WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The first-round picks from Tom Brady's infamous 2000 NFL Draft

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  • The 2000 NFL Draft is known as the draft that passed over Tom Brady 198 times until he went in the sixth round.
  • The first round of that draft, however, also produced some well-known players, like Brian Urlacher, Chad Pennington, and Sebastian Janikowski.
  • Some of the other first-rounders had average careers and stayed in football afterward, while others fell out of the league quickly and out of the public eye.
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The 2000 NFL Draft is perhaps best known for taking 198 picks to get to Michigan quarterback Tom Brady.

Yes, Brady fell all the way to the sixth round, making the rest of the league look silly, but what about the rest of the draft?

The first round had some noteworthy players, some of whom had some pretty successful careers. Unfortunately, other picks didn’t pan out so well.

Here’s a look at the first 31 picks in the 2000 NFL Draft and where they are today.

Emmett Knowlton contributed to this report.

The Browns picked Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown with the first pick in the draft.


Brown is widely considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time. He lasted until 2005, but never lived up to the hype he had coming out of college. As of a few years ago, he was reportedly doing missionary work in the Dominican Republic.

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Source: The Football Educator

The Redskins had the 2nd and 3rd picks. They drafted Penn State LB LaVar Arrington second overall.

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Arrington retired in 2007. Since retirement, he has worked as an analyst on the NFL Network and founded his own football training-equipment company, Xtreme Procision. In 2018, he was was hired to coach a California high school football team.

Source: Xtreme Procision, WTOP

The Redskins selected Alabama OT Chris Samuels with the third overall.

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Samuels enjoyed a successful career, garnering all-pro honours in 2001 and making six total Pro Bowls. He retired in 2010, worked as a high school coach, and now hosts a podcast.

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Source: Washington Post, Not For Lazy Mums

The Bengals selected Florida State wide receiver Peter Warrick with the fourth overall pick.

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Warrick lasted six seasons in the NFL, and then bounced around indoor football leagues and the CFL. He coached high school football for time, and had his jersey retired at Florida State retired in 2018.

Source: Warchant

The Ravens selected running back Jamal Lewis out of Tennessee with the fifth.

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Lewis had a successful career that included rushing for 2,066 yards in 2003, the third-most in NFL history. According to ESPN, Lewis ran into some financial trouble after retiring. Lewis now works on several projects and is an advocate for mental health wellness.

Source: ESPN, Bleacher Report, Baltimore Sun

The Eagles took FSU defensive lineman Corey Simon with the sixth pick.

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Simon retired in 2007 after eight seasons and a Pro Bowl selection in 2004. He has since worked with a high school football team and with Pop Warner football.

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Source: Philadelphia Eagles

The Cardinals drafted UVA running back Thomas Jones with the seventh pick.

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Jones played 12 seasons in the NFL. He is now an actor.

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Source: IMDb

The Steelers drafted Michigan State wideout Plaxico Burress with eighth overall pick.

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Burress played 11 seasons in the NFL, winning a championship with the New york Giants. He may be best known for the 2008 incident in which he accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York City club. He has since worked in reality TV, and worked as a sports analyst and with the Arizona Cardinals.

Vice/YouTubeLeft to right: David Tyree, Spike Lee, and Plaxico Burress.

The Bears took New Mexico safety/linebacker Brian Urlacher with the ninth pick.

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Urlacher spent all 13 years of his career in Chicago. He retired in 2012 as one of the best defenders in Bears history. Urlacher is still involved with the NFL community.

The Baltimore Ravens drafted wide receiver Travis Taylor out of the University of Florida with the 10th pick.

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Taylor played until 2008. In 2010, he spent a year as an assistant coach at Rowan University, and the following year returned to the University of Florida to finish his degree and begin a career as a coach. It’s unclear what he does today.

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Source: Florida Gators

The Giants drafted Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne with the 11th pick.

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Dayne played seven years in the NFL. He now lives in Wisconsin and works with a number of businesses and charities. It appears he got his bachelor’s degree in 2018.

Source: 33dayne,Ron Dayne/Twitter

The Jets took defensive end Shaun Ellis out of Tennessee with the 12th pick.

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Ellis played 11 years with the Jets and retired in 2012. In 2015, the team honoured him during a game.

The Jets used the No. 13 pick on defensive end John Abraham from of South Carolina.

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Source: The Sporting News.

Abraham played for 15 seasons. In July 2015 was arrested on battery charges. In 2018, he was inducted into the South Carolina Football Hall of Fame.

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The Packers drafted Miami tight end Bubba Franks with the 14th pick.

