Breaking down the last three drafts

We take a look at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 drafts of all 32 teams to examine the studs and duds. How many starters have each team found, and what are the teams' best and worst picks?

The following is a list of the last three draft classes, broken down by division, of all 32 NFL teams. For an analysis, click here.

GREEN BAY PACKERS

How the Packers have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 32

2008 starters: 7

2008 backups: 16

Other teams: 6

Out of NFL: 2

Injured reserve/PUP: 1

In a nutshell: Not counting the dividends realized last season with QB Aaron Rodgers and Pro Bowl S Nick Collins — the top two picks from his inaugural 2005 draft class — general manager Ted Thompson can be credited with only one surefire player in the last three drafts: WR Greg Jennings.

The jury still is out on LB A.J. Hawk, the 2006 first-round choice who will move inside in the team's new 3-4 defensive scheme, as well as WR James Jones and OL Daryn Colledge and Jason Spitz.

Best pick: WR Greg Jennings, 2006 (2nd round, 52nd overall): The unheralded college player from Western Michigan has blossomed into an elite NFL wideout and is a high priority for the Packers to award a long-term deal before his contract expires after next season. Jennings supplanted Donald Driver as the team's No. 1 receiver in 2008 with 80 catches for 1,292 yards and nine touchdowns.

Worst pick: DT Justin Harrell, 2007 (1st round, 16th overall): Thompson's questionable top pick of Harrell two years ago is teetering on becoming an unequivocal bust. Various injuries have conspired to keep Harrell off the field for 19 of 32 regular-season games, and he has made only two starts.

CHICAGO BEARS

How the Bears have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 28

2008 starters: 7

2008 backups: 12

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 5

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

In a nutshell: Fortunately for general manager Jerry Angelo and the Bears, their second-day picks in 2007 might make up for some horrible choices earlier in that draft, when they busted with DE Dan Bazuin in the second round and LB Michael Okwo with their second third-round pick. But they got 16-game starters last season in 2007 fourth-round G Josh Beekman and fifth-round S Kevin Payne.

CB Corey Graham, another fifth-rounder form 2007, started nine games. The 2006 draft has produced WR/RS Devin Hester, injury-prone NT Dusty Dvoracek, nickel back Danieal Manning and rookie flash-in-the-pan DE Mark Anderson. In 2008, second-round RB Matt Forte was a godsend, but first-round OT Chris Williams was hurt on the second day of training camp and barely played.

Best pick: RB Matt Forte, 2008 (2nd round, 44th overall): Not only is he a workhorse ball-carrier, Forte is an effective pass catcher and a willing blocker.

Worst pick: DE Dan Bazuin, 2007 (2nd round, 62nd overall): Suffered a knee injury in his first minicamp and then reinjured it early in training camp, spent the year on injured reserve and wasn't much better the next year when he was cut in preseason.

DETROIT LIONS

How the Lions have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 24

2008 starters: 5

2008 backups: 9

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 5

Injured reserve/PUP: 3

In a nutshell: The last three years of the Matt Millen era were a little better than the first five. The Lions didn't strike out with top-10 picks Ernie Sims and Calvin Johnson as they did with Joey Harrington, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams.

But the Lions still struggled from the second round on. The Lions have drafted nine players in the second and third rounds since 2006, and five have contributed little: Brian Calhoun, Drew Stanton, Ikaika Alama-Francis, Jordon Dizon and Andre Fluellen.

Now that coach Rod Marinelli has been fired, some of the players drafted for the Tampa Two defense won't fit anymore. Jim Schwartz wants more size.

Best pick: WR Calvin Johnson, 2007 (1st round, 2nd overall): One of the few picks to live up to the hype. A playmaker and a cornerstone. Even though he tied for 20th in catches last year, he was fifth in receiving yards and tied for first in touchdowns.

Worst pick: QB Drew Stanton, 2007 (2nd round, 43rd overall): Right after Johnson, a deep threat, the Lions drafted a quarterback known for making plays with his legs. Stanton struggled with injuries and changes to his mechanics. He has practiced little and played even less.

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

How the Vikings have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 19

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 8

Other teams: 4

Out of NFL: 1

Injured reserve/PUP: 0

In a nutshell: The Vikings did not get much immediate return from the 2008 draft if you look at their five selections. However, the fact the Vikings used three picks (a first and two third rounders) to obtain Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen from Kansas City has to be considered.

Allen finished fifth in the NFL with 14.5 sacks, providing the type of pass-rushing presence the Vikings needed. The Vikings' two previous first-round selections have panned out nicely with LB Chad Greenway and RB Adrian Peterson assuming key roles.

The 2006 draft has produced five starters but that is a bit misleading given that RT Ryan Cook and QB Tarvaris Jackson have been extremely up-and-down in their play.

Best pick: RB Adrian Peterson, 2007 (1st round, 7th overall): After slipping to Minnesota, mainly because teams were worried about his injury history, Peterson has established himself as one of the NFL's best running backs. He led the league in rushing this past season.

