Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians insisted Antonio Brown has been a "model citizen" since joining the NFL franchise, playing down an alleged incident prior to the star wide receiver's arrival.

Brown signed with Tom Brady's Buccaneers last month and he has played against the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

However, question marks over his behaviour have re-emerged following allegations Brown damaged a security camera and threw a bicycle at a security guard before moving to the Bucs.

Brown was previously sidelined by an eight-game suspension for "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

Asked about the reported incident, Arians told reporters on Thursday: "We were totally aware.

"He's been a model citizen. I think we're trying to beat a dead horse right now, so there's been enough statements about it."

Brown only made one appearance for the New England Patriots last season, having been previously released by the Las Vegas Raiders, recording 56 receiving yards and a touchdown as he briefly teamed up with Brady.

In two games for the Buccaneers (7-3), seven-time Pro Bowler Brown has 10 receptions for 100 yards

When pressed again on the alleged Brown incident, Arians added: "I think we've had enough conversations about that, thank you."

Meanwhile, Buccaneers star Rob Gronkowski described the remaining games of the NFL season as the time for Tampa Bay to either "take off or tank".

The Buccaneers head into the final six games sitting second in the NFC South behind the New Orleans Saints (7-2), with the Los Angeles Rams next up on Monday.

Tampa Bay have not qualified for the NFL playoffs since losing their Wild Card showdown against the New York Giants in 2007.

"These games are huge, especially when it comes to the time around Thanksgiving," Gronkowski said. "These games a crucial, they are must-win games.

"They're basically play-off games and this when teams either take off or this is when teams tank. We want to be a team that takes off. This is when you've got to come together and play your best football, this time of the year.

"If you wanna get to the play-offs, you wanna have a winning record, it's all about getting wins now. This month and after Thanksgiving."

Gronkowski – a three-time Super Bowl champion and five-time Pro Bowler – has 29 receptions, 374 yards and four touchdowns for Tampa Bay this season, having stepped out of retirement in 2020.

Tom Brady insisted there was "no shortcut" to finding his chemistry with Antonio Brown at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brown signed with the Buccaneers last month and is set to make his debut for the team against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The 32-year-old only played one game for the New England Patriots in 2019, but is back alongside Brady at the Buccaneers (6-2).

Brady, though, said it would take time for his connection with Brown to grow.

"It's been only one game and two weeks practice [together]. Football is a tough sport. It demands a lot out of you physically, mentally [and] emotionally," he said.

"There is no shortcut to getting on the same page. You've just got to put the work in.

"Today was a good start to practice, but it's a long process and we're just going to have to work at it."

Brady, Brown and the Buccaneers face a major test against the Saints, who are 5-2 and have won their past four games over the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians said Brown would add plenty to the Buccaneers, but also urged patience.

"Just being an explosive player with the ball in his hands. He'll have a role and we'll see how much we can get him taught," he said.

"The first practice will be a walkthrough because we've got a short week coming off Monday night. We basically miss a practice this week on Wednesday because of the short week, so it will be a walkthrough practice and basically all learning."

Tom Brady is "one of the greatest leaders", according to Antonio Brown, who is hoping to reignite his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brown is set to make his debut for the Buccaneers against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, after serving an eight-match suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The 32-year-old wide receiver joined Tampa in October, linking up with legendary quarterback Brady, who he played alongside during a brief spell with the New England Patriots in 2019.

Brady struck up a good relationship with Brown at New England, and the six-time Super Bowl champion has invited Tampa's new addition to live with him until he finds a home in Florida.

With Brady's help, seven-time Pro Bowler Brown is aiming to change people's perceptions of him after a series of off-field controversies.

"Tom is my boy," Brown, who was wearing a "TB12" cap, said on Wednesday during an introductory news conference in Tampa.

"One of the greatest leaders to be around. He's encouraging, always inspiring. He brings the best out of people around him. 

"He wants the best for everyone around him. I mean, he's the greatest quarterback of all time. Nothing that I've done in the past matters.

"He's always getting better, day in and day out. I just learn a lot from him — how he trains, how he takes care of himself professionally.

