#4 – Carlos Carson, Wide Receiver
Coming in at number four on our list is a LSU product from the 1980 draft: Carlos Carson. Carson makes this list as a skilled and consistent wide receiver option for a slew of mediocre teams with mediocre quarterbacks (and we’re being generous with that term). When your career includes catching passes for ten seasons, but in only one playoff game, there is little necessity for further exploration.
Despite the limitations of the team around him, Carson still put together a long and consistent NFL Career. Across 10.5 seasons in Kansas City (he finished 1989 in Philadelphia), Carson amassed 352 catches, 6,360 yards and 33 touchdowns. Early in his career, Carson was also a kick returner for the Chiefs.
He was, in his time, considered a burner who regularly torched opposing secondaries for huge gains. In 1983, he set franchise records for catches and yards, with 80 and 1,351.
For his efforts, Carson was twice named to the Pro Bowl team, and is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Of Carson, Chiefs’ Hall of Fame defensive back Kevin Ross said, “I used to judge other defensive backs, like Oakland’s Lester Hayes, off how Carlos did against them, and Carlos started beating him and the other Pro Bowl corners he went against.”