The Worst Draft Class for Every NFL Franchise in Modern Era

Gordon BlockContributor IIIApril 3, 2012

The Worst Draft Class for Every NFL Franchise in Modern Era

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    With the amount of scrutiny on the NFL draft, it's easy to see the frustration that can build up in a fanbase when a draft does not go their team's way.

    However, it's really a case of playing the percentages. Not every player drafted will become a star, and even the serviceable players from one year's draft class have to make room for the new class of rookies.

    With that said, some draft classes have emerged as the worst ever. Here is the worst draft class for each NFL franchise in the modern era.

    All classes are from 1994 or later, when the draft was reduced to seven rounds.

    (All draft picks can be seen at the NFL's website.)

Arizona Cardinals: 1995 Draft

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    Second Round: No. 47 pick, Frank Sanders, WR, Auburn  

    Third Round: No. 80 pick, Stoney Case, QB, New Mexico  

    Fifth Round: No. 150 pick, Cedric Davis, CB, Tennessee State 

    Fifth Round: No. 165 pick, Lance Scott, C, Utah   

    Fifth Round: No. 167 pick, Tito Paul, DB, Ohio State  

    Sixth Round: No. 205 pick, Anthony Bridges, DB, North Texas

    Seventh Round: No. 212 pick, Billy Williams, WR, Tennessee 

    Seventh Round: No. 224 pick, Wesley Leasy, LB, Mississippi State

    Seventh Round: No. 241 pick, Chad Eaton, DT, Washington State 


    While this draft is boosted by the presence of Frank Sanders, who led the league in receptions during the 1998 season, the lesser parts of this class truly scrape the bottom of the barrel for a franchise that has seen some frighteningly low levels of talent.

    Stoney Case is often considered one of the franchise's worst quarterbacks, and most of the remaining picks never played in a game (for the Cardinals or anywhere else).  

    Honorable Mention: 1996 draft

Atlanta Falcons: 2000 Draft

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    Second Round: No. 37 pick, Travis Claridge, G, USC

    Third Round: No. 67 pick, Mark Simoneau, LB, Kansas State

    Fourth Round: No. 100 pick, Michael Thompson, T, Tennessee State 

    Fifth Round: No. 134 pick, Anthony Midget, ATH, Virginia Tech

    Sixth Round: No. 172 pick, Mareno Philyaw, WR, Troy State  

    Seventh Round: No. 211 pick, Darrick Vaughn, CB, Texas State


    The 2000 draft class of the Atlanta Falcons was about as bland as a draft class can be. Travis Claridge was the most productive member of the class, playing about four seasons before taking his talents to the Canadian Football League.

    The rest of the class barely made the playing field, with stat sheets showing a small handful of starts between them.

    Honorable Mention: 1988 draft

Baltimore Ravens: 2005 Draft

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    First Round: No. 22 pick, Mark Clayton, WR, Oklahoma

    Second Round: No. 53 pick, Dan Cody, LB, Oklahoma

    Second Round: No. 64 pick, Adam Terry, T, Syracuse

    Fourth Round: No. 124 pick, Jason Brown, C, North Carolina

    Fifth Round: No. 158 pick, Justin Green, RB, Montana  

    Sixth Round: No. 213 pick, Derek Anderson, QB, Oregon State

    Seventh Round: No. 234 pick, Mike Smith, LB, Texas Tech


    The Baltimore Ravens swung and missed with their 2005 draft class. From the top—an underperforming Mark Clayton—to the bottom—the one-man wrecking crew Derek Anderson—this class was a disaster.

    Mired in inconsistent play and injuries, the Ravens traded Clayton to the St. Louis Rams, where his injuries took him out of play.  

    Honorable Mention: 2001 draft

Buffalo Bills: 2000 Draft

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    First Round: No. 26 pick, Erik Flowers, DE, Arizona State

    Second Round: No. 58 pick, Travares Tillman, FS, Georgia Tech

    Third Round: No. 89 pick, Corey Moore, OLB, Virginia Tech

    Fourth Round: No. 121 pick, Avion Black, WR, Tennessee State

    Fifth Round: No. 156 pick, Sammy Morris, RB, Texas Tech

    Sixth Round: No. 194 pick, Leif Larsen, DT, Texas-El Paso

    Seventh Round: No. 233 pick, Drew Haddad, WR, Buffalo

    Seventh Round: No. 251 pick, DaShon Polk, LB, Arizona


    The Buffalo Bills struck out in the 2000 draft, as their selections were not helpful in any way. The selection of Erik Flowers was atrocious, as his poor adjustment to the team's defense led to him accumulating only 26 tackles and four sacks in two seasons. The Bills cut him after his second year.

