No. 17 picks in the NFL draft
Every slot in the NFL draft has its share of success stories and disappointments, and No. 17, where the Ravens are slotted to pick on Thursday night, is no different. The position has produced career backups (Jarvis Moss in 2007), solid starters (Gosder Cherilus in 2008), Pro Bowlers (Chad Greenway in 2006) and a likely Hall of Fame guard in Steve Hutchinson.
Here's a look at the careers of those selected at No. 17 in recent years. The pick has seen several offensive linemen who were immediately plugged into their team's starting lineups, though very little impact at skill positions. Anything player you'd like to see the Ravens replicate?
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2004 -- Denver: LB D.J. Williams, Miami( George Bridges, MCT / May 5, 2014 )
Williams, a linebacker from Miami, stepped right into the Broncos defense and led the team in tackles with 114 tackles in 2004. He moved to outside linebacker and faltered a bit before switching to middle linebacker and recording 141 tackles in 2007. He never made a Pro Bowl despite those standout seasons.
His career, however, has been marred by off-field problems. Williams has two DUI arrests and a nine-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy in 2012. The Broncos released him in March 2013, and Williams signed with the Bears, where his season was cut short by a torn pectoral muscle.