NFL Draft: Top 10 Team Drafts Since 2000

Mike SquizzatoContributor IJanuary 24, 2012

NFL Draft: Top 10 Team Drafts Since 2000

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    With the 2011 NFL season almost at its conclusion, it's time for pundits, fans, coaches, GMs and everyone else under the sun to start analyzing the upcoming draft. This year's draft will begin on Thursday, April 26 in a three-day TV bonanza at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

    Names like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Justin Blackmon and Matt Kalil are all near or atop projected draft boards, but no one really knows how these players will really stack up in the NFL. We're about to get endless hours of analysis about why this player is going to be a stud pro, while another likely won't succeed at the next level. This caused me to look back at the last 12 years of drafts, team-by-team, to see who had the best draft classes.

    All the following draft information was found in the draft history on www.nfl.com. The criteria I used to rank the draft years was the following:

    1. Number of quality players (obviously, the more the merrier)

    2. Effectiveness of picks (sure, a team could have gotten three good players from a draft, but if they had 15 picks, that isn't that effective/efficient)

    3. Loyalty (the more players that are still on their originally drafted team, the better)

    4. Longevity (the longer the players are active, the better)

    Now, it still may be a little early to use any of the 2011 drafts, so you won't be seeing any of those draft years on this list; however, the Houston Texans would get an honorable mention with their picks of Reed, Watt and Yates from this year.

    I have included a few honorable mentions before I get into my Top 10 list, so let's see who's on the clock...

Honorable Mention: San Diego Chargers 2001

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    RD SEL No.
    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 5 LaDainian Tomlinson RB Texas Christian
    2 32 Drew Brees QB Purdue
    3 67 Tay Cody CB Florida State
    4 112 Carlos Polk LB Nebraska
    5 132 Elliot Silvers T Washington
    5 139 Zeke Moreno LB USC
    7 201 Brandon Gorin T Purdue
    7 244 Robert Carswell DB Clemson

    I realize I am already breaking one of my rules, but I couldn't overlook the top two picks from this draft. LT is a lock for Canton once he retires, and if Drew Brees keeps his pace up for a few more years, he will no doubt have a bust alongside of him.

    I know Philip Rivers is a great QB, but could you just imagine if San Diego kept Brees?

Honorable Mention: Baltimore Ravens 2003

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    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 10 Terrell Suggs OLB Arizona State
    1 19 Kyle Boller QB California
    3 77 Musa Smith RB Georgia
    4 109 Jarret Johnson DE Alabama
    4 134 Ovie Mughelli FB Wake Forest
    5 146 Aubrayo Franklin DT Tennessee
    5 173 Tony Pashos T Illinois
    6 182 Gerome Sapp DB Notre Dame
    7 223 Trent Smith TE Oklahoma
    7 250 Mike Mabry C Central Florida
    7 258 Antwoine Sanders -- Utah

    The Baltimore Ravens have drafted some huge impact players on defense over the last 15 years, and this draft was no different. They picked up T-Sizzle and Jarret Johnson in the first and fourth rounds, and they are still wreaking havoc today.

    They whiffed on picking up their QB of the future with Kyle Boller, but produced two Pro Bowl-caliber players in Ovie Mughelli and Aubrayo Franklin. This is probably only an honorable mention because the two aforementioned players are now playing elsewhere (Atlanta and New Orleans, respectively), as well as them having 11 picks.

Honorable Mention: Detroit Lions 2001

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    2001: Detroit Lions
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    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 18 Jeff Backus T Michigan
    2 50 Dominic Raiola C Nebraska
    2 61 Shaun Rogers NT Texas
    5 148 Scotty Anderson WR Grambling State
    5 149 Mike McMahon QB Rutgers
    6 173 Jason Glenn LB Texas A&M

    Before Matt Millen ruined this franchise with his horrible draft picks, the Lions had some nice picks early in the new millennium. Backus and Raiola are both Pro Bowl linemen and are still starting on Detroit's O-Line 10 years later. Shaun Rogers has also been a beast wherever he has played at the DT position. This was also a very efficient draft, as they picked three excellent players with only six picks.

