Drafted: Round 1, 25th Overall, 1992
With John Elway heading toward the second half of his career and having taken quite a pounding as a runner and passer, the Broncos decided to look for a guy who could be groomed behind him and be ready to step in once his career ended.
Two problems here. First, the Broncos underestimated Elway, who played through the end of the decade.
Second, and more importantly, they overestimated Maddox—who was selling insurance by the time the decade was up.
Maddox never developed and probably left school too early. He moved from Denver to the Rams, Giants and Falcons and was out of the league by 1997. He later sold insurance before returning surprisingly in 2001 with the Steelers.
Maddox won NFL Comeback Player of the Year honors in 2002 after leading the Steelers to a 10-5-1 record and the playoffs. He started in Pittsburgh until an injury forced a guy named Roethlisberger into action.