The 5 best NFL Draft Picks from Texas Tech

The Texas Tech football program has produced some great NFL players but these five Red Raiders were the most valuable NFL Draft picks.

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No. 2: Marcus Coleman

New York Jets

Defensive Back

1996 5th Round

A native of Lake Highlands, Texas, Marcus Coleman is one of the best defensive backs in Texas Tech football history. He also had a great NFL career.

As a Red Raider from 1992-95, Coleman racked up 246 tackles and 9 interceptions. He also scored four defensive touchdowns.

Then, in the 1996 NFL Draft, Coleman went to the New York Jets in the fifth round. However, life wasn't instantly smooth for Coleman while playing under legendary head coach Bill Parcels. In fact, Parcels moved Coleman from safety to corner.

It wasn't until 1999 that Coleman became a starter for the Jets. That year, he made 64 tackles and led the team with six picks. He also was credited with 24 pass defenses.

In 2002, the Houston Texans selected Coleman in the expansion draft. He would reward that choice with seven interceptions in 2003, a career-high.

In all, the Red Raider great would wind up with 25 career picks and 502 tackles. He would play eleven seasons including a three-game stint with the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 before retiring. That's one heck of a career for a fifth-round pick.