Carson Palmer QB drafted No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003. Now I am not prepared to label Palmer a bust by any means, however Palmer has been unreliable.
It is difficult to evaluate Palmer, he has a ton of talent and can rack up the yards and TDs, however he is also very adept at racking up the interceptions.
The Bengals problems on and off the field are no secret, and I’m sure this hasn’t helped Palmer, but he has also been blessed with very competent receivers year in and year out. Palmer’s biggest problems stem from his durability issues.
He is constantly hurt and this seems to be a problem many USC offensive players face in the pro. USC always has great blocking and many offensive players’ weaknesses, whether they are durability problems or lack of talent, don’t get exposed until they reach the pro level.
I know a lot of people don’t like to hear that an injured player may be a bad draft pick, but you have to judge a pick based on how he produces, no matter the circumstances around him. Palmer isn’t a bad pick, but is he a number one overall pick?
I would have some trepidation taking such an important, and well paid, player number one over all knowing that he will no longer have the type of blocking that will keep him from ever having to wash his uniform.