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Overview: The 20th selection hasn't brought a lot of good fortune to the teams holding the pick in the past decade. Whether it be from off-the-field trouble or mediocre performance during games, PFW found that several players selected at No. 20, a pick held by the Buccaneers this year, have not gone on to have very successful careers:
2010: Texans select Alabama CB Kareem Jackson
Jackson had a rough first season as opponents attacked him, and he didn't handle coverage as well as expected. But he did start all 16 games and had two interceptions and 10 passes defensed.
2009: Lions select Oklahoma State TE Brandon Pettigrew
While he's not very explosive in the receiving game, Pettigrew has become an excellent blocker that can still be effective in the short passing game. He finished last season with 71-722-4 receiving.
2008: Buccaneers select Kansas CB Aqib Talib
While off-the-field issues have put his future with the Bucs in doubt, Talib has excelled in zone coverage throughout his career. He has proven to be a playmaker, making 15 interceptions in 41 games over three seasons.
2007: Giants select Texas CB Aaron Ross
Ross isn't a star or a bust — he falls somewhere between the two. After recording six interceptions through his first two seasons, Ross has been held without a pick the past two years, including an injury-shortened '09 season.
2006: Chiefs select Penn State DE Tamba Hali
Hali has been a regular starter since entering the league, but he has really come on strong the past two seasons. He had an AFC-high 14½ sacks in '10 and now has 41½ in his five-year career.
2005: Cowboys select LSU DE Marcus Spears
The Cowboys expected to get more out of Spears when they drafted him, but he has been serviceable in Dallas since '05. He has just eight sacks in his career and is better at absorbing blocks than making plays.
2004: Vikings select USC DE Kenechi Udeze
Udeze collected 11 sacks in his four-year career, but it ended much earlier than expected. Udeze was diagnosed with leukemia in '08 and, after attempting to make a comeback, he retired in July ’09.
2003: Broncos select Georgia OT George Foster
Foster lasted six seasons in the NFL. He played in 49 games for the Broncos from 2003-06. He was then traded to Detroit as part of a package sent to the Lions for CB Dre' Bly. Foster's playing time decreased before he was ultimately released in June ’09.
2002: Packers select Florida State WR Javon Walker
Walker had a huge year in '04, catching 89-1,382-12, but requested a trade after an injury kept him off the field for all but one game in ’05. He was dealt to the Broncos before the ’06 season and had a highly productive first year in Denver, but it has been all downhill since then.
2001: Rams select Arizona State SS Adam Archuleta
Archuleta had a solid five-year career with the Rams but was never able to do much afterwards in stints with the Redskins and Bears. He was a versatile, physical player is St. Louis who excelled in run support. He retired after '07 with 530 tackles, 18 sacks and four interceptions.