Thursday, April 2, 2009
What can the Bills expect at No. 11?
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
What type of player can the Buffalo Bills expect with the No. 11 selection?
I thought it would be insightful to review the level of talent each AFC East team's first-round draft slot has yielded over the past decade.
No. 11 has produced a lot of superstars in that time, including high-profile quarterbacks and a few elite defenders. Although hindsight shows teams could have drafted better, there's arguably only one disappointment.
This will be the second straight year the Bills own the No. 11 pick. They made Leodis McKelvin from Troy State the first cornerback off the board last year.
- 1999 Daunte Culpepper, QB, Vikings: Three-time Pro Bowler is entering his 11th NFL season.
- 2000 Ron Dayne, RB, Giants: Heisman Trophy winner's best season was 2007, when he rushed for a career-high 773 yards and six touchdowns.
- 2001 Dan Morgan, LB, Panthers: A Pro Bowler in 2004, he retired before last season because of health concerns.
- 2002 Dwight Freeney, DE, Colts: Four-time Pro Bowler is among the NFL's elite pass rushers, amassing 70.5 career sacks.
- 2003 Marcus Trufant, CB, Seahawks: Made his first Pro Bowl in 2007, when he intercepted seven passes.
- 2004 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers: The Associated Press' Offensive Rookie of the Year has guided the Steelers to two Super Bowl titles.
- 2005 DeMarcus Ware, LB, Cowboys: Perhaps the NFL's best defensive player, he has been to three Pro Bowls in his four seasons.
- 2006 Jay Cutler, QB, Broncos: Hotshot Pro Bowler is forcing his way out of Denver, but his skills are immense.
- 2007 Patrick Willis, LB, 49ers: The Associated Press' Defensive Rookie of the Year has been to Pro Bowl in each of his two seasons.
- 2008 Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills: Started only six games, but showed flashes of brilliance as a defender and return specialist.