The 3 youngest and the 3 oldest players to be drafted into the NFL
Most NFL players are drafted straight after their senior year in college. When they start playing the average NFL Rookie is 22.
Every year we are impressed by the skills and level of maturity that these players bring to the game, despite how young they are. However, there are some players who have entered the draft before reaching the age of 22, and we find them even more impressive.
Today, we are going to look at 6 players who broke this mold. Here are the 3 oldest and youngest players ever to be drafted in the NFL.
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#3 Youngest – Tremaine Edmunds
Edmunds was drafted at the age of 20 in 2007. He was picked in the first round of the draft by the Buffalo Bills.Edmunds announced he was forgoing his remaining eligibility and entered the draft after only two years at Virginia State.
Edmunds played his first game against the Baltimore Ravens. He was the second youngest player to play in the NFL and he was the youngest player ever to record an interception in the competition.
#3 Oldest – Bradon Weeden
Most NFL fans won’t be surprised to see Weeden on this list, but you may be surprised to hear that he was only the third oldest player to get drafted.
Yes, when he was drafted in 2008 Weeden made the headlines because he was drafted in the first round. So, while he was not the oldest player to be drafted, he was the oldest player to ever be drafted in the first round.Before playing football, Weeden played baseball. He played for both the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers. When he retired from Baseball he went back to college, where he started to play football.
After being drafted in the first round of the MLB, he was then drafted in the first round of the NFL. Not many people can boast like that.
#2 Youngest – Danielle Hunter
Unlike some of the other members of the young drafts club, Hunter finished his college education. In fact, Hunter was able to enter the NFL so early because he started college early. He is a smart man as well as being a great defensive football player.
Hunter was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2015 and ended that year second in his team and out of all the other rookie players for sacks – he made 6. He now averages 14.5 sacks a season.
#2 Oldest – Chris Weinke
Weinke entered the NFL draft in 2001, he was picked in the 6th round of the draft – 106th overall. He joined the NFL from Florida State after a fairly successful career as a minor league baseball player.
Weinke had a fairly successful college career and became the oldest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy. His time in the NFL was not so successful, however. When playing for the Carolina Panthers, Weinke lost 17 consecutive games that he started in.
He later moved to the 49ers before being dropped by them after a troubled season.
#1 Youngest – Amobi Okoye
Amobi Okoye was drafted in the first round by the Houston Texans at 19 years old. However, this was not the start of Okoye’s incredible story.
The player moved from Nigeria to Alabama, when he arrived he was already 2 years ahead of his peers and he graduated high school at 16. He was accepted into Harvard but went to a football college (the University of Louisville) instead.
By the time he was 19, he had become the youngest player to ever play college football and the youngest ever NFL player.
#1 – Oldest – Ove Johansson
Johansson was drafted into the NFL at 29 years old. Yes, you read that correctly.
Johansson was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 12th round of the 1977 draft. He was the oldest player ever to be drafted and the first Swedish player to be drafted as well. It would be another 12 years before any more Swedes joined the NFL.
Sadly, Johansson only played one season in the NFL thanks to a knee injury. Johansson was drafted by the Oilers but ended up playing Philadelphia for the Eagles as a placekicker. He successfully kicked one out of four of his field kicks.