So, we’ve seen how the NFL has done with the #24 overall pick in this millennium.
How has the league done with the #55 overall pick, which is the Bengals’ 2nd round pick in this year’s draft.
The 4th DT taken in 2000, his career was as good as the guys taken ahead of him.
One of the biggest & tallest DT’s at the combine (312 lbs, 6’4") Robbins put together a solid career for the Vikings, Giants & Rams.
Able to play 3 downs, the 12 year pro spent 10 years as a starter, compiling 35.5 sacks.
2001 Philly Eagles
Quinton Caver, LB, Arkansas
The tall (6’4"), relatively fast (4.67) ILB was a bust.
In his 5 year career, he bounced around between 3 teams, earning only 4 starts and compiling 41 total tackles (about 8 tackles per season).
The 6’4" TE turned in a positional leading 4.60 run at the combine, and placed himself well to be in the running for the #2 TE in the 2002 draft after consensus #1 Jeremy Shockey.
More a receiver than a blocker, his career totals of 1,303 rec yards and 6 TD’s placed him as about the 8th or 9th most productive TE drafted in 2002.
He spent 5 seasons in the NFL, garnering 32 starts with 3 different teams.
Measured in as one of the bigger strong safeties at the combine, 6’1", 219 lbs.
Played everything from SS to FS to LB over his 10 year career.
62 starts with 10.5 sacks, 11 int’s, 574 tackles.
Nice, solid career.
2004 J’ville Jags
Greg Jones, RB, Fla St
A running back with a fullback’s size, Jones entered the combine at 6’2", 249 lbs, and decent speed.
Was the 6th RB drafted in 2004.
Playing mostly as a FB in his 9 year career, Jones has compiled 913 rushing yards and 10 td’s.
He was not a prolific WR at Miami, never catching more than 43 balls.
But the undersized (5’10", 170 lbs) WR raced up draft boards after blazing a 4.37 in the 40.
During his 8 year NFL career, he spent time as a punt returner and a receiver.
As a punt returner, he has a good 11.6 career average, leading the NFL in 2007 and 2008 in that category.
As a receiver, he never caught more than 35 balls or 2 td’s in any season.
From a WR perspective, he was a bust. But had a nice career returning punts.
2006 Cincy Bengals
Andrew Whitworth, OT, LSU
Not much needs to be said around here about Whit.
The big, strong OT from LSU has turned into a very good starting LT who has thrown together some Pro-Bowl caliber seasons.
He was the 5th OT taken off the boards behind D’Brickashaw, W Justice, D Colledge & Marcus McNeil.
Back before the Seahawks took tall DB’s, they drafted the 5’9" Josh Wilson from Maryland.
His sub 4.4 time in the 40 at the combine propelled him from a late round flier to a mid round grade, and ultimately to a 2nd round selection.
The 7 year pro has 14 int’s and 81 career starts, between the 3 teams he has played for.
Not elite. Not a bust. Just a solid, every day starter.
Rice was the 7th RB drafted in the stacked RB class which included McFadden, J Stewart, Felix Jones, Mendenhall, Chris Johnson, Forte, Kevin Smith, Jamaal Charles and Tim Hightower.
He was the smallest of the bunch, but the shifty, pass-catching RB carved out a dominant role in the Ravens’ offense.
In a great 4-year run from 2009 thru 2012, Rice averaged over 117 total yards per game and earned 3 Pro-bowl appearances.
But his future seems cloudy, following a year that he struggled on the field and more recently, off the field.
2009 Hotlanta Falcons
William Moore, DB, Mizzou
Entered the 2009 draft as one of the top safeties in a class that lacked any great safety prospects.
As the 10th DB taken in 2009, Moore has put together a solid career.
He missed his first season, but over the last 4 he has become a full-time starter averaging 3.5 int’s and 72 tackles per season.
In 2012 he earned a trip to the Pro Bowl.
Lee entered the 2010 draft as the 2nd best ILB prospect, behind Rolando McClain.
In 4 injury plagued seasons with the Cowboys, Lee has been an interception machine, totaling 11 int’s in only 46 games.
Hudson entered the 2011 draft as the top rated Center, and was drafted a few picks behind fellow center Stefen Wisniewski.
Hudson struggled to get playing time in his first 2 seasons, only starting 4 games.
But he seems to have found his place on the Chiefs’ O-line, finally starting 15 games in 2013.
2012 Hotlanta Falcons
Peter Konz, OL, Wisconsin
Konz was the top rated Center in 2012, but has spent more time at RG for the Falcons.
He’s appeared in all 32 games since being drafted.
A great combine workout by McDonald, projected him up the draft boards.
He was the 4th TE drafted in 2013, and spent the year as Vernon Davis’ backup, hauling in only 8 passes for 119 yards and 0 td’s.
It seems to be hit or miss. Overall, mostly quality players who carve out a decent NFL career. But few really "wow" guys, but few just outright, horrible busts either.