NFL Draft 2011: The Worst Draft Pick in Each Team's Recent History

Ethan Norof@ethan_norofCorrespondent IApril 3, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: The Worst Draft Pick in Each Team's Recent History

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    Who is going to be the biggest bust of the 2011 NFL Draft?

    No general manager wants to be responsible for dooming his franchise with a lackluster top-tier pick.

    While it's clearly a hard job to be the leading decision-maker, it's awfully tough to justify the following 32 draft selections.

    Let's hope that their future is a bit more promising. 

Buffalo Bills: Aaron Maybin, DE

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    Aaron Maybin has really disappointed during his tenure in Buffalo.

    He hasn't looked close to ever becoming the dominant pass-rusher that the Bills pegged him to be, and frankly, I don't think he'll ever turn the corner. 

Miami Dolphins: Pat White, QB

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    Pat White was drafted into the MLB an astounding four times, and he probably should have went.

    He has looked downright awful in his tenure under center, and there's absolutely no chance that he'll ever validate his second-round selection slot. 

New England Patriots: Chad Jackson, WR

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    Bill Belichick rarely slips up in the draft, but Chad Jackson was definitely a mistake.

    He tried to fill a variety of rolls for the Pats after he proved to be an incapable threat as a wide receiver, but he never worked out in any role. 

New York Jets: Mike Nugent, K

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    Come on, man. A kicker in the second round?

    While some are probably clamoring for Vernon Gholston to claim this honor, there is no chance I can give Nugent or the team a pass on this horrendous experiment. 

Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Boller, QB

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    Some guys simply reach their ceiling as a number two quarterback, and that's exactly the case with Boller.

    He'll never inspire much confidence leading a team down the field, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him fall out of the league before too long. 

Cincinnati Bengals: Chris Perry, RB

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    A career 606 yards and an average of 3.4 YPC lands the former first-rounder smack dab in the middle of the countdown.

    I have absolutely no idea what the Bengals saw in Perry, but it's hard to rationalize the thought process of anything that the team does in recent seasons. 

Cleveland Browns: Montario Hardesty, RB

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    Hardesty had well-chronicled knee troubles in college, and then he lost his rookie season to a torn ACL.

    Now the team is locked and loaded with bruiser Peyton Hillis in the backfield, and it's hardly a certainty that Hardesty will ever reach his full potential. 

Pittsburgh Steelers: Limas Sweed, WR

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    One of the biggest busts featured, Sweed has done absolutely nothing during his tenure with the Steelers.

    He has seven career receptions after looking like a promising prospect at Texas, but those days seem like a long time ago now. 

Houston Texans: Steve Slaton, RB

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    Steve Slaton looked like a draft steal after bursting onto the scene in his inaugural season, but that hope faded quite quickly.

    Now the last man on the depth chart, Slaton is proving that he can't be trusted as a legitimate backfield threat at the NFL level. 

Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Gonzalez, WR

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    Where did the promise go?

    After playing in just two games last season because of his chronic injury problems, Gonzo has absolutely no place on the talented Indianapolis team. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: Quentin Groves, DE

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    After drafting him in the second round of the 2008 draft, the Jags have already given up on the Auburn product.

    He's been a healthy contributor in his first three seasons, but when that's your most notable statistic, it's awfully hard to like anything about your game. 

Tennessee Titans: LenDale White, RB

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    The thunder to Reggie Bush's lightning at USC, White never showed the promise at the NFL level that the Titans hoped for him.

    The power back ate his way out of the league and now is in serious jeopardy of ever contributing on an active roster again. 

Denver Broncos: Tim Tebow, QB

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    I want to hear from all of the Tebow supporters.

    I'm not here to bash the guy, but to draft him as a first round quarterback is absolutely asinine. He'll never perform up to this draft position, and he's no lock as the future of the franchise for Denver, either. 

Kansas City Chiefs: Tyson Jackson, DE

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    Jackson hasn't quite had the expected impact on the defensive line that the Chiefs were going for when they made him the third overall pick in 2009. 

    He has just one sack in 28 career starts, and that's hardly an intimidating percentage. 

Oakland Raiders: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR

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    The absolute star of this list, Heyward-Bey was the seventh overall pick in 2009 and has two career touchdowns in his first two seasons.

    For anyone that has trouble deciphering his touchdown to seasons played ratio, it's an outstanding one to one. 

    Bravo, Darrius!

San Diego Chargers: Craig Davis, WR

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    Craig "Buster" Davis somehow got an extra "-er" at the end of his nickname.

    He wasn't able to take advantage of a depleted receiving core last season, and it's doubtful that he'll ever establish himself at an integral contributor. 

