Best 4th-round NFL Draft picks ever: From Art Donovan to Cliff Branch


Who are the best fourth-round NFL Draft picks in history? There are multiple Pro Football Hall of Famers on this list, starting with a specific former Raiders star.

As we prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft, a lot of focus will be on who might be a steal in the mid rounds. It’s a way for teams to roster build in the modern era. Without further ado, here’s a look at the 10 best fourth-round NFL Draft picks in history.

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10. Cliff Branch

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Cliff Branch
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9. Andre Reed

Andre Reed
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8. Harry Carson

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7. John Stallworth

Pittsburgh STeelers' John Stallworth
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6. Art Donovan

Art Donovan
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5. Jared Allen

Carolina Panthers' Jared Allen
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4. Charles Haley

Charles Haley, Pro Football Hall of Fame
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3. Steve Largent

Steve Largent
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2. Cris Carter

Best 4th-round NFL Draft picks: Cris Carter
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1. Jerry Kramer

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