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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Atlanta Falcons

Updated on April 30, 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 Atlanta Falcons.

5. Joe Profit

Knee injuries shortened his promising career.

Joe Profit was the seventh overall pick in 1971 by Atlanta. A knee injury he received in the fourth game of his rookie year caused his career to take a downward spiral. In his rookie season, he rushed three times for 10 yards and a touchdown. The next year, 40 for 132 and no touchdowns. In 1973, 18 times for 55 yards and two touchdowns. In his three year career with Atlanta and New Orleans, he rushed for under 500 yards and three touchdowns.

4. Jimmy Williams

He was brought in to make the defense a powerhouse but instead made them more of an embarrassment.

In four years at Virginia Tech, Jimmy Williams built a reputation as a clutch defensive back. Playing both cornerback and safety, he was a force at intercepting passes and won the Jack Tatum award his senior year.

Williams was drafted in the second round in 2006. He was supposed to be another major piece in improving a defense that gave up 24 or more points seven times in 2005. Instead, Williams started seven games over two seasons, was moved from cornerback to safety and released after showing up to voluntary offseason workouts overweight. He was also suspended his second season for possession of marijuana.

3. Bruce Pickens

He was drafted to be a standout but only disappointed.

At Nebraska, Bruce Pickens was a physical force in the secondary for his size. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he clocked a 4.43 40time which had him skyrocket up draft boards.

Pickens was selected third overall in 1991. He started eight games and hauled in two interceptions in two and a half seasons with Atlanta before being traded to Green Bay. The former Nebraska star lasted four seasons in the NFL, eventually flaming out with Oakland.

2. Jamaal Anderson

He was seen as the next great pass rusher, but never accomplished much.

As a sophomore at Arkansas, Jamaal Anderson switched from wide receiver to defensive end. He instantly hit it off at his new position change and recorded 17.5 quarterback sacks during his college career. He chose to forgo his senior season at Arkansas, and entered the NFL Draft.

Anderson was selected eighth overall in 2007. He was a giant bust and amassed only 2.5 sacks in 44 starts with Atlanta before he was released. And to think the Falcons could have picked up future All-Pro's Patrick Willis and Darrelle Revis at eight.

1. Aundray Bruce

He had a long career, but never lived up to expectations.

At Auburn, Aundray Bruce was a force at outside linebacker. He was a two time All-SEC linebacker and was labeled as the next Lawrence Taylor.

Bruce was the first overall pick in 1988. He vastly under performed only recording 16 sacks in four years with the team. He was also very immature and caused many on and off field incidents with teammates and the public. The main reason he is the biggest bust in Atlanta history was that the Falcons had their pick of Michael Irvin or Randall McDaniel, Tim Brown, Bennie Blades, Neil Smith, Keith Jackson, Sterling Sharpe or Ken Harvey, all future Pro Bowlers and/or Hall of Famers. Bruce spent his final years in Oakland before retiring after 11 years and never lived up to the reputation of being the next L.T.

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      Kevin Goodwin 2 years ago

      This was a bad list to choose from.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      I'm really enjoying this series.