Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/13/12
No. 1 Pick: QB Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts Manning, who has changed the game with pre-snap reads, broke the then-record of passing touchdowns in a single season in 2004.

Manning has been compared to the greatest quarterbacks of all time because of his knowledge of the game and his determination. 

No. 2 Pick: DE Julius Peppers, Carolina Panthers. Peppers metamorphosised the game because of his size as a defensive end who could run a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash.

He is an elite player and a difference maker on the defense.

No. 3 Pick: RB Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions. Sanders proved to the world that a 5-foot-8, finesse and elusive player can be a prolific running back in the NFL.

No. 4 Pick: LB Derrick Thomas, Kansas City Chiefs. Thomas was the truth for the Kansas City Chiefs at linebacker. DT was a Pro Bowler nearly every season of 11-year career. He holds the record for the most sacks in one game with seven.

No. 5 Pick: RB LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers. Tomlinson set the single-season record for touchdowns with 31. Former head coach Marty Schottenheimer said Tomlinson was the best running back he had ever seen.

No. 6 Pick: WR Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams. Holt was considered one of the most consistent wide receivers in the NFL. He set an NFL record with 12,594 receiving yards in a single decade. 

No 7 Pick: CB Champ Bailey, Washington Redskins. Bailey has become one of the best shut down corners in NFL history. At the age of 21, he was the youngest player ever to recorded three interceptions in a game.

No. 8 Pick: SS Roy Williams, Dallas Cowboys. Williams was known for his hard-hitting ability every week in football. Williams went to five straight Pro Bowls.

No. 9 Pick: LB Brian Urlacher, Chicago Bears. Urlacher is one of a kind at middle linebacker. He has tremendous amount of leadership and relentless playing style. 

No. 10 Pick: RB Jerome Bettis, Los Angeles Rams. Bettis "The Bus" was one of the most intimidating running backs in NFL history. He was a physical tailback in his time. 

No. 11 Pick: DE/OLB DeMarcus Ware, Dallas Cowboys. Just like Peppers, Ware changes the complexion of NFL games each week. 

No. 12 Pick: DL Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sapp was known for his intense and aggressive defensive play, his swift and powerful tackling, and (when periodically substituted on offense) his ability to cast aside multiple defenders with ease. 

No. 13 Pick: TE Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs. Gonzalez is the true definition of a great tight end. He is one of the top three tight ends ever in NFL history. 

No. 14 Pick: RB Eddie George, Houston Oilers. George was powerful and a great smash-mouth running back.

No.15 Pick: LB Derrick Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs. Johnson accomplished so much at Texas and slowly it has translated in the league. In 2009, Johnson had an NFL-tying record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns.

No. 16 Pick: WR Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers. Hands down is the greatest receiver ever to play the game. He holds an outstanding amount of records. 

No. 17 Pick: RB Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys. Smith holds the career rushing record and was an evasive running back in his time. He holds numerous records in the NFL.

No. 18 Pick: QB Chad Pennington, New York Jets. Pennington was a very accurate quarterback and precision was his game. He did win NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award twice. 

No. 19 Pick: WR Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts. Harrison holds countless NFL records. He was the fastest player ever to 1,000 catches. Year in and year out, Harrison was consistent.

No. 20 Pick: S Steve Atwater, Denver Broncos. Atwater was known for his hitting ability for years with the Broncos. He went to eight Pro Bowls and has two rings. 

No. 21 Pick: WR Randy Moss, Minnesota Vikings. Moss shattered all the rookie records and is known to burn elite corners in the league. Moss has excellent hands with tremendous amount of speed. Moss was jumping out the gym in his prime.

No. 22 Pick: WR Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings. Harvin has been a playmaker for the Vikings since he entered the league and continues to get better.

No. 23 Pick: CB Ty Law, New England Patriots. During his prime, Law was the most feared cornerback in the NFL. He was known to lock down big-time receivers. 

No. 24 Pick: FS Ed Reed, Baltimore Ravens. He is considered one of the most dominant safeties in the history of the NFL. Ronnie Lott once said he wished he had the skills of Ed Reed and compared him to defensive Barry Sanders.

No. 25 Pick: DB Donovin Darius, Jacksonville Jaguars. Darius had a well deserved reputation as one of the hardest "clean" hitters in college football. He led the Jaguars in tackles for seven straight years.

No. 26 Pick: LB Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens. Lewis is one of the best linebackers in NFL history. Lewis shows great leadership and confidence each game. Lewis was a NFL Super Bowl MVP.

No. 27 Pick: DE Jason Babin, Houston Texans. It took a while but Babin has really found his niche as he made back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances. 

No. 28 Pick: LB Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brook made 11 Pro Bowl teams, ten times consecutively. He was a true linebacker of the game and a dominant player.

No. 29 Pick: C Nick Mangold, New York Jets. He has made four straight Pro Bowls and is the highest-paid center in the league. Mangold shows great toughness and knows how to lead his offensive linemen. 

No. 30 Pick: WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts. After being a great No. 2 receiver to Marvin Harrison for most of his career, Wayne showed that he is capable of handling all of the attention. Wayne has great hands and is a very shifty player.

No. 31 Pick: CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Oakland Raiders. Asomugha is a four-time All-Pro selection. In 2010, he didn't allow a touchdown to be thrown on him.

No. 32 Pick: OG Logan Mankins, New England Patriots. Mankins has mauled defenders since entering the league. In 2007, he allowed one sack. Mankins is the second highest paid guard in the NFL.

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