Who is the biggest NFL Draft bust for each team over the past decade?
There may not be a more heavily scrutinized process in football than the NFL Draft. The end of every draft brings instant reaction declaring winners and losers mere moments after the clock stopped.
Arizona Cardinals: QB Josh Rosen (2018 1st Round, No. 10)
This one was pretty easy since seeing a team give up on a quarterback they took in the top 10 after one year is extremely rare. That happened to Josh Rosen, who was so bad that the Arizona Cardinals took Kyler Murray with the top pick in the 2019 draft while flipping Rosen to Miami. Rosen couldn’t beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick with the Dolphins, further confirming the disaster potential of this pick.
Atlanta Falcons: C Peter Konz (2012 2nd Round, No. 55)
Taking a Wisconsin offensive lineman is usually a recipe for success, but that wasn’t the case with Peter Konz. The Falcons took Konz with their second-round pick in 2012 and he was out of football after just three years.
Baltimore Ravens: WR Breshad Perriman (2015 1st Round, No. 26)
For an organization that usually crushes the draft, Breshad Perriman was a rare miss. The Ravens fell in love with Perriman’s deep speed but he fizzled in Baltimore, missing his rookie year due to injury and getting cut after catching 43 passes over two seasons. Perriman has bounced around the league since then and is hoping for a post-hype breakout with the New York Jets.
Buffalo Bills: QB EJ Manuel (2013 1st Round, No. 16)
The 2013 NFL Draft was a bad one for quarterbacks. Despite a weak crop, the Buffalo Bills reached for EJ Manuel in the first round in the hopes he would become a franchise passer. The move didn’t work out as Manuel couldn’t win the starting job after his rookie year, struggling with accuracy and losing time to the likes of Kyle Orton and Tyrod Taylor. Buffalo let Taylor go after the end of his rookie contract and he spent a few years as a backup in Oakland before retiring.