Top 5 Worst Draft Picks- Seattle Seahawks
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 Seattle Seahawks
5. Koren Robinson
He had too many off the field issues for Seattle to handle.
At North Carolina State, Koren Robinson was a versatile wide receiver that rose up draft boards.
Robinson was selected ninth overall in 2001. He was loaded with potential as well as off the field issues. Robinson delivered on both. He had a breakout season in 2002, but kept getting into trouble with the NFL's substance abuse policy and was repeatedly in hot water with the team for missing meetings. After being arrested for a DUI in 2005, the Seahawks finally cut ties with the talented and frustrating receiver. He bounced around the league and eventually returned to the Seahawks in 2008 before retiring, but he carried his troubles with him everywhere he went and ultimately let his off-the-field issues ruin what could have been a great career. To think Seattle had the choice of Reggie Wayne, Chad Johnson, and Steve Smith in the draft as well.
4. Brian Bosworth
"The Boz" had the talent, but injures and his ego got in the way.
At Oklahoma, Brian Bosworth was praised for his cornerback speed with linebacker tackling ability. In his final season, the two time Butkus Award winner was dismissed from the Sooner football team for steroid use.
Bosworth was drafted in the 1987 supplemental draft. After signing a record 10 year, $11 million contract, he sued the NFL for not letting him wear the number 44. He appeared in 12 games in his rookie season and played, well for the most part, but became known more for his outspoken personality and appearance than his actual play on the field. Bosworth was forced to retire after only three seasons thanks to a severe shoulder injury. While he wasn't as terrible a player as people remember, he is mostly remembered for all his hype and Bo Jackson trucking over him. Because he never lived up to expectations, he will always be seen as a bust.
3. Dan McGwire
He never lived up to potential and was a backup for most of his career.
After starting his college career at Iowa, Dan McGwire transferred to San Diego State as a sophomore. in his two years as a starter, he threw for over 7,500 yards and threw 27 touchdowns as a senior.
McGwire was selected 16th overall in 1991. Mark McGwire's brother was drafted to be the quarterback of the future, but he never even developed into a serviceable backup. He initially sat behind Dave Krieg, but failed to compete for the starting job, landing him consistently on the bench until the Seahawks drafted a new quarterback of the future in Rick Mirer. McGwire continued his epic run of mediocrity by backing up Mirer, and when an injury to Mirer allowed McGwire to step into the spotlight, he responded by completing 48 percent of his passes over three games, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. He was cut after only four seasons in Seattle, and was the first quarterback bust in the first round by Seattle in a span of three years.
2. Aaron Curry
He was seen as the best prospect in the draft, but ended up being one of the worst.
At Wake Forest, Aaron Curry was a four year starter for the Demon Deacons. As a senior, he received the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.
Curry was selected fourth overall in 2009. Many scouts figured him to be a cornerstone of one lucky team's defense for the next decade. After signing the richest non quarterback rookie contract at $60 million with $34 million guaranteed, he did nothing but disappoint. In three seasons in Seattle, he started 30 games before being traded to Oakland, and recorded a measly 5.5 sacks. At an average cost of $6.18 million per sack, It has to be one of he worst contract decisions ever.
1. Rick Mirer
Bill Walsh once called him the next Joe Montana. Needless to say he didn't live up to that stigma.
At Notre Dame, Rick Mirer accumulated a 29-7-1 record as starter including 3 bowl games. He took over the starting job in 1990 and led the team to the Orange Bowl. In 1991, Mirer set the single season touchdown record with 18 and was named co-MVP with teammate Jerome Bettis leading Notre Dame past Florida in the 1992 Sugar Bowl. He finished his career at Notre Dame by leading them to victory in the 1993 Cotton Bowl. Mirer accounted for more points running and throwing than any other player in Notre Dame history. He left Notre Dame first in career touchdowns with 41 and second all time for total offense, completions, and passing yards.
Mirer was the second overall pick in 1993 by Seattle. Unlike other busts on this list, he actually had success early on as he set all time NFL rookie records for attempts, completions, and yards. The problem was he never got better after that. Over his next three seasons in Seattle, Mirer experienced a rapid decline throwing only 29 touchdowns and 39 interceptions, including 20 during the 1995 season. Teams discovered he couldn't throw accurately to his left so defenses would stack every thing to his right to force him throw left. He finished his career playing for seven different teams and never lived up to the hype of being the next Joe Montana.