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Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Carolina Panthers

Updated on May 7, 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 Carolina Panthers.

5. Dwayne Jarrett

The successful college wide out couldn't find any at the pro level.

At USC, Dwayne Jarrett finished his college career as the Trojan's all time leader in receptions. He also was the PAC-10 leader in career touchdowns with 41.

Jarrett was selected in the second round in 2007. Maybe if NFL teams had the talent level of Washington State and Colorado, he would have been successful in the pros. Jarrett never became the number two receiver Carolina hoped to pair with Steve Smith, starting just three games in four seasons and never latching on with another team after the Panthers cut him loose. He even had more arrests in his career than touchdowns.

4. Jeff Otah

Injuries lingered his long term talent level.

At Pitt, Jeff Otah was a first team All- Big East selection as a senior.

Otah was selected 19th overall in 2008. He was immediately tabbed as the starting right tackle. After a fairly productive rookie year, injuries soon piled up. In both 2010 and 2011, he ended on injured reserve thanks to a knee injury. He was traded to the Jets in 2012 but failed two physicals so the trade was nullified and Carolina released him.

3. Rae Carruth

His career came to a halt due to his off field law breaking.

At Colorado, Rae Carruth played four seasons for the Buffaloes and was named a first-team All-America in 1996. His quarterbacks at CU were future pros Koy Detmer and Kordell Stewart.

Carruth was the 27th overall pick in 1997 by Carolina. In his rookie year, he caught 44 passes for 545 yards and four touchdown passes which tied for first among rookie receivers. He broke his right foot in the opening game of 1998, and did not catch another pass that season due to the injury. He ended the year with four catches for 59 yards. He played in the first six games of the 1999 season, with 14 catches for 200 yards. His career came to a halt when he was arrested for conspiracy to commit murder, shooting into an occupied vehicle, and using an instrument to destroy an unborn child. It was discovered he hired a man to kill his girlfriend after she refused to get an abortion.

2. Tshimanga Biakabutuka

Knee injuries are the biggest reason his pro career never took off.

In his final year at Michigan, Tshimanga Biakabutuka lit up the Big Ten. He rushed for a school record 1,818 yards while helping the team upset school rival and previously unbeaten Ohio State.

Biakabutuka was selected eighth overall in 1996. A torn ACL ended "Touchdown Tim's" rookie season after just four games, and Biakabutuka battled injuries for the rest of his short career. He never played more than 12 games in a season, and he finished his career with 14 touchdowns and 2,530 rushing yards. Bitter even more when you think that the next running back taken was future pro bowler Eddie George.

1. Kerry Collins

The team's first ever draft pick was a big let down after a bright start.

As a senior at Penn State, Kerry Collins led the Nittany Lions to an undefeated season and a Rose Bowl victory. He also broke Penn State season records for total offense, completions, passing yardage, completion percentage, yards per attempt, and passing efficiency.

Collins was selected fifth overall in 1995. His brief stint with the Panthers began with promise as he led Carolina to a trip to the NFC Championship Game in his first full season as a starter. Things soon went downhill after that. Denver linebacker Bill Romanowski shattered Collins' jaw during a 1997 preseason game, and there were two alcohol related instances in which he reportedly directed racial slurs at teammates. The next year, he quit on Carolina by benching himself in a game. He rebounded to have a successful career and even led the Giants to a Super Bowl, but it's hard to find a more disappointing franchise quarterback than Kerry Collins.

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      Kevin Goodwin 

      3 years ago

      I thought that collins was a bust.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Caruth, now that was a thug!


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