NFL Draft: Team-By-Team Worst Picks Since 2000

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IApril 17, 2011

NFL Draft: Team-By-Team Worst Picks Since 2000

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    Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers (80) drops a pass during the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on October 2, 2005. Tampa Bay defeated Detroit 17-13. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
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    I can feel it in the air; it's almost that time of year.

    NFL draft day is just weeks away.

    On April 28, 32 teams will go out and search for the man that they believe to be the savior of their franchise.

    And while some teams will find that man, others won't be so lucky.

    Every draft has its busts, and just about every NFL team has found that out the hard way this decade.

    So let's take a look at each team's worst pick since 2000. 

Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Boller, QB

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    FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 7:  Kyle Boller #7 of the Baltimore Ravens completes a passing drill before a preseason game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on August 7, 2008 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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    19th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft

    When the Baltimore Ravens pulled the trigger on Kyle Boller in the first round of the 2003 draft, they expected big things out of him.

    He was finally supposed to be the guy that the Ravens could rely on at quarterback—the man who would finally pass the terribly unspectacular Trent Dilfer as the greatest quarterback in franchise history.

    And he was given every chance to succeed, but it simply wasn't meant to be. He finished his career in Baltimore with a record of 20-22, which doesn't sound bad on the surface, but when you consider how stacked those teams were defensively, it's truly a pathetic mark.

Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams, OT

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    20 April 2002:  Mike Williams of Texas stands with NFL Commisioner Paul Tagliabue after being the fourth player selected in the 2002 NFL draft at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.   Digital Image.  Mandatory Credit: Al Bello
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    Fourth overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft

    When the Buffalo Bills went with Mike Williams in 2002, it's safe to assume that they figured they'd have their left tackle for the next 10-to-15 years.

    He lasted four, and they weren't a very good four.

    Then again, they are the Bills, so this is to be expected.

Cincinnati Bengals: David Pollack, ILB

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    CINCINNATI - 2007:  David Pollack of the Cincinnati Bengals poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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    17th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft

    The story of why David Pollack is on this list is a depressing one, yet he belongs nonetheless.

    After showing some promise as a rookie, Pollack's career ended when he broke his vertebrae while trying to tackle Reuben Droughns.

    As sad as it is to say, the NFL is a business, and as good as I'm sure Pollack would have been, if the Bengals could have this pick back, you better believe they would take it.

Cleveland Browns: Courtney Brown, DE

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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 21:  Defensive lineman Courtney Brown #92 of the Cleveland Browns watches the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 21, 2003 in San Francisco, California. The Browns defeated the 49ers 13-12. (Phot
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    First overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft

    Not much question here; any time you draft a bust first overall, it's gonna be tough to beat.

Denver Broncos: Willie Middlebrooks, DB

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    DENVER - 2006:  Willie Middlebrooks of the Denver Broncos poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Getty Images)
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    24th overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft

    With the 24th pick in the 2001 NFL draft, the Denver Broncos selected Willie Middlebrooks.

    In other news, Willie Middlebrooks had an interception last year...for the Toronto Argonauts.

Houston Texans: David Carr, QB

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    HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 31:  Quarterback David Carr #8 of the Houston Texans passes during the game against the Cleveland Browns on December 31, 2006 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Texans defeated the Browns 14-6.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Gett
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    First overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft

    It almost feels wrong to put David Carr on this list, because I've always maintained the opinion that it was never his fault that the Houston Texans were so awful with him under center.

    The poor guy never got an offensive line, the Texans never had a defense, and the only toy he ever had to play with was Andre Johnson.

    He was literally running for his life his entire career in Houston; he even set the single-season record for most times sacked with 72.

    However, the fact of the matter is that he was the first overall pick, and he amounted to next to nothing in his career. And for that, he has to have a spot on this list. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

Indianapolis Colts: Marlin Jackson, DB

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    Indianapolis Colts defensive back Marlin Jackson, the team's number one draft pick,  during a practice on Friday, August 5, 2005 at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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    29th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft

    It's rare that the Colts make a pick they regret, but one guy that never really panned out for them was Marlin Jackson.

