I decided to consider all of the past draft picks in the past decade, and see which one was the biggest failure for the Dolphins. With the Miami franchise being known for numerous draft busts over the years, in the past decade the biggest one just may have been Ronnie Brown. While this may surprise some, I have been highly disappointed with his inability to stay on the field.
Let’s face it, Jason Allen, Ted Ginn, they were both reaches. Brown was the #2 overall pick in the draft, and while he may have a better career than say, Cedric Benson, or Cadillac Williams, he still did not put up the type of production for my team that I would have liked. Yes, he was the leader of the Wildcat at it’s peak of productivity in 2008-09. Yes, when healthy, for the most part, he was a key cog in the Dolphins offense. But really sticks out to me was his inability to stay healthy, and even in a contract year, such as this past year, he was unable to put in the solid statistics, and move the chains for the team, like they were looking for in him.
Every year since Brown got drafted I’ve been holding my breathe because of his injuries issues, and because of the fact that while he was able to break tackles, he was unable to take a game over by himself like so many other top backs could. So yes, while Brown was certainly not the biggest bust in the history of the franchise, he was the biggest bust to me in the past decade for the team. For a #2 overall pick, I want my guy to lead my team, year in and year out, and in his case, lead the offense and be a game-breaker, and he just did not do that for this Fins team. Sadly, he most likely will be on his way out this off-season.
Brant Houghton – Editor DolphinsGab.com
New York Jets
This was a tough call between two equally deserving candidates, Blair Thomas and Vernon Gholston, but in the end I think Thomas was the bigger bust. Drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, Blaire Thomas was supposed to the next best thing. Instead he struggled with injuries and finished with only 2,009 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns in four seasons before the Jets released him. What makes the pick even worse was that later in the first round the Dallas Cowboys selected Emmitt Smith and the rest was history. He went on to become the NFL’s all time leader in rushing yards and win multiple Super Bowls, while Blair Thomas was out of the league after six seasons.
Chris Cipriano – Editor JetsGab.com
The Bills have certainly had their share of good and bad in the draft, and more recently it’s been a lot more bad than good. For their worst draft bust, let’s go back 9 years to the 2002 draft, where the Bills stood with the number four pick overall. The team decided to buy into the hype and take Texas offensive tackle Mike Williams. While he was decent with his foot work, Williams didn’t have the aggressive nature that is needed to play on the O-line, and he spent just four years in Buffalo, going back and forth between tackle and guard, before being released. He went on to try out for the Jaguars, then retired. He made a slight comeback in 2009 with Washington, but has since retired.
Matt Loede – Columnist BillsGab.com
New England Patriots
Consider this big-time draft bust: 1. Did not complete a pass in Super Bowl XX. 2. Got pulled for Steve Grogan. Ponder that for a moment. 3. Drafted 15th overall, right after Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly. 4. Selected the same year in which Dan Marino was chosen 12 picks later. 5. Sacked a then NFL-high 59 times in 1984. 6. Also, in the same season, the Fighting Illini product led the NFL in INT percentage, with 1.9 % of his passes being picked off; a 5-25 TD:INT ratio. 7. Eason failed to deliver despite being surrounded by a solid supporting cast and defense. I give the nod to Eason because New England could have won at least one Super Bowl if they had Kelly or Marino instead of him. He will always be remembered as one of the QB’s that didn’t pan out in the star-studded ’83 QB draft class and the guy that was so bad, he got pulled for Steve Grogan in a Super Bowl. The Patriots never won because of Eason, rather, they won in spite of him.
Russ Loede – Columnist PatriotsGab.com