2002 – Ed Reed
Ed Reed went on to play in nine Pro Bowls after being selected 24thin the first round of the 2002 draft. Reed has been called one of the top five NFL safeties of all-time.
He was a feared defensive back and was another reason the Baltimore Ravens’ defense was so good for years. Reed spent 11 years with the Ravens and helped the team become one of the best AFC sides during that time.
2003 – Troy Polamalu
Troy Polamalu was selected 16thoverall in 2003. Drafted out of USC, Polamalu played 12 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and won two Super Bowls with the team.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Polamalu won the 2010 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award. In 12 seasons, Polamalu recorded 770 tackles and 32 interceptions as the heart of Pittsburgh’s defensive backfield.