    Although he was useful at times, he was a bust for the most part, and he never really amounted to much in Indianapolis.

Jacksonville Jaguars: R. Jay Soward, WR

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    17 Sep 2000:  R. Jay Soward #81 of the Jacksonville Jaguars takes off running during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.  The Jaguars defeated the Bengals 13-0.Mandatory Credit: Scott Halleran  /Allsport
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    29th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft

    R. Jay Soward could have been great; he just didn't care enough. He had all the skills, which is why nobody blames the Jaguars for making him a first-round pick in 2000, but he never put in the work.

    He literally accomplished next to nothing in his one-year NFL career, and that is why he makes this list.

Kansas City Chiefs: Sylvester Morris, WR

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    24 Sep 2000:  Sylvester Morris #84 of the Kansas City Chiefs takes a break during the game against the Denver Broncos at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 24-22.Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr  /Allsport
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    21st overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft

    As a rookie in 2000, Sylvester Morris showed great promise, catching 48 passes for 678 yards.  However, that would be the only season he ever played.

    Ryan Sims was also in consideration, but in the end, he made more of a contribution to the Chiefs than Morris, so I chose Morris.

Miami Dolphins: Ted Ginn Jr., WR

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 29:  Ted Ginn Jr. #19 of the Miami Dolphins carries the ball during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 29, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 31-14. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Imag
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    Ninth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft

    The Miami Dolphins shocked the world when they went with Ted Ginn ninth overall in 2007; many thought they'd go with Brady Quinn.

    Luckily for them, even if they did pick Quinn, he would have still made the list.

    Getting back to Ginn, he had some value as a return man with three touchdowns in his Dolphins career, but he never resembled anything close to a decent receiver, and for that, he's a bust.

New England Patriots: Daniel Graham, TE

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    New England Patriots tight  end Daniel Graham grabs a  touchdown  pass  in an NFL wild card playoff game Jan. 7, 2007 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.  The Pats won 37 - 16.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    21st overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft

    Bad draft picks for the New England Patriots are about as rare as Gene Hackman movies these days.

    So it was no easy task to find a draft pick that the New England Patriots regret from this decade, but I'm sure they expected more out of Daniel Graham than they got.

    Sure, he was a good blocking tight end, but he never really factored into the passing game, and he only lasted five seasons in New England.

New York Jets: Vernon Gholston, OLB/DE

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2009:  Vernon Gholston of the New York Jets poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by NFL Photos)
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    Sixth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft

    Vernon Gholston never amounted to a thing in his short career as a Jet.

    The former top-10 pick hardly even scratched the surface, with 34 career tackles and no sacks in three seasons.

Oakland Raiders: JaMarcus Russell, QB

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    First overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft

    Some things require no explanation. This is one of those things.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendall Simmons, G

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 29:  Kendall Simmons #73 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is helped off the field during the game against the Baltimore Ravens on September 29, 2008 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    30th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft

    Much like the Patriots, the Steelers have yet to make that really horrible pick this millennium.

    However, if they could take one pick back, it would probably be Kendall Simmons.

    Sure, he was a solid lineman in Pittsburgh for five seasons, but he always had problems staying healthy, and he never really reached his superstar potential.

San Diego Chargers: Sammy Davis, CB

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 24:  Sammy Davis #22 of the San Diego Chargers makes a catch during warm up against the Carolina Panthers on October 24, 2004 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Chargers defeated the Panthers 17-6. (Photo
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    30th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft

    The San Diego Chargers gave cornerback Sammy Davis every chance to succeed, but he never did.

    He started 30 games in San Diego in three seasons, but he never did anything worth mentioning.

    He was off the Chargers in three seasons and out of football two years later.

