Ranking Every NFL 1st-Round Pick over Last 10 Years
The pressure on a first-round draft pick is enormous. He's carrying the weight of the entire franchise on his shoulders. He's expected to become the team's savior and fix the biggest positional weakness on the team. Oh, and he's expected to produce immediately. Turn into a backup and he's considered a bust. Turn into an average starter and he's a disappointment.
The last decade has produced some of the biggest draft busts you'll ever find: JaMarcus Russell. Rashaun Woods. Vernon Gholston. Brady Quinn. Matt Leinart. Rolando McClain. Derrick Harvey.
The following slides will rank every player drafted in the last 10 years. That's 319 players (32 picks each year, but only 31 picks in 2008 because of Spygate). As a 2012 pick, you're graded for your first two seasons. If you're a 2005 pick, you're graded for nine seasons, even if you're no longer in the NFL. So a young stud like Andrew Luck is judged just on his two seasons, which have been tremendous. That's why he's rated higher than a player like Jake Long, who has played very well but not at as high of a level or for as important of a position as Luck.
The first slide will rank all the No. 1 overall draft picks. The next slide will rank all the No. 2 overall picks. This will continue through the No. 32 overall pick.
First Round, First Pick
1. Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Indianapolis Colts, 2012
Andrew Luck is on the verge of establishing himself as one of the elite quarterbacks in the game. He's led the Colts to 22 wins in two seasons despite a subpar supporting cast. He has no glaring weaknesses. He'll be an MVP candidate every year for the next decade. He has the potential to be one of the best to ever play the position.
2. Eli Manning, Quarterback, San Diego Chargers, 2004
Extremely frustrating and inconsistent at times, Eli Manning has never led the league in any passing category except for interceptions...three times. He's mediocre when it comes to passing numbers, and he's never come close to an All-Pro season. But the Giants signal-caller has a knack for game-winning drives, twice leading the Giants past the Patriots in the final minute of the Super Bowl.
3. Cam Newton, Quarterback, Carolina Panthers, 2011
Cam Newton earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors as a rookie, regressed slightly in his second season and quietly entered the MVP race with a terrific third year in the NFL. Examine his numbers and you’ll see he’s been remarkably consistent as both a passer and a runner. He’s never missed a game, and he set career highs in almost every statistical category in 2013. He might be the best dual-threat playmaker the game has seen since Steve Young.
4. Jake Long, Offensive Tackle, Miami Dolphins, 2008
The first four years of Jake Long’s career were as dominant as any tackle in the National Football League. He earned a Pro Bowl selection each year, rating as Pro Football Focus’ (subscription required) second-best tackle in the league in both 2009 and 2010. He tore his biceps late in the 2012 season and signed with the St. Louis Rams in free agency, where he revived his career with another stellar campaign.
5. Mario Williams, Defensive End, Houston Texans, 2006
Mario Williams entered the NFL with massive expectations after the Houston Texans chose him over Heisman winner Reggie Bush and homegrown dual-threat quarterback Vince Young. All Super Mario has done in eight seasons is collect 76.5 sacks and force 14 fumbles. He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl three times, and he’s successfully revived his career with the Buffalo Bills after signing the most lucrative contract in NFL history for a defensive player.
6. Matthew Stafford, Quarterback, Detroit Lions, 2009
Injuries plagued Matthew Stafford during his first two seasons, but he enjoyed a breakout season in 2011 when he threw for more than 5000 yards and 40 touchdown passes. A disappointing 2012 campaign saw him set the single-season records for pass attempts (727).
He rebounded in 2013 to throw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns. He’s never won a playoff game or made a Pro Bowl, but he’s only 25 and should have 10 more years ahead of him.
7. Alex Smith, Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers, 2005
One touchdown and 11 interceptions as a rookie. A training camp competition for the starting job in 2007 and 2009. A shoulder injury that cost him multiple games in 2007. Another shoulder injury that caused him to miss the entire 2008 season. Benched twice in 2010. Six different offensive coordinators in his first six seasons. That’s what Alex Smith went through in his first six seasons, which makes his career revival over the past three years that much more remarkable.
Head coaches Jim Harbaugh and Andy Reid deserve major credit, as Smith has posted a 30-9-1 record as a starting quarterback since 2011. Call him a game manager if you want, but give him credit for his tremendous propensity to avoid turnovers. He’s also thrown for nine touchdowns without an interception in three playoff games.
8. Sam Bradford, Quarterback, St. Louis Rams, 2010
Injuries, mediocrity, a weak supporting cast and constant coaching changes have limited Sam Bradford to being no more than an adequate starter at this point in his career. He had the Rams within one game of the postseason as a rookie in 2010, when he earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. But he’s won just 11 games as a starter over the last three seasons. The 2014 season likely will be his final chance to prove himself as a legitimate starter in the NFL.
9. Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs, 2013
It's no secret that Fisher really struggled as a rookie. He allowed seven sacks and 35 quarterback hurries, rating as the 70th-best offensive tackle in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. Oh, and he missed three games with shoulder injuries. He did show considerable improvement over the second half of the year. His future is still bright.
10. JaMarcus Russell, Quarterback, Oakland Raiders, 2007
Arguably the biggest draft bust in NFL history, Russell played three seasons before he was released by the Raiders. In his final season, he posted a 50.0 passer rating and threw three touchdowns in 246 passes.
First Round, Second Pick
1. Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions, 2007
From a physical standpoint, Calvin Johnson is unquestionably the most gifted wide receiver to ever play the game. His incredible combination of size, speed, strength and leaping ability has produced dozens of highlight-reel catches, many of them in double or even triple coverage.
From a numbers standpoint, Johnson has the chance to challenge all of Jerry Rice’s career receiving records. In 2012, he broke Rice’s single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards. He recorded 329 yards in a game against the Dallas Cowboys in 2013 and has averaged 101 catches, 1,712 yards and 11 touchdowns per year since 2011. He will be worth every penny of the eight-year, $132 million contract he signed before the 2012 season.
2. Von Miller, Linebacker, Denver Broncos, 2011
Von Miller has been flying under the radar ever since he joined the NFL. In 2011, Tim Tebow stole headlines from Miller, who collected 11.5 sacks and earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. In 2012, JJ Watt stole headlines from Miller, who collected 18.5 sacks and forced six fumbles, finishing second in voting for Defensive Player of the Year. In 2013, Peyton Manning stole headlines from Miller, who performed at his usual dominant level for nine games, sandwiched between a PED suspension and an ACL tear.
The game’s best 4-3 outside linebacker for each of the past three seasons, via Pro Football Focus, Miller is as dominant against the run as he is a pass-rusher. If he can stay out of trouble and return from his injury completely healthy, he has a chance to be one of the best ever.
3. Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Detroit Lions, 2010
Ndamukong Suh took the NFL by storm during a tremendous rookie season in which he collected 10 sacks and earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. The best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the NFL, he earned three All-Pro selections during his four years in the league. A Sporting News poll named Suh the dirtiest player in the NFL, as he’s been suspended once (for two games) and earned more than $200,000 in fines.
4. Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Washington Redskins, 2012
RGIII turned in one of the most memorable seasons by a rookie quarterback in NFL history, becoming the first player to lead the league in yards per attempt as both a passer and a runner. He took the Redskins into the postseason but suffered a torn ACL in the Wild Card Game.
RGIII, who had also suffered a concussion and LCL sprain earlier in the season, struggled through the entire 2013 season. He was benched for the final three games due to a feud with head coach Mike Shanahan.
5. Chris Long, Defensive End, St. Louis Rams, 2008
When his career is finished, Chris Long might be a better defensive end than his father, Hall of Famer Howie Long. During his six seasons with the St. Louis Rams, Chris Long has collected 50.5 sacks, including two seasons in the double digits. Over the past four seasons, he’s ranked fourth, first, first and second in quarterback hurries, per Pro Football Focus.
6. Reggie Bush, Running Back, New Orleans Saints, 2006
One of the most impressive careers in college football history did not translate the way most expected it to in the National Football League. Reggie Bush’s incredible speed has provided a few highlight-reel punt returns (four career touchdowns), but he’s never lived up to expectations as a feature running back.
He averaged just 108 carries per year during five seasons in New Orleans before reviving his career with the Miami Dolphins. He’s now the starter in Detroit, where it appears likely that Bush will end his career without a single Pro Bowl selection.
7. Ronnie Brown, Running Back, Miami Dolphins, 2005
Like in college, Ronnie Brown was much better suited as part of a backfield tandem instead of serving as the feature back. He never carried more than 241 times in a season and topped 1000 yards just once. He earned his lone Pro Bowl selection in 2008, thanks in part to an incredible performance against the New England Patriots in Week 3 (five total touchdowns) that helped trigger the NFL’s popular, yet short-lived, Wildcat formation.
He signed with the Eagles as a free agent before the 2011 season, where he committed this infamous blunder. Over the last two seasons, he’s enjoyed moderate success as a third-down running back for the San Diego Chargers.
8. Robert Gallery, Offensive Tackle, Oakland Raiders, 2004
Considered one of the best draft prospects in years, Robert Gallery struggled for three years at right tackle, allowing a ridiculous 10.5 sacks in 13 games in 2006. He switched to left guard, where he played with considerable success over the next five years.
9. Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2013
It was a very disappointing rookie season for Joeckel, who opened the season at right tackle before switching to the left side of the line when Eugene Monroe was traded. Joeckel graded negatively, per Pro Football Focus, in all five games he played before a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5.
10. Jason Smith, Offensive Tackle, St. Louis Rams, 2009
One of the biggest draft busts in recent history, Jason Smith is the epitome of the St. Louis Rams’ failures. His failure directly led to slowed production for quarterback Sam Bradford, taken first overall in the 2010 draft. Smith played three injury-plagued seasons for the Rams before he was traded to the New York Jets, where he finished out his career as a backup in 2012. Just 27 years old, he’s already out of football.
First Round, Third Pick
1. Larry Fitzgerald, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals, 2004
A model of consistency, Larry Fitzgerald has survived catching passes from guys like Kurt Warner, guys like Carson Palmer and guys like Matt Leinart. He's made the Pro Bowl eight times, including the last seven, and was a first-team All-Pro in 2008. He's led the NFL in touchdown catches twice and topped 1,400 receiving yards on four occasions.
Fitzgerald's 2008 postseason stretch is one for the ages, as he caught 30 passes for 546 yards and seven touchdowns in four games. He came within a Santonio Holmes catch of scoring the winning touchdown in the final minutes of the Super Bowl. Oh, and he did it all while playing with a broken left thumb and torn cartilage in his left hand.
2. Joe Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Cleveland Browns, 2007
Seven seasons. Seven Pro Bowl berths. Four first-team All-Pro selections. 16 games played each season. One of Pro Football Focus's top 10 offensive tackles every year of his career, including No. 1 in 2010. Yeah, that's Joe Thomas's career. He's been a model of consistency, despite blocking for quarterbacks such as Brady Quinn, Colt McCoy and Brandon Weeden.
3. Matt Ryan, Quarterback, Atlanta Falcons, 2008
Matt Ryan has been all the Falcons could have hoped for when they drafted him third overall in 2008. He's led the team to 60 victories in six seasons, earning a pair of Pro Bowl berths. Twice he had the Falcons as the top seed in the NFC, although critics will point to just one career playoff victory.
4. Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2010
Gerald McCoy has quietly emerged as the most dominant defensive tackle in the National Football League. He graded as Pro Football Focus's best defensive tackle, and third-best defensive player, in 2013, recording nine sacks and 56 quarterback hurries. And he graded as the league's second-best defensive tackle in 2012.
5. Marcell Dareus, Defensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills, 2011
Quietly consistent, Marcell Dareus has started all 48 games over his career, collecting 18.5 sacks and 153 tackles. He earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2013, rating as the sixth-best defensive tackle in the NFL by Pro Football Focus.
