NFL Draft: Top Ten Picks at Number 11 since 2000
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4. Patrick Willis, LB, San Francisco 49ers (2007)
Patrick Willis retired after the 2014 season despite still being one of the better linebackers in the league. Willis made an immediate impact for the Niners earning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors and also headed to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl. Those Pro Bowl selections would just be routine for Willis, who would go to seven straight while being named to six straight All-Pros. Willis amassed almost 1,000 tackles in his career, twice leading the league in that category. He was a cornerstone for Vic Fangio’s Niners defense for several years.