Worst pick: CB Marcus McCauley, 2007 (3rd round, 72nd overall): Played regularly as a rookie, but rarely got on the field last season and it's unclear if he fits into the team's plans. If McCauley does not establish himself in 2009, this will be a bad miss.

DALLAS COWBOYS

How the Cowboys have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 22

2008 starters: 2

2008 backups: 14

Other teams: 5

Out of NFL: 1

Injured reserve/PUP: 0

In a nutshell: The Cowboys had a draft to remember in 2008 with five of the six picks playing key roles as rookies. Top pick Felix Jones is a future star at running back and DBs Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick might be starters in 2009 at cornerback and safety respectively. Fourth-round RB Tashard Choice also has a bright future.

The Cowboys have little to show from their efforts in 2006 and 2007, players who should be key contributors. Only four of the eight picks from 2006 remain with the team and none are close to a starting job. It's not much better with 2007, though the Cowboys got a gem with K Nick Folk.

Best pick: RB Felix Jones, 2008 (1st round, 22nd overall): Jones scored a touchdown in each of his first four games, giving the Cowboys and instant game-breaking threat before suffering a season ending injury. He will be a focal point of the offense in 2009, possibly starting ahead of Marion Barber.

Worst pick: LB Bobby Carpenter, 2006 (1st round, 18th overall): Carpenter came aboard as a personal pick of then-head coach Bill Parcells. He has yet to earn a starting job and has no prospects to do so.

NEW YORK GIANTS

How the Giants have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 22

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 12

Other teams: 0

Out of NFL: 2

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

The last three drafts were officially managed by two men, former GM Ernie Accorsi (2006) and Jerry Reese, his replacement.

However, it was Reese who made the final decisions (or near-final decisions) in 2006 and for several seasons prior, to which Accorsi readily agrees.

Reese's record has been just short of perfect. In 2007, he made eight selections and, amazingly, all earned roster spots. In the team's first playoff game against Tampa Bay, all eight actually played. Last year, with seven picks, five made the team and two others served on injured reserve or the practice squad.

Best pick: DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka, 2006 (1st round, 32nd overall): The Giants moved down to the final spot in the first round to snare Kiwanuka. "You can never have enough pass-rushing defensive ends," said Accorsi as to why he took one with Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck on the roster. Kiwanuka has since proven he can play linebacker as well.

Worst pick: WR Sinorice Moss, 2006 (2nd round, 44th overall): Moss has had a problem staying healthy, and once that was overcome he discovered a new problem — not being able to hold sure-catch passes. He has been a disappointment, especially for someone taken so high.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

How the Eagles have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 26

2008 starters: 8

2008 backups: 10

Other teams: 4

Out of NFL: 3

Injured reserve/PUP: 1

In a nutshell: General manager Tom Heckert and coach Andy Reid have put together three solid drafts that already have produced eight starters for a team that went to the NFC Championship Game last season.

Five of the eight starters out of those drafts were part of a defense that finished in the top five in the league in total defense, run defense, pass defense and points allowed last season, including middle LB Stewart Bradley and DT Brodrick Bunkley.

WR DeSean Jackson, a second-round pick last year, led the Eagles in receptions and receiving yards as a rookie. He and fellow rookie, S Quintin Demps, also were one of the league's best kick and punt return tandems.

Best pick: MLB Stewart Bradley, 2007 (3rd round, 87th overall): At 6-4, 255 pounds, Bradley is big and athletic and gives the Eagles the kind of physicality they haven't had in the middle since Jeremiah Trotter was in his prime.

Worst pick: T Winston Justice, 2006 (2nd round, 39th overall): The Eagles drafted Justice with the idea of him eventually replacing Tra Thomas as the starting left tackle. But he has given little indication that he is capable of being an NFL starter on either side of the line.

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

How the Redskins have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 21

2008 starters: 4

2008 backups: 11

Other teams: 1

Out of NFL: 5

Injured reserve/PUP: 0

In a nutshell: Former coach Joe Gibbs, who ran the draft in 2006-07, used just two first-day picks but found starters in LB Rocky McIntosh (35th overall) and S LaRon Landry (sixth overall).

Executive vice president Vinny Cerrato's 2008 draft, his first in command since 2003, produced a late-round gem in seventh-round S Chris Horton, but the trio of second-round pass-catchers (Devin Thomas, Fred Davis and Malcolm Kelly) combined for just 21 catches as rookies. Cerrato also whiffed by drafting a punter, something that usually fails.

Best pick: S Chris Horton, 2008 (seventh round, 249th overall): Named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after picking off two passes and recovering a fumble in his first start in place of the ill Reed Doughty, Horton soon wrested the job away. The former UCLA star was the last of Washington's 10 picks, but he led the Redskins in interceptions and was third in tackles.

