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Monday, August 24, 2009
With Spencer out, grading '05 drafts for NFC West

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

2005 NFL Draft Round Players on Active Rosters Total Players Percent on Active Rosters
1
27 32 84.4%
2
25 32 78.1%
3
26 37 70.3%
4
23 35 65.7%
5
14 38 36.8%
6
18 40 45.0%
7
16 41 39.0%
Totals 149 255 58.4%

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The quadriceps injury threatening Chris Spencer's future with the Seahawks sent me back through his 2005 draft class.

The first six players NFC West teams selected that year have not met expectations: quarterback Alex Smith (49ers), cornerback-turned-safety Antrel Rolle (Cardinals), tackle Alex Barron (Rams), Spencer, guard David Baas (49ers) and running back J.J. Arrington (Cardinals).

The next four players NFC West players selected -- Lofa Tatupu (Seahawks), Ron Bartell (Rams), Frank Gore (49ers) and Oshiomogho Atogwe (Rams) -- have either achieved Pro Bowl status or become front-line starters.

The Seahawks, Rams and 49ers each have four members of their 2005 draft classes on their active rosters. The Cardinals have two.

Even with Spencer out, the Seahawks arguably had the best 2005 draft of any team in the division, landing Tatupu, Leroy Hill, Ray Willis and Spencer.

The Rams found four current starters in Barron, Bartell, Atogwe and third-rounder Richie Incognito.

The 49ers found Gore and right tackle Adam Snyder, while Baas and Smith could wind up starting this season.

The Cardinals have only Rolle and backup guard Elton Brown to show for that 2005 class.

Tatupu and Gore are the only Pro Bowl players from the 2005 NFC West draft class.

Sixteen of the 38 players NFC West teams drafted in 2005 are not on NFL rosters:

Round 2

(44) Arrington (Cardinals)

Round 3

(85) David Greene, QB, Geogia (Seahawks)

Round 4

(117) Jerome Carter, S, Florida State (Rams)

(134) Claude Terrell, G, New Mexico (Rams)

Round 5

(144) Jerome Collins, TE, Notre Dame (Rams)

(159) Jeb Huckeba, DE, Arkansas (Seahawks)

(168) Lance Mitchell, LB, Oklahoma (Cardinals)

(174) Rasheed Marshall, WR, West Virginia (49ers)

Round 6

(192) Dante Ridgeway, WR, Ball St. (Rams)

(196) Tony Jackson, TE, Iowa (Seahawks)

(20
5) Derrick Johnson, CB, Washington (49ers)

Round 7

(215) Daven Holly, CB, Cincinnati (49ers)

(226) LeRon McCoy, WR, Indiana, Pa. (Cardinals)

(235) Cornelius Wortham, LB, Alabama (Seahawks)

(248) Patrick Estes, TE, Virginia (Virginia)

(254) Doug Nienhuis, T, Oregon State (Seahawks)