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Spencer sixth casualty from 2005 first round

12/3/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' decision to place center Chris Spencer on injured reserve brought to six the number of 2005 first-round choices not on 53-man rosters.

A quick look at the six, with overall choice in parentheses and a look at each player's projected future:

  • (1) Alex Smith, QB, 49ers. Shoulder problems and frequent coordinator changes haven't given him much of a chance. The prognosis for a productive career is guarded, at best.

  • (10) Mike Williams, WR, Lions: The Lions, Raiders and Titans decided he couldn't play. The verdict is unanimous at this point.

  • (12) Shawne Merriman, LB, Chargers: Knee surgery ended his season, but the Chargers expect Merriman to regain Pro Bowl form.

  • (17) David Pollack, LB, Bengals: Neck injury ended his career.

  • (26) Spencer, C, Seahawks: Injuries are mounting. He's had surgeries on both shoulders. Now he has a bad back. Seattle must protect itself at the position.

  • (29) Marlin Jackson, CB, Colts: A serious knee injury ended his 2008 season after seven starts. Jackson is expected to return in 2009.

That 2005 first-round class features its share of disappointments, from Adam "Pacman" Jones to Cedric Benson to Troy Williamson and Smith. The best player from that class? DeMarcus Ware, probably.