Tennessee Titans: Adam "Pacman" Jones, CB

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    NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 17:  Pacman Jones #32 of the Tennessee Titans drinks during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 17, 2006 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Titans won 24-17.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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    Sixth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft

    If you've ever watched ESPN in your life, you know that Pacman is an easy choice here.

Arizona Cardinals: Matt Leinart, QB

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before the preseason NFL game against the Washington Redskins at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeate
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    10th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft

    It's amazing how bad things have gotten for Matt Leinart so fast. In four seasons in Arizona, he never showed any potential whatsoever.

    In fact, all he ever showed was that he could care less if he became a terrible starting quarterback.

    He went 7-10 in his career starting for the Cardinals, and he's now a backup for the Houston Texans.

Atlanta Falcons: T.J Duckett, RB

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    ATLANTA - AUGUST 11:  T.J. Duckett #45 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to their NFL preseason game against the New England Patriots on August 11, 2006 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo By Streeter Lecka)
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    18th overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft

    I was surprised to find out that the always solid T.J Duckett was the worst player drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round this decade.

    Even though Duckett never topped 1,000 yards in his career, he was always a good goal-line back and just a good guy to have in general.

    And no, Michael Vick is not the right choice here.

Carolina Panthers: Rashard Anderson, CB

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    23rd overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft

    Rashard Anderson played just two seasons in his career, and neither was very good.

    He was suspended for two seasons for violating the league's substance abuse policy, and on his day of reinstatement, he was cut by the Panthers.

    He would never play another game in the NFL.

Chicago Bears: David Terrell, WR

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    CHICAGO - JANUARY 2: Wide receiver David Terrell #83 of the Chicago Bears takes the ball 63 yards after a reception against the Green Bay Packers on January 2, 2005 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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    Eighth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft

    Throughout the last decade, the Chicago Bears have desperately been trying to find anything close to a respectable No. 1 wide receiver.

    When they picked David Terrell in 2001, they thought they had more than that. Little did they know, he would become a huge bust and be cut after just four seasons.

Dallas Cowboys: Bobby Carpenter, LB

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 13:  Linebacker Bobby Carpenter #54 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 13, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    18th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft

    For the most part, the Dallas Cowboys have done a good job in the draft this millennium, but they have had a few slip-ups.

    None of those slip-ups are more obvious than Bobby Carpenter, who failed to establish a starting role in four years on the team and never really accomplished a thing as a Cowboy.

Detroit Lions: Charles Rogers, WR

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    DETROIT- AUGUST 20:  Wide receiver Charles Rogers #80 of the Detroit Lions moves into position during the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns  on August 20, 2005 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Browns won 21-13. (photo by Tom Pidgeon/Getty
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    Second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft

    Coming into the 2003 NFL draft, Charles Rogers was drawing comparisons to Randy Moss. After hearing that, the Lions jumped on the chance to have him and made him the second overall pick.

    After injuries ended his first two seasons in the league, Rogers violated the league's substance abuse policy for a third time, and then the whole thing just got ugly from there.

Green Bay Packers: Justin Harrell, DT

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    SEATTLE - AUGUST 21:  Defensive end Justin Harrell #91 of the Green Bay Packers looks on during warmups prior to the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on August 21, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Image
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    16th overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft

    It's tough to be hard on Ted Thompson, who's done such a great job draft-wise since he took over in Green Bay, but when he picked Justin Harrell in the first round of the 2007 draft, he really dropped the ball.

    In four seasons, Harrell has played in just 14 games, because he's never been able to escape the trainer's room.

    And now it's looking like he won't even make the team in 2012.

Minnesota Vikings: Troy Williamson, WR

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    IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 21: Troy Williamson #82 of the Minnesota Vikings moves on the field during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on October 21, 2007 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Seventh overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft

    After trading Randy Moss, the Vikings needed a receiver who could catch the deep ball badly, so they picked Troy Williamson.

