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

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


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