Shanahan's draft history--Defensive backs

Shanahan's draft history--Defensive backs
April 23, 2011, 10:46 am
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Saturday, April 23, 2011 7:00 a.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, wide receivers ,defensive linemen and linebackers selected by Shanahan. That leaves the defensive backs for today Details of each players draft status are at the bottom of the article. Best pick Cornerback 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 picks ONeal 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 seasons when he was gunned down after leaving a nightclub. Worst pick Willie 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 49ers picked him up in 2005 but he played in only five games there before they cut him loose. Bad picks Third-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-gritty Total Defensive backs drafted: 19
NFL games played: 1026
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. Roundsplayers 2Deltha 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) 20082Darwin Bowen (167) 1999; Jeff Shoate (152) 20041Tony Veland (181) 19962Chris Young (228) 2002; Josh Barrett (220) 2008 Shanahans draft history breakdown on CSN Washington: Offensive lineRunning backsQuarterbackWide receiver Defensive lineLinebackers Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.