2003 Draft Redo - What Should've Happened
USC QB Carson Palmer
USC QB Carson Palmer
Posted Apr 23, 2009

What should each team have done in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft?

Draft Redo ... 2003

How should the drafts have gone?

By Pete Fiutak 

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Here's a look at past NFL drafts looking to see what each team needed, who they all took in the first round, and in hindsight, who should've gone based on how their pro careers turned out (forgetting about proper coaching and other circumstances).

If each team could draft knowing what we all know now and not taking future drafts into account, this is how the first round should've gone. There were 32 picks in the first round of the 2003 draft. Notice how quickly the talent level drops off later on. In parentheses is the round the player was actually taken. 

Who Went How the Draft Should've Gone
1. Cincinnati Bengals
Carson Palmer, QB USC
QB Carson Palmer (1st), USC
Cincinnati Bengals
Palmer turned out to be a franchise quarterback everyone was hoping he'd be. He'd be worth the selection, knee injury and all.
2. Detroit Lions
Charles Rogers, WR Michigan State
WR Andre Johnson (1st), Miami
Houston Texans  
Rogers was an all-time stunner of a bust while Andre Johnson would grow into an elite target and a star to build an offense around.
3. Houston Texans
Andre Johnson, WR Miami
DT Kevin Williams (1st), Oklahoma State
Minnesota Vikings
Williams turned into an unstoppable Pro Bowl force for the Viking interior. He would've been a much-needed rock in the middle of the Texan line, but Johnson would've been hard to pass up. 
4. New York Jets
Dewayne Robertson, DT Kentucky
S Troy Polomalu (1st), USC
Pittsburgh Steelers
Robertson has turned out to be solid, but Polomalu became an immediate Pro Bowler and will end up in Canton.
5. Dallas Cowboys
Terence Newman, CB Kansas State
WR Anquan Boldin (2nd), Florida State
Arizona Cardinals   
Newman wasn't a horrible pick, but Bolden would've been a need pick and a No. 1 target who would've fit perfectly.
6. New Orleans Saints
Johnathan Sullivan, DT Georgia
TE Antonio Gates (undrafted), Kent State
San Diego Chargers
It was three years and then done for the oft-injured Sullivan. After a little work, Gates would become a tight end and a weapon the Saints could've used in a big way for ten years.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Byron Leftwich, QB Marshall
QB Tony Romo (undrafted), Eastern Illinois
Dallas Cowboys  
Leftwich never lived up to his potential due to injuries and no receiving help. Romo likely would've had a lot of the same issues, but he'd be a chance worth taking.
8. Carolina Panthers
Jordan Gross, OT Utah

OT Jordan Gross (1st), Utah
Carolina Panthers  

Gross might have been fine, but he wasn't the next great NFL tackle. Eve so, he became a Pro Bowl performer and worked out at the ten.
9. Minnesota Vikings
Kevin Williams, DT Oklahoma State
LB Terrell Suggs (1st), Arizona State
Baltimore Ravens
It took the Vikings too long to get the pick in, but it worked out well getting the Pro Bowl tackle it wanted. Needing defense, Suggs, a Pro Bowler himself, would also solve plenty of problems.
10. Baltimore Ravens
Terrell Suggs, DE/LB Arizona State
CB Nnamdi Asomugha (1st), California
Oakland Raiders
Receiver, receiver, receiver. The Ravens needed one in a big way, but a big, physcial corner like Asomugha would have made just as much of an impact.
11. Seattle Seahawks
Marcus Trufant, S Washington State
CB Asante Samuel (4th), UCF
New England Patriots
Trufant has been very good, but until the contract issues kicked in, but Samuel would've done more for the secondary.
12. St. Louis Rams
Jimmy Kennedy, DT Penn State
DE Osi Umenyiora (2nd), Troy
New York Giants   
The Rams needed tackle help, but Uminyiora would've done far more good for the front line that Kennedy.
13. New England Patriots
Ty Warren, DT Texas A&M
RB Willis McGahee (1st), Miami
Buffalo Bills
Warren was fine, but a back like McGahee, even with the time needed to let his injured knee heal, would've meant Laurence Maroney wouldn't need to be taken a few years later.
14. Chicago Bears
Michael Haynes, DE Penn State
RB Larry Johnson (1st), Penn State
Kansas City Chiefs
Haynes was a tremendous bust. Johnson might have been a prima donna for the Bears, but he would've put up some big-time numbers.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Jerome McDougle, DE Miami
DE Robert Mathis (5th), Alabama A&M
Indianapolis Colts
Mathis would've been the pass rushing superstar the Eagles were hoping to get when they whiffed on McDougle.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
Troy Polamalu, S USC
LB Lance Briggs (3rd), Arizona
Chicago Bears 
In the Steeler system, Briggs would've been a Hall of Fame legend. He would've been a superstar playmaker.
17. Arizona Cardinals
Bryant Johnson, WR Penn State
TE Jason Witten (3rd), Tennessee
Dallas Cowboys 
The Cardinals took the wrong receiver in the first round, but made up for it later by getting Anquan Boldin. Witten would be a centerpiece for the passing game for a long, long time.
18. Arizona Cardinals
Calvin Pace, DE Wake Forest
S Marcus Trufant (1st), Washington State
Seattle Seahawks
Pace turned out to be a terrible pick. Trufant, if here in the redraft, would've been an integral part of the Cardinal secondary for years.
19. Baltimore Ravens
Kyle Boller, QB California
LB E.J. Henderson (2nd), Maryland
Minnesota Vikings
Boller took way too long to be average. Henderson would've been a big-time producer next to Ray Lewis.
20. Denver Broncos
George Foster, OT Georgia
LB/DB Cato June (6th), Michigan
Indianapolis Colts
Foster took a while, but he turned into a decent pick. June needs to fit into the right system, and Denver's would've been it
21. Cleveland Browns
Jeff Faine, C Notre Dame

