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NFL draft: Best/worst first-round picks for all 32 slots (29-32)

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Best/worst first-round picks: 32-29 | 28-25 | 24-21 | 20-17 | 16-13 | 12-9 | 8-5 | 4-1


CFB 24/7 is counting down the best and worst first-round picks at all 32 slots during the Super Bowl era. We will do four spots per day, until we end up with the three best -- and three worst -- No. 1 picks.

No. 32 pick

Who picks here in 2015: New England Patriots
Overview: Only 13 times has a first round included 32 picks, so there's not that much to choose from.

HITS

G Logan Mankins: Taken in 2005 by the New England Patriots out of Fresno State. He has been one of the best guards of his generation and is a six-time Pro Bowler. Mankins has been active for 146 games in his career -- and has started in every one of those.

MISSES

OT Derek Sherrod: Taken in 2011 by the Green Bay Packers out of Mississippi State. He started one game in four seasons with the Packers -- he missed the 2012 season with a broken leg -- before being cut in November 2014; he was signed as a free agent in December by the Kansas City Chiefs.

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No. 31 pick

Who picks here in 2015: New Orleans Saints (from Seahawks)
Overview: There have been 17 No. 31 picks made in first-round history.

HITS

CB Nnamdi Asomugha: Taken in 2003 by the Oakland Raiders out of California. For a while, Asomugha was in the conversation as the best corner in the league. He was an All-Pro in 2008 and 2010 and was a three-time Pro Bowler. He was a full-time starter in eight of his 11 seasons.
TE Greg Olsen: Taken in 2007 by the Chicago Bears out of Miami. He's still going strong and is coming off a season in which he had a career-high 81 receptions for the Carolina Panthers. Olsen made his first Pro Bowl in 2014. He has had five seasons with at least 50 receptions, including three in a row, and has caught at least 69 passes three times; he also has seven seasons with at least five TD receptions.

MISSES

RB Trung Canidate: Taken in 2000 by the St. Louis Rams out of Arizona. Canidate certainly was fast. Alas, there's more to being an NFL back than speed. He rushed for 1,095 yards and seven TDs in his four-year NFL career.
WR Rashaun Woods: Taken in 2004 by the San Francisco 49ers out of Oklahoma State. Woods was a big-timer at Oklahoma State, finishing his career with 293 receptions, 4,414 yards and 42 TDs; all were Big 12 records. But he lasted just one NFL season, making seven catches.

No. 30 pick

Who picks here in 2015: Green Bay Packers
Overview: There have been just 20 selections made at No. 30 in first-round history, yet one of the best receivers in NFL history was grabbed at No. 30. There also have been some glaring misses.

HITS

LB Keith Bulluck: Taken in 2000 by the Tennessee Titans out of Syracuse. He played 11 NFL seasons and finished with 791 career solo tackles. Six times he had 100 total tackles in a season, and he was an All-Pro pick in 2003. Bulluck also had 21 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries in his career; he returned four of those fumbles for TDs, which is third-most in NFL history.
TE Heath Miller: Taken in 2005 by the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Virginia. Miller remains a vital part of the Steelers' passing attack; he had 66 receptions in 2014, the third-highest single-season total in his career. He has 532 career receptions and is a two-time Pro Bowler.
WR Reggie Wayne: Taken in 2001 by the Indianapolis Colts out of Miami. He is seventh on the NFL career receptions list, with 1,070. Wayne, currently a free agent, was an All-Pro pick in 2010 and is a six-time Pro Bowler. His receptions have gone for 14,345 yards, which is eighth-most in NFL history, and he has 82 career TDs.

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MISSES

OT Andre Johnson: Taken in 1996 by the Washington Redskins out of Penn State. He played in three NFL games in his career, and none were for the Redskins, who cut him after his rookie season.
WR Marcus Nash: Taken in 1998 by the Denver Broncos out of Tennessee. He had good size (6-3) and could run. But he had just four receptions in an 11-game, two-season career. Nash did have some success in the Arena League, though, becoming one of the most prolific receivers in that league's history.
LB Craig Powell: Taken in 1995 by the Cleveland Browns out of Ohio State. He played in 14 games for two franchises in three seasons and finished his career with one solo tackle. He was the Browns' final first-round pick before they moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens.

No. 29 pick

Who picks here in 2015: Indianapolis Colts
Overview: There have been a lot of misses at 29 -- a lot. We could've gone 10 deep with misses -- and there have been just 21 picks at No. 29 in the first round.

HITS

G Ben Grubbs: Taken in 2007 by the Baltimore Ravens out of Auburn. Grubbs spent the first five seasons of his career with the Ravens before moving on to the New Orleans Saints. He has started 118 of a possible 122 games in his eight NFL seasons and is a big-time run blocker; he also is a two-time Pro Bowler.
C Nick Mangold: Taken in 2006 by the New York Jets out of Ohio State. He is one of the best centers of his era and is a two-time All-Pro; he also is a six-time Pro Bowler. He has started 141 times in his NFL career, missing just three games since he entered the league.
NT Ryan Pickett: Taken in 2001 by the St. Louis Rams out of Ohio State. The squatty Pickett (he's 6-2 and 310 pounds) remains a force against the run. He recently completed his 14th NFL season and has been a starter for three NFL teams.

MISSES

DE Kentwan Balmer: Taken in 2008 by the San Francisco 49ers out of North Carolina. There were questions as to which position best-suited Balmer, and that question never really was answered. He had 11 tackles in two seasons with the 49ers (interestingly, he was on the kickoff-return team and had seven kickoff returns in those two seasons). He was traded to Seattle for a sixth-round pick and started 11 games for the Seahawks in 2010 before being cut in August 2011. He never played in another NFL game.
WR R. Jay Soward: Taken in 2000 by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of USC. The idea that the Tom Coughlin-coached Jags would take Soward, who had an "iffy" attitude at USC, was shocking. And it didn't work out. Soward lasted one season in the NFL, making 14 receptions.
DE Dimitrius Underwood: Taken in 1999 by the Minnesota Vikings out of Michigan State. Underwood missed his entire senior season, yet was a great athlete, had excellent pre-draft workouts and still went in the first round. But Underwood had mental issues and played in just 19 NFL games in two seasons, with the Dallas Cowboys.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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