Draft countdown: Pick No. 13

Posted April 15, 2011 @ 9:37 a.m.
Posted By Alex Mayster

Overview: Many of the players chosen 13th overall in the past 10 years have been productive, and the spot has been a very solid one for teams picking in it during that span. PFW found that the past 10 players to be picked 13th, a spot held by the Lions this year, lack star power:

2010: Eagles select Michigan DE Brandon Graham
Graham was just starting to heat up before a knee injury ended his rookie season early. Graham is a high-energy player with a lot of upside. He had three sacks in 13 games in 2010.

2009: Redskins select Texas DE Brian Orakpo
Orakpo has excelled in his first two seasons. An immediate starter, Orakpo already has recorded 19½ sacks and could do more damage if the Redskins would provide him with a better supporting cast.

2008: Panthers select Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart
Stewart has spent the majority of his career splitting time with fellow RB DeAngelo Williams. The tandem has been effective. Stewart's best year came in ’09, when he gained 5.1 yards per carry, ran for 1,133 yards and scored 10 touchdowns.

2007: Rams select Nebraska NT Adam Carriker
Carriker started all 16 games for the Rams in his rookie season but only started nine the following season and missed all of ’09 with a shoulder injury before being shipped to the Redskins. He had a solid first season in Washington.

2006: Browns select Florida State OLB Kamerion Wimbley
Wimbley was drafted to bolster the pass rush in Cleveland's 3-4 defense but was never able to live up to expectations after an impressive rookie season. He was traded to Oakland before last season and had a resurgent campaign, making a team-high nine sacks.

2005: Saints select Oklahoma OT Jammal Brown
Brown was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and '08 during his five-year stint with the Saints. He missed all of the '09 campaign with a sports hernia and hip injury before being traded to the Redskins prior to the '10 season. He started 14 games at right tackle for Washington.

2004: Bills select Wisconsin WR Lee Evans
Evans has been a forgotten receiver for the Bills. The team continues to bring in wideouts, but Evans outlasts most with his consistency. He had a career-low 578 receiving yards last season, missing three games with injury. Saddled with subpar QB play for most of his career, he has gained more than 1,000 receiving yards only twice.

2003: Patriots select Texas A&M DE Ty Warren
Warren missed all of the 2010 season with a hip injury but is expected to return to his starting role on the edge of the Pats' defensive line next season. He has been a mainstay at the position, starting all but one game that he has played in since ’04.

2002: Saints select Tennessee WR Donte' Stallworth
Saints head coach Sean Payton didn't see eye-to-eye with Stallworth and the former Vols star was traded to the Eagles prior to the start of the ’06 season. The most productive season of Stallworth's career came in ’05, when he made 70 catches for 945 yards and seven touchdowns. He has played with four different teams since ’06, missing the entire 2009 season on a league suspension for violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy after pleading guilty to a DUI manslaughter charge.

2001: Jaguars select Georgia DT Marcus Stroud
Paired with DT John Henderson, Stroud was one-half of a dominant Jaguars interior D-line in the early 2000s. The three-time Pro Bowler will try to resurrect his career with the Patriots, with whom he signed earlier this offseason after spending three seasons with the Bills.