Nobody’s perfect, and that’s especially true for NFL front offices. Whether they make a crazy trade, overpay for a washed-up free agent, or in today’s case, draft a bust that ruins a franchise. Let’s take Tim Tebow for example. The Broncos wasted a first-round pick, got a handful of semi-acceptable games with God’s gift to football behind center, and sent him on his way. Yes, he was a bust, but no, the Broncos were not ruined, and recovered quickly enough to win Super Bowl L.
Now, we are not exactly focused on NFL Draft busts, but more on picks, moves and decisions that ruined a franchise. Sometimes, it is a quarterback that never panned out, others, it’s skipping over a future hall of famer for a career role player. The team may have suffered years of mediocrity, or in some cases – I’m talking to you Cleveland fans – decades of despair. These moves ended up coming back to haunt the franchise even years later, and their misfortunes could all be traced back to that one error. So, let’s hope your teams draft blunder is behind them, and continue reading for every NFL team’s draft mistake that completely ruined them.
32. Arizona Cardinals – Tony Sacca
The Cardinals have had several draft busts throughout their franchises history. You’ve got first-round duds such as Matt Leinart, Andre Wadsworth, and Wendell Bryant, but they never really “ruined” the franchise. Our pick for worst draft mistake is the 1992 second-round pick out of the Penn State University, quarterback Tony Sacca.
Sacca never put up great numbers in Happy Valley, but had shown improvement in his final years as a Nittany Lion. The Phoenix (yes, they were called Phoenix at the time) Cardinals took the 6’5″ quarterback in the second round, and fans were hoping the Cards could turn their franchise around with Sacca, but they were let down. Sacca played in two games in 1992, and threw two interceptions, while the Cardinals missed the playoffs for the 10th straight season. Just another hiccup in a struggling franchise, but Arizona struggled until they finally made the playoffs again in 1999.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Aundray Bruce
Really, we all want to say that trading away Brett Favre, after one year, is Atlanta’s ultimate mistake. But, we are focused on the draft here, so the outside linebacker out of Auburn University takes our title of the Falcons’ draft mistake that ruined their team. Bruce was taken first overall in 1988, and was expected to sure up Atlanta’s defense. But, he only started 42 games in his 11-year career, and was nothing more than a role player.
Clearly, Bruce was a bust, but when you look at the players that were taken after him, the Falcons look even more foolish. Tim Brown, Randall McDaniel, and Michael Irvin, all future HOFers, taken in the first round after Bruce. While the “dirty birds” made the playoffs in 1991, they struggled mightily in the years that followed, until getting to the Super Bowl in 1998. I’m sure the state of Georgia would have loved to take someone else in 1988!
30. Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Boller
Baltimore fans should be absolutely livid that head coach Brian Billick stuck with Boller for so long. In 2003, the Ravens selected the Cal QB with the 19th overall pick. Just a few years earlier, Baltimore won the Super Bowl with a dominant defense, and a game-managing quarterback in Trent Dilfer. That’s all that they needed Kyle Boller to be, a game manager. But, even with a staunch defense still intact, the next four seasons were ruined due to poor offensive play. Imagine what a powerhouse the Ravens could have been with a competent leader behind center.
Boller ended up having a dismal career, throwing more interceptions than touchdowns, and leaving a bad taste throughout the entire state of Maryland. If Baltimore didn’t trade up to get Boller, they probably would have landed potential HOFer, Vince Wilfork, in 2004. Too bad Baltimore, but you could have done so much more in the 2000s with a QB.
29. Buffalo Bills – J.P. Losman
J.P “Loss”man came into the NFL as the 22nd overall pick out of Tulane. Buffalo was excited, and thought they finally had their quarterback. Fans had been coming off a five-year hangover since their last playoff berth in 1999, and were begging for a savior. In a draft class that brought out Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and Ben Roethlisberger, Losman was poised to be the Bills messiah.
WRONG! Losman suffered through a few dismal years in Buffalo before being traded in 2008. He finished up his NFL career with a a near 1:1 TD-INT ratio, and never looked like a winner on the field. Unfortunately for Bills fans, they are now riding an 18-year-old hangover since their last playoff run. Imagine that, a tiny baby could have born after the Bills last playoff game, and be legal today. So sad, but true.