6. Braylon Edwards, Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns, 2005
A classic Cleveland Browns bust in the last decade, Braylon Edwards provided one dominant season (80 receptions, 1,289 yards, 16 touchdowns in 2007) but flamed out in Cleveland. He bounced around between the New York Jets, the San Francisco 49ers, the Jets again and the Seattle Seahawks over the next few seasons.
7. Trent Richardson, Running Back, Cleveland Browns, 2012
Critics pointed out Trent Richardson's 3.6 yards per carry as a rookie. Optimists pointed out Trent Richardson's 11 touchdowns and ability to play through most of his rookie season with a pair of broken ribs. But there's nothing positive from his second season, as he was traded to the Colts for a first-round pick and averaged a paltry 2.9 yards per carry for the rest of the season. Oh, and he lost a fumble on his first-ever playoff carry.
8. Vince Young, Quarterback, Tennessee Titans, 2006
Expected to be the next Randall Cunningham with his uncanny combination of passing and running, Vince Young's career was a major disappointment. He earned Pro Bowl selections in 2006 and 2009 (because the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest), when he led 11 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter.
But he never won a playoff game. He never threw for more than 12 touchdowns in a season. And he provided the signature moment for the 2011 Philadelphia Eagles, when he used the term "Dream Team" to describe the number of impressive free-agent signings in the offseason.
9. Tyson Jackson, Defensive End, Kansas City Chiefs, 2009
From a rookie season that saw him graded as the second-worst defensive player in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus, to a 2013 season that saw him ranked in the top-third of all 3-4 defensive ends, Tyson Jackson has slowly improved throughout his career. He still needs to do more, much more, to avoid the dreaded bust label.
10. Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins, 2013
Dion Jordan did nothing to impress the Dolphins after they traded up nine spots to acquire him as the third overall pick. He played in just 29 percent of snaps as a rookie, recording two sacks and 19 tackles. Now, the Dolphins are reportedly discussing trading him, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. They've also expressed disappointment in his overall commitment to the game as a rookie per David Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel.
First Round, Fourth Pick
1. A.J. Green, Wide Receiver, Cincinnati Bengals, 2011
Dominant from the day his NFL career began, A.J. Green has helped make life a lot easier for Andy Dalton. He's earned three straight Pro Bowl selections, averaging 87 catches, 1,278 yards and 10 touchdowns per season.
2. Philip Rivers, Quarterback, New York Giants, 2004
Statistically speaking, Philip Rivers has been in Peyton Manning and Tom Brady's class over the last decade. He's led the NFL in yards per attempt three times and posted a triple-digit passer rating four times. His touchdown-to-interception ratio and passer rating are among the best totals in NFL history. A Super Bowl win would be the next step in his career.
3. Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Washington Redskins, 2010
Improving with each year in the league, Trent Williams has a case as the best offensive tackle in the game. He was graded as such in 2013 by both Pro Football Focus and Bleacher Report's Matt Miller. He's earned a Pro Bowl selection in each of the last two seasons.
4. D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Offensive Tackle, New York Jets, 2006
A rock at left tackle, D'Brickashaw Ferguson hasn't missed a start since he was drafted in 2006. He's earned three Pro Bowl selections and has rated among the top 10 tackles in the game four times, per Pro Football Focus.
5. Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings, 2012
Matt Kalil's dominant rookie season would have won Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in many years if not for the dominant performances of quarterbacks Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson. Kalil helped league MVP Adrian Peterson rush for 2097 yards while allowing just three sacks and 20 quarterback hurries as a pass-blocker. He took a step back in his second season.
6. Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Philadelphia Eagles, 2013
The first half of Lane Johnson's rookie season was definitely a disappointment, as the No. 4 pick allowed seven sacks and 29 hurries in eight games. But he played very well during the second half of the season, earning a plus-12.9 rating by Pro Football Focus.
7. Cedric Benson, Running Back, Chicago Bears, 2005
Cedric Benson couldn't beat out veteran Thomas Jones for the starting job in Chicago and couldn't produce when he did play. He was released after the 2007 season following a series of off-the-field incidents. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and provided four years as a starter, thrice rushing for more than 1000 yards. But he never came close to a Pro Bowl selection and can best be described as a plodder.
8. Darren McFadden, Running Back, Oakland Raiders, 2008
The talent and explosiveness are there. Darren McFadden just can't stay healthy. He's missed at least three starts in all six seasons. He's rushed for more than 1000 yards just once. In fact, he's only carried more than 115 times in a season on two separate occasions. He's averaged 3.3 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons and will likely finish his career as a backup.
9. Gaines Adams, Defensive End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007
After two solid yet unspectacular seasons with the Buccaneers, Gaines Adams was traded to the Chicago Bears for a second-round draft pick halfway through the 2009 season. He collected just 10 tackles and no sacks in 10 games in Chicago before he was tragically found dead from cardiac arrest during the offseason.
10. Aaron Curry, Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks, 2009
Widely considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history, Aaron Curry was benched early in his third season and retired from football before the start of the 2013 season. He collected just 244 tackles and 5.5 sacks in four seasons with the Seahawks and Oakland Raiders.
First Round, Fifth Pick
1. Patrick Peterson, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals, 2011
The closest thing to Deion Sanders since Deion Sanders himself, Patrick Peterson just makes plays. He’s recorded 12 interceptions and 43 passes defensed in three seasons. He returned a record-tying four punts for touchdowns as a rookie, including a game-winning return in overtime. He’s been named a Pro Bowler all three seasons, the first as a returner and the last two as a cornerback.
2. Eric Berry, Safety, Kansas City Chiefs, 2010
One of the best young safeties in the NFL, Eric Berry has earned three Pro Bowl selections in four years. He intercepted four passes as a rookie, but a torn ACL cost him almost all of his second season. He struggled in 2012, allowing a 107.2 passer rating, but rebounded in 2013 to rate as Pro Football Focus’s fourth-best safety.
3. Sean Taylor, Safety, Washington Redskins, 2004
Sean Taylor could have been one of the best ever if not for a tragedy that took his life during the 2007 season. The former University of Miami star earned two Pro Bowl selections, the second posthumously. He was voted the hardest-hitting safety in the league before the 2007 season. Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams called Taylor the greatest athlete he's ever coached, per the Associated Press (h/t FoxNews.com).
4. A.J. Hawk, Linebacker, Green Bay Packers, 2006
Eight seasons as a starter. 126 of a possible 128 games played. 18.5 sacks and the most or second-most tackles on the team in six or seven seasons. Those are the positives of A.J. Hawk’s career. But he’s also never earned a Pro Bowl selection.
5. Ezekiel Ansah, Defensive End, Detroit Lions, 2013
Ansah turned in a pretty solid rookie season, collecting eight sacks while playing in about 50 percent of the defensive snaps.
6. Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2012
Justin Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie, despite catching passes from the likes of Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne. But he underwent offseason groin surgery and twice received substance abuse suspensions in 2013.
7. Cadillac Williams, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2005
Cadillac Williams earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 but suffered a torn patellar tendon in 2007 that cost him most of two seasons. He lost his starting job to undrafted free agent LaGarrette Blount in 2010 and finished his career with the lowly St. Louis Rams in 2011.
8. Glenn Dorsey, Defensive Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs, 2008
A solid run-stopper but a brutal pass-rusher, Glenn Dorsey never came close to fulfilling expectations as a top-five pick. He’s played defensive tackle, defensive end and nose tackle, but he’s collected just six sacks and forced just one fumble in six seasons.
9. Levi Brown, Offensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals, 2007
During his five years as a starter with the Arizona Cardinals, Levi Brown consistently graded as one of the worst offensive tackles in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. He was sixth-worst in 2009 and worst in 2010. He missed all of the 2012 season with a torn triceps and was traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2013 season.
10. Mark Sanchez, Quarterback, New York Jets, 2009
Mark Sanchez has become the poster boy for everything that went wrong with the Jets during the 2011 and 2012 season. He didn't play particularly well the previous two years either, despite a couple of impressive postseason performances both years. In four years, he threw 69 interceptions and fumbled 43 times. He missed all of 2013 with an injury and will likely never be an NFL starter again.
First Round, Sixth Pick
1. Julio Jones, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons, 2011
The Atlanta Falcons traded away five picks to move up and draft Julio Jones. He rewarded them with 959 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie before turning in a Pro Bowl campaign in 2012. He suffered a foot injury midway through the 2013 season that ended his season.
2. Vernon Davis, Tight End, San Francisco 49ers, 2006
Vernon Davis has been inconsistent and a head case at times. Just ask Mike Singletary. But he's been a top 10, sometimes top five, tight end throughout his career. His 13 touchdown receptions in 2009 led the NFL. He scored 13 touchdowns again in 2013, earning his second Pro Bowl selection.
3. Andre Smith, Offensive Tackle, Cincinnati Bengals, 2009
After breaking his foot in each of the first two seasons of his career, Andre Smith has emerged over the past few seasons as arguably the most consistent right tackle in the NFL. He graded as Pro Football Focus’s top right tackle in 2012.
4. Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Seattle Seahawks, 2010
Russell Okung’s career has been marred by injuries; he missed six games in 2010 with ankle sprains, four more in 2011 with a torn pectoral and eight in 2013 with a foot injury. He was dominant in 2012, allowing just a single sack and 13 quarterback hurries en route to a Pro Bowl selection.
5. LaRon Landry, Safety, Washington Redskins, 2007
One of the NFL’s hardest-hitting and best-tackling seasons, LaRon Landry earned his first Pro Bowl selection with the New York Jets in 2012. He gave the Redskins five years of stellar play from 2007 to 2011, but nagging Achilles injuries led to his eventual release.
6. Kellen Winslow, Tight End, Cleveland Browns, 2004
If Kellen Winslow had kept his head together and remained healthy, he could have joined his dad as one of the best tight ends in NFL history. He caught more than 66 passes in five seasons, earning a Pro Bowl selection with Cleveland in 2007. But he missed almost all of his rookie season with a broken fibula and suffered a torn ACL in an offseason motorcycle accident that cost him all of the 2005 season.
He clashed with general manager Phil Savage in Cleveland and was traded to Tampa Bay. He’s since played for the Patriots and Jets, but his days as a dominant tight end are long gone.
7. Barkevious Mingo, Linebacker, Cleveland Browns, 2013
The future is still bright for Mingo even though he didn't play as well as most expected during his rookie season. He started five games and added five sacks plus 42 tackles.
8. Adam "Pacman" Jones, Cornerback, Tennessee Titans, 2005
Countless off-the-field incidents, including a suspension for the entire 2007 season and another one for four games in 2008, plagued Pacman Jones’ career. He also suffered serious neck injuries in both 2008 and 2010. A dynamic punt returner with four career touchdowns, he’s been a major disappointment as a cornerback, collecting just eight interceptions since he entered the league. He revived his career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013, though, starting 16 games for the first time in his career.
9. Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys, 2012
Morris Claiborne is looking more and more like he might be a bust. He struggled as a rookie, like many first-year cornerbacks, allowing a 107.8 passer rating. He dislocated his left shoulder in the 2013 season opener, tried to play through the injury and lost his starting job. He’s recorded just two interceptions and 14 passes defensed in his career.
10. Vernon Gholston, Defensive End, New York Jets, 2008
One of the biggest draft busts in the history of the NFL, Gholston collected 16 tackles and zero sacks throughout his three-year career.
First Round, Seventh Pick
1. Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings, 2007
An easy first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the most dominant running backs in NFL history, Adrian Peterson has averaged more than 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns per season. His 2012 season might be the most impressive ever for a back, as he rushed for 2,097 yards, the second-highest single-season total ever, the year after tearing his ACL.
