Top 10 No. 25 overall picks in NFL Draft history

The late first-round has produced quality role players
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6. Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota Vikings (2013)

Rhodes started off slow in Minnesota, and the former Florida State stud fizzled out after leaving. However, there was a four-year window in which the "Rhodes Closed" era was a thing. In terms of pure man coverage skill, few cornerbacks of the last decade came close to Rhodes at his best.

Between 2016 and 2019, Rhodes was a Pro Bowler three times, a First-Team All-Pro, and fourth in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2017. With eight interceptions and 34 knocked down, Rhodes flexed his disruptive muscles. His Indianapolis tenure was up and down, but no one can deny how lethal Rhodes was with the Vikings.

Xavier Rhodes was a worthwile No. 25 pick in the NFL Draft

5. Jon Beason, Carolina Panthers (2007)

The Panthers have always had a strong history of great linebackers, even if some of them have to retire earlier than expected due to injuries. Beason retired at age 30, playing just 29 games in his last five years. The Miami alum ranks as highly as he does due to how dominant his first four years in the league were.

Beason was a Defensive Rookie of the Year runner-up, three-time Pro Bowler, and two-time All-Pro in his first four seasons in the league, perfecting a hard-hitting style that set the tone for Carolina's defenses as the John Fox era started to wind down. He would have been significantly higher if his body didn't fail him.