This series is pretty self explanatory. I simply went through the last ten years of drafts, and picked out the worst player picked with each individual pick, going from picks #1-32. These are the “winners” from the 2000-2009 drafts:
1st overall: Oakland Raiders-JaMarcus Russell, QB, Louisiana State, 2007
I think we can write off the possibility of a comeback in Washington…..
2nd overall: Detroit Lions-Charles Rogers, WR, Michigan State, 2003
He gets alot of the blame for this pick flopping, but he did break his collarbone twice.
3rd overall: Detroit Lions-Joey Harrington, QB, Oregon, 2002
He did start for a few years, but they never really built a line, and kept picking skill position players (Harrington, Roy & Mike Williams, Kevin Jones).
4th overall: N.Y. Jets-Dewayne Robertson, DT, Kentucky, 2003
This was definitely a no-win situation-the Jets gave up 2 #1 picks for the #4 spot. The Bears turned those two #1’s into Rex Grossman & Michael Haynes.
5th overall: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Cadillac Williams, RB, Auburn, 2005
It was actually hard to find a bad pick with the 5th overall from 2001-2010; injuries have been the only thing holding him back, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a comeback from him.
6th overall: N.Y. Jets-Vernon Gholston, DE/LB, Ohio State, 2008
So far he’s just the latest example of a draft day phenom that works out like Tarzan, plays like Jane.
7th overall: Minnesota Vikings-Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina, 2005
He was supposed to be the replacement for Randy Moss; needless to say, that didn’t work out too well.
8th overall: Jacksonville Jaguars-Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida, 2008
See also, Vernon Gholston.
9th overall: Jacksonville Jaguars-Reggie Williams, WR, Washington, 2004
He simply never developed into more than a #2 or #3 option, which is alot less than you expect from a top 10 pick.
10th overall: Green Bay Packers-Jamal Reynolds, DE, Florida State, 2001
He was probably the biggest draft day blunder of the Favre era-they traded the 17th pick, and Matt Hasselbeck, for this pick.
11th overall: Buffalo Bills-Aaron Maybin, DE/OLB, Penn State, 2009
I know it’s only been two years, but it seems like they have already given up on him, and he’s not putting up much of a fight.
12th overall: Arizona Cardinals-Wendell Bryant, DT, Wisconsin, 2002
He lasted three seasons, then got suspended, and never came back. I think he is playing in the UFL though, so a comeback isn’t out of the question.
13th overall: St. Louis Rams-Adam Carriker, NT, Nebraska, 2007
The Rams traded him to the Redskins for a 7th round pick last offseason, but he turned into a decent starter for the Redskins.
14th overall: Chicago Bears-Michael Haynes, DE, Penn State, 2003
He only lasted three seasons in Chicago, he was too injury prone, and not very productive when he was healthy.
15th overall: St. Louis Rams-Tye Hill, CB, Clemson, 2006
He just can’t seem to stick with one team for more than a season now.
16th overall: Cleveland Browns-William Green, RB, Boston College, 2002
He was starting to look good before an injury ruined his comeback attempt.
17th overall: Denver Broncos-Jarvis Moss, DE, Florida, 2007
I live in a Bronco friendly town, & still remember watching this draft & hoping the Broncos wouldn’t pick him. Then I was dumbfounded when they traded up to get him.
18th overall: Dallas Cowboys-Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State, 2006
I wonder if it makes the Cowboys sick to their stomachs to know that Chad Greenway went one pick earlier?
19th overall: St. Louis Rams-Alex Barron, T, Florida State, 2005
I’m not one for jumping to conclusions, but he’s on the verge of jumping to the conclusion of his career.
20th overall: Denver Broncos-George Foster, T, Georgia, 2003
He wound up getting shipped out of town with Tatum Bell when they traded for Dre Bly, but couldn’t cut it in Detroit either.
21st overall: Kansas City Chiefs-Sylvester Morris, WR, Jackson State, 2000
He looked like the real deal as rookie, but got hurt in 2001, and 2002, and 2003, and never played again.
22nd overall: Buffalo Bils-J.P. Losman, QB, Tulane, 2004
Just call this the Bills second QB blunder of the decade. First, they dumped Doug Flutie for Rob Johnson, then they dumped Drew Bledsoe for Losman.
23rd overall: Carolina Panthers-Rashard Anderson, DB, Jackson State, 2000
He made 68 tackles in two years before being suspended for 2002, and was suspended again for not meeting the requirements for re-admission.
24th overall: Denver Broncos-Willie Middlebrooks, CB, Minnesota, 2001
He could rarely stay healthy, and when he could, he had a hard time just keeping a spot in the nickel defense.
25th overall: Green Bay Packers-Ahmad Carroll, CB, Arkansas, 2004
He was too penalty prone in Green Bay; he was hanging on in the league by playing special teams, but even that ended.
26th overall: Buffalo Bills-Erik Flowers, DE, Arizona State, 2000
He played in 58 games, with six starts, and five sacks.
27th overall: San Francisco 49ers-Mike Rumph, DB, Miami (Fla.), 2002
He just never really developed, and he was injury prone.
28th overall: Tennessee Titans-Andre Woolfolk, CB, Oklahoma, 2003
Same story as Rumph, I think he lasted three years.
29th overall: Jacksonville Jaguars-R. Jay Soward, WR, USC, 2000
He played only one season in the NFL and was done.
30th overall: San Diego Chargers-Sammy Davis, CB, Texas A&M, 2003
I don’t know what he’s doing now, hopefully he’s using his name to make a name for himself in Las Vegas as a lounge singer.
31st overall: San Francisco 49ers-Rashaun Woods, WR, Oklahoma State, 2004
I think he had eight catches as a rookie, and that was it.
32nd overall: Indianapolis Colts-Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State, 2007 He got off to a nice start as a rookie, but now he just can’t stay healthy. I think he had around 5 catches last year?