59th Selection Has Been Hit and Miss

Without a first round pick in this year's draft and a late slot due to making the playoffs, the Colts, barring any trades, won't be selecting anyone until 59th overall. Chris Steuber has already taken a look at this year with his second-round mock draft, but how did teams in the 59th slot fare in previous drafts?

Looking at every draft this century, it's interesting to note that, for the most part, teams have been successful with the player taken 59th overall since 2000.

There have been busts, but those are more the exception than the rule and, even going back eight full years, there is only one player that is completely out of the league.

They break down into three main types: Potential Pro Bowlers, Busts, and Up-and-Comers.

Potential Pro Bowlers:

Not everyone on this list made it to the Pro Bowl, but they all either have Pro Bowl potential or have at least been voted as an alternate.

Sean Jones, Safety, Cleveland Browns, 2004:

In a division that includes Pro Bowlers Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed at the position and a conference that also has reigning Defensive Player of the Year Bob Sanders, it will be difficult for Jones to overcome competition and playing for a small-market team that is not often on prime time to make the Pro Bowl.

But, he's making it tougher and tougher to leave him out of the "best safety in the division" conversation in the AFC North and will probably overtake Polamalu and Reed at some point if he keeps progressing.


Sheldon Brown breaks up a pass against the New York Giants

Sheldon Brown, Cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles, 2002:

He has been to the Pro Bowl, has started every game for the Eagles since 2004, and has 67 starts, 13 interceptions, 70 passes defended and two touchdown returns for his career.

Though the recent signing of Asante Samuel makes for a crowded defensive backfield, it looks as though Philadelphia is going to use Brown in formations with Samuel and fellow starting cornerback Lito Sheppard.

Marcus Washington, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts, 2000:

Colts fans are familiar with Washington, who stepped into the starting lineup at outside linebacker in 2001 and started 47 games through the 2003 season before signing with the Washington Redskins as a free agent.

He is still a solid performer there and appears to be part of the scheme being implemented by new defensive coordinator Greg Blache.

Busts:

These three men are either out of football or working on it.

Jonathan Babineaux, Defensive Tackle, Atlanta Falcons, 2005:

It may be too early to classify Babineaux a bust, since he did have a breakout season of sorts in 2007 with 45 tackles and three sacks after Atlanta released Grady Jackson and he became the starter by default.

And, since there is yet again a new staff in place and fellow starting tackle Rod Coleman was released as well, the chance exists for Babineaux to yet find his place in the league. Like his teammate, Michael Vick, he was also implicated in an animal cruelty case, for killing his girlfiend's pit bull. Those charges were dropped, however.

Alonzo Jackson, Linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers, 2003:

Jackson played defensive end collegiately at Florida State, but was one of many college defensive ends to make the transition to rush linebacker in Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme.

The transition did not go smoothly for Jackson, though, as he played primarily during the pre-season, saw only special teams action during the regular season, and was released in the cutdown to 53 before the 2005 season.

He signed with the Eagles and New York Giants during 2005, but did not return to either team for 2006.  He is now out of football.


Marques Tuiasosopo hasn't panned out as an NFL quarterback
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Marques Tuiasosopo, Quarterback, Oakland Raiders, 2001:

The MVP of the 2001 Rose Bowl, he was drafted in the second round in 2001 and seemed to hang on as the "quarterback of the future" and primary backup to the litany of journeymen and castaways that quarterbacked the Raiders after Rich Gannon left the team.

He left Oakland as a free agent following the 2006 season, signed with the New York Jets last off-season, and is currently a free agent.

Up-and-Comers:

These men have promise and potential, but have not accumulated enough starts to determine whether or not the team that selected them got the proper mileage of out of the pick.

Ryan Kalil, Center, Carolina Panthers, 2007:

Though he started only five games for the Panthers last season, he seems to have the inside track on the starting job for next season.  The No. 1 center prospect in the 2007 draft, Kalil should be a capable starter for a number of years to come.

Jeremy Trueblood, Right Tackle, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2006:

Trueblood started 13 games at right tackle for the Bucs in his rookie season and carried that momentum into this season, starting all 16 games this season.

Though he may never make the Pro Bowl, he is the present and the future of the right tackle position for Tampa.

Going back eight drafts, there have been more Pro Bowl players and solid starters taken than busts.  Though the 59th overall selection may not seem terribly glamorous, it's actually a good slot as far as value is concerned, especially when considering that there have been two busts, two up-and-comers, and four Pro Bowlers at the ninth overall selection in the same time period.


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