    Second-round pick Travares Tillman also failed to impress, as Buffalo let him go after two seasons as well. 

    Honorable Mention: 2005 draft

Carolina Panthers: 1998 Draft

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    First Round: No. 14 pick, Jason Peter, DE, Nebraska 

    Third Round: No. 62 pick, Chuck Wiley, DE, Louisiana State

    Third Round: No. 73 pick, Mitch Marrow, DE, Pennsylvania 

    Fourth Round: No. 106 pick, Donald Hayes, WR, Wisconsin 

    Fifth Round: No. 136 pick, Jerry Jensen, LB, Washington  

    Sixth Round: No. 165 pick, Damien Richardson, SS, Arizona State

    Seventh Round: No. 196 pick, Vili Maumau, DT, Colorado

    Seventh Round: No. 228 pick, Jim Turner, WR, Syracuse


    For a team needing starters badly, there were none to be found in this class. Peter only played for three seasons before injury forced him to retire. The rest of this class is a case study in ineffective drafting and poor scouting.

    Only Hayes was able to put up decent stats, contributing about 1,800 yards and seven touchdowns in four years in Carolina. 

    Honorable Mention: 1997 draft

Chicago Bears: 2001 Draft

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    First Round: No. 8 pick, David Terrell, WR, Michigan

    Second Round: No. 38 pick, Anthony Thomas, RB, Michigan

    Third Round: No. 68 pick, Mike Gandy, G, Notre Dame

    Fourth Round: No. 103 pick, Karon Riley, DE, Minnesota

    Fifth Round: No. 138 pick, Bernard Robertson, G, Tulane

    Seventh Round: No. 208 pick, John Capel, WR, Florida


    It may not be a total wash—Anthony Thomas was productive in two of his four seasons in Chicago—but the selection of David Terrell weighs heavily on this draft. Making his pedestrian numbers even worse was the fact that several Pro Bowl receivers, including Santana Moss and Chad Ochocinco (then Chad Johnson), were still available.

    Honorable Mention: 1997 draft

Cincinnati Bengals: 2005 Draft

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    First Round: No. 17 pick, David Pollack, LB, Georgia

    Second Round: No. 48 pick, Odell Thurman, MLB, Georgia

    Third Round: No. 83 pick, Chris Henry, WR, West Virginia

    Fourth Round: No. 119 pick, Eric Ghiaciuc, C, Central Michigan

    Fifth Round: No. 153 pick, Adam Kieft, T, Central Michigan

    Sixth Round: No. 190 pick, Tab Perry, WR, UCLA

    Seventh Round: No. 233 pick, Jonathan Fanene, DE, Utah


    Whether injuries, personal issues or something in between, the Cincinnati Bengals' 2005 draft class just couldn't get it together. A disappointment all around, especially with Pollack and Thurman, who were set to be the team's linebackers of the future.

    The last member of the draft class still with the team, Jonathan Fanene, recently signed a contract with the New England Patriots.

    Honorable Mention: 1999 draft

Cleveland Browns: 1995 Draft

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    First Round: No. 30 pick, Craig Powell, LB, Ohio State 

    Third Round: No. 84 pick, Eric Zeier, QB, Georgia

    Third Round: No. 94 pick, Mike Frederick, DE, Virginia

    Fifth Round: No. 136 pick, Tau Pupua, DT, Weber State

    Fifth Round: No. 147 pick, Mike Miller, WR, Notre Dame

    Seventh Round: No. 231 pick, A.C. Tellison, WR, Miami (Fla.)


    The Cleveland Browns dropped the ball with their opening selections of the 1995 draft.

    Craig was drafted only after then-head coach Bill Belichick's plan to draft tight end Kyle Brady fell through. The following pick of Eric Zeier was less than inspired as well.

