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Who's the Worst Offensive Draft Pick?

Which player was the biggest waste of an offensive draft pick?

Posted by Emil Steiner on March 30, 2009 2:00 PM

April 2 Winner: JHARRINGTON1

The worst draft pick ever was Rocky Thompson, a wide receiver from Bermuda by way of West Texas A&M, drafted number one (18th overall) by the New York Giants in 1971.

Posted by TOP COMMENTER, on April 2, 2009 1:26 AM

April 1 Winner: wprioleau

I've heard that Al leaves more football knowledge in the "bowl" than most folks will ever know, but when a man drafts a kicker in the first round of the draft at 17 it's time to put his wheelchair on cruise and point him in the direction of the bright warm light.

Posted by TOP COMMENTER, on March 31, 2009 11:09 PM

Hindsight Is 20/20, Except for Janikowski

I believe the worst offensive pick -- at least in modern football times -- occurred when the Oakland Raiders selected kicker Sebastian Janikowski from Florida State with the 17th pick of the 2000 draft.

Posted by Rob Rang, on March 31, 2009 3:50 AM

Schlichter Gelded the Colts

Schlichter not only was a bust, he busted up the Baltimore Colts

Posted by Jim McCormick, on March 30, 2009 3:30 PM

An All-Bust Offense

Since the "Worst Draft Pick Ever" is a no-brainer (Hello, Mr. Leaf!), I thought I'd put together an All-Bust Offense.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on March 30, 2009 3:09 PM

Can it be Elway?

Elway went on to be one of the five greatest quarterbacks (perhaps players) in the history of the sport. The Colts? Be them in Baltimore or Indianapolis, they never won more than nine games in a season during Elway's career (1983-1998).

Posted by Dan Levy, on March 30, 2009 2:26 PM

The Mandarich Misstep

Taken behind Troy Aikman, and sandwiched in between three Hall of Fame players, there's no doubt that it was this MSU mammoth worst pick in draft history.

Posted by Shawn Zobel, on March 30, 2009 2:07 PM

Leaf Never Turned It Around

Ryan Leaf was so unpleasant he made Heath Shuler seem positively Joe Montana-like.

Posted by Gene Wang, on March 30, 2009 2:02 PM


dalee16: probably the redskins drafting heisman trophy winning qb gary beban out of ucla in 1967...

delOH: Any one of these; Ken O'Brien, Tony Eason or Todd Blackledge, QB's selected before Dan Marino in the '83 draft!...

julianbfreund: Any and all draft picks by the Chicago Bears in the past 20 years could be considered the worst. They are consistent at least. ...

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