NFL Draft: Worst 1st-round pick in each of the past 20 years

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With the 2024 NFL Draft now here, we decided to look at the worst first-round pick in each of the past 20 drafts. You’ll see a combination of quarterbacks throughout the list.

Meanwhile, others saw their NFL careers come to an abrupt end due to off-field issues. That includes the likes of Johnny Manziel. Without further ado, let’s get going.

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2004 NFL Draft: Robert Gallery, Oakland Raiders

Robert Gallery, 2004 NFL Draft
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2005: Troy Williamson, Minnesota Vikings

Troy Williamson 2005 NFL Draft
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2006 NFL Draft: Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Matt Leinart
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2007 NFL Draft: JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders

JaMarcus Russell, NFL Draft
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2008 NFL Draft: Vernon Gholston, New York Jets

Vernon Gholston
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2009 NFL Draft: Jason Smith, St. Louis Rams

Jason Smith 2009 NFL Draft
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2010 NFL Draft: Rolando McClain, Oakland Raiders

Rolando McClain, Oakland Raiders
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2011 NFL Draft: Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
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2012 NFL Draft: Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars

Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars
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2013 NFL Draft: Dion Jordan, Miami Dolphins

2013 NFL Draft: Dion Jordan
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2014 NFL Draft: Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns' Johnny Manziel
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2015 NFL Draft: Kevin White, Chicago Bears

Kevin White, Chicago Bears
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2016 NFL Draft: Paxton Lynch, Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos' Paxton Lynch
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2017 NFL Draft: Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky
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2018 NFL Draft: Sam Darnold, New York Jets

Sam Darnold, New York Jets
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2019 NFL Draft: Clelin Ferrell, Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders' Clelin Ferrell
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2020 NFL Draft: Chase Young, Washington Football Team

Chase Young, 2020 NFL Draft
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2021 NFL Draft: Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers' Trey Lance
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2022 NFL Draft: Kenny Pickett, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers' Kenny Pickett
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2023 NFL Draft: Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers

Bryce Young, Carolina Panthers
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