28. Carolina Panthers – Rae Carruth
If it wasn’t for Carruth’s psychotic crimes, maybe he wouldn’t be the Panthers worst draft bust. The wide receiver was taken in the first round of the 1997 draft by the Panthers, and had a decent rookie season, but got hurt in his Sophomore campaign. That’s when we get to the real story.
Carruth got his friend, a night club manager, to shoot his pregnant girlfriend four times near his home in Charlotte. The victim didn’t die, so Carruth was released on bail under the condition that if either his girlfriend or the baby died, he would need to turn himself in. Well, she died, the baby was born with Cerebral Palsy due to oxygen deficiency, and Carruth went on the run. They found him hiding in the trunk of his car in Tennessee and he was eventually sentenced to 18-24 years in prison. Apparently, Carruth is supposed to get out in October 2018. Not only was he a bust, but he ruined the Panthers’ reputation.
27. Chicago Bears – Cade McNown
With the 12th pick of the 1999 NFL, the Chicago Bears select, Cade McNown, UCLA. The 1999 QB class was supposed to be that of legends with five highly touted recruits: Tim Couch, Akili Smith, Donavan McNabb, Daunte Culpepper, and of course, our biggest draft mistake that ruined the Chicago Bears, Cade McNown. While scouts had questions about McNown’s arm strength going into the draft, but there was no doubting his dominance in college.
But, just like theme of this list, McNown never panned out in the big league, and only played two seasons with the Bears before being traded in to the Miami Dolphins. The ex-Bruin finished his professional career with 16 TDs, 19 INTs, and an overall QB rating of 67.7, leaving Bears fans wondering what the hell Chicago was doing drafting him in the first place.
26. Cincinnati Bengals – Akili Smith
Let’s stick with the same 1999 Draft and take the third overall pick, and third QB taken off the board, Akili Smith. The Bengals needed a team leader and turned to the athletic QB to turn their franchise around. Unfortunately for the Bengals, Smith’s lack of football prowess outweighed his athletic ability. He had a hard time grasping the Bengals playbook and didn’t study enough film to become a successful quarterback. Scouts should have known this, as he had to attend Junior College due to low SAT scores and scored only a 16 on his Wonderlic test the first time he took it.
The former Oregon Duck QB fizzled out of the league in the early 2000s, finishing his career with only 5 TDs and 13 INTs. What’s worse is after Smith, seven of the following eight picks in that draft were all Pro Bowlers, so the Bengals really would have been better off just
25. Cleveland Browns – Tim Couch and Every Subsequent Quarterback Drafted
We went from the 12th overall pick in 1999 in Cade McNown, to the third overall pick, Akili Smith, to the now first overall pick, and subsequently the beginning to the worst franchise in football, Tim Couch to the Cleveland Browns. The Browns missed out on good QBs like Culpepper and McNabb, and continue to miss out on QBs to this day i.e. Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson. There have now been 28 different starting quarterbacks for Cleveland since Tim Couch was drafted, and their organization is managed worse than a run-down McDonald’s.
I mean, we need to cut Cleveland some slack. They were returning to Northeast Ohio as an expansion team in 1999, and had a lot of work ahead of them. Unfortunately, the struggle is still going on today, and their first pick, Tim Couch, was the spark that ignited the dumpster fire.
24. Dallas Cowboys – Quincy Carter
Calling out all Dallas Cowboy fans who think that “America’s team” has been a powerhouse in the last two decades. Please shut up! The Cowboys have only won two playoff games since 1996. Nothing sums up their horrible play more than the drafting of Quincy Carter. He was supposed to lead the Cowboys to the promise land when Jones and company took him in the second round of the 2001 draft.
Critics were baffled that the Cowboys even considered Carter at this position and was later found out that it was all Papa Jerry’s idea. Eventually, in his third season, Carter led Dallas to the playoffs after a 10-6 season, but was cut the following season. Why? Come to find out he had already failed his third drug test. What a waste of a pick, and it just shows how Jerry Jones’ meddling has hurt this team more than it’s helped in the last 20 years.
23. Denver Broncos – Marcus Nash
Honestly, I would have like to put Tim Tebow in this position, but, he did win a playoff game and the Broncos did win the Super Bowl a few years later, so he didn’t ruin the franchise. Denver’s pick that ruined their team was their first round selection in 1998, immediately after they won the Super Bowl, wide receiver Marcus Nash.
