Video: Richard Sherman an all-time draft steal
By Keith Myers
Video: Richard Sherman is ranked as the No. 3 draft steal of all time. The Seattle Seahawks certainly got a great player in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.
Contrary to what some people believe, draft position doesn’t always determine NFL success. Sometimes top picks flame out. Sometimes late round picks develop into transcendent stars.
Richard Sherman is a great example of finding a superstar without using a top draft pick. The Seattle Seahawks selected him in the fifth round (154th overall) back in 2011. Not bad for a guy that arguably the best player at his position since Deion Sanders.
In the video above, FanSided’s power rankings rate Sherman as the third-best draft steal of all time. Also on the list are Jared Allen, Robert Mathis, Antonio Brown, and Tom Brady. That is some tremendous company for Sherman to be listed in.
No matter your opinion on his preference for soft footballs and general douche-baggery, Brady’s place at the top of this is fairly obvious. By any measurement you can possibly come up with, he is one of the top five QB in NFL history. Considering the bust-rate for QBs, and that most franchise passers are first-round picks, getting one of the best ever in the sixth round was a massive steal for New England.
It is interesting that this “all-time” list contains only modern players. There are a handful of players in the Hall of Fame that were originally late-round draft picks, including TE Shannon Sharp. This list also left off players like Zach Thomas, who was a seventh round selection and was named 1st team All-Pro five times.
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Overall, it is difficult to fault them for placing Sherman on this list. He is one of only seven players in NFL history, drafted in round 5 or later, with three or more first-team All-Pro selection. Sherman is also only 28. Given his talent and competitive nature, he’s bound to get more.