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

Name Age 1st Team Round Pick Position Achievement
Michael Vick 42 Atlanta Falcons 1st 1st Quarterback
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year
  • Bert Bell Award
  • 4× Pro Bowl
LaDainian Tomlinson 43 San Diego Chargers 1st 5th Running back
  • NFL Most Valuable Player
  • Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year
Drew Brees 43 San Diego Chargers 2nd 32th Quarterback
  • Super Bowl champion
  • 2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year
  • Super Bowl MVP
Chad Johnson 44 Cincinnati Bengals 2nd 36th Wide receiver
  • 3× First-team All-Pro
  • 6× Pro Bowl
  • Second-team All-Pro
Kenny Smith 44 New Orleans Saints 3rd 81th Defensive end/Defensive tackle N/A
Jesse Palmer 43 New York Giants 4th 125th Quarterback N/A
Tony Stewart 43 Philadelphia Eagles 5th 147th Tight end N/A
Chris Cooper 44 Oakland Raiders 6th 184th Defensive end / Defensive tackle
  • Second-team All-NCC
  • Division II All-American
  • All-NCC
Than Merrill 44 Chicago Bears 7th 223rd Free Safety N/A
Eric Johnson 42 San Francisco 49ers 7th 224th Tight end N/A
Richard Seymour 42 New England Patriots 1st 6th Defensive lineman
  • 3× Super Bowl champion
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
  • 3× First-team All-Pro
Andre Carter 43 San Francisco 49ers 1st 7th Defensive end
  • Pro Bowl
  • 2× First-team All-Pac-10
  • Unanimous All-American
David Terrell 43 Chicago Bears 1st 8th Wide receiver
  • All-American
  • Orange Bowl MVP
Rod Gardner 44 Washington Redskins 1st 15th Wide receiver N/A
Santana Moss 43 New York Jets 1st 16th Wide receiver &
Punt returner
  • Pro Bowl
  • Second-team All-Pro
  • Big East Offensive Player of the Year
Steve Hutchinson 44 Seattle Seahawks 1st 17th Guard
  • 5× First-team All-Pro
  • 7× Pro Bowl
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
Casey Hampton 44 Pittsburgh Steelers 1st 19th Nose tackle
  • 2× Super Bowl champion
  • Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
  • 5× Pro Bowl
Deuce McAllister 43 New Orleans Saints 1st 23rd Running back
  • Super Bowl champion
  • New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame
  • 2× Pro Bowl
Freddie Mitchell 43 Philadelphia Eagles 1st 25th Wide receiver
  • Consensus All-American
  • First-team All-Pac-10
Michael Bennett 44 Minnesota Vikings 1st 27th Running back
  • Pro Bowl
Reggie Wayne 43 Indianapolis Colts 1st 30th Wide receiver
  • Super Bowl champion
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
  • First-team All-Pro
Todd Heap 42 Baltimore Ravens 1st 31th Tight end
  • Second-team All-Pro
  • NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year
  • 2× Pro Bowl
Fred Smoot 43 Washington Redskins 2nd 45th Cornerback
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • First-team All-SEC
  • Consensus All-American
Matt Light 44 New England Patriots 2nd 48th Offensive tackle
  • 3× Super Bowl champion
  • 3× Pro Bowl
  • First-team All-Pro
Chris Chambers 44 Miami Dolphins 2nd 52nd Wide receiver
  • Pro Bowl
  • Second-team All-Big Ten
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
Quincy Carter 44 Dallas Cowboys 2nd 53rd Quarterback
  • SEC Freshman of the Year
  • Second-team All-SEC
Travis Henry 43 Buffalo Bills 2nd 58th Running back
  • Pro Bowl
  • First-team All-SEC
Eric Kelly 45 Minnesota Vikings 3rd 69th Cornerback N/A
Heath Evans 43 Seattle Seahawks 3rd 82th Running back
  • Super Bowl champion
Roberto Garza 43 Atlanta Falcons 4th 99th Center/Guard N/A
Rudi Johnson 42 Cincinnati Bengals 4th 100th Running back
  • Pro Bowl
  • SEC Player of the Year
Chris Weinke 50 Carolina Panthers 4th 106th  Quarterback
  • National champion
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • ACC Player of the Year
Edgerton Hartwell 44 Baltimore Ravens 4th 126th Linebacker
  • Buck Buchanan Award
  • UFL champion
Sage Rosenfels 44 Washington Redskins 4th 109th Quarterback N/A
Karon Riley 44 Chicago Bears 4th 103th Offensive lineman/Defensive lineman/Linebacker
  • Big Ten Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year


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