Worst Quarterbacks Drafted in the last 10 years
Every championship team requires a solid quarterback. The Eagles have lost Donovan McNabb to cracked ribs, Matt Hasselbeck is out for the Seahawks and the Dolphins lost Chad Pennington for the season. Luckily all 3 teams had a backup plan so they didn’t have to call up any of the…
Worst Quarterbacks Drafted in the last 10 years:
10. Cade McNown: He was selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft by the Bears as the twelfth overall pick. He threw 16 TD and 19 interceptions and had a 67.7 QB rating.
McNown was criticized for his tendency to exhibit poor teamwork and had problems with throwing accuracy. He struggled in his two seasons with the Bears.
9. Rex Grossman: He led the Florida Gators to the 2000 SEC Championship, 2001 Sugar Bowl, 2002 Orange Bowl and the 2003 Outback Bowl and was the runner-up for the 2001 Heisman Trophy.
He was selected by the Chicago Bears as the twenty-second overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. The Bears made it to the 2006 Super Bowl but they lost against the Indianapolis Colts. To be honest the Bears would have played in the Super Bowl without Grossmans "help."
Grossman was selected before Dallas Clark, Larry Johnson and Willis McGahee.
8. Akili Smith: He was the third overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the third quarterback drafted, just behind Tim Couch (Cleveland Browns), and Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles).
Smith missed large periods of the 1999 training camp due to contract disagreements. During the 4 years he was in Cincinnati, he only started in 17 games, and was released in 2002.
He also played for Tampa Bay and was part of the Green Bay roster. In 2007, Smith signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
What's worse, the Bengals passed up names like Edgerrin James, Torry Holt, Champ Bailey and Chris McAlister in that draft.
7. Joey Harrington: He was drafted by the Detroit Lions third overall in 2002 after playing with Oregon in his College years.
Fans and media give him the label of "Savior" in Detroit, but guess what? It has been over 7 years since that pick and the Lions are still waiting for that savior.
He has thrown 79 TD and 85 interceptions in his career and has a mediocre 69.4 QB rating.
I still can't believe he was drafted before huge names like Julius Peppers, Roy Williams, Dwight Freeney, Albert Haynesworth, Javon Walker, Ed Reed, Clinton Portis and Brian Westbrook.
And of course he is currently a free agent right now, who would want Harrington running their team?
6. Vince Young: He was the third overall draft pick by the Titans in 2006. In his rookie season, Young was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and earned a roster spot on the AFC Pro Bowl team.
His ability to make plays with his feet was the reason he had a great rookie season, but after a couple of years the rest of the league learned how to stop him and he ended up being Kerry Collins backup.
Young's style is not enough to make an impact in this league. He is really fun to watch and will win you some games but he is not Super Bowl material.
5. Matt Leinart: He was drafted by the Cardinals as the 10th overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft. His college football numbers with USC are remarkable and no one knows why he hasn’t exploded in the NFL.
In 2007 Leinart suffered a fractured left collarbone after being sacked by St. Louis Rams linebacker Will Witherspoon. Three days later, he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
When he got to the NFL, Leinart was seen with Paris Hilton and other Hollywood stars and that made me question if he is really focused on his future in the NFL. Right now he is Kurt Warner’s backup at Arizona and that doesn’t seem to bother him.
4. David Carr: He was drafted by the Houston Texans as the first overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. Carr played five seasons with the Texans but did not get one winning season. He has thrown 64 TD and 70 interceptions in his entire career.
The 2002 NFL draft did not fare well for the QB's. The only QB from that draft who is still playing is Jaguars David Garrard.
Over time Carr buckled from having to carry the weight of a new franchise on is shoulders.
Right now, he is the backup QB of the NY Giants.
3. Alex Smith: He was drafted first overall by the 49ers in 2005 after playing with Utah. Smith agreed to a ridiculous six-year deal and a $49.5 million contract with the 49ers; the contract includes $24 million in guaranteed money. In his rookie season he threw one touchdown and 11 interceptions.
The 49ers passed up pro bowlers like Ronnie Brown, Braylon Edwards, DeMarcus Ware, Shawne Merriman, Roddy White and Marion Barber to get Smith in that draft. Frank Gore, the 65th overall pick, ended up being a much better selection than Alex Smith.
Smith became the backup QB for San Francisco after losing the position to Shaun Hill.
2. JaMarcus Russell: He was drafted by the Raiders in the first overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. He signed a six-year contract worth up to $68 million with $31.5 million guaranteed.
He’s static, slow and seems over-weight in my opinion. He has thrown one TD and four interceptions in the first week of the 2009 season and has a terrible QB rating of 39.8.
He only has two seasons completed and already looks like a “bust."
1. Ryan Leaf: He was selected as the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers after Peyton Manning. The funny thing is that a lot of scouts predicted he would actually be a better pro than Manning.
His only played four years and was known for having a poor relationship with teammates, the press and for performing horribly on the field.
He started in 21 games, threw 14 TD and 36 interceptions and was sacked 65 times.
The majority of the media agrees that Leaf is one of the biggest busts in NFL and professional sports history.