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Laura Rutledge Has Reminder For Everyone Before NFL Draft

ESPN reporter Laura Rutledge on the field.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: ESPN sideline reporter Laura Rutledge walks near the sideline before the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers on January 1, 2018, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The 2022 NFL Draft begins Thursday night in Las Vegas. Many fans have spent weeks eagerly anticipating their favorite team's opening-round selection, but not everyone stays glued to the ensuing six rounds dispersed across Friday and Saturday.

ESPN's Laura Rutledge reminded everyone that stars aren't always found on Day 1.

On Sunday, the NFL Live host shared a telling tidbit from ESPN Stats & Info. Nearly two-thirds of active NFL players were either selected after the third round or undrafted.

Many Day 3 picks won't make a significant impact, and some may never play an NFL down. However, quite a few will play meaningful reps on Sundays.

Amon-Ra St. Brown, Elijah Mitchell, and Trey Smith were among last year's most notable Day 3 selections. Stars such as Dak Prescott, Geno Atkins, Richard Sherman, Jason Kelce, David Bakhtiari, and some guy named Tom Brady have all gone in Round 4 or later.

Once the first round commences on Thursday, Rounds 2 and 3 will take place Friday before the final four rounds occur on Saturday. The brightest future stars may go early, but some of the closing picks could soon transform into household names.