2. Joe Haden, Cornerback, Cleveland Browns, 2010
One of the most underrated cornerbacks in the NFL, Joe Haden finally earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2013. He's recorded 13 career interceptions and 67 passes defensed in four years.
3. Aldon Smith, Outside Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers, 2011
Aldon Smith has proven to be one of the best sack specialists in the NFL, collecting 42 in just three years. His 19.5 sacks in 2012 is one of the best single-season totals in history.
4. Michael Huff, Safety, Oakland Raiders, 2006
A former track star, Michael Huff gave the Oakland Raiders seven years as a starter, the first two at strong safety and the next five at free safety. His best season came in 2010, when he collected three sacks, intercepted four passes and earned a second-team All-Pro bid.
5. Roy Williams, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions, 2004
Roy Williams never lived up to the high standards the Lions had when they drafted the former track star seventh overall. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2006, leading the NFC in receiving yards, but he caught just 94 passes in two-and-a-half seasons with the Dallas Cowboys after a midseason trade in 2008. He retired at age 30 after spending the 2011 season with the Chicago Bears.
6. Mark Barron, Safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2012
Two years into his career, Mark Barron hasn’t matched the expectations as a top-10 draft pick. He had a solid rookie campaign, earning a spot on PFWA’s All-Rookie team. But he failed to improve during the 2013 season. He’s allowed a 103.9 and 114.1 passer rating during his two years in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
7. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders, 2009
The Raiders fell in love with Darrius Beyward-Bey's speed, choosing to pick draft him much higher than most expected. Although he came close to 1,000 yards in 2009, he ultimately disappointed throughout his tenure and was released following the 2012 season. He failed to revive his career with Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and was benched.
8. Sedrick Ellis, Defensive Tackle, New Orleans Saints, 2008
After five mediocre seasons as a defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints, Sedrick Ellis retired from the NFL after signing a one-year deal as a reserve for the Chicago Bears during the 2013 offseason. He showed flashes, notably a 2010 season where his six sacks led the Saints. But in the end, he’ll be remembered as a first-round bust who collected just 12.5 sacks and 175 tackles during his career.
9. Troy Williamson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings, 2005
Troy Williamson was drafted to be the next Randy Moss, whom the Vikings had just traded to the Oakland Raiders. Instead, he became one of the biggest wide receiver busts in history. Take his 2006 season, for example. He caught 37 passes for 455 yards and zero touchdowns while dropping 11 passes, the second-most in the NFL.
He was then traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he caught eight passes in two seasons and earned national attention for challenging former head coach Brad Childress to a fight. During his five-year career, he scored exactly four touchdowns.
10. Jonathan Cooper, Offensive Guard, Arizona Cardinals, 2013
Jonathan Cooper broke his leg in preseason and missed the entire season.
First Round, Eighth Pick
1. Antrel Rolle, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals, 2005
Antrel Rolle has had success at cornerback (three seasons) and safety (six seasons). He’s been a star for the Arizona Cardinals (five seasons, one Pro Bowl) and the New York Giants (four seasons, two Pro Bowls). He returned three interceptions for touchdowns in one game in 2008 (the third was called back because of a penalty) and turned in the best year of his career in 2013, when he intercepted six passes and surrendered just a 43.1 passer rating.
2. DeAngelo Hall, Cornerback, Atlanta Falcons, 2004
All DeAngelo Hall does is make plays. The three-time Pro Bowler is fifth among all active players in interceptions (43), third in return yards (838) and fifth in touchdowns (5). He’s grabbed at least three interceptions in nine straight seasons. He’s not a shutdown corner anymore like he was in Atlanta, but he’s still an above-average corner. In 2013, he set a career-high with three touchdowns, while becoming the all-time leader in fumble return yards (294).
3. Donte Whitner, Safety, Buffalo Bills, 2006
It’s amazing how much a better supporting cast can help a player. Donte Whitner was a solid player in Buffalo, but he’s turned into a two-time Pro Bowler with the San Francisco 49ers. He’s inconsistent in coverage, but he has a well-earned reputation as one of the hardest-hitting players in the NFL. Just ask him.
4. Eugene Monroe, Offensive Tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2009
Consistently one of the top offensive tackles in the NFL, Eugene Monroe should finally start to receive some recognition as one of the league's better blockers after a midseason trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Baltimore Ravens.
5. Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Miami Dolphins, 2012
The jury is still out on Ryan Tannehill's future as a starting quarterback in the NFL. He improved in every statistical category from his rookie to sophomore year, but he still takes way too many sacks and commits too many turnovers. Let's see him with a better offensive line and more weapons on offense.
6. Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, St. Louis Rams, 2013
One breakout game against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10 really helped Tavon Austin’s stat line, but his overall season wasn’t quite what the Rams were hoping for when they traded up to draft him with the eighth pick. He finished the year with 1,247 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns.
7. Jake Locker, Quarterback, Tennessee Titans, 2011
Three seasons into his career, Jake Locker hasn’t really produced any positive impact for the Tennessee Titans. He’s suffered three major injuries and has made just 18 starts. It’s almost impossible for the Titans to know what type of player he’ll be when he hasn’t given them a full season yet.
8. Rolando McClain, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders, 2010
A classic first-round bust for Al Davis's Oakland Raiders, Rolando McClain failed to make any positive impact in three seasons before a series of off-the-field incidents led to his release following the 2012 season. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens but announced his retirement a few weeks later.
9. Derrick Harvey, Defensive End, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2008
In three disastrous seasons in Jacksonville, Derrick Harvey collected eight sacks, zero forced fumbles and 88 tackles. His 33-day holdout before signing his rookie contract was probably his most memorable moment as a Jaguar.
10. Jamaal Anderson, Defensive End, Atlanta Falcons, 2007
Jamaal Anderson was as effective at sacking quarterbacks as Michael Vick is at staying healthy. The Falcons’ first-round pick collected 4.5 sacks in 60 games (47 starts) during four seasons with the club. This includes a rookie season where he started every game and did not record a sack.
First Round, Ninth Pick
1. Luke Kuechly, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers, 2012
Luke Kuechly might be the best defensive player in the NFL. He earned Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2012 and Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. He's on his way to becoming the next Patrick Willis or even Ray Lewis.
2. Tyron Smith, Offensive Tackle, Dallas Cowboys, 2011
One of the better young offensive linemen in the game, Tyron Smith allowed just a single sack in 2013 and earned his first Pro Bowl selection. He rated third among offensive tackles in 2011 and fifth in 2013, per Pro Football Focus.
3. Carlos Rogers, Cornerback, Washington Redskins, 2005
Like teammate Donte Whitner, Carlos Rogers turned into a star when he joined the San Francisco 49ers before the 2011 season. He was named to the Pro Bowl that year after intercepting six passes. He’s recorded 17 interceptions and 110 passes defensed during his nine seasons as a starter, the first six with the Redskins.
4. B.J. Raji, Defensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers, 2009
The first half of B.J. Raji’s career saw the mammoth nose tackle earn a ranking in the 100 Greatest NFL Players (before the 2011 season) and a Pro Bowl selection (after the 2011 season). But he’s failed to collect a single sack over his last two seasons. He’s never forced a fumble throughout his five-year career. At this point, he’s almost a liability as a starter.
5. C.J. Spiller, Running Back, Buffalo Bills, 2010
C.J. Spiller was the second-most productive running back in the NFL in 2012, averaging 6.0 yards per carry while scoring eight touchdowns. But he really hasn't established himself as the go-to guy yet, as he still splits carries with veteran Fred Jackson. His career 5.1-yards-per-carry average is tremendous. Now it's time for him to carry 250 or 300 times in a season.
6. Ted Ginn, Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins, 2007
Ted Ginn was drafted for his versatility and big-play ability as both a receiver and a return man. He's shown his flashes, notably with six combined kick and punt return touchdowns, but he's failed to live up to expectations as a receiver.
7. Ernie Sims, Linebacker, Detroit Lions, 2006
Ernie Sims turned in four solid years as a starter at outside linebacker for the Detroit Lions, but he’s bounced around between the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys over the last four seasons. He’s collected just 5.5 sacks and one interception during his career.
8. Dee Milliner, Cornerback, New York Jets, 2013
Dee Milliner was benched for lackluster play three times as a rookie, but he finished the year by earning Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in December. In all, he intercepted three passes and defensed 15 others.
9. Keith Rivers, Linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals, 2008
Six seasons in the NFL, two as a starter, have made Keith Rivers pretty much an average NFL player. Runner-up in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting in 2008, he's collected 268 tackles during his career.
10. Reggie Williams, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2004
No top-10 pick in the NFL should be out of the NFL by age 25. That’s happened with Reggie Williams, who gave the Jaguars five mediocre seasons but failed to develop into a No. 1 receiving target. He scored 18 touchdowns in his career, 10 in the 2007 season.
First Round, 10th Pick
1. Jerod Mayo, Linebacker, New England Patriots, 2008
Jerod Mayo is the heart and soul of the New England Patriots defense. He’s gone from a near-unanimous selection as Defensive Rookie of the Year to a two-time Pro Bowler and tackling machine.
2. Michael Crabtree, Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers, 2009
Michael Crabtree’s production has increased each season of his career. So has his level of quarterback play, as he’s gone from bad Alex Smith to good Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick. He’s one of the most valuable receivers in the NFL, as evidenced by the 49ers' offensive struggles during most of 2013 as he recovered from a torn Achilles.
3. Dunta Robinson, Cornerback, Houston Texans, 2004
The all-time interceptions leader in Houston Texans history, Dunta Robinson turned his success with the Texans into a $54 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons before the 2010 season. He’s started 123 games for three teams over 10 seasons.
4. Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback, Buffalo Bills, 2012
5. Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard, Tennessee Titans, 2013
Considered one of the best guard prospects in years, Warmack suffered through a disappointing year as a rookie. He allowed seven sacks and 26 hurries, rating as the 50th-best offensive guard in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
6. Tyson Alualu, Defensive Tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2010
Four years into his career, Tyson Alualu hasn’t missed a start. Maybe he should. He’s rated as one of the 10 worst defensive linemen in the NFL for three straight seasons, per Pro Football Focus.
7. Amobi Okoye, Defensive Tackle, Houston Texans, 2007
The first player in NFL history drafted as a teenager, Amobio Okoye’s career started with a bang, as he collected four sacks and earned Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in September. Unfortunately, he didn’t pan out, spending just four seasons in Houston before he was released. He collected just 16 sacks and 177 tackles during his career.
8. Mike Williams, Wide Receiver, Detroit Lions, 2005
The third straight wide receiver taken in the top 10 of the draft by the Detroit Lions, Mike Williams proved to be the third straight disappointment. He caught just 37 passes and scored two touchdowns before the Lions traded him to Oakland.
After two years out of football, Williams temporarily revived his career with the Seahawks in 2010, catching 65 passes for 751 yards and two touchdowns. But he caught just 18 passes the next year, his last in the NFL. He finished his career with exactly five touchdown catches.
9. Matt Leinart, Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals, 2006
Three seasons after the Cardinals drafted Matt Leinart, the team appeared in the Super Bowl. The only problem? Veteran Kurt Warner was the quarterback. Leinart started just one full season in Arizona, suffered a broken collarbone in his second year and lost his starting job to Warner. He’s since bounced around the NFL as a backup for the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills.
10. Blaine Gabbert, Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2011
Take a look at some of the numbers Blaine Gabbert has posted during his three years in the NFL: a 5-22 record as starting quarterback. 45 interceptions plus fumbles in just 27 starts. A career passer rating of 66.4.
Forget about him ever starting again, Gabbert could be out of the league in a year or two.
