2011 NFL Draft: Ranking Each Team's Draft Success Over the Last Decade

Allen KimSenior Analyst IDecember 15, 2010

2011 NFL Draft: Ranking Each Team's Draft Success Over the Last Decade

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 7: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after his four yard touchdown run brought the Vikings within a touchdown of the Arizona Cardinals in the fourth quarter at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Novem
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    The 2011 NFL Draft picture is starting to clear up with playoff positions nearly determined and the NFL season almost complete.

    Keep in mind that all players listed from the various draft classes do not reflect their status as good or impact players. Some have had amazing careers and others are notable just on name recognition and little else (e.g. Tim Tebow).

    Quality, not quantity, is how the teams will be ranked.

    So which team's draft room has been the best on draft day over the last 10 years?

32. Buffalo Bills

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Steve Johnson #13 of the Buffalo Bills jumps but can't make a catch against the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    The Buffalo Bills really have a poor track record in the NFL Draft over the past 10 years.

    Looking at the list, there are few, if any, standout players selected in the last 10 years.

    In 2003, if they got a fully healthy Willis McGahee. That pick would have ended up being a steal. Right now, seventh round pick from 2008, Steve Johnson, is in the midst of a breakout season. He could be a true steal.

    Selected in 2008, Jairus Byrd had an excellent rookie season but hasn't had the same success this year.

    C.J. Spiller was a puzzling pick earlier this year, but he is talented no doubt. The team just didn't need a running back in the draft.

    2001: Nate Clements

    2002: Ryan Denney

    2003: Willis McGahee, Terrence McGee

    2004: Lee Evans

    2005: Roscoe Parrish

    2006: Donte Whitner, Kyle Williams

    2007: Marshawn Lynch, Paul Posluszny, Trent Edwards

    2008: Leodis McKelvin, Chris Ellis, Demetrius Bell, Steve Johnson

    2009: Aaron Maybin, Jairus Byrd

    2010: C.J. Spiller

31. Miami Dolphins

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 12:  Ronnie Brown #23 of the Miami Dolphins rushes against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 12, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    The Miami Dolphins have been hit or miss for a good part of this decade

    Looking down the list, there really aren't many players who really jump out at you. A lot of solid players have been drafted over the years, but very few studs.

    2001: Chris Chambers

    2002: Randy McMichael

    2003: Donald Lee, Yeremiah Bell

    2004: Vernon Carey, Will Poole, Rex Hadnot

    2005: Ronnie Brown, Channing Crowder,

    2006: Jason Allen, Derek Hagan, Devin Aromashodu

    2007: Ted Ginn Jr., Lorenzo Booker

    2008: Jake Long, Chad Henne

    2009: Vontae Davis, Pat White, Brian Hartline, Chris Clemons

    2010: Koa Misi, Nolan Carroll

30. Detroit Lions

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 17: Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions catches the ball on an 87-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the New York Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 17, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Gian
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    The Detroit Lions have been awful ever since Barry Sanders retired.

    However, it doesn't all rest on Sanders' shoulders. The Lions really didn't hit on many of their picks from 2001 to 2006.

    Detroit natives can thank Matt Millen for that. How Millen has a job as a broadcaster is beyond me.

    The 2007 season marked a turning point in the draft, when they landed freak of nature, Calvin Johnson.

    The following year was poor, but they landed Matthew Stafford in 2009 and promising tight end Brandon Pettigrew.

    Then 2010 netted them beast defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh and electric running back Jahvid Best.

    If Stafford can stay healthy, things are looking up for Detroit.

    2001: Jeff Backus, Dominic Raiola, Shaun Rogers

    2002: Andre' Goodman

    2003: Boss Bailey, Cory Redding

    2004: Roy E. Williams

    2005: Mike Williams, Shaun Cody

    2006: Ernie Sims

    2007: Calvin Johnson, Drew Stanton

    2008: Kevin Smith, Cliff Avril

    2009: Matthew Stafford, Brandon Pettigrew, Louis Delmas

    2010: Ndamukong Suh, Jahvid Best

29. Washington Redskins

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 26: Sean Taylor #21 of the Washington Redskins walks on the field durng the game against the Carolina Panthers on November 26, 2006 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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    From 2001 to 2005, the Washington Redskins have only had two solid draft classes.

    The 2004 class produced Sean Taylor and Chris Cooley.

    Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell came out of the 2005 class.

    Since then, they've had some mediocre picks, but rarely a standout.

    However, Brian Orakpo from 2009 has a very bright future ahead of him.

    2001: Fred Smoot, Sage Rosenfels

    2002: Ladell Betts, Rock Cartwright

    2004: Sean Taylor, Chris Cooley

    2005: Carlos Rogers, Jason Campbell

    2006: Rocky McIntosh

    2007: LaRon Landry

    2008: Devin Thomas, Fred Davis, Malcolm Kelly, Chris Horton

    2009: Brian Orakpo

    2010: Trent Williams

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 28:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers passes against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens led the Buccaneers at the half 17-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Ima
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    In terms of drafting, 2001 to 2006 was not a good period for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    However, their selection of Gaines Adams in 2007 really changed that streak and they continued the trend the next few seasons.

