Draft countdown: Pick No. 30

Posted March 29, 2011 @ 12:08 p.m.
Posted By Alex Mayster

Overview: The 30th pick in the draft has been used to select an offensive skill player in eight of the past 10 seasons. The pick has been a stepping stone for some major playmakers, two of whom already have left their mark in Indianapolis. PFW found that the 30th pick, which is held by the Jets in 2011, regularly brings in high-quality players:

2010: Lions select California RB Jahvid Best
A couple turf toe injuries clearly hindered Best in his rookie season. There's no doubt he has quickness, speed and playmaking ability but what isn't known is how many snaps he will be able to handle each game.

2009: Titans select Rutgers WR Kenny Britt
Britt has become the most important receiver in the Titans' passing game. Issues with maturity have been a problem, as has consistency, but games like his 7-225-3 performance in Week Seven last season are a reminder that he has No. 1 receiver talent.

2008: Jets select Purdue TE Dustin Keller
Keller has developed into one of the favorite targets of QB Mark Sanchez. His 55 catches, 687 yards and five touchdowns in '10 were all career highs, proving he has the athleticism to be an effective pass catcher. Keller has become a building block for the future.

2007: Chargers select LSU WR Buster Davis
Injuries, on top of a lack of production, have made this a poor selection for the Chargers. Davis has just 51 catches and two touchdowns in four seasons in San Diego.

2006: Colts select LSU RB Joseph Addai
The Colts didn't simply draft a running back in Addai. While he has been valuable when handed the ball, Addai really sticks out in the passing game — both as a pass protector in picking up the blitz and as a receiver out of the backfield.

2005: Steelers select Virginia TE Heath Miller
Miller has proven to be an effective, all-around tight end who doesn't get a lot of credit for what he does in the blocking game. He has been an effective red-zone target throughout his career, grabbing 29 touchdown passes in six seasons.

2004: Lions select Virginia Tech RB Kevin Jones
Jones showed promise early in his career, rushing for 1,133 yards in his rookie season, but the injury bug ultimately caught up to him. He played with the Bears in '08 and was set to return in '09 before a preseason ankle injury cost him the season. He did not play in the league in 2010.

2003: Chargers select Texas A&M CB Sammy Davis
Davis spent three years with the Chargers from 2003-05, receiving decreased playing time each season after starting 16 games his rookie year. He played for the 49ers and Buccaneers in '06 and '07, respectively, and has been out of the league since.

2002: Steelers select Auburn OG Kendall Simmons
Simmons was an effective guard in seven seasons with the Steelers. He started all 16 games three times for Pittsburgh, including the '05 campaign when he made a Super Bowl start in the Steelers' win over the Seahawks.

2001: Colts select Miami (Fla.) WR Reggie Wayne
A five-time Pro Bowler, Wayne has been one of the leagues most dependable wideouts. He might a bit slower now, but continues to play at a high level, with seven consecutive seasons of more than 1,000 receiving yards. Wayne pulled in a career-high 111 catches in 2010 for 1,355 yards and six touchdowns.