Dallas Cowboys: Mike Jenkins, CB

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    Jenkins has really disappointed since he came to Dallas out of South Florida.

    He was supposed to anchor the secondary for years to come, but more often than not, he needs help in coverage, and that's not exactly a promising sign. 

New York Giants: Sinorice Moss, WR

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    Moss just never could put it all together for the Giants.

    An absolute burner on the outside, Sinorice was given opportunity after opportunity to make himself one of the weapons in the Giants' aerial attack before ultimately sliding down the depth chart. 

Philadelphia Eagles: Mike Kafka, QB

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    Kafka is a subordinate talent and makes zero sense in Philadelphia given the presence of Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.

    He was hardly viewed as a long-term answer in case neither one worked out, and now he'll never see the field so long as the rejuvenated MVick is able to take the snaps. 

Washington Redskins: Trent Williams, OT

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    The Redskins selected Williams ahead of the clearly more talented Okung for reasons that still escape me.

    Talk about putting too much stalk into the combine; that's precisely what the 'Skins did with this pick.

    Williams should turn out to be a fine tackle in this league, but there's no doubt that Okung would've looked a whole lot better at the end of that offensive line. 

Chicago Bears: Rex Grossman, QB

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    Grossman is still the most unpopular man in Chicago.

    Despite some of the success that he's managed to magically uncover, there's no doubt that Jerry Angelo would have loved to hit the reset button on the Rex Grossman era. 

Detroit Lions: Gosder Cherilus, OT

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    Cherilus has shown improvement, but there's no doubt that this was quite the reach.

    The Lions seem to always have a need along the offensive line, and Cherilus was the illustration of that notion at the time of his selection. 

Green Bay Packers: Brian Brohm, QB

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    What a waste of a second-round pick.

    Brohm was continually outplayed by his backup (Matt Flynn) and never had a prayer of seeing the field as long as Aaron Rodgers was breathing.

    He's just not an NFL quarterback. 

Minnesota Vikings: Troy Williamson, WR

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    Williamson is yet another wide receiver who bit the dust under his first-round price tag.

    Like Heyward-Bey, Williamson was the seventh overall pick (2005) and was chosen ahead of DeMarcus Ware, Aaron Rodgers and Roddy White.


Atlanta Falcons: Chevis Jackson, CB

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    Jackson spent just two seasons with the Falcons before falling out of favor.

    With one career sack and one career interception, it's safe to say that Jackson isn't going to blossom into a third-round gem like Atlanta thought he might. 

Carolina Panthers: Jimmy Clausen, QB

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    Excuse me, Mr. Clausen, what the heck are you trying to do out there?

    The arrogant quarterback hardly has the skills to match his demeanor and looked absolutely lost last season trying to navigate his way against a professional defense. 

New Orleans Saints: Robert Meachem, WR

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    If a team is going to take a wide receiver in the first round, he better be a star.

    Meachem is a nice piece in a potent New Orleans offense, but he's not even close to being any kind of standout performer.

    He is a deep threat who has never reeled in more than 50 balls in a single season. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brian Price, DT

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    A second round pick out of UCLA, the gargantuan sized defensive tackle did absolutely nothing in his rookie season.

    With three tackles in his five games of action, it's safe to say that he's a ways away from filling his role on the team that made him a surprising selection in the second round. 

Arizona Cardinals: Matt Leinart, QB

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    Leinart's star shone at its brightest during his tenure at USC.

    He's looked absolutely miserable as an NFL starting quarterback and hasn't shown any sort of capability to do anything other than dump the ball off in a check down to his safety valve of a receiver.

St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, OT

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    When the Rams made Smith the second overall pick back in 2009, they were hoping he'd be able to contribute a lot quicker than this.

    He's had trouble with concussions in his young career, and when he's been on the field, he hasn't resembled the franchise tackle that the team desperately needed him to become. 

San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree, WR

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    You can be a diva in the NFL, but only if you've actually got the skill to foot the bill.

    Crabtree hasn't dominated anything at the pro level other than the 49ers' front office, who gave him a contract that he clearly has no business deserving. 

Seattle Seahawks: Golden Tate, WR

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    Notice a pattern? There sure are a lot of wide receivers on this list.

    Tate might have already reached his ceiling during his tenure at Notre Dame, which is a bit alarming considering he slid until the back end of the second round. 

The Biggest Bust of Them All

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    Pat White.

    Not only did he flop horrendously for the Dolphins, but Miami was probably the only team that would have touched him with a 10-foot pole that high in the draft.

    Well done, Dolphins!