Looking Back at the Top 5 of the 2004 NFL Draft

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The 2004 NFL Draft had some very good players in it. Let me take a few minutes to look back at just the top five.

#1 Eli Manning, QB, Ole Miss

Eli Manning is a two time champion. Most of the time, two time champs are great players. Eli has only been to three pro bowls. His stats are average, he commits a lot of turnovers and he has had a great defense. Yet Eli will always be remembered for the two super bowls against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I think he’s overrated and the Giants are currently paying the price.

#2 Robert Gallery, OT, Iowa

Robert Gallery was the best college lineman to come along in years. Gallery was selected second overall by the Oakland Raiders and started 139 career games.

#3 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Pitt

Larry Fitzgerald is a seven time pro bowl wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals. He has 846 catches, 11,367 receiving yards and 87 receiving touchdowns in his career. Fitzgerald caught two touchdowns in a Super Bowl XLIII 27-23 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Overall, Fitzgerald is one of the best wide receivers in NFL history.

#4 Philip Rivers, QB, NCST

Philip Rivers was drafted fourth overall and has played for the San Diego Chargers his entire career. The five time pro bowler led the NFL in passing touchdowns in 2008. In 2010 he led the league in passing yards. With over 200 touchdowns and 30,000 passing yards, Philip Rivers has been a very solid player.

#5 Sean Taylor, S, Miami

Sean Taylor was on his way to NFL stardom before he was shot and killed in 2007. He was a two time pro bowler and a posthumous first team All-Pro. Taylor played for the University of Miami where he was an All American and a national champion. In 55 career games, Taylor had 12 interception. In 2007, he had five interceptions in just nine games before his life was taken. In 2012, he was named one of the 80 greatest Washington Redskins of all time.


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