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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Arizona Cardinals

Updated on May 6, 2015

These guys were brought in to help the team win, but couldn't accomplish anything on the field. Today I rank the top five worst draft picks by the Arizona Cardinals

5. Bryant Johnson

The man the team selected a round later is one of the best ever. He was nothing more than a slot receiver.

At Penn State, Bryant Johnson was a star in his final two years as a Nittany Lion. He was the sixth player in Penn State history to catch more than 100 career passes, and finished second all-time with 2,008 career receiving yards.

Johnson was selected 17th overall in 2003. While he wasn't a terrible wide receiver, in hindsight it wasn't the best decision made. Arizona traded back from their original spot at six so Baltimore could take Terrell Suggs. Not to mention in the second round, Arizona picked up Anquan Boldin who went on to have one of the best years by a rookie wide receiver in NFL history.

4. Andre Wadsworth

Injuries and a contract despite kept him from be productive.

As a senior at Florida State, Andre Wadsworth switched from defensive tackle to defensive end. That year he recorded 59 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and 16 sacks while being named the ACC Defensive Player of the year and ACC Player of the year.

Wadsworth was selected third overall in 1998. After a long contract holdout, he had a fairly productive rookie year. That was basically the high point of his career. Injuries soon piled up and he was gone by 2001. Thankfully for Wadsworth, people only remember the player selected before him before in the 1998 draft, Ryan Leaf.

3. Buster Davis

His name really for his title in Arizona.

At Florida State, Buster Davis was an undersized middle linebacker who could tackle and cover.

Davis was drafted in the third round in 2007. While not unusual for a third round pick to not make it, Davis didn't even make the final roster cut for the Cardinals. He proved he was too small for the defense and was released before the season started and claimed by Detroit.

2. Wendell Bryant

He had too many issues that kept him from success.

At Wisconsin, Wendell Bryant won the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year Awards in his junior and senior years.

Bryant was selected 12th overall in 2002. He battled drug and alcohol problems during his career and was eventually suspended for the entire 2005 season for his third violation. The defensive tackle registered just 1.5 sacks in 29 games for the Cardinals. Bryant tried to revive his career a number of years later, but was never able to live up to his talent.

1. Clyde Duncan

He did nothing at the pro level to warrant himself a first round pick.

Along with teammates Willie Gault, Anthony Hancock, Lenny Taylor and Tim McGee, Clyde Duncan helped create Tennessee's reputation as "Wide Receiver U." In 1983, he led the team in receiving with 33 catches for 640 yards and six touchdowns.

Duncan was selected 17th overall in 1984. After a lengthy contract dispute, he appeared in eight games for the Cardinals during his rookie season without a reception. The next year, he only had four catches for 39 yards in 11 games and lost his job as the slot receiver. Duncan was out of the league by 1986.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      Wadsworth was so good in college but awful in the NFL.

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great series!

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