    Aqib Talib has turned into an outstanding defensive back.

    Josh Freeman is in the midst of a breakout season and Tampa Bay has a bright future with Freeman and Mike Williams leading the way.

    2001: Russ Hochstein

    2002: Jermaine Phillips

    2003: Chris Simms

    2004: Michael Clayton, Will Allen

    2005: Cadillac Williams, Anthony Bryant

    2006: Jeremy Trueblood, Maurice Stovall, Bruce Gradkowski

    2007: Gaines Adams, Adam Hayward, Kenneth Darby

    2008: Aqib Talib, Josh Johnson

    2009: Josh Freeman, Roy Miller, Sammie Stroughter

    2010: Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, Arrelious Benn, Mike Williams

27. Cleveland Browns

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    OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 23:  Tackle Joe Thomas #73 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass block against the Oakland Raiders during a 26-24 loss at McAfee Coliseum on September 23, 2007 in Oakand, California.  (Photo by Kevin Terrell/Getty Images)
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    Unsurprisingly, the Cleveland Browns have not had sustained success in the draft over the last 10 years. They've chosen some solid players, but not many that really stand above the rest of their peers.

    Kellen Winslow in 2004 and Braylon Edwards in 2005 could have really made a great combination to help the Browns have consistent success, but they became problems for the organization and were ultimately shipped out of town.

    Kamerion Wimbley was a great pick in 2006.

    In 2007, the Browns did get tackle Joe Thomas, who is one of the best in the game today.

    Since then, the team has had fleeting success in the draft.

    2001: Gerard Warren

    2002: Kevin Bentley, Andra Davis

    2004: Kellen Winslow Jr., Sean Jones

    2005: Braylon Edwards, Brodney Pool

    2006: Kamerion Wimbley, Leon Williams, Jerome Harrison, Lawrence Vickers

    2007: Joe Thomas, Eric Wright, Brandon McDonald

    2009: Alex Mack, Brian Robiskie, Mohammed Massaquoi, James Davis

    2010: Joe Haden, T.J. Ward, Colt McCoy

26. Oakland Raiders

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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 10:  Malcom Floyd #80 of the San Diego Chargers catches a ball while defended by Nnamdi Asomugha #21 of the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 10, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Ima
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    Al Davis, what would the NFL do without you?

    Davis is notorious for drafting players based on pure physical abilities alone.

    If a player is projected to go in the fifth round, but he posts an amazing 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, you can mark Davis down for drafting that player in the first round.

    Aside from a handful of standout picks like Nnamdi Asomugha, Darren McFadden and Zach Miller, the Raiders have been awful in the draft for a large part of the past 10 years.

    2002: Phillip Buchanon, Kenyon Coleman

    2003: Nnamdi Asomugha, Justin Fargas

    2004: Robert Gallery

    2005: Fabian Washington, Kirk Morrison

    2006: Michael Huff

    2007: Zach Miller, Michael Bush

    2008: Darren McFadden

    2009: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Louis Murphy

    2010: Rolando McClain, Jacoby Ford

25. San Francisco 49ers

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 03:  Patrick Willis #52 of the San Francisco 49ers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 3, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The early half of 2000 was not kind to the San Francisco 49ers in the draft.

    The team caught a break in 2005 when it thought it found its franchise quarterback in Alex Smith. Clearly he was not the answer, but the 49ers did end up with Frank Gore in that draft too, so not all was lost.

    Vernon Davis came the following year and while he was thought to be a bust for many years, he has blossomed into a star tight end.

    Patrick Willis anchors the defense and is arguably the best linebacker in the NFL today.

    Michael Crabtree can still turn into the playmaking wide receiver they drafted him to be, so while the 49ers record indicates otherwise, they have a solid team in place.

    Now all they need is a quarterback.

    2001: Andre Carter, Jamie Winborn

    2002: Kyle Kosier

    2003: Anthony Adams, Brandon Lloyd, Arnaz Battle

    2004: Shawntae Spencer, Isaac Sopoaga

    2005: Alex Smith, Frank Gore

    2006: Vernon Davis, Manny Lawson

    2007: Patrick Willis, Joe Staley

    2008: Josh Morgan

    2009: Michael Crabtree, Glen Coffee, Bear Pascoe, Curtis Taylor

    2010: Anthony Davis, Mike Iupati, Taylor Mays, Anthony Dixon

24. Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 14:  Tackle Russell Okung #76 of the Seattle Seahawks pass blocks during the preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Qwest Field on August 14, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    Seattle has been fairly consistent over the past decade when it comes to drafting.

    The Seahawks have seen a steady stream of prospects join the team over the years and they've had  a good amount of success this decade because of it.

    While they're not much of a team now, they've picked up some very nice prospects in the last couple of drafts. They just need to find a new quarterback to replace Matt Hasselbeck and they should have a brighter future ahead.

