By: Dennis Fithian

It’s not a 100% sure thing, but looking back at the last five Super Bowl winners it stands out. Teams that have gone on to win it all get big contributions from late round draft picks and undrafted free agents. Look at last year’s winner the Baltimore Ravens. Linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Jameel McClain both were undrafted free agent picks ups by the Ravens. I’ve listed below the last few Super Bowl winners and the contributions they got late in the draft or later. Nobody is picking the Lions to win the Super Bowl this year, but if they did a few players like Joique Bell, Willie Young, Jonte Green or Tahir Whitehead would need to step into a starting role and surprise.


2011 Giants:

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – 7th round pick

WR Victor Cruz – Undrafted

TE Jake Ballard – Undrafted

LB Jacquian Williams – 6th round

OT David Diehl -5th round

OT Kevin Boothe -6th round


2010 Packers:

FB John Kuhn -Undrafted

WR Donald Driver -7th round

DB Tramon Williams – Undrafted

LB Frank Zombo – Undrafted

DB Charlie Peprah – 5th round


2009 Saints:

RB Mike Bell – Undrafted

RB Pierre Thomas – Undrafted

WR Marques Colston – 7th round

LB Scott Shanle – 7th round

DB Jabari Greer – Undrafted

OG Carl Nicks – 5th round

C Jonathan Goodwin – 5th round


2008 Steelers:

RB Willie Parker – Undrafted

WR Nate Washington – Undrafted

LB James Harrison- Undrafted

DB Ryan Clark – Undrafted

DT Brett Keisel – 7th round

OG Chris Kemoeatu – 6th round

OG Darnell Stapleton – Undrafted



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