great Giants players, one being a Hall of Famer. There’s two Miami Dolphins greats that played together for a few years, and one was a feared pass rusher.
These are the best players I could find that were drafted with picks #161-170:
7th round-170th pick. Seattle Seahawks-Michael McCrary, DE, Wake Forest, 1993. After seeing limited playing time during his first three seasons, McCrary had a breakout year in 1996. He totalled 77 tackles, and led the Seahawks with 13.5 sacks. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, and had 9.5 sacks in his first season. He was selected to two straight Pro Bowls in 1998 & 1999, with 14.5 sacks in 98′ and 11.5 in 99′. He was part of the record setting Ravens defense that helped win Super Bowl XXXV. Altogether, he played 10 seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks and Ravens, and made 71 sacks.
Other notable players drafted 170th: Philadelphia Eagles-Norm Willey, DE/G/E, Marshall, 1950; Buffalo Bills-Mike Nelms, DB/KR, Baylor, 1977; Buffalo Bills-Tom Mullady, TE, Rhodes, 1979; Seattle Seahawks-Ron Johnson, WR, Long Beach State, 1981; Miami Dolphins-Dan Johnson, TE, Iowa State, 1982; Green Bay Packers-Travis Jervey, RB, The Citadel, 1995; Houston Texans-Wali Lundy, RB, Virginia, 2006; Pittsburgh Steelers-William Gay, CB, Louisville, 2007; Kansas City Chiefs-Barry Richardson, T, Clemson, 2008; New England Patriots-George Bussey, T, Louisville, 2009; St. Louis Rams-Fendi Onobun, TE, Arizona, 2010
13th round-169th pick. N.Y. Giants-Spider Lockhart, CB/S, North Texas, 1965. He had four interceptions as a rookie, and he was named to the Pro Bowl in his second year, when he had six. He was named to his second Pro Bowl in 1968 when he had eight interceptions. He spent his entire 11-year career with the Giants, and had 41 interceptions for 475 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
Other notable players drafted 169th: Green Bay Packers- Frank Balasz, FB-LB-DB, Iowa, 1939; Detroit Lions-Efren Herrera, K, UCLA, 1974; Buffalo Bills-Ron Pitts, CB, UCLA, 1985; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Curt Jarvis, NT, Alabama, 1987; Phoenix Cardinals-Johnny Johnson, RB, San Jose State, 1990; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Al Harris, CB, Texas A&M – Kingsville, 1997; Seattle Seahawks-Bobby Shaw, WR, California, 1998; Cincinnati Bengals-Neil Rackers, K, Illinois, 2000; San Francisco 49ers-Cedrick Wilson, WR, Tennessee, 2001; Carolina Panthers-Geoff Hangartner, C, Texas A&M, 2005; Tennessee Titans-Jesse Mahelona, DT, Tennessee, 2006; Oakland Raiders-Trevor Scott, DE/LB, Buffalo, 2008; Green Bay Packers-Marshall Newhouse, T, TCU, 2010
6th round-168th pick. New Orleans Saints-Marc Bulger, QB, West Virginia, 2000. It didn’t take him long to turn into a star, but he did bounce around as a rookie. He was first cut by the Saints, then cut from the Falcons practice squad before joining the Rams practice squad in 2000. In 2002, he replaced both Kurt Warner and Jamie Martin after injuries, and did so well, he eventually replaced Warner as the starter. He went on to be named to two Pro Bowls as their starter. He is currently the Ravens backup, but will be a free agent in 2011, and could wind up as a starter again.
