Originally Posted by peteshawtheman
For me it's always Ron Billingsley. The Wyoming DE was drafted #14 in the 1st round of the 1967 draft because (don't laugh now) he was left-handed. Playing left tackle, he would supposedly keep everything inside with his great strength (which he admittedly had), but he just wasn't a great football player. A guy we passed on in that 1st round was: Alan Page. With the next (15th) pick, the Vikings made the Notre Dame DT (right) their 3rd 1st round selection. An All-Pro six times, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame, and a justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, this man really made his mark in the world. And the Chargers passed on him. There are draft busts and mistakes, but that is a whopper of the highest magnitude.
Beat me to it! Picking nits, but Page played Defensive End at Notre Dame. It was an inspired stroke of genius to move him inside at "only" 245 pounds. We'd laugh at the idea today, but that was about average size for linemen along both sides of the ball in the 60s and early 70s. What is scary is that he started marathon running late in his career and was playing at an advertised 225 pounds for the Bears, but I vividly recall a color commentator saying how he had weighed in the morning of a game at 218, and he was still getting sacks at that weight; 40 over the roughly 3.5 seasons he played in Chicago. I think we'd all be happy with numbers like that, regardless of weight.
However, he was subject to being had occasionally by teams that trapped a lot; never more heinously than on the infamous Kansas City Chiefs' "65 Toss Power Trap" in Super Bowl IV shown below commencing at about the 2:50 mark. Watch as KC's right guard Mo Moorman (#76) pulls to the left to trap the hard charging Page (#88) coming from his right Defensive Tackle position. Unfortunately, you cannot see the whole thing because the camera follows running back Mike Garrett into the end zone, but trust me; Page got smacked hard and Garrett was able to waltz into the end zone relatively untouched.