First Round, 11th Pick
1. JJ Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans, 2011
Three years into his career, JJ Watt looks like he might be the next Reggie White or Bruce Smith. Yes, he's that good. He earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 after collecting 20.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, 16 batted passes and 39 tackles for a loss. He also recorded 56 defeats, breaking Football Outsiders' previous record of 45. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips called it the greatest season by a defensive lineman in NFL history, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
2. Ben Roethlisberger, Quarterback, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2004
Big Ben has been a model of consistency during his 10 years in the NFL, earning two Pro Bowl selections and posting a passer rating above 90 eight times. He led the Steelers to Super Bowl titles in 2005 and 2008, leading a famous last-second game-winning drive against the Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII.
3. DeMarcus Ware, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys, 2005
Even if he plays for a new team in 2014, DeMarcus Ware should be on track for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Cowboys' star pass-rusher has 117 sacks in his 10 years in the NFL. That's 41 more than the next-best first-round pick over the last decade. He's earned seven Pro Bowl selections and was named a first-team All-Pro on four occasions. He has two of the top-10 single-season sack totals in league history.
4. Patrick Willis, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers, 2007
Seven seasons. Seven Pro Bowl selections. Five first-team All-Pro selections. Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007. Near-unanimous selection by ESPN as the best linebacker in the NFL after 2010. An absolute tackling machine who travels from sideline to sideline as well as any player since Ray Lewis. That's Patrick Willis for you.
5. Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs, 2012
Dontari Poe quickly became one of the most dominant nose tackles in the game with a standout 2013 season that included 4.5 sacks and 52 tackles.
6. Jay Cutler, Quarterback, Denver Broncos, 2006
Jay Cutler has been the definition of an average quarterback over the last eight years. The trade from Denver to Chicago was a failure for the Bears, as he's come nowhere close to meeting expectations as a potential Super Bowl quarterback.
He led the NFL in interceptions in 2009, left the NFC Championship Game with an injury in 2010 and suffered crucial injuries that likely cost the Bears a chance at the postseason in both 2011 and 2013.
7. Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, San Francisco 49ers, 2010
Anthony Davis has started all 64 games at right tackle for the 49ers during his career, where he’s improved from one of the worst tackles in the game (third-worst among right tackles in 2010, per Pro Football Focus) to one of the best (third among right tackles in 2012, per Pro Football Focus).
8. D.J. Fluker, Offensive Tackle, San Diego Chargers, 2013
Five offensive linemen were drafted ahead of D.J. Fluker in the 2013 draft. The Chargers right tackle played better than all of them. He still has work to do after allowing six sacks and 33 hurries, but Fluker unquestionably exceeded expectations as a rookie.
9. Leodis McKelvin, Cornerback, Buffalo Bills, 2008
Leodis McKelvin has emerged as one of the most dynamic return men in the game, scoring three touchdowns in six seasons, but he hasn’t made the expected impact as a cornerback. He’s started just two seasons, although the 2013 campaign was his best. He allowed a 66.3 passer rating, grading as Pro Football Focus’s seventh-best cover corner.
10. Aaron Maybin, Defensive End, Buffalo Bills, 2009
One of the biggest busts of the last decade, Aaron Maybin collected 18 tackles and no sacks as a rookie. He played in just 66 snaps in his second season before the Bills released him. He had a brief career revival with the New York Jets in 2011, recording six sacks and four forced fumbles, but was let go after 2012. He started just one game in four seasons.
First Round, 12th Pick
1. Haloti Ngata, Defensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens, 2006
The absolute prototypical nose tackle, Haloti Ngata has been a rock in the middle of the Ravens’ defensive line for almost a decade. He has the strength and versatility to line up anywhere on the line. With five straight Pro Bowl selections and two first-team All-Pro bids, he’s building himself a legitimate Hall of Fame case. He’s the anchor of the Ravens defense now that Ray Lewis and Ed Reed are gone.
2. Ryan Clady, Offensive Tackle, Denver Broncos, 2008
Arguably the most dominant pass-blocking offensive tackle in the game, Ryan Clady has been a rock since he entered the league in 2008. He set an NFL record by not allowing a sack for the first 20 games of his career and was named the best tackle in the game by Sporting News after his rookie season.
He’s been a three-time Pro Bowler and the most underrated member of the Broncos offense, as the team saw when he missed the last 14 games of the 2013 season (plus the postseason) with a foot injury.
3. Marshawn Lynch, Running Back, Buffalo Bills, 2007
Perhaps no player in recent history has successfully revived his career with his second team more than Marshawn Lynch has. He’s earned three straight Pro Bowl selections, averaging 1350 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in a Seahawks uniform. He’s been a beast in the postseason, rushing for 599 yards and seven touchdowns in seven games, including this memorable game-winning touchdown run.
No player in the NFL forces as many missed tackles as Lynch, whose 75 in 2013 were 11 more than any other running back over the last seven seasons.
4. Jonathan Vilma, Linebacker, New York Jets, 2004
A tackling machine, Jonathan Vilma earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 and was the defensive captain of the 2009 Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. He’s earned three Pro Bowl selections, fighting off numerous knee injuries throughout his playing career.
5. Fletcher Cox, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles, 2012
Switching from a 4-3 defensive tackle to a 3-4 defensive end between his rookie and sophomore season slowed Fletcher Cox's production a bit, but he's still managed to collect 8.5 sacks and 83 tackles in two seasons.
6. Shawne Merriman, Linebacker, San Diego Chargers, 2005
Were it not for injuries, Shawne Merriman would have been one of the all-time greats. He recorded 10 sacks and won Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2005 before exploding for 17 sacks in 2006. He collected 12.5 more sacks in 2007 until injuries led to his eventual release from the Chargers. He was unsuccessful in reviving his career with the Bills, retiring at age 28.
7. Ryan Mathews, Running Back, San Diego Chargers, 2010
Ryan Mathews turned in a breakout year in 2013, rushing for 1,255 yards and six touchdowns. He had earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 but broke both clavicles, three months apart, during a disappointing 2012 season.
8. Knowshon Moreno, Running Back, Denver Broncos, 2009
The first four seasons of Knowshon Moreno’s career were a big disappointment, as he twice lost his starting job and suffered a torn ACL during the 2011 season. But he resurrected his career in 2013, no doubt in large part thanks to Peyton Manning’s dominant season, rushing for 1,038 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished second in voting for Comeback Player of the Year.
9. Christian Ponder, Quarterback, Minnesota Vikings, 2011
There's no reason for the Vikings to continue with Christian Ponder as their starting quarterback. Through three seasons, Ponder has been inconsistent and ineffective, posting just a 77.3 passer rating.
10. D.J. Hayden, Cornerback, Oakland Raiders, 2013
D.J. Hayden did almost nothing right as a rookie. He played in eight games, starting just two, before a groin injury ended his season. When he did play, he was ineffective, surrendering a 110.0 passer rating for the year, including a pair of long touchdowns during Nick Foles’ record-setting seven-touchdown performance.
First Round, 13th Pick
1. Brian Orakpo, Linebacker, Washington Redskins, 2009
Minus a torn pectoral in 2012, Brian Orakpo has been one of the best outside linebackers in the NFL. A three-time Pro Bowler, Orakpo has 39.5 sacks, including two seasons in the double digits.
2. Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, New York Jets, 2013
Arguably the best first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Sheldon Richardson was a monster against the run en route to earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. He collected 77 tackles and 3.5 sacks while adding two rushing touchdowns as a goal-line runner.
3. Jammal Brown, Offensive Tackle, New Orleans Saints, 2005
Four years into his career, Jammal Brown was a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the best left tackles in the National Football League. But a torn ACL in 2009 led to a trade to the Washington Redskins. Numerous injuries ended his career in 2012.
4. Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Arizona Cardinals, 2012
No longer do defenses have to stop just Larry Fitzgerald when they play the Arizona Cardinals. Now, they have to account for Michael Floyd as well. Floyd caught 65 passes for 1041 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. He's poised for a Pro Bowl season in 2014.
5. Lee Evans, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills, 2004
The defining play of Lee Evans' career is his drop against the New England Patriots in the 2011 AFC championship game that cost the Baltimore Ravens a trip to the Super Bowl. But for the previous seven seasons, he was the best receiver on the Bills, twice recording 1000-yard seasons and scoring 43 touchdowns.
6. Nick Fairley, Defensive Tackle, Detroit Lions, 2011
When he's not committing penalties (24 over the last two seasons), Nick Fairley is one of the better defensive tackles in the National Football League. He's collected 11.5 sacks and forced four fumbles over the last two seasons.
7. Kamerion Wimbley, Defensive End, Cleveland Browns, 2006
With the Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans, Kamerion Wimbley started 110 games over seven years. He collected 48.5 sacks, including 11 during his rookie season.
8. Jonathan Stewart, Running Back, Carolina Panthers, 2008
The combination of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, known as "Smash and Dash," was successful for about two seasons. Stewart scored 10 touchdowns in both his first and second seasons, but he's rushed for just 2,047 yards and 12 touchdowns over the last four seasons. Stewart has started just 20 games during his six-year career.
9. Adam Carriker, Defensive End, St. Louis Rams, 2007
The term "tweener" applies to Adam Carriker, who was asked to switch from defensive end, which he played in college, to defensive tackle for the Rams. He was traded after just three seasons, one he completely missed with an injury. He played better as a 3-4 defensive end for the Washington Redskins, but a severe leg injury early in the 2012 season looks like it may have ended his career. He collected just nine sacks, zero forced fumbles and 124 tackles in seven seasons.
10. Brandon Graham, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles, 2010
A torn ACL late in his rookie season affected Brandon Graham’s sophomore campaign, but he rebounded to finish 2012 as the second-best 4-3 defensive end in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. He failed to capitalize on his breakout year in 2013, and he’s looking like might be a bust.
First Round, 14th Pick
1. Darrelle Revis, Cornerback, New York Jets, 2007
Darrelle Revis is on track to cement himself as one of the most dominant cornerbacks in NFL history. He's earned five Pro Bowl selections and was selected as a first-team All-Pro three times. In 2009, he turned in an incredible season, limiting opposing quarterbacks to an otherworldly 32.3 passer rating. He rated as the best cornerback in the NFL by Pro Football Focus in both 2011 and 2013.
2. Earl Thomas, Safety, Seattle Seahawks, 2010
The unquestioned best safety in the NFL, Earl Thomas became a household name during the Seahawks' 2013 Super Bowl run. He's never missed a start during his career, intercepting 15 passes and collecting 357 tackles. He's been selected to the last three Pro Bowls and the last two All-Pro teams.
3. Robert Quinn, Defensive End, St. Louis Rams, 2011
Robert Quinn emerged as arguably the best defensive end in the NFL not named JJ Watt in 2013. He collected 19 sacks, forced seven fumbles and rated as the second-best player in the entire NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
4. Tommie Harris, Defensive Tackle, Chicago Bears, 2004
One of the best defensive tackles in the NFL from 2004 to 2009, Tommy Harris earned three Pro Bowl selections. He averaged almost five sacks per season while rotating between the left and right side of the defensive line.
5. Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Carolina Panthers, 2013
A minor heart condition discovered after his senior year dropped Star Lotulelei out of the top 10 in the draft. But he silenced all doubters as a rookie, leading all defensive tackles in run-stop percentage, per Pro Football Focus, and finishing fourth in voting for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
6. Malcolm Jenkins, Safety, New Orleans Saints, 2009
A decent starting safety during his five years in New Orleans, Malcolm Jenkins has six career interceptions, six forced fumbles and 38 passes defensed.
7. Thomas Davis, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers, 2005
Thomas Davis tore his ACL in 2009...and in 2010...and in 2011. Incredibly, he rebounded from all three ACL tears to reclaim his status as one of the better linebackers in the NFL.
