Recent history lesson of NFL draft's No. 37 pick

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Here’s a look at the last 20 years of the No. 37 pick in the NFL Draft. By Dave Zangaro

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While everyone is focusing on the No. 6 pick, the Eagles will have another valuable pick in the second round.

This year, the Eagles and Bengals finished with the same 4-11-1 record but the Bengals won on tiebreakers so they have the No. 6 pick. But teams with the same record cycle throughout the rest of the draft, so the Eagles actually pick ahead of the Bengals in the second round.

The Eagles will have pick No. 37 and the Bengals are behind them at No. 38.

We already did a history lesson on pick No. 6, so let’s take a look at the last 20 years of pick No. 37:

Of the last 20 players drafted at 37, four have become Pro Bowlers and two have become All-Pros. (At 38, it’s just three Pro Bowlers and one All-Pro.)

* - Pro Bowl

# - All-Pro

Let’s take a closer look:

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The Patriots took the safety out of Lenoir-Rhyne last year and he played in 14 games, becoming a starter in the second half of the season. Dugger had 64 combined tackles and was a major special teams contributor in Year 1. The Division II product didn’t play a ton but Dugger is athletic and showed some promise for the Pats as a rookie.

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The 6-5, 310-pounder from Ole Miss has gotten off to a slow start in the NFL. In his first two NFL seasons, Little has played in just 14 games with a total of six starts. Even when he got his chances in 2020, Little didn’t play very well. It’s too early to call him a bust but the early returns are not good.

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While Smith was considered a guard coming out of Auburn, he has settled into the right tackle spot for the Colts. In his first three seasons, Smith has played in 45 games with 43 starts. He started 14 games at right tackle in 2020. He hasn’t received any personal accolades yet, but Smith ranked as PFF’s 16th best tackle this past season. He didn’t give up a single sack in 2020.

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There were big hopes for Jones when he was drafted out of East Carolina a few years ago but his career hasn’t exactly gone to plan. After two years in Buffalo, he was traded during the 2019 season to the Raiders for a fifth-round pick. In his first full season with the Raiders in 2020, Jones caught just 14 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown. His best season came with the Bills in 2018, when he had 56/652/7.

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Clearly one of the best players on this list, Jones has been a Pro Bowler in back-to-back seasons as the Chiefs have been the best team in the entire NFL. He somehow wasn’t named to the Pro Bowl in 2018 when he had a 15 1/2 sack year. Jones signed a four-year, $80 million deal before the 2020 season. Jones has 32 sacks in the last three seasons, ranking him seventh in the NFL.

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The Jets drafted Smith out of Ohio State but he hasn’t been able to do much in the NFL. His rookie season was cut short because of a torn ACL and a couple years later he tore the same ACL again and missed the entire 2017 season. He played briefly with the Cowboys in 2019. He is currently with the Patriots on a futures contract.

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The Falcons expected Hageman to be a top defensive tackle when they took him out of Minnesota but it didn’t work out like that. Hageman played in 44 games (16) starts and totaled four sacks over three seasons in Atlanta. Then the legal trouble started. He was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after domestic violence charges were brought about against him. Once those charges were dropped, Hageman tried to make a comeback but then got suspended for a couple games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He hasn’t played in a regular season game since 2016.

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The 5-9 running back has put together a fine career as a complementary back in Cincinnati, where he’s been for eight seasons as a runner and a weapon out of the backfield. In 2020, Bernard had 416 yards on the ground and 355 through the air with 6 total touchdowns. He’s under contract in 2021.

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One of the best players on this list, Schwartz is widely considered one of the best right tackles in the NFL. He started every game for the Browns his first four years in the NFL after they drafted him out of Cal. He joined the Chiefs in 2016 and started every game for them until he suffered a back injury in Week 6 this season.

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Sheard, whom the Browns took out of Pitt in 2011, has never become a superstar but he’s been a solid player in the NFL for a decade. He has played for the Browns, Colts, Patriots, Jaguars and Giants, even picking up a Super Bowl ring with the Pats in 2016. He has 53 career sacks and 98 QB hits. He finished his 2020 season with the Giants.

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The Eagles have had the No. 37 pick seven times in team history. The best pick they made at that spot was Randall Cunningham in 1985. But Allen (out of South Florida) actually had a better career than you might remember. No, he never became Brian Dawkins but he played five years with the Eagles, starting 69 games and had 10 interceptions. Allen suffered a torn patellar tendon as a promising rookie, an injury that appears to have hurt his career. After he left Philly, he played two seasons in Oakland and one in Miami 2017.

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The Broncos took Smith out of Wake Forest and he lasted four years in the NFL but just one in Denver. As a rookie, he played in 15 games but then was traded for Dan Gronkowski — yes, Rob’s brother. Smith played three seasons in Detroit and actually had five interceptions in 2010. He had eight in his career. His last game was in 2012.

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The Falcons took Lofton out of Oklahoma and he went on to have a solid eight-year NFL career, playing in Atlanta, New Orleans and Oakland. He played in 128 total games and had just under 950 career tackles. He had over 100 tackles in six of his eight NFL seasons. He retired in 2017.

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Weddle, the safety out of Utah, is clearly the most decorated No. 37 pick in the last 20 years. He made six Pro Bowl teams and was a first-team All-Pro twice. He spent the first nine years of his career in San Diego before going to Baltimore and having three more Pro Bowl seasons. He finished his career with the Rams in 2019, playing all 16 games for the 10th time in his 13-year career.

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The Falcons took Williams out of Virginia Tech but the cornerback lasted just two years in the NFL. He played din 27 games with 7 starts and had 1 interception. Williams was suspended five games in 2008 and in 2009, the NFL suspending him for a full year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, according to a report.

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The Lions drafted the big nose tackle out of USC back in 2005 and he spent four years with Detroit but didn’t become a full-time starter until he joined the Texans in 2009. He played four seasons in Houston, where he became good buddies with Connor Barwin and hosted a web series called On the Nose.

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Another Oklahoma linebacker, the Lions took Lehman in 2004 and he started all 16 games as a rookie and never started another game in his five-year NFL career. Kind of strange. That first season, he also had 103 tackles and finished with 151 in his career.

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The big offensive tackle out of Georgia played just 10 games in his first two NFL seasons before missing the entire 2005 season with a knee injury. But when he returned, he started all 16 games at right tackle for the Saints over the next five seasons and made a Pro Bowl. He was released the following summer and decided to retire.

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At 6-4, 334 pounds, Gurode was an intimidating presence who was drafted by the Cowboys out of Colorado. He played guard and center for the Cowboys, making five consecutive Pro Bowls in the middle of his 11-year NFL career. Nine of those seasons were in Dallas.

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The Colts took Bashir out of Memphis and immediately inserted him into their starting lineup. During the first four years of his NFL career, Bashir started 51 games for the Colts and had 5 interceptions and 234 tackles. He then played one season in Carolina and one in Detroit before his career was over.

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