The 10 Best NFL Draft Picks of the Last Decade

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The 10 Best NFL Draft Picks of the Last Decade
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The 2009 draft is over. At least some fans in all 32 NFL cities are convinced that their teams have drafted the players they'll need to win the Super Bowl. In some cases, they may well be right.

In other cases, not so much.

Based on history, there are few things we can guess about this year's draft. If history holds, Matthew Stafford has about a 50 percent chance of being a boom...or a bust.

Most of the high-impact players will come out of the first round, although several of those picks will fail miserably. Most players selected after the fourth round will make little contribution in this league. However, a very small handful of players selected in the later rounds will surprise.

One thing that is not up for debate is that the draft is vitally important. The decisions made in April have a huge impact on what happens in January.

This article attempts to rank the top 10 draft picks from the last decade, starting with the 2000 draft. It is too early to tell on the impact from the last two years, so most of these picks took place between 2000-2007.

High impacted undrafted free agents, like Wes Welker and James Harrison, were not considered for this list.

The list reflects both the value of where the player was picked and the impact they have had on the team's success. These players' teams have all been very successful, thanks in large part to their contributions.

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