23. 2003 Nfl Draft Best Players of All Time

John Rizzo

The 2003 NFL Draft was an exciting event for football fans around the world, as teams across the league looked to bolster their rosters with the best college talent available. Held on April 26-27 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York, the draft saw a record number of players chosen, with 254 players selected over the two-day affair.

While the draft saw many teams selecting stars of the future, it was also a unique year for the NFL, as it marked the first draft in the league’s history that included compensatory picks. With teams all looking to maximize their value in the draft, the 2003 NFL Draft was sure to be a memorable one.

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1. Keenan Howry

Career

  • High school: Los Alamitos, (Los Alamitos, California)
  • College: Oregon
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 221
  • Minnesota Vikings (2003–2005), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2007)
  • Receptions: 3, Receiving yards: 18, Return yards: 674, Total touchdowns: 0
  • Receptions: 3
  • Receiving yards: 18
  • Return yards: 674
  • Total touchdowns: 0

Keenan Howry is a return specialist and wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams. He was drafted in 2003 by the St. Louis Rams and has since played for the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks, and now the Los Angeles Rams.

Keenan Howry attended high school at Los Alamitos in California before attending Oregon as a football player. He finished his college career with over 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns to his name. Keenan Howry's impressive NFL career began with him playing for the St.

Louis Rams from 2003-2005 where he had 141 punt returns for 838 yards (16th best all time) and two touchdowns - both of which came against eventual Super Bowl Champion Carolina Panthers in 2005 playoffs.

 In 2006, Keenan signed with Seattle Seahawks where he spent five seasons until being traded to L A Rams during the 2016 season As a Ram this past year, Keenan set new franchise record.

With 276 punt returns (1st), 2,039 kickoff return yards (6th), 5 touchdown receptions on 53 catches (tied 3rd most ever), 964 receiving yards on 58 receptions(7th) while also adding one rushing touchdown.

Also Played For: oregon ducks

2. Charles Rogers

Career

  • High school: Saginaw (Saginaw, Michigan)
  • College: Michigan State (2001–2002)
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
  • Detroit Lions (2003–2005)
  • Unanimous All-American (2002), Fred Biletnikoff Award (2002), 2× All-Big Ten (2001, 2002), Silicon Valley Football Classic MVP (2001), Michigan State Hall Of Fame (2021)
  • Games played: 15, Games started: 9, Receptions: 36, Receiving yards: 440, Touchdowns: 4
  • Games played: 15
  • Games started: 9
  • Receptions: 36
  • Receiving yards: 440
  • Touchdowns: 4

Charles Rogers was one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, with 1,094 receptions for 13,934 yards and 83 touchdowns. He played his entire career with the Detroit Lions before retiring in 2007.

Charles Rogers is best known for making a spectacular catch against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving Day 2003 which helped lead to a game-winning touchdown in overtime. 

Charles Rogers also made an outstanding catch during Super Bowl XLII when he caught a Hail Mary pass from Tom Brady to help New England win their fourth championship title overall.

In 2008, he became just the third player ever to be elected into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame (along with Jerry Rice and Barry Sanders). On November 11th 2019, Charles Rogers passed away at age 38 after long battle with cancer.

Also Played For: michigan state university football, school football

3. Ty Warren

New England Patriots

Ty Warren Career

  • High school: Bryan (TX)
  • College: Texas A&M
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXXVIII, XXXIX), First-team All-Pro (2007), New England Patriots All-2000s Team, New England Patriots All-Dynasty Team, Second-team All-Big 12 (2002), Ron Burton Community Service Award (2007)[1]
  • Total tackles: 376, Sacks: 20.5, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 6
  • Total tackles: 376
  • Sacks: 20.5
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 6

Ty Warren was a defensive lineman with the New England Patriots from 2003 to 2010. He played for the Denver Broncos in 2011 and 2012 before retiring after two seasons.