    Honorable Mention: 1999 draft

Dallas Cowboys: 2000 Draft

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    Second Round: No. 49 pick, Dwayne Goodrich, DB, Tennessee

    Fourth Round: No. 109 pick, Kareem Larrimore, CB, West Texas A&M 

    Fifth Round: No. 144 pick, Michael Wiley, RB, Ohio State

    Sixth Round: No. 180 pick, Mario Edwards, CB, Florida State 

    Seventh Round: No. 219 pick, Orantes Grant, LB, Georgia


    Not a lot of picks, not a huge amount of impact in the Dallas Cowboys' 2000 draft class. Goodrich had only one career start, and the rest of the class was not much better.

    Honorable Mention: 2009 draft (looking at you, Jason Williams)

Denver Broncos: 2003 Draft

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    First Round: No. 20 pick, George Foster, T, Georgia

    Second Round: No. 51 pick, Terry Pierce, LB, Kansas State

    Fourth Round: No. 108 pick, Quentin Griffin, RB, Oklahoma 

    Fourth Round: No. 114 pick, Nick Eason, DT, Clemson

    Fourth Round: No. 128 pick, Bryant McNeal, DE, Clemson 

    Fifth Round: No. 157 pick, Ben Claxton, C, Mississippi

    Fifth Round: No. 158 pick, Adrian Madise, WR, Texas Christian

    Sixth Round: No. 194 pick, Aaron Hunt, ATH, Texas Tech 

    Seventh Round: No. 227 pick, Clint Mitchell, DE, Florida

    Seventh Round: No. 235 pick, Ahmaad Galloway, RB, Alabama


    The Denver Broncos never got it quite right with George Foster, their first pick of the 2003 draft. Shuffled around to several positions, he was eventually shipped off as a part of a trade with the Detroit Lions.

    Injuries limited players like Terry Pierce, Quentin Griffin and Nick Eason, while the rest of the draft class failed to get anybody excited in Denver. 

    Honorable Mention: 2009 draft

Detroit Lions: 2005 Draft

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    First Round: No. 10 pick, Mike Williams, WR, USC

    Second Round: No. 37 pick, Shaun Cody, DE, USC

    Third Round: No. 72 pick, Stanley Wilson, DB, Stanford

    Fifth Round: No. 145 pick, Dan Orlovsky, QB, Connecticut

    Sixth Round: No. 184 pick, Bill Swancutt, DE, Oregon State

    Sixth Round: No. 206 pick, Johnathan Goddard, LB, Marshall


    Going against their need, the Detroit Lions went with wide receiver Mike Williams with their first pick of the 2005 draft. He would not last more than two years before they traded him to the Oakland Raiders for a fourth-round pick. Other picks, like Shaun Cody and Dan Orlovsky, proved they were not deserving of anything more than a backup role.

    Honorable Mention: Any other draft run by then-GM Matt Millen

Green Bay Packers: 2004 Draft

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    First Round: No. 25 pick, Ahmad Carroll, CB, Arkansas

    Third Round: No. 70 pick, Joey Thomas, CB, Montana State

    Third Round: No. 72 pick, Donnell Washington, DT, Clemson

    Third Round: No. 87 pick, B.J. Sander, P, Ohio State

    Sixth Round: No. 179 pick, Corey Williams, DT, Arkansas State

    Seventh Round: No. 251 pick, Scott Wells, C, Tennessee


    The Green Bay Packers flopped in a major way as they worked their way through the 2004 draft. Cornerback Ahmad Carroll just wasn't a great fit for the team (fans might recall his frequent penalties), while the rest of the roster didn't generate a lot of value.

    The exception of this group is Scott Wells, who became the team's starting center in 2006 and made his first Pro Bowl in 2011.

    Honorable Mention: 2001 draft

Houston Texans: 2005 Draft

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    First Round: No. 16 pick, Travis Johnson, DT, Florida State 

    Third Round: No. 73 pick, Vernand Morency, RB, Oklahoma State 

    Fourth Round: No. 114 pick, Jerome Mathis, WR, Hampton 

    Fifth Round: No. 151 pick, Drew Hodgdon, C, Arizona State  

    Sixth Round: No. 188 pick, C.C. Brown, SS, Louisiana-Lafayette

    Seventh Round: No. 227 pick, Kenneth Pettway, LB, Grambling State 


    The Houston Texans just didn't get things right with their early picks for the 2005 draft. Travis Johnson put up about 80 tackles and two sacks in four years with the team before moving off to the San Diego Chargers. Vernand Morency and Jerome Mathis also found themselves limited by injuries.

    Overall, this class did little to improve things in Houston. 

    Honorable Mention: 2003 draft (with the exception of wide receiver Andre Johnson)

Indianapolis Colts: 2007 Draft

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    First Round: No. 32 pick, Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Ohio State 

    Second Round: No. 42 pick, Tony Ugoh, T, Arkansas

    Third Round: No. 95 pick, Dante Hughes, CB, California

    Third Round: No. 98 pick, Quinn Pitcock, DT, Ohio State 

    Fourth Round: No. 131 pick, Brannon Condren, DB, Troy State

    Fourth Round: No. 136 pick, Clint Session, LB, Pittsburgh

    Fifth Round: No. 169 pick, Roy Hall, WR, Ohio State 

    Fifth Round: No. 173 pick, Michael Coe, CB, Alabama State

    Seventh Round: No. 242 pick, Keyunta Dawson, DT, Texas Tech


    The Indianapolis Colts found only one starter in the bunch (Clint Session) during the 2007 draft, but perhaps the biggest waste was burning their first 2008 pick to grab Tony Ugoh in the second round. He was serviceable early in his career, but his flameout with the team made the pick tough to justify.

Jacksonville Jaguars: 2008 Draft

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    First Round: Pick No. 8 pick, Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida

    Second Round: Pick No. 52 pick, Quentin Groves, DE, Auburn

    Fifth Round: Pick No. 155, Thomas Williams, MLB, USC

    Fifth Round: Pick No. 159, Trae Williams, CB, South Florida

    Seventh Round: Pick No. 213, Chauncey Washington, RB, USC


    Any time you lose an entire draft class in less than four years, that's a good sign your drafting skills were lacking. The top pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars' 2008 class, Derrick Harvey, was cut after three seasons with the team.

    Honorable Mention: 2000 draft

Kansas City Chiefs: 2002 Draft

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    First Round: No. 6 pick, Ryan Sims, DT, North Carolina 

    Second Round: No. 43 pick, Eddie Freeman, DT, Alabama-Birmingham 

    Fourth Round: No. 107 pick, Omar Easy, RB, Penn State  

    Fifth Round: No. 143 pick, Scott Fujita, OLB, California 

    Seventh Round: No. 221 pick, Maurice Rodriguez, ATH, Fresno State


    Pull out Scott Fujita (who only played in Kansas City for a few years), and you have a draft class that was almost completely unhelpful. A waste of a draft for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    Honorable Mention: 2004 draft

Miami Dolphins: 2006 Draft

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    First Round: No. 16 pick, Jason Allen, DB, Tennessee

    Third Round: No. 82 pick, Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State 

    Fourth Round: No. 114 pick, Joseph Toledo, T, Washington

    Seventh Round: No. 212 pick, Fred Evans, DT, Texas State

    Seventh Round: No. 226 pick, Rodrique Wright, DT, Texas

    Seventh Round: No. 233 pick, Devin Aromashodu, WR, Auburn


    The Miami Dolphins put in a poor showing, as they drafted a class of players that would not bring much additional talent down to South Beach. Jason Allen put up so-so numbers, and the rest of the class had limited impact.

    Honorable Mention: 2003 draft

Minnesota Vikings: 2005 Draft

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    First Round: No. 7 pick, Troy Williamson, WR, South Carolina

    First Round: No. 18 pick, Erasmus James, DE, Wisconsin

    Second Round: No. 49 pick, Marcus Johnson, G, Mississippi

    Third Round: No. 80 pick, Dustin Fox, DB, Ohio State

    Fourth Round: No. 112 pick, Ciatrick Fason, RB, Florida

    Sixth Round: No. 191 pick, C.J. Mosley, DT, Missouri

    Seventh Round: No. 219 pick, Adrian Ward, ATH, Texas-El Paso


    You can't blow two first-round picks; you just can't. The Minnesota Vikings did just that when they selected wide receiver Troy Williamson and defensive end Erasmus James in 2005. An absolute catastrophe in player scouting and drafting.

    Honorable Mention: 2008 draft

New England Patriots: 2007 Draft

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    First Round: No. 24 pick, Brandon Meriweather, DB, Miami (Fla.)

