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2007 NFL Draft Revisited

JaMarcus Russell,

JaMarcus Russell,

The 2007 NFL Draft will be remembered for the Raiders taking Jamarcus Russell, who turned into one of the biggest busts in the history of the draft, No. 1 overall. However, taking a closer look after that pick shows that this draft was filled with quite a bit of talent. Names like Calvin Johnson (No. 2 ), Joe Thomas (No. 3), Adrian Peterson (No. 7) stand out among the players picked in the top 10, but the first round was scattered with talent, all the way to the 31st pick, Greg Olsen.

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(This article appears in Athlon Sports’ 2017 Pro Football Magazine, which is available for purchase online and at newsstands everywhere.)

1. Oakland: JaMarcus Russell, QB, LSU

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Oakland (2007-09)
All-Pro Seasons: None


The story goes that the Raiders fell in love with Russell’s size and arm and ignored obvious red flags. While there is some truth in that, Russell was not just a workout wonder. He improved in each of his three seasons at LSU, and his final season was outstanding (67.8 completion percentage, 28 TDs, eight INTs). Russell’s problems began when he held out and didn’t sign with Oakland until Sept. 12, 2007, missing all of training camp and preseason. He appeared in only four games and started the season finale. That set him up to be the starter in 2008, but he went 5–10 in 15 starts and completed just 53.8 percent of his passes. The Raiders as a whole were a mess — head coach Lane Kiffin was replaced by Tom Cable after a 1–3 start — but Russell’s work ethic was reportedly a huge problem, and he showed no signs of being a franchise quarterback who could lead the way to fixing things. Things only got worse in 2009 as Russell lasted just nine games as the starter, going 2–7. He finished the season last in the NFL among qualifying quarterbacks in passer rating (50.0) and completion percentage (48.8). He was released the following May after he allegedly reported to minicamp at nearly 300 pounds, and he never played in the NFL again.

Related: 5 Worst No. 1 Overall Draft Picks in NFL History

2. Detroit: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech

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Detroit (2007-15)

All-Pro Seasons: 2011, ’12, ’13


Critics snickered at the Lions taking another receiver early in the draft after having mixed success at best on first-round pass catchers in three of the previous four drafts. But they got it right with Johnson, who racked up seven 1,000-yard seasons during his nine-year career. He set an NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards in 2012, when he led the NFL with 122 catches. He also led the league in receiving yards in 2011 with 1,681. Johnson missed only nine games in his career and was a three-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl selection, but his physical style took a toll. After battling injuries almost every season, he retired at 30 despite having caught 88 passes for 1,214 yards and nine scores in 2015. He played in only two playoff games in his career, yet he caught 17 passes for 296 yards in those games.

3. Cleveland: Joe Thomas, OT, Wisconsin

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Cleveland (2007-present)

All-Pro Seasons: 2009, ’10, ’11, ’13, ’14, ’15


The Browns seem to be always rebuilding, but they are doing it on the cornerstone that is Joe Thomas. If he played on a good team, Thomas might be in the discussion for the best offensive tackle ever. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of his first 10 seasons in the NFL; only four others — Merlin Olsen (14), Mel Renfro (10), Barry Sanders (10) and Lawrence Taylor (10) — have done that. Thomas has been named All-Pro six times despite never having played on a playoff team. And this is the kicker: Thomas has never missed a snap. Since starting the 2007 opener, Thomas has started all 60 games and played in all 9,934 offensive snaps during those games.

4. Tampa Bay: Gaines Adams, DE, Clemson

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Tampa Bay (2007-09), Chicago (2009)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Adams had a decent rookie season as he started eight games and recorded 6.0 sacks in the regular season and added another sack in a playoff loss. But after a sophomore season that saw only 6.5 sacks in 16 starts, Adams fell out of favor in Tampa Bay. After picking up just one sack in the first five games of 2009, Adams was traded to Chicago for a second-round pick. In 10 games with the Bears, Adams recorded just seven tackles and no sacks. He died of cardiac arrest on Jan. 17, 2010, in his hometown of Greenwood, S.C.

