Friday, March 4, 2011
Top draft busts in AFC East history tallied
By Tim Graham
When word got out the New York Jets would release defensive end Vernon Gholston, I solicited your nominees for the AFC East's biggest draft busts.
These disappointments received the most votes for each club:
Comment: Sadly, Buffalo's list suggests readers don't remember the team before the Music City Miracle. Last year's strong safety, Donte Whitner, finished sixth. Epic busts Walt Patulski (first in 1972), Tony Hunter (12th in 1983) and Perry Tuttle (19th in 1982) received only one vote each. Nobody mentioned running back Terry Miller (fifth in 1978).
- Defensive end Aaron Maybin (11th in 2009)
- Tackle Mike Williams (fourth in 2002)
- Quarterback J.P. Losman (22nd in 2004)
- Defensive tackle John McCargo (26th in 2006)
- Defensive end Erik Flowers (26th in 2000)
Comment: The Dolphins were the most nominated team in this exercise. They led with 16 nominees and the number of votes cast. Green didn't play in his rookie or sophomore seasons because of injuries and lasted eight games his third year. My pick would have been Kumerow, whose career consisted of three seasons, zero starts and five sacks.
- Receiver Yatil Green (15th in 1997)
- Receiver Ted Ginn (ninth in 2007)
- Running back John Avery (29th in 1998)
- Cornerback Jamar Fletcher (26th in 2001)
- Receiver Randal Hill (23rd in 1991), Eric Kumerow (16th in 1988), running back Sammie Smith (ninth in 1989)
New England Patriots
Comment: I was surprised Sims didn't receive more attention. He was the No. 1 choice ahead of Marcus Allen, Gerald Riggs, Mike Munchak, Jim McMahon and Chip Banks. Maroney received the most votes, but he also generated the most spirited debate because many readers disagreed he should be considered a bust. Jackson was a second-round pick, but the Patriots traded up 16 spots to get him.
- Running back Laurence Maroney (21st in 2006)
- Receiver Chad Jackson (36th in 2006)
- Receiver Hart Lee Dykes (16th in 1989)
- Cornerback Chris Canty (29th in 1997)
- Offensive lineman Eugene Chung (13th in 1992), defensive end Kenneth Sims (first in 1982), linebacker Chris Singleton (eighth in 1990)
New York Jets
Comment: There was a lot of material to work with here. I was satisfied readers emphasized the magnitude of the bust over the freshness of Gholston's release by voting for Thomas. The next running back off the board in 1990 was Emmitt Smith.
- Running back Blair Thomas (second in 1990)
- Defensive end Vernon Gholston (sixth in 2008)
- Tight end Kyle Brady (ninth in 1995)
- Defensive tackle DeWayne Robertson (fourth in 2003)
- Receiver Johnny "Lam" Jones (second in 1980)