We’re a month away from the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, which means that for the next 31 days, you can dream about your favorite NFL team getting the guy it needs or your favorite college player going exactly where he needs to go to make sure he becomes the best possible pro.
But that also means we’re 31 days away from teams making decisions that three or four years from now (heck, maybe even just two) are going to be ridiculed.
It’s a fact of life: The draft, in any sport, is a crapshoot. Heck, any type of player evaluation is a crapshoot. There will be guys picked in the top 10 on April 26 who won’t do anything in the NFL, just like there are top-10 picks in the NBA, MLB and NHL drafts who don’t do anything. It’s the same in recruiting, where five-star prospect Jimmy Cantmiss is outplayed by three-star recruit Joe Whoisthatguy.
Each of the 32 picks made in the NFL draft’s first round will, on some level, make sense. The measurables of almost every pick will be impressive or even tremendous. The fit will look great. A position of need will be filled. But it’s a given that a bunch won’t live up to their first-round status, and there will be a handful who will be out-and-out busts.
In that vein, we are going to identify the worst pick at each of the 32 first-round draft slots in the past 50 years. Note that this is first-rounders only; this doesn’t look at players who were drafted, say, 30th overall back when the first round only had 28 picks.
Here we go.
32. OT Derek Sherrod
The particulars: Drafted in 2011 by the Green Bay Packers from Mississippi State
The skinny: He started one game in three seasons with the Packers – he missed the 2012 season with a broken leg – before being cut in November 2014. He never played in another game.
31. WR Rashaun Woods
The particulars: Drafted in 2004 by the San Francisco 49ers from Oklahoma State
The skinny: Woods was one of the best receivers in Big 12 history. He left Oklahoma State with 293 receptions, 4,414 yards and 42 TDs; all were Big 12 career records at the time. But he lasted just one NFL season, making seven catches.
30. OT Andre Johnson
The particulars: Drafted in 1996 by the Washington Redskins from Penn State
The skinny: He played in three NFL games in his career – and none were for the Redskins, who cut him after his rookie season. He was inactive every week as a rookie. He was with Miami and Detroit in 1997, but didn’t see the field. Johnson played in three games with the Lions in ’98, and that was it.
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