Top-10 NFL Draft Busts
Matthew Stafford was selected first overall this weekend in the 2009 NFL Draft. That’s not even the best part! He was given $41.7 million in the process! To put this in perspective, most college graduates make about $30K a year. So to make as much as Stafford got, fresh out of college, you get to work 1,390 more years.
Now I’m not saying that Stafford is due to be a bust. But there’s a long line of historic failures in the draft and I just couldn’t resist. So on to it!
(By the way, an honorable mention goes to Michael Vick, who never led his team to the Superbowl, murdered hundreds of innocent dogs, went bankrupt faster than Jermaine Dupruis, and began becoming a liability at quarterback because the only thing he loved doing more than killing puppies was overthrowing his receivers…and spreading STD’s under the name “Ron Mexico”. However, according he isn’t really a “bust” since he was a Pro-Bowl caliber player)
10. Brian Bosworth (1987 Supplemental Draft)
You think Stafford was overpaid as a rookie? Well you, my young friend, might be too young for the awesomeness of The Boz! The two-time Butkus Award winner was given $11 million over 10 years AFTER he was discovered using steroids in college and BEFORE he had played a snap in the NFL. He then sued the league so he could wear #44 (a case he lost), and blew the majority of his revenue on hair bleach. Not so surprisingly, Bosworth made an attempt at commentating…in the XFL! Oh the irony. The sweet, delicious irony.
9. David Carr (1st Overall – 2002 Draft –
I’ll admit, when Carr entered the league, everyone thought he had the skills, and tenacity, to become a viable NFL quarterback. The Texans, however, elected to build the team from the outside in, refusing to insulate Carr with the offensive line to protect him. Carr has eaten more turf than a sexually confused Lindsay Lohan.
When he was dumped and picked off the scrap heap by the Panthers, everyone thought it was a matter of time before he would replace Jake Delhomme in Carolina. Instead, we were all caught in our living rooms uttering the expression, “oh…oh wow…I was way off about David Carr…oh my…no, don’t do that!...oh good lord…switch back to the Lions-Vikings game, this is just awful”.
8. Tim Couch (1st Overall – 1999 Draft –
If the 1999 Draft Class had a 10 year reunion, like a high school class would, Couch is the guy that wouldn’t RSVP. Why? You can never argue that Couch was one of the worst draft picks in history when you consider the class behind him. That includes Champ Bailey, Donavan McNabb, Edgerrin James, Ricky Williams and Torry Holt. It also includes Akili Smith, but he’s more or less the guy who would get drunk off the free punch screaming, “I used to BE SOMEBODY!!!” while everyone pretended he wasn’t there. Speaking of the Bengals…
7. Peter Warrick (4th Overall – 2000 Draft –
It’s easy to argue that Courtney Brown was the worst pick in the 2000 draft, but how many times has a defensive end not lived up to snuff? I’m not letting Warrick escape my clutches. Warrick was absurdly productive at FSU when he won a championship against Michael Vick with Chris Weinke as his quarterback. He had an incredible college career. So what the hell happened?