"His discipline. His work ethic. His approach. He's been a great guy in my corner, and one of my close friends.

"I think there are a lot of similarities in our work ethic. Being guys who are supposedly supposed to be underachievers, for guys who were never supposed to make it. Sixth-round late boomers, guys who developed chips. And just wanting to be the best, just yearning for being the best. Always growing, getting better.

"Obviously he's the greatest quarterback in the world. So I'm just grateful to be here, to be his team-mate, to be in the huddle with him and to be a part of the process here with Tampa Bay. So, super grateful."

"Hopefully I could change their perspective," Brown said when asked what he thought of claims he should not have the chance to reignite his NFL career.

"Being here around great people, great organisation, hopefully I can win them over in my actions and how I move forward and how I handle my business."

Brown played just one game for the Patriots before he was released last season, recording 56 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Brown had previously been released by the Oakland Raiders without playing a game.

Since 2010, only Rob Gronkowski – also now of the Buccaneers – and Jimmy Graham have recorded more than Brown's 75 touchdown catches, while he has amassed 11,263 receiving yards.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have activated Antonio Brown from the reserve/suspended list ahead of the star wide receiver's debut.

Brown joined the Buccaneers as a free agent last week, but the seven-time Pro Bowler has been sidelined by an eight-game suspension for "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

The 32-year-old, however, is in line to face the New Orleans Saints in a top-of-the-table clash in the NFC South on Sunday after serving his ban.

Tampa Bay lead the NFC South with a 6-2 record following Monday's 25-23 win over the New York Giants, ahead of the 5-2 Saints.

"He'll have his role – it could be 10 plays, it could be 35 plays. I wouldn't anticipate 60 plays, for sure, but we'll just see how it goes," Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said on Tuesday.

Brown is set to reunite with legendary quarterback Tom Brady after he was released by the New England Patriots in September last year.

He only made one appearance for the Patriots, having been previously released by the Raiders, recording 56 receiving yards and a touchdown as he briefly teamed up with Brady.

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career from 103 starts in 131 games.

Brown ranks second in the NFL since debuting in 2010 for receptions and receiving yards and third in touchdown catches – first among wideouts.

The only players with more touchdown catches since 2010 are tight ends Rob Gronkowski – who now plays for the Buccaneers – and Jimmy Graham.

Brown has made 10 postseason appearances, tallying 51 catches for 837 yards and four TDs, while his last four playoff clashes saw him record 441 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Mike Evans is excited about the prospect of lining up alongside Antonio Brown for Tampa Bay, believing his fellow wide receiver can help the high-flying Bucs "a lot".

Tampa improved to 6-2 on the season with a hard-fought 25-23 win over the New York Giants on Monday, pushing them a game ahead of the New Orleans Saints at the top of the NFC South.

Next up is a clash between the division's top two on Sunday - and Tampa are set to be boosted by having Brown available.

The 32-year-old, a seven-time Pro Bowler, has not played since Week 2 of the 2019 season when he was briefly with the New England Patriots. He has been serving an eight-game ban at the start of this campaign, which has now been completed.

Evans is hopeful Brown can make an immediate impact for his new team - and also help make his job a little easier out on the field too.

Asked about the addition during his post-game interview with ESPN, Evans said: "Perfect. Perfect. He's an unbelievable receiver, one of the best of all-time, and he's going to help us a lot.

"Hopefully, he can take some double teams off me and make some plays, just like he always has."

The Bucs had appeared in danger of being on the wrong end of a shock result when they trailed the Giants 14-6 at half-time, but hit back to win for a second successive week on the road.

Evans caught an eight-yard pass from quarterback Tom Brady to put the visitors 22-17 ahead in New York, continuing the pair's strong connection when it comes to scoring touchdowns.

"Whenever we get a one-on-one opportunity in the red zone, he [Brady] likes to try and find me. He threw a great ball [for the touchdown]," Evans, who now has six TD catches for the season, said.

"When you come to work every day and work hard, you want the results to be 'Ws' [wins]. It's finally paying off and we just have to keep stacking them."

