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Draft countdown: Pick No. 11

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Alex Mayster

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By Alex Mayster

Overview: The 11th pick in the draft has been kind to its holders, except for the Bills. A pair of the league's best pass rushers have been taken with the pick, as well as a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. The Bills? They selected a cornerback who rarely played his first two seasons and a bust who has rarely seen the field in his two seasons. PFW found that some of the NFL's best were taken with the draft's No. 11 selection, which is held by the Texans this year:

2010: 49ers select Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
False starts proved to be a problem for Davis in his rookie campaign, but he hung on to his starting spot for the entire season. Davis is a very talented player and the team is not ready to give up on him.

2009: Bills select Penn State DE Aaron Maybin
Maybin hasn't been much of a factor in Buffalo. He has made one start in two seasons and was a healthy scratch at times during the '10 season, which shows how far behind he is.

2008: Bills select Troy CB Leodis McKelvin
McKelvin started 14 games for the Bills in '10, assuming a larger role in the defense than in previous years. Even though his production is picking up, McKelvin has not yet developed into the top-of-the-line corner the team was hoping to find.

2007: 49ers select Mississippi ILB Patrick Willis
A Pro Bowler in each of his four years in the league, Willis has recorded at least 128 tackles every season. He is the complete package with a nose for the ball and the ability to play well in coverage.

2006: Broncos select Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler
Cutler was a Pro Bowler in '08, just his second year as a full-time starter in the league. He was traded to the Bears the following year, where he has thrown 50 TD passes over the past two seasons.

2005: Cowboys select Troy OLB DeMarcus Ware
One of the NFL's best edge pass rushers, Ware has the potential to one day become a Hall of Famer. He has 80 sacks in his first five seasons, has never missed a game and has been named to five Pro Bowls.

2004: Steelers select Miami (Ohio) QB Ben Roethlisberger
A pair of Super Bowl titles and a runner-up in a third shows how valuable Roethlisberger has been to the Steelers. His uncanny ability to create under pressure is his biggest strength, but off-the-field issues have been a problem for the signalcaller, as a suspension cost him four games in 2010.

2003: Seahawks select Washington St. CB Marcus Trufant
Trufant has been a solid contributor since arriving in Seattle, starting at least 15 games in all but one season in the NFL. He was a Pro Bowler in '07, but has dropped off with age.

2002: Colts select Syracuse DE Dwight Freeney
Another one of the game's top pass rushers, Freeney has the ability to change games with his skill set. The six-time Pro Bowler is at his best when he is free to pin his ears back and get after the quarterback.

2001: Panthers select Miami (Fla.) OLB Dan Morgan
Morgan was productive when healthy during his tenure with the Panthers from 2001-07, but was never able to put together a complete season because of injuries. He was a big factor in Carolina's playoff run in '03, recording 18 tackles in the Panthers' Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

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