Late-round fliers flying off board

Everyone has a story.

Late-round draft choices often have a few.

  • USC tight end Anthony McCoy, drafted by Seattle in the sixth round, tested positive for marijuana at the combine after being declared academically ineligible for the Trojans' bowl game.

  • Nate Byham, the blocking tight end San Francisco drafted in the sixth round, overcame a dislocated kneecap and dislocated shoulder while at Pittsburgh.

  • Fendi Onobun, the tight end St. Louis drafted in the sixth round, was a McDonald's All-America basketball player and didn't play football in college until walking on as a fifth-year senior.

  • Marquis Johnson, the cornerback St. Louis drafted in the seventh round, averaged 37.6 yards per punt return in high school, but he was the third corner at Alabama until his senior season.

Each showed enough physical promise to get drafted despite question marks about their ability.

We're down to the final five picks for NFC West teams. I've got a division-wide analysis piece coming shortly.