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Old 01-30-2015, 12:58 PM
 
Location: NY
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Buffalo Bills- Aaron Maybin

Former number 9 overall pick. Was supposed to be a pass crushing specialist. Failed to record a single sack with the Bills. Was cut from the team after just two or three seasons. Was signed by the Jets and Rex somehow got a few sacks out of him. Not sure he has been in the league the last couple years though. He was way too light for the position, maybe 250lbs and had close to no agility and coordination. Came out early as Junior after a 10 or 11 sack season at Penn State.

Distant second might be Chris Watson, Cb.
Possibly, but I may counter with Mike Williams instead. Maybin was the 11th pick ,and was honestly a bit of a reach. He did not have many games under him at Penn State, and pundits seemed to think he was a top prospect based on athletic ability but would need some work in the pros.

Mike Williams was the 4th player taken in the draft, and was supposed to be a stud left tackle. A stud he wasn't. He made it 1 more year on the team (3) than Maybin (2), but was at least as big of a bust.

Really, they could be close to a toss up, but I give the edge to Williams based on draft position. Granted, the Bills might have reached for him too, as he was not the consensus top tackle in the draft. Minnesota faired much better taking Bryant McKinney with the 7th choice.
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Old 01-30-2015, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Vikings - Dimitrius Underwood (round 1, 1999) only practiced one day, but...

Searching for NFL Draft Bust Dimitrius Underwood - Lost Lettermen

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Dimitrius Underwood’s NFL career was just as bizarre as it was brief. But 13 years after his selection, there is no sign of the former Michigan State defensive end....

...The selection of Underwood in 1999 was a big risk to begin with for the Vikings since he had missed his final season with the Spartans. There was a report in the L.A. Times that Underwood faked an ankle injury that kept him out the entire ‘98 season under then-head coach Nick Saban...

...Underwood was selected with the 29th overall pick and showed up to his first practice during training camp in fatigues and saying he was ready to “go to war.” Apparently not. Underwood went AWOL after that first practice, causing many to categorize him as the worst first-round pick ever. Furthering the head-scratching nature of his departure, it came immediately after Underwood ended a hold-out and signed a five-year deal with the Vikes. Underwood said he was conflicted about his faith and playing football.

Out of the NFL, Underwood stabbed himself in the neck in October of 1999 when many thought he would be starting for Minnesota. Underwood walked down a Lansing street with blood dripping from his neck after cutting himself with steak knives. The L.A. Times said he told a police officer who came to his aid: “I am not worthy of God.” Underwood also reportedly told officers, “You are Satan and you’re going to hell” and “I want to be saved, I want to meet God.”...

...Despite that internal struggle, Underwood attempted an NFL comeback and played 19 games with the Dallas Cowboys from 2000-02. But in ‘01, Underwood attempted suicide again by walking into traffic on a Florida highway and asking passengers for a gun, telling police he “wanted to go to Jesus.” In ‘02, Underwood was arrested for robbing a paraplegic and assaulting a police officer.
Two years later and now out of the NFL for good, Underwood was found in his car in what was deemed a “drug-induced psychosis” that led him to be taken to a psychiatric ward.
He made a last-ditch attempt on the gridiron with the CFL’s Ottawa Renegades, who cut the defensive end before the 2005 season began. He finished his football career with 15 NFL tackles and four career sacks.
Underwood, now 35, hasn’t been heard from since -
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Old 01-30-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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Brian Bosworth.

Remembered for his lackluster professional football career, Bosworth was named the sixth worst flop on the Biggest Flops of the Last 25 Years list by ESPN in July 2004[8] and number three on NFL Network's NFL Top 10 Draft Busts.
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Old 01-30-2015, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Herndon, VA
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I'll give you three...

Trev Alberts, absolutely drafted way too high and flamed out early.



Jeff George, set the franchise back a decade.



Steve Entman, otherwise known as "glass knees".

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Old 01-30-2015, 02:18 PM
 
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Thomas? Really? What about Ochocinco? or Haynesworth? Or Welker?
Ochostinco and Haynesworth were busts, but the Pats didn't spend a lot of cap on those players. Both were gone after a year and didn't hurt the franchise. A risk worth taking.

Welker? He was a free agent steal from the Dolphins.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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Buffalo Bills- Aaron Maybin

Former number 9 overall pick. Was supposed to be a pass crushing specialist. Failed to record a single sack with the Bills. Was cut from the team after just two or three seasons. Was signed by the Jets and Rex somehow got a few sacks out of him. Not sure he has been in the league the last couple years though. He was way too light for the position, maybe 250lbs and had close to no agility and coordination. Came out early as Junior after a 10 or 11 sack season at Penn State.