    2001: Steve Hutchinson, Heath Evans

    2002: Jerramy Stevens, Maurice Morris, Rocky Bernard

    2003: Marcus Trufant, Ken Hamlin, Seneca Wallace

    2004: Sean Locklear

    2005: Chris Spencer, Lofa Tatupu

    2006: Darryl Tapp, Ben Obomanu

    2007: Josh WIlson

    2008: John Carlson, Justin Forsett

    2009: Aaron Curry, Deon Butler

    2010: Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate

23. St. Louis Rams

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 05:  Runningback Steven Jackson #39 of the St. Louis Rams walks off the field during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Ca
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    The St. Louis Rams had some tough years after "The Greatest Show on Turf" ended.

    Steven Jackson was a godsend to the franchise in 2004 and the Rams followed that year up with a solid draft class in 2005.

    However, they hit a rough patch in terms of franchise success and finally ended up with the first pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

    Sam Bradford was chosen to lead their franchise and he has quickly become an impact rookie, turning the fortunes of the franchise around.

    2001: Ryan Pickett, Brandon Manumaleuna

    2002: Chris Massey

    2003: Pisa Tinoisamoa, Kevin Curtis, Scott Shanle

    2004: Steven Jackson, Anthony Hargrove, Brandon Chillar

    2005: Alex Barron, Ronald Bartell, O.J. Atogwe, Richie Incognito, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Madison Hedgecock

    2006: Tye Hill, Joe Klopfenstein

    2007: Brian Leonard, Clifton Ryan

    2008: Chris Long, Justin King

    2009: Jason Smith, James Laurinaitis

    2010: Sam Bradford, Mardy Gilyard, Michael Hoomanawanui

22. New Orleans Saints

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 05:  Marques Colston #12 of the New Orleans Saints runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The Saints won 34-30.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/
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    New Orleans was hit or miss from 2001 to 2005. The Saints had some great picks in that span, like Deuce McAllister, but plenty of duds.

    The 2006 class would have been far greater if Reggie Bush lived up to the hype. Luckily, Marques Colston came out of nowhere. He was drafted No. 252 overall in the seventh round and he was a huge steal that year.

    They've had more success since then, but not by a whole lot.

    2001: Deuce McAllister

    2002: Donte Stallworth, Charles Grant

    2003: Jon Stinchcomb

    2004: Will Smith, Devery Henderson, Mike Karney

    2005: Jammal Brown, Josh Bullocks

    2006: Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Marques Colston

    2007: Robert Meachem, David Jones

    2008: Sedrick Ellis, Tracy Porter

    2009: Malcolm Jenkins

    2010: Jimmy Graham

21. Atlanta Falcons

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 12:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    The Atlanta Falcons traded up in 2001 to select Michael Vick. While Vick brought some excitement to the franchise, we all know how his tenure ended there. If the Falcons kept their pick, they could've had LaDainian Tomlinson instead.

    The next two years weren't great, but they found some redemption the following two years.

    While Schaub played backup in Atlanta for the most part, he has turned into a great find for a third-round pick. Too bad it's with another team.

    One of the team's current most coveted assets is premier wide receiver, Roddy White. He was picked in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft and he has blossomed into a star.

    The two preceding years turned out a number of solid players, but no standouts.

    However, 2008 was a turning point for the franchise. The Falcons selected Matt Ryan with the first overall pick and he has developed into a stud. Ryan has turned the fortunes of the franchise around and they currently sport the best record in the NFC.

    2001: Michael Vick, Alge Crumpler

    2002: T.J. Duckett

    2003: Bryan Scott

    2004: DeAngelo Hall, Matt Schaub

    2005: Roddy White, Justin Babineaux

    2006: Jerious Norwood

    2007: Jamaal Anderson, Justin Blalock, Chris Houston, Laurent Robinson, Jason Snelling

    2008: Matt Ryan, Curtis Lofton, Thomas DeCoud, Kroy Biermann

20. Kansas City Chiefs

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action during the game against the Denver Broncos on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Kansas City drafted standout linebacker Scott Fujita in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft and they got Larry Johnson the following year in the first.

    While the Chiefs drafted Jared Allen in the fourth round of the 2004 draft, he turned into one of the best defensive ends in the NFL over the past couple of years.

    Tamba Hali from the 2006 class has turned into an outstanding defensive end.

    Dwayne Bowe has had his issues, but he's had a strong career and he's in the midst of a career year.

    While Glenn Dorsey was a miss in 2008, Brandon Flowers and Jamaal Charles have turned into outstanding players.

    Their latest crop of players look promising, and the Chiefs look like they have a bright future ahead.

    2002: Ryan Sims, Scott Fujita

    2003: Larry Johnson, Kawika Mitchell, Jimmy Wilkerson

    2004: Jared Allen

    2005: Derrick Johnson

    2006: Tamba Hali, Bernard Pollard, Jarrad Page

    2007: Dwayne Bowe

    2008: Glenn Dorsey, Brandon Flowers, Jamaal Charles, Brandon Carr

    2010: Eric Berry, Dexter McCluster, Javier Arenas, Tony Moeaki

19. Tennessee Titans

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 09:  Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans runs with the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at LP Field on December 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Tennessee has had a few strong draft classes over the past decade.