With fellow wideout Chris Godwin sidelined, Evans finished as the leading receiver for Tampa Bay. He had five catches for 55 yards, including that pivotal fourth-quarter touchdown.

Still, the Bucs had to repel a two-point conversion attempt from the Giants, who are now 1-7, in the closing seconds that would have levelled the scores.

"We got hit in the mouth - and credit to [Giants head coach] Joe Judge, as he had his team ready and they played their tails off - but we made enough plays to win the game," Tampa head coach Bruce Arians told the media after the game.

"You should never apologise for winning. I thought we were slow to start offensively. Defensively, I don't like to see people run the ball on us, but we made the plays that counted."

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have confirmed the signing of free agent Antonio Brown on a reported one-year deal. 

Brown reunites with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay after the All-Pro wide receiver was released by the New England Patriots in September last year. 

The seven-time Pro Bowler has been banned for eight games due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy", meaning the 32-year-old will not be eligible to return until Week 9. 

Brown only made one appearance for the Patriots, having been previously released by the Las Vegas Raiders, recording 56 yards and a touchdown as he briefly teamed up with Brady. 

Legendary quarterback and six-time Super Bowl champion Brady has since joined the Buccaneers – who he has guided to a 5-2 record this season.

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career from 103 starts in 131 games. 

Brown ranks second in the NFL since debuting in 2010 for receptions and receiving yards and third in touchdown catches – first among wideouts. 

The only players with more touchdown catches since 2010 are tight ends Rob Gronkowski – who now plays for the Buccaneers – and Jimmy Graham. 

Brown has made 10 postseason appearances, tallying 51 catches for 837 yards and four TDs, while his last four playoff clashes saw him record 441 receiving yards and four touchdowns. 

Meanwhile, Buccaneers wideout Chris Godwin is set to miss the Week 8 showdown with the struggling New York Giants after reportedly undergoing surgery on a fractured left index finger. 

Godwin has already missed games this season due to concussion and a hamstring injury.

Tom Brady said he excited to reunite with former New England Patriots team-mate Antonio Brown at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brown has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Buccaneers after the All-Pro wide receiver was released by the Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he denied.

The seven-time Pro Bowler has been banned for eight games due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy", and he will not be eligible to return until Week 9.

Brown only made one appearance for the Patriots, having been previously released by the Las Vegas Raiders, recording 56 yards and a touchdown as he briefly teamed up with Brady.

Brady has since joined the Buccaneers – who he has guided to a 5-2 record this season – and the six-time Super Bowl champion is relishing the opportunity to work with Brown again.

"He's a tremendous football player. I played with him for a brief period of time. Looking forward to working with him again, to see what role he can come in [and play]," Brady told reporters after completing 33 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-20 win against the Raiders, while he moved top of the NFL's all-time list for TD passes.

"He's a very hard-working guy ... We're all gonna go out there on the practice field and do the best we can do. And we're gonna see how it all fits together. There's a lot of hard work ahead. None of it just magically happens. I think we realised that early in the season, we put a lot of new people together, and we've gotta figure a lot of things out in a short period of time.

"We're fighting against continuity of a lot of other teams, a lot of other coaches. Bruce has had tremendous patience with me, watching me grow in the offense. I totally appreciate that and respect that and feel like I'm getting to a more comfortable place."

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Bruce Arians previously said Brown "was not a fit" for the Buccaneers and when asked about the change in stance regarding the 32-year-old, the Tampa Bay head coach told reporters: "I think he's matured, and I believe in second chances.

"Everybody wants to say that Tom picked him. Tom didn't have anything to do with it. This was something Jason [Licht, Buccaneers general manager] and I had been talking [about] for a couple weeks, ever since the injuries to our other guys.

"When the time was right, would we see if we could pull the trigger and fit him in to what we want to get done? And we'll see. If Antonio does what I think he's gonna do, I think he's gonna be fine."

Antonio Brown is set to join Tom Brady at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after reportedly agreeing to a one-year deal.

Brown, 32, is suspended until Week 9 of this season after "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

The seven-time Pro Bowler was released by the New England Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he denied.

Multiple teams were linked with Brown, but ESPN reported on Friday that the wide receiver had agreed a one-year deal with the Buccaneers.

