Draft Day: Here the list of the Worst 1st Picks Taken by Each Team in the Super Bowl Era

If in the first round you don’t succeed, cut your losses and move on.

 

The NFL Draft begins today without my beloved Bears partaking. We were warned “Don’t wait until next year,” but I’m happy with Kahlil Mack. To celebrate the sometimes occasional, sometimes continual draft-day incompetence of various franchises, I compiled a list of the worst first-round picks by every franchise. The one unfair listing is Kevin White of the Bears. He signed with the Cardinals, so he’s still active and could conceivably play for another five or ten years. If White actually carves out a meaningful career, he will rise about the rest of the train wrecks listed below, so things might change. The rest of them are on the outside looking in, and their careers won’t get any better or longer.

For the record, five teams have a quarterback as their single worst first-round pick in the Super Bowl era.  The Bears somewhat eliminated themselves because they rarely drafted quarterbacks high, and when they do, it usually someone who can’t play. Like JaMarcus Russell and the Raiders, however, the Bears pushed Cade McNown onto the field often to avoid allowing him to be the worst. Unlike the Raiders, however, the Bears don’t have a backup disaster like Todd Marinovich.

Y/N Team Last Name First Name P College PTS AY DY AG DG SB1 ADCS
2067 Baltimore Detwiler Jim RB Michigan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2267 Buffalo Pitts John WR Arizona State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2688 Denver Gregory Ted DT Syracuse 2 1 0 3 0 0 6
3180 Cincinnati Criswell Kirby LB Kansas 2 2 0 6 0 0 10
2183 Pittsburgh Rivera Gabriel DT Texas Tech 2 1 1 6 6 0 16
870 St. Louis Stegent Larry RB Texas A&M 1 1 1 7 7 0 17
2697 San Francisco Druckenmiller Jim QB Virginia Tech 2 2 2 6 6 0 18
1597 Miami Green Yatil WR Miami (FL) 1 1 1 8 8 0 19
2584 Dallas Cannon Billy LB Texas A&M 2 1 1 8 8 0 20
2491 Los Angeles Marinovich Todd QB USC 2 2 2 8 8 0 22
681 Green Bay Campbell Rich QB California 1 4 4 7 7 0 23
2999 Minnesota Underwood Dimitrius DE Michigan State 2 2 2 19 0 0 25
668 Boston Byrd Dennis DT North Carolina State 1 1 1 14 14 0 31
1817 Washington McDonald Ray RB Idaho 1 2 2 13 13 0 31
768 Washington Smith Jim DB Oregon 1 1 1 14 14 0 31
787 Detroit Rogers Reggie DE Washington 1 4 2 15 11 1 34
2120 Kansas City Morris Sylvester WR Jackson State 2 1 1 15 15 0 34
715 Chicago White Kevin WR West Virginia 1 3 3 14 14 0 35
985 Philadelphia Allen Kevin OT Indiana 1 1 1 16 16 0 35
1494 Philadelphia Williams Bernard OT Georgia 1 1 1 16 16 0 35
684 San Diego Cade Mossy DB Texas 1 2 2 30 0 0 35
1691 Seattle McGwire Dan QB San Diego State 1 5 4 13 12 0 35
2214 Cleveland Manziel Johnny QB Texas A&M 2 2 2 15 15 0 36
186 Tampa Bay Jackson Bo RB Auburn 1 4 0 38 0 0 43
586 Atlanta Profit Joe RB Louisiana-Monroe 1 3 3 23 15 0 45
1684 New York J Faurot Ron DE Arkansas 1 2 2 20 20 0 45
512 Jacksonvile Blackmon Justin WR Oklahoma State 1 2 2 20 20 0 45
1187 New Orleans Knight Shawn DT BYU 1 3 1 31 10 0 46
2797 Carolina Carruth Rae WR Colorado 2 3 3 22 22 0 52
1473 Houston Amundsen George RB Iowa State 1 3 2 29 23 0 58
2078 Los Angeles Peacock Elvis RB Oklahoma 1 3 2 27 24 1 58
2615 Baltimore Perriman Breshard WR Central Florida 2 2 2 27 27 0 60
1871 New York Thompson Rocky WR West Texas A&M 1 3 3 29 29 0 65
1615 Houston Johnson Kevin DB Wake Forest 1 3 3 34 34 0 75

Key:

N/Y:       The draft pick number and year.  Jim Detwiler was the 20th pick taken in 1967 (2067).

Team:

Player:

Pos:       Position

School:

PTS:       All picks chosen between 1 and 20 gain the team one point if the player makes the team.  Every twenty picks add one more point. The Colts earned 0 points because they took Detwiler 20th, but he never played in a single NFL game.

DY:         All years played for the team that drafted the player.

AG:        All games played in the NFL.

DG:        All games played for the team that drafted the player.

SB1:       Every time a player wins a Super Bowl ring, the team gets one point for every year of that player’s NFL service.  The Colts scored points because Detwiler played in 0 Super Bowls. Since Tom Brady played in nine Super Bowls, his chart goes from SB1 to SB9.

ADCS:    The total points a team earned for choosing a given player. If the draft pick never plays in the NFL, the team scores a zero. No other players earned as high or higher scores than Darrell Green, but Tom Brady will pass Green in the 2019 season, or after he gets into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, whichever comes first.

 

*The actual draft score belongs to the team that drafted the player. Even though Eli Manning won two Super Bowls with the Giants, he was actually drafted by the Chargers, so the Chargers get the credit for drafting him. If Manning achieved his career in a Chargers’ uniform, San Diego/Los Angeles would have gotten a higher score for drafting him.

 

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