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Franks played nine seasons. In 2010, he was elected into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame. It’s unclear what he does today, though he was involved in Packers alumni event in 2018.


Source: UM Hall of Fame, Green Bay Packers

The Broncos selected Cal cornerback Deltha O’Neal with the 15th overall pick.

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O’Neal played in Denver and Cincinnati for the bulk of his career, before a final season in New England in 2008. He has kept a low profile in retirement.

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Michigan State linebacker Julian Peterson was drafted 16th by the 49ers.

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Peterson played 11 seasons and made five Pro Bowls. Since retiring, he has written a children’s book and helped produce films with Chris Webber’s film company

Source: Seahawks Legends, Deadline

The Raiders used the 17th overall pick on Florida State kicker Sebastian Janikowski.

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Janikowski was still playing in the NFL in 2018, but retired after 19 seasons. He is not ruling out a future in football, but he first wants to catch up on fatherhood with his three children.

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Source: News-Journalonline.com

The Jets selected Marshall quarterback Chad Pennington with the 18th pick.

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Pennington played 11 seasons in the NFL. Today he works with the NFL as a community director and in player engagement and runs the 1st and 10 Foundation. In 2018, he was hired to coach a high school football team.

Source: Chad Pennington/Twitter, Jets

The Seahawks drafted Alabama running back Shaun Alexander at 19.

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Alexander played nine seasons, making three Pro Bowls. He now lives in a farm on Virginia with his family and does various things, including hosting a podcast on religion.

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Source: Washington Post

The Detroit Lions drafted Stockar McDougle an offensive tackle from Oklahoma, with the 20th pick.

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He retired after the 2007 season and helps run the McDougle Family Foundation with older brother Jerome McDougle, also a former NFL player.

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Source: BCAA Sports,Linkedin

The Chiefs drafted Jackson State WR Sylvester Morris with the 21st pick.

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Knee injuries cut Morris’s career short. The wide out lasted just one season in the NFL In retirement, Morris has worked in real estate and played golf with fellow former Chief Dante Hall.

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Source: Arrowhead Pride

The Seahawks took Wisconsin OT Chris McIntosh with the 22nd pick.

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McIntosh has enjoyed a more successful career off the field than on. He lasted just 24 games in the NFL, but is now the deputy athletic director at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Source: LinkedIn

The Panthers took cornerback Rashard Anderson with the 23rd pick.

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Anderson lasted just one year in the NFL. He was suspended in 2002 for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and never returned. In 2015, he was inducted into the Scott County Sports Hall of Fame in Mississippi.


Source: Football Nation, MS Now

The 49ers drafted Ohio State cornerback Ahmed Plummer with the 24th overall pick.

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Plummer played six seasons for the Niners. He is now a motivational speaker, making speeches to high schools around the country.

Source: Cincinnati Enquirer

The Vikings drafted defensive tackle Chris Hovan out of Boston College with the 25th pick.

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Hovan played 10 seasons in the NFL. He coached in the Arena Football League and now coaches at a high school in Florida. In 2018, he was reportedly accused of domestic violence and ordered to stay away from his family.

Source: Linkedin, Tampa Bay Times

The Bills drafted ASU defensive end Erik Flowers at No. 26 overall.

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Flowers lasted five seasons and played on five different teams. His son Dimitri Flowers has played fullback on the Jets and Jaguars.

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Anthony Becht, a tight end from West Virginia, went 27th overall to the Jets.

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Becht retired in 2011. He’s now a college football analyst for ESPN, works as a Bucs analyst, works for the NFL Players Association, and coaches high school.

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Source: Twitter

The Colts drafted BYU linebacker Rob Morris at No. 28.

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Morris won a ring with the Colts in 2006. He retired in 2007 and now works for the cosmetics company Younique Products.

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Source: LinkedIn

The Jaguars used the 29th pick on USC wide receiver R. Jay Soward.

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Soward only played one year in the NFL, then played in the CFL and Indoor Football League. According to his social media accounts, he is now a personal trainer, musician, and the influence behind a TV movie called “American Fumble”

Source: Twitter,Instagram,IMDb

The Titans drafted Syracuse linebacker Keith Bulluck with the 30th pick.

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Bulluck retired with the Titans after a storied 12-year career that included three All-Pro selections. Bulluck worked in radio and is an entrepreneur and philanthropist, according to his website. In 2016, he was charged with a DUI.

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Source: Keith Bulluck,The Tennessean

The Rams picked Arizona running back Trung Canidate with 31st and final pick of the first round.

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Canidate lasted just four seasons in the NFL, three with St. Louis. As of 2013, Canidate was a personal trainer in Arizona.

Source: Tuscon Citizen

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