The Most Disappointing Player on Every NFL Roster

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2018

The Most Disappointing Player on Every NFL Roster

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    For fans, the NFL offseason is generally a time of hope. New faces on rosters and in front offices signal change, hopefully for the better.

    However, not everything is sunshine and roses for actual team decision-makers. The reality is that not everyone is going to make the final roster, and choosing the best 53 players is difficult. The process becomes even more difficult when players whom teams have heavily invested in aren't locks to be part of the squad's future.

    We're here to examine one player from each team who has disappointed and is thus entering a make-or-break season, or even a make-or-break camp. We'll be focusing on players entering bust territory, those who aren't living up to sizable contracts, those who can't stay on the field and those who have seen their levels of play fall off the proverbial cliff.


Arizona Cardinals: QB Sam Bradford

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    Former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was taken with the first overall pick in the 2010 draft because he has prototypical size (6'4", 228 lbs), immense arm talent and a solid football IQ. The problem is that he cannot stay on the field.

    Bradford has suffered numerous serious injuries throughout his career. He has undergone two ACL surgeries, has only played a full 16-game season twice and just had his 2017 season cut short after two games.

    In addition to his injury woes, Bradford has been inconsistent on the field. He has a career passer rating of just 85.1 and has never been named to a Pro Bowl.

    Bradford was once the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, and he appeared to have a bright future ahead of him. However, he has disappointed more often than not since. His highs have been good enough, though, that teams continue to give him chances.

    The Arizona Cardinals are the latest to gamble on the injury-prone QB. They inked him to a one-year, $20 million deal that includes $15 million guaranteed. While Bradford should know he is simply a placeholder for first-round rookie Josh Rosen, he's likely aware this may be his last chance to show he can be a reliable starter.

Atlanta Falcons: OT Ty Sambrailo

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    As is the case with Bradford, offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo didn't begin his NFL career with his current team. The Colorado State product was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2015 draft, and he spent two seasons at Mile High before being traded to the Atlanta Falcons.

    Sambrailo had his rookie season cut short by a shoulder injury, and he never developed into a reliable starter in Denver. He appeared in just 13 total games with seven starts as a Bronco and allowed eight sacks in that span, according to STATS.

    He hasn't been a consistent player in Atlanta, either.

    The Falcons saw Sambrailo start two games and appear in 15 total last season. They also saw him struggle to pick up blocks and open holes in the running game. Sambrailo is simply a backup swing tackle at best, and it showed on the field. According to Fox Sports, he tied for the team lead in sacks allowed.

    Second-round picks should perform at a higher level than Sambrailo has. While Atlanta only surrendered a conditional fifth-round pick to extend his career, the results have still been disappointing.

Baltimore Ravens: WR Breshad Perriman

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    The Baltimore Ravens took a chance on former Central Florida wideout Breshad Perriman with the 26th overall selection in 2015, hoping the speedster's (ran a 4.25 40-yard dash at his pro day) skills would translate to the NFL.

    Unfortunately, they have not.

    Now, injuries have played a role in Perriman's struggles. He missed his entire rookie campaign with a knee injury and has appeared in just 27 games in his three seasons. However, he has also struggled with drops and with the complexity of the pro game.

    Perriman has produced a mere 43 receptions for 576 yards and three scores as a Raven.

    According to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, Perriman's dropsies have carried into this offseason. If he doesn't find a way to turn things around soon, Perriman will likely find himself out of Baltimore's future plans.

Buffalo Bills: DE Shaq Lawson

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    Former Clemson pass-rusher Shaq Lawson was an addition made during the Rex Ryan-Doug Whaley era. The Buffalo Bills selected him with the 19th overall pick in 2016. He was expected to be a defensive force for the Bills, but instead, he has been a major disappointment.

    A shoulder surgery limited Lawson's rookie campaign to just 10 games, and he has appeared in a mere 21 contests over the past two seasons. While he has shown occasional flashes of potential, Lawson has not been the dominant edge-rusher Buffalo has been looking for.

    In his first two years, Lawson has amassed just 46 total tackles and six sacks.

    "Shaq is a guy that this franchise put a lot of stock in with a first-round pick [in 2016]," general manager Brandon Beane said last month, per Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic. "It's no secret he hasn't lived up to that."

    Beane and the Bills' current regime have no real attachment to Lawson, which means the defensive end could be looking at his last chance to prove himself in Buffalo. 

