The NFL draft is nearing and fans are over the top excited about the player that will take their team over the edge to the next level. Many times teams will reach for that savior quarterback hoping they can be the next John Elway. Realistically they better hope they just as good as John Kitna because more often that not the high draft pick quarterback turns out to be more dud than stud.
Today we will take a look at the teams who took bet everything on a young prospect only to roll snake eyes.
one stat that all of these players possess is that they each have never experienced the playoffs.
Matt Leinart is on this list, and has been a disappointment in the NFL, but being selected with the 10th pick in the draft does not make his selection as devastating as a few others on this list. After losing his job to Kurt Warner and being traded to the Texas Leinart found himself in a situation on a good team with an offense that may have lent to his talents. He was hurt in his first start for injured QB Matt Schaub which allowed rookie TJ Yates to shine leading the Texans to the playoffs. Where Leinarts career will go is up for grabs, but so far he is remembered more for hot tubs that touchdowns in the NFL.
We like Harrington, but being sacked 125 times can hurt a young QBs development, but the NFL is a big man's sport where production matters regardless of where you go. Being drafted with the third pick means you need to develop into a solid NFL starter and winning 34% of your games will not cut it in the NFL.
Heath Shuler was supposed to be Washington's next great QB, but in that draft a kid out of Tulsa named Ferrotte took over and lasted longer in the NFL than Shuler. Not only did Ferrotte have more success, but even little know Trent Green went on to a successful career after being injured in St. Louis paving the way for grocery bagger Kurt Warner to begin a hall of fame career.
David Carr got sacked so many times his first year in Houston that I am not sure any QB could ever overcome that beating. Carr tried to go on an be a back up in the NFL, but when called upon he was a disaster. Carr was one of those prospects with a big arm, but truly went untested playing in a weak conference Fresno State.
Tim Couch's injury may have something to do with his performances, but the Browns eventually turned as the redskins did to a less known player to lead their team. Couch may be a reason why players like Colt Brennan, or any Texas Tech QB is viewed as risky QB material. The Hal Mummy offense generates gaudy states that rarely translate to the NFL.
I never understood the fascination NFL GMs had with a Notre Dame QB who ran the option. This draft pick was a disaster and Mirer flounded in the NFL. Why is Couch listed before Mirer? Couch did complete close to 60% of his passes, and Mirer completed 53% and they had the same amount passing yards while Mirer played more games.
Akili Smith was drafted by the Bengals, and that in itself should tell you about the pick, but Smith did not have enough games as a starter to truly evaluate him.
Did anyone actually say pick Leaf over Manning? That in itself is another issue that should be addressed. Leaf continues to hurt his image off the field with a recent arrest. The once big armed quarterback we thought could be a Drew Bledsoe became more like a joke in a Drew Carey comedy act.
What were the Raiders thinking???? This is why evaluators should watch tape and forget about watching a guy run and throw in shorts.
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