LB Craig Robertson (2011)
The 33-year-old linebacker may have finally played his last down but Craig Robertson certainly defied expectations. He played four seasons with the Browns and was a starter for most of three seasons. During his time with the Browns, he had 80+ tackles three times in his career, and was even one of the more consistent players in 2014, when the Browns went 7-9.
That was his best season as a tackler, racking up 99 that year. He finished second on the team in tackles that year, just seven behind Donte Whitner.
He’d spend the next two years bringing the same kind of havoc to the New Orleans Saints, starting in the middle of their defense. He would end up dealing with injuries in both Cleveland and New Orleans. It was part of the reason the Browns passed on giving him a new deal after his rookie contract expired, and was a major reason why the Saints moved him to a rotational guy and special teams player.
Beyond just sticking people, Robertson was a pretty solid pass-defender as well. During his time in Cleveland, he racked up six interceptions in four years, and had at least one every year he played in Cleveland.
If he never plays another down, he far exceeded his expectations as a professional football player.