The Biggest Draft Bust in Each NFL Team's History

Russell S. Baxter@@BaxFootballGuruContributor IApril 28, 2014

The Biggest Draft Bust in Each NFL Team's History

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    The San Diego Chargers put their hopes into quarterback Ryan Leaf in 1998.
    The San Diego Chargers put their hopes into quarterback Ryan Leaf in 1998.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    Perhaps the goal of every player fortunate enough to take the field in the National Football League is not only to win a championship, but to have his bust enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    The last thing any of these talented performers want to be remembered for is being a bust in the NFL.

    So here’s a look at each current franchise and its biggest disappointment in terms of the draft. Since it is impossible to top the expectations of being a first-round pick, all 32 men on this list were selected in that round.

    We are also using the common draft era, which dates back 47 years to 1967. For those not familiar, the NFL and AFL conducted separate drafts from 1960 to 1966, so we don’t want to add to the confusion of players drafted by both leagues. Prior to 1960, the draft was much different than in the modern eras of 17, 12, eight and seven rounds.

    What constitutes a bust? Poor performance and a lack of reliability combined with high expectations and draft position, the latter of which is not the player’s fault. Injuries are not necessarily a factor here. And we are talking about the player’s tenure with the team that drafted him in terms of “bust.” We will also throw out some other names for each team in terms of draft-day disappointments.

    Finally, here are some shoutouts to Pro-Football-Reference, and for their statistical support.

Arizona Cardinals: DT Wendell Bryant

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    Year: 2002

    Overall Selection: 12

    School: Wisconsin

    Since we are only referencing the common draft in this piece, we’ll leave the city of Chicago out of this.

    For a time, the St. Louis, Phoenix and eventually Arizona Cardinals swung and missed regularly. Hence a team that has reached the playoffs only six times since 1967. Disappointing first-round picks such as quarterback Steve Pisarkiewicz (1977), kicker Steve Little (1978), wide receiver Clyde Duncan (1984) and cornerback Tom Knight (1997) were commonplace.

    The Cards have been much better as of late, posting winning seasons in three of the last years and reaching Super Bowl XLIII in 2008.

    But the more recent times were preceded by such selections as defensive tackle Wendell Bryant. The No. 12 pick in the 2002 draft, the former Wisconsin Badger didn’t do much to badger quarterbacks. Three seasons resulted in 29 games, nine starts and 1.5 sacks.

    Ever wonder what happened to Bryant? Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic documented his story five years ago.

Atlanta Falcons: DE Jamaal Anderson

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    Dave Martin

    Year: 2007

    Overall Selection: 8

    School: Arkansas

    Fans of the Atlanta Falcons will remember the team’s run to Super Bowl XXXIII in 1998 behind a ground attack featuring running back Jamal Anderson.

    The Dirty Birds would eventually stun the Minnesota Vikings in overtime in the NFC title game at the Metrodome, but it was Anderson who put up big numbers that season, rushing for 1,846 yards.

    That Jamal was a seventh-round pick and played eight seasons. This Jamaal Anderson was the eighth overall pick in the 2007 draft and just didn’t deliver. A total of 60 games with the team resulted in less than 100 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

    Anderson wound up with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011, totaling three sacks in five outings, and he then appeared in two games with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012.

Baltimore Ravens: QB Kyle Boller

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    Year: 2003

    Overall Selection: 19

    School: California

    The Baltimore Ravens have been in existence since 1996, when Art Modell moved the Cleveland Browns franchise to its new home.

    Along for the trip was Ozzie Newsome, who has been running the front office since the club’s debut. It’s safe to say that there haven’t been a lot of swings and misses in the draft, especially early in the proceedings. The franchise has selected 18 players in the first round, and 10 of those selections have been named to at least one Pro Bowl.

    Quarterback Kyle Boller was not one of the 10 stars. Earlier in the 2003 draft, the Ravens had selected Terrell Suggs with the 10th overall pick and that speaks for itself.

    Nine selections later (via a trade with the New England Patriots), Newsome opted for Boller. In five seasons with Baltimore, he managed a 20-22 record as a starter, throwing 45 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions. He was also sacked 120 times in 53 games and fumbled on 36 occasions.

