#3 – Dante Hall, Wide Receiver
In the 2000 draft, the Kansas City Chiefs used the 153rd overall pick on an undersized wide receiver prospect from Texas A&M named Dante Hall. All this unheralded wideout would do is redefine what it meant to be a return specialist in the National Football League.
Nicknamed the “X-Factor” and the “Human Joystick”, Hall contributed relatively little as a wideout in his nine-year NFL career, finishing with 162 receptions and 1,615 yards with 9 touchdowns in seven years with Kansas City and two more with the St. Louis Rams.
Hall made his mark and earned his notoriety as a kickoff and punt return specialist, earning two Pro Bowl rosters and a 2003 1st Team All Pro nod for his work as a returner. Hall excelled at flipping field position for the Chiefs in the punt game, and teams notoriously punted away from the speedster to avoid big returns.
In the end, their attempts to avoid him did not matter much. Hall had 12 career return touchdowns, the third most in the history of the NFL. HIs single most memorable return came against the Denver Broncos in 2004 and was named one of the top 100 plays in NFL history.
Hall of Fame coach Dick Vermeil said, “Dante is the most secure guy fielding the ball I have ever been around. He fields…with better skill…He’s the best I’ve ever seen.”