Eighth Pick

Nfl

April 25, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY

The eighth overall pick in the NFL draft has produced mixed results. Of the three receivers taken at that spot since 1999, only Plaxico Burress has lived up to expectations. At cornerback, there has been a standout (DeAngelo Hall) and a bust (Antrel Rolle). Four Pro Bowl players have come out of the No. 8 slot in the past 10 drafts. Interestingly, no quarterback has been taken eighth overall in the NFL draft since 1945, when the Washington Redskins picked Southern California's Jim Hardy. A look at the past 10 players selected at No. 8 (*-Pro Bowl player):

1998 *Greg Ellis, DE, Dallas Solid defensive player; one Pro Bowl (2007) and 69 career sacks

1999 *David Boston, WR, Arizona Never lived up to his enormous potential

2000 Plaxico Burress, WR, Pittsburgh Top receiver for Super Bowl-champion Giants

2001 David Terrell, WR, Chicago One of the biggest busts of the draft that year

2002 *Roy Williams, SS, Dallas Known more for horse-collar tackles than anything else

2003 Jordan Gross, OT, Carolina Longtime anchor of the Panthers' offensive line

2004 *DeAngelo Hall, CB, Atlanta One of the top young talents was traded to Oakland

2005 Antrel Rolle, CB, Arizona Struggling cornerback will be shifted to free safety in 2008

2006 Donte Whitner, FS, Buffalo Impressive young defensive back who plays with high motor

2007 Jamaal Anderson, DE, Atlanta Had 30 tackles but no sacks as a rookie starter last season

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