The report said Brown was likely to make his Buccaneers debut against the New Orleans Saints in Week 9.

Brown starred during nine seasons with the Steelers before being traded by Pittsburgh in early 2019.

In 131 regular-season games, Brown has 11,263 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns.

Brown has scored 10 or more touchdowns in four seasons, including 15 in 2018.

Led by Brady, the Buccaneers hold a 4-2 record this season and top the NFC South.

Russell Wilson believes the Seattle Seahawks are a "great place" for Antonio Brown to grow as the star quarterback approved the team's interest in the free agent.

The Seahawks have been linked with All-Pro wide receiver Brown, who was released by the New England Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he has denied.

Brown – a seven-time Pro Bowler – has been banned for eight games due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

Wilson was asked about Brown and he told reporters on Thursday: "Most of the conversations I've had with most his former team-mates and stuff like that said that he worked hard every day.

"He came ready and I think he had a bad year or two there that didn't go the way you want it to.

"I think that with our culture and how our culture is, with coach [Pete] Carroll, with the teammates that we have, the men that we have and the growth, I think, if he does play football, I think this is a great place. If he does play again, I think this is a place that he'll grow a lot as a man as well."

"I think Antonio definitely has taken those steps [in the right direction] and like I said, nobody's perfect," Wilson said. "From the conversations I've had with him, he's really been remorseful and just he's been humbled along the way. Like I said, I pray that he can continue to grow, just like anybody."

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Brown only made one appearance for the Patriots, having been previously released by the Las Vegas Raiders, recording 56 yards and a touchdown.

Wilson, whose Seahawks are first in the NFC West with a perfect 5-0 record, added: "I think the reality about Antonio is he is one of the best players to play this game obviously.

"I think that he has always been a special player in terms of [on] the field. The reality with Antonio is, he's had some tough moments in his life, especially as of late. I think he's gone through a lot of things he wishes he could take back and do, and just not say, whatever it might be.

"But I think he is a special player, for sure. I don't know what's going to happen with him or not. I don't know how serious it is us getting him or not. But I do know that obviously he can play some football. I think that's the thing.

"I've developed a personal relationship with him, and not everybody is perfect. And I think that's the reality, none of us are. So hopefully he gets to play football again."

"I think we've been great all year," Wilson continued. "I think you're always trying to look to see how can we get better, how can we get better in every way."

The Baltimore Ravens would benefit from the signing of Antonio Brown, according to his cousin Marquise 'Hollywood' Brown.

The older Brown, 32, was released by the New England Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he has denied.

He has now been banned for eight games due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

The wide receiver has been linked with a host of teams ahead of the new season, though, and worked out with both his cousin and Ravens team-mate Lamar Jackson in the offseason.

Star quarterback Jackson has spoken of his hope of bringing Brown to Baltimore in a move that the team's second-year receiver - a first-round pick in 2019 - would also welcome.

"AB, he's a guy that's going to bring the best out of you," Hollywood Brown told reporters.

"I feel like he would fit in this locker room. He's a guy that's competitive and he's going to go out there and give 100 per cent.

"Seeing stuff like that is going to make other guys want to do the same."

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Brown, who had a controversial stint at the Oakland Raiders last year without playing, is a seven-time Pro Bowler.

His 23-year-old relative scored seven receiving touchdowns for the Ravens in a rookie 2019 season, although Baltimore were again beaten in the playoffs.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said the NFL franchise are monitoring Antonio Brown as they weigh up a move for the seven-time Pro Bowler.

Brown – a free agent – will serve an eight-game suspension after breaching the NFL's personal conduct policy following a January incident in Florida.

The 32-year-old wide receiver is looking for a new home after being cut by the New England Patriots, who axed Brown after just 11 days and one game in September.

Seattle have emerged as a possible destination and Carroll addressed the Seahawks' rumoured interest in Brown on Monday.

"What I'd say to you is what we always say because it's what we always do and who we are," Carroll said.

"[General manager] John [Schneider] is competing at every turn. There's never been a process, unless we just missed it, that we weren't involved with to understand what the chances were of helping our club.

