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 2002 NFL Draft Class.
There are some absolutely hilarious names in the first round of this draft, David Carr, Joey Harrington, Mike Williams, Wendell Bryant, Donte Stallworth, William Green, T.J. Duckett, Ashley Lelie, Javon Walker, Mike Rumph, Jerramy Stevens, Patrick Ramsey (not to mention Haynesworth). Did this draft take place over an Indian burial ground or something?
My Top Ten for the 2002 NFL Draft Class:
Julius Peppers: Rd. 1 Pick 2 – Carolina Panthers
Roy Williams: Rd. 1 Pick 8 – Dallas Cowboys
Dwight Freeney: Rd. 1 Pick 11 – Indianapolis Colts
Jeremy Shockey: Rd. 1 Pick 14 – New York Giants
Albert Haynesworth: Rd. 1 Pick 15 – Tennessee Titans
Ed Reed: Rd. 1 Pick 24 – Baltimore Ravens
Andre Gurode: Rd. 2 Pick 37 – Dallas Cowboys
Clinton Portis: Rd. 2 Pick 51 – Denver Broncos
Brian Westbrook: Rd. 3 Pick 91 – Philadelphia Eagles
James Harrison: Undrafted – Pittsburgh Steelers
Other Significant Players – John Henderson, Lito Sheppard, LeCharles Bentley, Aaron Kampman, Brett Keisel, Bart Scott
My Top Player: Reed
Consensus Top Player: Reed
No Hall of Famers
Possible Future HOF: Peppers, Freeney, Reed
Best Value: Harrison
Biggest Bust: Bryant and Green are the worst, but since Bryant is at least playing professional football, I’m picking the former BC Eagle.
Best Patriots Pick: Based on value, I’d say David Givens, but based on production I’ll say Branch was the best pick.
Worst Patriots Pick: It’s either Rohan Davey since he never panned out or Antoine Womack, since there were some nice undrafted players that would have made a better seventh round pick. I’ll say Davey, I can’t believe he has two Super Bowl rings.
Best Team Class: Very close between Pittsburgh (Kendall Simmons, Antwaan Randle-El, Chris Hope, Larry Foote, Keisel, Harrison) and Philadelphia (Sheppard, Michael Lewis, Sheldon Brown, Westbrook, Raheem Brock). Because Harrison is the best player of the group, I’ve got to give the edge to the Steelers.
Overall Grade: C-, very weak first round without a ton of depth.