AFC East: William Joseph

What can the Dolphins expect at No. 25?

April, 2, 2009
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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.

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