I’m sure you’ve heard your favorite teams coach or general manager say it takes five years to actually evaluate the draft they just had. Since the 2013 NFL draft just ended I thought let’s go back, check and see how the players turned out. You’ll be the one to decide how your teams 1st round pick turned out.
#1 Miami Dolphins took Jake Long. Long signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent this off-season. While with the Dolphins he started 74 out of the 74 games he played their. He was limited to 12 games last season because of injuries. Long made 4 pro bowls in his five seasons in Miami.
#2 St. Louis Rams took Chris Long.Long has 42 career sacks for the Rams, but has come on in the last two seasons going over double digits in sack totals. Long has played in all 80 games since being drafted starting 68 of them. Also Jake and Chris went #1 and #2, but they’re nor related.
#3 Atlanta Falcons took Matt Ryan. Atlanta was looking for a franchise quarterback in this draft and they seemed to have found one. Ryan has started 78 out of a possible 80 games since being drafted. He missed two games to injury in his second season. Ryan has thrown for 18,957 yards and 127 touchdowns.
#4 Oakland Raiders took Darren McFadden. McFadden has been injury a lot playing in a total of 57 games. McFadden started 44 of those games. He’s rushed for 3,334 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career. He’s has also added 158 catches and 5 touchdowns in his career.
#5 Kansas City Chiefs took Glen Dorsey. Dorsey signed with the San Francisco 49ers this off-season as a free agent. Dorsey played in 66 games for the Chiefs starting all but 1 of them in five years. He only played in 4 games last season due to injuries. He has career totals of 159 tackles and 4 sacks.
#6 New York Jets took Vernon Gholston. Gholston was with the Jets for three season. He played in 45 games for them; starting 5 games, but never recording a sack.
#7 New Orleans Saints took Sedrick Ellis. Ellis has played in 70 games for the Saints starting all of the games he’s played in. He has 100 career tackles and 12.5 sacks.
#8 Jacksonville Jaguars took Derrick Harvey. Harvey player 3 seasons in Jacksonville and 1 in Denver. 8 career sacks, 72 career tackles and 1 interception are the numbers he put up..
#9 Cincinnati took Keith Rivers. Rivers was in Cincinnati for 4 seasons and was with the New York Giants in 2012. Rivers has been in 46 games registering 149 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions in his career.
#10 New England Patriots took Jerrod Mayo. Mayo was the AP defensive Rookie of the Year for 2008 and has made 2 Pro Bowls (2010, 2012). He’s played in 75 games starting 73 of them. He has 225 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 3 interceptions in his career.
#11 Buffalo Bills took Leodis McKelvin. McKelvin has played in 64 games starting 32 of them. He has 6 career interceptions and has 1 returned for a touchdown. He also has been used as a kick and punt returner. He has returned 3 punts for touchdowns and has 1 kickoff return for a touchdown in his career.
#12 Denver Broncos took Ryan Clady. Clady is a three-time pro bowler, 2009, 2011 and 2012. He has played in and started all 80 games since being drafted by Denver. He has also been named to an All Pro team every year he has played.
#13 Carolina Panthers took Jonathan Stewart. Stewart has shared carries in the Panthers backfield since being drafted, but did break the 1000 yard barrier in 2009 with 1133 yards. He has 3836 career rushing yards and 27 touchdowns. He has also caught 98 passes in his career with 4 of them going for touchdowns.
#14 Chicago Bears took Chris Williams. Williams started 38 games for the Bears in the time he was with them. He was released last season and finished the year with the Rams, but was just a back up for them.
#15 Kansas City Chiefs took Branden Albert. Albert played in 73 games for the Chiefs in his career and started 71 of them. He was their franchise player this off-season and the Chiefs have been trying to trade him.
#16 Arizona Cardinals took Dominique Rodgers – Cromartie. Rodgers – Cromartie played 3 seasons in Arizona before going to Philadelphia for the last two. He had 13 interceptions while in Arizona and 4 of them were returned for touchdowns. He’s added 3 more interceptions with Philadelphia and 1 sack as well.
#17 Detroit Lions took Gosder Cherilus. Cherilus has played in 75 games for the Lions starting 70 of those games.
