NFL Biggest Draft Busts

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GG.exe

Killer on the Road ™
Sep 6, 2005
117,638
67,467
In every girl's wet dream ℠
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Richmond, St.George
Sam Bradford is the reason the NFL introduced a rookie wage scale for draft picks.

Johnny cokehead is another bust. well you could just about say the Browns draft and just list years rather than players.
Same with Raiders, both in the last decade of Als life and both McKenzie and Gruock eras. Just as bad if not worse than the Browns.
 

A11dAtP0w3R

Enjoying my teams losses more than I should 😙
Oct 18, 2013
42,627
49,371
AFL Club
Melbourne
Other Teams
Carolina Panthers. Zach Wilson.
You could make a case Isiah Wilson is the biggest. Russell , Gholston and co at least played some meaningful snaps.

The only ones Wilson got were 2 on special teams and 3 on a kneel down last year vs the Colts IIRC. Can't see that changing anytime soon.
 

Sven

Norm Smith Medallist
Oct 6, 2006
7,821
4,139
Perth
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Vikings, South Fremantle
It's a pity they're only counting this century. For the Vikings, Dimitrius Underwood, 1999, 1st Round, 29th Overall will go down as the worst pick.


From wikipedia....

On August 1, he signed a five-year, $5.3 million contract with a $1.7 million bonus. He walked out of training camp the next day on August 2, after the first practice. On August 13, he was waived and forfeited a $1.75 million bonus saying he could not resolve the conflict between playing football and serving his Christian faith. Although he eventually returned, he was released later that month and had to give back his signing bonus to the Vikings.

In 2007, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports listed Underwood as one of the worst first-round picks (at the 29th slot) since the AFL/NFL merger. According to the article, Underwood missed most of his senior year, and his coaches at Michigan State warned NFL scouts that he was not mentally stable enough to play in the NFL. In Robinson's view, by ignoring these warnings the Vikings made "arguably the dumbest pick ever made in the first round."
 

Chewy316

Premiership Player
Jul 1, 2014
4,378
7,762
Adelaide, Australia
AFL Club
Port Adelaide
Other Teams
Lakers, Ducks, Yankees
Russell, Leaf, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, Vernon Gholston, Charles Rogers, Mike Williams (Detroit version), Aaron Curry.

I do wonder what the hit rate of the draft is in terms of how many players actually get a 2nd contract in the league.
 

DFWGrapher

Debutant
Mar 13, 2021
53
84
Dallas-Fort Worth, TX USA
AFL Club
North Melbourne
Other Teams
Cleveland in every sport
Russell, Leaf, Akili Smith, Tim Couch, Vernon Gholston, Charles Rogers, Mike Williams (Detroit version), Aaron Curry.

I do wonder what the hit rate of the draft is in terms of how many players actually get a 2nd contract in the league.
I'd take Couch off the list. For his first two years he had zero help: a coach who was clearly not ready for a head coaching gig, an offensive line that was made up of absolute rejects, no run game (Travis Prentice?!), and subpar receivers. Once they finally got some even passable pieces around him, he had a 3000-yard season in his third season and evened out his TD/INT ratio by his fourth. Injuries (which happen when you're stuck for your first two years behind an offensive line that is among the worst in recent history) ended things for him after five seasons. Swap Couch with the following pick in Donovan McNabb and there's a good chance we're discussing McNabb as a bust while Couch ends up in multiple Pro Bowls.

Couch and David Carr are evidence that expansion teams should just let a veteran with little-to-no future take the reins to start things out and draft the best non-QB available. Let a team that actually has some pieces in place pick the QB. The Browns planned to do that with Ty Detmer, but Chris Palmer hit panic mode in Game One. Dom Capers recalled Kerry Collins' immediate success when taking over for an 0-3 Frank Reich and thought he should just throw Carr out there right away: big mistake. A QB taken with your first ever pick and thrown to the wolves will have his career is over even before it begins.
 

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