I don't think any of the 3rd party lenses can actually match the OEM lenses (Nikon or otherwise), especially for the pro zooms. Maybe the primes can come close, but for the zooms, probably not.
The better ones are from the likes of Tokina and some selected Sigma lenses. Tokina is famous for their AF 28-70mm f/2.6-2.8 ATX Pro/II, which is supposed based on the legendary Angenieux lens of the same range. The originals supposedly cost more than a AFS 28-70/2.8 back then. Compared to the Sigma of the same zoom range, it feels a lot better, and the zoom ring isn't as stiff.
Sigma has a supposed pretty good 70-200/2.8 HSM, but the build quality is so-so, and for that price, I'd rather sacrifice the HSM and pay a bit more to get the non-AFS Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED.