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2000-07 first-round safety zone: Guard, center, linebacker

Originally Published: April 24, 2008
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

Try as they might, NFL teams cannot predict which draft prospects will turn into productive players. Teams do their homework and still draft players who fail miserably. It happens every year.

But with their owners' money and co-workers' careers at stake, smart personnel people can avoid falling into the same traps.

An evaluation of all 254 first-round picks since 2000 revealed the potential risks and rewards teams face heading into the draft this weekend.

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