In his career, Warren made 98 tackles, 16 sacks, and four forced fumbles while playing on both sides of the ball. As a coach, Ty will help guide the Orlando Guardians' defensive line unit alongside head coach Ron Rivera.

Ty Warren is a former defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions and Houston Gamblers. He has also coached with the Orlando Guardians. Ty Warren was an All-Pro in 2007 and won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. 

Warren is known for his hard work on defense, and he will be a valuable asset to any coaching staff he joins in the future.

Also Played For: 2007 new england patriots

4. Michael Haynes

Career

  • High school: Columbus (NJ) Northern Burlington County
  • College: Penn State
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
  • Chicago Bears (2003–2005), New Orleans Saints (2006)*, New York Jets (2007)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year (2002), First Team All-Big Ten (2002)
  • Total tackles: 79, Sacks: 5.5, Forced fumbles: 1, Fumble recoveries: 0, Interceptions: 1, Defensive touchdowns: 1
  • Total tackles: 79
  • Sacks: 5.5
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Interceptions: 1
  • Defensive touchdowns: 1

Haynes is a former defensive end who played for the Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets. Haynes was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Haynes played for the Bears from 2003 to 2005. Haynes was signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2006. Haynes played for the Saints from 2006 to 2007. Haynes was signed by the New York Jets in 2007.

Haynes played for the Jets from 2007 to 2013. Haynes was released by the Jets in 2013. Haynes is now a free agent. Haynes was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a 2002 Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Haynes was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with the team before being released in 2007. Haynes spent the 2007 offseason with the Indianapolis Colts and was released in August of that year.

Haynes signed with the Cleveland Browns in October 2007 and spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with the team. Haynes signed with the Seattle Seahawks in April 2010 and spent two seasons with the team before being released in August 2012. 

Haynes signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February 2013 and spent one season with the team before being released in August 2014. Haynes signed with the New Orleans Saints in March 2015 and spent one season with the team before being released in March 2016. H

aynes signed with the Buffalo Bills in March 2017 and was released in October 2017. Haynes played college football at Penn State where he was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a 2002 Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year. 

He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with the team before being released in 2007.

Haynes spent the 2007 offseason with the Indianapolis Colts and was released in August of that year. Haynes signed with the Cleveland Browns in October 2007 and spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons with the team. 

Haynes signed with the Seattle Seahawks in April 2010 and spent two seasons with the team before being released in August 2012. Haynes signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in February 2013 and spent one season with the team before being released in August 2014.

 Haynes signed with the New Orleans Saints in March 2015 and spent one season with the team before being released in March 2016. Haynes signed with the Buffalo Bills in March 2017 and was released in October 2017.

Also Played For: 2005 chicago bears season

5. Jeff Faine

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jeff Faine Career

  • High school: Seminole (Sanford, Florida)
  • College: Notre Dame
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21
  • Cleveland Browns (2003–2005), New Orleans Saints (2006–2007), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2008–2011), Cincinnati Bengals (2012)
  • Games played: 118, Games started: 118, Fumble recoveries: 4
  • Games played: 118
  • Games started: 118
  • Fumble recoveries: 4

Jeff Faine played center for the Seattle Seahawks from 2003 to 2007. He was drafted by the Seahawks in the 2003 NFL Draft and played for them until 2007.

Jeff then played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2007 to 2011. He signed with the Buffalo Bills in 2012 and played for them until 2015. He then signed with the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 and played for them until 2018.

Jeff is currently a free agent. Jeff Faine was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2003. He played for the Cleveland Browns, the New Orleans Saints, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before joining the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012.

Jeff Faine has played in 118 games and started 118 of them. He has 4 fumble recoveries in his NFL career. Jeff Faine has averaged 51.8 yards per punt in his career. Jeff Faine is a two-time All-Pro selection (2009, 2010). He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2009 and 2010.

Jeff Faine was named the Bengals Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012. Jeff Faine is married and has two children.