    Fourth Round: No. 127 pick, Kareem Brown, DT, Miami (Fla.) 

    Fifth Round: No. 171 pick, Clint Oldenburg, T, Colorado State 

    Sixth Round: No. 180 pick, Justin Rogers, LB, Southern Methodist

    Sixth Round: No. 202 pick, Mike Richardson, DB, Notre Dame

    Sixth Round: No. 208 pick, Justise Hairston, RB, Central Connecticut State

    Sixth Round: No. 209 pick, Corey Hilliard, OT, Oklahoma State

    Seventh Round: No. 211 pick, Oscar Lua, LB, USC 

    Seventh Round: No. 247 pick, Mike Elgin, G, Iowa 


    Five years later, nobody from the New England Patriots' 2007 draft class remains with the team.

New Orleans Saints: 1999 Draft

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    First Round: No. 5 pick, Ricky Williams, HB, Texas 


    Mike Ditka wanted to make a big splash and did so by trading all of the New Orleans Saints' picks in 1999 and their first pick of the 2000 season in order to grab Ricky Williams.

    While Williams performed decently in his three years in the Big Easy, he could never live up to the heightened expectations.

    They later traded him (though the deal with the Miami Dolphins landed the Saints two first-round draft picks).

    Honorable Mention: 2003 draft

New York Giants: 2001 Draft

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    First Round: No. 22 pick, Will Allen, CB, Syracuse

    Third Round: No. 78 pick, William James, CB, Western Illinois

    Fourth Round: No. 114 pick, Cedric Scott, DE, Southern Mississippi 

    Fourth Round: No. 125 pick, Jesse Palmer, QB, Florida 

    Fifth Round: No. 160 pick, Jon Markham, ATH, Vanderbilt

    Fifth Round: No. 162 pick, Jonathan Carter, WR, Troy State 

    Seventh Round: No. 230 pick, Ross Kolodziej, DT, Wisconsin 


    With the exception of cornerback Will Allen, the New York Giants' 2001 draft class was filled with several players who had no business being pro-level starters. Also, the class included quarterback Jesse Palmer (who perhaps is more famous for his turn on the reality show The Bachelor).

    Honorable Mention: 2002 draft

New York Jets: 2005 Draft

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    Second Round: No. 47 pick, Mike Nugent, K, Ohio State

    Second Round: No. 57 pick, Justin Miller, CB, Clemson

    Third Round: No. 88 pick, Sione Pouha, DT, Utah

    Fourth Round: No. 123 pick, Kerry Rhodes SS Louisville 

    Fifth Round: No. 161 pick, Andre Maddox, DB, North Carolina State

    Sixth Round: No. 182 pick, Cedric Houston, RB, Tennessee

    Sixth Round: No. 198 pick, Joel Dreessen, TE, Colorado State  

    Seventh Round: No. 240 pick, Harry Williams, WR, Tuskegee


    While the New York Jets found value in the middle rounds with Sione Pouha and Kerry Rhodes, the two second-round picks were wasted picks that could have been used much more efficiently. The rest of the players accomplished little to nothing with their shot at the NFL.

    Honorable Mention: 2008 draft

Oakland Raiders: 2007 Draft

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    First Round: No. 1 pick, JaMarcus Russell, QB, Louisiana State

    Second Round: No. 38 pick, Zach Miller, TE, Arizona State

    Third Round: No. 65 pick, Quentin Moses, DE, Georgia 

    Third Round: No. 91 pick, Mario Henderson, T, Florida State

    Third Round: No. 99 pick, Johnnie Lee Higgins, WR, Texas-El Paso 

    Fourth Round: No. 100 pick, Michael Bush, RB, Louisville

    Fourth Round: No. 110 pick, John Bowie, CB, Cincinnati

    Fifth Round: No. 138 pick, Jay Richardson, DE, Ohio State

    Fifth Round: No. 165 pick, Eric Frampton, DB, Washington State 

    Sixth Round: No. 175 pick, Oren O'Neal, FB, Arkansas State

    Seventh Round: No. 254 pick, Johnathan Holland, WR, Louisiana Tech 


    Two words: JaMarcus Russell.

    While there were some decent parts of this class—like Zach Miller, Michael Bush and Johnnie Lee Higgins—the damage Russell did to the Oakland Raiders makes this class impossible to ignore.

