Who is the best player each NFL team has drafted in the last decade?
When most people talk about the NFL Draft all they want to talk about is the players who flopped for their team. FanSided is feeling the positive today so let’s take a look at the best guy each NFL team has drafted over the past decade, beginning with the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona Cardinals: CB Patrick Peterson (2011 1st Round, No. 5)
The Cardinals did their best work early in the decade, grabbing Patrick Peterson with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 draft. A standout at LSU, Peterson quickly turned into a shutdown corner for the Cardinals. Peterson has made eight Pro Bowls, three All-Pro First Team appearances and earned a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s.
Atlanta Falcons: WR Julio Jones (2011 1st Round, No. 6)
Atlanta made a huge bet in the 2011 NFL Draft, trading up 20 spots in the first round to snag Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones. The gamble paid off as Jones developed into a game-breaking wide receiver who has led the NFL in receiving yardage twice. Jones has made seven Pro Bowls, five All-Pro teams and was a member of the 2010s All-Decade Team.
Baltimore Ravens: LB C.J. Mosley (2014 1st Round, No. 17)
This spot could belong to Lamar Jackson in about five years, but as of this moment, we’ll go with C.J. Mosley. The Ravens’ first-round pick in 2014, Mosley immediately became a leader on Baltimore’s defense. Mosley’s knack for racking up the tackles helped him make four Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams.
Buffalo Bills: CB Stephon Gilmore (2012 1st Round, No. 10)
The best Bills’ draft picks over the past decade have been corners. Tre’Davious White has been great, but we’ll go with Stephon Gilmore since he was a Bill for longer at this point. Gilmore began blossoming as a star with Buffalo and has taken off into one of football’s best corners since joining the New England Patriots.