6. Andre Woolfolk

Career

  • High school: Denver (CO) Jefferson
  • College: Oklahoma
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
  • Tennessee Titans (2003–2006), New York Jets (2008)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • 2× Third-team All-Big 12 (2000, 2001)
  • Total tackles: 136, Forced fumbles: 1, Fumble recoveries: 1, Pass deflections: 18, Interceptions: 3
  • Total tackles: 136
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Pass deflections: 18
  • Interceptions: 3

Andre Woolfolk was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with the Titans before spending one season with the Jets.

Andre Woolfolk is best known for his time with the Jets. He was a key part of the team's defense during the 2008 season. Andre Woolfolk is currently a cornerback for the San Diego Chargers.

Andre Woolfolk is a former third-team All-Big 12 linebacker and current member of the Redskins' offseason and/or practice squad. Woolfolk played in two games for the Redskins in 2002 and had one tackle.

Andre Woolfolk has 136 total tackles in his career and has forced one fumble and recovered one. Andre Woolfolk has 18 pass deflections and 3 interceptions in his career. Andre Woolfolk is a versatile linebacker who can play in the middle or on the outside.

Andre Woolfolk is coming off of a season in which he had 36 tackles and one fumble recovery. Andre Woolfolk is a veteran linebacker who has played in the NFL for 12 seasons. Andre Woolfolk is a versatile linebacker who can play in the middle or on the outside.

Andre Woolfolk is an experienced linebacker who has played in the NFL for 12 seasons.

7. Sammy Davis

Career

  • High school: Humble (TX)
  • College: Texas A&M
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 30
  • San Diego Chargers (2003–2005), San Francisco 49ers (2006), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007)
  • Total tackles: 173, Sacks: 1.0, Forced fumbles: 1, Pass deflections: 30, Interceptions: 3
  • Total tackles: 173
  • Sacks: 1.0
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Pass deflections: 30
  • Interceptions: 3

Sammy Davis was born on April 8, 1980 in Humble, Texas. He attended high school at Humble and played football and track. He played college football at Texas A&M and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2003.

He has had a successful career in the NFL and has been a three-time Pro Bowler. He is married to model and actress Beverley Mitchell. He has two children. He has been involved in a number of charity work. He retired from the NFL in 2017.

He now works as a commentator for NFL games. Sammy Davis was one of the most popular and celebrated entertainers of the 20th century. He was known for his amazing dance skills and his voice. Davis was also a successful actor and had a number of successful films.

He was a key member of the Rat Pack and was very popular with celebrities. He died in 1991 after a long battle with illness. 

Davis was a very successful musician and is still remembered today. He was a very popular figure and is still remembered today. He is a very successful and well-remembered performer. Sammy Davis was an amazing entertainer and will always be remembered.

8. George Foster

Indianapolis Colts

Career

  • High school: Macon (GA) Southeast
  • College: Georgia
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
  • Denver Broncos (2003–2006), Detroit Lions (2007–2008), Cleveland Browns (2009)*, Omaha Nighthawks (2010–2011), New Orleans Saints (2011)*, Indianapolis Colts (2012)
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Games played: 68, Games started: 57, Fumble recoveries: 2
  • Games played: 68
  • Games started: 57
  • Fumble recoveries: 2

George Foster was a standout offensive tackle at Macon (GA) Southeast High School before playing college football at Georgia. Foster was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he played for the team from 2003-2006.

Foster was a key member of the Broncos' offensive line, and he helped the team to a pair of Super Bowl appearances (2005, 2006). 

Foster is currently a free agent, and he is looking to continue his NFL career. George Foster is a well-respected offensive lineman, and he is considered to be one of the best in the league.

Foster is a hard worker, and he is always trying to improve his game. George Foster is married, and he has two children. George Foster is a dedicated family man, and he loves spending time with his loved ones. 

George Foster is a respected member of the Broncos' community, and he is always willing to help out in any way possible.

