The worst first-round pick from each SEC school in the NFL draft

JaMARCUS RUSSELL, courtesy LSU athletics


OT Bernard Williams
The particulars: Drafted 14th in 1994 by the Philadelphia Eagles
The skinny: Williams had prototype size for a left tackle (6-8, 320) and started all 16 games as a rookie. But that was it for his NFL career. He had substance abuse issues and was suspended six games for testing positive during training camp in 1995. He was suspended again a few months later for a year for more failed tests. He neglected to comply with a required treatment plan and never was reinstated.

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WR Randy Burke
The particulars: Drafted 26th in 1977 by the Baltimore Colts
The skinny: Atlanta drafted Kentucky OT Warren Bryant in the first round in 1977, and Bryant enjoyed a solid NFL career. Burke? He played 57 games in four seasons with the Colts – he missed his rookie season with injuries – and made just three starts; he finished his career with 30 receptions and three TDs. Burke had just 37 receptions at UK, but his size (6-2, 190) and speed intrigued the Colts.


QB JaMarcus Russell
The particulars: Drafted 1st overall in 2007 by the Oakland Raiders
The skinny: A handful of players taken first overall were busts, but none to Russell’s level. He had all the physical tools, including a cannon for an arm, but his work ethic was questionable and he always seemed out of shape. Russell started once as a rookie, 15 times in his second season and nine times in 2009. Oakland cut him after the 2010 draft and that was it for his career. He played in 31 games, with 25 starts (7-18 record), and threw 18 TD passes and 23 interceptions.

Mississippi State

OT Derek Sherrod
The particulars: Drafted 32rd in 2011 by the Green Bay Packers
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.

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QB Steve Pisarkiewicz
The particulars: Drafted 19th in 1977 by the St. Louis Cardinals
The skinny: Pisarkiewicz was a St. Louis native, but his return home was disastrous. He started four games in two seasons with the Cardinals before finishing his career by appearing in one game for the Packers in 1979. His final NFL stat line: 64-of-143 for 804 yards, three TDs and seven interceptions.

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