NFC West: Jason Ferguson

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rd.
Pick '97 Draftee Currently on an NFL Roster
Drafted By (Currently With)
1
1
Orlando Pace
Rams (Bears)
1
3 Shawn Springs
Seahawks (Pats)
1
6 Walter Jones
Seahawks
1
8 James Farrior
Jets (Steelers)
1
13
Tony Gonzalez
Chiefs (Falcons)
1
21
Renaldo Wynn
Jaguars (Redskins)
1
28 Trevor Pryce
Broncos (Ravens)
1
60 Darren Sharper
Packers (Saints)
3
66
Ronde Barber
Bucs
3
86 Bertrand Berry
Colts (Cardinals)
3
91 Mike Vrabel
Steelers (Chiefs)
3
95 Brad Maynard
Giants (Bears)
4
98 Derrick Mason
Titans (Ravens)
4
112 Ryan Tucker
Rams (Browns)
6
169
Al Harris
Bucs (Packers)
6
193 Grady Jackson
Raiders (Lions)
7
229 Jason Ferguson
Jets (Dolphins)

The Tony Gonzalez trade from Kansas City to Atlanta leaves Walter Jones and Ronde Barber as the only 1997 NFL draftees still with their original teams.

Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell was the Bucs' college scouting director when Tampa Bay drafted Barber. This week, Ruskell listed Barber among the choices with which he was proud to be associated. Among the others: Brandon Mebane, Leroy Hill and John Lynch.

"They didn't care about where they went in the draft, and they became good football players," Ruskell said. "You got to give credit to the player. It makes you feel good, too, that you did something a little extra."

The Bucs also drafted Al Harris in 1997. Harris and Barber are among 17 players from the 1997 class still active. The Seahawks, Rams and Bucs each drafted two of those players. Note that eight of the 17 were first-round choices.

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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