Pace fallout: '97 draft class loses pillar

March, 10, 2009
3/10/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rd.
Pick 1997 Draftee Currently on an NFL Roster
Drafted By (Currently With)
1
3 Shawn Springs
Seahawks (Pats)
1
6 Walter Jones
Seahawks
1
8 James Farrior
Jets (Steelers)
1
13
Tony Gonzalez
Chiefs
1
28 Trevor Pryce
Broncos (Ravens)
3
66
Ronde Barber
Bucs
3
91 Mike Vrabel
Steelers (Chiefs)
3
95 Brad Maynard
Giants (Bears)
4
98 Derrick Mason
Titans (Ravens)
6
169
Al Harris
Bucs (Packers)
6
193 Grady Jackson
Raiders (Lions)
7
229 Jason Ferguson
Jets (Dolphins)

Orlando Pace's release leaves the 1997 NFL draft class with a dozen players on active rosters, including three still
with their original teams.

The Seahawks, Bucs and Jets drafted six of the 12.

Three of the 12 remain with their current teams: Walter Jones, Tony Gonzalez and Ronde Barber.

Eight of the 12 played defense and five were first-round draft choices.

Pace will presumably resurface on another team. Chris Naeole and Warrick Dunn are  unrestricted free agents from the 1997 first-round class.

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