Pick Your Poison: The Worst Draft Selections by Pick 2005-2009

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Pick Your Poison: The Worst Draft Selections by Pick 2005-2009

The NFL Draft is a gamble much like the game of blackjack. You can do the research, know the odds, and find yourself positions of great fortune, yet still end up with nothing to show for all your efforts. However, for most gambling enthusiasts no matter how many times the breaks fail to go their way, a few weeks or months away for the tables and they're ready to give it another go. The same goes for the NFL Draft.

Organizations and fans alike annually spend the weeks from late-January to late-April obsessing over workout numbers, character profiles, and rumors all in hopes of identifying the stars of tomorrow. Unfortunately, even with all the endless hours prep work some teams simply come up flat.

This list serves as evidence of how there's no such thing as the proverbial "sure thing" and that a franchise has an equal chance of coming out a draft looking foolish regardless of whether it has the first or the 32nd pick.

What follows is the worst draft pick at each draft position in the first round from 2005 to 2009. I have excluded 2010 because a single season is not enough time to properly judge whether a pick was great or a mistake. In making my selection I considered first and foremost the prospect's impact as a professional on the field in addition to the state of the selecting franchise at time of the pick, alternative options still on the board, and the effect the prospect ended up having on the franchise.

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