NEW YORK — The Associated Press takes a look at the best pick for the second through seventh rounds of the NFL draft:
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jack Lambert, 1974
The face of the most dominant defense of his era, the Steel Curtain, Lambert was the successor to Dick Butkus as the most fearsome defensive player in the game. He won four Super Bowls with Pittsburgh and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, 1979
The perfect quarterback for Bill Walsh's West Coast Offense, Montana was as precise as any passer in NFL history. An unshakable leader who performed his best in tight situations, he led the 49ers to four championships in nine seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Houston Oilers wide receiver Steve Largent, 1976
Largent played only four preseason games with Houston before being traded to the expansion Seattle Seahawks for an eighth-round draft pick. One of the best route runners the game has seen, Largent also had great hands and a surpassing knowledge of defenses. He made receptions in 177 games, then a record, and had 100 touchdown catches. Largent made the Hall of Fame in 1995.
Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster, 1974
The anchor of the Steel Curtain teams and a nine-time Pro Bowl choice who also played for the Chiefs, Webster was rugged, versatile and clever. He was equally adept as a pass protector and run blocker and was especially durable, playing in 245 games. Webster was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 2000
A backup to start his career, Brady replaced an injured Drew Bledsoe early in the 2001 season and guided the Patriots to their first of three Super Bowl wins in four seasons. Brady has won two NFL MVP awards and holds several passing marks, including 50 TD passes in 2007. He guided New England to an undefeated 2007 record before losing in the Super Bowl.
Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe, 1990
Sharpe won two Super Bowls with Denver and another with Baltimore as a dangerous receiving threat. When he retired in 2003, he held several receiving records for the position. His blocking improved throughout his career, and he made the Hall of Fame this year.
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