Who were the worst first-round draft choices in the NFL since the merger in 1970?
The selections are based on their position in the round. In other words, who was the worst 12th player taken in the first round of the NFL Draft from 1970 to 2008? Who was the least productive player taken with the 25th pick?
We will leave out last year’s draft since those players have not had the chance to show themselves as busts just yet.
For instance, our pick as the worst No. 1 draft choice in the last 38 drafts is DL Steve Emtman (right), taken by the Colts with the first choice of the 1992 NFL Draft.
When I picked the best first round picks it was very subjective. I’ll use a more objective reference for picking the worst first round selections. The No. 1 ability any player can have is availability and that’s how we’ve made our selections: games played. It’s not a perfect barometer of their contributions, but they couldn’t begin to be productive if they weren’t on the field. Injuries, in some cases death and in one case even murder led to departures from the league by first round selections. We violated this rule only once in 32 picks, and that’s the first choice.
Kansas City has three selections in this round, picks #136, #142 and #144. With so many needs and the overall depth of this draft, these selections could provide an eventual starter or two. I’ll breakdown ten prospects who could interest the Chiefs in their last round of the draft.
Blair White—WR (Michigan State): Former walk-on who made himself into not only a football player but very possibly, an NFL football player. Excellent route-runner with good hands. White has a superior work ethic and he comes prepared every day. Good in the short to intermediate range, keeps moving the chains. Not a deep threat at 4.51, but could become a dependable pro.
Danario Alexander—WR (Missouri): He would have been at least a third round prospect if not for a broken wrist and 3 surgeries on his left ACL. Wore a balky knee brace as a senior and still had a monster year – leading the nation in receiving yards with 1,781 on 113 catches and 14 TD’s. Alexander is a long strider at nearly 6′ 5” and 215. He has very long arms, big soft hands and he catches just about everything. Fearless over the middle and after five or six steps, he can run away from people. Alexander takes a while to get going though and really gears down in and out of his breaks. Hasn’t run a full route tree in Mizzou’s spread. Hope he makes it as he has certainly paid his dues.
Former Alabama quarterback Brodie Croyle, center Rudy Niswanger and tackle Ryan O’Callaghan have signed restricted free agent tenders with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The signings were announced Thursday.
Croyle lost his starting job last year when the Chiefs traded for Matt Cassel. He missed most of 2008 with a knee injury after being designated the starting quarterback.
In 16 games with Kansas City, Croyle has completed 173 of 300 passes for 1,631 yards, with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Niswanger has made 31 starts at center. O’Callaghan made 12 starts last year at offensive tackle after he was acquired off waivers from New England.
Per a source close to the program, Iupati has visited the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and the Miami Dolphins.
He conducted private workouts with the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Detroit Lions and other NFL teams.
The 6-foot-6, 331-pounder is coveted by NFL teams for his intensity, athleticism, long arms and brute strength.
While he still needs to refine his techique and adjust to a higher level of football, he’s regarded as a rising draft prospect.
“I’m very aggressive off the ball,” Iupati said at the NFL scouting combine. “And I open some holes for some running backs. I like to be engaged real quick and I like to pull. I think I will do a great job as an offensive guard.
“It’s very natural to me because I’m very competitive. That’s my nature. When it comes to football, I like to destroy.”
In popular NFL parlance, Iupati is a beast.