5 Best NFL Draft gems to come from Nebraska

These five former Nebraska football players proved to be gems in the NFL Draft.
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No. 1: Pat Fischer

St. Louis Cardinals

Defensive Back

1961 - 17th Round

Yes, there was a time when the NFL Draft was much longer than the seven-round affair that fans have come to know these days. For instance, back in 1961, the St. Louis Cardinals selected Nebraska great Pat Fischer in the 17th round.

After playing safety, running back, and quarterback at Nebraska, Fischer would settle in at corner in the NFL. That would prove to be a good move.

Ultimately, he would play 17 seasons in the NFL with the Cardinals and the Washington franchise. He ended up with 56 interceptions and four TDs.

The bulk of his career was in Washington where he played for 10 seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro in 1964 and 1969. In addition, he was a second-team All-Pro in 1965 and 1972.

A member of Washington's Ring of Fame and 80 greatest players of All-Time list, he was quite the steal as a 17th-round selection. Thus, he presented more value than any of the other draft picks on this list of Nebraska NFL gems.