    The reason this is only an honorable mention is because of the decade of losing this team has had to endure. This wasn't the fault of these three players, but they were along for the ride.

Honorable Mention: Cincinnati Bengals 2001

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    2001: Cincinnati Bengals
    RD SEL No.
    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 4 Justin Smith DE Missouri
    2 36 Chad Johnson WR Oregon State
    3 66 Sean Brewer TE San Jose State
    4 100 Rudi Johnson RB Auburn
    5 135 Victor Leyva G Arizona State
    6 168 Riall Johnson LB Stanford
    7 204 T.J. Houshmandzadeh WR Oregon State

    The majority of the Bengals offense from 2001-2008 came from Chad Johnson (Ochocinco), TJ Houshmanzadeh and Rudi Johnson, with some excellent years for each of them respectively. They were just never able to sustain success for the team over those eight seasons.

    Justin Smith is still an animal on the D-Line at age 32; however, he is now sacking quarterbacks in San Francisco, which hurt this draft year a little.

Honorable Mention: San Diego Chargers 2004

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    2004: San Diego Chargers
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    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 1 Eli Manning QB Mississippi
    2 35 Igor Olshansky DE Oregon
    3 65 Nate Kaeding K Iowa
    3 66 Nick Hardwick C Purdue
    4 98 Shaun Phillips LB Purdue
    5 133 Dave Ball DE UCLA
    5 154 Michael Turner RB Northern Illinois
    6 169 Ryan Krause TE Nebraska-Omaha
    7 204 Ryon Bingham DT Nebraska
    7 209 Shane Olivea T Ohio State
    7 254 Carlos Joseph -- Miami (Fla.)

    You remember this draft. Archie Manning proclaimed Eli did not want to play for San Diego, so the Chargers and Giants swapped picks (Rivers for Manning), and the rest is history.

    This draft also produced Pro-Bowl running back Michael Turner; however, most of his success has come as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.

    The Chargers have kept quality players like Nick Hardwick, Shaun Phillips and Nate Kaeding (yes, quality even though he's only a kicker).

    That does it for honorable mentions; we will now proceed to the top 10 Drafts since 2000.

10. New Orleans Saints: 2006

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    2006: New Orleans Saints
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    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 2 Reggie Bush RB USC
    2 43 Roman Harper SS Alabama
    4 108 Jahri Evans G Bloomsburg
    5 135 Rob Ninkovich DE Purdue
    6 171 Mike Hass WR Oregon State
    6 174 Josh Lay CB Pittsburgh
    7 210 Zach Strief T Northwestern
    7 252 Marques Colston WR Hofstra

    Houston was ridiculed for not taking Reggie Bush No. 1 overall in 2006, instead picking Mario Williams, so Bush fell into the laps of the New Orleans Saints. Sure, he never lived up to No. 2 overall pick standards, but he was still a great piece in New Orleans' system for the five years he played there, helping them win the Super Bowl in 2010. He is now finding success with the Miami Dolphins, rushing for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career in 2011.

    Roman Harper was taken in the second round and is a quality safety who is still playing with the team. Jahri Evans is arguably one of the best guards in the league, with him and Carl Nicks making the best guard tandem in the league.

    Rob Ninkovich is a good linebacker; however, he is finding success currently on the New England Patriots.

    Last but not least, they found their No. 1 receiver in the seventh round of the draft. Marques Colston has flourished with Drew Brees, catching 450 passes in his six years in New Orleans, only finishing under 1,000 yards receiving once. Not bad for someone taken 252nd overall.

9. Kansas City Chiefs: 2008

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    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 5 Glenn Dorsey DT Louisiana State
    1 15 Branden Albert T Virginia
    2 35 Brandon Flowers CB Virginia Tech
    3 73 Jamaal Charles RB Texas
    3 76 Brad Cottam TE Tennessee
    3 82 DaJuan Morgan SAF North Carolina State
    4 105 Will Franklin WR Missouri
    5 140 Brandon Carr CB Grand Valley State
    6 170 Barry Richardson T Clemson
    6 182 Kevin Robinson WR Utah State
    7 210 Brian Johnston DE Gardner-Webb
    7 239 Mike Merritt TE Central Florida

    This was a fairly successful draft for the Chiefs. They were able to draft their two cornerbacks of the future (Carr and the grossly underrated Flowers) and their two tackles of the future (Richardson and Albert), as well as an All-Pro running in Jamaal Charles.

