We've survived two days and 100 picks, but the 2014 NFL Draft lives on for one more glorious day. The action begins at noon EST, as teams will select players in the final four rounds. The Houston Texans, who had the first overall pick, also own the last pick. Mr. Irrelevant, pick #256, will be called on Saturday evening, around eight hours after the fourth round begins.
These rounds are where teams find diamonds in the rough. Back in 2000, the New England Patriots discovered Tom Brady. Before that, Super Bowl MVP Terrell Davis was also a late-round pick. Last year, the Texans took Bowling Green's Chris Jones in the sixth round. He didn't stick there, but he became a starter during the regular season for the Patriots.
More often than not, the players taken in these rounds will not make significant contributions in the NFL, but you need to know the names, because you can never really know when a player will develop into the next superstar.
Like yesterday, the action will be fast and furious. The time allotted between picks is five minutes, as it was in the third round. Teams will have to make choices on the fly and will need to have players identified in advance. Those who make the best choices will ultimately reap the best rewards.
Click HERE for the draft order for the final four rounds.
2014 NFL Draft Coverage
Dri Archer Taken By The Steelers In Round Three
Pittsburgh has been mighty successful with MAC players in recent years, and they nabbed themselves another one on Friday night.
2014 NFL Draft Coverage
The MAC has featured three players selected in the first three rounds of the draft. Khalil Mack and Jimmie Ward were chosen in the first round. Yesterday, we had to wait until there were just four choices left in the third round to see a MAC player drafted. This time, it was Kent State's Dri Archer, who was picked 97th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers are a great place for Archer to land, if for no other reason than they clearly love former MAC players and have had great success with them over the years. Including Archer, the Steelers now have eight players who played college football at a MAC school. That list includes Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Molls, Bruce Gradkowski, Lance Moore, Mike Mitchell, Shaun Suisham and Antonio Brown.
Today's action should include more selections from the MAC. There are several players who could get picked in these final four rounds, ranging from quarterbacks Jordan Lynch and Keith Wenning to running back David Fluellen. Ball State defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome is still out there, as is Newsome's teammate, Willie Snead. Much of the MAC-related action may take place in the final round, which gives you incentive to watch the whole thing unfold.