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Overview: The fifth pick in the draft seems to have produced very effective players at the beginning and end of the decade, with some serviceable players in between. PFW found that there hasn't been a true bust at the No. 5 spot, which is held by the Cardinals in 2010, in the past 10 seasons:
2010: Chiefs select Tennessee SS Eric Berry
Berry was a playmaking safety his first season in the league and has lived up to all expectations. He was good against both the run and the pass and recorded 92 tackles and four interceptions after starting all 16 games.
2009: Jets select USC QB Mark Sanchez
Sanchez's numbers have not been outstanding in the regular season, but he has a sparkling 4-2 record in road playoff games and has thrown nine touchdown passes and only three interceptions in the postseason.
2008: Chiefs select LSU DL Glenn Dorsey
Dorsey has been up and down throughout his career. He has played well against the run, but the switch from defensive tackle to end has slowed his progress. Dorsey has just four sacks in his career.
2007: Cardinals select Penn State OT Levi Brown
Brown has held his own in Arizona but has not lived up to the expectations of a top-five pick. He hasn't missed a start since '08, but had to make the switch from right to left tackle and has struggled in pass protection.
2006: Packers select Ohio State OLB A.J. Hawk
Hawk has become a vital part of the Packers' defense. He took over play-calling duties last season and has grown as a leader over the past five years. He led the team with 110 tackles in '10.
2005: Buccaneers select Auburn RB Cadillac Williams
Williams had a great rookie season in Tampa Bay but hasn't been able to match that production since. He has struggled with injuries and lost a lot of carries to teammate LeGarrette Blount in 2010.
2004: Redskins select Miami (Fla.) FS Sean Taylor
Taylor was turning into one of the NFL's best safeties before he was shot to death in 2007. A two-time Pro Bowler, Taylor had 12 interceptions in four seasons, including five in nine games in '07.
2003: Cowboys select Kansas State CB Terence Newman
Newman has been named to a pair of Pro Bowls, but injuries have limited him from consistently playing like a top-10 corner. He has picked off 28 passes in his career with 104 passes defensed.
2002: Chargers select Texas DB Quentin Jammer
Jammer has been a cornerstone in the Chargers' secondary since his arrival and continues to be one of the league's more underrated corners. He has 18 career interceptions and has missed only two starts since '02.
2001: Chargers select TCU RB LaDainian Tomlinson
Tomlinson is arguably the best running back of the past decade. He carried the Chargers' offense for years and broke the NFL's single-season touchdown mark in '06 with 31 scores. He's likely to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.