    Some say Glenn Dorsey is a bust; however he played a little better this year and is still only 26 years old. The reason this is only No. 9 is because they had 12 picks in the draft, and many of the players didn't come at the "sexy" positions.

8. New England Patriots: 2010

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    1 27 Devin McCourty CB Rutgers
    2 42 Rob Gronkowski TE Arizona
    2 53 Jermaine Cunningham OLB Florida
    2 62 Brandon Spikes ILB Florida
    3 90 Taylor Price WR Ohio U.
    4 113 Aaron Hernandez TE Florida
    5 150 Zoltan Mesko P Michigan
    6 205 Ted Larsen G North Carolina State
    7 208 Thomas Welch OT Vanderbilt
    7 247 Brandon Deaderick DE Alabama
    7 248 Kade Weston DT Georgia
    7 250 Zac Robinson QB Oklahoma State

    New England is notorious for racking up draft picks and finding gems late (see: Tom Brady), and 2010 was no different. With a whopping 12 draft picks last year, the Patriots hit on many of those selections.

    The two biggest picks were no doubt the ridiculous TE duo of Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski. Gronk set the single-season touchdown record for a tight end this year, while Hernandez "only" had 79 receptions and seven touchdowns. These two will be wreaking havoc on secondaries for years to come.

    Their first-round pick, Devin McCourty, has been the one constant with their defensive backs this season that has featured wide receivers and practice squad players all year.

    Young defenders Brandon Spikes and Brandon Deaderick haven't quite blossomed yet, but are showing flashes of excellence in this year's playoffs, which gives the Patriots even more confidence they can be relied upon for years to come.

    Oh yes, and they picked up their punter, who averaged 41.5 net yards per kick this season. That isn't too incredible, but he has one heck of a name!

    If I made this list in two years from now, this could even rank higher, but for now, the players haven't shown enough... yet.

7. Kansas City Chiefs: 2010

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    1 5 Eric Berry SS Tennessee
    2 36 Dexter McCluster WR Mississippi
    2 50 Javier Arenas DB Alabama
    3 68 Jon Asamoah G Illinois
    3 93 Tony Moeaki TE Iowa
    4 142 Cameron Sheffield LB Troy
    5 136 Kendrick Lewis FS Mississippi

    This is the Chiefs' second entry onto this list, which gives them a lot of hope for the future with so much young talent. When Scott Pioli isn't wire-tapping his employees, he's busy picking some excellent players for Kansas City.

    This draft year was hurt a little bit when Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki were both lost for the 2011 season, diminishing the quality for this list. However, they showed their promise in their rookie years (Berry had four interceptions and 77 tackles; Moeaki had 47 catches with an 11.8 yard average).

    Dexter McCluster stepped up huge this season when Jamaal Charles was lost to a torn ACL early in the year. He had a 4.5 yard rushing average while racking up 46 catches. He will be an excellent back-up next season for the Chiefs.

    Javier Arenas and Kendrick Lewis didn't have a huge impact on defense (Arenas had 26 tackles; Lewis had 48), but they did combine for five total interceptions. Arenas also played a huge role on special teams and should be their punt returner for years to come. Jon Asamoah started all 16 games at guard and should pair up well with their two young tackles for future seasons as well.

    Pioli was able to get these six players with only seven picks, which is a pretty ridiculous success percentage for any draft.

    The impact of this draft hasn't fully been felt yet because of injuries, so look for these players to break out in 2012 if they can stay healthy.

6. Arizona Cardinals: 2004

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    2004: Arizona Cardinals
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    PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
    1 3 Larry Fitzgerald WR Pittsburgh
    2 33 Karlos Dansby OLB Auburn
    3 64 Darnell Dockett DT Florida State
    4 100 Alex Stepanovich C Ohio State
    5 135 Antonio Smith DE Oklahoma State
    6 167 Nick Leckey C Kansas State
    7 202 John Navarre QB Michigan

    Arizona has had a tough time being able to keep their talent in the desert, but two of the best players at their respective positions have been there for numerous years now.