9. Cory Redding

Detroit Lions

Cory Redding Career

  • High school: North Shore (Houston, Texas)
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round
  • Detroit Lions (2003–2008), Seattle Seahawks (2009), Baltimore Ravens (2010–2011), Indianapolis Colts (2012–2014), Arizona Cardinals (2015)
  • 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2001, 2002), Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (1999)
  • Total tackles: 417, Sacks
  • Total tackles: 417
  • Sacks: 35.5
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 11
  • Interceptions: 2
  • Safeties: 2

Cory Redding played for the Detroit Lions from 2003-2008 and the Seattle Seahawks from 2009-2011. Redding was a key member of the Ravens' 2010 and 2011 playoff runs.

In 2013, Redding signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Cory Redding is considered to be one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Redding is a four-time Pro Bowler and was named to the All-Pro team in 2011.

Cory Redding is a member of the NFL's 100th anniversary team. Cory Redding was born in Houston, Texas and played college football at Texas. 

Cory Redding was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft and played for the Lions until 2008.

Cory Redding signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009 and played for them until 2011. Cory Redding was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 defensive lineman at Texas Tech and was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. 

Redding played in 107 NFL games, starting 47 of them, and recorded 417 tackles, 35.5 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions.

Redding was released by the Cardinals in March of 2015 and has since retired from professional football. Cory Redding is a decorated veteran of the NFL and is currently a commentator for the Big 12 Network.

Also Played For: texas longhorns football

10. L. J. Smith

Baltimore Ravens

L. J. Smith Career

  • High school: Highland Park (NJ)
  • College: Rutgers
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 61
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2003–2008), Baltimore Ravens (2009)
  • Receptions: 233, Receiving yards: 2,556, Receiving touchdowns: 18
  • Receptions: 233
  • Receiving yards: 2,556
  • Receiving touchdowns: 18

Smith was a two-time All-American at Rutgers, and he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2003 NFL Draft. Smith has played for the Ravens, the New York Giants, and the Cleveland Browns, and he has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Tennessee Titans.

Smith is a versatile player, and he has been used as a tight end, a wide receiver, and a fullback in his career. 

Smith has been a regular participant in the Ravens' offseason training program, and he is expected to be a key part of the team's offense this season. Smith is a hard worker, and he is always looking for ways to improve his game.

Smith is a popular player with his teammates, and he is known for his dedication to his craft. Smith is a team player, and he is always willing to lend a hand when needed. 

Smith is a versatile player, and he is capable of playing in a variety of offenses. Smith is a valuable member of the Ravens' offense, and he is expected to help the team make a deep playoff run this season.

11. Jamaal Green

Career

  • High school: Camden (NJ) Wilson
  • College: Miami (FL)
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 131
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2003–2004), Chicago Bears (2005–2006), Washington Redskins (2007)
  • BCS national champion (2001)
  • Total tackles: 2, Sacks: 1.0
  • Total tackles: 2
  • Sacks: 1.0

Jamaal Green is a defensive end who was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2003 NFL Draft. Green has played for the Browns, Carolina Panthers, and Oakland Raiders.

Green has appeared in over 150 games in the NFL and has recorded over 100 tackles. Green is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in 2002. Green is a native of Camden, New Jersey and is married with two children.

Green is a passionate advocate for the prevention of child abuse. Green is also a spokesperson for the NFL Players Association. Green is a member of the NFL Alumni Association. Green is a member of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame.

Jamaal Green was a productive linebacker for the Eagles from 2003-2004. In 2005, he went to the Bears and played well, recording 97 tackles and one sack. 

However, after a disappointing 2007 season with the Redskins, he was released. Green then signed with the Raiders and played there for two seasons before retiring in 2011.

Overall, Green racked up 2,359 tackles, 97 sacks, and 12 interceptions in his NFL career. He is a two-time champion and had his best seasons with the Eagles. He is a smart player who makes good decisions on the field. He was an All-Pro in 2005 and 2006. He is now an assistant coach with the Raiders.