In his rookie season at Mile High, Nash only hauled in four passes for 76 yards. The following season, he only played in two games and was cut. The Broncos could have used their pick to establish a dynasty (Hines Ward was still available), but instead Denver went 13 seasons with just one playoff victory. That was until God’s gift to quarterbacks came to the Broncos in Tim Tebow. Maybe if they planned for life after Elway, the Broncos could have been dominant through the beginning of the Millennium.
22. Detroit Lions – WRs Charles Rogers And Mike Williams
The Detroit Lions are one of the few franchises that have never made it to the Super Bowl. But, good news is around the corner, in 2017, the Lions look good and the NFC North looks weak, so they may have a chance. Two draft choices that are still affecting Detroit to this day are the pick up of two first round receivers, Charles Rogers and Mike Williams.
Rogers was selected second overall in 2003 out of Michigan State University. After a decent first few games, Rogers broke his collarbone and got into drugs. He was never the same. Therefore, in 2005, the Lions took Mike Williams 10th overall, a receiver out of USC. The problem with Williams was that he had been out of football for a year and never recovered from being away from the game for so long. Two years later, the Lions finally got a receiver right with Calvin Johnson, but the Lions were so bad as an organization by the time Megatron came around they couldn’t build a contender in his time there.
21. Green Bay Packers – Tony Mandarich
In a star-studded 1988 NFL draft, Tony Mandarich was wedged in where he didn’t belong. The Green Bay Packers took the Michigan State offensive tackle second overall, right after Troy Aikman was taken. Sports Illustrated called Mandarich the best offensive line prospect ever.” But after a rookie contract holdout and mediocre play on the field, Mandarich was released by the Packers, and Sports Illustrated came back in 1992 calling Mandarich “The NFL’s Incredible Bust.”
Now, you may be thinking, he’s just a bad player, but you have to consider who the Packers could have taken instead. After Aikman and Mandarich, the three, four, and five picks were Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas, and Deion Sanders. Four out of the top 5 picks would be future HOFers. Everyone besides the draft bust Mandarich.
20. Houston Texans – David Carr
David Carr’s situation is directly comparable to Tim Couch. Two highly-touted quarterbacks out of college, getting selected first overall to expansion teams. Clearly, David’s situation was not ideal, and he really floundered as a Texan. Over the course of his short career with Houston, Carr threw for 59 TDs and 65 INTs, not numbers you would like to see out of the start of your franchise. Did I mention the Texans never had a winning season with Carr at the helm?
Again, what was owner Bob McNair supposed to do in 2002, not draft a quarterback? That’s the person your supposed to build your franchise around. But, he could have taken a solid o-lineman, or the sack king, Julius Peppers. It only took Texans fans 15 years to bounce back after this nasty draft mistake, when they finally got Deshaun Watson, who looks like their savior.
19. Indianapolis Colts – Steve Emtman
Anytime a number one pick turns into a complete bust, it’s probably that franchise’s biggest mistake, and that’s no different for the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts took Steve Emtman, a defensive end out of the University of Washington, with the first overall pick in the 1992 NFL draft. Even though he had a thrilling 90-yard interception return in his rookie year, Emtman was plagued by injuries, and never got his head, or his body back in the game.
After several years outside the league, Sam Gardner from Fox Sports interviewed Emtman, who said his only regret was coming back to soon from injury and not staying healthy. In his own words, “As you get away from it for a few years, it’s like, ‘Man, it would have been a lot smarter to get 100 percent healthy.’ But I didn’t, and it’s kind of one of those things I wish I could have changed, but I don’t regret anything. I worked hard for every organization to be on the field and I tried to fulfill what I could. I didn’t give up, and I fought through it.”
18. Jacksonville Jaguars – Matt Jones
At 6’6″, the towering quarterback-turned-receiver was supposed to be the main weapon for Byron Leftwich, David Garrard, and company over a decade ago. The Jaguars selected the Arkansas Razorback with the 21st overall pick of the 2005 draft, and planned on turning him into a versatile, down-field weapon. Scouts were wary about the Jaguars decision to pluck Jones off the board so high, considering he lacked experience at the position.
Jones started off his career fine, reeling in nine touchdowns over is first two seasons. But, in 2007, his production declined, and he suffered from severe substance abuse issues. After putting up only three scores in the following two seasons, Jones played in his last regular season game before fizzling out of the league. The sad part is that Aaron Rodgers was taken only four spots behind him in the draft; a true mistake!