8. Michael Brockers, Defensive Tackle, St. Louis Rams, 2012
He's not in the elite class of teammates Robert Quinn or Chris Long, but Michael Brockers is a solid defensive tackle who collected 9.5 sacks and 77 tackles during his first two seasons.
9. Brodrick Bunkley, Defensive Tackle, Philadelphia Eagles, 2006
Brodrick Bunkley gave the Eagles five solid seasons as a run-stuffing defensive tackle before he was traded to the Denver Broncos in 2011. He revived his career, rating as the third-best defensive tackle in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. He parlayed his success into a $25 million contract with the New Orleans Saints in free agency.
10. Chris Williams, Offensive Tackle, Chicago Bears, 2008
The Chicago Bears switched Chris Williams from tackle to guard during his third season. He was released after 2012 and caught on with the St. Louis Rams, where he's currently their starting left guard.
First Round, 15th Pick
1. Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, New York Giants, 2010
Inconsistency has plagued Jason Pierre-Paul's career. A 2011 breakout season saw him collect 16.5 sacks and lead the Giants to a stunning Super Bowl title. He recorded just 6.5 sacks in 2012 but still rated as one of the best defensive ends in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. But he totaled just two sacks in 2013.
2. Derrick Johnson, Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs, 2005
One of the most under-the-radar, consistent linebackers in the NFL, Derrick Johnson is finally starting to earn a reputation as one of the game's best 'backers. He's earned trips to the Pro Bowl for three straight seasons, averaging 122 tackles per season.
3. Lawrence Timmons, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2007
Lawrence Timmons became a starter before the 2009 season and earned a $50 million contract in 2011. He led the Steelers with 134 tackles in 2010 and has missed just two games over his career.
4. Brian Cushing, Linebacker, Houston Texans, 2009
For the first three years of his career, Brian Cushing was among the most dominant linebackers in the game. He earned Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2009 and was voted the team's MVP in 2010. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips called Cushing a "holy phenom" and "one of the best I've ever coached," per Jeffrey Martin of the Houston Chronicle. But Cushing has played in just 12 games over the last two seasons, first tearing his ACL and then his LCL.
5. Branden Albert, Offensive Tackle, Kansas City Chiefs, 2008
A consistent, reliable blocker on the left side of the line, Branden Albert earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2013. He's widely regarded as one of the better pass-blockers in the NFL.
6. Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, New Orleans Saints, 2013
Kenny Vaccaro was a serious candidate for Defensive Rookie of the Year before a fractured ankle in late December ended his season. He collected 68 tackles in 71 attempts, per Pro Football Focus, while adding seven passes defensed and an interception.
7. Mike Pouncey, Center, Miami Dolphins, 2011
Off-the-field issues have threatened Mike Pouncey's career, but on the field, he's been one of the best centers in the game. He earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2013.
8. Bruce Irvin, Linebacker, Seattle Seahawks, 2012
So far, Bruce Irvin hasn't lived up to first-round potential. He collected eight sacks as a backup during his rookie season, but he recorded just two in 2013. He was also suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
9. Michael Clayton, Wide Receiver, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004
Michael Clayton's rookie season was one of the best by a wide receiver in NFL history, as he caught 80 passes for 1,193 yards and seven touchdowns. But he caught just 143 passes over the final seven years of his career, never more than 37 in a season.
10. Tye Hill, Cornerback, St. Louis Rams, 2006
Injuries and ineffectiveness plagued Tye Hill's career before he was traded to the Atlanta Falcons after three seasons. He collected just five interceptions during his five-year career.
First Round, 16th Pick
1. Ryan Kerrigan, Linebacker, Washington Redskins, 2011
Arguably the best defensive player on the Washington Redskins, Ryan Kerrigan has been a model of consistency throughout his three-year career. He's started all 48 games, recording 24.5 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and 184 tackles. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2012.
2. Shawn Andrews, Offensive Guard, Philadelphia Eagles, 2004
Shawn Andrews was named to a pair of Pro Bowl teams by his 25th birthday, but depression issues and multiple injuries cost him almost two full seasons with the Eagles. He attempted to revive his career with the New York Giants but chose to retire after just one season.
3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cornerback, Arizona Cardinals, 2008
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was an absolute star in 2008 and 2009, intercepting 10 passes, scoring two touchdowns and earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2009. But he rated as the worst cornerback in the NFL in 2010, per Pro Football Focus, and turned in two brutal seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.
He revived his career with the eventual AFC champion Denver Broncos in 2013, allowing just a 67.0 passer rating and grading as Pro Football Focus's fifth-best cornerback.
4. Jason Allen, Cornerback, Miami Dolphins, 2006
Jason Allen spent seven solid years in the NFL, grabbing 17 interceptions, including a career-high six in 2010.
5. Derrick Morgan, Defensive End, Tennessee Titans, 2010
A torn ACL stunted Derrick Morgan's career through his first two seasons, but he's rated as one of the 10 best 4-3 defensive ends in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus, for each of the last two seasons.
6. E.J. Manuel, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills, 2013
10 starts. Four wins. 11 touchdowns, 9 interceptions. 77.7 passer rating. Already a reputation as injury-prone. It was definitely a rocky start to EJ Manuel’s career, as he didn’t really do anything to make the Bills feel better about gambling on him in the first round.
7. Quinton Coples, Defensive End, New York Jets, 2012
Quinton Coples has been adequate through two seasons. He earned a starting job in 2013 and collected 4.5 sacks and 38 tackles.
8. Travis Johnson, Defensive Tackle, Houston Texans, 2005
The combination of Travis Johnson and Mario Williams on the Texans defensive line could have been dominant. Instead, Johnson turned into a bust, collecting just two sacks and lasting just four years in Houston.
9. Larry English, Linebacker, San Diego Chargers, 2009
An epic failure as a first-round bust, Larry English has started just nine games during his five-year career. He's never collected more than 33 tackles or three sacks in a single season.
10. Justin Harrell, Defensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers, 2007
In three seasons, Justin Harrell made just two starts and collected 14 tackles. He suffered multiple injuries and was released by the Packers at age 27 in 2011.
First Round, 17th Pick
1. Chad Greenway, Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings, 2006
Chad Greenway is as quietly productive as any player in the NFL. He's started every game throughout his eight-year career, earning Pro Bowl selections in both 2011 and 2012. He's averaged 127 tackles per year.
2. Mike Iupati, Offensive Guard, San Francisco 49ers, 2010
Quietly dominant. That describes Mike Iupati's career through four seasons. He was stellar as a rookie and has been named to the Pro Bowl for each of the last two seasons.
3. Nate Solder, Offensive Tackle, New England Patriots, 2011
A durable, productive blocker, Nate Solder switched from right to left tackle after Matt Light's retirement in 2011. He graded as Pro Football Focus's ninth-best offensive tackle in 2013.
4. D.J. Williams, Linebacker, Denver Broncos, 2004
D.J. Williams gave the Denver Broncos seven seasons as a productive starter at outside linebacker, collecting more than 100 tackles on four occasions.
5. Gosder Cherilus, Offensive Tackle, Detroit Lions, 2008
Gosder Cherilus has started at right tackle for six seasons, the first five with the Lions and the most recent with the Indianapolis Colts. He's an adequate starter.
6. Jarvis Jones, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2013
Jarvis Jones entered the NFL following a monster senior year in college, but he really didn’t produce much as a rookie, playing in 14 games and collecting 41 tackles and a sack. The Steelers clearly favored Jason Worilds over Jones at outside linebacker.
7. Josh Freeman, Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2009
Brutal 2009 season. Breakout 2010 season. Major regression 2011. Rebound season in 2012. Total disaster in 2013. After five seasons, Josh Freeman looks like he may have run out of chances to be a starting quarterback in the NFL.
8. Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Cincinnati Bengals, 2012
It's been two years and Dre Kirkpatrick still hasn't established himself as a starter. He has just three interceptions and 34 tackles throughout his career.
9. David Pollack, Linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals, 2005
David Pollack collected 4.5 sacks during a promising rookie season but suffered a broken sixth cervical vertebrae on a tackle early in his sophomore season. Although he was medically cleared to play a few months later, he sat out the 2007 season before choosing to retire.
10. Jarvis Moss, Defensive End, Denver Broncos, 2007
52 games. Two as a starter. Six career sacks.
That's Jarvis Moss for you.
First Round, 18th Pick
1. Maurkice Pouncey, Center, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2010
Maurkice Pouncey earned a Pro Bowl selection during each of his first three seasons, plus an All-Pro bid in 2011. But he tore his ACL and MCL in the first game of the 2013 season.
2. Joe Flacco, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens, 2008
He's never made a Pro Bowl, and he posts mediocre passing numbers. But Joe Flacco will forever be remembered for his dominant 2013 postseason, when he threw for 11 touchdowns without an interception, leading the Ravens to an unlikely Super Bowl title.
3. Eric Reid, Safety, San Francisco 49ers, 2013
Eric Reid made 49ers fans forget all about Dashon Goldson, who had signed with the Buccaneers in free agency. Reid earned a Pro Bowl berth as a rookie, intercepting four passes, defensing 12 others and collecting 91 tackles.
4. Leon Hall, Cornerback, Cincinnati Bengals, 2007
It's hard to believe Leon Hall has never earned a Pro Bowl selection. His first four seasons in the NFL included 18 interceptions and an incredible 71 passes defensed. He's since suffered torn Achilles tendons in both 2011 and 2013.
5. Will Smith, Defensive End, New Orleans Saints, 2004
Will Smith spent 10 years with the Saints, including seven as a starter, where he collected 67.5 sacks and forced 20 fumbles. He reached double-digits in sacks twice, earning a Pro Bowl selection in 2006.
6. Corey Liuget, Defensive Tackle, San Diego Chargers, 2011
He's flown under the radar but Corey Liuget has been a consistent member of the Chargers defensive line for the past three seasons. He's collected 13.5 sacks and 122 tackles.
7. Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, San Diego Chargers, 2012
It’s still early in his career, but Melvin Ingram hasn’t made much of an impact during his two seasons with the Chargers. As a rotational linebacker in 2012, he collected 29 tackles and a sack. A torn ACL cost him almost all of the 2013 season.
8. Robert Ayers, Defensive End, Denver Broncos, 2009
The Broncos hoped for more than 12 sacks in five seasons when they selected Robert Ayers with their first-round pick in 2009.
9. Bobby Carpenter, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys, 2006
A massive first-round bust, Bobby Carpenter bounced around the league between the Cowboys, Dolphins, Lions and Patriots. He failed to make any positive impact on any of his four teams. He started just 10 games in his career.
10. Erasmus James, Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings, 2005
Couldn’t stay healthy. Couldn’t produce when he was on the field. That’s the story of Erasmus James’s career. He collected just 37 tackles and five sacks during four seasons, three with the Vikings and the last with the Washington Redskins.
First Round, 19th Pick
1. Antonio Cromartie, Cornerback, San Diego Chargers, 2006
One of the league's flashiest, top playmaking cornerbacks, Antonio Cromartie has been a Pro Bowler with both the Chargers (once) and the Jets (twice). He's among the best in the league at grabbing interceptions, leading the league with 10 in 2007 and collecting 28 in eight seasons. In 2013, his dominant season helped Jets fans move on from the Darrelle Revis era.
2. Michael Griffin, Safety, Tennessee Titans, 2007
The Titans' free safety for the past seven seasons, Michael Griffin was named to the Pro Bowl in 2008 and 2010. He's collected 22 interceptions and forced 11 fumbles throughout his career.
3. Sean Weatherspoon, Linebacker, Atlanta Falcons, 2010
Sean Weatherspoon became a full-time starter during the 2011 season, rating as Pro Football Focus's fifth-best 4-3 outside linebacker in the NFL. He's averaged 75 tackles over the last four seasons.
