As part of its ramp-up to the 75th NFL Draft (in case you hadn’t heard, it gets underway two weeks from today), the league is letting fans pick the 75 most valuable draft picks of all time.
Today the NFL announced the 20 players who have garnered the most votes thus far via voting at nfl.com, and not surprisingly, the young man from the University of Michigan who was chosen 199th overall in 2000 is among them.
One of his favorite receivers, Randy Moss, the Vikings’ first-round pick in 1998, made the cut as well.
Tom Brady is one of just four players in the top 20 who was not selected in the first round, joining Brett Favre (second round, 1991), Joe Montana (third round, 1982) and Mike Singletary (second round, 1981).
Editors at NFL.com selected 320 players drafted over the last 74 years — 10 from each of the league’s teams — and then turned the list over to fans.
Fan voting continues online through April 18; the next day, picks 11 through 75 will be announced on NFL.com and NFL Network. The 10 players chosen as the most valuable draft picks of all time will be announced during the first night of the draft on April 22, and the league expects many of those 10 to be in attendance at Radio City Music Hall, where the draft is held.
The order of the top 10 will be revealed after the second round of the draft, on Friday night.