#18 Baltimore Ravens took Joe Flacco. The Ravens where looking for their quarterback of the future in this draft and they picked Flacco. Seems to have worked out well for them. Flacco has started all 80 games since being drafted. He’s put up 17,633 yards and 102 touchdowns in his career. The Ravens won the Super Bowl last season and Flacco was the M.V.P.
#19 Carolina Panthers took Jeff Otah. Otah started 25 games combined for the Panthers in 2008 and 2009 before missing the 2010 season. He came back to start 4 games in the 2011 season, but that was it.
#20 Tampa bay Buccaneers took Aqib Talib. Talib played 4 plus seasons with the Buccaneers before being traded to the Patriots last year. He had 18 interceptions for Tampa Bay while playing for them and took 3 of them back for touchdowns. Talib had some off field issues and has been suspended for them.
#21 Atlanta Falcons took Sam Baker. After picking Matt Ryan earlier in the draft the Falcons wanted someone to help protect him. Baker played in 65 games for the Falcons starting 56 of them. He started 15 games for them last season.
#22 Dallas Cowboys took Felix Jones. Jones has had some injury issues in his pro career, but he broke out as a kick returner his rookie season. He’s played in 64 out of a possible 80 games; starting 23 of them. He has a total of 2728 yards rushing for his career with 11 touchdowns. He has returned 1 kickoff for a touchdown; in his rookie season.
#23 Pittsburgh Steelers took Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall was the second of three running backs to go in a row and he’s another one that has had some injury problems. He’s played in 57 games starting 48 of them. He has also broken the 1000 marker twice in his career. He has totaled 3549 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns for his career. Due to injuries Mendenhall was only able to play in 6 games last season.
#24 Tennessee Titans took Chris Johnson. Johnson has topped a 1000 yards every year since being drafted and in 2009 went over the 2000 yard mark by 6 yards. He’s only missed 1 game in his career and has made 77 starts for the Titans. He has rushed for 6888 yards and 44 touchdowns in his career. He has carried the ball 1463 times and averages 4.7 yards a carry for his career.
#25 Dallas Cowboys took Mike Jenkins. Jenkins has played in 71 games since being drafted and has started 48 of them. He has 8 career interceptions and has 1 interception return for a touchdown. Jenkins was also made the Pro Bowl in 2009.
#26 Houston Texans took Duane Brown. Brown has played in 75 games in his career and has started every one of them. He missed 4 games in 2010 with an injury and 1 game last season. Brown was a pro bowler for the 2012 season and a 1st team all pro.
#27 San Diego Chargers took Antoine Cason. Cason has played in all 80 games since being drafted and has started 49 of those games. He has 12 career interceptions and 1 interception return for a touchdown. Cason has also returned punts for the Chargers; mostly in the 2010 season.
#28 Seattle Seahawks took Lawrence Jackson. Jackson only played two seasons with the Seahawks. He played in 32 games and started 24 of them. He also totaled 6.5 sacks while in a Seahawks uniform. Jackson has played the last three seasons with the Detroit Lions.
#29 San Francisco 49ers took Kentwan Balmer. Balmer played in 27 games for the 49ers. He didn’t start any of them. He recorded 11 tackles in 2 seasons, but no sacks. In 2010 he played for Seattle and the last two seasons he has been with the Washington Redskins.
#30 New York Jets took Dustin Keller. Keller has played in 72 games for the Jets starting 49 of them. He has 241 career receptions for 2876 yards and 17 touchdowns. Keller was injured for a lot of the 2012 season playing in 8 games and starting 5. Signed with the Miami Dolphins this off-season.
#31 New York Giants took Kenny Phillips. This was the last pick of the 1st round. New England had their pick taken away as a penalty for the Spygate mess. Phillips has had some injury issues in his career. He has played in 56 games for the Giants starting 41 of them. He only played in 2 games in 2009 because of injuries and last season he appeared in 7 games. He has 8 career interceptions with 4 of them being picked off in 2011.
There’s the 2008 1st round. How did your team do? Good, bad or just middle of the road with their guys. Feel free to let me know; you can comment right here or e-mail our show Sportstimeradio@hotmail.com or just find me on Twitter @burketime.