2006: Kamerion Wimbley, LB
Wimbley’s career has taken him from the Cleveland Browns, to the Oakland Raiders, and finally, the Titans in 2012. He has only missed one game in his career, and averages nearly 7 sacks per season. Wimbley has been at or near the performance threshold, worthy of a pick this high.
2007: Marshawn Lynch, RB
I think we have heard of this guy, have we not? Lynch had a decent start to his career in Buffalo. However, when he got to Seattle, “Beast mode” Lynch has turned it up a notch, with 2,700 yards over the last two seasons with the team. Could you imagine if he was still in the AFC East with us? No thanks.
2008: Jonathan Stewart, RB
Stewart has worked out quite a niche as a complementary running back in Carolina. Other than last year when Stewart only played in 9 games, he never rushed for less than 700 yards in a season, and has a career average yards per carry of 4.7.
2009: Brian Orakpo, DEForgetting the fact that Brian did some funny commercials with the bearded guy from the Geico commercials, he has also had a successful football career. He was only in 2 games in 2012, but in the three years before, never recorded a sack total less than 8.5, and as a rookie, was in double-digits with a 11.5 sack total.
2010: Brandon Graham, DE Finally, a name I didn’t recognize. It seemed, for a while there, that the 13th pick is slanted towards success. Finally, we have one player to go against that trend, at least a little bit. Graham actually has played a bit as an extra lineman, with 55 tackles over three years in the league.
2011: Nick Fairley, DT Another guy that is still in the league, but a career backup to date. Fairley has posted 6.5 sacks and 49 tackles over his two seasons in the league.
2012: Michael Floyd, WR Michael Floyd was a highly touted prospect coming out of college into last year. To credit, it was a decent first year, with 45 catches for 562 yards and 2 TDs.
It has been an interesting spot, that number 13. It has a history of being a successful selection number. Were there many busts on that list we just went through? Not really.