Worst pick: P Durant Brooks, 2008 (sixth round, 168th overall): The nation's top punter at Georgia Tech, Brooks unseated incumbent Derrick Frost in a tight summer competition because of his bigger leg. However, Brooks had two early line drives taken back for touchdowns and was cut after six regular season games.

ATLANTA FALCONS

How the Falcons have done in the drafts since 2006.

Total picks: 27

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 13

Other teams: 4

Out of NFL: 1

Injured reserve/PUP: 3

In a nutshell: The Falcons have found six starters over the last two drafts, but whiffed badly in 2007 when they made cornerback Jimmy Williams their top pick.

He spent last season out of football, but has recently signed with San Francisco.

They appear to have found their franchise quarterback, a middle linebacker and rebuilt the left side of their offensive line.

Best pick: QB Matt Ryan, 2008 (1st round, 3rd overall): He stepped right in after beating out Chris Redman and D.J. Shockley in the preseason. Ryan started all 16 games and had the Falcons within minutes of winning a division title as a rookie. He showed poise beyond his years and the ability to make all of the throws. The sky appears to be the limit.

Worst pick: CB Jimmy Williams, 2007 (2nd round, 37th overall): He spent most of his time in Atlanta playing on special teams. Was drafted as a cornerback, but struggled in man-to-man coverage. Was moved to safety in his second season and appeared to be coming along under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. But Williams fizzled out under another regime change and was released before the start of his third season and also was suspended by the league.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

How the Panthers have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 25

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 13

Other teams: 4

Out of NFL: 0

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

In a nutshell: The Panthers have experienced plenty of success over the past three years, finding six starters (RB DeAngelo Williams, TE Jeff King, LB Jon Beason, C Ryan Kalil, T Jeff Otah and S Charles Godfrey) and 13 backups, including three — CB Richard Marshall, RB Jonathan Stewart and DE Charles Johnson — that are likely to step into starting roles at some point.

Panthers general manager Marty Hurney has made a point to build the core of his football team through the draft and he's succeeded.

Best pick: LB Jon Beason 2007 (1st round, 25th overall): The beauty of this pick is the Panthers actually traded down 11 spots in the first round and still picked up Beason at No. 25. In just his second season, he was named All-Pro and went to the Pro Bowl. He's led the Panthers in tackles in both of his first two seasons.

Worst pick: WR Dwayne Jarrett 2007 (2nd round, 45th overall): So far Jarrett has been a disappointment. He continues to be inactive on game day almost as much as he suits up. The Panthers keep talking about how much Jarrett has improved but we've yet to see it on a consistent basis on game day.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

How the Saints have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 21

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 6

Other teams: 4

Out of NFL: 2

Injured reserve/PUP: 3

In a nutshell: The Saints have been up and down with the three drafts they've had since Sean Payton became the head coach in Jan. 2006.

They started with a bang in 2006, netting four starters — including three who immediately cracked the lineup — and another backup who's on the cusp of becoming a starter.

Their 2007 draft, however, did not yield a starter unless you count third-round draft pick Andy Alleman, who started for the Miami Dolphins last season after the Saints cut him.

The 2008 draft was better considering their top two picks — defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis and cornerback Tracy Porter — won starting jobs in training camp and left guard Carl Nicks started the final 13 games.

Best pick: WR Marques Colston, 2006 (7th round, 252nd overall): Colston has been a real jewel — catching 215 balls for 3,000 yards and 24 TDs. He's put up those gaudy numbers despite missing seven games with injuries, including five last year with torn ligaments in his thumb.

Worst pick: RB Antonio Pittman, 2007 (4th round, 107th overall): The Saints traded up in the fourth round to get Pittman. But he was beaten out by undrafted free agent Pierre Thomas and was cut late in preseason.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

How the Bucs have done in the draft since 2006.

Total picks: 31

2008 starters: 5

2008 backups: 10

Other teams: 10

Out of NFL: 6

Injured reserve/PUP: 0

In a nutshell: The Bucs' biggest success in the draft since 2006 has been rebuilding their offensive line. Tampa Bay began by drafting G Davin Joseph in the first round and T Jeremy Trueblood in the second round of 2006. The next year, the Bucs used a second-round pick on G Arron Sears. Even Rutgers' Jeremy Zuttah, a fourth-rounder in 2008, has proven to be a possible future starter.

Unfortunately, the Bucs haven't fared as well with the skill positions. WR Dexter Jackson, a second-rounder from Appalachian State, was a reach to say the least. WR Maurice Stovall has yet to fulfill his potential. And the Bucs' used lower-round picks for trades of backup quarterbacks like Tim Rattay and Jake Plummer, who retired rather than report.

Best pick: Davin Joseph, 2006 (1st round, 23rd overall): Despite knee and foot injuries that sidelined line at the start of two seasons, he has developed into a devastating run blocker. Last season, Joseph was named to his first Pro Bowl.