Distant second might be Chris Watson, Cb.
I'm surprised anyone even remembers Chris Watson. I remember when Denver drafted him in 1999. He had a phenomenal preseason that year as a return man and corner back, but then basically fell apart in the regular season. His only notable accomplishments were a 71 yard kick return against the Jets (same game where Terrell Davis' career was effectively ended) and an 81 yard punt return for a touchdown against the Seahawks.

We traded him to your Bills in the 2000 preseason after we drafted Deltha O'Neal. Personally, I wish Watson would have been given more time to grow in Denver.

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A handful of players come to mind for the Broncos.

If I have to pick one player the choice is difficult, but given the obscene amount of money they threw at him at the time (and the big bag of nothing they got in return) I'll go with Dale Carter.

Denver signed him to a 4-year contract worth $22.8 million (making him the highest-paid DB in the league). Had one mediocre season with the team in '99, and was released by the Broncos after being suspended for the entire 2000 season for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. That signing was the single dumbest move of Mike Shanahan's tenure with the Broncos.
Gee thanks, I had nearly purged the memory of Dale Carter from my mind until you brought it back up. I think Dale Carter's defining moment isn't even known by many, but after losing a close came to Tampa Bay that year, Carter seemed more concerned about his hot dogs being cold. The real insult though, IMO, comes from the fact that the money given to Carter was saved by cutting Steve Atwater.

If I were to pick the Broncos to receive this honor, I'd take Marcus Nash and Terry Pierce. Nash was our first round pick in 1998. He caught 4 passes in 1998 before getting traded away to Miami for fellow first round flop John Avery, who promptly flipped him again to Baltimore. He washed out of the NFL completely, though he did become a star in the Arena Football League. Pierce was drafted in the second round in 2003 as a bargaining chip against impending free agent Al Wilson. Wilson eventually re-signed with Denver and Pierce only played sporadically and on special teams.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Tampa (by way of Omaha)
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I'll give you three...

Trev Alberts, absolutely drafted way too high and flamed out early.



Jeff George, set the franchise back a decade.



Steve Entman, otherwise known as "glass knees".
I wouldn't put Emtman and Alberts on there. Injuries ended their careers, not being bad football players.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:32 PM
 
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Ochostinco and Haynesworth were busts, but the Pats didn't spend a lot of cap on those players. Both were gone after a year and didn't hurt the franchise. A risk worth taking.

Welker? He was a free agent steal from the Dolphins.
Fair enough regarding their low pay.

Welker was obviously very productive, but IMO this thread is really about biggest busts/disappointments, not really worst player, because that would most likely be someone no one ever heard of. Welker is a tiny little guy who can't catch a critical pass for his life in big games against physical defenses.
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Old 01-30-2015, 02:54 PM
 
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Ryan Leaf, Quincy Carter, Chad Hutchinson.

Thats why I dont get how some Cowboys fans bash Romo considering he's the best thing we've had since Aikman
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:50 PM
 
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A handful of players come to mind for the Broncos.

If I have to pick one player the choice is difficult, but given the obscene amount of money they threw at him at the time (and the big bag of nothing they got in return) I'll go with Dale Carter.

Denver signed him to a 4-year contract worth $22.8 million (making him the highest-paid DB in the league). Had one mediocre season with the team in '99, and was released by the Broncos after being suspended for the entire 2000 season for multiple violations of the league's substance abuse policy. That signing was the single dumbest move of Mike Shanahan's tenure with the Broncos.
I can match that one my friend----Daryl Gardner!

High draft choice with Miami, played several seasons with them. Then signed for a one year deal with the Redskins, waiting for a big payday. Denver got him one. Signed him for 7 years and 34.8 million dollars with a 11 million dollar bonus. Fast forward to July-----

Got into a fight at 3 in the morning at a International House of Pancakes parking lot in Aurora. Duh.

Wound up breaking his wrist and missed training camp because of injury. Duh.

Had a setback in the preseason with the wrist and didn't start any preseason games, finally starting in week three. Duh.

Was in Shanahan's doghouse from then on as he got on one of the sport talk stations in Denver and ripped the assistant coaches because of their defensive schemes that he didn't like. Later he ripped Shanahan himself on a different talk station. Duh.

Deactivated for the last few weeks of the season reportedly by the Rocky Mountain News for an undisclosed football illness, got his release Duh.

Told a Denver Post reporter "I'll be back in the league with a team who knows my talents." Duh.

He was out of the league by the next year-2004.

Brutal.
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