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Draft countdown: Pick No. 15

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Alex Mayster

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By Alex Mayster

Overview: The 15th pick in the draft hasn't produced any superstars in recent years but a large number of the players taken at the spot have turned into solid pros. PFW found that a few of the most recent players drafted at No. 15, a pick held by the Dolphins this year, have great potential to change that trend:

2010: Giants select South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul
Pierre-Paul is an incredibly raw, athletic player who made a big impact on special teams in '10. While he hasn't had the chance to see a ton of defensive snaps, he tallied 4½ sacks last season and looks to have a lot of potential.

2009: Texans select USC LB Brian Cushing
After being crowned Defensive Rookie of the Year in '09, Cushing was found to have violated the league's policy on banned substances. He was suspended for the first four games in '10 and had a major drop-off in production.

2008: Chiefs select Virginia OT Branden Albert
It took Albert some time to transition from a college guard to an NFL tackle, but he seemed to take a step forward in '10. At 6-foot-5, Albert is athletic enough to block some of the league's quickest pass rushers.

2007: Steelers select Florida State LB Lawrence Timmons
Timmons took a big step forward in '10 with his ability to play effectively against the run. He seemed to have a nose for the ball last season, racking up 135 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles.

2006: Rams select Clemson CB Tye Hill
Hill is an undersized corner at 5-foot-10 and was never able to make an impact in St. Louis. He was traded to the Falcons in '09 for a seventh-round pick and has since been on the rosters of the Titans and Lions.

2005: Chiefs select Texas OLB Derrick Johnson
After being benched in '09, Johnson responded in a big way as an inside ’backer in the Chiefs' 3-4 defense last season. He recorded a career-high 121 tackles and defended 16 passes while starting every regular-season game for Kansas City.

2004: Buccaneers select LSU WR Michael Clayton
After pulling in 80-1,193-7 his rookie season, Clayton has come nowhere close to reaching the potential he once flashed. He has scored three touchdowns since and had just two catches for 19 yards with the Giants last season.

2003: Eagles select Miami (Fla.) DE Jerome McDougle
A lot of things went wrong for McDougle. After being slowed by injuries his first two seasons in the league, he was shot in the abdomen by armed robbers in '05. His playing career lasted five seasons.

2002: Titans select Tennessee DT Albert Haynesworth
Talent-wise, Haynesworth has the skill to be one of the best defensive tackles in football, as his two All-Pro selections attest. But when all is said and done, he likely will be remembered for his five-game suspension for stomping on Andre Gurode's head with his cleats in 2006 and his battles with the Shanahans in Washington that led to a four-game suspension to end the ’10 season more than his productive years in Tennessee and the huge free-agent contract he signed with the ’Skins.

2001: Redskins select Clemson WR Rod Gardner
Gardner looked promising his first two seasons in the league, recording his lone season with 1,000-plus receiving yards in '02. But he steadily declined following that campaign and hasn't played since '06.

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