Worst pick: Dexter Jackson, WR, 2008 (2nd round, 58th overall): The Bucs chose him as a kick returner, but he hadn't returned kickoffs in college and failed miserably at it. He was inactive most of the season.

ARIZONA CARDINALS

How the Cardinals have done in the draft since 2006

Total picks: 19

2008 starters: 5

2008 backups: 9

Other teams: 3

Out of NFL: 2

Injured reserve/PUP: 0

In a nutshell: It's hard to rate the 2006 draft, given that QB Matt Leinart, the 10th overall pick, hasn't played much. The two guys taken after him, G Deuce Lutui and TE Leonard Pope, have been regular starters.

The 2007 draft hasn't been productive so far. RT Levi Brown, the fifth overall pick, has been average at best. The second-round pick, NT Alan Branch, has been a bust. WR Steve Breaston, the fifth-rounder was a real steal, however.

The 2008 draft produced CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the first round, while RB Tim Hightower was a great pick in the fifth round.

Best pick: WR Steve Breaston, 2007 (5th round, 142nd overall): Breaston's ability to return punts and kicks made him a worthwhile pick. He showed great desire to improve as a receiver and gained over 1,000 yards in his second season.

Worst pick: NT Alan Branch, 2007 (2nd round, 33rd overall): Branch narrowly beats out LB Buster Davis, taken in the third round the same year. Branch gets the dubious distinction because the club gave up a fourth-round pick to move up to take him. Branch has been overweight in both seasons and needs to find some motivation or he's going to be shown the door.

ST. LOUIS RAMS

How the Rams have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 26

2008 starters: 5

2008 backups: 8

Other teams: 1

Out of NFL: 7

Injured reserve/PUP: 5

In a nutshell: It's easy to see where the downfall began to a team that won only five total games in the last two seasons. None of the team's third-round picks in 2006 — DT Claude Wroten, LB Jon Alston and TE Dominique Byrd — are on the roster, and Wroten and Byrd didn't play anywhere in 2008. That year's second-round pick, TE Joe Klopfenstein, has been a disappointment.

In 2007, evaluators were mistaken in believing second-round pick Brian Leonard could be a high-level backup to RB Steven Jackson. The 2008 draft appears better, thanks to the addition of Billy Devaney, who is now the team's new general manager.

Best pick: WR Donnie Avery, 2008 (2nd round, 33rd overall): Avery was the first receiver selected in last year's draft, raising some eyebrows. But he proved to be capable of making big plays, and now just have to work on consistency running precise routes.

Worst pick: DT Claude Wroten, 2006 (3rd round, 68th overall): The Rams ignored all the danger signs regarding Wroten's off-field issues, figuring they were getting a first-round talent with a third-round choice. But he was suspended for four games in 2007, and is currently on a year-long league suspension for substance abuse issues.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

How the 49ers have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 24

2008 starters: 7

2008 backups: 11

Other teams: 1

Out of NFL: 4

Injured reserve/PUP: 1

In a nutshell: It seems as if the 49ers' scouting department and the coaching staff have not always been on the same page.

In 2006, the 49ers selected TE Vernon Davis (No. 6) and OLB Manny Lawson (No. 22) in the first round. But Davis has been used as more of a blocker than a target in the passing game, and Lawson comes off the field instead of being given a chance to show his pass-rush skills — the reason he was chosen in the first round.

Best pick: LB Patrick Willis, 2007 (1st round, 11th overall): A large section of the team's fan base thought the 49ers should select DL Adam Carriker. But 49ers coached Willis in the Senior Bowl, and GM Scot McCloughan was adamant Willis could become a superstar. In two seasons, Willis has twice made the Pro Bowl.

Worst pick: WR Brandon Williams, 2006 (3rd round, 84th overall): The 49ers made a major reach with a "need" pick. Williams was chosen as much for his return skills as his play as a receiver. The 175-pounder did not catch a pass and he averaged 6.6 yards on punt returns before the 49ers released him after his 16th game with the club.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

How the Seahawks have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 21

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 12

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 0

Injured reserve/PUP: 1

In a nutshell: The Seahawks have had mixed success in the draft over the past three seasons.

Seattle's 2007 draft class netted two starters so far and several contributors. Brandon Mebane, a third-round pick, is developing into one of the better defensive tackles in the game. Josh Wilson, a second rounder, broke into the starting lineup in his second year and has shown promise as a cover corner for Seattle. TE John Carlson, a 2008 second-round selection, fit in nicely into Seattle's West Coast offense.

DE Lawrence Jackson, a first-round selection in 2008, was slowed by a foot injury in his rookie season and is looking to prove he can be a key contributor for Seattle in 2009.

Best pick: DT Brandon Mebane, 2007 (3rd round, 85th overall): Started since his rookie season and will be switched to the more valuable role of a pass rusher inside because of his quick development as a disrupting force inside.