    However, the one pick that really stands out is Mr. 2000 himself, Chris Johnson.

    Johnson was a widely unheralded pick that was known for his pure speed. He has quickly vaulted up the ladder of running backs to be in the conversation for best in the NFL.

    Kenny Britt also looks to have a bright future ahead. If only the Titans had a consistent quarterback to get him the ball.

    2001: Andre Dyson, Justin McCareins

    2002: Albert Haynesworth, Justin Hartwig

    2003: Chris Brown

    2004: Travis LaBoy, Antwan Odom, Randy Starks, Eugene Amano

    2005: Pacman Jones, Bo Scaife

    2006: Vince Young, LenDale White, Stephen Tulloch, Cortland Finnegan, Quinton Ganther

    2007: Michael Griffin, Chris Henry

    2008: Chris Johnson

    2009: Kenny Britt, Javon Ringer, Jason McCourty

    2010: Derrick Morgan, Rusty Smith

18. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 12:  Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars breaks the tackle of Travis Goethel #50 of the Oakland Raiders during the game at EverBank Field on December 12, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Ge
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    The Jacksonville Jaguars have had a number of solid picks throughout the last decade, but not a whole lot of stars.

    Regardless, they've been pretty consistent over the years.

    Of course, there was the Matt Jones gaffe in 2005, but Jones measured off the charts at the NFL combine.

    The little bowling ball Maurice Jones-Drew was a steal for the Jaguars at the end of the second round in the 2006 draft. Even first-rounder, Marcedes Lewis, is finally starting to live up to his potential.

    Jacksonville has really been trying to shore up their defense and offensive line in the last couple of drafts and they've made some strides in upgrading.

    2001: Marcus Stroud, Maurice Williams, Marlin McCree

    2002: John Henderson, Akim Ayodele, David Garrard

    2003: Byron Leftwich, Rashean Mathis, Vince Manuwai

    2004: Reggie Williams, Daryl Smith, Ernest Wilford, Josh Scobee

    2005: Matt Jones, Khalif Barnes, Gerald Sensabaugh

    2006: Marcedes Lewis, Maurice Jones-Drew

    2007: Reggie Nelson, Mike Sims-Walker

    2008: Derrick Harvey, Quentin Groves

    2009: Eugene Monroe, Eben Britton, Mike Thomas, Rashad Jennings

    2010: Tyson Alualu, Deji Karim

17. Cincinnati Bengals

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals pulls in this reception against Brent Grimes #20 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Cincinnati has had a fair amount of success in the last 10 years.

    Chad Johnson—or should I say Chad Ochocinco—and T.J. Houshmandzadeh proved to be a formidable duo for many years.

    When Carson Palmer came in 2003, he developed into one of the elite quarterbacks in the league and the Bengals really thrived. While he's not playing awful right now, he was never been the same after his injury and the Bengals are going nowhere fast this season.

    The 2009 and 2010 classes were both good years for the Bengals. Rey Maualuga looks like a steal from 2009.

    In 2010, the Bengals found two promising young wide receivers in Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley. Carlos Dunlap also looks to be a solid defensive end with a lot of upside.

    2001: Justin Smith, Chad Johnson, T.J. Houshmandzadeh

    2002: Levi Jones

    2003: Carson Palmer, Eric Steinbach

    2004: Madieu Williams, Landon Johnson, Robert Geathers, Stacy Andrews

    2005: Chris Henry

    2006: Johnathan Joseph, Andrew Whitworth

    2007: Leon Hall, Nedu Ndukwe

    2008: Keith Rivers

    2009: Andre Smith, Rey Maualuga, Bernard Scott

    2010: Jermaine Gresham, Carlos Dunlap, Jordan Shipley

16. Houston Texans

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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 28:  Wide receiver Andre Johnson #80 of the Houston Texans catches a pass during warm ups before playing the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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    As an expansion team in 2002, the Houston Texans have taken great strides since their inaugural season.

    In 2003, they landed arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL today, Andre Johnson.

    They followed that draft up with a solid corner and linebacker in Dunta Robinson and Jason Babin.

    While 2005 was completely forgettable, they really changed the team's fortunes in 2006. The team was highly criticized for passing up on Reggie Bush and selecting Mario Williams with the No. 1 overall pick.

    Well, that move turned out to be genius, as Williams has been an animal and Bush has had limited success.

    Amobi Okoye was a great pick and he really helps to solidify the trenches for the Texans.

    Steve Slaton looked like a huge steal in the 2008 draft as a third round pick, but he has fallen into obscurity.

    Even though Brian Cushing was caught taking PEDs, he still won Defensive Rookie of the Year.

