NFL Draft: Team-By-Team Worst Picks Since 2000
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
First overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft
Some things require no explanation. This is one of those things.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendall Simmons, G
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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