In the history of the National Football League, there has always been a tremendous amount of pressure and high level of expectations placed on first-round draft picks. Whether it's fair or unwarranted, these picks are expected to produce early on in their career and are placed under a microscope by the teams, their fans and certainly by football analysts and draft experts.
Sometimes, the first-round picks are made due to the potential upside that a player might offer, so the end results won't be realized immediately. More patience is required by all parties in cases like that, but an athlete that isn't mentally strong is subject to a "crash and burn" conclusion to his career.
For some first-round picks, a change of scenery might be a big help. You only have to look at the way linebacker Aaron Maybin is performing this year with the New York Jets to realize he's not the same player the Buffalo Bills decided to release after just two years with the team.
We also want to distinguish that even more pressure is placed on the rookies that are selected in the top half of the first round of any draft, so we will tread lighter on the first-round players drafted in the 17-32 range. Today, we're going to look at the 32 worst first-round draft picks in NFL history.