In the past 10 years, between three teams, there have had 21 top 10 draft picks with virtually no production for the teams on which they were drafted. These three teams are the graveyards of the NFL. Even with some of the top prospects coming in, these teams find virtually no success, and they tend to kill all of the talent that is brought in. Let us begin.
3. Be Drafted By The Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns have had six top 10 draft picks in the past 10 years. In other words, the Browns have only finished out of the bottom 10 teams in the league four of the six times in the past 10 years. Ouch.
A few years ago, I could have put the Browns at number one, but they have drafted well lately, and I finally can recognize names like Joe Haden and Joe Thomas despite them wearing the Brown and Orange.
The Browns are a serious career killer. Example: Brady Quinn. Who’s that? Exactly. The only thing worse than my three consecutive sentence fragments is the situation that Quinn plunged into. In 2007, you couldn’t find a single football fan who didn’t know who Brady Quinn was. It would also be a difficult task to find someone who said that he would do almost nothing with his career.
Then, he was drafted by the Browns.
2. Get Drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars have had eight top 10 draft picks in the past 10 years. That is only two seasons that they weren’t in the NFL’s bottom 10. The only thing keeping the Jaguars out of the number one spot is that they have one or two players that haven’t given up yet.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcedes Lewis, and Justin Blackmon (despite his drug problems) all could be successful if they were on any other team. MJD is typically in the top five for rushing leaders every year. The Jaguars haven’t completely killed these stars’ careers, but they still can’t win. They can barely crack the top 22 teams in the league on a consistent basis. If drafted by the Jags it is safe to say that you have losing in your future.
1. Get Drafted by the Oakland Raiders
Even without having first round picks in 2011 and 2012, the Raiders still had six top 10 draft picks in the past 10 years.
Even if I completely overlooked the inability of the Raiders to win, they are still the biggest graveyard in sports. Randy Moss went to Oakland for a stint and had the worst numbers of his career. Everyone thought he was done. Then he went to New England and shattered the record books with one of the most prolific seasons in NFL history.
Oakland is also notorious for picking up great players, paying them big, and killing their careers. They picked up big names like Hall-of-Famer Warren Sap, Pat Williams, and Richard Seymore. The result; No results.
But it is time to go back to being drafted by Oakland. One name comes to mind. The rest of their draft picks don’t come to mind for utter lack of production, but this name comes up for being known as the biggest bust of the generation. Jamarcus Russel. Jamarcus Russel.
Russel was going to be the next great quarterback in the NFL. He had so much potential and so much upside. He had the best size seen in years. He had a productive college career and was the number one prospect going into the draft. He was selected number one overall. I truly believe that Russel would have found success anywhere else. But nobody can succeed in Oakland. Nobody can win in Oakland, and Russel was no exception. A few years later, Russel no longer had a home in the NFL. Oakland truly killed his career.