Other notable players drafted 168th: Washington Redskins-Harry Dowda, DB, Wake Forest, 1947; N.Y. Giants- Doug Cline, LB/FB, Clemson, 1960; L.A. Rams-Bill Nelson, DT, Oregon State, 1970; Cincinnati Bengals-Max Montoya, G, UCLA, 1979; Washington Redskins-Babe Laufenberg, QB, Indiana, 1983; L.A. Raiders-Stacey Toran, S, Notre Dame, 1984; N.Y. Giants-Doug Riesenberg, T, California, 1987; New England Patriots-Max Lane, T , Navy, 1994; Detroit Lions-Tony Ramirez, T, Northern Colorado, 1997; Cincinnati Bengals-Riall Johnson, LB, Stanford, 2001; Dallas Cowboys-Pete Hunter, CB, Virginia Union, 2002; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Sean Mahan, G, Notre Dame, 2003; Philadelphia Eagles-Omar Gaither, LB, Tennessee, 2006; Pittsburgh Steelers-Joe Burnett, DB, Central Florida, 2009
6th round-167th pick. Miami Dolphins-Reggie Roby, P, Iowa, 1983. He was one of the top punters in the league throughout the 80’s and 90’s. He and Colts punter Rohn Stark were regularly among the league leaders in punting average. He had a career average of 43.3 yards per punt, and was named to the Pro Bowl three times. He was named to the NFL’s 1980’s all decade team. He retired following the 1998 season after playing with the 49ers. Unfortunately, he passed away in February 2005 from an undisclosed illness.
Other notable players 167th: Oakland Raiders-Carleton Oats, DT/DE, Florida A&M, 1964; Minnesota Vikings-Bob Bryant, DB, South Carolina,1967; Minnesota Vikings-Oscar Reed, RB, Colorado State, 1968; Atlanta Falcons-Alfred Jackson , WR, Texas, 1978; Cincinnati Bengals- Ron Simpkins, LB, Michigan, 1980; Pittsburgh Steelers- Craig Bingham, LB, Syracuse, 1982; Washington Redskins-Curt Singer, T, Tennessee, 1984; Miami Dolphins-Ron Davenport, RB, Louisville, 1985; San Francisco 49ers-Steve Hendrickson, LB, California, 1989; N.Y. Jets-Dwayne White, G, Alcorn State, 1990; N.Y. Giants-Corey Miller, LB, South Carolina, 1991; Buffalo Bills-Corbin Lacina, T, Augustana (S.D.), 1993; Cincinnati Bengals-Jason Tucker, WR, Texas Christian, 1998; Oakland Raiders-Doug Gabriel, WR, Central Florida, 2003; Arizona Cardinals-Nick Leckey, C, Kansas State, 2004; Arizona Cardinals-Herman Johnson, G, Louisiana State, 2009; Minnesota Vikings-Nathan Triplett, LB, Minnesota, 2010
17th round-166th pick. Brooklyn Tigers-Arnie Weinmeister, DT, Washington, 1945. He only spent six years in the NFL, but was named to the Pro Bowl in each of his last four seasons. He played for the New York Yankees from 1948-1949, and the Giants from 1950-1953. He was one of the most dominant linemen in the game during his short career with the Giants. He went back to his home in Canada to play two more seasons before retiring after the 1955 season. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1984.
Other notable players drafted 166th: Denver Broncos-John Grant, DT/DE/NT, USC, 1973 ; Detroit Lions-Eddie Murray, K, Tulane, 1980; New Orleans Saints- Glen Redd, LB, BYU, 1981; N.Y. Jets-Rich Miano, S, Hawaii, 1985; L.A. Rams-Jon Embree, TE, Colorado, 1987; Atlanta Falcons-Michael Haynes, WR, Northern Arizona, 1988; N.Y. Jets-Jeff Blake, QB, East Carolina, 1992; San Francisco 49ers-Chris Dalman, G, Stanford, 1993; Oakland Raiders-La’Roi Glover, DT, San Diego State, 1996; New Orleans Saints-Chad Morton, RB, USC, 2000; Pittsburgh Steelers-Verron Haynes, RB, Georgia, 2002; Green Bay Packers-Hunter Hillenmeyer, LB, Vanderbilt, 2003; Dallas Cowboys-Mike Hamlin, DB, Clemson, 2009; Pittsburgh Steelers-Stevenson Sylvester, LB, Utah, 2010
6th round-165th pick. Pittsburgh Steelers-Tunch Ilkin, T, Indiana State, 1980. Although he missed out on their dynasty in the 1970’s, Tunch Ilkin went on to become one of the Steelers all time greats in the 1980’s. He took over at left tackle in 1984, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 1988 and 1989. He went on to spend 13 years with the Steelers before joining Green Bay for one last season in 1993.