5. Arizona: Levi Brown, OT, Penn State

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Arizona (2007-13), Pittsburgh (2013)

All-Pro Seasons: None


At No. 5 overall, Brown remains the highest selection from Penn State since Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington went Nos. 1 and 2 in 2000. He didn’t exactly live up to his top-five pedigree, but he carved out a solid career for the Cardinals. In seven seasons, Brown played in 81 games and started 79 at tackle. He was traded to Pittsburgh for a conditional draft choice four games into the 2013 season. But Brown suffered a freak triceps injury during pregame warm-ups before ever playing a snap for the Steelers and was placed on injured reserve. Pittsburgh gave up nothing in the trade as Brown had to be on the active roster for five weeks for there to be any return for Arizona, and he never played again.

6. Washington: LaRon Landry, DB, LSU

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Washington (2007-11), New York Jets (2012), Indianapolis (2013-14)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Landry started every game for nearly all of his first three seasons with Washington, missing only the 2009 season finale. But over the next two seasons, Landry played just 17 of 32 games. He signed with the New York Jets for the 2012 season, and he made his only Pro Bowl after racking up a career-best 100 tackles with two interceptions. He signed a four-year contract with Indianapolis before the 2013 season, but his tenure with the Colts ended in February 2015. On November 2015, Landry was suspended for testing positive for PEDs as a free agent, his third violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He will be eligible for reinstatement in September.

7. Minnesota: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma

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Minnesota (2007-16), New Orleans (2017)

All-Pro Seasons: 2008, ’09, ’12, ’15


Peterson has more than lived up to his lofty draft position — when he’s been able to stay on the field. He has led the NFL in rushing three times and scored at least 10 touchdowns in every season in which he has played 12 or more games. But he’s played in all 16 games just four times in 10 seasons. Peterson was suspended for the final 15 games of the 2014 season after being indicted on child abuse charges. He returned to lead the NFL in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2015. Peterson appeared in just three games in 2016 due to knee injuries but is expected to be healthy for 2017. While he may be past his prime at 32 when next season starts, his résumé is impressive. In addition to the rushing titles, four All-Pro seasons and NFL MVP award in 2012, Peterson has been to seven Pro Bowls and holds the NFL record for rushing yards in a game with 296. After signing with New Orleans in the offseason, Peterson will not be the lead back for the first time in his career.  

8. Atlanta: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas

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Atlanta (2007-10), Indianapolis (2011), Cincinnati (2012)

All-Pro Seasons: None


The Falcons had great luck in drafting future Pro Bowl back Jamal Anderson in the seventh round in 1994, but they were not as fortunate with Jamaal Anderson. Despite starting all 16 games as a rookie, Anderson failed to record a sack. After picking up just 4.5 sacks over the next three seasons, Anderson was released during training camp in 2011. After picking up 3.0 sacks in 2011 with the Colts, Anderson was released again and signed with Cincinnati. He played in just two games with the Bengals in 2012 before being released, and his career ended when he was cut before the 2013 season by the Bears.

9. Miami: Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State

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Miami (2007-09), San Francisco (2010-12), Carolina (2013, '15-16), Arizona (2014), New Orleans (2017)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Ginn has never made a Pro Bowl and bounced around the NFL a bit, but he is still a productive receiver and a dangerous return man. After catching 128 passes for 1,664 yards and returning three kicks for scores in three seasons with the Dolphins, Ginn moved on to San Francisco. He started just three games in three seasons for the 49ers, but he returned three more kicks for touchdowns and helped them to Super Bowl XLVII. Ginn played 2013 in Carolina and 2014 in Arizona before returning to the Panthers in 2015. In the last two seasons, Ginn has caught 98 passes for 1,491 yards and 14 touchdowns. He rushed for a touchdown in the 2015 NFC title game and caught four passes for 74 yards in Super Bowl 50. He signed with the Saints in the offseason.

10. Houston: Amobi Okoye, DT, Louisville

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Houston (2007-10), Chicago (2011-12)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Okoye was the youngest player in the NFL in 2007 at age 20, but he managed 5.5 sacks in 14 starts for the Texans. Despite starting 44 of 48 games over the next three seasons, he added just 5.5 more sacks total and moved on to the Bears in 2011. He appeared in 25 games, starting just one, and added five more sacks in Chicago over the next two seasons. In 2013 he contracted an autoimmune syndrome called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, causing seizures and leaving Okoye unable to speak or walk. He spent three months in a coma, lost 80 pounds, and he has a 145-day memory gap from his time fighting the illness. He attempted a comeback before the 2016 season, but no team signed him.