Carolina Panthers: OT Matt Kalil

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    Offensive tackle Matt Kalil was a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings back in 2012, and it initially looked like he would be a future star. He earned a Pro Bowl nod as a rookie but hasn't quite been the same player since.

    In fact, Kalil has been a merely above-average lineman over the past few years, which is why it was surprising to see the Carolina Panthers hand him a massive five-year, $55 million deal last offseason.

    Jason Fitzgerald of the Sporting News recently listed Kalil's contract as one of the worst in the NFL. He had the following to say:

    "Kalil spent most of the 2016 season on injured reserve and had not lived up to his billing as a top draft pick, but the Panthers last year looked at the glass half full and went all-in on a five-year contract. Had it done a one-year contract, Carolina would have gotten better terms in 2018 because, despite being healthy, Kalil still failed to stand out as one of the top left tackles in the NFL."

    Kalil is being paid like the former top-five pick that he is, and like a top-tier left tackle. He isn't the latter, however, and for a team with just over $2 million in cap space, that's disappointing.

Chicago Bears: WR Kevin White

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    The Chicago Bears selected former West Virginia wideout Kevin White with the seventh overall pick in 2015. Blessed with both speed (4.35-second 40) and size (6'3", 216 lbs), physical potential has never been an issue for White.

    "Everybody sees, he’s very gifted," Bears wide receivers coach Mike Furrey said of White, per Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune.

    The problem is that White just hasn't been able to stay healthy. He missed his rookie season with a shin injury. He was placed on injured reserve with a broken fibula in 2016. He suffered a broken shoulder blade in the 2017 season opener, again ending the year on injured reserve.

    In all, White has made just five appearances for the Bears and produced just 21 receptions for 193 yards. While the injuries can't exactly be blamed on the player, it's still been a disappointing run for a guy taken in the top 10.

Cincinnati Bengals: QB Andy Dalton

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    Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton isn't a bad player. He's been to the Pro Bowl three times and has given Cincinnati a consistent presence under center, and you'll find plenty of folks who support having him there.

    "I'm glad the Bengals have decided to go for it, resisting the temptation to spend a high pick on a quarterback and start over," Adam Rank of recently wrote. "Dalton is just 30 years old. He's led his team to the playoffs five times. What exactly are you looking for?"

    For starters, the Bengals—and their fans—are probably looking for a playoff win. Getting to the dance is nice, but it means little when you get rattled and run out the door upon entering.

    Cincinnati is probably also looking for a quarterback who can elevate the talent around him, who will take full advantage of one of the league's biggest playmakers in A.J. Green and who doesn't crumble the moment he senses pressure in the pocket. Dalton, who has taken 80 sacks over the past two seasons and has a good-but-not-great career rating of 88.7, is not that guy.

    Dalton had a strong season before suffering a broken thumb in 2015, but he's been on the decline since. He is at his best as a game manager and has a tendency to shrink under the spotlight. Above all, Dalton simply doesn't appear to be the guy who will get Cincinnati over the top and in a legitimate Super Bowl chase.

    For a player who is supposed to be the face of the franchise—and who is in the middle of a six-year, $96 million deal—this is disappointing.

Cleveland Browns: WR Corey Coleman

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    If you like your wide receivers with top-end physical talent, you may love what you see in Cleveland Browns wideout Corey Coleman, who has it in spades. The Baylor product is blazing fast (4.37 40-yard dash) and can move like a pinball in traffic. That's why the Browns spent the 15th overall pick on him back in 2016.

    Unfortunately, Coleman's two-year pro career has been a disappointment. He has trouble staying on the field—he's suffered a broken hand in each season—and hasn't been reliable when on it. Just ask a Cleveland fan about the dropped pass that may have cost the Browns a win in Week 17 last year.

    As a Brown, Coleman has appeared in 19 games, totaling 718 receiving yards and five touchdowns. This isn't the type of production a team dreams up when turning in a first-round draft card. Coleman is likely looking at his last chance to avoid the bust label in Cleveland, as new offensive coordinator Todd Haley recently explained.

    "Year three is usually the make-or-break year of what kind of you're going to be," Haley said, per Mary Kay Cabot of "I've made that clear to him."

    If Coleman struggles again in 2018, he'll simply be another name among the Browns' recent list of disappointing draft mistakes.