TE Dallas Clark (1st), Iowa
Indianapolis Colts

Taking Clark here means not taking Kellen Winslow down the road.
22. Chicago Bears
Rex Grossman, QB Florida
CB Rashean Mathis (2nd), Bethune-Cookman
Jacksonville Jaguars
Grossman took Chicago to a Super Bowl .... sort of. He was mostly along for the ride. Mathis would've fit well in the Bear secondary rotation.
23. Buffalo Bills
Willis McGahee, RB Miami
LB Nick Barnett (1st), Oregon State
Green Bay Packers 
With Travis Henry still running well, getting a decent linebacker like Barnett would've solidified the struggling defensive front seven.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Dallas Clark, TE Iowa
TE L.J. Smith (2nd), Rutgers
Philadelphia Eagles
Clark was a good pick who'd turn out to be a key target for Peyton Manning. Smith wouldn't be Clark, but he'd have been a success with Manning throwing to him.
25. New York Giants
William Joseph, DT Miami
OG Eric Steinbach (2nd), Iowa
Cincinnati Bengals
Joseph never panned out. Steinbach would've been an instant starter and a strong producer for an emerging Giant line.
26. San Francisco 49ers
Kwame Harris, OT Stanford
C Dan Koppen (5th), Boston College
New England Patriots
Koppen might not be special, but he'd have been a steady fixture and quarterback for the Niner line.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Larry Johnson, RB Penn State
DT Dewayne Robertson (1st), Kentucky
New York Jets
The Chiefs would spend a ton of dough over the years on the defensive interior. Robertson would be a serviceable starter.
28. Tennessee Titans
Andre Woolfolk, DB Oklahoma
CB Charles Tillman (2nd), UL Lafayette
Chicago Bears 
Woolfolk turned into a big-time first round bust. Tillman would've been a nicer fit and a far more productive player for a few seasons.
29. Green Bay Packers
Nick Barnett, LB Oregon State
LB Victor Hobson (2nd), Michigan
New York Jets
Barnett turned out to put up a ton of numbers, but wasn't a special pick. Hobson did the same thing.
30. San Diego Chargers
Sammy Davis, CB Texas A&M
S Mike Doss (3rd), Ohio State
Indianapolis Colts 
Doss would've been a strong part of a secondary rotation that would grow and improve over the next few seasons.
31. Oakland Raiders
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB California
C Jeff Faine (1st), Notre Dame
Cleveland Browns
Asomugha would turn out to be an elite playmaker for a great secondary. Faine would be a must for a line that would quickly go into the tank.
32. Oakland Raiders
Tyler Brayton, DE Colorado
DE Ty Warren (1st), Texas A&M
New England Patriots
This is probably way too far for Warren to slide. Oakland would've gotten a steal in the redraft.