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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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 05:  Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders is pursued by Larry English #52 of the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 5, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 28
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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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    TORONTO, CANADA - AUGUST 19: Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass the ball over a Aaron Maybin #58 of the Buffalo Bills during game action August 19, 2010 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty I
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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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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 03:  Quarterback Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins during the game against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 3, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Dolphins defeated the Saints 10-7.  (Photo by Chris G
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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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    SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 14:  (R-L) Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots talks with wide receiver Chad Jackson #17 before the game against the San Diego Chargers during the AFC Divisional Playoffs held on January 14, 2007 at Qualcomm Stadium i
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 18:  Mike Nugent #1 of the New York Jets kicks the game-winning field goal against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Giants Stadium November 18, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets defeated the Steelers 19-16 in overtime.
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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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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 16:  Head coach Brian Billick of the Baltimore Ravens talks with quarterback Kyle Boller #7 while taking on the Miami Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium December 16, 2007 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Ravens 22-16 for their first
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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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    CINCINNATI - SEPTEMBER 14: Chris Perry #23 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs by Chris Hope #24 of the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter of their NFL game September 14, 2008 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Titans defeated the Bengals 2
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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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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 2:  Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns hands the ball off to Montario Hardesty #31 against the Chicago Bears during the preseason game on September 2, 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the B
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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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    PITTSBURGH - APRIL 30: Limas Sweed #80 of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass during mini camp at the Pittsburgh Steelers Training Facility on April 30, 2010 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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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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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 3: Running back Steve Slaton #20 of the Houston Texans pushes away from linebacker Quentin Groves #52 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.
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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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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01: Anthony Gonzalez #11 of Indianapolis Colts runs with the ball while defended by Eugene Wilson #26 of the Houston Texans during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyon
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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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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quentin Groves #54 of the Jacksonville Jaguars asks the crowd for noise during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenw
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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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    HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 23:  Running back LenDale White #25 of the Tennessee Titans smiles during the game with the Houston Texans on November 23, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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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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    DENVER - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to deliver a pass against the San Diego Chargers at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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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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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans carries the ball as Tyson Jackson #94 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Ge
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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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    OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 31:  Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Seattle Seahawks at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 31, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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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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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 24:  Wide receiver Craig Davis #84 of the San Diego Chargers pulls in a reception against Jamie Winborn #51 of the Denver Broncos during the second half of their NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium December 24, 2007 in San Diego, California.
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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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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Mike Jenkins #21 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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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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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 11:  Sinorice Moss #83 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Oakland Raiders on October 11, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Raiders 44-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty
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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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    CINCINNATI - AUGUST 20:  Mike Kafka #3 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass during the NFL preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on August 20, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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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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    LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 17:  Washington Redskins first 2010 first round draft pick Trent Williams #71 walks off the field after a defeat against the Indianapolis Colts at FedEx Field on October 17, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Colts won the game 27-24.
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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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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 09:  Rex Grossman #8 of the Chicago Bears throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field on November 9, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. The Titans won 21-14.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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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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    DENVER - AUGUST 21:  Offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus #77 of the Detroit Lions blocks the rush of Kevin Alexander #48 of the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at INVESCO Field at Mile High on August 21, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Lions defeate
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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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    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 3: Brian Brohm #11 of the Green Bay Packers throws the ball against the Tennessee Titans during a preseason NFL game at LP Field on September 3, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans beat the Packers 27-13. (Photo by Joe Murph
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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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    DENVER - DECEMBER 30:  Troy Williamson #82 of the Monnesota Vikings drops a wide pass reception in the second quarter of the football game at Invesco Field at Mile High December 30, 2007 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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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.

    Oops. 

Atlanta Falcons: Chevis Jackson, CB

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    ATLANTA - DECEMBER 27:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Buffalo Bills pulls in this reception against Chevis Jackson #22 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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    ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on January 2, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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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    ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27:  Robert Meachem #17 of the New Orleans Saints fights off the tackle of Atlanta Falcons defender Dunta Robinson #23  in the first half during their game at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kev
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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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    TAMPA - JULY 31:  Defensive tackle Brian Price #92 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers works against offensive lineman Davin Joseph #75 during training camp at One Buccaneer Place on July 31, 2010 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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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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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals watches from the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Washington Redskins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Car
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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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    EARTH CITY, MO - MAY 2: Jason Smith #77 of the St. Louis Rams looks on during a mini camp on May 2, 2009 at the Russell Training Center in Earth City, Missouri.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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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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    GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a 38 yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter of the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 29, 201
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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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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks runs down field against Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonatha
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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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    ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Backup quarterback Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 13, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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!