Just “2” Good

Just “2” Good

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft was yesterday, and if you think your team whiffed on their selection (or if your team didn’t have a pick), we have good news. Many of the greatest players in the history of football were not first-round picks. Tom Brady, of course, wasn’t chosen until the sixth round. The draft continues today with round two and three, and there are still some top prospects available, including linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, safety Trevon Moehrig, offensive tackle Teven Jenkins and defensive tackle Christian Barmore.

Here are just some of the NFL greats who were second-round draft picks. It’s an impressive list!

QUARTERBACKS: Ken Stabler (1968); Ron Jaworski (1973); Boomer Esiason (1984); Randall Cunningham (1985); Brett Favre (1991); Drew Brees (2001); Andy Dalton (2011); Derek Carr (2014).

RUNNING BACKS: Jim Taylor (1958); Roger Craig (1983); Christian Okoye (1987); Ickey Woods (1988); Thurman Thomas (1988); Ricky Watters (1991); Maurice Jones-Drew (2006); Matt Forte (2008); Ray Rice (2008); Le’Veon Bell (2013); Eddie Lacy (2013); Derrick Henry (2016); Dalvin Cook (2017); Nick Chubb (2018).

RECEIVERS: Fred Biletnikoff (1965); Cris Collinsworth (1981); Henry Ellard (1983); Isaac Bruce (1994); Chad Johnson (2001); Steve Smith (2007); Jordy Nelson (2008); DeSean Jackson (2008); Golden Tate (2010); Randall Cobb (2011); Davante Adams (2014): Michael Thomas (2016); JuJu Smith-Schuster (2017).

TIGHT ENDS: Dave Casper (1974); Todd Christensen (1978); Rob Gronkowski (2010); Zach Ertz (2013).

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Forrest Gregg (1956); Dan Dierdorf (1971); Dwight Stephenson (1980); Jumbo Elliott (1988); Larry Allen (1994); Kevin Mawae (1996); Max Unger (2009); Rodney Hudson (2011).

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Fred Dean (1975); Al “Bubba” Baker (1978); Mark Gastineau (1979); Howie Long (1981); Marcellus Wiley (1997); Michael Strahan (1993); Calais Campbell (2008); DeMarcus Lawrence (2014); Frank Clark (2015).

LINEBACKERS: Willie Lanier (1965); Ted Hendricks (1969); Jack Ham (1971); Jack Lambert (1974); Matt Millen (1980); Rickey Jackson (1981); Mike Singletary (1981); Andre Tippett (1982); Chris Spielman (1988); Ken Norton, Jr. (1988); Justin Houston (2011); Bobby Wagner (2012); Darius Leonard (2018).

CORNERBACKS: Mel Renfro (1964); Eric Allen (1988); Eric Davis (1990); Dre Bly (1999); Nnamdi Asomugha (2003).

SAFETIES: Nolan Cromwell (1977); Darren Woodson (1992); Brian Dawkins (1996); Bob Sanders (2004); Eric Weddle (2007).

SPECIAL TEAMS: Devin Hester (2006).

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