30. Sam Huff, 1956, Giants
Pickings are surprisingly slim at the 30th overall spot in the draft, so we had to reach all the way back to 1956 when the 30th pick was in the Third Round. It’s there we find Huff, a Hall of Fame linebacker who was born and raised in West Virginia and played for his home state Mountaineers being going to the NFL.
Huff spent his first season on a coaching staff that included both Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry. In fact, Landry came up with the 4-3 scheme to help find a spot for Huff, who was talented but didn’t have an obvious position. Huff ultimately became a middle linebacker, helping the Giants win the NFL Championship Game as a rookie, being named an All-Pro six times, and earning a spot on the 1950’s NFL All-Decade Team.