Editor’s Note: Doug Kyed, our intrepid staff writer, will be doing some extra work for the final twenty days before the 2011 NFL Draft, taking a look at the last twenty NFL Drafts.
Today he looks at the 2000 NFL Draft Class.
Prior to the 2000 season Joey Galloway was traded from the Seahawks to the Cowboys for first round picks in the 2000 and 2001 draft. Can you believe there was a time in which Joey Galloway was worth two first round picks? The Seahawks made out pretty well taking Shaun Alexander and Koren Robinson and making it to the Super Bowl five season later.
My Top Ten from the 2000 NFL Draft class:
Chris Samuels: Rd. 1 Pick 3 – Washington Redskins
Jamal Lewis: Rd. 1 Pick 5 – Baltimore Ravens
Thomas Jones: Rd. 1 Pick 7 – Arizona Cardinals
Brian Urlacher: Rd. 1 Pick 9 – Chicago Bears
John Abraham: Rd. 1 Pick 13 – New York Jets
Julian Peterson: Rd. 1 Pick 16 – San Francisco 49ers
Shaun Alexander: Rd. 1 Pick 19 – Seattle Seahawks
Shane Lechler: Rd. 5 Pick 142 – Oakland Raiders
Tom Brady: Rd. 6 Pick 199 – New England Patriots
Brian Waters: Undrafted – Kansas City Chiefs
Other Significant Players – Lavar Arrington, Shaun Ellis, Bubba Franks, Deltha O’Neal, Keith Bulluck, Mike Brown, Chad Clifton, Dante Hall, Marc Bulger, Adalius Thomas, Shaun O’Hara
My Top Player: Brady
Consensus Top Player: Brady
No Hall of Famers
Possible Future HOF: Urlacher, Lechler, Brady
Best Value: It’s gotta be Shane Lechler… Kidding, it’s Brady. Duh.
Biggest Bust: It’s Courtney Brown, but at least he was a starter for six years. The real busts come at the end of the first round with Sylvester Morris, Chris McIntosh, Rashard Anderson and R. Jay Soward. Oof.
Best Patriots Pick: Brady, if not for him we’d be looking at Patrick Pass’ name here.
Worst Patriots Pick: The rest of them? I guess it’s Adrian Klemm just because he was our highest pick and only started 18 career games.
Best Team Class: I was going to say it was the Jets (Ellis, Abraham), but the fact that the Patriots got Brady and Belichick through the 2000 draft really makes it no question. The Steelers (Plaxico Burress, Marvel Smith, Kendrick Clancy, Hank Poteat, Clark Haggans, Hank Fraley), Bears (Urlacher, Brown, Mike Green) and Packers (Franks, Clifton, Na’il Diggs, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila) are close.
Overall Grade: Other than Urlacher and Brady there’s not a lot of star power here with only average depth. C