NFL Draft: Worst Pick Ever at Every Spot of 1st Round

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent II

NFL Draft: Worst Pick Ever at Every Spot of 1st Round

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    Have you ever wondered who the biggest bust in NFL draft history is? Even better, have you ever thought which 32nd overall pick had the worst career?

    Well, you're in luck today because we are going to look way back to determine the worst pick ever at every spot in the first round.

    For anyone who loves the NFL draft, this is going to be a lot of fun. If you love seeing people fail (I know you do, you crazy person), you'll love this list even more.

32nd Pick: Patrick Ramsey, QB, Washington Redskins, 2002

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 7

    Look, when you can't successfully be the quarterback for the Washington Redskins, you have to be considered a bust. I mean, Rex Grossman and John Beck have started for the Redskins.

    The big problem with Patrick Ramsey was that he was from a small school (Tulane University) and wasn't anywhere close to being ready to compete in the NFL. Even though he may be ready now, he is too far down depth charts to ever have a chance.

31st Pick: Rashaun Woods, WR, San Francisco 49ers, 2004

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 6.5

    It's hard to call someone a bust who had a career ruined by injury after injury, but even when Rashaun Woods was on the field, he wasn't close to being a first-round player.

    Woods' rookie season consisted of him catching seven balls for 160 yards and a touchdown. When receivers have had much better statistics in one game than in your entire career, you need to be considered a bust.

30th Pick: Andre T. Johnson, OT, Washington Redskins, 1996

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 8

    The key statistic for offensive lineman Andre T. Johnson is three games played in his entire career. He was so bad that the Washington Redskins released him after his rookie season.

    He was picked up by both the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins, but failed to make an impact on either roster and was out of the league three years after he entered it.

29th Pick: Dimitrius Underwood, DE, Minnesota Vikings, 1999

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 8

    Before there was Tim Tebow, there was Dimitrius Underwood. On second thought, that isn't the greatest comparison.

    Where Tebow has used his religious beliefs as the basis for his successful career, Underwood used his religious beliefs to completely walk away from the NFL before training camp of his rookie season.

    Underwood finally decided that he wanted to play football, but by that point, it was too late. 

28th Pick: Andy Katzenmoyer, LB, New England Patriots, 1999

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 5

    Andy Katzenmoyer was one of many first-round picks to have their careers derailed by injuries, which is why his ranking on the bust scale is only mediocre.

    However, even when Katzenmoyer was on the field, he looked completely out of place. He wasn't anywhere nearly as dominant as he was in college, when he was an All-American at Ohio State.

27th Pick: Jarrod Bunch, RB, New York Giants, 1991

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 4

    After two seasons in the NFL, Jarrod Bunch appeared to be heading for stardom. His five-yards-per-carry average was extremely impressive during his sophomore campaign.

    And then, tragedy struck when Bunch suffered a severe knee injury that sent his career spiraling downward.

26th Pick: Jim Druckenmiller, QB, San Francisco 49ers, 1997

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 10

    When your career quarterback rating hovers right around the 30-point mark, you are a complete and total bust.

    Jim Druckenmiller and his 29.2 quarterback rating make him one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

25th Pick: Freddie Mitchell, WR, Philadelphia Eagles, 2001

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 8

    If you were to ask Freddie Mitchell whether his career was a bust, he would certainly tell you that Freddie Mitchell was the best receiver the NFL has ever seen. And of course, Freddie Mitchell would talk about himself in the third person.

    Unfortunately, his 90 career receptions and five touchdowns speak of an entirely different matter. 

24th Pick: Archie Griffin, RB, Cincinnati Bengals, 1976

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    Winning a Heisman Trophy in college certainly doesn't mean success in the NFL. Just look at guys like Troy Smith, Jason White and Eric Crouch.

    However, you'd think that winning two Heisman trophies would mean that you are a rather incredible football player. Well, you may be a rather incredible college player, but nothing is guaranteed in the pro game.

    Archie Griffin is the only player to ever bring home two Heismans, but his seven-year career in the NFL only generated 2,800 rushing yards.

23rd Pick: Rashard Anderson, CB, Carolina Panthers, 2000

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 7

    If there is one thing that can kill a promising career quickly, it's drugs. People who use them frequently often get caught by the NFL, and the punishment for multiple offenses is never good.

    Meet Rashard Anderson, who was suspended for nearly two years for repeated drug use. On the day he was reinstated, he was released by the Carolina Panthers and never saw an NFL field again.