    Boller finished his career with the St. Louis Rams (2009) and Oakland Raiders (2010-11).

Buffalo Bills: DT John McCargo

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    Year: 2006

    Overall Selection: 26

    School: North Carolina State

    Think about what we could be seeing today with the Buffalo Bills.

    The 2006 NFL draft was a banner year for defensive linemen from North Carolina State. Defensive end Mario Williams was the first overall pick by the Houston Texans. Some hours later, teammate Manny Lawson was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers. Four selections later, the Bills drafted defensive tackle John McCargo.

    Williams has been named to three Pro Bowls and has totaled 76.5 sacks in eight seasons with Houston and Buffalo. Lawson has been an effective player with three teams. The pair are currently teammates with the Bills.

    Meanwhile, in five seasons with the Bills, McCargo played in 40 games, made one start and totaled 2.5 sacks. Buffalo attempted to deal him to the Indianapolis Colts in 2008 but the trade was voided. In 2011, he played in four games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Carolina Panthers: CB Rashard Anderson

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    Year: 2000

    Overall Selection: 23

    School: Jackson State

    In the team’s sixth year of existence, the Carolina Panthers bolstered their secondary with the addition of cornerback Rashard Anderson.

    As a rookie in 2000, he appeared in a dozen games with zero starts. He played in all 16 games a year later, making nine starts, totaling 51 tackles and three takeaways, including his lone career interception.

    And that was that.

    Len Pasquarelli of documented Anderson’s issues in this piece in 2005. After being suspended for the entire 2002 season by the league for violating the substance abuse policy, he received an indefinite suspension the following year before being reinstated in 2004. At that time, Anderson was released by the Panthers.

Chicago Bears: RB Curtis Enis

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    Year: 1998

    Overall Selection: 5

    School: Penn State

    Many years ago, Penn State University was known for its running back prowess. There was Lenny Moore and Franco Harris, both members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. There was versatile Lydell Mitchell, Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti and the talented Curt Warner.

    Then there was a lull in terms of contributions to the NFL, as former first-rounder such as Blair Thomas and D.J. Dozier failed to live up to expectations. One of those disappointments was Curtis Enis, whose three-year stint with the Chicago Bears included 36 games, 1,925 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns.

    The former Nittany Lion's best season came in 1999 when he ran for 916 yards, caught 45 passes and scored five of his career half-dozen touchdowns.

Cincinnati Bengals: QB Akili Smith

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    Year: 1999

    Overall Selection: 3

    School: Oregon

    April 17, 1999, would be quite an afternoon for young quarterbacks in New York City.

    Five promising signal-callers were selected within the first 12 picks of the draft, including the top three picks in Tim Couch (Cleveland Browns), Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) and Akili Smith (Cincinnati Bengals).

    While the first two had their share of collegiate experience, Smith was a raw prospect with impressive tools and had started just one season with the Oregon Ducks.

    It would eventually show. In four seasons in the Queen City, it was hard to differentiate Smith's win-loss record (3-14) from his touchdown-to-interception differential (5-13). He was gone by the end of 2002, and the Bengals used the top pick in the 2003 draft to select Carson Palmer.

Cleveland Browns: QB Brady Quinn

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    Year: 2007

    Overall Selection: 22

    School: Notre Dame

    Remember, there are two incarnations of the Cleveland Browns. So, to be fair in this instance, we will focus on the franchise that returned to the NFL in 1999 as an expansion team.

    In 1999, the new Browns made quarterback Tim Couch the top pick in the draft. But he eventually wasn’t able to live up to expectations, especially for an expansion franchise.

    The next time Cleveland used a first-round pick on a quarterback was 2007 with the selection of Brady Quinn. It was sound thinking by the team considering it had already used the third overall pick that year to grab tackle Joe Thomas, who has now been named to seven Pro Bowls in as many seasons.

    In three seasons with the Browns, Quinn threw more touchdown passes (10) than interceptions (nine) in 14 games but owned a 3-9 record as a starter.

    Since 2010, he has been on a bunch of rosters, including the Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams. He made eight starts for the Chiefs in 2012.