Worst pick: CB Kelly Jennings, 2006 (1st round, 31th overall): Has speed, but because of his smallish frame cannot stand up in coverage against bigger receivers. Lost confidence as the 2008 season wore on, and is now a backup behind Josh Wilson.

BUFFALO BILLS

How the Bills have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 26

2008 starters: 9

2008 backups: 7

Other teams: 0

Out of NFL: 5

Injured reserve/PUP: 5

In a nutshell: The past three drafts have produced nine starters, including a haul of five in 2006. That draft was heavy on defense. Offensively, the team's future hinges on the continued development of two key picks in 2007: RB Marshawn Lynch and QB Trent Edwards. Lynch is now burdened by off-field problems. The 2008 class produced star kickoff return specialist and projected 2009 starting CB Leodis McKelvin. However, second- and third-round picks, WR James Hardy and DE Chris Ellis, failed to make serious impacts and Hardy is coming off ACL surgery.

Best pick: QB Trent Edwards, 2007 (3rd round, 92nd overall): Finding a player in the third round good enough to displace former first-round pick J.P. Losman was a stroke of good fortune. His steady play added needed stability to the position and he should keep on an upward track with better weapons around him.

Worst pick: DT John McCargo, 2006 (1st round, 26th overall): The Bills traded up to get the former North Carolina State standout who has been plagued by injuries and inconsistent play. Has not been able to beat out fifth-round pick Kyle Williams. Team tried unsuccessfully to trade him last year to Indianapolis when he failed his physical.

MIAMI DOLPHINS

How the Dolphins have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 25

2008 starters: 4

2008 backups: 10

Other teams: 7

Out of NFL: 3

Injured reserve/PUP: 1

In a nutshell: With three different regimes in the past three seasons, the current Bill Parcells-Jeff Ireland-Tony Sparano trio struck gold with Jake Long, Kendall Langford, Donald Thomas and potentially Chad Henne, while adding two more starters in a draft-day trade with Dallas in Akin Ayodele and Anthony Fasano.

The Cam Cameron-Randy Mueller tandem of 2007 is barely treading water as oft-criticized WR Ted Ginn Jr. is still trying to justify his ninth overall status. Only P Brandon Fields is a keeper as C Samson Satele and QB John Beck are barely hanging on to roster spots.

The Nick Saban-Mueller duo of 2006 has to be considered a bust with first-round DB Jason Allen still relegated to special teams, and underachieving second-round WR Derek Hagan now trying to catch on with the Giants.

Best pick: T Jake Long, 2008 (1st, first overall): Lived up to billing as potential cornerstone left tackle by making Pro Bowl his rookie season. Has filled the need at one of the most vital positions for years to come.

Worst pick: QB John Beck, 2007 (2nd round, 40th overall): Expected to be quarterback of the future, was thrown into the fray of 2007 nightmarish 1-15 season and regressed dramatically until dropping to clipboard holder.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

How the Patriots have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 26

Starters 5

Backups 5

Other teams: 8

Out of NFL: 4

Injured reserve/PUP: 4

In a nutshell: For all the talk of Bill Belichick's proficiency in the NFL draft over the years, his track record lately has been relatively mediocre.

The 2007 class wasn't bad; it was a complete disaster with two players still on the team. That is substandard especially with four players contributing on Other teams: and three more out of the league.

The mild success of last year's class might help Belichick rebuild his reputation. LB Jerod Mayo appears to be a stud and CB Terrence Wheatley chipped in nicely before getting hurt. CB Jonathan Wilhite made a surprising leap into the starting lineup by the end of the year.

Best pick: LB Jerod Mayo, 2008 (1st round, 10th overall): It's still early, but Mayo was an absolute beast as a rookie in 2008. He played nearly every snap right from the start and looks to be the run-stopping force the Patriots need to replace the aging Tedy Bruschi.

Worst pick: WR Chad Jackson, 2006 (2nd round, 36th overall): So much for Belichick's relationship with Florida coach Urban Meyer. The Florida picks of late have been a major bust and Jackson is the poster boy for that failure. Injuries were a problem, but he displayed an alarming lack of maturity.

NEW YORK JETS

How the Jets have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 20

2008 starters: 4

2008 backups: 9

Other teams: 3

Out of NFL: 3

Injured reserve/PUP: 1

In a nutshell: The Jets have gleaned four cornerstone players in the last three years. They appear quite set at left tackle and center with a pair of 2006 first-round selections, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold, respectively. Ferguson matured in 2008 and had his best pro season, and Mangold fulfilled the promise of his terrific rookie campaign by making the Pro Bowl for the first time.

In 2007, they traded up in the first and second rounds to select CB Darrelle Revis and ILB David Harris, respectively. Revis was a Pro Bowler in 2008, while Harris figures to anchor the middle of the 3-4 for a long time.

But Kellen Clemens, a second-round selection in 2006, has yet to secure the starting quarterback position.

