15. Alan Page, 1967, Vikings
If you need a great defensive player, the 15th overall pick might be the place to find him. The likes of Derrick Johnson and Jason Pierre-Paul have also been selected 15th overall, although they don’t quite measure up to Page, one of the top defensive tackles to ever play the game.
Page was just one part of the famous People Purple Eaters defense in Minnesota, but he was arguably the most important part of a group known for getting after opposing quarterbacks. He spent 15 years in the league, which is a long time to be playing in the trenches. Along the way, he made the Pro Bowl nine times and won MVP honors in 1971. As an encore, Page spent over 20 years as an Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.