Other notable players drafted 165th: Houston Oilers-David Carter, C/G, Western Kentucky, 1977; Pittsburgh Steelers-Matt Bahr, K, Penn State, 1979; Cincinnati Bengals-Larry Kinnebrew, RB, Tennessee State, 1983; Cleveland Browns-Stephen Braggs, DB, Texas, 1987; San Francisco 49ers-Frank Pollack, T, Northern Arizona, 1990; Minnesota Vikings-Troy Walters, WR, Stanford, 2000; Green Bay Packers-Tony Moll, G, Nevada-Reno, 2006; New York Giants-Jonathan Goff, LB, Vanderbilt, 2008; Miami Dolphins-Chris Clemons, DB, Clemson, 2009; Atlanta Falcons-Kerry Meier, WR, Kansas, 2010
7th round-164th pick. San Diego Chargers-Rickey Young, RB, Jackson State, 1975. He spent three seasons with the Chargers before being traded to the Vikings for All Pro guard Ed White in 1978. In his first season with the Vikings, he led the NFL with a career high 88 catches. Although he was also effective as a runner, he made a name for himself as a receiver, making 72 catches in 1979, and 64 in 1980. In nine seasons, he ran for 3,666 yards and 23 touchdowns, and had 408 receptions for 3285 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
Other notable players drafted 164th: Chicago Bears-Joe Robb, DE/LB, TCU, 1959; New Orleans Saints-Ernie Jackson, DB, Duke, 1972; Dallas Cowboys-Jim Cooper, RT, Temple, 1977; Kansas City Chiefs-Larry Heater, RB, Arizona, 1980; Pittsburgh Steelers-Eric Williams, DB, North Carolina State, 1983; Minnesota Vikings-Tim Newton, DT, Florida, 1985; L.A. Raiders-Doug Marrone, G, Syracuse, 1986; Washington Redskins-Ed Simmons, T, Eastern Washington, 1987; Indianapolis Colts-Lamont Warren, RB, Colorado, 1994; Green Bay Packers-Craig Nall, QB, Northwestern State-Louisiana, 2002; New England Patriots-Dan Koppen, C, Boston College, 2003; Carolina Panthers-Tim Shaw, LB, Penn State, 2007; New Orleans Saints-Thomas Morstead, P, Southern Methodist, 2009; Pittsburgh Steelers-Crezdon Butler, CB, Clemson, 2010
6th round-163rd pick. Miami Dolphins-Doug Betters, DE, Nevada-Reno, 1978. Although he never got a Super Bowl ring, Betters played on the Dolphins team that went to Super Bowls XVII & XIX. He recorded a career high 16 sacks in 1983, and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Dolphins, playing from 1978 to 1987. In 10 seasons, he played in 146 games and recorded 64 ½ sacks.
