There have been a handful of very impactful players taken at 195th overall in NFL history. Houston owns that pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, because of a trade with the Patriots. It's the first of three sixth-round choices for the Texans, and it's one of eight selections held by Houston in this year’s Draft.
We've already examined some of the success stories from the last three slots—203, 212 and 233—in their 2021 Draft order, and today we're focusing on a quartet of 195ers who've gone on to have success in the League.
86 players have been selected 195th overall. Only 39 of them ever suited up for an NFL game. 28 wound up appearing in 16 or more career games. 25 would start an NFL contest. 14 started more than 16 times in their career.
The Texans have picked at 195 three different times in franchise history, all of those coming in the last decade. Offensive lineman Nick Mondek was the team's choice in 2012, while receiver Alan Bonner was chosen the next season. Neither would play a regular season game for the club. In 2019, Houston chose cornerback Xavier Crawford at 195th overall, and he played in four games that year before getting waived in late October.
Here are a few success stories from 195.
WR Antonio Brown – A sixth-rounder from Central Michigan in 2010, the Steelers hit the jackpot with Brown. In between 2013 and 2018, he averaged 114 catches, 1,524 receiving yards and 11 touchdown grabs per season. He was a Pro Bowler in all six of those years, and a first team All-Pro from 2014 through 2017. Brown won a Super Bowl ring in 2020 with the Buccaneers, where he logged 483 receiving yards in eight games. For his career, Brown's 11,746 receiving yards are 31st in NFL history.
S Kurt Schulz – The Eastern Washington defensive back was a seventh-round selection by the reigning AFC Champion Bills in 1992. He played 36 games and started once in his first three years, but in 1995 he became a starter. From 1995 through 2001, with the final two seasons coming in Detroit, Schulz 92 games and picked off 30 passes. In 2000 with the Lions, he snared a career-best seven picks. When his playing days were finished, he'd appeared 129 games with 93 starts in a decade's worth of NFL work.
K Fuad Reveiz – No 195th overall pick has appeared in more games (147) than the Colombian-born kicker who played in college for the Tennessee Volunteers. Reveiz was the Dolphins' seventh-rounder in 1985, and he spent the first four years with Miami. In 1990 he split time between the Chargers and Vikings, appearing in 13 total games that season. He remained with Minnesota through the end of the 1995 campaign, and garnered his lone Pro Bowl nod in 1994. After 11 NFL seasons, Reveiz retired with a 75.2% success rate on his field goals. He scored 931 points in his career.
OL Wes Schweitzer – The San Jose State product was a Falcons' sixth-rounder in 2017, and he started all 16 games at right guard as a rookie. The next year, he was a left guard, where he started 13 games. In 2019, he played in 15 games as a center and left guard, with seven starts. Last year in Washington, he started 13 games at left guard. So in his first four NFL seasons, he's started 49 games between three different positions up front on offense.