NFL Draft: Ranking the 10 best fifth-round picks since 2000
Here comes the Boom — The Legion of, to be exact. The Seahawks have a particular fondness for finding studs later in draft, particularly in Round 5.
But which one of their recent gems is the NFL’s best fifth-round pick since 2000?
Hill’s stock was hurt by questionable character from an ugly off-field incident and the fact he had dropped from Oklahoma State to small-school status at West Alabama. The Chiefs saw his potential to be an dynamic return man and receiver right away.
The Bears were looking for their latest workhorse to keep up the tradition after moving on from Matt Forte. Howard was a pleasant rookie surprise to that end, right down the road from Indiana.
Cole was an exceptional athlete at Cincinnati. The Eagles saw how he could harness that explosiveness into highly productive edge pass-rushing.
Jones, out of Alabama, has been one of the league’s most sound safeties for years.
Norman wasn’t the normal pick out of Coastal Carolina. For NFL’s Carolina, he was a proud Panther in coverage before cashing in his big free-agent payday with Washington.
Kittle quickly emerged as the bestcomplete tight end in the game in the wake of Rob Gronkowski’s retirement, breaking out with his monster receiving season (88 catches, 1,377 yards, 5 TDs) in his second season. He also is a great blocker.
He was the anchor of the Bills’ defensive line for a while despite changes in schemes, fronts and personnel.
Chances are you know him as the longtime Colts edge rusher who kept wreaking havoc to match Dwight Freeney. Indianapolis had him all the way as both an end and an outside linebacker.
Yes, Seattle did find half of its Boom in the same round over two drafts. Chancellor developed quickly into an all-around hammer out of Virginia Tech.
Sherman, out of Compton, Calif., and later Stanford, worked out nicely for former USC coach Pete Carroll. Carroll recognized that a Pac-12 rival corner would be great in his system. He is trying to keep it going in San Francisco.