Best pick: RB/KR Leon Washington, 2006 (4th round, 117th overall): A lot of teams passed on the 5-8 Washington because of his lack of size, but he has proven to be a dynamic game-changer who is a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

Worst pick: LB Anthony Schlegel, 2006 (3rd round, 76th overall): The character-conscious Jets picked a good man in Schlegel, but wasn't nearly athletic enough to play linebacker at the pro level. A major reach that backfired.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

How the Ravens have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 25

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 10

Other teams: 1

Out of NFL: 3

Injured reserve/PUP: 5

In a nutshell: The Ravens continued their strong tradition of hitting in the first round. They found one of the best run-stoppers in the league (DT Haloti Ngata in 2006). They got a rugged blocker who should start for the next 10 years on the offensive line (G Ben Grubbs in 2007). And they finally landed a quarterback of the future (Joe Flacco in 2008)

The weakness of the past three drafts has been after the first round. The Ravens have developed just three starters out of their 22 picks from the second to seventh rounds.

Best pick: DT Haloti Ngata, 2006 (1st round, 12th overall): Questioned for his work ethic when he was initially drafted, Ngata has become the cog of the Ravens' run defense. His strength and agility allows him to brush off double teams and make plays. Before the Ravens drafted him, they ranked ninth against the run. In three seasons with Ngata, they have ranked no lower than third.

Worst pick: CB David Pittman, 2006 (3rd round, 87th overall): He proved too soft to play for the Ravens. Injuries and inconsistent play led to his release before the start of the 2008 regular season. Pittman played a total of eight games, including one start.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

How the Bengals have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 26

2008 starters: 3

2008 backups: 7

Other teams: 3

Out of NFL: 6

Injured reserve/PUP: 7

In a nutshell: By the end of last year, it was hard trying to spot any of the Bengals' recent draft picks having much of an impact on the field. But with seven of those picks on injured reserve, it was that type of season. One of those selections was LB Keith Rivers, their first-round pick in 2008 who started the first seven games, but then missed the final nine on the injured list.

To a large extent, the Bengals have had their share of hits and misses. Only four of the team's nine picks from 2006 are still with the team, but three of them were starters last year at some point. The best success has come in the secondary, where three of coach Marvin Lewis' picks are starters.

Best pick: S Chinedum Ndukwe, 2007 (7th round, 253rd overall): A late-round pick who has emerged as a steal. He had 11 starts last year and tied for the team lead in sacks, the first member of the secondary to do that since 2000.

Worst pick: LB Ahmad Brooks, 2006 (3rd round supplemental): Was injury plagued for most of his two seasons in Cincinnati and struggled to break into the starting lineup.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

How the Browns have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 22

2008 starters: 7

2008 backups: 8

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 3

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

In a nutshell: Joe Thomas, the third overall pick of the 2007 draft, is a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle. After that there are plenty of questions about the Browns' three most recent drafts. The biggest focuses on QB Brady Quinn, another 2007 first-round choice. If Quinn establishes himself as a solid starter in 2009, the draft two years ago could turn into one of the most successful in decades, because it also produced starting CBs Eric Wright and Brandon McDonald.

The 2006 draft gave the Browns starting LBs Kamerion Wimbley outside and D'Qwell Jackson inside. Wimbley has been nothing special since his rookie year in 2006. Jackson, the last two years, has not dominated. RB Jerome Harrison has proven he is a reliable backup to Jamal Lewis.

The 2008 draft was like a black hole last season.

Best pick: T Joe Thomas, 2007 (1st round, 3rd overall): The Browns passed on Adrian Peterson to draft an anchor at left tackle for the next 10 years. So far, so good.

Worst pick: WR Travis Wilson, 2006 (3rd round, 78th overall): Wilson wasn't always where he was supposed to be on his routes, so he was almost always on the inactive list until the Browns cut him in 2008.

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

How the Steelers have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 24

2008 starters: 3

2008 backups: 8

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 8

Injured reserve/PUP: 3

In a nutshell: Pittsburgh's last three drafts have been top-heavy with an asterisk and thin throughout. They hit spectacularly on players such as WR Santonio Holmes and LB LaMarr Woodley, but failed to get much else after the top two picks. Their third rounds have been dreadful (Anthony Smith, Willie Reid, for example) and only three players were starters.

The Steelers have stressed the importance of high picks and used lower picks to move up. They did that to get Santonio Holmes in 2006 and again for P Daniel Sepulveda in 2007.

Best pick: LB LaMarr Woodley, 2007 (second round, 46th overall): They could have ignored the position in the second round because they drafted linebacker Lawrence Timmons in the first. But they wanted to beef up their corps and the big, strong Woodley has been a dominant rusher on the left outside. He had 11.5 sacks in 2008, then added five more in three post-season games.

