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In response to: Who's the Worst Offensive Draft Pick?

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.

Thompson played slightly more than two seasons, gaining 302 combined rushing and receiving yards, with only 16 catches for 85 yards in his whole career.

He was also a kick returner. He gained 2,070 yards doing that in his short career.

That pick set the Giants back years.

Why is this the worst pick ever? Drafting one spot behind the Giants, the Oakland Raiders picked up Jack Tatum, who fiercely ruled their secondary for many seasons. The 20th pick went to the Rams and they took Jack Youngblood. The Cardinals, drafting in round two, got Dan Dierdorf at number 43 overall. Jack Ham went to Pittsburgh at 34th overall.

Youngblood, Ham and Dierdorf are in the Hall of Fame. Numerous pro bowlers went as low as as number 268 in the 11th round - Mike Wagner to the Steelers from Western Illinois.

Joe Theismann went 99th, Ken Anderson went 67th, Harold Carmichael 161 to the Eagles.

Rocky Thompson - the worst number one draft pick of all time.


Posted by: jharrington1 | April 1, 2009 1:46 PM

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