Top 10 No. 5 overall picks in NFL Draft history

These top picks proved to be legendary selections

San Diego Chargers vs San Francisco 49ers - October 15, 2006
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No. 6: Patrick Peterson, Arizona Cardinals (2011)

It's a shame Peterson spent most of his career on bad Cardinals teams, because the less-astute fan may have missed just how exceptional the former LSU star's career was. For a period of time, there may not have been a better cornerback in the NFC than the speedy, feisty Peterson out in the desert.

Peterson made a Pro Bowl every year from 2011 to 2018, making the First-Team All-Pro roll call three times. Even though Peterson's days as an elite corner might be over after bouncing around between the Vikings and Steelers, he's shown a willingness to convert to safety and further beef up his Hall of Fame resume.

Patrick Peterson was a great No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft

No. 5: Mike Haynes, New England Patriots (1976)

Haynes lived two distinct football lives, both of which made him one of the best corners ever. In New England, the ex-Arizona State DB was named a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro six times in seven years, becoming one of the best Patriots ever before a contract dispute led to a trade with the Los Angeles Raiders.

The Haynes in-season trade formed what many believed to be the best cornerback tandem in NFL history with him and Lester Hayes. Haynes made two first-team All-Pro lists while helping the Raiders win a Super Bowl in 1983, putting him in rarified air among all the great defensive players in Raiders history.