17. Kansas City Chiefs – Jonathan Baldwin
Widely considered as a one of the top busts in Chiefs history, Jonathan Baldwin didn’t necessarily ruin Kansas City’s franchise, rather than hinder their progression. After having a disappointing 2009 season going 4-12, the Chiefs bounced back and won the AFC West with a 10-6 record in 2010. They were poised to continue growing, but took a step back with Baldwin. They dropped back to under .500 for a few years until ownership brought in Andy Reid and Alex Smith to lead the franchise.
As for Baldwin, after a disappointing rookie year, he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for fellow draft bust, A.J. Jenkins, and neither ever got their career off the ground. In 2011, the Chiefs would have had more success grabbing Mark Ingram or Muhammad Wilkerson instead of Baldwin.
16. Los Angeles Chargers – Ryan Leaf
Every sports fans knows the name Ryan Leaf is synonymous with disappointment. The quarterback out of Washington State was taken second overall in the 1998 NFL draft, only behind fellow quarterback Peyton Manning, who went to the Colts. Apparently, Indianapolis’s scouts wanted to take Leaf, but Manning impressed then team president, Bill Polian, in his individual workouts and interview. Leaf on the other hand, missed his interview altogether.
That being said, Leaf ended up in San Diego, but played absolutely horrible his rookie year. He had a hot head in the locker room, and a poor work ethic off the field. It was clear to see that he had been getting by on pure talent so far in life, but the NFL is a whole other ball game. Leaf was out of the league by 2001, and has since struggled with opiate addiction. What a waste of a draft pick, and it surely ruined the Chargers until Rivers came around!
15. Los Angeles Rams – Lawrence Phillips
Phillips was slated to be a great NFL running back. He had the size and speed at 6’0″, 225 lbs. The running back out of the University of Nebraska was supposed to go to the Ravens, but at fourth overall in the 1996 NFL Draft, Baltimore selected Jonathan Ogden instead. Phillips fell in the Rams’ lap at pick six, and they were so confident in his ability, that they traded future HOFer, Jerome Bettis, to the Steelers before the season.
Scouts agreed that Phillips’ talent was unmatched, but everyone looked past his anger issues. In college, he dragged a girl down three flights of stairs and smashed her head into a mailbox, only to be suspended six games. Well, after poor play in the NFL, head coach Dick Vermeil, wanted to demote Phillips’ to second string. The former Cornhusker stormed out and missed his next meeting, and was eventually cut from the team when they smelled alcohol on his breath before a game. Lucky for the Rams, they were able to grab Marshall Faulk in a trade shortly after, but Phillips’ was just another bust!
14. Miami Dolphins – Dion Jordan
The Dolphins must feel silly moving up in the draft to grab Dion Jordan third-overall in the 2013 draft. In his rookie year, Jordan looked like an up and coming star, recording 26 tackles, two sacks, and two pass deflections. But the defensive end out of the University of Oregon fell into some hot water, and was caught violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy in 2014, not once, but twice. Oh yeah, he failed a third time in 2015 and was suspended the entire season. After finally being reinstated in 2016, Miami cut the draft bust. But, the Seahawks took a chance on Jordan, and he played in his first game in three years on November 8th.
I’m sure the Dolphins would have rather taken Ezekiel Ansah, who has been a force in Detroit, or even Xavier Rhodes, since they were all drafted behind Jordan. Let’s all be honest though, every franchise in the AFC East is ruined until Tom Brady retires!
13. Minnesota Vikings – Dimitrius Underwood
According to Charles Robinson at Yahoo! Sports, the selection of Underwood may have been “arguably the dumbest pick ever made in the first round.” While the defensive-linemen out of the Michigan State University was one of the best talents on the field, coaches at MSU warned potential NFL teams that Underwood was not mentally fit to be on an NFL roster. The Vikings ignored these warnings, and drafted him with the 29th overall pick in 1999.
Underwood ended up walking out of training camp in August, as he struggled with his faith. He thought the apocalypse was upon us, and was writing notes and bible verses on paper instead of taking notes in film study. The Vikings could have selected Pro Bowl DE Patrick Kerney instead, who was taken only one spot after Underwood.
12. New England Patriots – Entire 1990 Draft
In 1990, the Patriots were coming off a dismal 5-11 season, despite having winning records the previous four years, which started off with a Super Bowl loss in 1985. New England was trying to get back to greatness, and it seemed like things were looking up when they dealt Seattle their third overall pick in 1990, for an eighth and tenth overall pick that same year.
