Fourth Round: Idaho's '58 specials
College teammates, roommates Kramer and Walker were fourth-round finds, NFL stars
Walker accounted for 345 points during his Lions career, including 53 field goals.At Idaho, Walker did the long-snapping for Kramer's placekicks. Both the Packers and the Lions got a great deal out of these mid-round selections hailing from the rolling Palouse hills. Kramer, who chronicled his 1967 Packers season in the classic "Instant Replay," has been a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist a record 10 times. Walker's contemporaries -- including 2010 Hall of Fame inductee and former Detroit teammate Dick LeBeau -- tout the Lion's Canton credentials. While few achieve the fame Kramer has enjoyed, many would welcome an NFL career as rich as Walker's. "I won the job as a rookie and they didn't have to worry about my position for 15 years," Walker told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2009, reflecting on his NFL career. "I started as a rookie and I started the last game I played." That's really all any team can ask out of its draft pick.
FOURTH-ROUND OFFENSE ALL-STARS
Here are some of the best offensive players selected in the fourth round in NFL regular draft history. Pro Football Hall of Fame members are in bold face. Guards and tackles were not selected as position-specific.
|Position||Player||Year||College||Signed By||Comment||Among others considered|
|QB||Norm Van Brocklin||1949||Oregon||Rams||Despite sharing starting job with fellow HOFer Bob Waterfield, Van Brocklin managed to win an NFL title and three passing crowns in nine Rams seasons.||Sonny Jurgensen (1957, Eagles)|
|RB||Chris Warren||1990||Ferrum||Seahawks||Warren went to three PBs in seven Seattle seasons.||Rudi Johnson (2001, Bengals)|
|RB||Stephen Davis||1996||Auburn||Redskins||Davis had two of his three PBs with Washington.||Brandon Jacobs (2005, Giants), Marion Barber (2005, Cowboys)|
|WR||John Stallworth||1974||Alabama A&M||Steelers||Stallworth had 537 receptions, 8,723 yards and 63 touchdowns -- all team records at the time of his retirement.||Brandon Marshall (2006, Broncos), Roy Green (1979, Cardinals)|
|WR||Andre Reed||1985||Kutztown State||Bills||Reed starred in four SBs, was elected to seven PBs.||Rick Upchurch (1975, Broncos),
Cliff Branch (1972, Raiders)
|TE||Mark Bavaro||1985||Notre Dame||Giants||In six seasons as a Giant, Bavaro starred in two SB wins and was elected to two PBs.||Jim Mitchell (1969, Falcons)|
|C||Tom Rafferty||1976||Penn State||Cowboys||Rafferty split time between guard and center for 14 seasons, made two SB appearances.||Tony Mayberry (1990, Buccaneers), Jeff Christy (1992, Vikings)|
|G||Jerry Kramer||1958||Idaho||Packers||Kramer was a star for five NFL titles, was elected to three Pro Bowls.||Vince Promuto (1960, Redskins)|
|G||Edwin Mulitalo||1999||Arizona||Ravens||Mulitalo started 102 of 106 games for the Ravens, nabbed a SB ring.||Tom Thayer (1983, Bears)|
|T||Pat Donovan||1975||Stanford||Cowboys||Donovan won four consecutive PB citations, helped the Cowboys to three SBs appearances and a ring.||Charlie Cowan (1961, Rams)|
|T||Steve Wallace||1986||Auburn||49ers||Wallace earned three SB rings, started at least 10 games in eight seasons.||Mike Wilson (1977, Bengals)|
Fourth-Round Defense All-Stars
Here are some of the best defensive players selected in the fourth round in NFL regular draft history. Pro Football Hall of Fame members are in bold face. To honor the popularity of the 3-4 defense, we picked four linebackers. Corners, safeties and linebackers were not selected as position-specific.
|Position||Player||Year||College||Signed By||Comment||Among Others Considered|
|DT||Roger Brown||1960||Md.-Eastern Shore||Lions||As a Lion, Brown claimed five of his six PB citations.||Tony McCoy (1992, Colts), Seth Payne (1997, Jaguars)|
|DT||Keith Hamilton||1992||Pittsburgh||Giants||Hamilton started 157 games, recorded 63 sacks, played in SB XXXV.||Cleveland Elam (1975, 49ers)|
|DE||Jim Katcavage||1956||Dayton||Giants||Three-time PBer Katcavage was part of six title games, winning one, in 13 Giants seasons.||Lyle Alzado (1971, Broncos)|
|DE||Charles Haley||1986||James Madison||49ers||Pass-rushing LB for 49ers before becoming DE with 'Boys, Haley claimed 2 SB rings, 3 PB citations in first six seasons.||Jared Allen (2004, Chiefs)|
|LB||Tom Jackson||1973||Louisville||Broncos||ESPN analyst Jackson played in 191 games as a Bronco, played in a SB, three PBs.||Matt Hazeltine (1955, 49ers)|
|LB||Harry Carson||1976||S.C. State||Giants||HOFer Carson was elected to nine PBs, won a SB.||William Thomas (1991, Eagles)|
|LB||Wayne Walker||1958||Idaho||Lions||Walker played 15 seasons, got three PB citations, scored more than 300 points kicking.||Doug Buffone (1966, Bears)|
|LB||Tim Harris||1986||Memphis||Packers||Harris had 33 sacks spanning the 1988-89 seasons with the Packers.||Donnie Edwards (1996, Chiefs)|
|CB||Asante Samuel||2003||Central Florida||Patriots||Samuel collected two SB rings, became Pats' postseason hero before joining Eagles.||Ray Crockett (1989, Lions), Ken Ellis (1970, Packers)|
|CB||Deshea Townsend||1998||Alabama||Steelers||Townsend has played 12 seasons with the Steelers and has two Super Bowl rings.||Rod Perry (1975, Rams)|
|S||Chuck Cecil||1988||Arizona||Packers||Hitter Cecil played five seasons for GB, intercepting 13 passes.||Kerry Rhodes (2005, Jets)|
|S||Jerry Logan||1963||West Texas A&M||Colts||Logan played 10 seasons and with two Colts' SB teams, winning one ring.||Todd Bell (1981, Bears)|
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