Thomas is one of the best receivers in the game so you can't fault Josh McDaniels for pulling the trigger here. As for McDaniels' move three picks later, ouch.
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Dez Bryant, 24th overall
Bryant's stock fell because of off-the-field question marks, but he still was taken well ahead of Brown.
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Arrelious Benn, 39th overall
Benn entered the draft as the top-rated receiver from the Big Ten, but he hasn't touched an NFL field since 2012. He caught 59 balls for 862 yards in his three years with the Buccaneers.
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Golden Tate, 60th overall
Seattle nabbed Tate in the second round out of Notre Dame, but the Golden Domer had a career year in 2014 with Detroit.
Damian Williams, 77th overall
Now bench fodder for the Rams after four seasons with the Titans, Williams has 107 career catches, or 22 fewer than Antonio Brown had in 2014.
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Brandon LaFell, 78th overall
After four so-so seasons in Carolina, LaFell established career highs across the board with Tom Brady as his quarterback in 2014.
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Emmanuel Sanders, 82nd overall
Whoever was scouting receivers for the Steelers during this time deserves a raise. Pittsburgh grabbed Sanders in the third round after plucking Mike Wallace in the same round the previous season. Big Ben wouldn't know what to do with himself if he still had Sanders, Wallace, and Brown.
Jordan Shipley, 84th overall
Shipley actually had a better rookie campaign than Brown with 52 catches for 600 yards and three touchdowns for the Bengals. Unfortunately, he tore up his knee in the second game of his sophomore season and never recovered.
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Eric Decker, 87th overall
Decker started a run of four straight receivers selected in the third round, none of whom were named Antonio Brown.
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Andre Roberts, 88th overall
The Cardinals used their third-round pick to pair Roberts with Larry Fitzgerald. Imagine if they had Brown and Fitz instead.
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Armanti Edwards, 89th overall
Edwards is best known for quarterbacking FCS squad Appalachian State to a huge upset of Michigan back in 2007. He didn't do much in three seasons and Carolina and was cut by the Bears prior to the 2014 season.
Taylor Price, 90th overall
This pick was a wicked whiff by Bill Belichick. At least he redeemed himself with his fourth-round selection.
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The well-traveled Gilyard has spent time in the Arena League and CFL, hauling in eight career catches for 78 yards along the way with the Rams and Jets, which is a decent game for Brown.
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Mike Williams, 101st overall
Williams had the best rookie campaign of all the receivers in the 2010 class, finishing second to Sam Bradford in Offensive Rookie of the Year voting. Williams was hoping to revive his career after a trade to his hometown Bills in 2014, but he barely made a dent and is now out of the league.
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Marcus Easley, 107th overall
Easley is playing special teams in the accompanying image, which is about the only playing time he's had in Buffalo. He has three career receptions for 71 yards.
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Jacoby Ford, 108th overall
The Raiders predictably fell in love with Ford's speed in the fourth round, and while he flashed big-play ability a few times, he could never stay healthy. He hasn't played since 2013 and has been released by the Jets and Titans the following two offseasons.
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David Reed, 156th overall
Serving primarily as a kick returner, Reed repaid his fifth-round selection by the Ravens with five catches for 66 yards -- in three seasons. Joe Flacco is not happy.
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Riley Cooper, 159th overall
Antonio Brown might catch 200 balls in Chip Kelly's offense. Perhaps the Eagles were impressed with Cooper's ability to catch passes from Tim Tebow.
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Kerry Meier, 165th overall
Would it surprise you that Meier never registered a single catch in the NFL? At least he can tell his grandkids he was drafted a full round ahead of Antonio Brown.
Carlton Mitchell, 177th overall
Mitchell's career-long catch of 19 yards came against the Steelers in 2011. He's now north of the border in the CFL.
Dezmon Briscoe, 191st overall
Briscoe came off the board four picks ahead of Brown in Round 6 to the Bengals. He caught 35 balls for 387 yards and six touchdowns for Tampa Bay in 2011, but pretty much fell off the map from there.