    2002: David Carr, Jabar Gaffney

    2003: Andre Johnson

    2004: Dunta Robinson, Jason Babin

    2006: Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans, Eric Winston, Owen Daniels

    2007: Amobi Okoye, Jacoby Jones

    2008: Steve Slaton

    2009: Brian Cushing, Glover Quinn, James Casey

    2010: Kareem Jackson, Ben Tate

15. Denver Broncos

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    LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15:  Brandon Marshall #15 of the Denver Broncos halls in a pass for a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on November 15, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Broncos 27-17. (Photo by Larry Fren
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    Clinton Portis and D.J. Williams were the only two studs drafted from 2001 to 2004.

    They got a solid defensive back in Dominique Foxworth and a guard in Chris Myers in 2005.

    Then 2006 was a good year for Denver. They got Jay Cutler in the first round, and a steal in Brandon Marshall in the fourth and Elvis Dumervil a little after him.

    The following year was mostly forgettable.

    However, they've had strong picks in 2008 and 2009. The team really hit on a number of picks. But they actually traded away the steal of the 2008 NFL Draft, Peyton Hillis.

    Demaryius Thomas was an excellent choice for Denver, but Tim Tebow was a colossal reach and mistake.

    2001: Ben Hamilton, Reggie Hayward

    2002: Ashley Lelie, Clinton Portis

    2003: George Foster

    2004: D.J. Williams, Tatum Bell

    2005: Dominique Foxworth, Chris Myers

    2006: Jay Cutler, Tony Scheffler, Brandon Marshall, Elvis Dumervil, Domenik Hixon, Chris Kuper

    2007: Jarvis Moss, Tim Crowder, Marcus Thomas

    2008: Ryan Clady, Eddie Royal, Ryan Torain, Peyton Hillis

    2009: Knowshon Moreno, Robert Ayers, Alphonso Smith

    2010: Demaryius Thomas, Tim Tebow

14. Arizona Cardinals

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    GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals runs onto the field during introductions to the NFL game against the New Orleans Saints at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.
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    The Cardinals walked away with three standout players in the 2001 draft class.

    But 2002 was an uneventful draft for the Cardinals.

    However, 2003 and 2004 were two very good draft classes for the Cardinals. The team walked away with a number of high profile players, many of which helped take the team to the Super Bowl.

    Antrelle Rolle was the only impact player taken the following year and he had some good seasons with the Cardinals before signing a big free agent contract with the Giants this past summer.

    Matt Leinart was drafted in the first round of the 2006 draft and he was seen as the team's franchise quarterback of the future, but he clearly failed that test. Leinart is currently backing up Matt Schaub in Houston.

    The 2007 and 2008 classes produced a bruising offensive tackle, two solid receivers and a running back, with the standout player being cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

    Last season, the team picked up Beanie Wells, who was projected as a higher pick but fell to them in the draft. While he has shown flashes of great potential, he's far from being consistent.

    2001: Leonard Davis, Kyle Vanden Bosch, Adrian Wilson

    2003: Calvin Pace, Anquan Boldin, Reggie Wells

    2004: Larry Fitzgerald, Karlos Dansby, Darnell Docket, Antonio Smith

    2005: Antrelle Rolle

    2006: Matt Leinart, Leonard Pope

    2007: Levi Brown, Steve Breaston

    2008: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Early Doucet, Tim Hightower

    2009: Beanie Wells

13. Minnesota Vikings

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes against  the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Imag
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    The Minnesota Vikings founded a good part of their defense through the first six of the last 10 seasons.

    In 2007, they changed their strategy when they grabbed Adrian Peterson in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft.

    Peterson has really been an impact player from Day 1 and he has turned the fortunes of the franchise around.

    However, you can't forget about Sidney Rice being selected that same year. He has become one of the premier wide receivers in the NFL.

    Finally, they added Percy Harvin to the mix and he too made an immediate impact. After all, he did win Offensive Rookie of the Year.

    2001: Michael Bennett

    2002: Bryant McKinnie, Brian Williams

    2003: Kevin Williams, E.J. Henderson, Nate Burleson

    2004: Kenechi Udeze, Medwelde Moore

    2005: Troy Williamson, C.J. Mosley

    2006: Chad Greenway, Cedric Griffin, Tavaris Jackson, Ray Edwards

    2007: Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, Tyler Thigpen

    2008: Tyrell Johnson, John Sullivan

    2009: Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt, Asher Allen, Jasper Brinkley

    2010: Toby Gerhart, Everson Griffen

12. New York Jets

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 25: Nick Mangold #74 of the New York Jets stands on the sideline during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at New Meadowlands Stadium on November 25, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Bengal 26-
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    The New York Jets had some solid picks from 2001 to 2004, with players like Santana Moss, Kreem McKenzie and Jonathan Vilma.

    However, it wasn't until 2006 that they started to hit some home runs with some of their picks. They drafted two staples of their offensive line then that gives the team one of the best front fives in the NFL today.

    They followed up the strong 2006 draft class with Revis Island in 2007. He alone makes that a successful year.

    Dustin Keller and Dwight Lowery have been nice from the 2008 class.

