My apologies for the delay on this. I had planned to run the final installment of the last 15 players that have been taken 15th overall in the NFL draft on Wednesday, but it got busy with the Steelers’ moves. I was also in Bristol, Conn., taking part in meetings for ESPN NFL Nation.
Here are the 10 picks at No. 15 that I have already reviewed:
2013: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Saints
2012: Bruce Irvin, DE, Seahawks
2011: Mike Pouncey, C, Dolphins
2010: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Giants
2009: Brian Cushing, LB, Texans
2008: Branden Albert, OT. Chiefs
2007: Lawrence Timmons, LB, Steelers
2006: Tye Hill, CB, Rams
2005: Derrick Johnson, LB, Chiefs
2004: Michael Clayton, WR, Buccaneers
Here are the five picks that preceded those players at No. 15 overall:
2003 -- Jerome McDougle, DE, Eagles: Injuries sabotaged McDougle's career as he just couldn’t stay healthy. A shooting right before his third training camp with the Eagles cost McDougle the entire 2005 season. He registered just three sacks in four seasons with the Eagles, making this pick a miss albeit one in which injuries played a significant role.
2002 -- Albert Haynesworth, DT, Titans: Tennessee got its money's worth out of the mammoth tackle as he may have been the most disruptive defensive player in the NFL in 2007 and 2008. Haynesworth didn't acquire the bust label until he signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in 2009 and never came close to giving Washington the desired return on its ill-fated investment.
2001 -- Rod Gardner, WR, Redskins: The former Clemson star had a couple of monster games while with the Redskins, and he had over 1,000 yards receiving in just his second season. Gardner, however, played just four seasons in Washington and two more (with three different teams) after the Redskins parted ways with him. This pick turned out to be a miss, especially since wide receiver Reggie Wayne got drafted near the end of the first round that year.
2000 -- Deltha O'Neal, CB, Broncos: The speedy O'Neal intercepted nine passes his second season, earning All-Pro honors as well as a trip to the Pro Bowl. He and the Broncos had a falling out, and they packaged him in a 2004 trade in which they swapped first-round draft picks with the Bengals. O'Neal recorded 10 interceptions for the Bengals in 2005, setting a franchise record. It’s hard to call this pick a hit or a miss though it's probably more of the former given O'Neal's body of work.
1999 -- Anthony McFarland, DT, Buccaneers: Warren Sapp got more accolades but McFarland also played a pivotal role on the defenses that fueled Tampa Bay’s rise. McFarland, who had a career-high 6.5 sacks his second season, won a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in 2002. The player known as "Booger" played eight seasons for Tampa Bay, and helped the Buccaneers regularly control the line of scrimmage, making this pick a hit.