12. Dennis Weathersby

Career

  • High school: Duarte, California
  • College: Oregon State
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2003-2004)

Dennis Weathersby is a cornerback who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Weathersby has played in 131 games over the course of his career, including 10 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004.

Dennis Weathersby was born in Glendora, California and attended Duarte High School. Weathersby played college football at Oregon State and was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection.

 Dennis Weathersby was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and played for the team from 2004-2008.

Dennis Weathersby was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008 and signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Weathersby was released by the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 and signed with the Detroit Lions. 

Weathersby was released by the Detroit Lions in 2010 and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. Weathersby was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and signed with the Tennessee Titans.

Dennis Weathersby is a cornerback who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft. Weathersby has played in 131 games over the course of his career, including 10 games with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2004.

 He was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2008 and signed with the Baltimore Ravens. He was released by the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 and signed with the Detroit Lions.

He was released by the Detroit Lions in 2010 and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and signed with the Tennessee Titans.

13. Shurron Pierson

Career

  • High school: Wildwood (FL)
  • College: South Florida
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
  • Oakland Raiders (2003), Chicago Bears (2004)
  • Games played: 12, Solo tackles: 7, Assisted tackles: 3
  • Games played: 12
  • Solo tackles: 7
  • Assisted tackles: 3

Shurron Pierson was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the team from 2003 to 2006. Pierson played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bears, and the Miami Dolphins over the course of his NFL career.

Pierson was a strong linebacker and defensive end. He was a key player for the Buccaneers and helped the team to make the playoffs in 2005. Pierson was injured in 2006 and missed the entire season. He returned to play for the Dolphins in 2007, but was injured again and missed the entire season.

Pierson retired from the NFL in 2008. He has since worked as a football analyst for various networks. Shurron Pierson is married and has two children. 

Shurron Pierson is a veteran of the NFL, having played for the Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears. Pierson is a versatile defensive lineman who has the ability to play both the nose tackle and the 3-4 defensive end spots.

He has recorded over 100 solo tackles and has helped his teams to several playoff appearances. Pierson is a tough player who is not afraid to mix it up with his opponents. 

Pierson is set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, and will be looking for a new team to join. Pierson is a consistent performer and is always a threat to cause havoc on the opposing team.

He is a solid player who is always putting his team first. Pierson is a hard-nosed player who is not afraid to get his hands dirty. Pierson is a well-respected member of the NFL community and is always willing to give back to the community.

14. Bennie Joppru

Career

  • High school: Minnetonka (MN)
  • College: Michigan
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
  • Houston Texans (2003–2006), Chicago Bears (2006), Seattle Seahawks (2006–2008)

Bennie Joppru was born in Dickinson, North Dakota on January 5, 1980. Joppru played college football at Michigan and was a two-time All-American. Joppru was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2003 NFL Draft and played for them for six seasons.

Joppru was released by the Vikings in 2009 and has since played for the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. Joppru is a three-time Pro Bowler and was inducted into the Minnesota Vikings Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Joppru is married and has two children. Bennie Joppru is a former wide receiver who played for the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears in the NFL.

He was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Joppru played college football at Oregon State. He has also played for the Seattle Seahawks. 

Joppru has appeared in 47 games, recording 252 receptions for 3,535 yards and 18 touchdowns. He was a part of the Seahawks team that won the Super Bowl in 2008. Joppru is currently a free agent and is working on a comeback attempt.

Bennie Joppru is a versatile player who can play in the slot and on the outside. He is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his game.

15. Seth Wand

Career

  • High school: Springfield Catholic
  • College: Northwest Missouri State
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 75
  • Houston Texans (2003–2005), Tennessee Titans (2006), Oakland Raiders (2007–2009), Florida Tuskers/Virginia Destroyers (2009–2011), Oakland Raiders (2011)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Roster status: Active
  • First-team All-MIAA (2002), MIAA Hall of Fame Induction (2021)
  • Games played: 53, Games started: 18, Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Games played: 53
  • Games started: 18
  • Fumble recoveries: 1

Seth Wand was a standout offensive tackle at Springfield Catholic High School. Wand was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 2003 NFL Draft, but did not play a single down in the NFL.

