A close up of Brian Bosworth #55 of the Seattle Seahawks as he looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 3
A close up of Brian Bosworth #55 of the Seattle Seahawks as he looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 31-10.
The most talented and athletic college players don't always make the best pros. Take David Carr (pictured), for example, whom the Houston Texans chose first overall in 2002. Here is a look at some of the worst picks of the past 25 years. Click through to see what they are up to now.
In 2007, leading up to the draft, "experts" compared Brady Quinn to Carson Palmer. He was projected to be drafted in the first half of the first round, but he stayed in the Radio City Music Hall green room much longer than expected. The Cleveland Browns drafted him 22nd overall, and he never turned into a franchise QB. Bing: What's Quinn up to now? Find: The latest on his recent contract
Gholston was drafted sixth overall in 2008 (which team?) and lasted for four seasons with the club (where did he play college ball?). He was a workout warrior, even repping 225 pounds 37 times. All measurables aside, Gholston couldn't make an impact on the field and never recorded a sack with the Jets. Bing: What's Gholston doing today? Find: Get his stats
Harrell was drafted 16th overall in 2007 by the Green Bay Packers. During his college years (where?), he made play after play, but in Green Bay he immediately drew criticism for showing up out of shape. His career was plagued by injuries, and he was released in July 2011. Bing: Harrell's current status? Find: Who is Green Bay eyeing for picks this year?
When the Seahawks drafted Curry fourth overall in 2009, he was given the most guaranteed money (how much?) to a non-quarterback rookie in NFL history. Two years later, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders - go figure - for a seventh-round pick in the 2012 draft. Bing: The latest on Curry's pro career? Find: Get his stats
Is it fair to say Leinart is a bust? Although it's likely that he will have a job in 2013, he never really has lived up to the expectations that were placed on him. After being drafted 10th overall in 2006 by the Cardinals, he moved on to play for the Houston Texans and, last season, the Oakland Raiders. Bing: Leinart's current status? Find: Who are the Raiders scouting this year?
The Boz was selected in the 1987 supplemental draft (by what team?). There was tremendous buzz about him based on his colorful nature (check out his notable hairstyles), but his brief career will be remembered for the time he was steamrolled by Los Angeles Raiders running back Bo Jackson during a Monday night game. Bing: What has Bosworth been up to since? Search: His contract made him the NFL's most expensive rookie Find: Watch clips of his flicks
In 2002, the Arizona Cardinals reached for Byrant with the 12th overall selection and paid for it dearly. Bryant, who was suspended repeatedly (what for?), was out of the NFL after three seasons. Bing: Bryant's current status? Search: His 2009 attempted comeback Find: The Cardinals' 2013 picks
The second overall selection (by what team?) in 1989, Mandarich was supposed to revolutionize the offensive tackle position because of his size (check out his height and playing weight) and athleticism. Instead, he became the poster child for steroid abuse during his three-year stint with the team. Bing: What's Mandarich up to today? Search: He was the second-highest draft pick from this university Find: His tell-all memoir
The sixth overall selection in 1992 (for what team?), Klingler was a product of the run-and-shoot offense (at which university?). The quarterback put up big college numbers but couldn't adjust to how an NFL offense was structured. Bing: Where is Klingler now? Search: Who replaced him when he left the NFL?
Whoever coined the cliché "system quarterback" probably had Ware, selected in the first round of the 1990 draft, in mind. He was brilliant at orchestrating an innovative run-and-shoot attack (at which school?) that had college opponents on their heels. But that scheme didn't work for long in the NFL, once defensive coordinators learned how to diffuse it. Ware became yet another failed signal caller (for what team?) on a list that dates to Bobby Layne's heyday in the 1950s. Bing: What's Ware up to now? Search: His Hall of Fame honor Find: He received this coveted award as a college standout
The third overall selection of the 1999 draft (by what team?), Smith was overmatched from the start. He was picked way too high by the team and wound up out of the NFL (after how many seasons?). Bing: Where is Smith now? Search: He had a short stint with this European team
First-round draft picks aren't supposed to get outplayed by seventh-rounders. But that's what happened to Shuler (his team?), who was beaten out for a starting spot by a fellow Class of 1994 member (who was it?). Shuler's NFL career ended after four horrific seasons in Washington and New Orleans. Bing: Luckily, he's a winner in another arena Find: The latest on his career
After earning a starting spot (with which team?) and leading his team to a playoff appearance in 2003, Carter was released the next preseason. Unfortunately, his demise wasn't a matter of talent (what was his issue?). Bing: He has tried to stay in the game Find: What disorder was he diagnosed with?
This sixth overall selection in 1996 was troubled from the start: The St. Louis Rams gambled that Phillips would put some off-field issues behind him, but that never happened, and they cut him (after how many seasons?). Bing: He's paying the price for his serious off-field offenses Find: Phillips' missed block ended the career of this legendary QB
This is a prime example of how a player's athletic gifts don't automatically translate into victories. Jeff George had a 46-78 starting record for five teams in an 11-season span (who drafted him?). His cannon arm was Hall of Fame caliber, but his attitude rubbed so many of his teammates and coaches the wrong way that George became a journeyman who never played in an NFL game after 2001. Bing: A 2010 remark sent tongues wagging Find: He was this "first"
Marinovich's struggles have extended far beyond the gridiron. Rigorously groomed for football stardom by his father (who is he?), Marinovich crumbled in the NFL under heavy pressure and ridiculously high expectations. He lasted only two years (with which team?) but has remained in the headlines because of off-field problems that included a hardcore drug addiction. Bing: What's he doing now? Find: Photos of his work
The second overall selection in the 1998 draft (who was the first?) was supposed to be the next franchise quarterback in this team's history, but Leaf's commitment to the game was in question the day he signed his contract, and he never seemed like he cared about playing. Bing: What has happened to Leaf since leaving the game? Find: See him when he was drafted | His mug shot
Russell, the first overall selection of the 2007 draft (what team?), clearly did not care about becoming a good quarterback despite his obvious talent. He seemed indifferent to coaching and was cut after three seasons. Bing: What's he doing now? Search: How much was his Raiders contract worth? Find: Details on his cough syrup arrest
The right-handed passer, who was selected with the first overall pick in the 1999 draft, never made much of an impact with the Browns (how many seasons did he play?). He continuously battled inaccuracy and injuries during his time in Cleveland. Bing: What's he up to now? Search: He was plagued by steroid drug allegations Find: See him with his former Playmate wife
Brown, who was selected with the first pick in the 2000 draft (by which team?), just couldn't stay healthy long enough to extend his career. He played only one full season in his five with the team and was out of the league after seven injury-plagued years. Bing: When was Brown last seen on the field? Search: Get his stats Find: He was a standout at this university