19Steve Smith - 9th Overall, Seattle Seahawks (2001)
Actual Draft Spot: 74th Overall, Carolina Panthers
The other big steal of the 2001 NFL’s receiver class came the round after Chad Johnson, with Carolina taking Utah receiver Steve Smith with the 74th overall selection. It appears that Smith has put together a career that is worthy of Hall of
Fame consideration, after spending 13 years with the Panthers and three with the Ravens.
Smith eclipsed Johnson in yards, putting up 14,731 with 81 touchdowns. Many teams were hungry for a receiver that year, but struck out. Smith should’ve easily been a top 10 pick in 2001, especially with many busts going before him. Among them was Koren Robinson, who had just one solid season in his career with the 2002 campaign for the Seahawks.