    2001: Santana Moss, LaMont Jordan, Kareem McKenzie

    2002: Bryan Thomas

    2004: Jonathan Vilma, Jerricho Cotchery

    2005: Kerry Rhodes, Joel Dreesen

    2006: D'Brichashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold, Eric Smith, Brad Smith, Leon Washington

    2007: Darrelle Revis, David Harris, Chansi Stuckey

    2008: Vernon Gholston, Dustin Keller, Dwight Lowery

    2009: Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene

    2010: Kyle Wilson, Joe McKnight

11. Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers congratulates Greg Jennings #85 after Jennings' touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings  at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Im
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    The Packers draft history wasn't great from 2001 to 2004, but it wasn't bad either.

    However, they drafted a franchise changing quarterback in 2005 with Aaron Rodgers.

    They followed that up with a deep draft class in 2006, with beast wide receiver Greg Jennings leading that year.

    Green Bay has continued their strong drafting with Jermichael Finley and Clay Matthews headlining the next two seasons.

    2001: David Martin

    2002: Javon Walker, Aaron Kampman

    2003: Nick Barnett, Chris Johnson

    2004: Corey Williams

    2005: Aaron Rodgers, Nick Collins, Brady Poppinga

    2006: A.J. Hawk, Daryn Colledge, Greg Jennings, Will Blackmon, Dave Tollefson

    2007: Brandon Jackson, James Jones, David Clowney, Mason Crosby

    2008: Jordy Nelson, Patrick Lee, Jermichael Finley

    2009: B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews

    2010: Bryan Bulaga, Mike Neal, Morgan Burnett, Andrew Quarless

10. Chicago Bears

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 28: Devin Hetser #23 of the Chicago Bears returns a kick against the Philadelphia Eagles at Soldier Field on November 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Eagles 31-26. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    The Chicago Bears didn't have great picks early on, but they picked a number of good players from 2003 to 2005.

    Charles Tilman and Lance Briggs from 2003 have become staples of the Bears defense.

    Tommie Harris, Tank Johnson and Bernard Berrian from 2004 have also had solid careers. Nathan Vasher had three good seasons, but he has tailed off considerably since then.

    Cedric Benson and Kyle Orton didn't have a whole lot of success with the team, but they've found a place with other teams.

    The following four years weren't all that bad either. They have one of the premier punt and kick returners in Devin Hester, along with Greg Olsen, Matt Forte, Earl Bennett and Johnny Knox.

    2001: Anthony Thomas, Mike Gandy

    2002: Marc Colombo, James Brown       

    2003: Charles Tilman, Lance Briggs, Bobby Wade, Justin Gage

    2004: Tommie Harris, Tank Johnson, Bernard Berrian, Nathan Vasher

    2005: Cedric Benson, Kyle Orton, Chris Harris, Rod Wilson

    2006: Danieal Manning, Devin Hester

    2007: Greg Olsen, Corey Graham

    2008: Matt Forte, Earl Bennett, Zackary Bowman

    2009: Johnny Knox

9. Philadelphia Eagles

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    PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 07:  DeSean Jackson #10 of the Philadelphia Eagles against the Indianapolis Colts on November 7, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Colts 26-24.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Image
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    The Philadelphia Eagles have been fairly consistent over the last decade in the draft.

    The 2002 class stands out in the early half of the decade, and they didn't find a whole lot of stars aside from that one year, but they picked it up down the road.

    The 2008 and 2009 draft classes really gave the team a big boost.

    The team's core offensive weapons were all drafted in that two year span, with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy joining the team.

    2001: Derrick Burgess, Correll Buckhalter

    2002: Lito Sheppard, Sheldon Brown, Brian Westbrook

    2003: L.J. Smith

    2004: Shawn Andrews, Matt Ware

    2005: Mike Patterson, Reggie Brown, Sean Considine, Trent Cole

    2006: Brodrick Bunkley, Chris Gocong, Jason Avant, Omar Gaither

    2007: Kevin Kolb, Stewart Bradley, Brent Celek

    2008: DeSean Jackson, Mike McGlynn

    2009: Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy

    2010: Brandon Graham, Nate Allen

8. Carolina Panthers

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    OAKLAND - NOVEMBER 9:  Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers walks on the field during the game against the Oakland Raiders at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 9, 2008 in Oakland, California. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    From 2001 to 2004, the Panthers didn't draft impact players in numbers, but they found a group of stars with their picks. Some are still with the team, while others have moved on to sign massive contracts elsewhere. But the one thing they all have in common is that they've all had very successful careers in the NFL.

    DeAngelo Williams from 2006 has turned into a stud running back. Injuries have derailed his season, but he was an animal in 2008 and 2009.

    In 2007, the Panthers selected a franchise linebacker in Jon Beason. He's one of the best linebackers in the NFL today, and someone I would want leading my defense.

    The following year, they drafted "the Daily Show", who really flourishes when given the opportunity. Jeff Otah has turned into a mauling offensive lineman that opens up gaping holes for Stewart and Williams and to some extent their 2009 pick, Mike Goodson.

