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With the announcement that former first round draft pick, Tim Couch, has signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, my mind wonders to former first round draft quarterback busts. Let’s examine and decide who the biggest bust was.
Of course there’s Couch. He was a number one overall pick for the Cleveland Browns in 1999. Couch did absolutely nothing to show he was worthy of being drafted so high. He eventually lost his job to Kelly Holcolme, and later was cut by the Green Bay Packers.
Couch had plenty of company in the ’99 draft. The number three overall pick of that draft was Akili Smith from Oregon. Smith was a quarterback who had one good year in college. In spite of Ravens’ fans wanting to compare that to Kyle Boller, Smith accomplished far less than Boller. In fact, Smith only completed 46% of his passes and had 13 interceptions and only five touchdowns for his career.
The number 12 pick of that same ’99 draft was Cade McNown. Many believe McNown was his own worst enemy. He was a guy who thought too highly of himself. He did complete 55% of his career 515 attempts, but McNown and the NFL were a bad match.
The 1998 NFL draft saw the great debate over who’s first. Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf were everyone’s number one and two picks. The Colts owned the first pick and they used it to draft Manning. The Chargers had the second and it was a no brainer to pick Leaf. Manning went on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time, and Leaf went on to become one of the biggest head cases of all-time.
Finally, is a pick that belongs to Baltimore. No, not Kyle Boller. He was not a bust in the class of these guys. The Colts had two top five picks in the 1982 draft and used their second to pick Art Schlichter from Ohio State. Sclichter played in 13 games throwing 11 interceptions and three touchdowns. He was the poster child of the Colts organization at the time.
So, there you have it. Five of the worst first round quarterback picks in NFL history. You decide who the biggest bust was. Give me a call on Monday, 410-481-1570 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at Ravens’ Training Camp.