    Larry Fitzgerald doesn't even need an introduction here, but he will get one anyway. All he's done is average about 90 catches and nine touchdowns per year in his eight seasons in the NFL, all with Arizona. He has helped them get to the Super Bowl, been voted to numerous Pro Bowls and is always a consummate professional. He recently signed a long-term deal to stay in Arizona, so it looks like he will finish his career where he got drafted.

    Their third round pick of Darnell Dockett is also still donning the red and white. He has been a force on Arizona's defensive line since 2004, being one of the only bright spots over that time. He finished the season with 51 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. Him and Calais Campbell are one of the best defensive line pairings in the NFL.

    Their draft stock on this list takes a bit of a hit because two of the great players aren't playing in Arizona anymore. Karlos Dansby is one of the best linebackers in the NFL; however, he has spent the last two seasons in Miami (his last season with Arizona was in 2009, when he had a combined 109 tackles).

    Antonio Smith is also finding success elsewhere with the Houston Texans after spending his first five seasons with the Cardinals. His final season in Arizona produced 41 total tackles with 3.5 sacks.

    If Dansby and Smith were still with the Cardinals, this draft class could be a little higher on the list.

5. San Diego Chargers: 2005

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    1 12 Shawne Merriman OLB Maryland
    1 28 Luis Castillo DE Northwestern
    2 61 Vincent Jackson WR Northern Colorado
    4 130 Darren Sproles RB Kansas State
    5 164 Wesley Britt T Alabama
    6 177 Wes Sims G Oklahoma
    7 242 Scott Mruczkowski C Bowling Green State

    The first four picks of this draft can go head-to-head with any team's first four picks in the last 15 years. Shawne Merriman looked like the next coming of Lawrence Taylor in his first three years with the Chargers (he had 17 sacks in 2006 in only 12 games); however, injuries have slowed down his career, and he is now playing with the Buffalo Bills.

    You can also add Darren Sproles to the list of former Chargers that fans wish the team had kept. He was Philip Rivers' outlet in so many situations, and his size and speed is so elusive for defenders to mark. His best season was his final one in San Diego in 2010. He had a 5.3 yard rushing average with 59 receptions. Many blame the loss of Sproles to be the reason why San Diego's offense took a step back for much of the 2011 season.

    Luis Castillo broke his leg and missed the majority of 2011, but is a rock on their defensive line. His best season came in 2006, when he had 37 combined tackles to go along with seven sacks. They are certainly looking forward to getting him back in 2012 to shore up the shaky defense they had in 2011.

    Their second-round pick, Vincent Jackson, may have some off-the-field issues, but there is certainly no denying his talent when he is on the field. He is Philip Rivers' favorite deep threat and has finished with over 1,000 receiving yards in three of the last four years. The team is reluctant to give him a long-term contract, and he is a free agent this offseason, so we are going to have to wait and see if he will be donning those lovely powder blue jerseys in 2012.

    If Merriman didn't flame out after three years, and Sproles wasn't allowed to go to New Orleans, this could certainly be higher on the list as one of the better drafts in the last twelve seasons. The fact that AJ Smith was able to find this talent with only seven selections in the draft only strengthens its spot in this list.

4. Denver Broncos: 2006

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    2006: Denver Broncos
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    1 11 Jay Cutler QB Vanderbilt
    2 61 Tony Scheffler TE Western Michigan
    4 119 Brandon Marshall WR Central Florida
    4 126 Elvis Dumervil DE Louisville
    4 130 Domenik Hixon WR Akron
    5 161 Chris Kuper G North Dakota
    6 198 Greg Eslinger C Minnesota

    I am going against one of my criteria again for this selection, but the amount of talent that was picked up in this draft makes up for it in spades.

    Jay Cutler is one of the Top 10 quarterbacks in the league (Bears fans will agree to that). Even though he was only a Bronco for three years, he racked up huge numbers in his final season in Denver. In 2008, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 4,526 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was then shipped to Chicago, where he has found success with the Bears.

    Their second-round pick, Tony Scheffler, also doesn't play for the Broncos anymore, but he had his most productive season in 2011 with the Lions. He averaged 13.3 yards per catch with six touchdowns. He averaged about 35 catches and three touchdowns in the four years he played for Denver.