11. San Francisco: Patrick Willis, LB, Ole Miss

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San Francisco (2007-14)

All-Pro Seasons: 2007, ’09, ’10, ’11, ’12


Willis lived up to the hype of winning both the Dick Butkus and Jack Lambert Awards as the best linebacker in college football. Much like No. 2 pick Calvin Johnson, Willis was perhaps the best player in the NFL at his position before retiring relatively early at age 30. As a rookie, Willis led the NFL in tackles and earned the first of five career All-Pro selections and the first of seven consecutive Pro Bowl trips. He recorded at least 97 tackles and made the Pro Bowl in every season in which he was able to play at least 13 games. But after battling a torn hamstring in 2011 and a broken hand in 2013, Willis was struggling with a toe injury in his eighth season. He played just six games in 2014 before deciding to have season-ending surgery and going on injured reserve. He never played again, announcing his retirement in March 2015.

12. Buffalo: Marshawn Lynch, RB, California

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Buffalo (2007-10), Seattle (2010-15), Oakland (2017)

All-Pro Seasons: 2012


Drafted by the Bills to replace Willis McGahee, Lynch started strong in Buffalo. In 28 games in his first two seasons, Lynch produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and scored 16 total touchdowns. Then things unraveled: Lynch was suspended for the Bills’ first three games in 2009 for violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy, and he never regained his status as Buffalo’s go-to back. In October 2010, Lynch was traded to Seattle and found new life. He made four straight Pro Bowls from 2011-14, averaging more than 1,300 yards rushing over that span. He also scored 56 touchdowns in those four seasons, leading the NFL in rushing scores in 2013 and in rushing scores and total touchdowns in 2014. He had six career postseason 100-yard games and scored nine postseason touchdowns in 11 games. He rushed for 288 yards and four touchdowns in the 2013 postseason as the Seahawks won Super Bowl XVVIII. After an injury-plagued 2015 that saw him play just seven games, Lynch retired at age 29 but is attempting a comeback with the Raiders this season.

13. St. Louis: Adam Carriker, DE, Nebraska

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St. Louis (2007-08), Washington (2010-12)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Like the other defensive ends taken before him in this draft, Carriker fizzled in the NFL. He started all 16 games as a rookie for the Rams and recorded 2.0 sacks, but he started just nine games in 2008 and failed to track down an opposing passer. Carriker was traded to the Redskins two days before the 2010 draft, and the trade showed how much his star had faded: The Rams sent Carriker to Washington along with a fifth-round choice and a seventh-round choice, and all they got in return was a higher fifth-rounder and a seventh-round pick. In other words, two years after drafting Carriker in the first round, the Rams traded him just to move up 28 spots in the fifth round. Carriker started all but one game for the Redskins in 2010-11, picking up 7.0 total sacks, before tearing a quad tendon in his right leg two games into the 2012 season. He never played again.

14. New York Jets: Darrelle Revis, DB, Pittsburgh

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New York Jets (2007-12, '15-16), Tampa Bay (2013), New England (2014)

All-Pro Seasons: 2009, ’10, ’11, ’14


Revis started all 16 games as a rookie and then reeled off four straight Pro Bowl seasons from 2008-11, including All-Pro honors for the last three. In those first five seasons of his career, Revis intercepted 18 passes and returned three for touchdowns, establishing himself as perhaps the best corner in the game. But in his second game of 2012, he tore an ACL and missed the rest of the season. Four days before the 2013 Draft, Revis was traded to Tampa Bay for first- and fourth-round picks. He signed a $96 million contract with the Bucs, making him the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, but none of the money was guaranteed. That allowed Tampa Bay to cut him after he had trouble fitting in with the Bucs’ zone-heavy system. He signed a one-year deal with the Patriots and was again named first-team All-Pro in 2014 as New England won Super Bowl XLIX. Revis returned to the Jets before the 2015 season and intercepted six passes while starting 29 games over two seasons before the Jets released him in the offseason. Revis may move to safety to prolong his career, but at his peak he was among the best corners ever to play the game.