4. Jeremy Maclin, Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles, 2009
Jeremy Maclin hasn't quite matched the potential he flashed during the 2010 season, when he totaled 964 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL.
5. Vernon Carey, Offensive Tackle, Miami Dolphins, 2004
Vernon Carey gave the Dolphins eight seasons of solid play, seven as a starter, at left tackle, right guard and right tackle. He rated as a top-10 tackle in the NFL in both 2008 and 2009, according to Pro Football Focus.
6. Justin Pugh, Offensive Tackle, New York Giants, 2013
Justin Pugh turned in a very impressive rookie season, starting all 16 games for the Giants at right tackle. He rated as the 33rd-best offensive tackle in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
7. Prince Amukamara, Cornerback, New York Giants, 2011
Injuries plagued Prince Amukamara's first season, but he's developed into a consistent starter since 2012. In 2013, he defensed 14 passes and recorded 85 tackles.
8. Jeff Otah, Offensive Tackle, Carolina Panthers, 2011
Jeff Otah gave the Carolina Panthers two very good seasons at right tackle before a knee injury prevented him from ever returning to the field. He retired at age 25.
9. Alex Barron, Offensive Tackle, St. Louis Rams, 2005
Look up the word "penalty" in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Alex Barron. During his five seasons in St. Louis, he was penalized 63 times, including 43 false start penalties. He bounced between left and right tackle but was ineffective at both positions. He was traded to the Cowboys before the 2010 season, committing three holding penalties in a game, including one on the final play to wipe away a walk-off touchdown pass by Tony Romo.
That was his final start in the NFL, as he’s bounced around between the Saints, Seahawks and Raiders, never making the 53-man roster.
10. Shea McClellin, Defensive End, Chicago Bears, 2012
Through two seasons, Shea McClellin looks like he's on the verge of establishing himself as a total bust. He's collected just 6.5 sacks in two seasons. In 2013, he rated as the second-worst 4-3 defensive end in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
First Round, 20th Pick
1. Tamba Hali, Linebacker, Kansas City Chiefs, 2006
Tamba Hali has been one of the most underrated defensive playmakers in the NFL for the better part of a decade. He's finally started to earn some of the recognition he deserves, earning Pro Bowl selections in each of the last three seasons. He's recorded 73.5 sacks and forced 28 fumbles in eight years.
2. Kyle Long, Offensive Guard, Chicago Bears, 2013
One of nine offensive linemen drafted in the first round, Kyle Long is the only one to earn a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie. He started all 16 games for the Chicago Bears at right guard.
3. Aqib Talib, Cornerback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2008
Aqib Talib has had success with both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. A true shutdown corner, he's recorded 23 interceptions and scored four touchdowns during his six years in the NFL. He was named the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 2010.
4. Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans, 2012
Despite catching passes from Jake Locker and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kendall Wright turned in a breakout season in 2013, catching 94 passes for 1079 yards and two touchdowns.
5. Brandon Pettigrew, Tight End, Detroit Lions, 2009
Brandon Pettigrew has been a middle-of-the-pack starting tight end for five seasons, averaging 56 catches, 564 yards and three touchdowns per year. His days as a starter may be over with the emergence of mammoth rookie Joseph Fauria.
6. Aaron Ross, Cornerback, New York Giants, 2007
Aaron Ross' two best seasons, ironically, came when the Giants won the Super Bowl. He collected at least three interceptions three different times, although he's been plagued by injuries, averaging just 12 games per season.
7. Kareem Jackson, Cornerback, Houston Texans, 2010
Kareem Jackson has been an average cornerback during his four years as a starter with the Texans, collecting seven interceptions and defensing 41 total passes.
8. Adrian Clayborn, Defensive End, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2011
Save for an ACL injury in 2012, Adrian Clayborn has been an average starting defensive end, collecting 13.5 sacks in two seasons.
9. Marcus Spears, Defensive End, Dallas Cowboys, 2005
The numbers don’t show it, but Marcus Spears actually had a solid career. He helped the Cowboys transition into a 3-4 defense before the start of the 2005 season. He offers nothing as a pass-rusher and doesn’t fill the stat sheet, but he’s been effective at plugging holes in the running game. He spent eight seasons with the Cowboys, the first five as a starter. He’s currently a rotational lineman on the Baltimore Ravens.
10. Kenechi Udeze, Defensive End, Minnesota Vikings, 2004
Kenechi Udeze struggled during his four seasons in the NFL, collecting just 11 sacks despite making 47 starts. He was forced to retire before the 2008 season when he was diagnosed with leukemia.
First Round, 21st Pick
1. Vince Wilfork, Defensive Tackle, New England Patriots, 2004
The mammoth nose tackle for the Patriots has earned five trips to the Pro Bowl, establishing himself as one of the best run-stopping linemen in the game.
2. Chandler Jones, Defensive End, New England Patriots, 2012
An underrated player on an underrated defense, Chandler Jones collected 11.5 sacks and 82 tackles in a 2013 breakout season.
3. Alex Mack, Center, Cleveland Browns, 2009
As a free agent, Alex Mack is finally earning some of the recognition he deserves. He's played in all 80 games during his five-year career, earning a pair of Pro Bowl selections. He's rated as a top-10 center in the NFL by Pro Football Focus every year. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller rated him as the game's best center.
4. Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Cincinnati Bengals, 2013
Tyler Eifert produced a solid rookie season with the Bengals, catching 39 passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns.
5. Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Cincinnati Bengals, 2010
Jermaine Gresham has averaged 55 catches, 565 yards and five touchdowns per season during his four-year career. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in both 2011 and 2012.
6. Reggie Nelson, Safety, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2007
Reggie Nelson turned in a terrific rookie season, intercepting five passes and collecting 63 tackles. He was traded to the Browns after the 2009 season, where he's collected 11 interceptions during four years as a starter for the Bengals.
7. Phil Taylor, Defensive Tackle, Cleveland Browns, 2011
Phil Taylor recorded 59 tackles and four sacks as a rookie, earning a spot on PFWA's All-Rookie team. He struggled through a pectoral injury in 2012 but returned to solid form in 2013.
8. Sam Baker, Offensive Tackle, Atlanta Falcons, 2008
Sam Baker has been an average starting tackle during his six seasons in the NFL. The Falcons gave him $41 million before the 2013 season.
9. Laurence Maroney, Running Back, New England Patriots, 2006
Laurence Maroney carried just 582 times during his four seasons with the Patriots. He struggled with shoulder, rib and groin injuries before he finished his career with the Denver Broncos.
10. Matt Jones, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2005
Nicknamed "The Freak" because of his incredible performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, Matt Jones was drafted as a wide receiver even though he had played his entire college career as a quarterback. He averaged 42 catches, 538 yards and four touchdowns for four seasons before the Jaguars released him following a number of substance abuse-related arrests.
First Round, 22nd Pick
1. Demaryius Thomas, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos, 2010
Demaryius Thomas failed to develop during his first two seasons in the NFL, save for one dominant postseason game against the Steelers, likely because he had the ineffective Tim Tebow throwing him the ball. He turned into a top-five wide receiver in the league with Peyton Manning, as he's averaged 93 catches, 1,432 yards and 12 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
2. Percy Harvin, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings, 2009
One of the most dynamic, electrifying weapons in the NFL, Percy Harvin was a threat to score every time he touched the ball during four brilliant but injury-plagued seasons in Minnesota. The trade to Seattle looked like an epic failure until he totaled 137 all-purpose yards, including a kick return touchdown, in Super Bowl XLVIII.
3. Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Atlanta Falcons, 2013
One of the best rookie cornerbacks in recent memory, Desmond Trufant intercepted two passes, defensed 17 others and surrendered just a 75.2 passer rating.
4. Anthony Castonzo, Offensive Tackle, Indianapolis Colts, 2011
The Colts left tackle has provided three solid yet unspectacular seasons as the best blocker on one of the league's worst offensive lines.
5. Manny Lawson, Linebacker, San Francisco 49ers, 2006
Manny Lawson hasn't quite turned into the playmaker the 49ers hoped for when they drafted him in the first round, although he's managed to provide eight years as a starter for the 49ers, Bengals and Bills.
6. Mark Clayton, Wide Receiver, Baltimore Ravens, 2005
Mark Clayton never developed into anything more than a solid No. 3 receiver during his tenure with the Baltimore Ravens. He scored just 12 touchdowns during five years in Baltimore and failed to revive his career with Sam Bradford in St. Louis.
7. Felix Jones, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys, 2008
Felix Jones had moderate success as a rotational back, but he never came close to meeting expectations as a first-round pick. He averaged just 546 rushing yards and two touchdowns during five seasons in Dallas.
8. J.P. Losman, Quarterback, Buffalo Bills, 2004
J.P. Losman gave the Bills one semi-productive season in 2006, throwing for 3,051 yards and 19 touchdowns. But the other seven years of his career produced just 3,220 yards and 14 touchdowns.
9. Brandon Weeden, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns, 2012
It's been just two years, and the Browns already know there's no way Brandon Weeden is their franchise quarterback. In two seasons, he's led Cleveland to a grand total of five victories. His 71.8 passer rating is one of the worst among active quarterbacks.
10. Brady Quinn, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns, 2007
One of the biggest draft busts in the last decade, Brady Quinn has thrown for just 3,043 yards and 12 touchdowns during his entire career. After a failed stint with the Browns, he bounced around between the Broncos, Chiefs, Jets and Rams.
First Round, 23rd Pick
1. Dwayne Bowe, Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs, 2007
Although he's been inconsistent on a year-to-year basis, Dwayne Bowe has been the Chiefs' top wide receiver for the last seven seasons. He led the NFL with 15 touchdowns in 2010 but hasn't produced a 1,000-yard season since 2011.
2. Davin Joseph, Offensive Guard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2006
Davin Joseph has been a reliable option for the Buccaneers at right guard for the last eight seasons, missing only the 2012 season with a knee injury. In between, he's earned a pair of Pro Bowl selections, as well as a massive contract extension before the 2011 season.
3. Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers, 2010
Injuries have really derailed a potentially promising career, as Bulaga missed the second half of 2012 with a hip injury and all of 2013 with a torn ACL. He was named to the NFL All-Rookie team in 2010.
4. Michael Oher, Offensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens, 2009
Michael Oher finished second in voting for Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2009, but he's failed to meet expectations as a blindside blocker for Joe Flacco. He's rotated between left and right tackle each season and rated as one of the worst offensive tackles in the league in 2013, per Pro Football Focus.
5. Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Detroit Lions, 2012
After spending most of his first season as a backup, Riley Reiff turned in a productive 2013 season as the Lions’ starting left tackle, grading as the 35th-best tackle in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
6. Rashard Mendenhall, Running Back, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008
Rashard Mendenhall gave the Steelers a couple of solid seasons, but he’s definitely been a disappointment as a first-round pick, struggling with injuries and lacking explosiveness. He averaged a paltry 3.2 yards per carry for the Cardinals in 2013 and is probably best suited as a backup at this point in his career.
7. Fabian Washington, Cornerback, Oakland Raiders, 2005
Fabian Washington collected just six interceptions during his career, four of them occurring in 2006. He was traded to the Ravens after he lost his starting job and was out of the NFL by age 27.
8. Marcus Tubbs, Defensive Tackle, Seattle Seahawks, 2004
Knee injuries ended a potentially promising career for Marcus Tubbs just three seasons after it began. He finished his career with seven sacks and 38 tackles.
9. Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings, 2013
Considered by some to be the best player available in the 2013 draft, Floyd played in less than half his team’s snaps as a rookie, recording 19 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
10. Danny Watkins, Offensive Guard, Philadelphia Eagles, 2011
Drafted at 26 years old, Watkins’ age was supposed to be a blessing because it meant he could contribute immediately. Not exactly. He held out of training camp as a rookie and never recovered. He was benched in both his first and second seasons before the Eagles released him after 2012.
