Shanahan's draft history--Defensive line

Shanahan's draft history--Defensive line
April 14, 2011, 4:29 pm
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Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:30 p.m.
By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger
Mike Shanahan has been the primary talent selector in 14 drafts with the Denver Broncos (1995-2008) and for one with the Redskins (2010). How well has he performed? Over the next few weeks, well break down Shanahans drafts position by position. If the past is prelude, maybe we can learn something about where he might go in the draft that starts on April 28 and how much success the players drafted might have going forward. So far, weve look at the offensive linemen, running backs, quarterbacks, and wide receivers selected by Shanahan. Today, we turn out attention to the defense and look at the defensive line. Details of each players draft status are at the bottom of the article. Best pick Trevor Pryce was taken in 1997, Shanahans third draft, and he is still playing. As a defensive tackle he has had three seasons with double-digit sacks including 1999-2000 when he had a total of 25 and made the first of his four straight Pro Bowls for the Broncos. Pryce will never be considered for the Hall of Fame but he has been a very good player for a very long time. Good picks Elvis Dumervil might turn out to be one of Shanahans best picks ever at any position but its a bit too early to tell. He had 43 sacks in his first four years in the league including a league-leading 17 in 2009 when he moved to outside linebacker in the Broncos 3-4 defense. The 2010 season was lost to an injury but if he never plays another down he will have been worth a fourth-round pick. Marcus Thomas, another fourth-round pick, has been a good reserve for the Broncos for the last four years. Nick Eason, also picked in the fourth, never played for Denver but he was a good role player for the Browns and Steelers. It took a couple of years for Reggie Hayward to develop but he had 20 sacks in his last two seasons in Denver before moving on to play five seasons for the Jaguars. Seventh-round pick Monsanto Pope was a role player and part-time starter for four years, solid production from the 231st overall pick. Worst pick This is an easy one. All the Broncos got out of Jarvis Moss, the 17th overall pick in 2007, was 34 games and 3.5 sacks. They cut him loose in the middle of the 2010 season. The fact that Shanahan traded up to draft Moss compounded the mistake. Bad picks Shanahans 2001 second-round pick, Paul Toviessi, never played a down in the NFL. He washed out due to a knee injury, an issue that had been flagged prior to the draft. Bryan McNeal, picked in the fourth round, Carlton Powell, a fifth-rounder, Aaron Hunt, picked in the sixth, and seventh round selection Clint Mitchell also never played in the NFL. Third-round pick Dorsett Davis was just active in one season, playing in 14 games in 2003. The nitty-gritty Total defensive linemen drafted: 18
NFL games played: 920
Seasons as a starter: 23
Pro Bowls: 5Trevor Pryce 4 (1999-2002); Elvis Dumervil 1 (2009)
Games played, seasons as starter and Pro Bowls are for players career with all teams. RoundsPlayers 2DT Trevor Pryce (28 overall) 1997; DE Jarvis Moss (17) 20073DT Montae Reagor (58) 1999; DE Paul Toviesse (51) 2001; DE Tim Crowder (56) 20073DT Mark Campbell (78) 1996; DE Reggie Hayward (87) 2001; DE Dorsett Davis (96) 20025DT Jerry Johnson (101) 2000; DE Bryan McNeal (128) 2003; DT Nick Eason (114) 2003; DE Elvis Dumervil (126) 2006; DT Marcus Thomas (121) 20072DE David Bowens (158) 1999; DT Carlton Powell (148) 20081DE Aaron Hunt (194) 20032DT Monsanto Pope (231) 2002; DE Clint Mitchell (227) 2003 Shanahans draft history breakdown on CSN Washington: Offensive lineRunning backsQuarterbackWide Receiver Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @RealRedskins.