Charting last year's second round

OWINGS MILLS -- While Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin stands out as the elite success story from the second round of last spring's NFL draft, he wasn't alone in making an impact last season. <br><br> Here's a look at other players who were bypassed in the first round and eventually emerged as more economical, productive contributors than several of their first-round counterparts:<br>

Player Position College Team Drafted Comment

Eric Steinbach OG Iowa Cincinnati No. 33 Immediate athletic boon to Marvin Lewis' team, coached well by former Ravens assistant Kirk Ferentz.

Eugene Wilson CB Illinois New England No. 36 Versatile starting safety intercepted rookie-high four passes for Super Bowl champions. He may move back to cornerback.

Rashean Mathis S Bethune-Cookman Jacksonville No. 39 Made his presence felt with 78 tackles, two interceptions.

Ken Hamlin S Arkansas Seattle No. 42 Defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes' hard-hitting centerfielder.

Pisa Tinoisamoa LB Hawaii St. Louis No. 43 Swift striker had 78 tackles, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.

Bethel Johnson WR Texas A&M New England No. 45 Outstanding kick returner, promising receiver.

Victor Hobson LB Michigan New York Jets No. 53 Collected 48 tackles, two sacks, one interception behind veterans.

Anquan Boldin WR Florida State Arizona No. 54 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year caught 101 passes and made the Pro Bowl.

Mike Doss S Ohio State Indianapolis No. 58 Former Buckeye had 97 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception.

L.J. Smith TE Rutgers Philadelphia No. 61 All-around tight end caught 27 passes for 321 yards and a score for NFC East champions.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.


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