2010 NFL Draft: The 20 Worst First Round Picks in the Past Decade
In anticipation of the upcoming NFL draft, I decided to make a slideshow of the 20 worst picks in this past decade.
Many of these players were set up to fail immediately due to off the field issues, others may have gotten in due to great numbers in the combine, and some just had bad luck on the field with injuries.
Players were weighted by career stats, how high they were drafted, and their previous success in college.
There are sure to be a couple players from this year's draft that could make this list for the next decade. Unfortunately, that is a hard thing to guess.
Please let me know what you think. I would love to know everyone's opinion on this.
No. 20: Michael Haynes, 14th Pick in 2003
Career Stats: 42 games played, 5.5 sacks
Notable defensive ends taken after Haynes: Calvin Pace, Tyler Brayton, Osi Umenyiora
In three seasons with the Chicago Bears the former Nittany Lion only started a handful of games and registered a mere 5.5 sacks.
Haynes was cut after only three seasons with the Bears. Despite tryouts with the Saints and Jets, Haynes would never see an NFL field again.
He was done at the age of 25.
No. 19: Jarvis Moss, 17th Pick in 2007
Career Stats: 24 games played, 1 game started, 24 total tackles, 3.5 sacks
Notable defensive ends taken after Moss: Anthony Spencer, LaMarr Woodley
Moss makes this list because the Broncos traded up to select him.
Moss was described as a player with a lot of character issues, and he was even suspended during his college career at Florida.
Moss has only made one career start, which came during his rookie season. Since then, Moss has been switched to a 3-4 style outside linebacker, but he has not seen much playing time.
His future remains uncertain in making the 53 man squad for 2010.
No. 18: John McCargo, 26th Pick in 2006
Career Stats: 46 games played, 1 game started, 46 total tackles, 2.5 sacks
Notable defensive tackles taken after McCargo: Gabe Watson, Domata Peko
The Bills baffled NFL draft experts by trading up for McCargo in 2006. Many scouts had him slotted as late second or early third round talent.
But this did not stop the Bills.
McCargo got the reputation for passing out during summer practices because he had such a difficult time running. This has caused McCargo to spend significant time on injured reserve.
Despite a quick stint with the Colts, McCargo has stayed on the Bills. Unfortunately, he has not seen major playing time yet.
No. 17: Rashaun Woods, 31st Pick in 2004
Career Stats: 14 games played, 0 games started, 7 receptions, 160 yards, 1 touchdown
Notable wide receivers taken after Woods: Devery Henderson, Bernard Berrian
Despite having all the physical tools to succeed in the NFL, Woods was never able to put everything together.
The former two-time All-American at Oklahoma State only played one season for the 49ers.
After his rookie season, Woods spent 2005 on injured reserve with torn ligaments in his hand.
Soon Woods found himself being cut and bouncing from franchise to franchise. After a failed physical with the Broncos, Woods was finally out of the league for good.
Since then, Woods has tried playing overseas and in the CFL. Unfortunately, both have ended in minimal playing time.
No. 16: Troy Williamson, Seventh Pick in 2005
Career Stats: 49 games played, 24 games started, 87 receptions, 1,131 yards, 4 touchdowns
Notable wide receivers taken after Williamson: Mark Clayton, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson
Williamson was a product of the combine. After running an unbelievable 4.32 in Indianapolis, the Vikings could not pass on this potential deep threat.
However, Williamson's hands were always in question in college, and in the pros they only got worse.
Despite only seeing minimal playing time for Vikings in 2007, Williamson was still second in the league with 11 dropped passes.
Williamson now primarily sees time on special teams in Jacksonville.
No. 15: Gerard Warren, Third Pick in 2001
Career Stats: 225 total tackles, 32 sacks
Notable defensive tackles taken after Warren: Richard Seymour, Marcus Stroud, Casey Hampton, Kris Jenkins
Warren makes this list for a few reasons. The first is that he has only had an average career despite being picked third overall. Warren has not been bad by any accounts, but he was just not third overall worthy.
What really puts Warren on this list are the players selected after him.