22nd Pick: Rex Grossman, QB, Chicago Bears, 2003

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 9

    I know it may sound crazy to have a quarterback who was a starter in 2011 with this high of a bust rating, but Rex Grossman is a terrible quarterback. On any other team in the league, he'd be a third-string quarterback.

    The University of Florida product has been injury-prone and a turnover machine since entering the league in 2003. He's also the worst quarterback to ever start in a Super Bowl, so I guess he does have something going for him.

21st Pick: Rashaan Salaam, RB, Chicago Bears, 1995

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 7

    Over half of Rashaan Salaam's career rushing yards took place during his rookie season. Nearly 80 percent of his career touchdowns took place in that same year.

    After that?

    Nothing. Salaam fumbled too often, got injured on more than one occasion and ending up playing in the XFL.

20th Pick: Irv Smith, TE, New Orleans Saints, 1993

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 3

    Calling Irv Smith a bust was really quite a reach, but the 20th pick of the draft seems like a consistently good pick (ball's in your court, Tennessee).

    While Smith didn't necessarily have an ultra-productive statistical career, he was a solid contributor in the NFL for seven seasons. He just never quite turned into the player everyone expected when he came out of Notre Dame.

19th Pick: Kyle Boller, QB, Baltimore Ravens, 2003

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 7

    The problem with Kyle Boller was that he should have never been picked in the first round. The Baltimore Ravens reached for a quarterback to pair with their amazing defense. Boller simply wasn't anywhere near a first-round prospect.

    He lasted a mere three years with Baltimore before being replaced by Steve McNair in 2006. His 69.5 career quarterback rating is a big reason why he is now a benchwarmer for the Oakland Raiders.

18th Pick: Butch Woolfolk, RB, New York Giants, 1982

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 5

    Butch Woolfolk's rookie season saw him bring home NFC Rookie of the Year honors. Woolfolk was a former track star who excelled as a running back and wide receiver.

    After his rookie season, things simply went downhill for him. He was eventually benched by the New York Giants and was never able to see much of the field again.

17th Pick: Sebastian Janikowski, K, Oakland Raiders, 2000

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 6

    When you're a kicker drafted in the first round, it's safe to say you have high expectations to live up to. Hundred-yard field goals and multiple touchdown-saving tackles on kickoffs are just two of those expectations.

    Sebastian Janikowski hasn't done either of those things, and is therefore a first-round bust. Sure, he is a great kicker, and had he been an undrafted free agent (like kickers should be), we wouldn't be having this discussion.

    However, some smart man in Oakland thought using the 17th pick on a kicker was a good idea, and here we are talking about it.

16th Pick: Dan McGwire, QB, Seattle Seahawks, 1991

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 9

    Dan McGwire's career was really, really bad. Like dating your first cousin bad.

    He regressed greatly between his first and second year and eventually ended up as the lowest quarterback on the lowly Seattle Seahawks' roster. Things hit an all-time low when the Seahawks were forced to draft his replacement, Rick Mirer, in the first round the following year.

15th Pick: Yatil Green, WR, Miami Dolphins, 1997

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 2

    I would go a little harder on Yatil Green, but the man had terrible misfortune after terrible misfortune from the second he entered the league.

    On his first day of training camp, Green tore every major ligament in his knee. The following year, he was ready to make a comeback, and he did the same exact thing to the same exact knee.

    Needless to say, he was never the same player, nor was he able to make much of an impact at all.

14th Pick: D.J. Dozier, RB, Minnesota Vikings, 1987

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    One of the fastest ways for a GM to ruin his career is by drafting a Penn State running back in the first round. D.J. Dozier was the first player to start that trend, and Ki-Jana Carter and Larry Johnson continued it.

    Four seasons and 691 rushing yards was all that Dozier brought to the Minnesota Vikings. He eventually made it into the major leagues for the New York Mets, but ultimately failed in that endeavor also.

13th Pick: Percy Snow, LB, Kansas City Chiefs, 1990

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 3

    The definition of freak accidents is Percy Snow. This man was taking a little joyride on his moped when he got into an accident.

    He was never able to fully recover from that accident, and his career ended only three years later.

12th Pick: Chuck Long, QB, Detroit Lions, 1986

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 7

    No player in NFL history has ever started a career as well as Chuck Long started his career. Long's first career pass was a 64-yard touchdown.

    After that, everything went down the drain. His best career season saw him throw nine more interceptions than touchdowns. Yeah, that is pretty bad.

    On the bright side, Long has had a successful coaching career.