Dallas Cowboys: TE David LaFleur

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    Year: 1997

    Overall Selection: 22

    School: LSU

    Back in the days when the Dallas Cowboys weren’t finishing 8-8 on a regular basis, the team did a pretty good job in the draft, using it to build a team that won three Super Bowls in four years.

    In 1997, Jerry Jones’ talented team was looking to reach the playoffs for the seventh straight season. But it wasn’t meant to be, as head coach Barry Switzer and his club finished 6-10 and out of the postseason party.

    Meanwhile, it was the start of a short career for David LaFleur, who played in 60 games and made 44 starts in four seasons but totaled just 85 catches for 729 yards and 12 scores.

    And so much for quarterback Troy Aikman’s career as a general manager, as Randy Galloway of The Dallas Morning News reminded us over a decade ago.

Denver Broncos: WR Marcus Nash

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    Year: 1998

    Overall Selection: 30

    School: Tennessee

    It took the Denver Broncos five tries to win a Lombardi Trophy.

    But a few months after stunning the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII, the defending NFL champions wound up swinging and missing when it came to upgrading their wide receiving corps.

    Marcus Nash caught four passes for 76 yards in eight games as a rookie with John Elway’s Broncos in 1998. Two games into 1999, he was dealt to the Miami Dolphins for running back John Avery, also a member of the league’s 1998 draft class. He never played for the Dolphins, but later in 1999, he took the field for the Baltimore Ravens for one game.

    Nash would eventually continue his career in the Arena Football League.

Detroit Lions: WR Charles Rogers

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    Year: 2003

    Overall Selection: 2

    School: Michigan State

    Roughly a year ago, Andy Hoag of documented the timeline of former Michigan State star and Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft.

    It was not a feel-good story.

    On the field, it was an afternoon against Notre Dame in 2002 that opened everyone’s eyes to this talented performer. But three seasons and 15 games with the Lions added up to 36 catches for 440 yards and four touchdowns...and a whole lot of disappointment.


Green Bay Packers: T Tony Mandarich

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    Year: 1989

    Overall Selection: 2

    School: Michigan State

    The cover of Sports Illustrated said it all, proclaiming Tony Mandarich as "The Incredible Bulk."

    Back in 2009, Kory Kozak of reminded us of the story of massive tackle, who went from Incredible Bulk to incredibly disappointing in one fell swoop.

    Yes, the former Michigan State Spartan would wind up having three respectable seasons with the Indianapolis Colts at tackle and mostly guard. But it was his disappointing tenure with the Green Bay Packers that stands out. Mandarich played 14 games as a rookie without a start in 1989, then was the team’s primary right tackle the next two seasons.

    However, Tony never proved to be the tiger many thought he was. And when you consider that the one player (Troy Aikman) selected before him and the three players (Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders) drafted after him are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it makes for an even more frustrating subject for Green Bay fans.

Houston Texans: DE Travis Johnson

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    Year: 2005

    Overall Selection: 16

    School: Florida State

    Considering that the Texans have only been in existence since 2002, there wasn’t a lot to go on when it came to busts. And that’s a good thing. For the most part, the franchise has been extremely successful in the first round.

    While there was the temptation to put Jason Babin (2003) on this list, we opted for former Florida State defender Travis Johnson.

    In four seasons and 54 games with the Texans, Johnson came up with his share of tackles but produced just two sacks and one interception. He would finish his NFL career by playing two seasons with the Chargers.

Indianapolis Colts: QB Art Schlichter

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    Michael Conroy

    Year: 1982

    Overall Selection: 4

    School: Ohio State

    The Colts' final few seasons in Baltimore were pretty forgettable, to say the least. In 1981, the team both opened and closed the season with wins over the New England Patriots. In between those wins, there were 14 straight losses.

    So the Colts and new head coach Frank Kush opted to select quarterback Art Schlichter, who had become a household name with the Ohio State Buckeyes.

    His tenure with the franchise lasted only 13 games, where he was 0-6 lifetime as a starter and threw three touchdown passes compared to 11 interceptions.

    But famous would become infamous for Schlichter, whose off-field issues made for an incredible story, as depicted here by Ben Houser of back in 2008.

Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Derrick Harvey

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    Reinhold Matay

    Year: 2008

    Overall Selection: 8

    School: Florida

    It seems like the Jacksonville Jaguars have been in search of a pass rush forever. Over the last two seasons, the team has finished last and tied for last, respectively, in the NFL in sacks.

    Six years ago, the Jags looked to make a major move when it came to harassing the quarterback. They manipulated the 2008 draft, and it cost them plenty to get to the eighth spot and grab University of Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey.

    Funnily enough, he would total exactly eight sacks in three seasons with the Jaguars, despite playing in 47 games with the club. He was released by the team in 2011 and latched on with the Broncos for five games. One year later, a comeback attempt with the Bengals failed as well.

Kansas City Chiefs: DT Ryan Sims

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    Year: 2002

    Overall Selection: 6

    School: North Carolina

    When it was all said and done, defensive tackle Ryan Sims did play nine NFL seasons between the Chiefs (five) and the Buccaneers (four). But the sixth overall pick failed to average even one sack per season, as the former North Carolina Tar Heel totaled 8.5 sacks and forced one fumble in 105 career games.

    His days with the Chiefs were particularly frustrating. In 2003, Sims totaled three sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery. But promise turned into disappointment in Kansas City, as the next three seasons weren’t very productive.

    Sims joined the Buccaneers in 2007.

Miami Dolphins: RB John Avery

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    Year: 1998

    Overall Selection: 29

    School: Mississippi

    In 1998, Mississippi running back John Avery appeared to be one of the fastest players in the draft. That makes sense, as he was gone like a flash after one season and one game in 1999 with the Dolphins.

    After totaling 570 yards from scrimmage and three scores and leading the team in kickoff return yardage (1,045), Avery was dealt to the Broncos in a deal that brought wide receiver Marcus Nash to the Dolphins (more on him in the Broncos slide).

    He lasted five games in the Mile High City, eventually made his way to the Canadian Football League and, in 2003, made a brief appearance with the Minnesota Vikings.

Minnesota Vikings: WR Troy Williamson

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    Year: 2005

    Overall Selection: 7

    School: South Carolina

    It was almost unfair to think that anyone could have replaced wide receiver Randy Moss in Minnesota after the talented performer was dealt to the Raiders.

    Troy Williamson was going to give it his best effort. But 79 receptions for 1,067 yards and three touchdowns in three seasons with the Purple Gang just didn’t cut it. In 2008, he was dealt to the Jacksonville Jaguars, as documented by Dave Campbell of the Associated Press (via USA Today). As Campbell outlined, the receiver had his problems hanging onto the football.

    That’s arguably the main reason the Vikings opted to drop him after three years.

New England Patriots: DT Kenneth Sims

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    Paul R. Benoit

    Year: 1982

    Overall Selection: 1

    School: Texas

    Here’s a familiar sight—a member of the Manning family (Archie) facing the New England Patriots.

    Back in the day, there were some who though that University of Texas defensive tackle Kenneth Sims could be the next Joe Greene, who had also played his college football in the Lone Star State.

    But the eight-year pro proved to be the first Kenneth Sims.

    Playing in just 74 games with the Patriots, he totaled a mere 17 sacks and suited up for all 16 contests just once during his eight-year career.

    On a positive note, Sims totaled a career-high 5.5 sacks for Raymond Berry’s team in 1985, and the franchise wound up making its first Super Bowl (XX) appearance.

    But the highlights were very few and far between.

New Orleans Saints: P/K Russell Erxleben

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    Associated Press

    Year: 1979

    Overall Selection: 11

    School: Texas

    Nothing came easy to the New Orleans Saints back in the 1960s, 1970s and most of the 1980s. Still, the Saints did their best to produce a winner. There was Pro Bowl quarterback Archie Manning and some stars along the way.

    The team thought it had found a star in punter and placekicker Russell Erxleben, who was the 11th overall selection in 1979. He remains the highest-drafted kicker in the history of the common draft, 12 spots ahead of where the Raiders picked Hall of Fame punter Ray Guy (23rd) in 1973.

    In Erxleben’s NFL regular-season debut, a snap over his head in overtime resulted in his aborted attempt at a pass, an interception and the winning touchdown for the Atlanta Falcons, who won 40-34. And in five seasons with the team, it didn't get much better.