Dallas Cowboys: OT Chaz Green

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    The Dallas Cowboys have one of the better offensive lines in the NFL, but not every member is a standout. Chaz Green, for example, has been a total disappointment.

    Dallas selected the Florida product in the third round of the 2015 draft. While he has been pushed down the depth chart by more talented players, Green has received his opportunities. He appeared in 14 games last season and even made four starts—with one of them being a complete disaster.

    Green surrendered four sacks to Adrian Clayborn while filling in at left tackle against the Falcons.

    "I think it was more me just not really sticking to what I know," Green explained, per Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. "Over-thinking some things and getting out of my technique. I think a lot of the issues were self-inflicted. I just got to go from here. It hurts. I feel like this was on my shoulders, and I let the team down."

    Green didn't start another game after the Atlanta debacle.

    While Green is strictly expected to provide depth on Dallas' vaunted offensive line, he's shown the results can be disappointing if he's called upon.

Denver Broncos: QB Paxton Lynch

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    The Denver Broncos selected quarterback Paxton Lynch with the 26th overall pick in 2016. The hope was that he could develop into the heir to Peyton Manning, who retired earlier in the offseason. Unfortunately, the Memphis product has failed to develop into even a reliable starter.

    Lynch couldn't keep the starting job away from the likes of Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler. He made just four starts in his two pro seasons and has produced a career passer rating of 76.7.

    Lynch's inability to secure the starting job is precisely why Denver signed Case Keenum to a two-year, $36 million deal this offseason.

    While the door isn't completely closed on Lynch developing into a quality NFL player at some point, it isn't likely to happen in Denver.

    "If Lynch doesn’t get a chance to perform because he sits all season behind Case Keenum, then 2020 will likely be out because the Broncos would not be expected to pick up his fifth-year option," Mike Klis of 9News recently explained.

    Unless Keenum falls flat on his face, Lynch may have already run out of chances with the Broncos.

Detroit Lions: RB Ameer Abdullah

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    The Detroit Lions haven't had a single player rush for more than 100 yards in a game since 2013. This sentence has almost become a mantra for describing the rushing futility in Detroit over the past several seasons.

    The Lions thought they may be putting an end to that futility when they selected former Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah in the second round (54th overall) of the 2015 draft. However, Abdullah has left Detroit disappointed more often than not.

    In his three seasons, Abdullah has averaged 3.8 yards per carry. He has never rushed for more than 600 yards in a single campaign, and injuries have limited him to just 16 games over the last two years.

    In 2017, Abdullah produced a paltry 3.3 yards per carry and never looked like a major offensive threat. With the Lions adding both Kerryon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount this offseason, 2017 may have represented his last chance to become one.

    According to Chris Burke of The Athletic, Abdullah has been splitting time between offense and special teams this offseason, with "a slight lean toward the latter."

Green Bay Packers: CB Quinten Rollins

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    The Green Bay Packers invested heavily in their secondary at the top of this year's draft. The did the same thing back in 2015, drafting cornerbacks Damarious Randall and Quinten Rollins in the first two rounds.

    Hopefully, this year's additions of Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson prove to be more fruitful.

    Randall was traded away this offseason (and moved back to his college position of safety). Rollins remains on the roster but hasn't lived up to expectations. Injuries have limited the Miami (Ohio) product to just 33 games over three seasons, and he's also coming off a torn Achilles.

    In his three seasons, Rollins has produced just 85 tackles and three interceptions.

    According to Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There are some within the Packers' scouting department who feel Rollins should be moved to safety." With Jackson, Alexander and 2017 second-round pick Kevin King on the roster, Rollins may be running out of chances to be a star corner in Green Bay.

Houston Texans: RB Lamar Miller

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    Running back Lamar Miller entered the league as a fourth-round selection of the Miami Dolphins in 2012. After several promising seasons in Miami, Miller parlayed them into a four-year, $26 million deal with the Houston Texans in the 2016 offseason.

    Miller's first season in Houston was solid (1,073 yards, 4.0 yards per carry). However, he was a disappointment last season, especially considering his contract. Miller appeared in all 16 games but rushed for just 888 yards and 3.7 yards per carry—a career worst—with three touchdowns. That's not what the Texans want out of a guy making nearly $7 million a year.

    The presence of fellow back D'Onta Foreman and Miller's salary actually prompted Sarah Barshop of to speculate that Houston may part with Miller this offseason. Yet he remains on the roster and will likely get another chance to play alongside Deshaun Watson in 2018.