    Honorable Mention: 2009 draft

Philadelphia Eagles: 2003 Draft

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    First Round: No. 15 pick, Jerome McDougle, DE, Miami (Fla.) 

    Second Round: No. 61 pick, L.J. Smith, TE, Rutgers 

    Third Round: No. 95 pick, Billy McMullen, WR, Virginia 

    Fourth Round: No. 131 pick, Jamaal Green, DE, Miami (Fla.) 

    Sixth Round: No. 185 pick, Jeremy Bridges, G, Southern Mississippi 

    Seventh Round: No. 244 pick, Norman LeJeune, DB, Louisiana State 


    The Eagles missed with most of their picks in 2003, but none more so than Jerome McDougle. They traded their first and second-round picks in order to pursue McDougle, but he failed to impress and fought frequent injuries, limiting his effectiveness.

    The lone standout of the class is tight end L.J. Smith, but even his presence isn't enough to turn this label around. 

    Honorable Mention: 2001 draft 

Pittsburgh Steelers: 1999 Draft

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    First Round: No. 13 pick, Troy Edwards, WR, Louisiana Tech

    Second Round: No. 59 pick, Scott Shields, DB, Weber State

    Third Round: No. 73 pick, Joey Porter, LB, Colorado State 

    Third Round: No. 74 pick, Kris Farris, T, UCLA

    Third Round: No. 95 pick, Amos Zereoue, RB, West Virginia

    Fourth Round: No. 109 pick, Aaron Smith, DE, Northern Colorado

    Fifth Round: No. 136 pick, Jerame Tuman, TE, Michigan

    Fifth Round: No. 166 pick, Malcolm Johnson, WR, Notre Dame 

    Seventh Round: No. 214 pick, Antonio Dingle, DT, Virginia

    Seventh Round: No. 219 pick, Chad Kelsay, LB, Nebraska 

    Seventh Round: No. 228 pick, Kris Brown, K, Nebraska 


    The Pittsburgh Steelers missed too many times at the top of the 1999, missing on both Troy Edwards and Scott Shields to start proceedings. While players like Joey Porter certainly softened the blow, those early flops did not help their cause.

    Honorable Mention: 1996 draft

San Diego Chargers: 1998 Draft

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    First Round: No. 2 pick, Ryan Leaf, QB, Washington State

    Second Round: No. 59 pick, Mikhael Ricks, WR, Stephen F. Austin State

    Fifth Round: No. 126 pick, Cedric Harden, DE, Florida A&M 

    Sixth Round: No. 155 pick, Clifford Ivory, ATH, Troy State 

    Seventh Round: No. 194 pick, Jon Haskins, LB, Stanford 

    Seventh Round: No. 234 pick, Kio Sanford, WR, Kentucky

    Compensatory Pick: Jamal Williams, DT, Oklahoma State


    Beyond Ryan Leaf's colossal failure as an NFL quarterback, the rest of this class proved themselves as not ready for the spotlight.

    Second-round pick Mikhael Ricks never had more than 500 receiving yards in a season. Perhaps more predictably, the low-round picks filling out the rest of this class didn't play more than a few seasons apiece. 

    Honorable Mention: 1999 draft

San Francisco 49ers: 1997 Draft

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    First Round: No. 26 pick, Jim Druckenmiller, QB, Virginia Tech

    Second Round: No. 55 pick, Marc Edwards, RB, Notre Dame

    Third Round: No. 77 Greg Clark, TE, Stanford


    With limited picks to work with, you have to act smartly. The San Francisco 49ers, with only three picks in 1997, did not do so. All three of their picks were non-factors and had played their way out of town by the end of two seasons. 

    Honorable Mention: 1995 draft

Seattle Seahawks: 1999 Draft

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    First Round: No. 22 pick, Lamar King, DE, Saginaw Valley State

    Third Round: No. 77 pick, Brock Huard, QB, Washington

    Third Round: No. 82 pick, Karsten Bailey, WR, Auburn 

    Fourth Round: No. 115 pick, Antonio Cochran, DE, Georgia 

    Fifth Round: No. 140 pick, Floyd Wedderburn, T, Penn State 

    Fifth Round: No. 152 pick, Charlie Rogers, WR, Georgia Tech 

    Sixth Round: No. 170 pick, Steve Johnson, ATH, Tennessee 


    The Seattle Seahawks dropped the ball on almost every pick in this draft. Lamar King was a dramatic reach, especially for a guy coming out of a D-II college. Several picks—including Bailey, Wedderburn and Johnson—did not make it out of training camp. 

