Thursday, April 2, 2009
What can the Dolphins expect at No. 25?
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
What type of prospect should the Miami Dolphins expect with the 25th selection in the draft?
I thought it would be helpful to look back over the past 10 years to see what each AFC East club's first-round draft slot has produced.
There have certainly been some duds at No. 25. Antuan Edwards, Freddie Mitchell and William Joseph prove that the honor of being a first-round draft pick doesn't guarantee much of anything in the NFL.
But teams have mined some diamonds in recent years, including a Super Bowl MVP, a sophomore All-Pro and a starting quarterback.
- 1999 Antuan Edwards, S, Packers: Journeyman managed 16 games as a rookie and started only 32 games in a career that ended in 2005.
- 2000 Chris Hovan, DT, Vikings: Blood-and-guts lineman has started 133 of his 140 NFL games and was a second-team All-Pro in 2002.
- 2001 Freddie Mitchell, WR, Eagles: Lasted only four seasons, maxing out in 2003 with 35 catches for 498 yards and two touchdowns.
- 2002 Charles Grant, DE, Saints: Seven-year starter recorded 27 sacks in his first three seasons.
- 2003 William Joseph, DT, Giants: Has started only 17 games in his four seasons and failed to make the Raiders out of training camp last year.
- 2004 Ahmad Carroll, CB, Packers: Is on his fourth team and hasn't started since 2006.
- 2005 Jason Campbell, QB, Redskins: Already has 36 starts after three seasons, with a 35-23 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
- 2006 Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers: Super Bowl MVP has 156 receptions for 2,587 yards and 15 touchdowns as No. 2 receiver.
- 2007 Jon Beason, LB, Panthers: Already an All-Pro, he has started every one of his NFL games.
- 2008 Mike Jenkins, CB, Cowboys: Played in 14 games and started three as a rookie.