Wand spent three seasons with the Tennessee Titans before signing with the Oakland Raiders in 2007. Wand played in 139 games in the NFL, with 85 starts. He was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Wand retired after the 2009 season. Wand is currently a strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Texans. Wand is married and has two children. Wand is a native of Springfield, Missouri.

Seth Wand is one of the most successful offensive tackles in NFL history. Wand was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 NFL Draft. He participated in the 2011 preseason with the Raiders and was released on September 3.

Wand signed with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in October 2011. He was released by the Tuskers on December 20. Wand signed with the Oakland Raiders' practice squad on December 23. He was promoted to the active roster on December 26.

He was released by the Raiders on August 9, 2012. Wand signed with the Arizona Rattlers of the Arena Football League on August 10, 2012. He was released by the Rattlers on September 2, 2012. Seth Wand is a former professional American football player. He played for the Oakland Raiders in the 2011 NFL season.

16. Kenny Peterson

Denver Broncos

Kenny Peterson Career

  • High school: Canton (OH) McKinley
  • College: Ohio State
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
  • Green Bay Packers (2003–2005), Denver Broncos (2006–2009)
  • BCS national champion (2002), Second-team All-Big Ten (2002)
  • Total tackles: 117, Sacks: 8.0, Forced fumbles: 4, Fumble recoveries: 1
  • Total tackles: 117
  • Sacks: 8.0
  • Forced fumbles: 4
  • Fumble recoveries: 1

Kenny Peterson was drafted by the Packers in 2003 and played for them for four seasons. He was a defensive end and had 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks in his career.

Peterson retired in 2005 and now works as a football analyst for Fox Sports Wisconsin. He played for the Denver Broncos for six seasons, helping the team to two BCS National Championships.

He was a versatile player, able to play defense or offense and was a key cog in the Broncos' success. He was a two-time second-team All-Big Ten player and was a finalist for the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2007.

After leaving the NFL, he played in the Canadian Football League for two seasons. He is currently a defensive assistant coach for the Denver Broncos.

17. Bruce Nelson

Career

  • High school: Emmetsburg (IA)
  • College: Iowa
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50
  • Carolina Panthers (2003–2004)
  • Games played: 15, Games started: 1
  • Games played: 15
  • Games started: 1

Bruce Nelson is a six-foot-five-inch, 301-pound center/guard. Nelson played college football at Iowa, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Nelson has appeared in 104 games over the course of his career, starting all but one of them. Nelson is a two-time Pro Bowler, and has also been named to the All-Pro Team twice.

Nelson is a member of the NFLPA, and has served as the team's representative on the disciplinary committee. Nelson is married, and has two children. Nelson is a fitness enthusiast, and has competed in the bench press and deadlift at the professional level.

Nelson is a member of the NFL Alumni Association. Nelson is currently a free agent, and is considered to be one of the top centers in the NFL. 

Bruce Nelson started his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2003. He played in 15 games and had 1 start. Nelson was a defensive back and recorded 2 tackles and 1 interception.

Nelson retired following the 2004 season. He has since worked as a broadcaster for CBS Sports.

18. Terry Pierce

Career

  • High school: Benbrook (TX) Western Hills
  • College: Kansas State
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51
  • Denver Broncos (2003–2004), Houston Texans (2006)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (2000)
  • Tackles: 8, Forced fumbles: 1, Pass deflections: 1
  • Tackles: 8
  • Forced fumbles: 1
  • Pass deflections: 1

Terry Pierce was selected in the 2003 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Pierce played for the Broncos for two seasons, before being traded to the New York Giants in 2005.

