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The 16th Pick of the Draft: A Recent History

By Alan Schechter


With the draft approaching rapidly, we are going to take a look at the last 5 years of pick #16, to see what type of players it has yielded. It’s a mixed bag, which you will see….

Nov 30, 2008; Green Bay, WI, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme (17) throws a pass as Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Justin Harrell (91) defends during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. The Panthers defeated the Packers 35-31. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

DT Justin Harrell was taken by the Packers with the 16th pick of the 2007 draft. Here’s one that didn’t work out well, with only 28 tackles over his first 2 seasons, before not playing at all in 2009 and only in 1 game in 2010. He hasn’t played in a regular season game since.

With the 16th pick of the 2008 NFL draft, the Cardinals chose CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and a good pick it was. He recorded 61 passes defended and 13 INTs in 3 years with the Cardinals, before he changed birds from a Cardinal to an Eagle.

Nov 7, 2010; Houston, TX, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Larry English (52) on the sidelines against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Chargers defeated the Texans 29-23. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRE

The Chargers chose DE Larry English with the 16th pick in 2009. Moved to linebacker in the NFL, English has been primarily a backup player, with 60 tackles and 7 sacks over his three years in the league.

January 01, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Tennessee Titans defensive end Derrick Morgan (90) talks with teammates before a game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The Titans went defensive as well with this pick, choosing DE Derrick Morgan in 2010. He started 10 games in 2011, and he recorded 30 tackles along with 2.5 sacks.

Dec 11, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan (91) prepares to rush during the first half against the New England Patriots at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Another defensive pick last season, when the Redskins chose LB Ryan Kerrigan at #16. He put together a nice rookie campaign with 63 tackles and 7.5 sacks, to along with an INT.

What to notice? I think it’s interesting that for the last five seasons, the #16 pick was used on a defensive player, but not always one that made an impact. The Jets must choose carefully, because the history at this spot is checkered, to say the least.