Mike Shanahan draft history: defensive backs

Mike Shanahan draft history: defensive backs
April 23, 2012, 12:25 pm
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Mike Shanahan has been the primary talent selector in 15 drafts with the Denver Broncos (1995-2008) and for two with the Redskins (2010-11). How well has he performed?Over the next few days, well break down some of Shanahans drafts by position. If the past is prelude, maybe we can learn something about where he might go in the draft that starts on Thursday and how much success the players drafted might have going forward.Today, well look at defensive backs.Details of each players draft status are at the bottom of the article.Best pickCornerback Deltha ONeal had an excellent nine-year career after Shanahan made him the 15th overall pick in the 2000 draft. He made two Pro Bowls, one with the Broncos in 2001 and another with the Bengals in 2005. In that 05 season he was named a first-team All-Pro as he led the league with 10 interceptions. ONeal also exhibited great skill with the ball in his hand, scoring six career touchdowns (2 PR, 1 KR, 3 INT return).Good picksONeal represents a pattern of Shanahan-drafted defensive backs who have good careers with a lot of their success coming after leaving the Broncos. He drafted just one other Pro Bowl performer in Tory James, who never quite caught on in three years in Denver. He became a solid starter in Cincinnati, starting every game for four years and making the 2004 Pro Bowl. Safety Kenoy Kennedy played in 115 games with Denver and Detroit. We will never know how good Darrent Williams may have been. He had just completed a promising second season when he was gunned down after leaving a nightclub in 2006. DeJon Gomes started five games at safety for the Redskins in 2011 and will compete for a starting job this year.Worst pickWillie Middlebrooks, the 24th overall pick in the 2001 draft, was a certified first-round bust. He started just two games, never intercepted a pass, and washed out after a domestic violence arrest in 2004. The 46ers picked him up in 2005 but he played in only five games there before they cut him loose.Bad picksThird-round pick Jeremy LeSueur never saw the field for the Broncos and played just two NFL games and fourth-rounder Cory Gilliard saw the field for just one game.The nitty-grittyTotal Defensive backs drafted: 21
NFL games played: 1047
Seasons as a starter: 27
Pro Bowls: 3Deltha ONeal 2 (2001, 2005); Tory James 1 (2004)
Games played, seasons as starter and Pro Bowls are for players career with all teams. Roundsplayers2Deltha ONeal (15 overall) 2000; Willie Middlebrooks (24) 20014Tory James (44) 1996; Eric Brown (61) 1998; Kenoy Kennedy (45) 2000; Darrent Williams (56) 2005; 4Chris Watson (67) 1999; Jeremy LeSueur (85) 2004; Domonique Foxworth (97) 2005; Karl Paymah (76) 20054Darrius Johnson (122) 1996; Cory Gilliard (124) 1997; Sam Brandon (131) 2002; Jack Williams (119) 20083Darwin Bowen (167) 1999; Jeff Shoate (152) 2004; DeJon Gomes (146) 20111Tony Veland (181) 19963Chris Young (228) 2002; Josh Barrett (220) 2008; Brandyn Thompson (213) 2011Original post 42311, updated 42312