All four have been considered top defensive linemen at some point in their careers, and they have all made Pro-Bowls.
This is something Warren has never done.
Despite having an OK career, when Warren is put up next to his peers, he just does not stack up.
No. 14: R. Jay Soward, 29th Pick in 2000
Career Stats: 13 games played, 0 games started, 14 receptions, 154 yards, 1 touchdown
Notable wide receivers taken after Soward: Jerry Porter, Laveranues Coles, Darrell Jackson
Soward's story is a very sad one.
He was an exceptional talent at USC, and he often showed signs of brilliance that could not be ignored.
Despite admitting that he smoked marijuana every day at USC, Jacksonville could not pass on his raw talent.
Unfortunately the pressures of being a first round pick really got to Soward, and he never felt comfortable in the NFL.
Soon, Soward was admitted to the NFL's substance abuse program, but this could still not help Soward's drug and drinking problems.
Soward eventually left the NFL, and he did not come back to football until four years later when he joined the Toronto Argonauts.
Unfortunately in 2006, Soward was released, and he is now permanently out of football.
No. 13: David Terrell, Eighth Pick in 2001
Career Stats: 54 games played, 30 games started, 128 receptions, 1,602 yards, 9 touchdowns
Notable wide receivers taken after Terrell: Koren Robinson, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Chad Ocho Cinco, Chris Chambers
On paper Terrell had all the tools to succeed. He was a 6'3" 215 lbs monster from Michigan who looked like a sure lock for success.
Unfortunately, that was not meant to be.
He spent four seasons with the Bears before being cut in 2004. After that Terrell bounced from practice squad to practice squad before finally giving up football in 2007.
Besides not living up to expectations, Terrell also faced a lot of heat because of the great list of notable receivers that came out in the 2001 draft.
No. 12: William Green, 16th Pick in 2002
Career Stats: 46 games played, 30 games started, 2,109 yards, 3.7 avg, 9 touchdowns
Notable running backs taken after Green: DeShaun Foster, Clinton Portis, Maurice Morris
Green was doomed to fail in the NFL because of his very questionable character.
At Boston College, Green was suspended twice for marijuana related instances. These suspensions actually prevented Green from being a top 10 pick, and most teams realized that he was trouble.
Even as a starter, Green struggled. He rushed for just 887 yards his rookie season despite receiving the majority of the carries.
Soon, Green found himself in more off-field issues. In 2003, Green was caught with alcohol and marijuana, and he was later caught publicly drunk.
After two more years of mediocre running, Green was put on IR and later cut in 2006.
Green attempted a comeback in 2008, but he did not have the same speed he once possessed. Since then Green has been permanently out of the NFL.
No. 11: Vernon Gholston, Sixth Pick in 2008
Career Stats: 29 games played, 3 games started, 30 total tackles, 0 sacks
Notable defensive ends taken after Gholston: None
Gholston makes this list because of his inability to make a play yet in the NFL.
He was touted as one of the best pass rushers coming out of the 2008 class, and he has yet to even record a sack.
Gholston may also be a product of the combine.
He put up outstanding measures in the 40, bench press, and vertical jump, and Gholston "wowed" teams when he showed off his body at the combine.
These measurable statistics may have had the Jets overlook that Gholston was a very raw talent with a lot to improve on in terms technique and overall polish.
Gholston is still a young player who can get his name off the list, but he also has a very good chance to end up even higher on here.
A future change of scenery may be good for Gholston.
No. 10: Ron Dayne, 11th Pick in 2000
Career Stats: 96 games played, 28 games started, 3,722 yards, 3.8 avg, 28 touchdowns
Notable running backs taken after Dayne: Shaun Alexander, Reuben Droughns
Many fans forget that Dayne is arguably one of the greatest college football players of all time.
This is why Dayne is the first player to crack the top 10.
The former Badger never seemed committed in the NFL. He constantly battled with weight problems throughout his career, and he never seemed to have the breakaway speed he possessed in college.
Dayne has still had a decent career in the NFL. He has put up good numbers as a back-up, and he still averages a touchdown for every start.
