Set to go down from Kansas City starting tomorrow night, the NFL Draft provides incredible drama because there’s always a surprise. Franchises with horrible recent results dream of finding the perfect pick who transforms them into a contender. Some teams even tank because they want to secure the number one NFL Draft pick. But this isn’t always a good move because it doesn’t guarantee success.
Today we’ll rank every first-overall pick since 2000. We’ll kick this list off with the worst of the bunch before we discover the best top draft picks of the 21st century. It’s fascinating to analyze these athletes and consider who teams could have got instead. Also, some of these players exploded into life after they joined other franchises. Check out the best and worst top overall picks right here.
It’s easy to identify the worst number one pick since 2000. The Raiders thought they secured their franchise quarterback when they chose Russell. He had an excellent college career at LSU before he joined the professional ranks. But he didn’t make life easy for his new franchise because he immediately had a contract holdout (via USA Today).
The Raiders agreed to pay him almost $70 million in a rookie record deal. But Russell didn’t justify this ludicrous payday because he was garbage. He also had no discipline and serious weight issues that affected his play. In the end, he stayed in the league for three seasons. Russell left the NFL with just 18 touchdown passes. Meanwhile, he had 25 fumbles and 23 interceptions.