Pierce played for the Giants for four seasons, before being signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. Pierce played for the Chiefs for six seasons, before being released in 2013.

Pierce signed with the Dallas Cowboys the following year, but retired in 2014. Pierce has since become a football coach, working with several high school teams in the Dallas area.

Terry Pierce was drafted by the Houston Texans in the 2006 NFL Draft. Pierce played college football at the University of Houston. He was a defensive back for the Texans. Pierce has played in 48 games in his NFL career.

Pierce has made 56 tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass deflection. Pierce is a member of the Texans team that made it to the playoffs in 2006. Pierce is a member of the Texans team that made it to the playoffs in 2010.

Pierce is scheduled to become a free agent in the 2013 NFL season. Pierce has been a member of the Texans team since 2006.

19. Lance Nimmo

Career

  • College: West Virginia
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 130
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2003)*, New York Jets (2003), Cologne Centurions (2004), Cleveland Browns (2004)*, New England Patriots (2004)*, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005)*, New England Patriots (2005)*
  •  * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
  • Games played: 0, Games started: 0, Fumble recoveries: 0
  • Games played: 0
  • Games started: 0
  • Fumble recoveries: 0

Lance Nimmo is a veteran offensive tackle who has played in the NFL for over a decade. Nimmo started his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before moving on to the New York Jets.

He was a key player for both teams, appearing in over 100 games and making several Pro Bowls. In 2017, Nimmo signed with the Arizona Cardinals, but he was released shortly after. Nimmo is now retired from the NFL, but he remains active in the sport as a commentator.

Lance Nimmo is a fierce competitor and is known for his physical play on the offensive line. He is a popular figure in the Tampa Bay area, where he has spent most of his career. 

Lance Nimmo is a husband and father, and he enjoys spending time with his family. Lance Nimmo is a hard worker and is always looking to improve his game.

20. Ben Sobieski

Career

  • High school: Mahtomedi (MN)
  • College: Iowa
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 5 / Pick: 151
  • Buffalo Bills (2003–2004), San Francisco 49ers (2005)
  • Games Played: 1, Games Started: 0
  • Games Played: 1
  • Games Started: 0

Ben Sobieski is a guard for the Detroit Lions. Ben Sobieski was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota and played high school football at Mahtomedi. He played college football at Iowa and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Sobieski has played in 114 games for the Detroit Lions and has started in 95 of them. He has played in the Pro Bowl three times and was named to the All-Pro team in 2013. Sobieski is married and has two children. He is a fan of the Minnesota Vikings.

Sobieski is a member of the NFLPA and the Lions Alumni Association. He is a member of the National Rifle Association. Sobieski was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2003 out of Syracuse. He played for the Bills from 2003-2004 and 2005 with San Francisco.

Sobieski was a backup linebacker for the Bills and never starting a game. He played in only 1 game for the 49ers in 2005. Sobieski was released by the 49ers in 2006 and signed with the Seattle Seahawks. He played for the Seahawks for 2 seasons before being released in 2008.

Sobieski signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009 and played for them for 2 seasons. He was released in 2011 and signed with the Philadelphia Eagles that season. 

Sobieski was released by the Eagles in 2012 and signed with the Oakland Raiders. He was released by the Raiders in 2013 and signed with the Detroit Lions.

He played for the Lions for 2 seasons before being released in 2015. Sobieski signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015 and retired after the season.

21. Shaun McDonald

Pittsburgh Steelers

Career

  • High school: Phoenix (AZ) Shadow Mountain
  • College: Arizona State
  • NFL Draft: 2003 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106
  • St. Louis Rams (2003–2006), Detroit Lions (2007–2008), Pittsburgh Steelers (2009)
  • Third-team All-American (2002), 2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2001–2002)
  • Receptions: 220, Receiving yards: 2,490, Receiving touchdowns: 11
  • Receptions: 220
  • Receiving yards: 2,490
  • Receiving touchdowns: 11

Shaun McDonald was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played for the Rams from 2003 to 2006. McDonald was a wide receiver for the Rams.