15. Pittsburgh: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Florida State

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Pittsburgh (2007-16), Miami (2017)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Timmons was expected to become the Steelers’ next great pass-rushing linebacker. Instead, James Harrison came out of nowhere at age 29 in 2007 to have five straight Pro Bowl seasons. That limited Timmons to only two starts and 5.0 total sacks in his first two seasons. But in 2009, the Steelers moved Timmons inside, and he has found a home. He has started every game for the last six seasons and made the Pro Bowl after the 2014 season. While he hasn’t been a dominant player, Timmons has been a solid contributor since moving into the starting lineup with 35.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and six seasons of more than 100 tackles in his career. His contract expired at the end of the 2016 season and he signed with the Dolphins. 

16. Green Bay: Justin Harrell, DT, Tennessee

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Green Bay (2007-10)

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All-Pro Seasons: None


It hadn’t been a good draft for defensive linemen to this point, and Harrell turned out to be the worst of the bunch. Thanks to various injuries at Tennessee, Harrell was limited to 25 collegiate starts and missed all but three games of his final season with a ruptured left biceps tendon. Despite the health concerns, the Packers saw him as a run-stuffing force for the middle of their defense. But Harrell showed up out of shape and didn’t get on the field until Week 5 of his rookie season. He started two games and totaled 16 tackles. In 2008, a back injury kept him off the field until November, and he managed just 12 tackles. He reinjured his back during 2009 training camp and missed the entire season, then tore an ACL in the 2010 season opener and never played another down. In 14 total NFL games, Harrell never recorded a single sack. 

17. Denver: Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida

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Denver (2007-10), Oakland (2010-11)

All-Pro Seasons: None


The Broncos traded up four spots to grab Moss, but his career went about as well as the other defensive linemen taken before him in this draft. His rookie season was cut short by a broken shin after just six games, and he struggled through two more seasons after that as the Broncos toyed with moving him to outside linebacker. They gave up on that experiment in November 2010 when they released Moss, and he signed with the Raiders. He played well enough in a reserve role to earn another one-year deal with Oakland for 2011. But after starting just one of 14 games that season, Moss was not re-signed, and he never played again in the NFL. All told, he started two NFL games and finished his career with 6.0 sacks in 53 games.

18. Cincinnati: Leon Hall, DB, Michigan

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Cincinnati (2007-15), New York Giants (2016)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Hall started 10 games as a rookie and led the Bengals with five interceptions. He started every game from 2008-10, picking up 13 more interceptions and teaming with Johnathan Joseph to give the Bengals one of the NFL’s top cornerback tandems. He signed a four-year extension before the 2011 season and was having another solid season when he tore his left Achilles tendon in Week 9, ending his season. He returned to start 14 games in 2012 and five more in 2013 before another Achilles injury, this one on his right leg, ended his season. Remarkably, Hall again returned and started 19 games over the next two seasons for the Bengals. He was signed by the Giants before the 2016 season and played in 12 games, starting two, and picking up his first two career sacks. He has 27 career interceptions.

19. Tennessee: Michael Griffin, DB, Texas

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Tennessee (2007-15), Carolina (2016)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Griffin was a second-team All-American as a safety at Texas, but he was forced to start his rookie season at cornerback after Adam Jones was suspended for the season. The move didn’t last long, and Griffin ended up with three interceptions and 54 tackles after moving back to safety. For the next eight seasons, Griffin was a fixture at safety for the Titans. He racked up a career-best seven interceptions and made his first Pro Bowl in 2008 and added another Pro Bowl season in 2010. In nine seasons as a starter in Tennessee, Griffin played in 141 of a possible 144 games and finished his Titans career with 25 interceptions, six fumble recoveries and seven sacks. He signed with Minnesota in March 2016, but he was released off the Vikings injured reserve list in September. He signed with Carolina and played in 13 games with six starts. For the first time in his career, he failed to intercept a pass and totaled 35 tackles.

