Share this article

print logo

Three for the money? Sometimes

Players who were chosen as the third overall pick in the NFL draft since 2000:

2010 -- DT Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Showed star potential before season-ending injury.

2009 -- DE Tyson Jackson, Kansas City Chiefs: Only one sack and 17 starts in two years.

2008 -- QB Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: Led team to two playoff appearances in three years.

2007 -- LT Joe Thomas, Cleveland Browns: Starter from Day One, perennial Pro Bowler.

2006 -- QB Vince Young, Tennessee Titans: A playmaker and winner, but team is cutting ties with him.

2005 -- WR Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns: Flashes of brilliance, but no sustained excellence.

2004 -- WR Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals: Record-setting '08 postseason solidified elite status.

2003 -- WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans: An athletic freak and most physically dominant wideout in the NFL.

2002 -- QB Joey Harrington, Detroit Lions: After four pedestrian seasons, Lions sent him packing.

2001 -- DT Gerald Warren, Cleveland Browns: A 10-year starter for four teams, but no Pro Bowl appearances.

2000 -- LT Chris Samuels, Washington Redskins: Six-time Pro Bowler's brilliant career ended by neck injury.