Worst #18 Overall NFL Draft Picks

The Top Ten

1 Erasmus James

''James was supposed to provide Minnesota's pressure for the next 10 years. He didn't even make it five years.

During his time as a Viking, James showed limited potential while his athleticism was always apparent. But he rarely got to the quarterback and wasn't a force anywhere else on the field.

In three seasons as a Viking, James had 37 tackles and five sacks—not quite what Minnesota wanted To put it lightly, this may have been the worst draft in Minnesota Vikings history. The year 2005 was a terrible year for Minnesota.'' When you have only made it two seasons, and not long term wow what a massive miss on the part of the Vikings to draft not only a bust Wide Receiver, but also another Defensive lineman like many others previously mentioned. - htoutlaws2012

2 Bobby Carpenter

''Bill Parcells didn’t do a lot of things wrong in Dallas, but convincing the front office to select Bobby Carpenter with the 18th overall pick in 2006 is one of them. Carpenter had a productive career at Ohio State, but that production would not carry over into the professional level. He would average a measly 24 tackles a year and only make three starts during his four-year career in Dallas. He was abused on the HBO show Hard Knocks by offensive tackle Marc Columbo who was constantly putting him on the ground. Columbo gave him the nickname "Barbie Carpenter" for his softness and luscious blonde hair.

The team needed linebacker help, but they just guessed on the wrong player. Had they picked either one of the next linebackers taken in the draft (DeMeco Ryans or D’Qwell Jackson) they would have gotten a Pro Bowler.'' He only put up 3.5 sacks while also being sent to three other teams notable the Detroit Lions who needed depth, and he mange to have a starting lineup in ...more - htoutlaws2012

3 Matt Stinchcomb

''Drafted in the 1st Round at #18 over all Matt Stinchcomb only started 20 games in four seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Matt Stinchcomb was supposed to be an anchor at Guard for the Oakland Raiders for a decade. That one didn't quite work out.'' Although he was bad Robert Gallery was far worse when he was healthy. - htoutlaws2012

4 Don Rogers

''There is a certain remorse that comes to my mind, when you place Don Rogers on a list of horrifying first-round picks throughout the history of the Cleveland Browns. Rogers was the 18th pick in the 1984 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Rogers only played two seasons for the Cleveland Browns, before he tragically died of a heart attack caused by a cocaine overdose. In his two NFL seasons, Don Rogers played in 31 games and was credited with two career interceptions.'' - htoutlaws2012

5 Ernest Dye

Dye struggled to keep up being healthy played in half of his career 44% to be exact, and the way his career ended to a car crash to the right arm that sucks to boot. - htoutlaws2012

6 Dana Hall

''The 49ers selected Hall out of the University of Washington in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft, 18th overall. Hall was drafted to be the free safety of the future after Ronnie Lott, but instead he is more known for getting injured and opening the door for Merton Hanks to fill that role. It's safe to say you might see more about Merton Hanks in the coming weeks in this series.

Although Hall was a first round pick, he only signed a three year contract with the 49ers and it was a quickly deteriorating time for him. He started 15 games his rookie season, 7 his second season, and 4 his third season, as he was quickly relegated primarily to special teams by the end. In his limited time with the team he recorded four interceptions and one sack.'' - htoutlaws2012

7 Tony Smith

''Smith was the 19th overall selection in the 1992 draft, and I was very much sold on his future as a starry-eyed eight-year-old. Unfortunately for me, Smith was unquestionably a complete bust, fumbling nine times in three seasons and managing a mediocre 3.8 yards per carry in on 87 carries in '92. He handled punts for the team for two seasons after that, but he never came close to offering any real value.

What made the pick sting even more is that it's the one the Falcons got for giving Brett Favre to Green Bay. Oof.

I could have put Smith lower on this list given my high expectations for him, but this is probably a fair spot.'' - htoutlaws2012

8 Manu Tuiasosopo

Manu had five seasons with the seahawks healthy scratch, but only to come up with just a single interceptions, and 7 fumble recoveries for a first rounder should of been much more. - htoutlaws2012

9 Mike Sherrard

''Sherrard showed some promise in his first season after being taken with the 18th pick in 1986. But an injury cut short his time in Dallas and he never really recovered. '' - htoutlaws2012

10 Robert Edwards

He had a fairly good rookie year only to have really busted up his knee real good, and he was out of the league fairly quickly its ashame because he showed a great flash of being a good tailback. - htoutlaws2012

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