Top 10 No. 20 overall picks in NFL Draft history

The late first-round could end up producing more gems
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4. Maxie Baughan, Philadelphia Eagles (1960)

Baughan was drafted to a good Eagles team in 1960, as they managed to beat the Lombardi Packers and win an NFL Championship. Baughan then kicked off a career so impressive that he is without question one of the best defensive players in NFL history who is not in the Hall of Fame currently.

Every season in which the Georgia Tech star played at least 12 games, he made the Pro Bowl, which gave him nine nominations in 11 years. Baughan, who left Philly to join the Los Angeles Rams in 1966, was named an All-Pro in seven straight seasons (one First-Team nod). While he passed away in 2023, Canton could still come calling.

Steve Atwater was a tremendous No. 20 pick in the NFL Draft

3. Steve Atwater, Denver Broncos (1989)

The Arkansas star was the heralded of a new era of defensive back. The 6-3, 215-pound dynamo Atwater established himself as one of the hardest hitters in NFL history and one of the first bigger safeties to become elite in the modern era. He retired as the greatest defensive back in Broncos history before Champ Bailey.

Atwater was named to eight Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams in 10 years with the Broncos, contributing to two championships at the end of his tenure with Denver and amassing 24 interceptions. Any receiver who played the will back up the idea that Atwater coming over the middle to deliver a bone-crunching hit was among the most intimidating sights of that era.