Top 15 NFL Players Who Exceeded Their Draft Position Not Named Tom Brady

When it comes to the NFL, one of the most exciting parts of any season is the NFL Draft. No matter how your team did last year, the draft is a chance for you to get excited about new players and to spew that opinion out to everyone with ears.

As the draft gets closer, no matter how exciting it is, fans may start to find themselves getting tired of how much coverage is going into the projected top selections. It only makes sense, why cover Wilson when he’s not going in the first round? However, Luck and RG3 are the clear 1-2 choices. Yet, as that situation proves, what gets people excited on draft day does not always translate to the professionals.

The players that should get you excited, may be the ones whose name you don’t even recognize, but their play may speak for itself. In this past year, studs like David Johnson and Thomas Rawls both came out of nowhere to help the Cardinals and Seahawks respectively when they needed it. If you look over the history of the NFL, you’ll quickly find that some of the greatest players of all time were overlooked (or not drafted at all!). There are going to be some names on here that you may have known, but I guarantee you, there are some on here that are going to shock you as well.

You can make the argument that undrafted players shouldn't make this list because they weren't "drafted" but the fact that this only makes their story all the more amazing, makes them well worth their place. In order, here are 15 players that exceeded their draft expectations. I assure you, there are players from several decades of football that will surprise you.

15 Ahmad Bradshaw

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14 Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez

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13 Ryan Succop

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12 Bart Starr

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11 Chris Harris

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10 Shannon Sharpe


9 Steve Smith

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8 Antonio Brown

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7 Tony Romo

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6 Donald Driver


5 Richard Sherman

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4 Steve Young


3 Reggie White


2 Deacon Jones


1 Terrell Davis


It is easy to think of John Elway’s career and think that he achieved most of it because he was an outstanding quarterback. You may do yourself a disservice though if you are overlooking the impact of Terrell Davis. Davis was only in the league from 1995-01, but he still won 2 Super Bowls, was a Super Bowl MVP and rushed for over 2,000 yards in a season. Davis also ran hard when it mattered and is 1 of only 6 players in league history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in the postseason. Despite all this success and clear natural talent, Davis fell to the 196th pick in the 6th round of the 1995 draft.

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