    The fact remains, however, that Miller isn't playing up to the level his contract would suggest.

Indianapolis Colts: S T.J. Green

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    The Indianapolis Colts had a disappointing season in 2017, and not just because of quarterback Andrew Luck's absence. Having the league's 28th-ranked pass defense (246.6 yards per game allowed) certainly didn't help.

    Part of the issue with the secondary was safety T.J. Green. The former Clemson standout was taken with the 57th overall pick in 2016 but has failed to live up to that draft status.

    "Safety T.J. Green had a terribly rough rookie season, as he finished dead-last (91st) among safeties in overall and coverage grades," Matt Claassen of Pro Football Focus explained last offseason.

    Green did show flashes of improvement last season. However, he still hasn't become the defensive playmaker the Colts hoped they were getting with their second-round investment. He has produced 85 tackles in his two seasons but has logged just three passes defended and forced zero turnovers.

Jacksonville Jaguars: RB T.J. Yeldon

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    The emergence of rookie running back Leonard Fournette in 2017 essentially made T.J. Yeldon an afterthought in the Jacksonville Jaguars offense. It's easy to forget, then, that Yeldon was once supposed to be Jacksonville's franchise back of the future.

    The Jaguars took the Alabama product with the 36th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Unfortunately, Yeldon never established himself as a workhorse-caliber back. He produced a solid 740 rushing yards as a rookie and caught 50 passes the following year while splitting time with Chris Ivory. The reality, however, is that Yeldon is merely a role player, which isn't what you want out of a high second-rounder.

    In fact, Yeldon may see his role reduced further this season. According to Mike Kaye of First Coast News, the Jaguars have "cleared the way" for Corey Grant to earn more snaps behind Fournette and Yeldon.

    Yeldon is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while his time in Jacksonville has had some bright spots, it's been largely a disappointment for a guy taken just outside the first round.

Kansas City Chiefs: OT Eric Fisher

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    If we're being perfectly fair, Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher has not been a complete failure in the NFL. He eventually made the move to left tackle and has started 74 games in five seasons on the Chiefs offensive line.

    However, Fisher hasn't played up to his status as the 2013 No. 1 overall pick. The Central Michigan product has never played at an elite level and has never been named to a Pro Bowl. Yet he was still given a four-year extension worth $48 million.

    Luke Easterling of Draft Wire recently named Fisher the second-worst No. 1 selection of the past 10 years. Only Sam Bradford, whom we mentioned earlier, was ranked lower.

    Fisher has been a steady presence for Kansas City, but he has never looked like a true franchise left tackle, a difference-maker or a player worthy of the first overall selection.

Los Angeles Chargers: DT Corey Liuget

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    The Los Angeles Chargers selected former Illinois defensive tackle Corey Liuget with the 18th overall pick way back in 2011. Liuget played extremely well early in his career, notching 18 sacks in his first four seasons and earning a five-year, $51.2 million extension in 2015.

    Unfortunately, he hasn't been the same standout player since signing that hefty new deal.

    Liuget finished 2015 on injured reserve and failed to be a high-impact player after that. Over the past two seasons, he has produced just 58 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He missed four more games last season and was handed a four-game suspension for violation of the league's PED policy this offseason.

    "I made a mistake and take full responsibility," Liuget said after the suspension was announced, per Jeremy Bergman of

    The Chargers will undoubtedly be glad to get Liuget back from suspension this fall, but the reality is that he isn't the same player the team drafted in the first round or even the same one they signed to a massive extension just a few years ago.

Los Angeles Rams: DT Dominique Easley

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    The Los Angeles Rams boast a lot of talent along their defensive line, but one of their tackles has been more of a disappointment than a star.

    The New England Patriots first selected former Florida star Dominique Easley in the first round (29th overall) of the 2014 draft. However, he spent just two seasons in New England and produced a mere 24 tackles before being released.

    Easley made his way to the Rams in 2016 and had a decent season with 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks. However, he suffered a torn ACL last offseason, the third of his career. He signed a one-year, $1.8 million deal with L.A. in March, but he may have trouble making the final 53.

    "Easley, who had 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 2016, is facing an uphill battle as he attempts to come back from a third serious knee injury and is in a position group that includes All-Pros Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh and veteran Michael Brockers," Lindsey Thiry of recently wrote.