Worst pick: TE Matt Spaeth, 2007 (third round, 77th overall): Needing help in both lines, the Steelers instead drafted a tight end who, at best, will remain a backup because of Heath Miller. Spaeth, a tall and poor blocker, has 22 catches in two seasons.

HOUSTON TEXANS

How the Texans have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 21

2008 starters: 9

2008 backups: 6

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 2

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

In a nutshell: The Texans have fared far better in the past three years than they had in the previous drafts. They have drafted three players (Mario Williams, DeMeco Ryans and Owen Daniels) who have already made trips to the Pro Bowl. In their previous four drafts combined, only Andre Johnson earned a Pro Bowl invitation.

The Texans still have a number of young players in these drafts that they hope continue to improve. RB Steve Slaton put together a great rookie season and seems to be a long-term fix for the problems the Texans have had at that position. S Dominique Barber will likely step into a starting role this season.

Best pick: DE Mario Williams, 2006 (1st round, 1st overall): Despite fans wanting the franchise to pick QB Vince Young or RB Reggie Bush, the Texans went with Williams, who has earned one trip to the Pro Bowl and looks to have a more promising career ahead of him than Bush and Young.

Worst pick: OT Charles Spencer (3rd round, 65th overall): In his second career start, Spencer suffered a career-threatening injury that prevented him from playing for two seasons. When he tried to make a comeback in 2008, the Texans had changed their system and Spencer was released.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

How the Colts have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 25

2008 starters: 10

2008 backups: 10

Other teams: 0

Out of NFL: 1

Injured reserve/PUP: 4

In a nutshell: The Colts have fared well in the draft the last three years. Indianapolis has been able to secure depth at needed positions while also coming up with enough quality starters to allow the franchise to continue its recent run of success.

RB Joseph Addai (2006), LB Freddy Keiaho (2006), S Antoine Bethea (2006), WR Anthony Gonzalez (2007), OT Tony Ugoh (2007), LB Clint Session (2007), DT Keyunta Dawson (2007), OG Mike Pollack (2008) and C Jamey Richard (2008) have earned starting jobs. Addai and Bethea both started in Super Bowl XLI.

Best pick: S Antoine Bethea, 2006 (6th round, 207th overall): The addition of Bethea gave the Colts defense a safety that could cover sideline-to-sideline. He moved into the starting lineup at as a rookie, replacing an injured Mike Doss in training camp, and has never given up the spot.

Worst pick: CB Dante Hughes, 2007 (3rd round, 95th overall): Saying Hughes is the worst pick since 2006 may be a bit of a stretch. But the former University of California cornerback has not progressed as quickly as many thought he would. He has yet to live up to the expectations that his high draft position would have suggested.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

How the Jaguars have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 22

2008 starters: 7

2008 backups: 7

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 4

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

In a nutshell: The past three years, the Jaguars' second-round draft pick has proven to be as valuable or of more value than the first. RB Maurice Jones-Drew and LB Justin Durant were both second-round choices and both are now key members of their respective units.

As a whole, the Jaguars have been no better than average. In 2006, only three of the six players are starters. Of the 11 picks in 2007, the first two picks along with fourth rounder, P Adam Podlesh, are now regulars with just three of the remaining eight picks contributing on a regular basis. The 2008 class was small with five players, with only DE Derrick Harvey making a significant impact last year.

Best pick: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, 2006 (2nd round, 60th overall): Was considered a gamble at the time, but has proven to be a wise choice. He was brought in to spell Fred Taylor and now has shown enough talent that the club released Taylor and gave him the starting job.

Worst pick: DE Brian Smith, 2007 (4th round, 113th overall): Jaguars knew he was injured but picked him anyway. Was placed on PUP for 2007 season and waived during summer of 2008, never getting in a game for the club.

TENNESSEE TITANS

How the Titans have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 27

2008 starters: 4

2008 backups: 14

Other teams: 2

Out of NFL: 6

Injured reserve/PUP: 1

In a nutshell: Remember former baseball slugger Dave Kingman? When he hit the ball, he often connected for a home run. But more often that not, Kingman swung and missed.

That's sort of the way the Titans' drafts have gone the past three seasons. They have knocked it out of the park with choices like Chris Johnson, Michael Griffin and 2006 seventh-round steal Cortland Finnegan.

Just as often, they have had their share of bad misses like their 2007 back-to-back picks Chris Henry and Paul Williams in the second and third rounds. Also, half their 10 picks from 2006 are no longer on the roster at all.

Best pick: CB Cortland Finnegan, 2006 (7th round, 215th overall): It's hard to argue the value of this pick. Finnegan, a college safety at Samford, has turned into an All-Pro cornerback in just three years in the league.

Worst pick: RB Chris Henry (2nd round, 50th overall): In 2008, Henry was a healthy scratch for the first 15 games and got one carry for three yards in the preseason-like regular-season finale. The positive about the Henry pick is his failure forced the Titans to spend a first-round pick last year on another running back: Chris Johnson.