    Brandon Marshall is one of the top 10 receivers in the league and has averaged over 1,000 yards receiving over the last five seasons (three with Denver). His off-field issues were a little much for Denver, so they shipped him to Miami two seasons ago. Regardless, his two most productive seasons in terms of receiving yards and touchdowns were both with Denver.

    Chris Kuper is an excellent guard on that solid offensive line for Denver. It's unfortunate his season was cut short this year with that gruesome ankle injury, but he should be ready for next year to continue opening holes for McGahee and Tebow.

    Finally, there is Elvis Dumervil. In 2009, he was showing his greatness as he finished the season with 17 sacks for the Broncos. Unfortunately, he missed all of 2010 with an injury, but came back strong in 2011 to help lead Denver to the playoffs. He has been voted to numerous Pro Bowls, while he and Von Miller make up one of the best defensive end/outside linebacker duos in the NFL.

    This could easily be the best draft class since 2000, especially since these five players were found with only seven picks; however, the Broncos lose some points because Cutler, Scheffler and Marshall are all playing elsewhere right now.

3. Philadelphia Eagles: 2002

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    2002: Philadelphia Eagles
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    1 26 Lito Sheppard CB Florida
    2 58 Michael M. Lewis SS Colorado
    2 59 Sheldon Brown CB South Carolina
    3 91 Brian Westbrook RB Villanova
    4 124 Scott Peters C Arizona State
    5 162 Freddie Milons WR Alabama
    6 198 Tyreo Harrison LB Notre Dame
    7 238 Raheem Brock DE Temple

    The success of the Philadelphia Eagles in the mid-2000s was largely due to the defense of Jim Johnson. His crazy schemes and game plans were able to shut down and confuse many great offenses. The three top players in this draft also played a large part in all that success. Lito Sheppard, Michael Lewis and Sheldon Brown were put together with Brian Dawkins for one of the best secondaries in the 2000s.

    The year the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, all three of these players were young, but all had a huge impact on the team's success. Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown were able to play man coverage on the outside to give Jim Johnson even more room to come up with his blitzes. They combined for seven interceptions that season while combining to start for 15 of the 16 games that season (Sheppard missed one game).

    Michael Lewis and Brian Dawkins combined for one of the hardest hitting safety duos in recent memory, with Lewis racking up 88 combined tackles that season.

    And it wasn't just the one year they were successful; they were all a part of the run the Eagles had from 2002-2006. Unfortunately, they were never able to get over the hump to win a Super Bowl.

    I haven't even mentioned Brian Westbrook yet, and if you look at his entire career as an Eagle, he should be considered a steal in the third round. In that Super Bowl season, he had a 4.6 yard rushing average to go along with 73 receptions. His greatest season as an Eagle came in 2007, when he had 1,333 rushing yards and 90 receptions with 12 total touchdowns.

    None of these players finished their careers with the Eagles; however, they didn't come close to finding the success they did playing in the city of Brotherly Love. They played a large role in the success they had from 2002-2006, which makes this draft one of the best since 2000.

2. Houston Texans: 2006

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    1 1 Mario Williams DE North Carolina State
    2 33 DeMeco Ryans MLB Alabama
    3 65 Charles Spencer T Pittsburgh
    3 66 Eric Winston T Miami (Fla.)
    4 98 Owen Daniels TE Wisconsin
    6 170 Wali Lundy RB Virginia
    7 251 David Anderson WR Colorado State

    As mentioned earlier in this slideshow, the Texans did not go with the popular choice of selecting Reggie Bush with the first-overall pick in 2006. They instead went defensive and selected Mario Williams from North Carolina State. What a great choice that has turned out to be.

    All he's done in the six seasons with Houston is be selected to two Pro Bowls, been voted an All-Pro twice and recorded the Texans' single-season sack record with 14 in 2007. His 2011 season was cut short due to injury, but he will be back next year to flourish under Wade Phillips (he had five sacks in five games before getting injured in 2011). He has collected 53 sacks since his rookie season, and that number will continue to rise for years to come.

