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April 27, 2013

Weekend Top 10: Value picks

On the surface, the 2013 NFL Draft was underwhelming from a Maize and Blue standpoint. For just the third time since 1990, Michigan failed to produce a selection in the top three rounds, and only two Wolverines were drafted in total.

Still, don't expect the long draft-day waits for Denard Robinson (fifth round, Jacksonville Jaguars) and defensive tackle William Campbell (sixth round, New York Jets) to necessarily stunt their early professional progress.

While U-M proudly touts its 49 all-time first round picks, it has also manufactured a bevy of late-round selections that have made immense impacts in the league.

Led by legendary quarterback Tom Brady, here is a look at 10 former Wolverines drafted in the fourth round or later that have made a name for themselves in the NFL since 1990

NFL DRAFT
No. 1: Tom Brady, Quarterback
Sixth-round selection (Pick No. 199) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots
Career Statistics
44,806 career passing yards and 334 career touchdown passes; 136-39 regular season record as a starting quarterback, 17-7 record in postseason play
Professional Accolades
Two-time AP NFL MVP (2007, 2010), three-time AFC Offensive Player of the Year (2007, 2010, 2011), three-time Super Bowl champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX), two-time Super Bowl MVP (XXXVI, XXXVIII), eight-time Pro Bowl selection, two-time first-team All-Pro (2007, 2010), and a 23-time AFC Offensive Player of the Week (NFL record).
Longevity
Entering 14th season

No. 2: Jon Runyan, Offensive Tackle
Fourth-round selection (Pick No. 109) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers
Career Statistics
192 career starts, including 190-consecutive starts
Professional Accolades
Pro Bowl selection in 2002, NFC Champion with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004, AFC Champion with the Tennessee Titans in 1999, All-Pro selection in 1999, and was named to the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team.
Longevity
Retired in 2009 following a 14-year career

No. 3 Larry Foote, Middle Linebacker
Fourth-round selection (Pick No. 128) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career Statistics
711 career tackles, including 23.0 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and three interceptions
Professional Accolades
Two-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers (XL, XLIII).
Longevity
Entering 12th season

No. 4 Jonathan Goodwin, Offensive Center/Guard
Fifth-round pick (Pick No. 154) of the 2002 NFL Draft by the New York Jets
Career Statistics
92 career starts in 165 total appearances
Professional Accolades
Super Bowl XLIV champion, 2009 Pro Bowl selection, 2010 Pro Bowl reserve selection, two-time NFC Champion (2009 with the New Orleans Saints, 2012 with the San Fransisco 49ers), and earned Madden Most Valuable Protector honors in 2009.
Longevity
Entering 12th season

No. 5 Elvis Grbac, Quarterback
Eighth-round pick (Pick No. 219) of the 1993 NFL Draft by the San Fransisco 49ers
Career Statistics
16,774 career passing yards and 99 career touchdown passes against 81 interceptions; 40-30 regular season record as a starting quarterback
Professional Accolades
Super Bowl XXIX champion (backup quarterback), and a 2000 Pro Bowl selection.
Longevity
Retired in 2001 following a nine-year career

No. 6 Dhani Jones, Linebacker
Sixth-round pick (Pick No. 177) of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants
Career Statistics
889 career tackles, including 9.5 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, six forced fumbles and five interceptions.
Professional Accolades Started for the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX, and was a two-time NFC champion (2000 with the New York Giants and 2004 with the Philadelphia Eagles).
Longevity
Retired in 2010 following an 11-year career

No. 7 Cato June, Outside Linebacker
Sixth-round pick (Pick No. 198) of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts
Career Statistics
498 career tackles, 12 interceptions, two interceptions returned for touchdowns and three forced fumbles
Professional Accolades
Super Bowl XLI champion with the Indianapolis Colts, selected to the 2005 Pro Bowl and deemed All Pro in 2005.
Longevity
Retired in 2010 following a seven-year career

No. 8 Chris Calloway, Wide Receiver
Fourth-round pick (Pick No. 97) of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career Statistics
386 career receptions for 5,497 yards and 30 touchdowns
Professional Accolades
N/A
Longevity
Retired in 2000 following an 11-year career

No. 9 Jay Riemersma, Tight End
Seventh-round pick (Pick No. 244) of the 1996 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills
Career Statistics
221 career catches for 2,524 yards and 23 touchdowns
Professional Accolades
N/A
Longevity
Retired in 2004 following a nine-year career

No. 10 Steve Breaston, Wide Receiver
Fifth-round pick (Pick No. 142) of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals
Career Statistics
255 career receptions for 3,387 yards and nine touchdowns
Professional Accolades
2008 NFC champion with the Arizona Cardinals
Longevity
Entering seventh season



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