23 years of No. 23
2009: Baltimore Ravens, OT Michael Oher
The focus of the book and movie "The Blind Side," Oher didn't protect Joe Flacco's blind side as a rookie, but he was an all-rookie pick at right tackle.
2008: Pittsburgh Steelers, RB Rashard Mendenhall
Mendenhall warmed the bench during the Steelers' run to the Super Bowl but emerged as an 1,100-yard rusher in 2009.
2007: Kansas City Chiefs, WR Dwayne Bowe
Bowe averaged 1,000 yards, 78 receptions and six touchdowns in 2007 and 2008 but was limited to 47 catches in 2009.
2006: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, G Davin Joseph
Joseph has been a starter all four seasons and played in the Pro Bowl following the 2008 season.
2005: Oakland Raiders, CB Fabian Washington
Washington intercepted four passes in 2006 with Oakland. He was traded to Baltimore for a fourth-round pick in 2008. He started 10 games in 2009 before sustaining a season-ending knee injury.
2004: Seattle Seahawks, DT Marcus Tubbs
Tubbs played in 29 games in his first three seasons — including 11 in 2005, when he had 5.5 sacks. He needed microfracture surgery on a knee in 2006 and never played again.
2003: Buffalo Bills, RB Willis McGahee
McGahee rushed for 3,365 yards in three seasons with Buffalo before being dealt to Baltimore for three draft picks. He made his only Pro Bowl for the Ravens in 2007. In six years, he has 5,787 rushing yards and 53 total touchdowns.
2002: Oakland Raiders, LB Napoleon Harris
Harris made the all-rookie team but never blossomed into a star. He started all 16 games just once (2003) and played last year for the UFL's Florida franchise.
2001: New Orleans Saints, RB Deuce McAllister
The two-time Pro Bowler retired after rushing for a franchise-record 6,096 yards and scoring 55 touchdowns for the Saints from 2001 through 2008. He had four 1,000-yard seasons (including 1,641 in 2003).
2000: Carolina Panthers, CB Rashard Anderson
Anderson played only two seasons. He was suspended for the 2002 season for breaking the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and that suspension was extended for the 2003 season. He never played again.
1999: Buffalo Bills, CB Antoine Winfield
The 5-foot-9 cornerback made his only Pro Bowl in 2008 but has been regarded as an upper-echelon corner for years because of his coverage skills and ability to play the run. His broken right foot remains a huge concern for the Vikings.
1998: Oakland Raiders, OT Mo Collins
Started 64 games in six seasons at left tackle and both guard spots for two division champions.
1997: Buffalo Bills, RB Antowain Smith
Played nine seasons with a pair of 1,100-yard seasons and 57 total touchdowns.
1996: Detroit Lions, G Jeff Hartings
Hartings started 160 games in 11 seasons. Finished with six years in Pittsburgh, where he was an All-Pro in 2004 and two-time Pro Bowler.
1995: New England Patriots, CB Ty Law
Law played in five Pro Bowls, was a two-time All-Pro and recently was voted to the NFL's all-decade team. He has 53 career interceptions, including one this season for Denver, where he played in seven games.
1994: Dallas Cowboys, DE Shante Carver
Carver played just four seasons with 11.5 sacks and banged around in the XFL and Arena League.
1993: Pittsburgh Steelers, CB Deon Figures
Figures played four seasons for Pittsburgh and recorded five of his nine career interceptions with Jacksonville in 1997.
1992: San Diego Chargers, DE Chris Mims
Mims played eight seasons, recording 10 sacks as a rookie and 11 more in 1994. He died in 2008; he weighed 456 pounds.
1991: Miami Dolphins, WR Randal Hill
Hill played just one game with the Dolphins before being traded to the Cardinals. In eight seasons, he caught 262 passes with 14 touchdowns.
1990: LA Rams, C Bern Brostek
Brostek started all 16 games in four seasons and blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers. His career ended in 1997 with a back injury.
1989: Houston Oilers, OT David Williams
He missed only one game (berth of baby) from 1991 through 1994 and played right tackle on some offensive powerhouses. Started 106 games in nine-year career.
1988: Chicago Bears, RB Brad Muster
The ball-carrying fullback played five seasons for the Bears (2,014 rushing yards; 169 receptions) and seven in all.
1987: New England Patriots, OT Bruce Armstrong
The six-time Pro Bowler started 212 of a possible 220 nonstrike games and is a member of the Patriots Hall of Fame.
More No. 23 history
1986: Los Angeles Rams, OT Mike Schad
1985: Los Angeles Raiders, WR Jessie Hester
1984: Pittsburgh Steelers, WR Louis Lipps
The two-time Pro Bowler was one of the NFL's most dangerous deep threats in his nine seasons despite not having a legit quarterback. He scored 21 of his 39 career touchdowns in his first two seasons.
1983: Dallas Cowboys, DE Jim Jeffcoat
1982: New York Jets, LB Bob Crable
1981: Oakland Raiders, OT Curt Marsh
1980: Philadelphia Eagles, CB Roynell Young
In nine seasons, Young picked off 23 passes and played in one Pro Bowl.
1979: Kansas City Chiefs, QB Steve Fuller
1978: Cleveland Browns, TE Ozzie Newsome
Newsome was named to the all-1980s team and three Pro Bowls. He finished with 662 receptions and 47 touchdowns in 13 seasons, retiring with more receptions than any tight end in NFL history. Newsome was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. The only other No. 23 selection in the Hall of Fame is Bill George, a tackle who was drafted in 1951 and became one of the game's all-time great middle linebackers.
1977: Los Angeles Rams, LB Bob Brudzinski
1976: Green Bay Packers, OT Mark Koncar
1975: Miami Dolphins, OT Darryl Carlton
1974: Cincinnati Bengals, DT Bill Kollar
1973: Oakland Raiders, P Ray Guy
Guy, the only punter selected in the first round in NFL history, was voted to the NFL's 75th anniversary team. He led the NFL in punting three times in his first five seasons and never had a punt returned for a touchdown in his 14 seasons.
1972: Kansas City Chiefs, RB Jeff Kinney
1971: San Francisco 49ers, DB William Tim Anderson
1970: Dallas Cowboys, RB Duane Thomas
Thomas played just four seasons. In 1971, Thomas was traded to New England but refused to go. Back in Dallas, he led the NFL with 11 rushing touchdowns and scored another in the Cowboys' victory in Super Bowl VI.
1969: Kansas City Chiefs, DB Jim Marsalis
1968: Baltimore Colts, OT John Williams
1967: Houston Oilers, G Tom Regner
A brief Packers history at 23
The NFL has been holding a draft since 1936. In those 74 drafts, the Packers have had the No. 23 pick just twice.
The first came in 1943, when the Packers selected Irv Comp in the third round. Comp was born in Milwaukee and attended Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Comp, who had sight in just one eye, played for the Packers for seven seasons and was a true two-way star.
As a rookie, he intercepted a team-record 10 passes and finished his career with 34 interceptions. On offense, he threw for 1,159 yards and 12 touchdowns to help the Packers win the 1944 NFL championship. Of course, it helped that he had the incomparable Don Hutson catching his passes.
The only other time the Packers held the 23rd pick was 1976, when they drafted offensive Mark Koncar out of Colorado. He was an immediate starter at right tackle. In five seasons for the Packers, he started 51 games but never lived up to high expectations. He played five games for the Oilers in 1982 before retiring.