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Overview: For such a high pick, there haven't been as many superior players as expected taken at the No. 9 spot. While some still have potential, other have made an early exit from the league. PFW found that the last 10 players taken with the ninth pick in the draft, a selection that is held by the Cowboys this year, have been somewhat disappointing as a whole:
2010: Bills select Clemson RB C.J. Spiller
Spiller was the Bills' Week One starter, but had a disappointing season after the departure of RB Marshawn Lynch. He finished the campaign with 74 carries for 283 yards (3.8 avg.) and 24 catches for 157 yards (6.5 avg.). He also was the team's primary kickoff and punt returner, with one return touchdown. He is expected to play a bigger part of the team's offense going forward.
2009: Packers select Boston College NT B.J. Raji
Raji took a big leap his second season and received national attention for his interception return for a touchdown against the Bears in the NFC championship game. His strength and athleticism made him a force to be reckoned with inside and made the Packers' defense an elite unit. He appears to have the potential to be great.
2008: Bengals select USC OLB Keith Rivers
Rivers has been underwhelming early in his career. His rookie season was cut short after a Hines Ward block knocked him out of commission with a broken jaw and he has been just OK ever since. He has made 26 starts the past two seasons, recording 146 tackles.
2007: Dolphins select Ohio State WR Ted Ginn Jr.
Ginn Jr. was expected to electrify fans in South Florida with his offensive playmaking ability, something he hasn't been able to consistently accomplish in his four years in the league. He was traded to San Francisco in '10, where he caught only 12 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown in 13 contests as a receiver. However, he has made his mark as one of the NFL's premier kickoff and punt returners.
2006: Lions select Florida State OLB Ernie Sims
Sims started all 16 games for the Lions his first three seasons in the league, totaling at least 113 tackles each of those years. Injuries bothered Sims in '09 before he was traded to Philadelphia, where he started 15 games last season.
2005: Redskins select Auburn DB Carlos Rogers
Rogers is known for his skills as a coverage corner, but the amount of interceptions he has dropped keeps the 'Skins' defender from becoming an elite player. He has been a regular contributor his entire career and has made 299 total tackles with only eight interceptions.
2004: Jaguars select Washington WR Reggie Williams
Character issues were a problem for Williams, who never blossomed in the NFL, despite making 10 TD catches in 2007. He didn't have a problem getting on the field — playing in all but one game in his five-year career — but he was never able to surpass 629 receiving yards in a single season.
2003: Vikings select Oklahoma State DE Kevin Williams
Considered one of the best three-techniques of the decade, Williams has earned six Pro Bowl invites and first-team All-Pro honors on five occasions. He has been great against the run and has no problem penetrating through the offensive line. He tallied 22 sacks his first two seasons and currently has 49½ in his career.
2002: Jaguars select Tennessee DT John Henderson
Henderson had a solid eight-year career in Jacksonville, starting at least 14 games per season since '03. Paired with DT Marcus Stroud, the two were a force in the middle of the Jags D-line. Henderson, who is now a Raider, has 29 career sacks.
2001: Seahawks select North Carolina State WR Koren Robinson
Robinson was good early in his career, peaking in 2002 with 78 catches for 1,240 yards and five touchdowns. Problems with alcohol derailed his promising future, however, and he last played in the league in '08.