New York Giants: DT William Joseph

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    Year: 2003

    Overall Selection: 25

    School: Miami, Florida

    When it was all said and done, the 6’5”, 315-pound defender from the University of Miami didn’t fit the bill and proved to be an ordinary Joe.

    We speak of massive William Joseph, one of an NFL-record 11 defensive linemen drafted in the first round in 2003. In four seasons with the New York Giants, he played in 55 games, made 17 starts and totaled seven sacks.

    Joseph also played a total of 16 games with the Raiders from 2008 to 2009 and did little to distinguish himself there as well.

New York Jets: LB Vernon Gholston

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    Year: 2008

    Overall Selection: 6

    School: Ohio State

    Do the math: "Vernon" and "Gholston" add up to 14 letters.

    Ask any fan of the New York Jets, though, and the mention of his name will indicate a reaction of much fewer letters.

    Thought to be the next pass-rushing force by some, the former Ohio State Buckeye standout played in 45 games for the Green and White and made five starts. He did not total a sack in his brief career.

    After failing in the Big Apple, Gholston attempted to jump-start his career in the Windy City. But he failed to make the cut with the  Bears in 2011 and was released that summer.

Oakland Raiders: QB JaMarcus Russell

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    Year: 2007

    Overall Selection: 1

    School: LSU

    There were the stories of that incredible pro day and the ability to throw the football from one knee. But when it was all said and done, JaMarcus Russell couldn’t live up to being an NFL quarterback, much less the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft.

    The 6’6”, 260-pound signal-caller played in 31 games in three seasons for the Silver and Black. He owned a 7-18 record as a starter, throwing 18 touchdown passes while committing a total of 38 turnovers, including 23 interceptions. Russell was sacked 70 times and fumbled on 25 occasions, losing 15 of those miscues.

    There was talk of a possible comeback last fall, but it proved to be short-lived, as Ian Rapoport of pointed out.


Philadelphia Eagles: T Kevin Allen

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    Rusty Kennedy

    Year: 1985

    Overall Selection: 9

    School: Indiana

    More than 10 years ago, Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel updated us on the football career of former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Kevin Allen.

    The ninth overall pick in the 1985 draft, Allen played in all 16 games during his rookie campaign and made four starts for Marion Campbell’s team. But things soon went awry for the talented former Hoosier, who would not play in the NFL again, despite some comeback attempts as documented by Schmitz.

Pittsburgh Steelers: T Jamain Stephens

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    Year: 1996

    Overall Selection: 29

    School: North Carolina A&T                              

    While linebacker/defensive end Huey Richardson’s five-game career with the Pittsburgh Steelers often gets the nod on these lists (and who’s to argue), we opted to go for something bigger but certainly not better than the team’s first-round disaster of 1991.

    In 1996, the Back and Gold were coming off their first Super Bowl appearance since 1979 and their first loss ever in the Big Game in five tries.

    So with the next-to-last selection in the first round, the team figured to upgrade its offensive line given that, earlier in the day, it had acquired running back Jerome Bettis from the St. Louis Rams.

    The call (as you can see in the photo) went out to massive Jamain Stephens, a 6’6”, 336-pound tackle from North Carolina A&T who would last exactly 19 games (11 starts) in a two-year span in the Steel City.

St. Louis Rams: RB Lawrence Phillips

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    Year: 1996

    Overall Selection: 6

    School: Nebraska

    It’s one of the more documented stories when it comes to disappointment and the NFL draft.

    The struggling St. Louis Rams, in just their second year in their newest city, selected University of Nebraska running back Lawrence Phillips with the sixth overall pick with the hopes that he could help get the franchise back on track. His career with the Rams lasted just 25 games, however. Phillips gained 1,326 yards from scrimmage and scored 13 touchdowns.

    Future stops would include the Dolphins, NFL Europe and the 49ers. Ryan Womeldorf of The Farm Club documents Phillips’ problems with the law and how his story refuses to allow a happy ending.

San Diego Chargers: QB Ryan Leaf

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    Year: 1998

    Overall Selection: 2

    School: Washington State

    In 1998, there was a two-player race for top honors in terms of the first overall pick in the draft.

    Would Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian opt for University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning or select Washington State’s Ryan Leaf?

