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O'HARA: A history of who's been available at 35

There might not be quite as much drama and star power involved when the Detroit Lions make the third pick in the second round and 35th overall of the 2020 draft as for the third pick in the first round, but there could prove to be just as much impact.

A look back at the NFL's last 10 drafts shows that there have been hits and misses and future All Pros available at the top of the draft.

Here are the players taken with the third pick in the second round from 2010-19, and options some teams had for the pick that might have been better.

(Note: The third pick in the 2016 second round was No. 34 overall, not 35. The Patriots forfeited their first-round pick as part of a penalty against Tom Brady that included a four-game suspension for using deflated footballs.)

2019: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida, Jaguars.

Status: Good fit, with upside.

Traded up for the pick from No. 38 with Raiders.

Bottom line: Taylor started all 16 games at right tackle. Trading up was well worth the investment.

Options: The Jaguars moved up for a reason and should be satisfied with getting Taylor.

View photos of the Detroit Lions' stat leaders from the 2019 season.

2018: RB Nick Chubb, Georgia, Browns.

Status: Pro Bowl runner.

Traded for Houston's pick, getting QB Brock Osweiler with some lower picks involved.

Bottom line: 2,490 yards rushing, 16 TDs for Chubb, playing all 32 games his first two seasons.

Options: Pro Bowl LB Darius Leonard went to the Colts with the next pick, but the Browns wouldn't want to trade. They nailed this pick.

2017: DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State, Seahawks.

Status: Never played.

Seahawks traded down three times, starting at No. 26 with Atlanta, before stopping at No. 35 to take McDowell.

Bottom line: A non-football injury sustained as a rookie and personal problems ended his career before it started.

Options: The Seahawks weren't looking for a safety, but two-time Pro Bowler Budda Baker went to Arizona with the next pick.

2016: OLB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame, Cowboys.

Status: Injury risk, big reward.

Bottom line: After sitting out his rookie season because of a college injury, Smith played all 48 games the last three seasons. As a full-time starter the last two he had 121 tackles in 2018 and 142 in 2019.

Options: OLB Myles Jack of UCLA went to Jacksonville two picks later, and two Pro Bowlers went off the board with the next two picks – DT Chris Jones and CB Xavien Howard. No regret for the Cowboys, though.

2015: DT Mario Edwards, Florida State, Raiders.

Status: Low impact.

Bottom line: A major disappointment in 24 starts over three seasons with the Raiders, and one season each with the Giants and Saints the last two seasons. In 59 games, 10.5 sacks.

Options: DE Preston Smith, three picks later to Washington, had more sacks in 2019 with the Packers (12) than Edwards has in his career.

2014: G Joel Bitonio, Nevada, Browns.

Status: Solid pro for a franchise that needs more like him.

Bottom line: Overcame early injuries to start all 48 games the last three seasons and make one Pro Bowl.

Options: The Browns could have had three-time Pro Bowl QB Derek Carr with the next pick.

2013: TE Zach Ertz, Stanford, Eagles.

Status: A foundation player.

Bottom line: 3 Pro Bowls the last three seasons, 117 and 88 catches the last two – and 18 catches in 3 playoff games for the 2017 season Super Bowl champs.

Options: The Eagles got it right with Ertz, but CB Darius Slay went to the Lions with the next pick, and RB Le'Veon Bell to the Steelers at No. 48.

2012: LB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama, Ravens.

Traded down from No. 29 with Minnesota for pick.

Status: Limited production, modest six-year career.

Bottom line: A primary starter with five sacks in his first four seasons with the Ravens, and a backup for two years in Atlanta.

Options: The big miss: Five-time All Pro LB Bobby Wagner of Utah St. went to the Seahawks 12 picks later at No. 47.

2011: QB Andy Dalton, TCU, Bengals.

Status: Led a Bengals revival that didn't last.

Bottom line: Dalton was a three-time Pro Bowler and led the Bengals to the playoffs in his first five seasons, but they couldn't win a game. He was 0-4 as a playoff starter, with one TD and six picks.

Options: No regrets for drafting Dalton in 2011 as the Bengals move on at QB in this year's draft.

2010: DT Brian Price, UCLA, Buccaneers.

Status: Doubling down at DT after taking Gerald McCoy in the first round failed.

Bottom line: Price played just 20 games because of injuries and personal issues. He never played in a game again after 15 games and 14 starts for the Bucs in 2011.

Options: Different position, but tight end Rob Gronkowski went to the Patriots seven picks after Price.

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