    However, it should be worth noting the Seahawks shipped their second-round pick to the Green Bay Packers for coach Mike Holmgren.

    Honorable Mention: 2009 draft

St. Louis Rams: 2000 Draft

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    First Round: No. 31 pick, Trung Canidate, RB, Arizona

    Second Round: No. 62 pick, Jacoby Shepherd, DB, Oklahoma State 

    Third Round: No. 94 pick, John St. Clair, C, Virginia

    Fourth Round: No. 104 pick, Kaulana Noa, T, Hawaii 

    Fifth Round: No. 139 pick, Brian Young, DE, Texas-El Paso

    Sixth Round: No. 198 pick, Matt Bowen, DB, Iowa

    Seventh Round: No. 220 pick, Andrew Kline, G, San Diego State


    The St. Louis Rams missed quite a bit with their picks during the 2000 draft, most notably Trung Canidate. While his talent brought him attention leading to his selection, he was riddled with personal problems during his short time with the Rams.

    The rest of the class failed to make much impact, at least while they were in St. Louis.

    Honorable Mention: 1996 draft

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 2004

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    First Round: No. 15 pick, Michael Clayton, WR, Louisiana State

    Third Round: No. 79 pick, Marquis Cooper, LB, Washington

    Fourth Round: No. 111 pick, Will Allen, S, Ohio State 

    Fifth Round: No. 146 pick, Jeb Terry, G, North Carolina 

    Sixth Round: No. 181 pick, Nate Lawrie, TE, Yale

    Seventh Round: No. 206 pick, Mark Jones, WR, Tennessee 

    Seventh Round: No. 228 pick, Casey Cramer, RB, Dartmouth

    Seventh Round: No. 252 pick, Lenny Williams, CB, Southern University


    Wide receiver Michael Clayton highlighted the underwhelming 2004 draft class of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After an excellent rookie campaign, his numbers dropped off dramatically. He now plays with the New York Giants.

    The rest of the class left a lot to be desired as well.

    Will Allen was the lone standout of the group, playing with the Bucs for six seasons before going to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  

    Honorable Mention: 2002 draft

Tennessee Titans: 2003 Draft

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    First Round: No. 28 pick, Andre Woolfolk, CB, Oklahoma

    Second Round: No. 60 pick, Tyrone Calico, WR, Middle Tennessee State

    Third Round: No. 93 pick, Chris Brown, RB, Colorado

    Fourth Round: No. 126 pick, Rien Long, DT, Washington State

    Fifth Round: No. 154 pick, Donnie Nickey, DB, Ohio State 

    Seventh Round: No. 225 pick, Todd Williams, G, Florida State  


    In a draft chock-full of disappointments, the Tennessee Titans failed to do much improving with the selection of Andre Woolfolk with their first pick of the 2003 draft.

    Their other selections, like Tyrone Calico and Chris Brown, failed to inspire much confidence either, playing their way off the team in a few years. 

    Honorable Mention: 2005 draft (primarily the selection of Pacman Jones)

Washington Redskins: 1994 Draft

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    First Round: No. 3 pick, Heath Shuler, QB, Tennessee

    Second Round: No. 31 pick, Tre' Johnson, T, Temple

    Third Round: No. 68 pick, Tydus Winans, WR, Fresno State

    Third Round: No. 97 pick, Joe Patton, G, Alabama A&M

    Fourth Round: No. 105 pick, Kurt Haws, TE, Utah

    Sixth Round: No. 163 pick, Dexter Nottage, DE, Florida A&M 

    Seventh Round: No. 197 pick, Gus Frerotte, QB, Tulsa 


    Nothing says good value for a first-round pick like having a seventh-rounder from the same draft outplay that pick.

    Quarterback Heath Shuler didn't win anyone over with middling play, a contract holdout and poor relations with fans. He would lose the starting job to Gus Frerotte in his second year. They later shipped him off to the New Orleans Saints, where he would soon play his way out of the league. 

    Honorable Mention: 1992