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Twenty Years of the 12th Pick

Today is the 2013 NFL Draft! Merry Draft-mas

In anticipation for the 2013 NFL Draft, I was debating whether to create another mock or do something a little different. Given that there are so many mocks floating around I decided to go in a different direction.

A few days ago, I was driving home listening to the finsiders on the radio. Yes, finsiders, not phinsiders. The radio program for the Miami Dolphins hosted by Jesse Aglar. They were talking about the 12th pick and some of the best players who came out of it. But being a Dolphins program, they ONLY focused on the positives. Naturally, they omitted the bad players who came out of the 12th pick. So, filled with curiosity I decided to check and see just who those players were. After a bit of research, I found them all and now I am going to share them with you. Below, you will find the 12th pick for the last twenty years. You might see some recognizable names and some you might not have heard of. Frankly, I hadn't either since I was two years old twenty years ago. So, given that I don't know much about them I will reserve judgment. I will let you determine whether they were worth the investment.

While this might not be the most accurate way to determine whether the 12th pick is a good place to pick. It might just be a fun read and with the Draft a couple hours away we could all use something to kill some time.

Without further ado:

2012 NFL Draft

Fletcher Cox – Defensive Tackle – Mississippi State – Drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles

2011 NFL Draft

Christian Ponder – Quarterback – Florida State – Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings

2010 NFL Draft

Ryan Matthews – Running Back – Fresno State – Drafted by the San Diego Chargers

2009 NFL Draft

Knowshon Moreno – Running Back – Georgia – Drafted by the Denver Broncos

2008 NFL Draft

Ryan Clady – Offensive Tackle – Boise State – Drafted by the Denver Broncos

2007 NFL Draft

Marshawn Lynch – Running Back – California – Drafted by the Buffalo Bills

2006 NFL Draft

Haloti Ngata – Defensive Tackle – Oregon – Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens

2005 NFL Draft

Shawn Merriman – Linebacker – Maryland – Drafted by the San Diego Chargers

2004 NFL Draft

Jonathan Vilma – Linebacker – Miami- Drafted by the New York Jets

2003 NFL Draft

Jimmy Kennedy – Defense Tackle – Penn State – Drafted by the St. Louis Rams

2002 NFL Draft

Wendell Bryant – Defensive End – Syracuse – Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts

2001 NFL Draft

Damione Lewis – Defensive Tackle – Georgia – Drafted by the St. Louis Rams

2000 NFL Draft

Shaun Ellis – Defensive End – Tennessee – Drafted by the New York Jets

1999 NFL Draft

Cade McNown – Quarterback – UCLA – Drafted by the Chicago Bears

1998 NFL Draft

Keith Brooking – Linebacker – Georgia Tech – Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons

1997 NFL Draft

Warrick Dunn – Running Back – Florida State – Drafted by the Tampa Buccaneers

1996 NFL Draft

Regan Upshaw – Defensive End – California – Drafted by the Tampa Buccaneers

1995 NFL Draft

Warren Sapp – Defensive Tackle – Miami- Drafted by the Tampa Buccaneers

1994 NFL Draft

Aaron Glenn – Cornerback – Texas A&M – Drafted by the New York Jets

1993 NFL Draft

Patrick Bates – Safety – Texas A&M – Drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders

And that concludes the twenty years of the 12th pick of the NFL draft.

What do you think about the 12th pick? Does history tell you the 12th pick is a good slot to get talent? I'll let you decide.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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