As you probably know by now, barring a trade, the Detroit Lions will have the No. 16 pick when they are officially on the clock on April 28th. So, that got us to wondering, what type of player might the Lions get at No. 16? Is it possible the player selected turns out to be a Hall of Famer? Well, it’s time to find out.
Here is a list of the Top 10 No. 16 overall NFL Draft picks since 1980. As you will see by the time you get to No. 1, this is a time to be excited and hopeful!
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (2008)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008 NFL Draft. Since being drafted, he has 24 interceptions, 5 defensive touchdowns, and has been selected to two Pro Bowls.
Jevon Kearse (1999)
Jevon Kearse was selected by the Tennessee Titans in the 1999 NFL Draft. In his career, Kearse played 133 games while racking up 314 tackles and 74 sacks. He was selected to play in three Pro Bowls and was a First-team All-Pro in 1999.
Luis Sharpe (1982)
Luis Sharpe was selected by the Cardinals in the 1982 NFL Draft. During his career, Sharpe started 189 games and was selected to three Pro Bowls.
Shawn Andrews (2004)
Shawn Andrews was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2004 NFL Draft. Though he only started 57 games in his career, Andrews was selected to three Pro Bowls and was an NFL All-Pro on two occasions.
Hugh Douglas (1995)
Hugh Douglas was selected by the New York Jets in the 1995 NFL Draft. In his career, Douglas accumulated 361 tackles, 80 sacks, was selected to three Pro Bowls, and was an NFL All-Pro twice.
Zach Martin (2014)
Zach Martin was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2014 NFL Draft. Since entering the league, Martin has been a Pro Bowl player each year and was named to the NFL All-Pro team following his rookie season. By the time all is said and done, Martin could be even higher on this list.
Julian Peterson (2000)
Julian Peterson, who attended Michigan State University, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2000 NFL Draft. During his 11 seasons in the NFL, Peterson had 756 tackles, 51.5 sacks, and eight interceptions. He was selected to five Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL All-Pro team three times.
Chester McClockton (1992)
Chester McGlockton was selected by the L.A. Raiders in the 1992 NFL Draft. Before retiring following the 2003 season, he racked up 551 tackles, 51 sacks, and four interceptions. McGlockton was also named to four Pro Bowls and was was a 3-time NFL All-Pro.
Troy Polamalu (2003)
Troy Polamalu was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2003 NFL Draft. Prior to his retirement following the 2014 season, Polamalu was considered one of the best strong safties every to play the game. During his career, he had 770 tackles, 32 interceptions, 12 sacks, 14 forced fumbles, and scored three touchdowns. In addition, Polamalu was selected to eight Pro Bowls and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
Jerry Rice (1985)
Jerry Rice was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the 1985 NFL Draft. Rice is considered my most to be the best receiver ever to play in the NFL. During his career, he put up some amazing stats including 1,549 receptions for 22,895 yards and 208 touchdowns. Rice was selected to 13 Pro Bowls, was named to 10 All-Pro teams, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.