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2015 NFL Draft: History of the 33rd pick

How valuable is the 33rd overall pick?

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Tennessee Titans fans are excited about having the 2nd overall pick, and rightfully so. However, with the chance to dictate the second round of the NFL Draft, lets take a look at the history of the 33rd overall pick and see what sort of players have been drafted their in recent years.

2014: Texans- Xavier Su'a-Filo G, UCLA

2013: Jaguars- Johnathan Cyprien S, FIU

2012: Rams- Brian Quick WR, App. State

2011: Patriots- Ras-I Dowling CB, Virginia

2010: Rams- Roger Saffold OT, Indiana

2009: Lions- Louis Delmas S, WMU

2008: Rams- Donnie Avery WR, Houston

2007: Cardinals- Alan Branch DT, Michigan

2006: Texans- Demeco Ryans LB, Alabama

2005: 49ers- David Baas C, Michigan

The Results

Sort of a mixed bag here. On one hand, guys like XSF, Cyprien, Quick, and Avery haven't really panned out the way their teams have wanted. On the other hand, Saffold, Delmas, Branch, and Baas have been pretty good considering the fact that they have all etched out jobs as above average starters in the NFL.

The boom or bust guys are Dowling and Ryans. While Dowling is all but out of the league, Ryans has been one of the best interior linebackers of the last 10 years. While Ryans is no longer the guy you want leading your defense, his experience and ability still make him someone that all 32 teams still want on their roster at the right price. For a middle linebacker who has been through as many injuries as he has (and who has had to switch schemes) he has been much better than anyone could expect.

At the end of the day, I like the option of having the 33rd overall pick in this class, but if someone offered the Titans a big trade to get a big name, the Titans should take it based on the recent history of the position.