    If Easley can stay healthy, he'll likely continue his NFL career in 2018. However, the results to this point have been disappointing considering his status as a former first-rounder.

Miami Dolphins: WR DeVante Parker

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    The Miami Dolphins spent the 14th overall pick of the 2015 draft on former Louisville wideout DeVante Parker. The hope was that Parker would develop into Miami's new No. 1 receiver and a legitimate difference-maker.

    Unfortunately, he has been wildly inconsistent and hasn't been the type of game-breaking downfield threat his draft status would merit. While the former Cardinal has produced 1,908 yards and eight touchdowns in his three seasons, he has never reached 750 yards or five touchdowns in a single year. He was largely overshadowed by former second-round pick Jarvis Landry, who fled Miami to join the Browns this offseason.

    Injuries have played a minor role in Parker's struggles, but overall, his biggest disappointments have been on the field.

    "Not where I wanted to be," Parker said of his first three years in the league, per Shandel Richardson of the Sun Sentinel. "Just simple as that."

Minnesota : WR Laquon Treadwell

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    You may be noticing a theme developing here. In recent years, drafting wide receivers early has often resulted in disappointment for NFL teams. In the case of many of these players, injuries have played a major factor. For Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, it's been more about a failure to adapt to the speed and nuances of the pro game.

    According to head coach Mike Zimmer, the former Mississippi star is still a hard worker, but he isn't working on the things he needs to in order to be a successful NFL player.

    "We'll be in training camp and he'll run the stadium steps at night, which is not helping him for practice the next day," Zimmer said, per Nick Shook of "He thinks he's trying to get better, trying to get better, he's just going about it the wrong way. So he needs to get out of his own way."

    Treadwell has appeared in 25 games in his two pro seasons but has produced just 21 catches for 215 yards in that span. This is not the kind of production the Vikings had hoped they'd get when they drafted him 23rd overall in 2016.

New England Patriots: CB Cyrus Jones

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    Patriots coach Bill Belichick does a lot of things well, but evaluating and developing draft picks isn't his biggest strength. Cornerback Cyrus Jones, taken 60th overall in 2016, is a prime example of how things can go south, even for Belichick.

    Jones earned just one start as a rookie and was pulled from return duties after a number of fumbles. Matt Dolloff of CBS Boston wrote the following last offseason:

    "The second-year corner out of Alabama has been horrific so far in his young career, and it’s not just the fact that he’s been burned in coverage. Jones entered the NFL known for his dynamic return ability, but gave the Patriots little confidence to hand him a regular role as the football spent more time on the turf than in his hands."

    Jones did show some flashes in the return game during the 2017 preseason. However, he suffered a torn ACL in the preseason finale.

    There is still time for Jones to prove himself as a cornerback or as a return man. However, he may again be buried on the 2018 depth chart after the offseason additions of Jason McCourty and Duke Dawson.

New Orleans Saints: QB Tom Savage

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    There was a time when it appeared Tom Savage might become a legitimate starting option at the NFL level. The Texans selected the former Pitt standout in the fourth round in 2014, and after missing the 2015 season due to a shoulder injury, he made his first two pro starts in 2016.

    Savage produced a solid 80.9 passer rating that year and was named Houston's starting quarterback ahead of the 2017 season. However, he lasted just two quarters before being replaced by rookie first-round pick Deshaun Watson.

    "I'm just going to state the obvious: There's some things he can do that I can't do," Savage said of Watson, per Sarah Barshop of

    This was very obvious, as Houston's offense took a major hit after Watson suffered a torn ACL and Savage was reinserted into the lineup. Savage ended up with seven starts, just five touchdown passes and 13 total turnovers. Houston won just one game after Watson went down.

    Savage is now the backup to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. While he has enough to be a capable backup, Saints fans will be extremely disappointed if Savage is forced onto the field.

New York Giants: OT Ereck Flowers

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    The New York Giants used the ninth overall pick on offensive tackle Ereck Flowers in 2015, hoping the former Miami standout would become a steady presence on Eli Manning's blind side. However, Flowers has repeatedly disappointed both in pass protection and in the running game.

    According to Fox Sports, Flowers allowed a team-high six sacks and six penalties last season.

    Flowers has struggled with both technique and with work ethic on the field. According to NFL Media's Mike Garafolo, Flowers was benched for the 2017 season finale because of "serious concern" about his attitude.

