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Doug Farrar

Doug Farrar

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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.

QB: Ryan Leaf. Goes without saying. Guys like Akili Smith and Dan McGwire may have been bad players, but at least they weren't team-killing jerks.

RB: Ki-Jana Carter (1995). One of so many disastrous Bengals picks in the 1990s, and a primary reason that the team remained irrelevant through the decade.

RB: Lawrence Phillips (1996). One year later, the Rams selected the second man in out two-back system. Phillips combined a history of lawbreaking with a tainted legacy of inferior production to put himself at the top of the bust list.

WR: Charles Rogers (2003) and Mike Williams (2005). Ten years from now, when Matt Millen has re-made himself into one of television's top broadcasters, we'll look back and wonder, "Was his draft history with the Lions really so bad?" The answer, in the affirmative, will be, "Charles Rogers and Mike Williams." Currently, Rogers and Williams are both trying to hang on in the league.

TE: Vernon Davis (2006). A dominant Combine led the 49ers to take Davis sixth overall in 2006. All he's done in response is to provide iffy production and an attitude that got him kicked off the field by new head coach Mike Singletary. Beware the workout warriors, folks.

OT: Tony Mandarich (1991). He was the best offensive line prospect ever with his shirt off on the cover of Sports Illustrated, but the pro game exposed him as an unfinished player. Lately, he's added his name to the list of ex-players writing "I took steroids and I'm sorry" books.

OT: Chris McIntosh (2000). Not a bust per se, but the Seahawks invested a great deal in McIntosh, taking him in the first round along with some guy named Shaun Alexander. Recurring neck injuries led to a limited number of games in 2000 and 2001, and McIntosh retired in 2003.

Note: We'll give guards a break, since most of the guys drafted early tend to pan out.

C: Chris Spencer (2005). He was the first pick of Seattle team president Tim Ruskell's current administration, and though he's been a consistent starter since Robbie Tobeck's retirement, we haven't seen so much of the physical talent as we've seen his difficulty in making complex line calls. The team stayed with right guard Chris Gray at least a year too long because Gray understood the offense.

By Doug Farrar  |  March 30, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Draft Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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looks pretty solid to me. This team clearly could lose to the worst of them

Posted by: joelcavicchia | April 1, 2009 6:18 AM

Ki-Jana Carter has an excuse -- he ripped up his knee. Curtis Enis, on the other hand...

Posted by: tracker2 | April 1, 2009 11:34 AM

I think its too early to call Vernon Davis a bust. I think with Mike Singletary he can turn thinks around.

Posted by: desylver | April 1, 2009 11:39 AM

I think that injuries shouldn't be held against a player if he never made it. Hence, I would agree that Curtis Enis would be a much better choice than Ki-Jana Carter.

where's the defense? Brian Bosworth is on line 1.

Posted by: tracymohr | April 1, 2009 11:48 AM

Davis is not a bust. What TE has ever been good under Mike Martz? His system is not a good system for TE's. In addition he was hurt his rookie year and soph year but anybody who runs that fast and is that strong should be playing mor split end than tight end. He is a mismatch for any corner.

Posted by: cardswr11 | April 1, 2009 12:52 PM

Alex Smith who was drafted number 1 overall by the 49ers would have to be up there as a huge bust.

Posted by: jamalnasir_2000 | April 1, 2009 2:15 PM

OLD SCHOOL- Joe Don Looney, RB who played for four different colleges and five NFL teams. Drafted in the first round by the Giants, who traded him after less than a month!

Posted by: kguy1 | April 1, 2009 4:02 PM

Too early for Davis to be considered as a bust . He needs a new address ,a TE friendly address wih a dominate QB....Patriots ,Indy ,Atl or Washington would be a good fit.Martz hates TE's and Singletary is not a head coach...Davis needs to move on..... Too much talent going to waste in the Bay area.

Posted by: kevin_jones1115 | April 12, 2009 12:38 AM

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