His biggest contribution to the Eagles was using his skills as a firefighter to assist defensive tackle Mike Patterson after a seizure in training camp of 2011. He spent 2013 with the Dolphins, where he never saw the field, despite their well-publicized offensive line troubles.
First Round, 24th Pick
1. Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback, Green Bay Packers, 2005
It's a shame Aaron Rodgers had to spend three seasons on the Green Bay Packers' bench (or maybe it was a blessing). Through six seasons, Rodgers has been the most statistically dominant quarterback in NFL history. He holds all-time records for passer rating, touchdown-to-interception ratio, interception percentage and adjusted yards per pass attempt.
Throw in a Super Bowl ring in 2010 and an MVP season in 2011, and it's hard to believe he fell to the 24th pick in the first round.
2. Steven Jackson, Running Back, St. Louis Rams, 2004
One of the most consistent, underappreciated running backs in recent memory, Steven Jackson rushed for more than 1,000 yards in eight straight seasons. He led the NFL with 2,334 yards from scrimmage in 2006, also scoring 16 touchdowns. He's a three-time Pro Bowler who had the misfortune of never playing for a winning team.
3. Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys, 2010
A slow start to Dez Bryant's career was forgotten when the Cowboys receiver exploded for 92 catches, 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. He turned in another dominant season in 2013, falling short of Michael Irvin's MVP prediction but catching 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 scores.
4. Johnathan Joseph, Cornerback, Cincinnati Bengals, 2006
Consistently solid but never spectacular, Joseph gave the Bengals five good seasons before turning into a Pro Bowler with the Houston Texans. He's recorded 23 career interceptions while averaging 15 passes defensed per season.
5. Cameron Jordan, Defensive End, New Orleans Saints, 2011
Cameron Jordan has increased his production during each of his three seasons, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2013, when he collected 12.5 sacks and rated as the fourth-best 4-3 defense end in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
6. Chris Johnson, Running Back, Tennessee Titans, 2008
Chris Johnson might be the most frustrating, inconsistent running back in recent history. His 2009 season was nothing short of incredible, as he became the sixth player to rush for 2,000 yards. He also set the single-season record with 2,509 total yards. But the last four years haven't matched expectations, as Johnson has been the classic boom-or-bust back.
7. Brandon Meriweather, Safety, New England Patriots, 2007
Brandon Meriweather earned a par of Pro Bowl selections during four seasons with the Patriots, but his play never quite matched his reputation. He's bounced around between the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins over the last three years.
8. David DeCastro, Offensive Guard, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2012
Considered by some to be the best offensive guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, DeCastro suffered a serious leg injury in training camp of his rookie year. He rebounded to play 15 games in 2013, rating as the 14th-best guard, per Pro Football Focus.
9. Peria Jerry, Defensive Tackle, Atlanta Falcons, 2009
Peria Jerry suffered a major knee injury in the first month of his career, lost his starting job in his second season and has failed to develop into even an adequate starting defensive tackle. He’s been brutal against the run and doesn’t offer much as a pass-rusher.
10. Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Indianapolis Colts, 2013
Miscast in a 4-3 defense, Werner struggled, to say the least, as a rookie. He averaged fewer than 20 snaps per game, collecting just 2.5 sacks and 10 hurries for the year.
First Round, 25th Pick
1. Dont'a Hightower, Linebacker, New England Patriots, 2012
An underrated playmaker for the Patriots, Hightower has 173 tackles and five sacks through two seasons in the NFL.
2. Jon Beason, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers, 2007
A tackling machine, Jon Beason earned three Pro Bowl selections in his first four seasons. He was awarded $25 million in guaranteed money by the Panthers before 2011, the largest contract for a middle linebacker in NFL history. But he tore his Achilles and missed almost the entire season. He lost his starting job to rookie phenom Luke Kuechly in 2012 and was traded to the New York Giants in 2013.
3. Vontae Davis, Cornerback, Miami Dolphins, 2009
Vontae Davis still going strong after a trade to the Indianapolis Colts. He graded as Pro Football Focus's third-best cornerback in 2013.
4. Santonio Holmes, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2006
Santonio Holmes turned in four terrific seasons with the Steelers, but he's failed to meet expectations during his time with the Jets. He will always be remembered for his Super Bowl-winning touchdown against the Cardinals after the 2008 season.
5. Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Minnesota Vikings, 2013
Xavier Rhodes turned in a solid rookie season, starting six games, knocking down 10 passes and allowing just a 78.3 passer rating.
6. Mike Jenkins, Cornerback, Dallas Cowboys, 2008
Mike Jenkins started at cornerback for the Cowboys for five seasons, earning a Pro Bowl bid in 2009 when he intercepted five passes. He's still playing, and starting, with the lowly Raiders.
7. Jason Campbell, Quarterback, Washington Redskins, 2005
Jason Campbell turned in four very mediocre seasons with the Redskins before bouncing around the league with the Raiders, Bears and Browns. He won just 32 games as a starter during his career.
8. Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Denver Broncos, 2010
Tim Tebow led the Broncos to six game-winning drives during a memorable 11-game stretch in 2011, plus a stunning playoff victory against the NFL's top-ranked defense. And that's about all he did. At 26 years old, he's out of the NFL, likely for good.
9. James Carpenter, Offensive Guard, Seattle Seahawks, 2011
An ACL injury ended James Carpenter's rookie season. He played in all 16 games for the first time in 2013, but he graded as one of the worst starting guards in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
10. Ahmad Carroll, Cornerback, Green Bay Packers, 2004
Penalties and ineffectiveness plagued Ahmad Carroll in Green Bay. He was cut early in his third season. He finished his career after six seasons with just three interceptions and 104 tackles.
First Round, 26th Pick
1. Clay Matthews, Outside Linebacker, Green Bay Packers, 2009
The best defensive player on the Packers, Matthews earned Pro Bowl selections in each of his first four seasons. He is solely responsible for ending the Kevin Kolb era in Philadelphia, as he knocked the quarterback out of the game with a concussion in the first game of the 2010 season. Matthews has recorded 50 sacks in five seasons.
2. Duane Brown, Offensive Tackle, Houston Texans, 2008
Duane Brown has finally started to receive credit as one of the best left tackles in the NFL, drawing Pro Bowl bids in 2012 and 2013. He's missed just six starts during his six-year career.
3. Anthony Spencer, Defensive End, Dallas Cowboys, 2007
Anthony Spencer became a starter in 2009 and a star in 2012, when he collected 11 sacks, 95 tackles and a first-place rating on Pro Football Focus among 3-4 outside linebackers. Franchise-tagged for the second straight year in 2013, Spencer missed the entire year with microfracture surgery.
4. Chris Spencer, Center, Seattle Seahawks, 2005
Chris Spencer played for nine seasons in the NFL, six as a starter. He played in 122 career games for the Seahawks, Bears and Titans.
5. Dan Williams, Defensive Tackle, Arizona Cardinals, 2010
An impressive run-stopper but an invisible pass-rusher, Dan Williams has played four seasons with the Cardinals, the last three as a starter.
6. Jonathan Baldwin, Wide Receiver, Kansas City Chiefs, 2011
Traded to the 49ers after two disappointing years in Kansas City, Jonathan Baldwin failed to jump-start his career. He's caught just 44 passes and two touchdowns throughout his career.
7. Whitney Mercilus, Defensive End, Houston Texans, 2012
13 sacks in two seasons doesn't look too bad, but the sack numbers don't tell the whole story. Mercilus graded as the worst 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL in 2013, per Pro Football Focus. He's a liability as a starter.
8. Datone Jones, Defensive End, Green Bay Packers, 2013
Datone Jones played in only 25 percent of the defensive snaps and rated as the sixth-worst 3-4 defensive end in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. He recorded just 3.5 sacks and 11 tackles.
9. John McCargo, Defensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills, 2006
John McCargo played six seasons and started exactly one game. He collected 51 career tackles and 2.5 sacks. How he lasted in the NFL for six seasons is a mystery.
10. Chris Perry, Running Back, Cincinnati Bengals, 2004
177 carries. 606 yards. Two touchdowns. Nine fumbles. 3.4 yards per carry.
First Round, 27th Pick
1. Roddy White, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons, 2005
One of the most consistent, reliable receivers in the league, Roddy White topped 1,150 yards for six straight seasons, earning four straight Pro Bowl berths. He should reach 10,000 career yards in 2014.
2. Devin McCourty, Safety, New England Patriots, 2010
Devin McCourty earned a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie in 2010, grabbing seven interceptions and knocking down 17 passes. Terrific against the pass and solid against the run, he was voted Pro Football Focus's best safety in 2013.
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Houston Texans, 2013
DeAndre Hopkins looks like he’s going to provide the Texans with one of the better receiving corps in the NFL. He caught 52 passes for 802 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, despite catching balls from undrafted rookie Case Keenum. He has star potential.
4. Kevin Zeitler, Offensive Guard, Cincinnati Bengals, 2012
Two seasons. Two impressive ratings by Pro Football Focus. A Pro Bowl season is next for Zeitler.
5. DeAngelo Williams, Running Back, Carolina Panthers, 2006
His career 4.8 yards-per-carry average is tremendous, as was his 20-touchdown season in 2006. But Williams rushed for more than 1,000 yards just twice and fared much better as part of a backfield tandem with Jonathan Stewart.
6. Jason Babin, Defensive End, Houston Texans, 2004
After six largely ineffective seasons with the Texans, Seahawks, Chiefs and Eagles, Jason Babin became a star with the Titans in 2010. His 12.5 sacks sent him to the Pro Bowl and earned him a big free-agent contract from the Eagles.
Reunited with defensive line coach Jim Washburn, Babin collected 18 sacks in 2011 but was released midway through the 2012 season. He latched onto the Jaguars, his sixth team, where he’s collected nine sacks over the last year and a half.
7. Antoine Cason, Cornerback, San Diego Chargers, 2008
Antoine Cason has intercepted at least two passes in each of the last six seasons (and exactly two in five of them). He has 58 career passes defensed and 305 tackles.
8. Donald Brown, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts, 2009
Although Donald Brown somewhat revived his career in 2013, he's never carried more than 134 times or rushed for more than 645 yards in a season. He's best suited as a backup.
9. Robert Meachem, Wide Receiver, New Orleans Saints, 2007
Best suited as a second or even third receiver, Robert Meachem has never caught more than 50 passes or topped 750 yards in a season. He's caught just 30 combined passes the last two seasons.
10. Jimmy Smith, Cornerback, Baltimore Ravens, 2011
Jimmy Smith turned in the best season of his career in 2013, playing in more than 1,000 snaps and allowing just a 76.3 passer rating.
First Round, 28th Pick
1. Joe Staley, Offensive Tackle, San Francisco 49ers, 2007
Over the last few seasons, Joe Staley has established himself as one of the best left tackles in the NFL. He's earned a Pro Bowl selection for three straight years, rating as Pro Football Focus's top left tackle in 2012.
2. Chris Gamble, Cornerback, Carolina Panthers, 2004
Chris Gamble started at cornerback for eight seasons, collecting 27 interceptions and defensing 94 passes. Both are Panthers career records. He had at least three interceptions in six different seasons.
3. Marcedes Lewis, Tight End, Jacksonville Jaguars, 2006
The starting tight end for the Jaguars for the last eight seasons, Marcedes Lewis earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2009 when he scored a career-high 10 touchdowns.
4. Luis Castillo, Defensive End, San Diego Chargers, 2005
Luis Castillo was named to the NFL's All-Rookie Team after the 2005 season and was picked as a second alternate to the Pro Bowl in 2006. He signed a lucrative contract extension before the 2008 season, but a broken leg ended his career in 2011.
