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Overview: The No. 28 selection in the NFL draft has been hit-or-miss over the past decade. Rising stars such as Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis are just beginning to hit their stride while last year's selection, Dolphins DE Jared Odrick, has yet to show what he is capable of because of injury. PFW found that the 28th pick, which is held by New England this year, has had its fair share of good players and duds:
2010: Dolphins select Penn State DE Jared Odrick
Odrick started the season opener at right end for the Dolphins but broke his foot and was shelved for the rest of the season. It's way too early in his career to pass judgment on the former Nittany Lion.
2009: Bills select Louisville C Eric Wood
Wood has started all 24 games in which he has played since entering the league. The Bills like what they have seen and he is expected to be the starting center in '11.
2008: Seahawks select USC DE Lawrence Jackson
The fact that Jackson was traded by his college coach, Pete Carroll, for a sixth-round pick before last season shows what a disappointment he was in Seattle. However, the change of scenery appeared to help him as he recorded a career-high six sacks in 11 games for Detroit last year.
2007: 49ers select Central Michigan OT Joe Staley
After looking like an above-average tackle early in his career, the injury bug caught up with Staley the past two seasons. Staley did start the first seven games of the '10 campaign after missing seven of the last nine games in ’09. Upon his return he was not as effective as he had been earlier in his career.
2006: Jaguars select UCLA TE Marcedes Lewis
Lewis has shown improvement each season, earning his first Pro Bowl nod last year. He developed into a dangerous target in the red zone for Jags QB David Garrard in '10, grabbing 10 touchdowns and compiling 700 receiving yards on 58 catches — all career highs.
2005: Chargers select Northwestern DE Luis Castillo
Although he hasn't turned into a star, Castillo has been a productive player throughout his career. He started every game for the Chargers' top-ranked defense last season and tallied 2½ sacks. He has 19 sacks and two forced fumbles in his career.
2004: Panthers select Ohio State CB Chris Gamble
Gamble has been one of the Panthers' top defensive backs for the past seven seasons. He has 24 interceptions in his career, but was held without a pick in 11 games last season after falling out of favor with former head coach John Fox.
2003: Titans select Oklahoma CB Andre Woolfolk
Woolfolk never quite panned out in Tennessee. He remained with the Titans for four seasons, making 12 starts and finished his career with 131 tackles, 17 passes defensed and three interceptions.
2002: Seahawks select Washington TE Jerramy Stevens
Stevens always will be known for his troubles off the field. He spent five seasons with the Seahawks and four with the Buccaneers, who released him in October about two days after he was arrested for possession of marijuana.
2001: Raiders select Florida State DB Derrick Gibson
Gibson spent six seasons with the Raiders and made three interceptions in 69 games in his career. His best season came in '03, when Gibson started 14 games, made 67 tackles and picked off two passes.