He had a career average of 50 receptions for 714 yards and four touchdowns. McDonald is now a pro scout for the Rams. McDonald was born in 1981 in Phoenix, Arizona.

McDonald is 5'10" and 183 lbs. Shaun McDonald is a former Stanford Cardinal and Detroit Lion. McDonald was a 3rd-team All-American in 2002 and was a First-team All-Pac-10 player in 2001 and 2002.

McDonald has played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Detroit Lions. McDonald has had a successful career, with 220 receptions, 2,490 yards, and 11 touchdowns. McDonald is a hard worker who is always looking to improve his skills.

McDonald is a versatile player, able to run the ball and catch passes. McDonald is a valuable member of any team, and will be an important part of the Steelers in the future. McDonald is a team player who is always happy to help out his teammates.

McDonald is a valuable member of the Detroit Lions and is looking to continue his success in the NFL.

22. Eddie Moore

Career

  • Position(s): Linebacker
  • College: University of Tennessee
  • NFL draft 2003 / Round: 2

Eddie Moore was a linebacker for the University of Tennessee. He was a two-time All-SEC selection and earned a spot in the College Football Hall of Fame.

Moore played for the Titans for six seasons and had a career total of 1,142 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and four interceptions. Moore has also been a commentator for NFL games and was the color analyst for the Memphis Tigers football team.

Moore has two daughters and resides in Knoxville, Tennessee. Moore was drafted in the second round of the 2003 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins. 

Moore spent five years with the Dolphins, appearing in 36 games and starting 18 of them. Moore had an impressive career stat line with 2,269 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.

Moore was released by the Dolphins in 2005, and he has not played in the NFL since. Moore has since retired from football and is currently a personal trainer in Miami. 

Moore is a former two-time All-American at the University of Miami and is considered one of the best running backs in Dolphins history. Moore is a popular figure in Miami, where he has worked as a personal trainer and football commentator since his retirement from the NFL.

Moore is currently a free agent and is considered a possible candidate for the Dolphins’ coaching staff. Moore is a popular figure in Miami, where he has worked as a personal trainer and football commentator since his retirement from the NFL.

23. Bryan Anderson

Career

  • Position(s): Offensive guard
  • Height: 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
  • Weight: 330 lb (150 kg)
  • College: Pittsburgh
  • NFL draft 2003 / Round: 7 / Pick: 261

Bryan Anderson was born on March 30th, 1980 in Philadelphia, PA. Anderson attended Pittsburg University where he played for the football and basketball teams.

He was a member of the Pittsburg Panthers football team that won the 2001 National Championship. Anderson was drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

Anderson played for the Panthers for six seasons before being released in 2007. Anderson then signed with the Philadelphia Eagles where he played for two seasons. Anderson then signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2009.

He retired from the NFL in 2011. Anderson is now a professional football player coach. Bryan Anderson was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 7th round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Anderson played for the Bears from 2003-2004.

He recorded 17 tackles and one interception in his two seasons with the Bears. Anderson is currently a free agent and is not currently playing in the NFL. Bryan Anderson was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1979. He attended the University of Toledo and played football there.

Anderson was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He has not played in the NFL since 2004. Anderson is currently a free agent and is not currently playing in the NFL.

Final Words

In 2003, the NFL Draft was an exciting event for football fans around the world. Some of the best players in NFL history were drafted in this year’s draft, including Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Patrick Willis.

These three players have all become some of the best quarterbacks, signal-callers, and linebackers in the NFL, and they are all expected to continue to be successful in the future.

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John Rizzo

I am a professional rugby player in the Washington DC-Baltimore area. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to play in many different countries. I am also a coach for both youth and adult rugby teams. I graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. I am currently working on my MPA from American University and plan to pursue this career path after graduating next year. LinkedIn

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