It takes at least three years to accurately assess a draft class. The 2002
class produced at least six blue-chip players in the first round, including
Julius Peppers, Roy Williams, Dwight Freeney, Javon Walker, Ed Reed and Charles Grant with just as many coming in the latter half of the first round as the first half.
Some teams regard John Henderson, Albert Haynesworth and Jeremy Shockey as blue-chip talents. Wendell Bryant, Mike Rumph and Marc Colombo were regarded
as the biggest busts. Phillip Buchanon and Napoleon Harris, thanks to the
Raiders, will get a chance to prove themselves again with new teams.
What follows is a breakdown of the 2002 first-round class now that it can be evaluated after three years.