With the Dolphins owning the number eight pick this draft, I thought it would be interesting to look back over the last 10 years and see how former number eight picks have fared in the NFL.
Here is the list:
2011: Jake Locker, QB, Washington
2010: Rolando McCLain, LB, Alabama
2009: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia
2008: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
2007: Jamaal Anderson, DE, Arkansas
2006: Donte Whitner, DB, Ohio State
2005: Antrel Rolle, DB, Miami(FL) (2 Pro Bowls, 1 Super Bowl W)
2004: DeAngelo Hall, DB, Virginia Tech (3 Pro Bowls)
2003: Jordan Gross, OT, Utah 2 pro bowl (2 Pro Bowls)
2002: Roy Williams, DB, Oklahoma (5 Pro Bowls)
Unfortunately, this isn’t a very impressive list. The players on this list combine for a total of 12 Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl victory. Of all the players drafted in the last six years, none of them have been to a single Pro Bowl or been on a Super Bowl winning team. Donte Whitner was a Pro Bowl alternate, however.
Jake Locker and Rolando McClain obviously still have a few years before we can judge them, but players like Derrick Harvey and Jamaal Anderson have been complete busts. Eugene Monroe and Donte Whitner have been okay, but have not performed up to their number eight status.
The bottom four players on the list are far more impressive, with Antrel Rolle holding the only Super Bowl win. Deangelo Hall has had a good career and Jordan Gross has been a franchise tackle for the Panthers. The last player on the list, Roy Williams, was a five time Pro Bowl safety. There is nobody on this list that really makes you say “Wow.”
The only positive I can take out of this is that the number eight pick is due for a winner. Let’s hope for the best.