Sunday, April 13, 2003

Popular choices in the draft and how they fared



Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said the team is choosing from a list of four players (two quarterbacks and one wide receiver and one defensive back) for the first overall draft pick on April 26. Of the 100 players chosen in the top 10 in the past 10 drafts, 38 have played one of those three positions - quarterback, wide receiver or defensive back. A look at how those 38 players have fared in their NFL careers:

2002
Player Pos. College Team Pro Bowl Super Bowl Stats/Comment Grade
1. David Carr QB Fresno St. Texans No No Sacked record 76 times as rookie I#
3. Joey Harrington QB Oregon Lions No No Showed promise before injury I
5. Quentin Jammer DB Texas Chargers No No 64 tackles but no interceptions I
8. Roy Williams DB Oklahoma Cowboys No No Outstanding rookie year, second on team with 127 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 interceptions I
2001
1. Michael Vick QB Virginia Tech Falcons Yes No Singular player, 16 TD passes, 8 rushing TDs in '02 A
8. David Terrell WR Michigan Bears No No Injury-prone with just 43 receptions in two years D
9. Koren Robinson WR NC St. Seahawks No No Had 1,240 receiving yards and 6 TDs in 02 B
2000
4. Peter Warrick WR Florida St. Bengals No No Rookie season was best, showed more consistency, big-play flash in '02 B
8. Plaxico Burress WR Michigan St. Steelers No No benefits from playing in dynamic offense, has 2 straight 1,000-yard seasons B
10. Travis Taylor WR Florida Ravens No Yes 869 yards in '02 in weak pass offense C
1999
1. Tim Couch QB UK Browns No No More career interceptions (61) than TD passes (57), could be losing starting job C
2. Donovan McNabb QB Syracuse Eagles Yes No runner-up MVP in '00, 85 career TDs (71 passing) and just 38 interceptions, a winner A
3. Akili Smith QB Oregon Bengals No No Poor performances not entirely his fault, 5 career TD passes, 12 interceptions, 52.8 passer rating D
6. Torry Holt WR NC St. Rams Yes Yes More than 1,300 receiving yards in 3 straight years, 23 career TD catches, 22 of 40-plus yards A
7. Champ Bailey DB Georgia Redskins Yes No 64 games, 64 starts, 16 interceptions A
8. David Boston WR Ohio St. Cardinals Yes No 1,598 receiving yards in 2001, big, dominating receiver A
10. Chris McAlister DB Arizona Ravens No Yes One of league's elite cover cornerbacks with 11 interceptions A
1998
1. Peyton Manning QB Tennessee Colts Yes No 80 games, 80 starts, 4,000-plus passing yards 4 seasons in a row A
2. Ryan Leaf QB Wash. St. Chargers No No One decent season, overall bust F
4. Charles Woodson DB Michigan Raiders Yes Yes Defensive rookie of year, 12 interceptions A
10. Duane Starks DB Miami (Fla.) Ravens No Yes 22 interceptions in 5 seasons, TD return in Super Bowl for Ravens A
1997
3. Shawn Springs DB Ohio St. Seahawks Yes No 19 career interceptions, 80 starts in 81 games, 4 TDs A
5. Bryant Westbrook DB Texas Lions No No Big hitter with big-play ability, 13 interceptions, 3 TDs B
7. Ike Hilliard WR Florida Giants No Yes Best year was '99 with 72 catches for 996 yards, 21 career TDs C
9. Tom Knight DB Iowa Cardinals No No three career interceptions, 53 starts C
1996
1. Keyshawn Johnson WR USC Jets yes yes 4 seasons of 1,000-plus yards, 106 catches in '01 A
7. Terry Glenn WR Ohio St. Patriots Yes Yes 90 catches as rookie, 1,100 yards twice, reunited with Bill Parcells in Dallas B
1995
3. Steve McNair QB Alcorn St. Oilers/Titans Yes Yes One of league's toughest players, 108 TD passes, 30 TDs rushing, 3,000 career rushing yards A
4. Michael Westbrook WR Colorado Redskins No No One outstanding year in '99 with 65 catches for 1,191 yards, injuries slowed career C
5. Kerry Collins QB Penn St. Panthers Yes Yes Led Giants to 2000 Super Bowl, started every game last three years B
8. Joey Galloway WR Ohio St. Seahawks No No 3 seasons of 1,000-plus yards, 32 consecutive starts B
10. J.J. Stokes WR UCLA 49ers No No 30 touchdown receptions in 11 games (66 starts) C
1994
3. Heath Shuler QB Tennessee Redskins No No Forgettable 5-year career with 15 TD passes, 33 interceptions F
6. Trent Dilfer QB Fresno St. Buccaneers Yes Yes underrated workman-like quarterback B
9. Antonio Langham DB Alabama Browns No No 14 career interceptions C
1993
1. Drew Bledsoe QB Wash. St. Patriots Yes Yes 190 touchdown passes, 3 4,000-yard seasons A
2. Rick Mirer QB Notre Dame Seahawks No No Six teams in 11 years, 47 TDs and 71 interceptions D
7. Curtis Conway WR USC Bears No No 47 TD receptions in 10 seasons, 3 1,000-yard seasons B
# Incomplete grade

Compiled by Mark Curnutte/The Cincinnati Enquirer




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