NFL Draft: The 32 Worst 1st-Round Picks Since 2000

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NFL Draft: The 32 Worst 1st-Round Picks Since 2000
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Every team’s biggest fear in the NFL draft is picking a player that turns into one of the all-time busts. It took the San Diego Chargers four years to recover from the Ryan Leaf debacle. The Oakland Raiders were set back many years when they elected to make JaMarcus Russell the No. 1 overall pick. And the St. Louis Rams’ miserable stretch of seasons can largely be attributed to the poor play from 2009 No. 2 overall pick, Jason Smith.

About half of all draft picks bust. That’s an alarming figure, considering the amount of scouting teams do and the amount of money that is given to rookie first-round picks.

I made a list of the worst NFL picks at each slot in the draft board. Only one player can make it for the 32nd spot, only one for the 31st, and so on. I was alarmed at the number of defensive ends and wide receivers, but as I proved in my recent article, these positions bust the most.

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