    We all know the answer by now. And we all know that the San Diego Chargers wound up with Leaf, who in two seasons with the team (1998 and 2000) completed just 48.0 percent of his passes, throwing 13 touchdown passes and 33 interceptions. Add in 20 fumbles, 10 of which he lost, and the talented but troubled quarterback brought new meaning to the phrase "turning over a new leaf."

    It all ended for the young signal-caller in 2001, when he played in four games with the Dallas Cowboys and was winless in three starts.

San Francisco 49ers: WR Rashaun Woods

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    Year: 2004

    Overall Selection: 31

    School: Oklahoma State    

    There turned out to be a lot of things finer than the career of this Niner.

    One season in San Francisco was all that the team got from former Oklahoma State wide receiver Rashaun Woods. A total of 14 games (zero starts) added up to seven receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown.

    One year later, Woods spent the majority of the season on injured reserve and caught zero passes. In 2006, he was dealt to the Chargers but failed to make the roster.

Seattle Seahawks: LB Aaron Curry

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    Elaine Thompson

    Year: 2009

    Overall Selection: 4

    School: Wake Forest

    When the Seattle Seahawks made linebacker Aaron Curry the fourth overall pick in 2009, they were certain they were getting the second coming.

    Less than three seasons into his career in the Pacific Northwest, he wound up going.

    The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon had a devil of a time living up to his lofty draft status. He started 30 of the 35 games he played for the Seahawks before being dealt to the Raiders in 2011 for a seventh-round draft choice.

    Curry's stint with the Silver and Black was a short one.

    In 2013, he attempted a comeback with the Giants and when it failed, he announced his retirement, as documented by Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Keith McCants

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    Year: 1990

    Overall Selection: 4

    School: Alabama

    Talk about big cleats to fill.

    In 1989, the Chiefs made University of Alabama outside linebacker Derrick Thomas the fourth overall pick. He garnered NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, totaled 126.5 sacks in 11 seasons and was eventually enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Welcome to the National Football League, Keith McCants.

    Unfortunately, his career wasn’t great while it lasted.

    In three seasons with the Bucs, Thomas' former teammate played in 47 games and racked up only a dozen sacks. McCants would close his career with stints with the Houston Oilers and the Cardinals.

Tennessee Titans: CB Adam 'Pacman' Jones

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    Year: 2005

    Overall Selection: 6

    School: West Virginia

    Remember, the onus of this piece is what the player has done for the team that drafted him.

    Yes, Adam Jones is still a player in the National Football League, currently employed by the Bengals.

    Back in 2005, the Tennessee Titans invested the sixth overall pick in the talented Jones, and two seasons into his career, he was consistent as a playmaker. Four interceptions (one touchdown), four fumble recoveries (one touchdown) and four punt returns for scores made him a threat to the opposition.

    But Jones proved to be his own worst enemy. His days with Tennessee were done after those two seasons. From one-year and indefinite suspensions to stints with the Cowboys and currently the Bengals, the former Mountaineer just can’t seem to avoid the headlines. As recently as last September, Jones was in the news again (courtesy of Brian Mains and Maxim Alter of WCPO in Cincinnati), and it wasn’t because he had a good game.

Washington Redskins: QB Heath Shuler

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    Year: 1994

    Overall Selection: 3

    School: Tennessee

    Following the 1992 season, the Washington Redskins saw head coach Joe Gibbs step down after 12 years with the team. The results in the nation’s capital added up to three Super Bowl titles.

    In 1993, under head coach Richie Petitbon, the Redskins finished 4-12. A year later, armed with the third overall pick, the franchise and new head coach Norv Turner opted for University of Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler. Keep in mind that the club also drafted a quarterback in the seventh round named Gus Frerotte.

    It was the beginning of a long relationship between Shuler and the city of Washington, D.C.

    Sort of.

    The signal-caller played just three seasons for the Redskins, compiling a 4-9 record as a starter and appearing in just one game in 1996. He would eventually wind up with the Saints in 1997, and in four NFL seasons, Shuler threw for 15 scores and was picked off 33 times.

    There would be a return to Washington, though, as Shuler served three terms as a U.S. Representative for the state of North Carolina.