Cornerback - Aqib Talib
Tampa Bay Buccaneers first overall pick.
The 2008 NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on April 26 and April 27, 2008. For the 29th consecutive year, ESPN televised the draft; the NFL Network also broadcast the event, its third year doing so. Of the 252 selections, 220 were regular selections in rounds one through seven, and 32 were compensatory selections, distributed among rounds three through seven.
For the first time since the common draft began, no wide receiver was selected in the first round. For the first time ever, the first two picks had the same last name (Jake Long and Chris Long). Also, a record 34 trades were made during the draft itself.
The schedule for the draft was changed: day one began at 3:00 PM EDT (1900 UTC), instead of noon, and consisted of just two rounds. Day two began with round three at 10:00 AM EDT (1400 UTC), instead of 11:00 AM. Moreover, the time limits for day one selections were reduced, from 15 minutes to ten for first-round picks and from ten minutes to seven in the second. The limit remained five minutes for all picks in rounds three through seven.
The draft also marked the official debut of a new NFL shield logo, replacing the old shield logo which had been used since 1970, featuring eight white stars to represent each of the league's eight divisions, and a football rotated to the same angle as the one on the top of the Vince Lombardi Trophy given to the Super Bowl champion.
The Buccaneers recieved an additional 5th round pick due to a acksonville Jaguars 2nd round tade. This was then surrendered to Chicago in a trade of the 4th round pick with a 6th round pick gained in return. An additional 7th round pick came from the New England Patriots in a trade of 5th round picks. A 6th round pick was traded to Kansas City Chiefs in 2007 for Running back Michael Bennett. A 7th round pick was traded to the Denver Broncos for Quarterback Jake Plummer. There were no compensatory picks. The Buccaneerss picked 20th in the first round and then 21st and 20th henceforth.
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|C||Center||CB||Cornerback||DB||Defensive back||DE||Defensive end|
|DL||Defensive lineman||DT||Defensive tackle||FB||Fullback||FS||Free safety|
|LB||Linebacker||LS||Long snapper||OT||Offensive Tackle||OL||Offensive lineman|
|NT||Nose tackle||P||Punter||PR||Punt returner||QB||Quarterback|
|RB||Running back||S||Safety||SS||Strong safety||TB||Tailback|
|TE||Tight end||WR||Wide receiver|
Notable Undrafted Players
|Original NFL team||Player||Pos.||College||Conf.||Notes|
|Dallas Cowboys||Danny Amendola||WR||Texas Tech||Big 12||Two-time Super Bowl champion for the New England Patriots (XLIX, LI)|
|Denver Broncos||Wesley Woodyard||LB||Kentucky||SEC|
|Denver Broncos||Tyler Polumbus||OT||Colorado||Big 12|
|Detroit Lions||Jon Weeks||LS||Baylor||Big 12||Pro Bowl long snapper for the Houston Texans|
|Green Bay Packers||Danny Lansanah||OLB||Connecticut||Big East|
|Green Bay Packers||J. J. Jansen||LS||Notre Dame||Ind. (FBS)||Long Snapper for the Carolina Panthers, 2009–2014.|
|Miami Dolphins||Davone Bess||WR||Hawaii||WAC||54 receptions as a rookie is the 2nd most in NFL history for an undrafted rookie|
|Miami Dolphins||Dan Carpenter||K||Montana||Big Sky|
|Miami Dolphins||Marcel Reece||FB||Washington||Pac-10|
|Minnesota Vikings||Erin Henderson||OLB||Maryland||ACC|
|New England Patriots||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||RB||Ole Miss||SEC|
|New Orleans Saints||Jo-Lonn Dunbar||LB||Boston College||ACC||Linebacker in Super Bowl XLIV for the New Orleans Saints, starting linebacker for New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams|
|New York Jets||Danny Woodhead||RB||Chadron State||RMAC||Starting Running Back for the Baltimore Ravens|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Kyle Arrington||CB||Hofstra University||CAA|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Jed Collins||FB||Washington State||Pac-10||Primary fullback with New Orleans Saints, Detroit Lions|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||Doug Legursky||OL||Marshall||C-USA||starting center in Super Bowl XLV|
|San Diego Chargers||Mike Tolbert||FB||Coastal Carolina||Big South||starting fullback in super bowl 50|
|San Francisco 49ers||Brian de la Puente||C||California||Pac-10||New Orleans Saints starting center from 2011-2013, currently with Chicago Bears|
|Seattle Seahawks||David Hawthorne||LB||TCU||MWC|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Clifton Smith||RB||Fresno State||WAC||Earned trip to 2008 Pro Bowl his rookie season as a kick return specialist|
|Tennessee Titans||Jerrell Freeman||LB||Mary Hardin–Baylor||ASC|
|Tennessee Titans||Fernando Velasco||OL||Georgia||SEC||Center for the Pittsburgh Steelers|
Hall of Famers
- No player selected in this draft has yet been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. (If we've missed someone please advise)