Spencer sixth casualty from 2005 first round

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' decision to place center Chris Spencer on injured reserve brought to six the number of 2005 first-round choices not on 53-man rosters.

A quick look at the six, with overall choice in parentheses and a look at each player's projected future:

  • (1) Alex Smith, QB, 49ers. Shoulder problems and frequent coordinator changes haven't given him much of a chance. The prognosis for a productive career is guarded, at best.

  • (10) Mike Williams, WR, Lions: The Lions, Raiders and Titans decided he couldn't play. The verdict is unanimous at this point.

  • (12) Shawne Merriman, LB, Chargers: Knee surgery ended his season, but the Chargers expect Merriman to regain Pro Bowl form.

  • (17) David Pollack, LB, Bengals: Neck injury ended his career.

  • (26) Spencer, C, Seahawks: Injuries are mounting. He's had surgeries on both shoulders. Now he has a bad back. Seattle must protect itself at the position.

  • (29) Marlin Jackson, CB, Colts: A serious knee injury ended his 2008 season after seven starts. Jackson is expected to return in 2009.

That 2005 first-round class features its share of disappointments, from Adam "Pacman" Jones to Cedric Benson to Troy Williamson and Smith. The best player from that class? DeMarcus Ware, probably.