Top 35 Football Players of the 2001 NFL Draft

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Every year, NFL franchises select hundreds of newly eligible football players. However, only a few of them became famous among football fans due to their incredible skills and performances. So we have listed the top 35 football players who became successful later after the 2001 NFL draft.

35 best NFL players drafted in 2001

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 Chargers2nd32ndQuarterback
  • 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/tackleN/A
Jesse PalmerJesse Palmer43New York Giants4th125thQuarterbackN/A
Tony StewartTony Stewart43Philadelphia Eagles5th147thTight endN/A
Chris CooperChris Cooper44Oakland Raiders6th184thDefensive end/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
Steve HutchinsonSteve Hutchinson44Seattle Seahawks1st17thGuard
  • 5× First-team All-Pro
  • 7× Pro Bowl
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
Casey HamptonCasey Hampton45Pittsburgh 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 Ravens1st31stTight 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 GarzaRoberto Garza43Atlanta Falcons4th99thCenter/ GuardN/A
Rudi JohnsonRudi Johnson42Cincinnati Bengals4th100thRunning back
  • Pro Bowl
  • SEC Player of the Year
Karon RileyKaron Riley44Chicago Bears4th103thDefensive end, Linebacker, Offensive line
  • Big Ten Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year
Chris WeinkeChris Weinke50Carolina Panthers4th106th Quarterback
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team
  • ACC Player of the Year
  • National champion
Edgerton HartwellEdgerton Hartwell44Baltimore Ravens4th126thLinebacker
  • Buck Buchanan Award
  • UFL champion
Sage RosenfelsSage Rosenfels44Washington Redskins4th109thQuarterbackN/A

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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