David Tyree and two other greatest Syracuse hidden NFL Draft gems since 2000

Read about three former Orange players who snuck under the radars of most NFL teams. Despite being picked relatively late in their drafts, these three are stars.

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Round 6, Pick 211. 2003 NFL Draft. David Tyree. WR. 31. David Tyree. David Tyree. player. .

While David Tyree was drafted after being one of the greatest wideouts Syracuse has ever seen, he primarily played in a special teams role during his NFL career. 

Tyree, despite his collegiate success, wasn’t drafted until the sixth round in 2003 and was selected 211th overall. He only had 54 receptions and four touchdowns as a receiver for the New York Giants but excelled on their special teams unit.

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David Tyree carries the ball / Rick Stewart/GettyImages

He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2005 where he earned All-Pro honors as well as earning PFWA All-Rookie Team during the 2003 season.

The highlight of Tyree’s career was being a part of the Super Bowl-winning Giants squad in 2007. During the game, the former Orange had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown against Tom Brady’s Patriots.