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Overview: Other than freshly crowned Super Bowl champion LB Clay Matthews, the No. 26 pick hasn't been too kind to its owners. Many of the players drafted with the selection are no longer in the league, while others have floated around without ever having made a major impact in the league. PFW found that the 26th pick, which is held by the Ravens in 2011, can be very hit-or-miss:
2010: Cardinals select Tennessee DT Dan Williams
Williams took longer to start producing than the Cardinals would have liked, but he came on strong at the end of his rookie season. The well-built, smart tackle has a lot of upside and still has the potential to reach the expectations of a first-rounder.
2009: Packers select USC OLB Clay Matthews
The Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America Defensive Player of the Year last season, Matthews was key to the Packers' run to a victory in Super Bowl XLV. He has a knack for getting to the quarterback (23½ sacks in two years) and never takes plays off.
2008: Texans select Virginia Tech OT Duane Brown
Brown, who was a surprise pick for the Texans at the time, has become a vital part of the team's offensive line. His athleticism has allowed him to become a regular starter, but Brown has struggled at times in pass protection.
2007: Cowboys select Purdue OLB-DE Anthony Spencer
It took a couple years before Spencer began to contribute, but he hasn't missed a start since '09. He has tallied 11 sacks and 130 tackles in the past two years but has been inconsistent in the pass rush and needs a good player opposite him to excel.
2006: Bills select North Carolina State DT John McCargo
McCargo has been a healthy scratch for the majority of his career and definitely has not lived up to expectations. He has made one start in his five-year career and had a career-high 29 tackles and 2½ sacks in '07.
2005: Seahawks select Mississippi C Chris Spencer
Spencer was the only player to start every game on the offensive line for the Seahawks last season. He has been a cog on the O-line for the past five years but has had his fair share of performance issues, as well.
2004: Bengals select Michigan RB Chris Perry
Perry never panned out, eventually leading the Bengals to sign free-agent RB Cedric Benson. Perry picked up 337 yards on 73 attempts through his first three injury-plagued seasons and didn't score a rushing touchdown until 2008, his final year in the league.
2003: 49ers select Stanford OT Kwame Harris
The native of Jamaica never turned into an NFL star, but he did hold his own during a six-year career. Harris progressed following his initial seasons in the league and started all 32 contests for San Francisco in 2005-06.
2002: Eagles select Florida CB Lito Sheppard
Now a journeyman, Sheppard had a few solid years as a cover-2 cornerback with the Eagles. He had 14 interceptions from 2004-06, proving to have a nose for the ball.
2001: Dolphins select Wisconsin DB Jamar Fletcher
Fletcher spent three seasons with the Dolphins and eight total years in the NFL. He never accomplished anything of note in the league, retiring in '08 with seven interceptions and one sack.