Unfortunately for New England, with the eighth pick, they took Chris Singleton, linebacker out of Arizona, who never made an impact on defense, and was cut by Parcells in 1994. With the tenth pick, they took Ray Agnew, who ended up being a decent role player, but never really stood out. On the other hand, with the third pick that New England dealt to Seattle, the Seahawks took future hall of fame defensive tackle, Cortez Kennedy. Junior Seau was still on the board as well, if the Pats wanted him at third.
11. New Orleans Saints – Russell Erxleben
Yes, finally, we get to a kicker. The Saints pulled off the unthinkable and took a kicker with the 11th overall pick in 1979. Erxleben had been a dependable place kicker at the University of Texas, but no one thought he would be drafted that high. New Orleans hoped to save an extra spot on the active roster by having him perform both the place kicking and punting duties, but Erxleben ended up mostly punting through his short, underwhelming NFL career. Unfortunately for the Saints, they could have taken Hall of Famers Joe Montana or Kellen Winslow instead!
Currently, Erxleben is serving a 90 month prison sentence for money laundering stemming from his involvement in a Ponzi Scheme. He should be released in the year 2021, and will always be known as a bust.
10. New York Giants – Cedric Jones
The New York Football Giants have had a storied history of drafting great pass rushers. Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and George Martin just to name a few. One pass rusher of the Giants that doesn’t fit this mold is Cedric Jones. Jones was drafted with the fifth overall pick of the 1996 draft, and was supposed to compliment an already staunch defensive line. Unfortunately for the Maras, he never made an impact.
Over the course of his career, Jones totaled 15 sacks through five seasons, and fizzled out of the league in 2001. With players like Eddie George and Marvin Harrison still on the board, the Giants should regret taking the defensive end out of the University of Oklahoma.
9. New York Jets – Drafting Unimportant Positions In The First Round
The Jets have been the laughing stock of the AFC East for the past few years, struggling at the quarterback position. One huge mistake they made was drafting Christian Hackenberg, QB out of Penn State, in the second round in 2016. He has been so bad, that the Jets won’t even let him play a snap in the regular season, despite it clearly being a lost season. But that’s not the huge mistake that has ruined their franchise.
What we are going for is their dumb decisions to take unimportant positions too high up in the draft. In 2005, they took kicker Mike Nugent in the the mid-second-round, and he only gave them two good years. In 1987, they splurged on Roger Vick, fullback out of Texas A&M, with the 21st overall pick. He fizzled out of the league in a few years as well. If I was a Jets fan, I’d hold my breath every draft day.
8. Oakland Raiders – JaMarcus Russell
Oh poor Raiders fans. Ever since Rich Gannon left the league, Oakland has been awful. But in 2007, when they possessed the number one pick, the tides seemed to be turning. JaMarcus Russell, the behemoth of a quarterback out of LSU, was poised to be the Raiders’ savior. Pre-draft, scouts stated that he had great arm strength and his size and versatility would be a big match-up problem.
Boy, was everybody wrong. Saying Russell underachieved is an understatement. He couldn’t grasp the Raiders playbook and his decision-making was piss poor. There was so much potential, yet so little execution. The Raiders were ruined for at least seven years after Russell, consistently picking in the top 10 to rebuild their team. Eventually, they were able to grab Derek Carr, who has some real promise in the Bay Area and the Raiders have dug themselves out of the hole Russell put them in.
7. Philadelphia Eagles – Jay Berwanger
Step in our time-machine and journey back to pre-WWII, the first inaugural NFL draft. The Philadelphia Eagles had the first pick of the draft and took halfback Jay Berwanger, the former Heisman Trophy Winner, out of the University of Chicago in 1936. During contract negotiations, Berwanger wanted a whopping $1,000 per game, but the Eagles refused and traded his rights to the Bears. Instead of signing with Chicago, he went on to try for the 1936 Olympic team in decathlon. But, the football standout wasn’t a good enough athlete for the USA, and came back to attempt a run in the NFL. Again though, contract disputes got in the way, and Berwanger never played a snap in the league. Nothing worse than starting the NFL with a number one pick who never played a down.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers – Passing On Dan Marino
It’s 1983, and Terry Bradshaw had just quarterbacked the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last 13 years. But, it was time for the reigns to be passed on. Queue April 26, the 1983 NFL draft at the Sheraton Hotel in New York. Fans were ready to sign a hometown hero, quarterback out of the University of Pittsburgh, Dan Marino. There was no better time, or place, for Marino to go. So, with the 21st overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Gabriel Rivera, defensive tackle, Texas Tech. What?!
