As to why the Rams didn't just draft RGIII themselves to replace Bradford, let's be realistic. Despite his injury issues, 2012 was way too early for St. Louis to cut bait on Bradford and that massive rookie contract that has $50 million in guaranteed money alone. And they had no reason to think he couldn't still live up to his potential. One year's worth of hindsight later, they may be wishing they'd acted differently.
This is easy: our draft in 2010.
Okay, so it's not the biggest blunder across all teams (e.g. Jamarcus Russell), but it was our biggest failure since taking Boller. It's not even close.
For our entire existence we've been wanting an impact WR. We were such a logical place for Dez Bryant to stop sliding that it enable the Cowboys to jump up over us and take him, leaving us scrambling to trade down. For as little as a third or fourth, we could probably have moved up 2-3 spots and assured ourselves of grabbing him.
Instead we drop to the 11th pick of the second round. With Bryant off the board, we still have a chance to fill our need at TE by taking one of the best prospects, a guy named Rob Gronkowski. But once again, instead of making a small hop to ensure we got our man, we let another team, the Patriots, deal up ahead of us for him.
We wind up with Sergio Kindle.
And we all know how that turned out.
So we wind up taking Terrence Cody late in the round, who has done very little for us, and left us still in need of a NT to really anchor our line. We go back to get Ed Dickson in the third round, a relatively mediocre player so far, passing up on Jimmy Graham. And then in the fourth, the Pats jump over us AGAIN to get Aaron Hernandez, while we wind up taking Dennis Pitta with the next pick.
Let me repeat: we had strong and reasonable chances to get Dez Bryant, Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, and Aaron Hernandez, and we wound up with Sergio Kindle, Terrence Cody, Ed Dickson, and Dennis Pitta.
I like Pitta a lot, but no one here would take him over Gronk or Graham. Pitta was the consolation prize. With a little bit of better maneuvering, of the kind that Ozzie proved himself capable when he slid up one pick to secure Haloti Ngata in a previous draft, we might have given Flacco Dez Bryant in the first, Jimmy Graham in the third, and still taken Pitta in the fourth. And what would it likely have cost us? Our first fifth-rounder that year: David Reed.
Imagine what our offense would have been like.
Three Year Draft Review for AFC North
Total picks: 27. Picks still on roster: 20 (74 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 9.
Total picks: 27. Picks still on roster: 22 (81 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 13.
Total picks: 26. Picks still on roster: 18 (69 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 9.
Total picks: 23. Picks still on roster: 22 (95 percent). Picks who are currently projected starters: 6.
Damn. If it weren't for Kindle, that would be %100.
I haven't read the full topic so I'm not sure if it was brought up but the Jags drafted a punter in the 3rd round a few years ago :rolling:
Not exactly draft day but involved so many draft picks that it should qualify as one of the biggest draft blunders, even though it was just a trade.
Minnesota Vikings received
RB Herschel Walker
Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1990 (54) (Mike Jones)
San Diego's 5th round pick - 1990 (116) (Reggie Thornton)
Dallas's 10th round pick - 1990 (249) (Pat Newman)
Dallas's 3rd round pick - 1991 (68) (Jake Reed)
Dallas Cowboys received
LB Jesse Solomon
LB David Howard
CB Issiac Holt
RB Darrin Nelson (traded to San Diego after he refused to report to Dallas)
DE Alex Stewart
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1990 (21) (traded this pick along with pick (81) for pick (17) from Pittsburgh to draft Emmitt Smith)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1990 (47) (Alexander Wright)
Minnesota's 6th round pick in 1990 (158) (traded to New Orleans, who drafted James Williams)
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1991 (conditional) - (12) (Alvin Harper)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1991 (conditional) - (38) (Dixon Edwards)
Minnesota's 2nd round pick in 1992 (conditional) - (37) (Darren Woodson)
Minnesota's 3rd round pick in 1992 (conditional) - (71) (traded to New England, who drafted Kevin Turner)
Minnesota's 1st round pick in 1993 (conditional) - (13) (traded to Philadelphia Eagles, and then to the Houston Oilers, who drafted Brad Hopkins)
amounts to because he got Pitta and Dickson with those Denver picks and they are
SB 47 heroes.
Ozzie bombed out with Kindle but still came away with Art Jones in addition to the above.
One of the great drafts in history along with the Flacco/Rice and JO/Ray drafts.
As for blunders, every team should be crucified for being wrong on BRady who went in the lower rounds. He was clearly the best athlete in that draft and in the last decade. Look at all his rings and SBs he was in but didn't win - what 6 or 7?
Ozzie took Chris Redman on Phil Savage say so while his mid-west scout pimped Brady big time.
If those drafts above were the best in history the Swan Edwards draft was probably the worse
in history. To pour salt in the wound NE got Wilfork with the #1 pick Ozzie gave up for
Boller who set the franchise back 5 years.
Ozzie really reached on Boller - another blunder but Suggs saved that draft - one of the best
OLBs to ever play.