2013 NFL Draft: Looking Back at the 39th Pick Since the Year 2000, Part I


Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets general manager John Idzik speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The draft gets closer and closer by the minute. John Idzik and company are getting their last bit of work done before they hit Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, April 25th, for the start of the draft. The draft analysts are getting their final picks in as well, laying out their predictions as to what is going to happen April 25-27.

Instead of continuing the future analysis, however, we are taking a look back. Specificially we are taking a look at each choice the Hets have in the 2013 NFL draft, and see what quality of players has been chosen at that position, from the year 2000 to the present.

Last week, we broke down the results of the 9th pick since the year 2000. You can read Part I, Part II, and Part III, if you haven’t and you might like to.  Take a look at the three parts, and you will notice one thing.  Pretty much, everybody selected well from the early positions.  John Izik’s odds are quite good that things will go well.

But, what about the rest of the other choices?  Let’s start looking back, with the year 2000:


Brown was the 39th pick overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2000 season.  Mike ha been with the Chicago Bears from the day he was drafted through the 2008 season.  He went on to start one season to finish his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.  Here are some stats:

Good choice, a solid contributor.


Kemdrell Bell was chosen in the second round of the 2001 draft. He spend time playing linebacker for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Here is another player that was good not great:

The 2002 NFL drafted yield Toniu Fonati, a guard from the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Starting 33-40 games for his teams qualifies him as a solid performer, but not a great one.

Oct 9, 2011; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis (27) reacts during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Fernando Medina-USA TODAY Sports

The Jaguars chose CB Rashean Mathis with the pick overall in the 2003 NFL draft. Here are his stats, from a career that has been entirely spent in Jacksonville:

Tune in tomorrow, and we will take a look at the next four choices from the second round, #39 overall.