    Flowers is effectively out of chances to be New York's franchise left tackle, as the team inked Nate Solder to a four-year, $62 million deal this offseason. While Flowers will have an opportunity to earn a starting role on the right side, it's a disappointing development for the former top-10 pick.

New York Jets: RB Thomas Rawls

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    Running back Thomas Rawls—signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Seahawks back in 2015—didn't enter the NFL with high expectations. However, after he rushed for 830 yards and 5.6 yards per carry as a rookie, they were quickly placed upon him.

    Rawls was so impressive in his first season that it looked like Seattle might have found its successor to Marshawn Lynch. Unfortunately, Rawls suffered a fractured ankle near the end of his rookie campaign and was a disappointment over the next two seasons.

    Rawls averaged 3.2 yards per carry in 2016 and a mere 2.7 yards per rush last season. He signed a one-year, $705,000 deal this offseason with the New York Jets, but he may have trouble even making the roster there.

    "Yes, the Jets signed him this offseason. But he isn't a lock to make the roster. Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell are the Jets' top two running backs. Eli McGuire did some good things as a rookie last year, too. And then there is Trenton Cannon, a sixth-round draft pick who will compete for the return jobs," Darryl Slater of explained.

    It's been a disappointing fall for a player who looked like one of the league's future stars just a few years ago.

Oakland Raiders: RB Doug Martin

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    The Oakland Raiders decided to take a chance on former first-round pick Doug Martin this offseason. They got the opportunity because Martin's play has fallen off in recent years.

    Originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 31st overall pick in 2012, Martin has certainly had his bright moments. He rushed for more than 1,400 yards as a rookie and has been named to two Pro Bowls. However, Martin was suspended for four games in 2016 and averaged less than 3.0 yards per carry in each of the past two seasons.

    "The past couple of years I just got in my own way," Martin, an Oakland native, told Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area. "Being here and having my family around and old friends, it's definitely going to help me stay busy."

    Returning to Oakland could indeed give Martin an opportunity to reinvigorate his NFL career. However, the fact Martin even needs to do so is disappointing considering he once looked like one of the league's brightest young stars.

Philadelphia Eagles: WR Markus Wheaton

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    Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Markus Wheaton may be just 27 years old, but he may also be looking at his last opportunity to become an NFL standout.

    Originally a third-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013, Wheaton had some promising seasons for the Black and Gold. He produced 644 receiving yards in 2014 and 749 yards in 2015. However, injuries limited him to just three games in 2016.

    Still, the Bears inked him to a two-year, $11 million deal last offseason. Wheaton rewarded them with a mere three receptions and 51 yards in 11 games. Part of the issue was that Wheaton suffered a number of maladies—including an appendectomy, a broken finger and a groin injury.

    "The more he’s out there and can show the coaches what he can do, I think the better for him," former Bears coach John Fox said last season, per Matt Eurich of 247Sports.

    Wheaton got 11 opportunities to show what he could do, and the results were disappointing, to say the least. That's why the Bears cut him with a year remaining on his contract and he's now looking to revive his career with the Eagles.

    The good new is that Wheaton will get to play with an MVP-caliber quarterback in Carson Wentz. The bad news is that if Wentz cannot get something out of Wheaton, the wideout could be out of opportunities.

Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Bud Dupree

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    The Steelers generally draft well, which is why they've remained consistent competitors in the AFC. However, they may have missed on former Kentucky pass-rusher Bud Dupree. Pittsburgh selected him with the 22nd overall pick in 2015, expecting him to be its next dominant sack artist.

    While Dupree has been a decent contributor—he does have 14.5 sacks in three seasons—he's been a marginal edge-rusher.

    "Bud Dupree has failed to live up to his draft billing so far. From 354 pass-rushing snaps in the 2017 regular season, he produced just 40 total pressures, and he has just 83 total pressures since he entered the league in 2015," Pro Football Focus recently explained in a post for

    In addition to being an inconsistent pass-rusher, Dupree fails to regularly make an impact in other ways. He has just 90 tackles and one forced fumble in his three seasons. While he hasn't been a complete flop, Dupree hasn't lived up to the expectations of being a first-round selection.

San Francisco 49ers: G Jonathan Cooper

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    The San Francisco 49ers decided to take a chance on 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper this offseason, inking him to a modest one-year, $4.95 million deal. That isn't a huge investment for a player who was selected seventh overall out of North Carolina, but his career to this point has been a major disappointment.