    2001: Kris Jenkins, Steve Smith

    2002: Julius Peppers, DeShaun Foster, Will Witherspoon

    2003: Jordan Gross

    2004: Chris Gamble

    2006: DeAngelo Williams, Richard Marshall

    2007: Jon Beason, Ryan Kalil, Charles Johnson, Dante Rosario

    2008: Jonathan Stewart, Jeff Otah, Charles Godrey

    2009: Everette Brown, Mike Goodson

    2010: Jimmy Clausen, Brandon LaFell, Armanti Edwards

7. Indianapolis Colts

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Matt Schaub #8 of Houston Texans fumbles the ball while being tackled  by Dwight Freeney #93 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyon
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    The Indianapolis Colts have been the model of consistency over the last decade. Most of that can be attributed to Peyton Manning, but the team has been drafting very well under Bill Polian.

    The 2001 season marked a new era after they drafted Colts' staples, Reggie Wayne and Ryan Diem.

    The team built upon that success the next year by getting pass-rushing monster, Dwight Freeney.

    They got Freeney a partner in crime in 2003 with Robert Mathis and they gave Manning one of his deadliest weapons in Dallas Clark.

    Bob Sanders in 2004 and Antoine Bethea in 2006 gave them a strong pairing of safeties.

    While the Colts haven't been as strong selecting in the early rounds over the last few years, Polian has found some gems deep in the draft. Jacob Tamme, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie come to mind.

    2001: Reggie Wayne, Ryan Diem

    2002: Dwight Freeney

    2003: Dallas Clark, Donald Strickland, Robert Mathis, Cato June

    2004: Bob Sanders

    2005: Kelvin Hayden

    2006: Joseph Addai, Tim Jennings, Antoine Bethea

    2007: Anthony Gonzalez, Clint Session

    2008: Mike Pollak, Jacob Tamme, Mike Hart, Pierre Garcon

    2009: Donald Brown, Jerraud Powers, Austin Collie

6. Dallas Cowboys

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts after the Cowboys recovered a second quarter fumble by Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 i
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    The 2002 class produced some solid players with Roy "horse collar tackle" Williams leading the way.

    Jason Witten was a steal in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

    Dallas struck gold in 2005 with Bill Parcells calling the shots. They grabbed a number of key defensive players, highlighted by the selection of DeMarcus Ware. Marion Barber was a great pick in the fourth round too.

    The next two years were solid, but no real distinguishing players.

    The Cowboys had a lot of picks in the 2009 NFL Draft, but none in the first two rounds. This was definitely a forgettable draft for the franchise.

    They did find redemption in 2010 with wide receiver Dez Bryant. He has quickly become a stud.

    2002: Roy Williams, Andre Gurode, Antonio Bryant

    2003: Terrence Newman, Jason Witten, Bradie James

    2004: Julius Jones, Patrick Crayton

    2005: DeMarcus Ware, Marcus R. Spears, Kevin Burnett, Marion Barber, Chris Canty, Jay Ratliff

    2006: Bobby Carpenter, Anthony Fasano

    2007: Anthony Spencer, Alan Ball

    2008: Felix Jones, Mike Jenkins, Martellus Bennett, Tashard Choice, Orlando Scandrick

    2009: David Buehler

    2010: Dez Bryant

5. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 21:  Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lines up before the snap during the game against  the Oakland Raiders on November 21, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Pittsburgh has been drafting well for the last 10 years. The Steelers have come out of nearly every draft class with at least one stud.

    The Steelers draft defensive players particularly well, which makes sense when you watch their suffocating Steel Curtain.

    Ben Roethlisberger, for all his faults, has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league over the past couple of seasons.

    The team consistently finds gems where no one else sees them.

    2001: Casey Hampton

    2002: Antwaan Randle El, Larry Foote, Brett Keisel

    2003: Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor

    2004: Ben Roethlisberger, Max Starks

    2005: Heath Miller, Bryant McFadden, Chris Kemoeatu

    2006: Santonio Holmes, Anthony Smith

    2007: Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, William Gay

    2008: Rashard Mendenhall, Bruce Davis

    2009: Mike Wallace

    2010: Maurkice Pouncey, Emmanuel Sanders

4. Baltimore Ravens

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    BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 05:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers at M&T Bank Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
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    Todd Heap was drafted in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft and he's had a solid and lengthy career, all with the Ravens.

    Baltimore found two absolute studs in 2003 and 2004. They got arguably one of the greatest safeties in NFL history in Ed Reed and one of the premier linebackers today in Terrell Suggs.

    The 2004 class on the other hand didn't really produce any standouts.

    They got a reliable receiver in Mark Clayton in 2005 and the monstrous Haloti Ngata in 2006.

    Bruising full back Le'Ron McClain has become one of the best in the game today.

    The 2008 season was where the team had two great first picks. The team's current top offensive weapons were taken that year. Joe Flacco is moving up the chain of quarterbacks and he'll be a staple in Baltimore for some time. The same goes for the versatile Ray Rice, who has become one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.

    In 2009, the Ravens took the famous Michael Oher and he has paid great dividends for the team.

