Top 10 No. 30 overall picks in NFL Draft history

Teams could find great value late in the draft.

Super Bowl LVIII  Previews
Super Bowl LVIII Previews / Perry Knotts/GettyImages
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
2 of 5
Next

No. 8: DT Louie Kelcher, San Diego Chargers (1975)

Kelcher may have been washed away by Chargers teams known more for high-flying offense, but his prime was as dominant as any defensive tackle in the late 70s. Kelcher was named an All-Pro four times in a five-year span. He was honored as a First Team player twice alongside Mean Joe Greene and above names like Randy White and an older Alan Page.

While injuries limited his prime, Kelcher's best was about as dominant a stretch as one could hope for from a defensive tackle. The former SMU star was at the top of his game for a half-decade, furthering his reputation as one of the most underrated defensive players ever.

Patrick Kerney was picked No. 30 in the NFL Draft by the Falcons in 1999

No. 7: DE Patrick Kerney, Atlanta Falcons (1999)

Consistency was the name of the game for Kerney, as he recorded at least five sacks in eight of nine seasons 2001 and 2009 with four double-digit performances mixed in. For both the Falcons and Seahawks, Kerney was a quality edge-setting defensive end at the peak if his powers.

Kerney may have had a short prime, but the ex-Virginia stud's 11-year career made him both one of the best pass rushers Atlanta ever had and the owner of one of the best defensive seasons in Seattle history. For a team that had to pick that late, Atlanta nailed this selection.