    Cooper lasted only three seasons with the Cardinals before they traded him traded to New England in 2016. When the Patriots released him in October of that year, Cleveland claimed him, but the Browns then released him after only five games.

    While Cooper did start 13 games for Dallas last season, a sprained MCL cut his season short. The Cowboys then allowed him to walk in the offseason.

    According to's Todd Archer, Cooper underwent knee surgery in January. If healthy, he'll compete with 2016 first-round pick Joshua Garnett for one of the starting guard spots opposite Laken Tomlinson in training camp.

    If he fails to win that battle, it will be yet another disappointment in a career already full of them.

Seattle Seahawks: OL Germain Ifedi

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    The Seattle Seahawks' offensive line has been one of their biggest weaknesses over the past few years, and players like Germain Ifedi are why.

    Seattle took the former Texas A&M product 31st overall in 2016 and has played him at both guard and tackle since. The Seahawks didn't do so because he's a talented, versatile player; it's because they lack top-tier starters and are still searching for a situation in which Ifedi can thrive.

    Ifedi was a liability at guard as a rookie and at tackle last season. According to Jordan Plocher and Eric Eager of Pro Football Focus, he has one of the lowest marks in wins above replacement among Seahawks draftees since 2013.

    "Was a head-scratching pick at the time," Plocher and Eager wrote. "He's earned a PFF grade of only 34.2 and 48.6 his first two years."

    For reference: Mark Glowinski, a 2015 fourth-round pick who Seattle waived in December, earned grades of 42.5, 48.3 and 34.8 in his three seasons.

    If you're a Seahawks fan, you likely don't need advanced metrics to know Ifedi hasn't played up to his first-round draft pedigree.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Vernon Hargreaves

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    The Buccaneers drafted former Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves 11th overall in 2016, hoping he would become a turnover machine and a difference-maker on the back end of their defense. Instead, he has mostly disappointed in his two pro seasons.

    Tampa Bay moved Hargreaves into the slot late last season before placing him on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He tallied 118 tackles in his 25 games to date, but he also played inconsistent pass defense and has just one interception and one forced fumble in that span.

    "Well, the first two years I've had, they've been down years," Hargreaves explained, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. "They've been average. You know, as a first-rounder, obviously, they're expecting production. It's plain and simple. It's not that complicated. I haven't been producing."

    Hargreaves hasn't been producing like an 11th overall pick should, which helps to explain why the Buccaneers ranked dead last in pass defense (260.6 yards per game allowed) last season.

Tennessee Titans: QB Blaine Gabbert

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    The Tennessee Titans took quarterback Marcus Mariota second overall in the 2015 draft, and the former Oregon star appears to be developing into a franchise cornerstone. The same can't be said for Tennessee's new backup, Blaine Gabbert.

    The Jaguars originally drafted Gabbert 10th overall in 2011, but he failed to become a steady starter. The Missouri product lasted only two years as a full-time starter in Jacksonville, is now on his fourth team and has a middling career passer rating of 71.5. Those aren't the numbers expected of a top-10 draft pick.

    "The draft, it's a crapshoot," Gabbert said, via Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official website.

    Just ask the Jaguars.

    Gabbert has started 45 games in his NFL career and gives the Titans an experienced understudy to Mariota. However, his overall body of work as a pro has been disappointing based on his draft pedigree.

Washington Redskins: Jordan Reed

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    This selection will undoubtedly upset some Washington Redskins fans, but a player's best ability is availability. Unfortunately, tight end Jordan Reed is frequently unavailable.

    Yes, Reed is a former Pro Bowler, a supreme talent and a legitimate game-changer when he is healthy. However, he is one of the NFL's most injury-prone pass-catchers, too. He has never appeared in more than 14 games in a season, and he made only five starts and six appearances in 2017.

    It's disappointing when a high-upside player like Reed is unable to contribute due to injuries.

    The Redskins have to be especially disappointed in the way his career has gone in recent years. He had a 952-yard, 11-touchdown season in 2015 and was rewarded with a hefty five-year, $46.75 million extension afterward. That's a lot of money for a player who has never reached the 1,000-yard mark, who struggles to stay healthy and who barely topped 200 yards in his six games last season.

    Reed is set to open training camp on the physically unable to perform list due to pain and soreness in one of his big toes, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. Seeing as he underwent surgery in April to address a lingering toe injury, there's no guarantee he'll be back to 100 percent when the season begins.


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