The NFL Draft has produced third-round picks who have become All-Pros,Pro Bowlers and Super Bowl champions.
With the 2020 NFL Draft taking place this week, here'sa look at some of the best third-round selections since the turn of the century.
Evan Mathis, G (No. 79 overall, 2005):The 12-year NFL veteran was selected to the Pro Bowl Adam Ottavino Jersey twice and was named anAll-Pro in 2013. Hebecame a Super Bowl champion in the 2015 seasonwith the Broncos.
Brian Westbrook, RB (No. 91 overall, 2002):Westbrook rushed for 6,335 yards and 41 touchdowns with the Eagles and 49ers. He was a two-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in 2007.
Cliff Avril, DE (No. 92 overall, 2007):Avril had a very productivecareer with the Lions and Seahawks, totaling 207 tackles and 74 sacks. He won his only Super Bowl in the 2013 season, his first withSeattle.
Kirk Cousins, QB (No. 102 overall, 2012):Cousins has experienced an up-and-down career in Washington and Minnesota. He finally secured his first career playoff win last season against the favored Saints in the Superdome. TheMichigan State product has thrown for 24,107 yards and 155 touchdowns (to 71 interceptions).
T.Y. Hilton, WR (No. 92 overall, 2012):The longtime Colthas 8,598 receiving yards and 45 touchdowns. He led the league with 1,448 receiving yards in 2016. Hilton is a four-time Pro Bowler.
Michael Gallup, WR (No. 81 overall, 2018): Galluphad a breakout sophomore season with 1,107 yards and six touchdowns Greg Holland Jersey for the Cowboys. He was alsoseventh in yards per catch (16.8) and sixth in receiving yards per game (79.1). Gallup and Amari Cooper could prove to be one of the best wide receiver tandems in the league.
Mark Andrews, TE (No. 86 overall, 2018):Andrews emerged last season as one of the best tight ends in the game. He totaled 64 receptions, 852 yards and 10 touchdowns as the Ravens' offense flourished under league MVP Lamar Jackson. His 10 receiving touchdowns ranked second in the NFL.
David Montgomery, RB (No. 73 overall, 2019):Montgomery led the Bears with 899 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns as a rookie out ofIowa State.
10. NaVorro Bowman, ILB (No. 91 overall, 2010)
Bowman was part of a fearsome linebacker group in San Francisco along with Patrick Willis. The Penn State productfinished his career with 585 tackles, 14 sacks and nine forced fumbles. He was named to three Pro Bowls and was a four-time All-Pro Sam Hilliard Jersey . He led the league with 154 tackles in 2015.
Of the 29 linebackers selected in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bowman has posted the most tackles.Only one linebacker in thatdraft cla s, Sean Lee, is still active. Lee is at 510 tackles.
9. Justin Houston, OLB (No. 70 overall, 2011)
Houston has been one of the game's most productive linebackers since entering the NFL nine years ago, with 352 tackles, 89.5 sacks and 16 forced fumbles. In 2014, he compiled 22 sacks, half a sack short of tying Michael Strahan's single-season record. He was named an All-Pro that year. Houston has been selected to the Pro Bowlfour times.The Chiefs released the Georgia product in 2018, and he wound up signing a two-year contract with the Colts.
Houston's 89.5 career sacks are the fourth-most among players inthe 2011 draft cla s, behindVon Miller, J.J. Watt and Ryan Kerrigan.
8. Alvin Kamara, RB (No. 67 overall, 2017)
Kamara has become arguably the most electrifying running back in the league. The Saints' dual-threat starhas tallied 4,476 yards from scrimmage (2,408 rushing, 2,068 receiving) and 37 total touchdowns. He also hasa kick return for a touchdown. TheTenne see productwas voted the 2017 A sociated Pre s Offensive Rookie of the Year after leading the league with 6.1 yards per carry. He been Chris Rusin Jersey named to the Pro Bowl each of his first three seasons.
Among players in the 2017 draft cla s, only Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey has totaled more yards than Kamara. The NFC South stars are also the only players in the cla s to have gained at least 2,000 yards rushingand 2,000 yards receiving.
7. Tyrann Mathieu, S (No. 69 overall, 2013)
When the Cardinals selected Mathieu in the third round seven years ago, experts pegged the pick as a risk because of his off-field i sues at LSU. Mathieu has proved doubters wrong and become one of the premier safeties in the league. The LSU product has recorded 436 tackles(36 for lo s), 17 interceptions and nine sacks. Mathieu was named to the 2010s All-Decade team, adding to histwo All-Pro honors and one Pro Bowl appearance.
The Super Bowl champion (Chiefs last Scott Oberg Jersey season) leads the 2013 defensive back draft cla s in tackles and is second in interceptions, just two behindDarius Slay.
6. Travis Kelce, TE (No. 63 overall, 2013)
Mathieu's Kansas Cityteammate has earned the title of NFL's best tight end. The former Cincinnati Bearcat has posted four consecutive1,000-yard receiving seasons, including 1,229 yards in 2019for the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.He is a two-time All-Pro, afive-time Pro Bowler and a member ofthe 2010s All-Decade team.
Kelcewas the fifth tight end drafted in 2013but has the second-most receiving yards (6,465) and touchdowns (37) of the entire draft cla s, behind only DeAndre Hopkins (8,602 yards, 54 touchdowns).
5. Frank Gore, RB (No. 65 overall, 2005)
Gore, 36, has been a model of consistency and longevity. Last season, his 15th in the NFL, he helped the Bills reach the playoffs by rushing for 599 yards and two touchdowns. The former Miami Hurricane spent the first 10 years of his career with 49ers, tallying 11,073 rushing yards and 64 TDs.The five-time Chad Bettis Jersey Pro Bowler was named to the NFL's 2010s All-Decade team.
Gore is the NFL's active rushing leader with 15,347 yards (he's third all time) and is third among active running backs with 79 touchdowns.
4. MarshalYanda, G (No. 86 overall, 2007)
Yanda leaves the game as one of the greatest offensive linemen in Ravens history. The Iowa product, whoannounced his retirement in March after 13 pro seasons, wasnamed to eight Pro Bowls and was a two-time All-Pro. Yanda was one of eight unanimous selections to the 2010s All-Decade team. He exits with one Super Bowl ring (SB 47).
Yanda's next stop in his football journey could be Canton.
3. Jason Witten, TE (No. 69 overall, 2003)
Witten came out ofretirement to rejoin the Cowboysbefore the 2019 seasonand then made asurprise move this offseason by joining the Raiders as a free agent. The 11-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro has tallied 1,215 receptions,12,977 receiving yards and 72 touchdowns since leaving Tenne see. As he enters his 16th NFL season, Witten is fourth all time in career receptions and second amongtight ends, behind only Tony Gonz