Still, Dayne never lived up to the college hype. He is still an NFL free-agent but remains unsigned.
No. 9: Jamal Reynolds, 10th Pick in 2001
Career Stats: 18 games played, 0 games started, 18 total tackles, 3 sacks
Notable defensive ends taken after Reynolds: Kyle Vanden Bosch, Aaron Schobel, Derrick Burgess, Reggie Hayward
The Green Bay Packers acquired the No. 10 pick in 2001 after trading then back-up quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and the No. 17 pick.
History has shown us who has gotten the better part of this trade. Hasselbeck became the face of the Seahawks and Reynolds became one of the biggest busts of the decade.
Injuries slowed Reynolds down his rookie season, and he was cut two seasons later.
The Browns gave Reynolds one last chance to prove his top 10 talent, but he was cut before preseason.
Reynolds has not been in the NFL since.
No. 8: Wendell Bryant, 12th Pick in 2002
Career Stats: 29 games played, 9 games started, 39 total tackles, 1.5 sacks
Notable defensive tackles taken after Bryant: Albert Haynesworth
Bryant, another Badger, never got his career going for all the wrong reasons.
He struggled more off the field than on, which eventually led to exit from the NFL.
The big defensive tackle from Wisconsin was finally supposed to give Arizona the run stopper they needed along with "good pass rushing abilities."
Unfortunately, these abilities were never seen.
Bryant was suspended for the entire 2005 season after committing his third strike on the NFL substance abuse program.
Bryant would never return to the NFL after this suspension.
A brief stint in the UFL is the last football activity Bryant has been a part of, but he has only been on the IR so far.
No. 7: Johnathan Sullivan, Sixth Pick in 2003
Career Stats: 36 games played, 16 games started, 77 total tackles, 1.5 sacks
Notable defensive tackles taken after Sullivan: Kevin Williams
Sullivan was selected in 2003 with high hopes.
He dominated the college scene in Georgia, and got the reputation as a workout warrior along with a great player.
Unfortunately, Sullivan and the Saints were not meant to be. The big defensive tackle got swallowed up by the depth chart after his rookie season, and he would only start four more games.
Sullivan was traded to New England in 2006 in hopes of turning around his career, but a marijuana charge a couple of weeks later put a damper on those plans.
Since then, Sullivan has been out of the league, and he does look to be coming back anytime soon.
No. 6: Mike Williams, 10th Pick in 2005
Career Stats: 30 games played, 7 games started, 44 receptions, 539 yards, 2 touchdowns
Notable wide receivers taken after Williams: Mark Clayton, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson
Williams was a sensational college receiver. I cannot stress this enough. He still holds many Pac-10 records for freshmen receivers, and he only played in two seasons.
This may be Williams' downfall.
He declared for the NFL after his sophomore season, and things only went downhill from there.
Williams has struggled in the NFL with keeping his weight under control, and with actually getting playing time.
He has been reported to be anywhere from 240 to 250 pounds recently. This, and not being fully dedicated to football, has kept Williams from seeing any significant playing time.
Still, he was recently signed by Seattle. Maybe former USC coach Pete Carrol can turn the talented Williams' career around.
No. 5: Joey Harrington, Third Pick in 2002
Career Stats: 81 games played, 76 games started, 14,693 yards, 79 touchdowns, 85 interceptions
Notable quarterbacks taken after Harrington: David Garrard
Harrington was a huge disappointment to Detroit fans. But, there are still a lot of questions surrounding him.
Was coaching a problem? Was he overrated? Was he in the wrong setting? Could all three be a factor?
Whatever the answer, management believed in Harrington as long as they could, selecting three wide receivers in the first round for the next three years, trying to give Harrington the weapons to succeed.
Amazingly, Harrington was only sacked 17 times in his first two seasons. This stat really questions Harrington's ability because of the obvious time he was getting.
Eventually Harrington was traded from Detroit to Miami. Here he had little success and began his trip as a journeyman quarterback.