Other notable players drafted 163rd: Minnesota Vikings-Mike Tilleman, DT, Montana, 1965; St. Louis Cardinals-Bobby Williams, DB/KR, Central Oklahoma, 1966; Miami Dolphins-Larry Seiple, RB, Kentucky, 1967; Cincinnati Bengals-Lemar Parrish, CB/PR/KR, Lincoln (MO), 1970; Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Shawn Lee, NT, North Alabama, 1988; San Diego Chargers-Derrick Walker, TE, Michigan, 1990; Minnesota Vikings-Todd Scott, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette, 1991; Washington Redskins-Dexter Nottage, DE, Florida A&M , 1994; New York Jets-Eric Ogbogu, DE, Maryland, 1998; Pittsburgh Steelers-Brian St. Pierre, QB, Boston College, 2003; Carolina Panthers-Drew Carter, WR, Ohio State, 2004; Atlanta Falcons-Frank Omiyale, T, Tennessee Tech, 2005; Seattle Seahawks-Owen Schmitt, FB, West Virginia, 2008; Carolina Panthers-Duke Robinson, G, Oklahoma, 2009; Miami Dolphins-Reshad Jones, SS, Georgia, 2010
5th round-162nd pick. Philadelphia Eagles-Brent Celek, TE, Cincinnati, 2007. After starting four games as a rookie, Celek took over for L.J. Smith in 2008, and did good enough to allow the team to let Smith leave in free agency. He started only seven games, but still recorded 27 catches. He started 15 of 16 games in 2009 and made a career high 76 catches for 971 yards and eight touchdowns. In four seasons with the team, he has recorded 161 catches for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Other notable players drafted 162nd: Philadelphia Eagles-John Green, DE-E, Tulsa, 1944; San Francisco 49ers- Mike Dukes, LB, Clemson, 1959; Pittsburgh Steelers-Brady Keys, CB/KR, Colorado State, 1960; Dallas Cowboys-Timmy Newsome, RB, Winston-Salem State, 1980; San Diego Chargers-Bobby Duckworth, WR, Arkansas, 1981; L.A. Rams-Damone Johnson, TE, Cal Poly-S.L.O., 1985; San Francisco 49ers-Don Griffin, CB, Middle Tennessee State, 1986; Philadelphia Eagles-Heath Sherman, RB, Texas A&M – Kingsville, 1989; Pittsburgh Steelers-Willie Williams, CB, Western Carolina , 1993; Cincinnati Bengals-Kimo von Oelhoffen, DT, Boise State, 1994; Washington Redskins-Brad Badger, G, Stanford, 1997; Philadelphia Eagles-Thomas Tapeh, FB, Minnesota, 2004; New York Jets-Erik Ainge, QB, Tennessee, 2008; Green Bay Packers-Jamon Meredith, T, South Carolina, 2009; Indianapolis Colts-Brody Eldridge, TE, Oklahoma, 2010
7th round-161st pick. Philadelphia Eagles-Harold Carmichael, WR, Southern, 1971. He became the Eagles top receiver in only his third season. He recorded 67 catches for 1,116 yards and nine touchdowns. He remained a primary target for them well into the early 1980’s. At the time of his retirement, he was one of the league’s all time leading receivers, but has since been surpassed during the league’s pass happy era. In 14 years, he recorded 590 catches for 8,985 yards and 79 touchdowns. He is still tied for 21st place for career receiving touchdowns, but he is in 62nd place for receptions, and will likely be passed by LaDainian Tomlinson, We Welker, and Antonio Gates in 2011.
Other notable players drafted 161st: Green Bay Packers-Jon Gilliam, C, Oklahoma State, 1960; Baltimore Colts-Noah Jackson, G, Tampa, 1974; Pittsburgh Steelers-Dwayne Woodruff, CB, Louisville, 1979; Baltimore Colts-Grant Feasel, C, Abilene Christian, 1983; L.A. Rams-Mike Young, WR, UCLA, 1985; Denver Broncos-Mark Jackson, WR, Purdue, 1986; Chicago Bears-Lemuel Stinson, CB, Texas Tech, 1988; Chicago Bears-Darren Lewis, RB, Texas A&M, 1991; New Orleans Saints-Chris Bordano, MLB, Southern Methodist, 1998; Houston Texans (supplemental pick)-Milford Brown, G, Florida State, 2002; Cleveland Browns-Amon Gordon, DE, Stanford, 2004; Denver Broncos-Chris Kuper, G, North Dakota, 2006; Seattle Seahawks-Will Herring, LB, Auburn, 2007; Miami Dolphins-John Nalbone, TE, Monmouth (N.J.), 2009; Minnesota Vikings-Chris Degeare, T, Wake Forest, 2010
Information compiled using player profiles on yahoo, wikipedia, and pro-football-reference.com