    2001: Todd Heap, Casey Rabach

    2002: Ed Reed, Chester Taylor

    2003: Terrell Suggs, Ovie Mughelli, Jaret Johnson

    2005: Mark Clayton, Dan Body

    2006: Haloti Ngata, Jason Brown, Dawan Landry

    2007: Le'Ron McClain

    2008: Joe Flacco, Ray Rice

    2009: Michael Oher, Paul Kruger, Lardarius Webb

3. New England Patriots

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Jerod Mayo #51 of the New England Patriots on defense against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    The New England Patriots have been one of the model franchises in the NFL for well over a decade.

    As much as I hate to say it, the organization is top notch from top to bottom, even if they have a scandal or two along the way.

    The team's draft track record is impeccable and they continue to set themselves up for continued success.

    2001: Richard Seymour, Matt Light

    2002: Daniel Graham, Deion Branch, Jarvis Green

    2003: Ty Warren, Eugene Wilson, Asante Samuel, Tully Banta-Cain

    2004: Vince Wilfork, Ben Watson

    2005: Ellis Hobbs, James Sanders, Matt Cassel

    2006: Laurence Maroney, Stephen Gostkowski

    2007: Brandon Meriweather

    2008: Jerod Mayo

    2009: Patrick Chung, Darius Butler, Brandon Tate, Julian Edelman

    2010: Devin McCourty, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez

2. New York Giants

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 03:  Mario Manningham #82, Steve Smith #12 and Brandon Jacobs #27 of the New York Giants are introduced before playing against the Chicago Bears at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (
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    Over the past decade, it was Ernie Accorsi who laid the foundation and Jerry Reese who has built upon it.

    The 2001 class was a rather uneventful draft for the New York Giants. The only notable player taken in that draft was their first round pick, Will Allen. Allen had a solid, if unspectacular career with the Giants and currently plays for the Miami Dolphins.

    The following year, the Giants didn't have a whole lot of success either. They did walk away with Jeremy Shockey in the first round and he was a beast for the six seasons they had him.

    But 2003 was a redemption year for New York. They walked away with two real studs in the draft. Osi Umenyiora was taken in the second round and he has become one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL today. David Diehl dropped into the fifth round and he immediately made an impact for the team. Perhaps the most unheralded pick of the group was David Tyree, Super Bowl XLII hero, but also one-hit wonder.

    Finally, the controversial 2004 NFL draft in which Eli Manning orchestrated a forced trade to New York. While Manning helped lead the Giants to a Super Bowl victory, Phillip Rivers—the player involved in the trade—has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Chris Snee was also taken in the second round and he has become a force in the trenches.

    Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs highlight another great draft for the Giants in 2005 followed up by two more studs the year after.

    The 2007 and 2008 seasons is where the Giants struck gold with a number of great finds. Aaron Ross hasn't been the impact player he was expected to be, but Steve Smith has turned into a great possession receiver and Ahmad Bradshaw may be the steal of the 2007 draft.

    Four of the their first five picks in the 2008 draft are all paying dividends for the team right now.

    However, the Giants most recent prized possession is playmaker Hakeem Nicks who has quickly turned into one of the best receivers in the league.

    2001: Will Allen

    2002: Jeremy Shockey

    2003: Osi Umenyiora, Vishante Shiancoe, David Diehl, David Tyree

    2004: Eli Manning, Chris Snee

    2005: Corey Webster, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs

    2006: Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield

    2007: Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw

    2008: Kenny Phillips, Terrell Thomas, Mario Manningham, Jonathan Goff

    2009: Hakeem Nicks

    2010: Jason Pierre-Paul

1. San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Runningback LaDainian Tomlinson #21 of the San Diego Chargers runs against the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL game on November 29, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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    San Diego has been as consistent as they come over the past 10 years when it comes to drafting quality talent.

    The Chargers have found some true diamonds in the rough and they've been fortunate to capitalize on the mistakes of other teams.

    LaDainian Tomlinson came to the Chargers through a draft swap with the Atlanta Falcons that landed the Falcons Michael Vick.

    Let's just say it turned out quite nicely for San Diego.

    They also managed to pick up Drew Brees in that same draft after he was overlooked by many teams.

    The same goes for 2004, when New York traded up to get Eli Manning in exchange for Phillip Rivers and another draft pick. That pick turned into Shawne Merriman.

    The 2007 to 2010 classes weren't their best years, but they weren't bad either.

    2001: LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees

    2002: Quentin Jammer, Ben Leber

    2003: Drayton Florence, Matt Wilhelm

    2004: Phillip Rivers, Igor Olshansky, Nate Kaeding, Nick Hardwick, Shaun Phillips, Michael Turner

    2005: Shawne Merriman, Luis Castillo, Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles

    2006: Antonio Cromartie, Marcus McNeill

    2007: Eric Weddle, Anthony Waters, Legedu Naanee

    2008: Antoine Cason, Jacob Hester

    2009: Larry English, Vaughn Martin

    2010: Ryan Mathews