"He's all over it. He understands what's going on right now, as much as you can. It's a very complex situation.

"We just need to see where it fits somewhere down the road. That's all I got for you."

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Carroll, meanwhile, said the Seahawks are "very open" to reuniting with star wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Gordon was banned indefinitely in December for violations of the NFL's policies on performance-enhancing substances and substances of abuse.

A Pro Bowler, Gordon – who would become an unrestricted free agent if and when he is reinstated – made five appearances for the Seahawks last season after he was released by the Patriots in November.

"It's not in our hands," Carroll said. "Josh did a really good job with us last year. He fit in really well. He was part of this team by the way we opened and embraced his coming to us but also by the way he adapted.

"So we are very open to that thought and we'll see what happens. I don't know. I can't tell you what's going to happen on that."

Antonio Brown vowed to deliver "the best season" of his career after the wide receiver learned he would be banned for the first eight games of the 2020 NFL campaign.

The 32-year-old finally discovered his fate on Friday as the league suspended the seven-time Pro Bowler for half of the 2020 regular season due to "multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy".

Brown had been the subject of an NFL investigation following accusations of sexual misconduct and an incident in January where the receiver pleaded no contest to burglary and battery charges.

He has remained unsigned since last September, when he was cut by the New England Patriots after just one game having previously been released by the Oakland Raiders, for whom he never played a down before being let go amid a slew of off-field incidents.

Despite his troubles, Brown is expected to return to the field in 2020 now the NFL's suspension has been confirmed and he expects to sign with a new team soon.

"I look forward to new beginnings," he wrote on Instagram.

"I want to be the best version of myself on and off the field, and I will do my best to be a great team-mate. I appreciate the NFL giving me the opportunity to continue to work on myself and improve.

"I am thankful and grateful for this opportunity to play a game that I truly love and I look forward to joining a new team soon.

"Thank you to my family and all those that have supported me. I will show the fans my appreciation for this second chance by having the best season of my career."

Brown signed off the post with the hashtag "#AB2.0".

Having entered the league with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, Brown has amassed 11,263 receiving yards and caught 75 touchdowns in his career.

Reigning MVP Lamar Jackson this week lobbied for Brown to return to the AFC North and join the quarterback with the Baltimore Ravens, where his cousin, Marquise Brown, currently plays.

Antonio Brown has been suspended for the first eight games of the NFL season, the league announced on Friday.

Brown is a free agent after being cut by the New England Patriots after just 11 days and one game in September.

Reports have claimed Brown will not contest the punishment, meaning should he sign for a team he would miss half of the regular season.

Wide receiver Brown was found to have breached the NFL's personal conduct policy.

The official NFL website said Brown's suspension stemmed "from his no contest plea to burglary and battery charges from a January incident in Florida" and accusations regarding allegedly intimidating text messages sent to a woman.

An NFL statement read: "Antonio Brown was notified today by NFL special counsel for conduct Todd Jones that he has been suspended without pay for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season for multiple violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

"Brown, who played one game in the 2019 season for the New England Patriots before being released, is an unrestricted free agent and may sign with any team. If he is signed before the start of the 2020 season, Brown would be eligible to participate in all of his club's preseason activities. Brown's suspension would take effect as of the final roster reduction on September 5. He would be eligible to return after the team's eighth game.

"As part of the discipline, Brown was directed to continue his programme of counselling and treatment, and that he is expected fully to cooperate with his clinicians.

"Brown was advised that any future violation of the personal conduct policy will likely result in more significant discipline."

The NFL.com website said the league is looking into civil claims of sexual assault against the 32-year-old, accusations that Brown has strenuously denied.

Lamar Jackson is still hoping the Baltimore Ravens sign star wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Brown, 32, was released by the New England Patriots in September last year amid sexual assault allegations he has denied.

Jackson worked out with Brown in April, and remains hopeful the Ravens will sign the seven-time Pro Bowler.

"I was hoping we would get him. I'm still hoping – a little bit," the Ravens quarterback told reporters on Wednesday.

