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Giants found a cornerstone in 27th round in 1953 with Roosevelt Brown

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Giants best late-round pick is 1953 offensive lineman (0:41)

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano reaches way back for the franchise's best ever late-round pick in the draft. (0:41)

Prior to 2008, the New York Giants actually had a decent history of finding gems in the later rounds of the draft. But never again have they plucked as deep and successful a sleeper as Roosevelt "Rosey" Brown, the No. 321 overall pick in the 1953 draft.

The Giants took Brown in the 27th round out of Morgan State. He was a bit of an undersized offensive lineman at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds, but he was ahead of his time from an athleticism and quickness standpoint, and it enabled him to be a star at his position. Brown was considered the fastest offensive lineman in the NFL during his career, and offensive coordinator Vince Lombardi found ways to use Brown's unique skill set, employing him as a "pulling" tackle on power-sweep run plays. Brown also contributed as a member of the Giants' defensive line in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

Brown played 13 seasons for the Giants from 1953 to 1965, made nine Pro Bowls and was selected first-team All-Pro at his position six times. He was a member of the Giants' 1956 NFL championship team, and during his career he was a key blocker for such Giants stars as Charlie Conerly, Y.A. Tittle and Frank Gifford. Gifford was once quoted as saying he would not have made the Hall of Fame had it not been for Brown.

Brown was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975.

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