Rank 'Em: Decade's Worst No. 1 Picks

Created: December 18, 2009, 9:50 AM

Where does Kwame Brown rank?

How do you rank the worst No. 1 picks of the decade?

As the decade comes to a close, we're still waiting to find out what recent No. 1 picks like Blake Griffin, Stephen Strasburg and Matthew Stafford have to offer. But there has been more than enough time to learn that some of the decade's other No. 1 picks weren't worth all the hype.

Five of the least successful picks from the NBA, NFL and MLB selection events are listed below. How do you rank the worst of the worst?

How are the points calculated?
On a poll with 10 options, a No.1 ranking equals 10 points, a No.2 ranking equals 9 points, etc. The item with the most points will be ranked first.
  • 2000 No. 1 pick (NFL)
    The name seemed a perfect fit for the Cleveland Browns, as did the dominant game he showed at Penn State. But Brown never made much of an NFL impact, totaling 19 sacks in his career.
  • 2001 No. 1 pick (NBA)
    Michael Jordan's first pick with the Wizards, Brown gets credit for sticking around the league (he's still a reserve for the Pistons), but that's about it. Best season came in 2003-04 (10.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg).
  • 2004 No. 1 pick (MLB)
    Suspended for bar fight before first game, he never hit in the minors. Converted to pitcher, traded to Blue Jays early in 2009, subsequently released for conduct.
  • 2002 No. 1 pick (NFL)
    Still earning a paycheck from the Giants as a new decade arrives, but he never became the franchise quarterback the Texans envisioned. Threw double-digit interceptions in each of his first five seasons.
  • 2007 No. 1 pick (NFL)
    It takes a lot to make the cut so soon after being picked, but he's managed to make it on the list with one of the worst beginnings to an NFL career imaginable.