1997 NFL Draft First Round Selections

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  1. Tony Gonzalez
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    Tony Gonzalez

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    Anthony David Gonzalez (born February 27, 1976) is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was recognized as a consensus All-American. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Gonzalez, a fourteen-time Pro Bowl selection, currently holds the NFL records for receptions (1,325), touchdown receptions (111) and total receiving yards (15,127) by a tight end. Gonzalez was also known for his durability, missing only two games in his seventeen-year career. Since the start of the 2000 season Gonzalez had 1,145 receptions and only six fumbles, making him one of the most sure handed players of all time. He is currently a studio analyst for The NFL Today.


  2. Warrick Dunn
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    Warrick Dunn

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    Warrick De'Mon Dunn (born January 5, 1975) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 12th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft, after playing college football at Florida State. Dunn was named AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1997 and earned three Pro Bowl selections in his career. After his playing career, Dunn took a minority stake in the Falcons' ownership group led by Arthur Blank.


  3. Orlando Pace
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    Orlando Pace

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    Orlando Lamar Pace (born November 4, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football for Ohio State University, and was twice recognized as an All-American. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, first overall in the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Rams for twelve years. Pace started all 16 regular season games eight times in his pro career, and blocked for three straight NFL MVPs (Kurt Warner in 1999, 2001; and Marshall Faulk in 2000). He was the cornerstone of a Rams offensive line that blocked for an offense that compiled more gross yards than any other team during his 12 years in St. Louis (50,770 in 12 seasons), finished second in completion percentage (61.8 percent) and fifth in touchdown passes (289) over that time. Under Pace's protection, the Rams' passing offense compiled more than 3,000 yards in all 12 of his NFL seasons, seven different quarterbacks eclipsed the 3,000-yard mark in a season, including three times surpassing the 4,000-yard mark, and blocked for seven 1,000-yard rushers. Pace started 154 consecutive games.


  4. Rae Carruth
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    Rae Carruth

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    Rae Lamar Wiggins (born January 20, 1974), known as Rae Carruth, is a former professional football player, a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. In 2001, he was found guilty of conspiring to murder a woman who was pregnant with his child and is serving a prison sentence with an expected release date of October 22, 2018.


  5. Antowain Smith
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    Antowain Smith

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    Antowain Drurell Smith (born March 14, 1972) is a former American Football running back in the National Football League who played nine NFL seasons, most notably with the New England Patriots. At 6'2", 232 pounds, Smith's powerful running style made him an effective runner between the tackles.


  6. James Farrior
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    James Farrior

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    James Alfred Farrior (born January 6, 1975) is a retired American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Virginia. He played with the New York Jets and the Pittsburgh Steelers, and earned two Super Bowl rings with the Steelers (XL and XLIII).


  7. Shawn Springs
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    Shawn Springs

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    Shawn Springs (born March 11, 1975) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college football for Ohio State University, and earned All-American honors. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks third overall in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the Seahawks, Washington Redskins and New England Patriots of the NFL, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1998.


  8. Trevor Pryce
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    Trevor Pryce

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    Trevor Wesley Pryce II (born August 3, 1975) is a former American football defensive end who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). Pryce played college football for the University of Michigan before transferring to Clemson University. He was selected by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft.


  9. Reidel Anthony
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    Reidel Anthony

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    Reidel Clarence Anthony (born October 20, 1976) is an American former college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for five seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Anthony played college football for the University of Florida, and received consensus All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.


  10. Peter Boulware
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    Peter Boulware

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    Peter Nicholas Boulware (born December 18, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played his entire pro career for the Ravens.


  11. Darrell Russell (American football)
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    Darrell Russell (American football)

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    Darrell Anthony Russell, Jr. (May 27, 1976 – December 15, 2005) was an American football defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He died in a car crash near Los Angeles after being indefinitely banned from the NFL for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy.