"Around us, he was a great guy. You don't really see anything going on at all. He's a cool, down-to-earth guy and he's passionate about the sport of football.

"When he was working, you could tell, this man, he's going to go 24/7. And after the workout, he still went and lifted. He already – prior to the workout – he lifted.

"We go out there and go to throwing routes, after that, guys went and lifted some more. I'm like, 'Man, this guy, there's no quitting with him.' That's the type of guy we need in our locker room. And I feel like the locker room here is different from any other locker room. It's like a brotherhood going on. It's none of that outside noise; it's strictly inside.

"We worry about each other; we worry about what we have going on. We want to win, and I can just tell in him that he wants to win. He wants to play ball."

The Ravens are scheduled to begin their NFL season against the Cleveland Browns on September 13.

Twenty years ago the New England Patriots did what was tantamount to robbery.

With the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, New England selected Tom Brady, quarterback from the University of Michigan.

The rest is history. Six Super Bowl wins, nine AFC titles. It was a draft pick that altered the entire NFL, and it was all the more remarkable because sixth-round selections usually face a fight just to make the team.

However, sometimes players, like Brady, slip through the cracks in the draft process and a late-round diamond can be unearthed.

On the 20th anniversary of Brady's selection, we look at some of the best late-round picks in recent memory.

 

JULIAN EDELMAN - SEVENTH ROUND, 2009

Turns out the Patriots are good at this drafting lark and Brady is not the only late-round gem they have found.

Bill Belichick went to Kent State in 2009 to work out their quarterback Edelman, who had never run routes or caught passes before.

Edelman's pure potential intrigued Belichick, though, and he proved a shrewd seventh-round selection, initially as a punt returner and later as a wideout.

Brady's favourite target in his last few years in New England was instrumental in their Super Bowl LIII win, being named the game's MVP after making 10 catches for 141 yards.

 

KAM CHANCELLOR - FIFTH ROUND, 2010

Chancellor changed positions three times in four years in college and the Seattle Seahawks had already drafted one safety in first-rounder Earl Thomas when they selected the bruising Virginia Tech defensive back in the fifth.

The two would go on to form the heart of the 'Legion of Boom', one of the greatest defensive backfields of all time and a key reason why Seattle made two Super Bowls in back-to-back seasons.

Chancellor only spent eight seasons in the league and retired at 30 due to a neck injury, but the tone-setter of that great Seattle D was voted to four Pro Bowls.

 

ANTONIO BROWN - SIXTH ROUND, 2010

Brown wears the number 84 because 8 x 4 = 32 and 32 teams ignored him until the Pittsburgh Steelers grabbed the former Central Michigan receiver with the 195th overall pick a decade ago.

The pre-draft reports suggested he was slow, lacked size, had character concerns and didn't play elite competition in college.

Brown has since amassed 11,263 receiving yards and 75 touchdowns and was arguably the NFL's best receiver of the 2010s.

He remains out of the league today, though, with those character concerns rearing their head and ending short spells with the Oakland Raiders and Patriots last season.

 

RICHARD SHERMAN - FIFTH ROUND, 2011

The year after selecting Thomas and Chancellor, Seattle drafted K.J. Wright in the fourth round and cornerback Sherman in the fifth in another impressive haul.

Sherman, who started life at Stanford as a wide receiver before converting to corner, was the 34th defensive back selected in 2011, which made him "livid" and provided a sizeable chip for his shoulder.

Since then? Just the five Pro Bowls, three first-team All-Pros, one Super Bowl ring (and another two appearances) and a spot on the NFL's All-Decade team of the 2010s.

 

GEORGE KITTLE - FIFTH ROUND, 2017

Do-it-all tight ends who are mismatch nightmares have been en vogue ever since Rob Gronkowski took the NFL by storm, and yet everyone passed on Kittle until the San Francisco 49ers wrote down his name for the 146th pick.

In his best season at Iowa, Kittle had 314 receiving yards. Last year he had his second straight 1,000-yard receiving season in the NFL having broken the record for tight ends with 1,377 yards in 2018.

Thanks to Kittle, Iowa tight ends are being taken more seriously too as T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant were both drafted in the first round last year.

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