Who are the top 35 NFL players drafted in 2001?

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I grew up watching and playing football in the 2000s. Over the years, the National Football League has introduced some of the greatest athletes who have engraved their names in football history with some extraordinary achievements. Although they are all retired now from the NFL, their dedication, skills, and performances inspired our new generation. Here is a list of the 35 most successful players drafted in the 2001 NFL season.

35 Best Football Players- 2001 NFL Draft Top Picks

NameAge1st TeamRoundPickPositionAchievement
Michael VickMichael Vick42Atlanta Falcons1st1stQuarterback
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year
  • Bert Bell Award
  • 4× Pro Bowl
LaDainian TomlinsonLaDainian Tomlinson43San Diego Chargers1st5thRunning back
  • NFL Most Valuable Player
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year
Drew BreesDrew Brees43San Diego Chargers2nd32thQuarterback
  • Super Bowl champion
  • 2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year
  • Super Bowl MVP
Chad JohnsonChad Johnson44Cincinnati Bengals2nd36thWide receiver
  • 3× First-team All-Pro
  • 6× Pro Bowl
  • Second-team All-Pro
Kenny SmithKenny Smith44New Orleans Saints3rd81thDefensive end/Defensive tackleN/A
Jesse PalmerJesse Palmer43New York Giants4th125thQuarterbackN/A
Tony StewartTony Stewart43Philadelphia Eagles5th147thTight endN/A
Chris CooperChris Cooper44Oakland Raiders6th184thDefensive end / Defensive tackle
  • Second-team All-NCC
  • Division II All-American
  • All-NCC
Than MerrillThan Merrill44Chicago Bears7th223rdFree SafetyN/A
Eric JohnsonEric Johnson42San Francisco 49ers7th224thTight endN/A
Richard SeymourRichard Seymour42New England Patriots1st6thDefensive lineman
  • 3× Super Bowl champion
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
  • 3× First-team All-Pro
Andre CarterAndre Carter43San Francisco 49ers1st7thDefensive end
  • Pro Bowl
  • 2× First-team All-Pac-10
  • Unanimous All-American
David TerrellDavid Terrell43Chicago Bears1st8thWide receiver
  • All-American
  • Orange Bowl MVP
Rod GardnerRod Gardner44Washington Redskins1st15thWide receiverN/A
Santana MossSantana Moss43New York Jets1st16thWide receiver &
Punt returner
  • Pro Bowl
  • Second-team All-Pro
  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year
Steve HutchinsonSteve Hutchinson44Seattle Seahawks1st17thGuard
  • 5× First-team All-Pro
  • 7× Pro Bowl
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
Casey HamptonCasey Hampton44Pittsburgh Steelers1st19thNose tackle
  • 2× Super Bowl champion
  • Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
  • 5× Pro Bowl
Deuce McAllisterDeuce McAllister43New Orleans Saints1st23rdRunning back
  • Super Bowl champion
  • New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame
  • 2× Pro Bowl
Freddie MitchellFreddie Mitchell43Philadelphia Eagles1st25thWide receiver
  • Consensus All-American
  • First-team All-Pac-10
Michael BennettMichael Bennett44Minnesota Vikings1st27thRunning back
  • Pro Bowl
Reggie WayneReggie Wayne43Indianapolis Colts1st30thWide receiver
  • Super Bowl champion
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
  • First-team All-Pro
Todd HeapTodd Heap42Baltimore Ravens1st31thTight end
  • Second-team All-Pro
  • NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year
  • 2× Pro Bowl
Fred SmootFred Smoot43Washington Redskins2nd45thCornerback
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • First-team All-SEC
  • Consensus All-American
Matt LightMatt Light44New England Patriots2nd48thOffensive tackle
  • 3× Super Bowl champion
  • 3× Pro Bowl
  • First-team All-Pro
Chris ChambersChris Chambers44Miami Dolphins2nd52ndWide receiver
  • Pro Bowl
  • Second-team All-Big Ten
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
Quincy CarterQuincy Carter44Dallas Cowboys2nd53rdQuarterback
  • SEC Freshman of the Year
  • Second-team All-SEC
Travis HenryTravis Henry43Buffalo Bills2nd58thRunning back
  • Pro Bowl
  • First-team All-SEC
Eric KellyEric Kelly45Minnesota Vikings3rd69thCornerbackN/A
Heath EvansHeath Evans43Seattle Seahawks3rd82thRunning back
  • Super Bowl champion
Roberto Garza43Atlanta Falcons4th99thCenter/GuardN/A
Rudi JohnsonRudi Johnson42Cincinnati Bengals4th100thRunning back
  • Pro Bowl
  • SEC Player of the Year
Chris WeinkeChris Weinke50Carolina Panthers4th106th Quarterback
  • National champion
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • ACC Player of the Year
Edgerton HartwellEdgerton Hartwell44Baltimore Ravens4th126thLinebacker
  • Buck Buchanan Award
  • UFL champion
Sage RosenfelsSage Rosenfels44Washington Redskins4th109thQuarterbackN/A
Karon RileyKaron Riley44Chicago Bears4th103thOffensive lineman/Defensive lineman/Linebacker
  • Big Ten Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year

Richard M. Donovan is our first hired article writer and has 10 years of experience in copywriting, article marketing, and sports analysis. He has excellent analytical and organizational skills for football data management and tracking reports. Richard played high school and college football but never got a chance to play in the NFL because of his knee injury. But he never stopped there. Richard started working as an NFL sports analyst and biography writer. His statistical data helps our readers get all the in-depth information they need about their favorite NFL players.


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