5. Eric Wood, Center, Buffalo Bills, 2009
Eric Wood has been an average starting center, at best, for the Bills for the past half-decade.
6. Jared Odrick, Defensive End, Miami Dolphins, 2010
A rotational defensive end for the last four seasons, Jared Odrick has collected 15.5 sacks and 100 tackles during his career.
7. Mark Ingram, Running Back, New Orleans Saints, 2011
Following a Heisman Trophy and national championship in college, Mark Ingram has been a major disappointment in the National Football League. In three seasons, he's averaged just 4.1 yards per carry and scored just 11 touchdowns.
8. Sylvester Williams, Defensive Tackle, Denver Broncos, 2013
13 games. Four starts. 22 tackles. Two sacks.
It wasn't a very productive rookie season for Sylvester Williams, who played in just 23 snaps per game.
9. Nick Perry, Linebacker, Green Bay Packers, 2012
He’s still young, with an opportunity to succeed over the next few seasons, but through 2013, Nick Perry has been a big disappointment as a first-round pick. A wrist injury ended his rookie season in Week 6, and he made just four starts in 2013, collecting four sacks and 33 tackles.
10. Lawrence Jackson, Defensive End, Seattle Seahawks, 2008
The Seahawks gave up on Lawrence Jackson after two subpar seasons, trading him to the Lions. He’s already out of the NFL, accumulating just 19.5 sacks in five seasons.
First Round, 29th Pick
1. Nick Mangold, Center, New York Jets, 2006
Five more years of domination and Nick Mangold has a legitimate case for the Hall of Fame. He's already been selected to five Pro Bowls and two All-Pro teams. Pro Football Focus rated him as the best center in the league in 2008 and 2009 and the second-best in 2010 and 2011.
2. Ben Grubbs, Offensive Guard, Baltimore Ravens, 2007
A reliable, consistent force at left guard, Ben Grubbs has started all but six games over his seven-year career. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011 and 2013, the first with the Ravens and the second with the New Orleans Saints.
3. Hakeem Nicks, Wide Receiver, New York Giants, 2009
One of the best wide receivers in the NFL just two years ago, Hakeem Nicks has been a disaster over the last two seasons, catching just three touchdowns in 28 games. As a free agent, he will look to return to the elite form he displayed in 2010 and 2011, when he averaged 1,122 yards and nine touchdowns.
4. Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Minnesota Vikings, 2013
A threat to score every time he touches the ball, Cordarrelle Patterson might be the most dynamic, explosive player in the NFL. His impressive rookie season helped the Vikings forget all about talented but oft-injured wide receiver Percy Harvin.
He earned All-Pro honors after averaging 32.9 yards per kick return, including a record-tying 109-yard score. He added 45 catches and four touchdowns as a receiver and scored three times on the ground. In all, he totaled more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored nine touchdowns.
5. Harrison Smith, Safety, Minnesota Vikings, 2012
Harrison Smith intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns, and allowed a 49.1 passer rating as a rookie. But he regressed in his second season, surrendering a 91.5 passer rating and seeing a drop in almost every statistical category.
6. Michael Jenkins, Wide Receiver, Atlanta Falcons, 2004
For a third receiver, Michael Jenkins had a good career. But he didn't live up to expectations as a first-round pick. He caught between 36 and 50 passes for eight straight seasons, finishing his career with 354 catches, 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns.
7. Marlin Jackson, Safety, Indianapolis Colts, 2005
Injuries plagued Marlin Jackson's career, as he needed knee surgery in 2008 and ruptured his Achilles in 2010. He intercepted just four passes and forced two fumbles during his career. He did provide one of the most memorable plays in franchise history, though, intercepting Tom Brady in the final seconds of the 2006 AFC Championship Game to send the Colts to the Super Bowl.
8. Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, New York Jets, 2010
Mostly known as the other cornerback alongside Darrelle Revis, Kyle Wilson was demoted to nickelback in 2013 after the drafting of Dee Milliner in the first round.
9. Gabe Carimi, Offensive Tackle, Chicago Bears, 2011
Considered versatile enough to play either tackle or guard, Carimi opened the 2011 season as the Bears' right tackle before he suffered a dislocated kneecap in Week 2. He returned in 2012 but played poorly, rating as the eighth-worst offensive tackle in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. He's since bounced around between the Buccaneers and Falcons.
10. Kentwan Balmer, Defensive Tackle, San Francisco 49ers, 2008
46 games, 11 as a starter. Zero sacks. Zero forced fumbles. Zero fumble recoveries. 62 tackles.
First Round, 30th Pick
1. Muhammad Wilkerson, Defensive End, New York Jets, 2011
One of the best young defensive ends in the NFL, Muhammad Wilkerson collected 10.5 sacks during a standout 2013 campaign. He will be a Pro Bowler for many years to come.
2. Heath Miller, Tight End, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2005
A starter for almost a decade now, Heath Miller has earned a pair of Pro Bowl selections, scoring 40 touchdowns throughout his career.
3. Joseph Addai, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts, 2006
Joseph Addai's peak was brief but impressive. The Colts running back rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his first two seasons. His 15-touchdown season in 2007 earned him his lone Pro Bowl selection.
4. Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, St. Louis Rams, 2013
Alec Ogletree turned in a monster season in 2013, collecting 118 tackles and forcing six fumbles. He also returned an interception 98 yards for a touchdown.
5. Dustin Keller, Tight End, New York Jets, 2008
An average starting tight end during five years in New York, Dustin Keller's career is in jeopardy after a serious knee injury last preseason.
6. Kenny Britt, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans, 2009
Many, many altercations with the police, as well as a torn ACL during the 2011 season, have prevented Kenny Britt from developing as a first-round pick. He's averaged fewer than 500 receiving yards and four touchdowns per season during his career.
7. Kevin Jones, Running Back, Detroit Lions, 2004
Just the third Lions running back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, Kevin Jones never again reached 200 carries. He was out of football by age 26.
8. Jahvid Best, Running Back, Detroit Lions, 2010
Head coach Jim Schwartz had the following to say about Jahvid Best, via Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports (h/t NBC Sports): "Some people watch adult videos on their computer. I go to Youtube and watch Jahvid Best highlights. That's what gets me going."
Unfortunately, the speedy running back saw his career cut short by numerous concussions. He scored just six touchdowns during his 22 career games.
9. Buster Davis, Wide Receiver, San Diego Chargers, 2007
Drafted to be the go-to guy for Philip Rivers, Buster Davis caught just 51 passes for 558 yards and two touchdowns in four disappointing and injury-plagued seasons. He was released by the Chargers during the 2011 offseason.
10. A.J. Jenkins, Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers, 2012
Likely to go down as the biggest bust from the 2012 draft class, A.J. Jenkins caught zero passes for the San Francisco 49ers as a rookie, despite playing on a team with a weak receiving corps. He was traded in the offseason to the Chiefs, where he caught exactly eight passes in his second season.
First Round, 31st Pick
1. Greg Olsen, Tight End, Chicago Bears, 2007
He's not in the Jason Witten or Jimmy Graham top tier of tight ends, but Greg Olsen has been a top-10 or top-12 tight end ever since he joined the NFL in 2007. He's averaged 71 catches over the last two seasons with Cam Newton throwing him passes.
2. Doug Martin, Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2012
Doug Martin turned in one of the best years by a rookie running back in NFL history in 2012, carrying the ball 319 times for 1,454 yard and 11 touchdowns. But he missed the final 10 games of 2013 with a torn labrum.
3. Mike Patterson, Defensive Tackle, Philadelphia Eagles, 2005
Mike Patterson quietly gave the Eagles seven productive seasons as an effective run-stopping defensive tackle. He rebounded from a seizure in training camp in 2011 to play 15 games that year, but offseason brain surgery caused him to miss most of 2012. He’s currently a backup with the Giants.
4. Travis Frederick, Center, Dallas Cowboys, 2013
A surprise pick in the first round in 2013, Travis Frederick played exceptionally well as a rookie, grading as the seventh-best center in the NFL, per Pro Football Focus.
5. Kenny Phillips, Safety, New York Giants, 2008
One of the best cover safeties in the NFL, recurring injuries led the Giants to let Kenny Phillips walk after the 2012 season. He will likely never play again.
6. Kelly Jennings, Cornerback, Seattle Seahawks, 2006
Mostly a nickel corner, Kelly Jennings defensed 48 balls but intercepted just two passes during his five seasons in Seattle.
7. Jerry Hughes, Defensive End, Indianapolis Colts, 2010
A fresh start in Buffalo helped failed first-round pick Jerry Hughes jump-start his career. He collected 10 sacks and two forced fumbles, earning a spot on USA Today's All-Joe team.
8. Cameron Heyward, Defensive End, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2011
Cameron Heyward worked his way into the starting lineup before the 2013 season, but he's recorded just 7.5 sacks during his three years in the NFL.
9. Beanie Wells, Running Back, Arizona Cardinals, 2009
Beanie Wells rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011 but carried just 625 times in a disappointing four-year career, all with the Cardinals.
10. Rashaun Woods, Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers, 2004
One of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, Rashaun Woods caught just seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown as a rookie...and never played again. He missed the 2005 season with torn ligaments in his thumb and was released after attempting to catch on with the Chargers and Broncos.
First Round, 32nd Pick
1. Logan Mankins, Offensive Guard, New England Patriots, 2005
Logan Mankins has quietly put together a potential Hall of Fame career with the Patriots. A rock at left guard, Mankins has earned six Pro Bowl selections and one first-team All-Pro bid. He graded as the best guard in the NFL in 2008, per Pro Football Focus.
2. Ben Watson, Tight End, New England Patriots, 2004
Still in the NFL more than a decade after he was drafted, Ben Watson has been a middle-of-the-pack tight end for the Patriots (six years), Browns (three years) and Saints (one year).
3. Mathias Kiwanuka, Defensive End, New York Giants, 2006
Still with the Giants after eight seasons, Kiwanuka has played both defensive end and linebacker. He's collected 36 sacks and 11 forced fumbles during his career.
4. Patrick Robinson, Cornerback, New Orleans Saints, 2010
Patrick Robinson played sparingly as a rookie and turned in an impressive 2011 season, surrendering a 65.8 passer rating and intercepting four passes. But he allowed 1,071 passing yards, the most in the NFL, plus nine touchdowns in 2012. A serious knee injury ended his 2013 season after just two games.
5. Matt Elam, Safety, Baltimore Ravens, 2013
A first-year starter replacing a future Hall of Famer for the defending Super Bowl champions, Matt Elam struggled in coverage, allowing a 117.5 passer rating. He also missed 11 tackles.
6. Ziggy Hood, Defensive End, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2009
In five seasons, Hood has collected just 144 tackles, 11 sacks and zero forced fumbles.
7. David Wilson, Running Back, New York Giants, 2012
From getting benched after losing a fumble on his second career carry to a season-ending neck injury in 2013, it has not been a good start to David Wilson's career. The potential is there. He had 327 all-purpose yards (two rushing, one kick return touchdown) in a Week 14 game in 2012. He just needs to stay healthy and learn to hold on to the football.
8. Anthony Gonzalez, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts, 2007
Anthony Gonzalez's career will be defined by an inability to remain healthy. He caught 94 passes in his first two seasons but recorded just five more receptions in his final three years.
9. Derek Sherrod, Offensive Tackle, Green Bay Packers, 2011
Derek Sherrod has never started a game in the NFL. He's played in just 121 total snaps, only six coming in the last two seasons. He missed the end of the 2011 season, all of 2012 and part of 2013 recovering from a broken leg.
10. Spygate, New England Patriots, 2008
The Patriots forfeited their first-round pick in 2008 because of Spygate.