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Cavaliers signing day: 5 years later

With all the attention on signing day, it's interesting to look back five years and see how that class panned out. It's fair to say that class was a success.

Four players from the 2005 class have already made the NFL (Eugene Monroe, Branden Albert, Kevin Ogletree, John Phillips), including more expected after this season's draft. Monroe and Albert were both first-round picks.

The class also produced a handful of productive players, including Vic Hall, Rashawn Jackson, Mikell Simpson, Rashawn Jackson, Antonio Appleby, Aaron Clark, Chris Cook, Maurice Covington, Alex Field, Jameel Sewell, Will Barker and Darren Childs. All were starters for the Cavaliers.

Who were the busts? Olu Hall and Mike Brown were four-star recruits that did not finish their careers in Charlottesville. Jeffrey Fitzgerald was a budding star, too, before academic issues sent him packing for Kansas State. Three-star defensive end Jason Fuller also transferred after failing to garner much playing time.

By Zach Berman  |  February 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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