  12. Walter Jones
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    Walter Jones

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    Walter Jones, Jr. (born January 19, 1974) is a former American football offensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. Born in Alabama, he played college football for Florida State University. Jones played his entire professional career with the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a seven-time All-Pro selection and eventual NFL 2000s All-Decade Team honoree. Starting in each of his 180 games in Seattle, the Seahawks attempted more than 5,500 passes with Jones on the field, while Jones gave up a total of only 23 quarterback sacks, and was penalized for holding just nine times. On February 1st, 2014, Jones was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.


  13. Ike Hilliard
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    Ike Hilliard

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    Isaac Jason Hilliard (born April 5, 1976), nicknamed Ike Hilliard, is an American former college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for twelve seasons during the 1990s and 2000s. He played college football for the University of Florida, and earned All-American honors. He was a first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL. After his playing career, Hilliard became a professional football coach, and he is currently the wide receivers coach for the NFL's Washington Redskins.


  14. Michael Booker (American football)
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    Michael Booker (American football)

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    Michael Booker (born April 27, 1975) is a former NFL cornerback who played five seasons in the NFL from 1997–2001. He started in Super Bowl XXXIII for the Atlanta Falcons. Booker admitted that he did not like playing in the NFL as much he enjoyed playing in college.


  15. Reinard Wilson
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    Reinard Wilson

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    James Reinard Wilson (born December 17, 1973) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons during the late 1990s and early 2000s. He played college football at Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. He was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL.


  16. Jim Druckenmiller
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    Jim Druckenmiller

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    James David Druckenmiller, Jr. (born September 19, 1972) is an American businessman and former American football quarterback.


  17. Ross Verba
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    Ross Verba

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    Ross Robert Verba (born October 31, 1973) is a former American professional football player. A 6'4", 305-lb. guard from the University of Iowa, Verba was a first-team All-Big Ten player in 1996. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (30th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft.


  18. Chris Canty (defensive back)
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    Chris Canty (defensive back)

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    Christopher Shawn Patrick Canty (born March 30, 1976) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) and Arena Football League. He played college football for Kansas State University, and was a two-time All-American. A first-round pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played professionally for the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints of the NFL, and Las Vegas Gladiators and Rio Grande Valley Dorados of the arena league.


  19. Chris Naeole
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    Chris Naeole

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    Christopher Kealoha Naeole (born December 25, 1974) is an American football coach. He currently serves as offensive line coach at the University of Hawaii. During his playing career, Naeole was a guard in the National Football League (NFL) for eleven seasons. He played college football for the University of Colorado, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 1997 NFL Draft, Naeole played professionally for the Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL.


  20. Bryant Westbrook
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    Bryant Westbrook

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    Bryant Antoine Westbrook (born December 19, 1974 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League.


  21. Tom Knight (American football)
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    Tom Knight (American football)

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    Tom Knight (born December 29, 1974) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the 1st round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He also played for the Baltimore Ravens.


  22. Dwayne Rudd
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    Dwayne Rudd

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    Dwayne Rudd (born February 3, 1976) is a retired American football linebacker who played in the National Football League. During his career he played for the Minnesota Vikings, the Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rudd was a teammate of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend in both high school and college, at South Panola High School and the University of Alabama, respectively. Derek Pegues, a South Panola alum and an All-SEC Defensive Back for Mississippi State, is his cousin.


  23. Jon Harris
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    Jon Harris

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    Jonathan Cecil Harris (born June 9, 1974) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and the Green Bay Packers. He played college football at the University of Virginia and was drafted in the first round (25th overall) of the 1997 NFL Draft. He currently resides in Swedesboro, New Jersey.


  24. Chad Scott
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    Chad Scott

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    Chad Oliver Scott (born September 6, 1974) was an American football cornerback who retired in 2008. Scott was a surprise number 1 draft choice for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who picked him 24th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played professionally for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots. He played college football at Maryland.


  25. Kenny Holmes
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    Kenny Holmes

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    Kenneth Jerome Holmes (born October 24, 1973 in Gifford, Florida) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Oilers 18th overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played college football at Miami.


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