[tps_header]There are a variety of different reasons why players get overlooked in the NFL Draft. Whether it’s because they played at a small school, off the field issues, or less than desirable physical measurables, some of the best players in league history have come in the later rounds of the draft. With that said, let’s take a look at the top 5 steals in NFL Draft history. [/tps_header]
[tps_title]5. Joe Montana, QB, drafted 82nd overall(3rd round) by San Francisco in 1979[/tps_title]
It’s hard to fathom that one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play the game wasn’t taken till the last pick in the 3rd round, but that’s where Hall of Famer Joe Montana was taken in the 1979 NFL Draft. As one of the more storied quarterbacks to come out of Notre Dame, Montana won a national championship in 1977. However, the Fighting Irish QB was almost passed on by every team three times before the 49ers wound up taking the signal-caller with the 82nd overall pick.
Montana didn’t start until the 1980 season but quickly turned around the fortunes of his franchise as he led the 49ers to the first of 4 Super Bowl titles in 1982. By the time Montana ended his career 1994, he would have 3 Super Bowl MVPs, and 8 Pro Bowl appearances. He was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.