The All-Time Fourth Round NFL Draft Team
Need a wide receiver? This is the round to find one
Need a receiver? The fourth round is the place to look.
This round has produced six Hall of Fame wide receivers: Cliff Branch, Cris Carter, Charlie Joiner, Steve Largent, Andre Reed and John Stallworth. But half of them achieved their greatness with their second teams.
Carter was drafted by Philadelphia but went on to build his Hall of Fame career with the Minnesota Vikings. Joiner was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals but constructed his Hall of Fame career with the San Diego Chargers. Largent was drafted by the Houston Oilers but assembled his Hall of Fame resume with the Seattle Seahawks.
In compiling the all-time NFL fourth-round draft team, Largent and Carter were tabbed as the two receivers. Largent was the only first-ballot Hall-of-Fame selection of the six and Carter had the most Pro Bowls (8) and touchdown receptions (130) of the group.
The fourth has also proven to be a fertile round for quarterbacks. Norm Van Brocklin is in the Hall of Fame and is the QB on the all-time team. Sonny Jurgensen also went to the Hall of Fame out of the fourth round. Both Joe Theismann and Rich Gannon became NFL MVPs and both Kirk Cousins and Dak Prescott became Pro Bowlers out of this round.
In addition to Carter, Largent and Van Brocklin, there were five other players on the all-time fourth round team with busts in Canton. There were also eight all-decade selections. These 27 players combined for 110 Pro Bowl appearances.
Here is the all-time fourth-round NFL draft team, including the franchise each was drafted by and the year:
QB Norm Van Brocklin, LA Rams 1949, Hall of Fame, 1950s NFL all-decade team
HB Stephen Davis, Washington 1996, 3 Pro Bowls, 4 1,000-yard seasons, 69 TDs
*-FB Kyle Juszczyk, Baltimore 2013, 6 Pro Bowls, 2,319 yards, 14 TDs
WR Cris Carter, Philadelphia 1987, Hall of Fame, 1990s NFL all-decade team
WR Steve Largent, Houston 1976, Hall of Fame, 1980s NFL all-decade team
TE Mark Bavaro, NY Giants 1985, 2 Pro Bowls, 351 receptions, 2 Super Bowl rings
T Jon Runyan, Houston 1996, Pro Bowl, 14 seasons, 192 starts
T Steve Wallace, SF 49ers 1986, Pro Bowl, 12 seasons, 3 Super Bowl rings
G Bob Kuechenberg, Philadelphia 1969, 6 Pro Bowls, 14 seasons, 2 SB rings
G Jerry Kramer, Green Bay 1959, Hall of Fame, 1960s NFL all-decade team
C Jack Rudnay, Kansas City 1969, 4 Pro Bowls, 13 seasons, 171 starts
DE Charles Haley, SF 49ers 1986, Hall of Fame, 5 Pro Bowls, 5 Super Bowl rings
DE Jared Allen, Kansas City 2004, 5 Pro Bowls, 12 seasons, 136 sacks
DT Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 2010, 8 Pro Bowls, 2010s NFL all-decade team
DT Art Donovan, Cleveland 1951, Hall of Fame, 1950s NFL all-decade team
OLB Tom Jackson, Denver 1973, 3 Pro Bowls, 14 seasons, 20 interceptions
MLB Harry Carson, NY Giants 1976, Hall of Fame, 9 Pro Bowls
OLB William Thomas, Philadelphia 1991, 2 Pro Bowls, 11 seasons, 886 tackles
CB Asante Samuel, New England 2003, 4 Pro Bowls, 11 seasons, 51 interceptions
CB Lionel Washington, St. Louis Cardinals 1983, 15 seasons, 37 interceptions
S Dick Jauron, Detroit 1973, Pro Bowl, 8 seasons, 25 interceptions
*-S Eddie Jackson, Chicago 2017, 2 Pro Bowls, 6 seasons, 14 interceptions
K Morten Andersen, New Orleans 1982, Hall of Fame, NFL’s No. 2 all-time scorer
P Josh Bidwell, Green Bay 1999, Pro Bowl, 742 punts, 42.7-yard average
KR Rick Upchurch, Denver 1975, 4 Pro Bowls, 248 punt returns, 8 touchdowns
ST Ron Wolfley, St. Louis Cardinals 1985, 4 Pro Bowls,
LS Trey Junkin, Buffalo 1983, NFL record 281 games by long snapper
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