20. New York Giants: Aaron Ross, DB, Texas

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New York Giants (2007-11, '13), Jacksonville (2012)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Taken one pick after his Texas teammate Griffin, Ross appeared on his way to a solid career with the Giants after two seasons. He started nine games as a rookie as the Giants won the Super Bowl and 15 more in 2008, picking up three interceptions in each season. But hamstring injuries limited him to one start in four appearances in 2009, and he started just one game among 15 appearances in 2010. An injury to Terrell Thomas opened up a starting spot for 2011, and Ross stepped up with four interceptions to help the Giants to a second Super Bowl win during his tenure. Ross signed with Jacksonville for the 2012 season, but injuries limited him to nine starts, and he failed to intercept a pass on a 2–14 team. He was released and rejoined the Giants for 2013, but he injured his back after four games and missed the rest of the season. He signed with Baltimore in 2014 but tore an Achilles tendon in training camp, ending his Ravens career before it began. He signed with Cleveland during training camp in 2015 but was released after two weeks.

21. Jacksonville: Reggie Nelson, DB, Florida

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Jacksonville (2007-09), Cincinnati (2010-15), Oakland (2016-present)

All-Pro Seasons: None


The Jaguars were thrilled to move down four spots in the trade with Denver and still get Nelson, who starred not far from Jacksonville as a Florida Gator. Nelson had a strong start to his career, starting 15 games as a rookie and picking off five passes. But after two more seasons with just two total interceptions, Nelson was traded to Cincinnati right before the 2010 season. He enjoyed six strong seasons with the Bengals, picking off 23 passes and making his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after leading the NFL with a career-high eight interceptions. Nelson signed with Oakland for 2016 and went back to the Pro Bowl after recording five interceptions and helping the Raiders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. He has one more season remaining on his contract with Oakland.

22. Cleveland: Brady Quinn, QB, Notre Dame

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Cleveland (2007-09), Denver (2010-11), Kansas City (2012)

All-Pro Seasons: None


The Browns did everything right picking Joe Thomas at the top of this draft, but they did everything wrong here. Taking Quinn would have been bad enough, but Cleveland sent the Cowboys their first-round pick in 2008 and the No. 36 pick to move up and grab him. After seeing action in just one game as a rookie, Quinn started three games in 2008, going 1–2 while completing just 50.6 percent of his passes. He got better in 10 2009 appearances, hitting 53.1 percent and throwing more touchdowns (eight) than interceptions (seven), but the Browns went 2–7 in his nine starts. Quinn was traded to Denver in March 2010 in exchange for Peyton Hillis and two late draft picks, but he never played a down in two seasons with the Broncos. He signed with Kansas City before the 2012 season to back up Matt Cassel and ended up starting eight games. But the Chiefs went 1–7 in those games, and Quinn finished the season with just two touchdown passes and eight interceptions. He was never again active for a game in the NFL despite short stints with the Seahawks, Jets, Rams and Dolphins.

23. Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe, WR, LSU

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Kansas City (2007-14), Cleveland (2015)

All-Pro Seasons: None


The third of six receivers taken in the 2007 first round, Bowe turned out to be good value this late in the round. He started all but one game in his first two seasons, averaging 78 catches for 1,008 yards and six scores in 2007-08. After injuries and a four-game PED suspension limited him to nine starts in 2009, Bowe made the Pro Bowl in 2010 thanks to 72 catches for 1,162 yards and an NFL-best 15 touchdowns. He followed that up with 81 grabs for 1,159 yards and five scores in 2011 before nagging injuries put a dent in his numbers going forward. He never again played a full season for the Chiefs, averaging fewer than 60 catches for less than 750 yards per season from 2012-14. He did, however, have a monster playoff game during that decline, grabbing eight passes for 150 yards and a touchdown in a 45–44 Wild Card loss to Indianapolis in 2013. Bowe signed a two-year deal with the Browns in 2015, but he appeared in just seven games, catching five passes for 53 yards. He was released in March 2016.