DENVER BRONCOS

How the Broncos have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 20

2008 starters: 10

2008 backups: 6

Other teams: 1

Out of NFL: 1

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

In a nutshell: The 2006 and 2008 drafts have provided the foundation for the Broncos' franchise. In 2006, Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Tony Scheffler and Elvis Dumervil were the top four picks. All of them have been productive players since very early in their careers.

The 2007 draft hasn't been as successful yet, but the 2008 draft provided some immediate results. T Ryan Clady and WR Eddie Royal were each among the top rookies in the NFL, and other players contributed right away.

Best pick: WR Brandon Marshall (4th round, 119th overall): Off-field issues aside, Marshall was an absolute steal on the second day of the 2006 draft. He has had back-to-back 100-catch seasons and was a starter for the AFC's Pro-Bowl team last season. He has fantastic ability after the catch and should continue to improve if he can stay out of trouble.

Worst pick: DE Jarvis Moss, 2007 (1st round, 17th overall): Denver traded up to get Moss to rush the quarterback, but he has only 3.5 sacks in two seasons. Fellow 2007 draftee Tim Crowder, a second-round pick, also hasn't made an impact at defensive end, but Moss' lofty draft status makes him a bit more disappointing.

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

How the Chiefs have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 26

2008 starters: 11

2008 backups: 11

Other teams: 1

Out of league 3

In a nutshell: Though the Chiefs continue to get a considerable amount of playing time from their 26 draft picks of the past three seasons, the quality of that play is reflected in Kansas City's 6-26 record the last two years.

Determined to get younger through the draft as opposed to improving through free agency or trades, Kansas City in the three years of the Herm Edwards reign made 23 of their 26 draft picks starters or heavy contributors.

But merely putting draft picks into the lineup can hardly be a true reflection of the quality of a team's draft. In time, perhaps, those players will become winners as opposed to mere participants. But neither Edwards nor club president Carl Peterson will be around to see it as the Scott Pioli/Todd Haley team takes on the rebuilding process started by their vanquished predecessors.

Best pick: T Branden Albert, 2008 (1st round, 15th overall): Was an immediate starter at left tackle, a position he didn't play in college, and showed he can play there for years to come.

Worst pick: K Justin Medlock, 2007 (5th round, 160th overall): Lasted only one game, the season opener, before losing his confidence and disappearing from league.

OAKLAND RAIDERS

How the Raiders have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 23

2008 starters: 7

2008 backups: 6

Other teams: 4

Out of NFL: 1

Injured reserve/PUP: 5

In a nutshell: The Raiders' future largely depends on quarterback JaMarcus Russell, No. 1 overall in 2007, and Darren McFadden, No. 4 overall in 2008. Russell showed promise in the last quarter of his second season; McFadden's rookie year was a disappointment due to injury.

The emergence of tackle Mario Henderson and Johnnie Lee Higgins late last season (both were third-rounders in 2007), plus the promise of Michael Bush (fourth rounder in 2007) brightens the Raiders' outlook.

Thomas Howard, second-round pick in 2006, could be the only contributor in that class.

Best pick: RB Michael Bush, 2007 (4th round, 100th overall): Because of a broken leg in his final college season, a first-round value was available at No. 100. Now healthy, Bush gives the Raiders a power back to go along with McFadden for a promising 1-2 punch.

Worst pick: S Michael Huff, 2006 (1st round, 7th overall): Too small for an in-the-box strong safety, Huff was supposed to blossom at free safety in his third year. Instead, he missed tackles, rarely made plays and eventually lost his job to Hiram Eugene, a street free agent. Huff is no lock to make the 53-man roster in 2009.

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

How the Chargers have done in the draft since 2006:

Total picks: 20

2008 starters: 6

2008 backups: 3

Other teams: 1

Out of NFL: 8

Injured reserve/PUP: 2

In a nutshell: The Chargers' last three drafts are a mixed bag, with most of the success coming from their 2006 haul.

It was that spring the Chargers snagged five of the six starters they've accumulated over that span.

But the last two exercises haven't been as keen. In 2007, the Chargers went with WR Craig Davis and he wasn't much his rookie year and then hurt most of his second. The Chargers did get a starting safety in Eric Weddle, but they had to surrender four draft picks to do it.

Last year's draft brought in nickel back Antoine Cason and RB/FB Jacob Hester. While the team is pleased with Cason, the price paid for Hester — two picks, including a second-rounder this year — seems a bit steep.

Best pick: LT Marcus McNeill, 2006 (2nd round, 50th overall): Philip Rivers doesn't become one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league without McNeill, a two-time Pro Bowler, protecting his blind side.

Worst pick: WR Craig Davis, 2007 (1st round, 30th overall): The knock on Davis coming out of LSU was that he had trouble staying on the field. Even when he does play, the Chargers aren't pleased with his inconsistency. He ended last season on injured reserve.

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