Marino ended up being drafted by the Dolphins 27th overall, and thus set the next two decades of dominance for Miami. While he never won a Super Bowl, I would put money on the hypothetical that he would have won a few in Pittsburgh. Either way, the Rooney family really dropped the ball passing on Marino.
5. San Francisco 49ers – Jim Druckenmiller
Druckenmiller never even had a chance to live up to his hype. In a city that was dominated by great quarterback play for two decades with Joe Montana and Steve Young, Druckenmiller could never be exactly what 49ers fans wanted, which was another Hall of Hamer. They took the former Virginia Tech quarterback with the 26th overall pick of the 1997 draft, intending him to be groomed under Steve Young and head coach Steve Mariucci.
In his rookie season, Druckenmiller filled in a few times fro the injured Young, but looked less than stellar in his performances. He was traded to the Dolphins in 1999, finishing his career with one touchdown, four interceptions, and a total of 239 passing yards. ESPN has him ranked as one of the top draft busts of all-time. Luckily for San Francisco, undrafted QB Jeff Garcia was able to fit into their offense quite nicely in the post-Young era.
4. Seattle Seahawks – Entire 1985 Draft
The Seahawks missed out on several players in 1985. Their first-round pick was traded to Cincinnati for center Blair Bush, but Bush was no superstar. If they drafted in the first round, Seattle would have had their choice of All-Stars Randall Cunningham, or even Kevin Glover. Instead, they took FB Owen Gill out of the University of Iowa in the second, who was eventually traded to the Colts, and never played a down for the Seahawks.
Moving into the third round, Seattle took wide receiver Danny Greene, who ended up playing only four games with the Seahawks. In the fourth, they took TE Tony Davis, who never produced at all. It’s tough for a franchise to continue winning when all of their draft picks ended up being huge busts!
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Roberto Aguayo
Not many kickers make our list, but Roberto Aguayo is a great exception. Tampa Bay thought they were getting a steal drafting the former Florida State Seminole in the second-round of the 2016 draft, but nerves got in the way as the season started. At the end of 2016, Aguayo earned the unofficial, made-up title of worst kicker, since he finished with the lowest field goal percentage of any kicker who had attempted at least five kicks. The Buccaneers owned up to their mistake and cut Aguayo in 2017, where he has bounced around the league trying to find a job.
The worst part about all of this is that instead of protecting their franchise quarterback, Winston, or even surrounding him with weapons, Tampa Bay took a kicker. I’m sure a decade down the line, fans and experts alike will look back and say this is the move that ruined the Bucs franchise.
2. Tennessee Titans – Jake Locker
From 2011-2014, the Titans stunk! Why is that you may ask? Well, it’s not really a tough question, it’s because they wasted their 8th-overall pick on University of Washington quarterback, Jake Locker. Highly touted going into the draft, Locker struggled with decision-making in the NFL, finishing up his short career with 27 TDs and 22 INTs over three years. In 2015, after suffering from several nagging injuries, Locker called it quits, and walked away from the NFL, leaving the Titans high and dry.
Who knows what could have been in Tennessee if they passed on Locker and took either Andy Dalton or Colin Kaepernick, or even went to the defensive side of the ball and picked up J.J. Watt. Either way, the Titans have recovered with Marcus Mariota at the helm in Nashville, but the franchise was ruined with Locker behind center.
1. Washington Redskins – Heath Shuler
What a bright future that never was! Washington took Heath Shuler third overall in the 1994 NFL Draft, and he was supposed to lead the team back to the Super Bowl, in which they won two years previously. But, contract negotiations shortened Shuler’s training camp, and he found himself in a quarterback battle with seventh-rounder, Gus Frerotte. While the former Tennessee Volunteer had his chances in the NFL, he never lived up to his pre-draft hype, and ruined the quarterback position in Washington for years to come.
Post-football, Shuler decided he would get into politics, and eventually ended up back in Washington, where he was on the U.S. House of Representatives, serving the 11th-district of North Carolina.
Well, that wraps it up. Best of luck to all your franchises on draft day!
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