Draft countdown: Pick No. 31

Posted March 28, 2011 @ 12:49 p.m.
Posted By Alex Mayster

Overview: Free-agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha headlines a group of productive players to come out of the second-to-last pick in the opening round, which is held by the Steelers in 2011. While Asomugha has developed into one of the NFL's premier cover corners, PFW found that others in this bunch also have become major contributors for their teams:

2010: Colts select TCU DE Jerry Hughes
Hughes didn't have a huge impact as a rookie in Indianapolis, but he was somewhat effective as a situational player. He finished the season with six tackles, three of which came in the Colts' regular-season finale against the Titans.

2009: Cardinals select Ohio State RB Beanie Wells
Wells' combination of speed and power helped him produce a big rookie season in Arizona. He rushed for 793 rushing yards (4.5 average) and seven touchdowns. Injuries limited Wells in 2010 and the verdict is still out on the 22-year-old back.

2008: No selection
The Patriots were forced to forfeit the pick as a result of the "Spygate" scandal after being caught taping the defensive signals of the Jets' coaches. Head coach Bill Belichick and the organization also were fined.

2007: Bears select Miami (Fla.) TE Greg Olsen
Olsen's receiving numbers had steadily increased his first three seasons in the league before the arrival of offensive coordinator Mike Martz in '10. He is still an effective player, but the Bears need to figure out ways to work him into the system.

2006: Seahawks select Miami (Fla.) CB Kelly Jennings
Jennings was picked on a lot last season but did start all 14 regular-season games he played and both of Seattle's playoff contests. He finished the year with 13 passes defensed and one interception, but lacks the physicality of a top corner and has only two career interceptions.

2005: Eagles select USC DT Mike Patterson
Patterson is a high-motor player who has started 84 games for the Eagles in the past six seasons. He has yet to put up huge numbers, but his hustle makes up for the fact that he is slightly undersized at his position.

2004: 49ers select Oklahoma State WR Rashaun Woods
Woods wasn't in the NFL for long. He played in 14 games for the 49ers his rookie season, but that was the last he played in the league. In his lone NFL season, Woods caught seven balls for 160 yards and one touchdown.

2003: Raiders select California CB Nnamdi Asomugha
A great pick for Oakland, Asomugha has developed into one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. His interceptions totals haven't been off the charts, but that's because teams rarely throw to his side of the field.

2002: Rams select UCLA OLB Robert Thomas
He never lived up to his first-round potential, but Thomas' hustle led to a productive seven-year career. He also played for the Packers and Raiders before retiring after the '08 season with 304 tackles and two sacks, both of which came with the Rams in '03.

2001: Ravens select Arizona State TE Todd Heap
After playing behind Shannon Sharpe for a season, Heap flourished into a top receiving threat for the Ravens. He continues to make an impact to this day, as evidenced by his 10-catch, 108-yard performance in Baltimore's playoff win over the Chiefs in January.