Multiple media outlets have reported that on Friday, the Chicago Bears will workout four quarterbacks at Halas Hall. One of those signal-callers is the first overall pick from the 2007 NFL Draft, JaMarcus Russell. Russell has been out of the NFL since 2009 and rightly earned the “bust” label after three miserable seasons in Oakland.
With the NFL Draft approaching, now is a good time to look back at some of the players that didn’t really live up to expectations.
No matter the vast selection of scouting tools and evaluation methods each franchise has at their disposal, each draft class consists of certain players that prove to be over-drafted, bad fits, or just flat out busts.
Today let’s take a look at the seven worst first round picks in the last seven drafts, plus the one to come in this year’s draft.
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Also, more proof that JaMarcus Russell is an idiot (like we needed it), more proof that John Heyman might be a big, fat, idiot (at least according to our friends at Major League Jerk), and a pretty insightful piece from one of my favorite blogs about why every blogger needs a non-blogger spouse.
We are now more than 2 1/2 years into the NFL careers of the players who were drafted in 2007.
If you scroll down the list of first round draftees, several names will jump out at you of players who have already carved out solid beginnings to their careers.
In a few cases, some of the first round draftees from 2007 have proven to be franchise cornerstones worthy of high picks: Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, Darrelle Revis, Ted Ginn Jr, to name a few.
In other cases, however, the players drafted in 2007 have proven to be worth far less than what their draft position might suggest. This is no more evident than with respect to the two QBs drafted in the first round in 2007: JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn.
My goodness, what wasted first round picks those two are proving to be.
And amazingly, Russell and Quinn are not alone. Several other QBs were taken in 2007, none of whom have amounted to much of anything. Let’s review the carnage.
No position in the NFL is more highly scrutinized, debated, and discussed than the quarterback. It’s impossible to build a consistent winner without one (and people who follow the Cleveland Browns would tell you that it’s impossible to find one period).
After this weekend’s Packers loss to the Bucs, Aaron Rodgers was a popular topic of conversation on Twitter. I made the comment that he has not shown me that he has the “it” that people always talk about when it comes to QBs. Some agreed and some disagreed, but it got me thinking about where Rodgers falls in relation to today’s crop of QBs.
Thus, I set out to rank the quarterbacks currently holding starting NFL gigs, taking into account their current age and skill level, future potential, past accomplishments, and the general confidence level I would have if that player was the QB of my team.