After two more stops in Atlanta and New Orleans, Harrington finally gave up on football, and has not played since 2008.
No. 4: Peter Warrick, Fourth Pick in 2000
Career Stats: 79 games played, 60 games started, 275 receptions, 2,991 yards, 18 touchdowns
Notable wide receivers taken after Warrick: Plaxico Burress, Laveranues Coles, Darrell Jackson
Warrick is one of the greatest wide receivers in college football history. His ability to get open, run in open space, and return punts made him a two-time Biletnikoff finalist and a two-time All-American.
However, this success did not translate to the NFL game.
Warrick struggled in his first three years in the NFL, and he soon found himself passed on the depth chart by former seventh round pick, T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Consequently in 2005, Warrick was released by the Bengals and later picked up by Seattle.
After one season of mediocre play at receiver and punt returner Warrick was released.
Since then, Warrick has found work in the AFL, CFL, and IFL, but he has not returned to the NFL.
No. 3: Courtney Brown, First Pick in 2000
Career Stats: 61 games played, 60 games started, 125 total tackles, 19 sacks
Notable defensive ends taken after Brown: Shaun Ellis, John Abraham, Darren Howard, Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
Brown's story is another sad one of injury and bad luck.
A college monster, combine freak, and all-around smart guy; Brown appeared to be the total package for the NFL.
At 6'5" 275 lbs and 4.5 speed, Brown was selected first overall by the Cleveland Browns.
He put up respectable numbers for a rookie with 70 tackles and 4.5 sacks. Unfortunately, this was the most productive Brown ever became.
Brown saw his next three years in Cleveland mostly from the sidelines; only playing in 26 games.
Eventually in 2005, Brown was signed by the Denver Broncos. Here he worked hard as a back-up and was slated to be the starter the following season.
Again, injury struck the former Nittany Lion, and this time retirement was the only option.
Brown retired from football in 2007, having only recorded 19 sacks for his career.
No. 2: Charles Rogers, Second Pick in 2003
Career Stats: 15 games played, 9 games started, 36 receptions, 440 yards, 4 touchdowns
Notable wide receivers taken after Rogers: Andre Johnson, Anquan Boldin
Again, Roger's story is one of the saddest you can read about in the NFL; both based on misfortune and stupidity.
Rogers remains one of the top college football receivers in NCAA history. He broke countless records at Michigan State, and even set a few national records.
All scouts raved about Roger's hands, speed, and natural athleticism. This sold Detroit, who selected Rogers with the second overall pick.
Rogers looked to have a promising rookie season, putting up big numbers before falling victim to a season ending collar bone injury.
Again, three plays into the 2004 season, Rogers suffered the exact same injury. Like in 2003, this kept him out the entire season.
Next, came the legal problems.
Rogers was suspended for four games in 2005, and then he was kept out for the majority of the season due to "character" issues.
In 2006, Rogers was cut because of his poor work ethic, and he has not returned to the NFL since.
Rogers has had many run-ins with the law now. He has been caught several times with marijuana, and he has even served a jail sentence.
Rogers has had to give most of his money back to Detroit, and he has become on of the biggest busts in NFL history.
No. 1: JaMarcus Russell, First Pick in 2007
Career Stats: 31 games played, 25 games started, 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions
Notable quarterbacks taken after Russell: None
Russell tops my list because he had no business being a No. 1 overall draft selection.
Russell put up good, not great stats at LSU, but he really was put on the map because of his strong showing at the Sugar Bowl.
Here, Russell showed scouts his excellent size, quickness in the pocket, and, most importantly, arm strength.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, there are more important things in football than seven on seven drills, arm strength, and ideal size.
Russell has struggled extensively with his weight, he often seems lost on the field, and he has yet to learn how to read an NFL defense.
Again, this could be due to the lack of good coaching, no play makers, or a bad offensive line, but a lot of the blame still has to be on Russell.
Russell is still young enough to change his position as the biggest bust of the last decade, but his time is running short.
Baring a big change come draft day, Russell will be the starting quarterback in 2010, but his leash has gotten shorter and shorter.