    Needless to say, he was not the answer.

    Williamson had a case of the dropsies all three years he was in Minnesota.

New Orleans Saints: Johnathan Sullivan, DT

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    NEW ORLEANS - AUGUST 12:  Defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan #97 of the New Orleans Saints gets into position during the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on August 12, 2005 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Seahawks won 34-15. (
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    Sixth overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft

    Sullivan was supposed to be the big stopper in the middle of the New Orleans Saints defense, but he was far from that in his three seasons as a Saint.

    He started 16 games and never really played well.

New York Giants: Ron Dayne, RB

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    TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 14:  Ron Dayne #27 of the New York Giants runs with the ball before the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Sun Devil Stadium/Frank Kush Field on November 14, 2004 in Tempe, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Giants 17-14.  (P
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    11th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft

    When the New York Giants chose Ron Dayne 11th overall in the 2000 NFL draft, they thought they were getting a big, powerful, workhorse back.

    Unfortunately, only the first proved to be true, as Dayne totaled just over 2,000 yards in four seasons in New York.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jerome McDougle, DE

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    PHILADELPHIA - 2007:  Jerome McDougle of the Philadelphia Eagles poses for his 2007 NFL headshot at photo day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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    15th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft

    Jerome McDougle spent six years in Philadelphia, but due to a series of injuries and strange occurrences, he played in only 37 games in his career. And he totaled just three sacks.

    And the Eagles traded up 15 picks for this guy.

San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith, QB

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    First overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft

    I feel the same way about Alex Smith as I do about David Carr. He was a talented player thrown into a terrible situation, and because of that, he became a huge bust.

    Now, I'm not throwing all the blame on the situation, because Smith is to blame as well, but all I'm saying is that it's a little unfair to say Smith is one of the all-time biggest draft busts like people have.

    Either way, he's an easy choice for this list.

Seattle Seahawks: Lawrence Jackson, DE

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22:  Lawrence Jackson #95 of the Seattle Seahawks sits on the bench against the Minnesota Vikings at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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    28th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft

    Lawrence Jackson spent only two years in Seattle. Then they gave up on him, so I suppose it's more their fault than his that he is their worst pick since 2000.

    But if he had shown signs of life in Seattle, they never would have had to trade him.

St. Louis Rams: Trung Canidate, RB

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    21 Oct 2001: Trung Canidate #24 of the St. Louis Rams is taken down by Mo Lewis #57 and Victor Green #21 of the New York Jets during the game at Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Rams win, 6-0 over the New York Jets. DIGITAL IMAGES Mandato
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    31st overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft

    It was a huge head scratcher when the Rams selected Trung Canidate in the first round, despite already having Marshall Faulk on the roster.

    And considering he only started three games in his three seasons with the Rams, it's no wonder why so many people called this a wasted pick.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gaines Adams, DE

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Defensive end Gaines Adams #90 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers takes a break from the action during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 20, 2009 in Orchard Park, New York.  The Bills won 33
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    Fourth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft

    Although he wasn't horrible for his two seasons in Tampa, it's clear the Bucs saw something they didn't like in Adams when they traded him for a second-round pick after just two seasons, after picking him fourth overall.

    Just one year after the trade, Adams died of cardiac arrest. R.I.P Gaines Adams.

Washington Redskins: Patrick Ramsey, QB

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    IRVING, TX - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Patrick Ramsey #11 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the game on December 26, 2004 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.   The Cowboys won 13-10.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty
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    32nd overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft

    The fact that the defining moment of Patrick Ramsey's career is hiring Leigh Anne Tuohy as his interior designer and having his name mentioned in The Blind Side because it says a lot about Ramsey.

    The former first-round pick was 10-14 in four seasons as a Redskin until he was dealt to the Jets for a sixth-round pick.

    These days Ramsey floats around the league as a journeyman backup quarterback.