2002. Julius Peppers (Pick: David Carr)
Throughout the 2001 college football season, everyone acknowledged that University of North Carolina defensive lineman Julius Peppers was a man among boys. But since the Houston Texans took quarterback David Carr with the #1 overall pick, the Carolina Panthers benefitted from Peppers being available at #2 overall.
Still active in his 16th NFL season, Peppers has made six All-Pro teams and been named to the Pro Bowl nine times. He’s currently fourth on the NFL’s all time sack leaders list.