24. New England: Brandon Meriweather, DB, Miami (Fla.)

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New England (2007-10), Chicago (2011), Washington (2012-14), New York Giants (2015)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Meriweather was drafted using the pick the Patriots acquired from Seattle for Deion Branch. After not starting a game and playing sparingly as a rookie, Meriweather played in every game from 2008-10 for New England, starting 40 of 48 games. He recorded 12 interceptions and became a feared if reckless hitter as the Pats’ main strong safety. As often happens with expensive veterans in New England, Meriweather was cut right before the 2011 season, and he signed with Chicago. He made headlines with the Bears for the wrong reasons, earning fines for helmet-to-helmet hits twice in his first five games in Chicago. After starting just four games in 2011, Meriweather signed with Washington for 2012. Two knee injuries limited him to one game that season, but he would start 23 games in 2013-14 for the Redskins, recording two interceptions and four sacks. He was also fined twice and suspended twice during that time for continued helmet-to-helmet hits. He played in 2015 for the New York Giants, starting 12 games and intercepting two passes while managing to avoid additional fines or suspensions.

25. Carolina: Jon Beason, LB, Miami (Fla.)

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Carolina (2007-13), New York Giants (2013-15)

All-Pro Seasons: 2008


Beason saw a promising career cut short by injury. He never missed a start during his first four seasons, averaging 135 tackles with eight interceptions and four sacks from 2007-10. He made three straight Pro Bowls starting in 2008, when he was also a first-team All-Pro. In July 2011, Beason signed a long-term deal with Carolina that guaranteed him $25 million. But he tore his left Achilles tendon in the season opener and was never really the same. After missing the rest of the 2011 season, he played just four games in 2012 as Luke Kuechly took over as the leader of the Panthers defense. He played three games in 2013 before being traded to the Giants for a seventh-round pick. He started 11 games for New York and racked up more than 90 tackles, earning a new contract. But injury hit again as he tore a ligament and broke a bone in his toe during June workouts. He played just nine more games over the next two seasons, forced into retirement by new knee and ankle injuries after the 2015 season.

26. Dallas: Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue

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Dallas (2007-14)

All-Pro Seasons: None


After dealing away their first-round pick to Cleveland, the Cowboys traded back up into the first round with Philadelphia to grab Spencer. Dallas hoped Spencer could spark its pass rush after a big senior season (10.5 sacks, 26.5 tackles for a loss) at Purdue. It didn’t happen, at least not right away. Spencer started just six games over his first two seasons, and he never had more than six sacks in a season over the next three despite playing every game. Then, out of nowhere, Spencer made the Pro Bowl in 2012 after racking up career highs with 11 sacks and 95 tackles in 14 games. But he missed all but one game in 2013 and needed microfracture surgery on his left knee. He returned in 2014 after missing the season’s first three games, but he never started a game and finished the season with a half sack and 27 tackles. He signed with New Orleans for 2015 but played in just one preseason game before ending up on injured reserve and being released in October. Spencer’s 33.0 career sacks stand as the most by a defensive lineman taken in the 2007 first round.

27. New Orleans: Robert Meachem, WR, Tennessee

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New Orleans (2007-11, '13-14), San Diego (2012)

All-Pro Seasons: None


Meachem had a monster final season at Tennessee with 71 catches for a school single-season record 1,298 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was a good risk for the Saints, who were looking for another speedy target for Drew Brees. Meachem missed 2007 with a knee injury and caught just 12 passes in 2008, but three went for scores and he averaged 24.1 yards on the dozen grabs. He spent the next three seasons as a part-time starter, playing in every game and starting 22 of them. Meachem was solid if not spectacular over that time, averaging 43 catches for 660 yards per season with 20 total touchdowns. He moved on to San Diego, but he was a disappointment and returned to New Orleans in 2013. He never clicked again with Brees, and he was out of the league after the 2014 season. 

28. San Francisco: Joe Staley, OT, Central Michigan

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San Francisco (2007-present)

All-Pro Seasons: None


After two offensive tackles went off the board in the top five, none were taken though pick No. 27. So the 49ers traded a fourth-round pick in this draft and their first pick in 2008 to New England to jump up and grab Staley at No. 28. Staley was solid if not spectacular early in his career, starting every game in 2007 and ’08 before missing seven games in both 2009 and ’10. Then Jim Harbaugh arrived as coach in San Francisco, and Staley’s career took off. Staley never missed a start over the next five seasons and made the Pro Bowl every year through 2015. He missed three games in December 2016 with a hamstring injury but returned for the season finale and is signed through 2019.