April 22, 2008

1. Peyton Manning, QB Drafted by Colts (1st overall) One Super Bowl ring, two-time league MVP, eight Pro Bowls. Any questions?

2. Randy Moss, WR Vikings (21) Only predraft question was character-related. He acted up for two seasons -- in Oakland

3. Matt Hasselbeck, QB Packers (187) Three Pro Bowls, one NFC title -- not bad for a guy who wasn't even invited to the combine

4. Hines Ward, WR Steelers (92) Among the WRs drafted before him: Brian Alford, E.G. Green, Jammi German, Larry Shannon . . . who?

5. Alan Faneca, G Steelers (26) Highest-paid guard in NFL history has made seven straight Pro Bowl appearances

6. Olin Kreutz, C Bears (64) Unquestioned team leader and Chicago's best offensive lineman of this decade

7. Fred Taylor, RB Jaguars (9) Has quietly moved to within 521 yards of O.J. Simpson at No. 17 on the alltime rushing list

8. Tra Thomas, T Eagles (11) What more can you ask of a player who has made 149 regular-season starts in 10 years?

9. Leonard Little, DE Rams (65) Over his last seven seasons, he had 68 1/2 sacks and 29 forced fumbles

10. Jamal Williams*, DT Chargers Most consistent nose tackle in the game over the last five years

11. Matt Birk, C Vikings (173) More Pro Bowls in this decade -- six -- than any other center in the NFL

12. London Fletcher**, LB Rams Leader of Redskins defense has made 144 regular-season starts for three teams

13. Flozell Adams, T Cowboys (38) Took a few years to develop but now a premier blocker who protects his QB's blind side

14. Jeff Saturday**, C Ravens Manning's snapper has two very important assets: brains and sound technique

15. Samari Rolle, CB Titans (46) Shutdown corner has 28 career interceptions, including an AFC-high seven in 2000

16. Greg Ellis, DE-LB Cowboys (8) Mastered two positions before injuring Achilles, then was 2007 Comeback Player of the Year

17. Keith Brooking, LB Falcons (12) Defensive leader through four coaching administrations in Atlanta

18. Jeremiah Trotter, LB Eagles (72) Steady, punishing inside linebacker built in the mold of Harry Carson

19. Ahman Green, RB Seahawks (76) Has six 1,000-yard seasons and a 4.5-yard career average per carry

20. Grant Wistrom, DE Rams (6) Finished nine-year career with 53 sacks -- and he could play the run too

21. Brian Griese, QB Broncos (91) Hasn't done much lately, but won the 2000 NFL passing title with 102.9 rating

22. Takeo Spikes, LB Bengals (13) Nine-year starter for three teams was at his best for bad Cincinnati teams

23. Donovin Darius, S Jaguars (25) Big hitter played in anonymity in Jacksonville for nine years

24. Patrick Surtain, CB Dolphins (44) Strong all-around corner missed only five games in 10 years because of injury

25. Benji Olson, G Titans (139) Strong, silent nine-year starter for road-grading Tennessee line

26. Jeremy Newberry, C 49ers (58) Only center ever to anchor offensive line for the Niners and their cross-bay rivals, the Raiders

27. Charles Woodson, CB Raiders (4) Resuscitated career in Green Bay after wasting talents for eight years in Oakland

28. Steve McKinney, G Colts (93) Instant impact: started 124 of first 128 NFL regular-season games

29. Jason Fabini, T Jets (111) Though slow afoot, was installed as the starting right tackle in New York from Day One

30. Vonnie Holliday, DL Packers (19) Versatile 288-pounder is a great run stopper and averages 5.1 sacks per year

* Supplemental draft pick, June 1998. Chargers surrendered second-round pick in 1999 draft to pick Williams.

** Undrafted college free agent.

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