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Overview: It's too early to judge some of the players who have been selected at No. 8, but PFW found that many players selected with the eighth pick, which is held by the Titans this year, have been disappointing over the past 10 years:
2010: Raiders select Alabama MLB Rolando McClain
McClain is a sure tackler and excelled in run defense during a rookie season that saw him start all 15 games in which he played. He finished the campaign with 85 tackles and looks to be a long-term solution for the Raiders.
2009: Jaguars select Virginia OT Eugene Monroe
Monroe has done a good job manning the Jags' OLT position the past two seasons. He has held his own against the AFC South's elite pass rushers and has become the type of offensive lineman the team can build around.
2008: Jaguars select Florida DE Derrick Harvey
Harvey hasn't lived up to expectations. He started all 16 games for the Jags in '09, but had only two sacks. He was benched in '10 after starting the first seven games.
2007: Falcons select Arkansas DE Jamaal Anderson
Anderson has not become the type of player the Falcons were expecting when they took him in the first round. He has played well against the run but has shown very little pass-rushing ability.
2006: Bills select Ohio State SS Donte Whitner
Whitner has been a good player throughout his five seasons in Buffalo, but he has never been great. Not known as a big playmaker, Whitner makes his living racking up tackles. He had a career-high 140 stops last season.
2005: Cardinals select Miami (Fla.) DB Antrel Rolle
After starting his career as a corner, Rolle has played better since transitioning to safety. He has a knack for making big plays (four career defensive touchdowns) and started every game in 2010, his first season with the Giants.
2004: Falcons select Virginia Tech CB DeAngelo Hall
Hall has been a playmaking corner throughout his career. He had 17 picks in four seasons with the Falcons from 2004-07 and has since played for the Raiders and Redskins. He's coming off his third Pro Bowl appearance.
2003: Panthers select Utah OT Jordan Gross
Gross has become one of the more dependable offensive linemen in the league. An All-Pro in 2008, Gross has been a starter since Day One and is one of the Panthers' most valuable players.
2002: Cowboys select Oklahoma FS Roy Williams
Williams has been a liability in coverage in the NFL. Known as more of a big hitter, his 20 career interceptions have mostly come from balls falling right into his hands. He has been praised for his run coverage and tackling ability, though he has struggled to stay healthy the past three seasons, including 2009 and '10 with the Bengals.
2001: Bears select Michigan WR David Terrell
Things didn't work out for Terrell in Chicago. He played in three full seasons with the Bears from 2001-04 (missed much of ’02 with a broken foot) and had his best year in '04 when he started 15 games and caught 42 passes for 699 yards with one touchdown. He hasn't caught a pass since that season and was out of the league by ’05 after a failed stint with the Broncos.