11th Pick: Russell Erxleben, K/P, New Orleans Saints, 1979

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 11

    Worst. Pick. Ever.

    That is all that I have to say about Russell Erxleben.

10th Pick: Jamal Reynolds, DE, Green Bay Packers, 2001

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 7

    As an ultra-athletic and physical prospect out of Florida State, the Green Bay Packers expected Jamal Reynolds to dominate from day one in the NFL.

    That clearly didn't happen, as Reynolds only recorded three sacks in his entire NFL career.

9th Pick: Tommy Vardell, FB, Cleveland Browns, 1992

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 7

    Tommy Vardell would have had a very fine career had he been drafted later in the first round. It would have been an incredible career had a team waited until the fifth or sixth round to draft him.

    Unfortunately, that didn't happen, as Vardell went ninth to the Cleveland Browns. With the ninth pick in the first round, you're looking for a franchise changer, not a solid blocking fullback.

8th Pick: David Terrell, WR, Chicago Bears, 2001

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 10

    Two things that make you a bigger NFL bust than anyone is attitude and lack of work ethic. David Terrell had more of those two things than anyone else in the NFL during his time.

    Terrell could never make it as a player for the Chicago Bears and failed with two other teams before retiring. He attempted one last comeback in 2007, but was beaten out by Amani Toomer.

    When you get beat out by 35-year-old Toomer, you know you're no good.

7th Pick: Todd Blackledge, QB, Kansas City Chiefs, 1983

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 8

    Being drafted in the same draft as Dan Marino, John Elway and Jim Kelly must have put a ton of pressure on Todd Blackledge. This is even more true when only one of those quarterbacks is drafted before you.

    Unfortunately, Blackledge didn't end up having anywhere nearly as productive a career as those other three quarterbacks. In fact, Blackledge was so bad that he is often blamed for the firing of Kansas City Chiefs President Jack Steadman.

6th Pick: Lawrence Phillips, RB, St. Louis Rams, 1996

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 11

    Character issues can derail an NFL career quickly, and Lawrence Phillips had more character issues than career rushing yards (that's 1,453 issues, by the way).

    Phillips simply couldn't stay out of the direct eyesight of the law. After only a few years in the league, Phillips found himself in trouble with the law again.

    He is currently serving a rather lengthy prison sentence.

5th Pick: Curtis Enis, RB, Chicago Bears, 1998

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 10

    Curtis Enis is just another running back in the long line of unsuccessful Penn State running backs in the NFL.

    Simply put, Enis couldn't consistently perform for the Chicago Bears. He ended his career with a mere 1,497 rushing yards and four career rushing touchdowns.

    He retired just three years after entering the league.

4th Pick: Art Schlichter, QB, Baltimore Colts, 1982

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 10

    There are people who enjoy gambling for fun and there are people who enjoy gambling for sport. The problem with being a professional athlete and gambling for sport is that you often find yourself gambling on games that you shouldn't be.

    While Art Schlichter never gambled on a Baltimore Colts game, he did spend a great deal of his NFL paychecks betting on every other NFL team.

    His addiction reached an all-time high when he was recently arrested for theft.

3rd Pick: Akili Smith, QB, Cincinnati Bengals, 1999

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 10

    There is a rule that NFL GMs should follow when drafting quarterbacks as a high pick: Never draft a one-hit wonder.

    That is what the Cincinnati Bengals did with Akili Smith, and what they were rewarded with was a 52.8 quarterback rating and barely over 2,000 career passing yards. Smith simply couldn't understand the more complex playbook of the NFL, which was shown by his 13 interceptions and only five touchdowns.

2nd Pick: Ryan Leaf, QB, San Diego Chargers, 1998

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 20

    Where to even begin with Ryan Leaf?

    From the instant Leaf hit the NFL with the San Diego Chargers, he found himself as one of the more disliked players in the league. He had major attitude problems, distanced teammates and consistently got into arguments with the media.

    After retiring, Leaf was in constant trouble with the law and is now considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history.

1st Pick: JaMarcus Russell, QB, Oakland Raiders, 2007

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    Bust Scale (1-10): 100

    If I'm picking the biggest draft bust of all time, I'm going with JaMarcus Russell. As the top overall draft pick, Russell was just pathetic during his short career with the Oakland Raiders.

    The biggest issue with Russell was his lack of motivation. He wasn't motivated to study playbooks. He wasn't motivated to improve his craft in the offseason. 

    He wasn't motivated to put down those Twinkies and get under the weight of 400 lbs.

    All these things combined for the biggest draft bust in NFL history.