NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 24: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on December 24, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills hold the No. 10 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and they'll be fighting a trend of iffy picks at that slot in recent seasons when they make their selection in April. Of the last 10 players to be picked No. 10 overall, only two have made the Pro Bowl, and only one is considered one of the elite (or potentially elite) players in the league today.
After the jump, take a look at the list of former tenth overall picks. It's a fairly unimpressive lot, right?
2011: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jaguars. Gabbert struggled mightily as a rookie starter, completing just a hair over half of his passes at a pitiful 5.4 yards per attempt, with a 12-to-11 TD-to-INT ratio. Jacksonville's offense was severely limited by Gabbert's presence, relying far too heavily on the remarkably-up-to-the-task Maurice Jones-Drew. Now, Gabbert will get his second offense in two years with Mike Mularkey taking over as the Jags' head coach.
2010: Tyson Alualu, DT, Jaguars. A cartilage issue in his knee has hampered Alualu's effectiveness through two pro seasons, even though he's played in every game. He's recorded 6.5 sacks in two seasons, but may not ever become an acceptable full-time starter if he can't get the knee issue squared away. If he does get healthy, however, he'll have a chance to play effectively for a long time.
2009: Michael Crabtree, WR, 49ers. A lengthy holdout before his rookie season and erratic quarterback play plagued Crabtree's development in his first two seasons. With Jim Harbaugh running the show, however, Crabtree - like so many of his teammates - seems to be finding his stride. He set career highs with 72 receptions and 874 yards this season.
2008: Jerod Mayo, ILB, Patriots. Here, we have our first Pro Bowl player, as Mayo made it to Hawaii for the first time in 2010. Long viewed as one of the best young linebackers in the game, Mayo was rewarded with a seven-year, $50 million contract extension this past December. Mayo has also already been a first-team All-Pro selection, and will be a featured player in Bill Belichick's defense for the foreseeable future.
2007: Amobi Okoye, DT, Texans. Drafted at the ripe old age of 19, Okoye couldn't fulfill the promise of a solid rookie season (5.5 sacks) in Houston, was released, and spent the 2011 season as a rotational reserve with the Chicago Bears. There, he recorded four sacks, and appears to have carved himself a role in Lovie Smith's defense.
2006: Matt Leinart, QB, Cardinals. It's tough to fathom that Leinart once displaced future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner from the starting lineup; he did. Warner took his reps back when Ken Whisenhunt arrived in Arizona, led them to a Super Bowl, and then after Warner retired, Leinart couldn't beat out Derek Anderson for a starting gig. Next season, Leinart will likely resume his role as Matt Schaub's understudy in Houston.
2005: Mike Williams, WR, Lions. The former USC star became the poster child for Matt Millen's futility in Detroit when, after sitting out a year of football due to ineligibility, Williams was made the No. 10 overall pick. He recorded 44 receptions in his first three years as he bounced between Detroit, Oakland and Tennessee while struggling with weight issues. After two years out of football, he revived his career briefly with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, turning 65 catches into a three-year contract extension, but crashed back to earth in 2011 (18 catches).
2004: Dunta Robinson, CB, Texans. One of the more athletic corners in the league throughout his eight-year career, Robinson spent six seasons in Houston, where he was generally avoided by opponents after a six-pick rookie season. He then signed a six-year, $57 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons, where he has started for the past two seasons. Robinson is a very good corner, but not widely considered one of the best at his position.
2003: Terrell Suggs, DE, Ravens. Finally, we have a true star. Suggs is a five-time Pro Bowl selection, a one-time first-team All-Pro selection, and has 82.5 career sacks. Still just 29 years old, Suggs has rebounded from a slight lull in 2009 (4.5 sacks) with 25 sacks over the past two seasons, as well as five sacks in two post-season games in 2010. He is, simply put, one of the most feared pass rushers - and best defenders - in the NFL.
2002: Levi Jones, OT, Bengals. Jones preceded Suggs as a No. 10 overall pick from Arizona State, and spent eight seasons in the league (seven with Cincinnati, one with the Washington Redskins) as a starting-caliber left tackle, where he made 97 starts. Leg issues that plagued him throughout his entire career eventually forced him out of pro football after the 2009 season; he was replaced by 2010 No. 4 overall pick Trent Williams in Washington.