The Top 10 Sort-of-Okay NFL Draft Picks Since 2000

#6 – Chris Long — 2008 No. 2 overall, Rams

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Chris Long was deemed a bust after his first two seasons in the NFL. But from 2010 to 2012, he put up 33 sacks. So he's a bust that has shown marked improvement. That's very sort-of-okay.

#7 – Mario Williams — 2006 No. 1 overall, Texans

Williams struggled as a rookie, but came on as his career in Houston progressed. Yet he never played in a playoff game for the Texans and after the 2011 season left to sign with the Bills. For a No. 1 overall pick, you want a longtime cornerstone of a playoff team. Houston taking Williams No. 1 overall? Fairly acceptable.

#8 – Bryant McKinnie — 2002 No. 7 overall, Vikings

McKinnie was a solid offensive tackle for the Vikings who has made one Pro Bowl during his 11 years in the NFL. That's the kind of player you'd love to find in the 2nd or 3rd Round, but if you get him 7th overall? Sure. Fine. Whatever. Every pick can't be a home run.

#9 – Shawne Merriman — 2005 No. 12 overall, Chargers

For three seasons, Merriman was considered the best player in the 2005 draft. Then he became a complete non-factor in the league. If a team could get three great years from a high first-rounder — and absolutely nothing else ever again — would they take him? Sure, some would. Because that would be a sort-of-okay pick.

#10 – Philip Rivers — 2004 No. 3 overall, Giants (traded to Chargers)

Rivers has put up some big numbers in his career, yet has never managed to get his talented team over the hump and his play has declined in recent seasons. Meanwhile, quarterbacks drafted before and after him in the 2004 Draft – Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger – both have two Super Bowl rings. And the Chargers dumped Drew Brees, a superior quarterback who moved on to win a Super Bowl, to keep Rivers. Taking Rivers is as close to a bad pick as a sort-of-okay pick can get.

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