    DeMeco Ryans was an absolute stud in his first four seasons with Houston. From 2006-2009, he finished with no less than 112 tackles in a season while being a force as their middle linebacker. His stats have tailed off a bit in the last two seasons because of injury and system change, but that still hasn't diminished his skill level. He is one of the leaders on that defense that helped get Houston to the playoffs for the first time ever.

    He was a little underrated this season because of the emergence of rookies Brooks Reed and JJ Watt, along with former defensive MVP Brian Cushing being on the same linebacker corps, but make no mistake, he is the vocal leader of that defense.

    Eric Winston is the big tackle on an underrated Houston offensive line and regarded by many to be the best of the five. They were able to create holes for Arian Foster and Ben Tate to rush through for over 2,000 yards combined this season. He has started in every game for the last five years and looks to continue his streak for years to come.

    And with the 98th overall selection, the Texans selected Owen Daniels. He has been their No. 1 tight end for the last number of years. He was selected to the All-Rookie team in 2006 and to the Pro Bowl in 2008. He's had some trouble with injuries the last few years, but when he is in the game, he is always a force.

    His best year with the Texans came in 2008, when he had 70 receptions for 862 yards. Like the other three picks mentioned in this slide, he has spent his entire career with the Texans.

    This draft class was great. Four of their top five picks turned out to be studs at their respective positions and helped Houston finally reach the playoffs this season. If everyone can stay healthy, who knows how far Houston can go in 2012.

1. Dallas Cowboys: 2005

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    1 11 DeMarcus Ware OLB Troy State
    1 20 Marcus Spears DE Louisiana State
    2 42 Kevin Burnett LB Tennessee
    4 109 Marion Barber RB Minnesota
    4 132 Chris Canty DE Virginia
    6 208 Justin Beriault DB Ball State
    6 209 Rob Petitti T Pittsburgh
    7 224 Jay Ratliff DE Auburn

    Wow. That's really all you can say for the amount of talent that Dallas drafted in 2005.

    DeMarcus Ware is arguably the the best OLB in the game today and could end up being the greatest ever if he keeps up his pace. In seven seasons, he has been selected to the Pro Bowl six times, been named first team All-Pro four times, been the NFC sack champion twice, won the NFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, won the Dick Butkus Award in 2008 and was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He has racked up 99.5 sacks in those seven seasons and is still only 29 years old. At this pace, he will easily be first ballot for Canton.

    Their second first-round pick of that draft was Marcus Spears. He hasn't had the same kind of notoriety as some of the other picks from this draft, but is certainly a capable defensive lineman for the Cowboys. His best season came in 2006, when he had 45 tackles and started all 16 games for Dallas.

    Kevin Burnett does not play for the Cowboys anymore, but he was their linebacker from 2005-2008. He has come into his own as of late for the Miami Dolphins, as he finished this past season with 108 tackles and is showing why he was deserving of a second-round selection. Like Ware, he is only 29, and good play is looking like it will continue with Burnett in the coming years.

    Marion Barber may be remembered for fumbling away a game in overtime versus the Broncos this season, but Cowboy fans may remember him as a touchdown machine when he was in Dallas. He recorded 47 rushing touchdowns in the six seasons with Dallas. He became expendable this past offseason and wound up playing in Chicago for 2011.

    Another great defensive lineman no longer with the team is Chris Canty. He is now experiencing success on that great defensive line with the rival New York Giants. Canty played four seasons in Dallas, providing stability to the defensive tackle position. He is now blossoming now in New York, but will forever be linked to Dallas from 2005.

    Jay Ratliff in the seventh round? That's incredible value for a man who has been voted to every Pro Bowl since 2008. He was also an All-Pro selection in 2009 and is just a beast at the defensive tackle position. He and DeMarcus Ware were Dallas' only two Pro Bowl selections this year, and with good reason. When offenses create game plans, they must account for these two studs every down.

    An incredible six of the eight picks are still playing big roles on the teams they are on today. Granted, only three of these picks still play for the Cowboys, yet due to the amount of talent that was selected by Dallas in 2005, there was no doubt this was the deepest draft class by any team since 2000.

    So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? I'm interested to see if there are any years I missed according to you.