NFC West: Patrick Estes

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.

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Pick 2008 2007 2006 2005
4
Darren McFadden
Gaines Adams
D. Ferguson Cedric Benson
37
Curtis Lofton
Eric Weddle
Jimmy Williams
Shaun Cody
68
Chevis Jackson
Quincy Black
Claude Wroten
Courtney Roby
105
Will Franklin
A.J. Davis
Ko Simpson
Ray Willis
137 John David Booty
Le'Ron McClain
Terna Nande
Ronald Fields
178 Taylor Mehlhaff
Nick Folk
Keith Ellison
Anthony Bryant
213 Chaun. Washington
Chase Pittman James Wyche
Derek Anderson
245 Lionel Dotson
Marcus Hamilton
Spencer Toone
Kurt Campbell
247 Kirk Barton
Mike Elgin
Anthony Cannon
Keyonta Marshall
248 Marcus Monk
Keith Jackson
Aaron Merz
Patrick Estes

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks hold the fourth, 37th, 68th, 105th, 137th, 178th, 213th, 245th, 247th and 248th choices in the 2009 draft. For perspective, I've singled out the last four players chosen in those spots.

Seattle drafted one of those players: offensive lineman Ray Willis, taken 105th in 2005, Tim Ruskell's first season as team president.

The Seahawks have four seventh-round choices this year. Ruskell's teams have fared well drafting in the seventh round. The last five players his teams have drafted in the round remain on NFL rosters, all drafted since 2006: Justin Forsett, Brandon Coutu, Steve Vallos, Ryan Plackemeier and Ben Obomanu.

Ninety-five of the 132 seventh-round choices drafted by other teams during the same span remain on NFL rosters.

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