All 32 NFL Teams’ Most Regrettable Draft Move Since 2000

Every NFL team makes mistakes in the draft. It’s part of the business… That being said, every franchise does have that one humungous draft-day mistake that stands out above the rest.

Here is a dive into every NFL team’s most regrettable draft move since the start of the century.

Which NFL draft mistakes did each team make since 2000?

Arizona Cardinals: Trading Up For Josh Rosen (2018)

SEATTLE, WA – DECEMBER 30: Josh Rosen #3 of the Arizona Cardinals warms-up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 30, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Hoping to secure a new franchise QB, the Cardinals traded up with the Oakland Raiders to get UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen 10th overall in exchange for the No. 15, No. 179 and No. 152 selections.

It took Arizona just one year to give up on Rosen, who had 11 touchdowns and 14 picks in his rookie year. They then selected Kyler Murray first overall in the 2019 NFL draft and wound up dealing Rosen to the Miami Dolphins.

The Cardinals passed on future MVP Lamar Jackson, and the next three picks after Rosen were future Pro Bowlers in Minkah Fitzpatrick, Vita Vea and Daron Payne. Yikes!

Atlanta Falcons: Moving Up For Jamaal Anderson (2007)

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA – CIRCA 2010: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Jamaal Anderson of the Atlanta Falcons poses for his NFL headshot circa 2010 at the Falcons Football Facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)

The Falcons traded up two spots with the Houston Texans to select Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson eighth overall in 2008. Atlanta got a whopping 4.5 sacks over four seasons from Anderson.

They passed on future superstars and subsequent first-round picks like Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, Darrelle Revis, and Joe Staley. Yikes!

Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown (2019)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 07: Marquise Brown #5 of the Baltimore Ravens warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium on November 07, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
We’ve long stated that no NFL team drafts better than the Ravens, but they swung and missed on Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown with the No. 25 pick in 2019.

After inconsistent rookie and sophomore years, Brown crossed 1,000-yards receiving in 2021 — only to be traded to the Cardinals at the 2022 draft. The Ravens took Brown over a plethora of future star wideouts, including Deebo Samuel, DK Metcalf, Terry McLaurin and AJ Brown.

Buffalo Bills: Mike Williams (2002)

ORCHARD PARK, NY – SEPTEMBER 11: Mike Williams #68 the Buffalo Bills gets ready to move at the snap during the game against the Houston Texans on September 11, 2005 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won 22-7. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
The Bills were awful at drafting long before Brandon Beane joined the organization, but no draft mistake stands out more than the Mike Williams pick at No. 4 overall in 2002.

Buffalo took the Texas offensive lineman early, hoping he’d be a long-term anchor on their o-line. He lasted four seasons in Buffalo but never once got close to reaching expectations.

Carolina Panthers: Trading up For Jeff Otah (2008)

CHARLOTTE, NC – 2008: Jeff Otah of the Carolina Panthers poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Getty Images)
There were plenty of disappointments to come out of the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, so the Panthers at least don’t have to feel alone in this regard.

At the ‘08 draft, the Panthers gave up their second and fourth-round picks plus a 2009 first to select Pittsburgh offensive lineman Jeff Otah. He lasted just four seasons in the NFL, and like Mike Williams in Buffalo, never grew into a steady lineman.

The Eagles wound up trading that 2009 first-rounder to Buffalo, and they got future Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jason Peters as part of the trade. BIG OUCH for the Panthers!!!

Chicago Bears: Mitch Trubisky Over Patrick Mahomes (2017)

CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 10: Mitchell Trubisky #10 of the Chicago Bears call signals against the Denver Broncos during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Broncos defeated the Bears 24-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Do we really need to explain this? The Bears traded up one spot with the San Francisco 49ers to take Trubisky. They infamously passed on Patrick Mahomes, who is only the best player in the NFL right now.

Trubisky lasted four mediocre seasons in Chicago and never came close to being even an above-average player.

Cincinnati Bengals: John Ross (2017)

ORCHARD PARK, NY – AUGUST 26: John Ross #15 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a touchdown reception on the Bengals’ first offensive play against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on August 26, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The Washington wideout turned heads at the NFL Combine when he ran a 4.22-second 40, a record that still stands today.

At the 2017 NFL draft, the Bengals took Ross ninth overall – hoping he’d form a prolific tandem alongside Andy Dalton. But injuries limited Ross to just 27 games as a Bengal over four years, and he hauled in just 51 receptions for 733 yards and ten touchdowns in that span.

The next four picks after Ross? Patrick Mahomes, Marshon Lattimore, Deshaun Watson and Haason Reddick. On top of that, Marlon Humphrey, Jonathan Allen, Tre’Davious White, TJ Watt and Ryan Ramcyk were also taken later on in round one.

Cleveland Browns: Courtney Brown (2000)

12 Aug 2000: Courtney Brown #92 of the Cleveland Browns watches the action during the Pre-Season game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Browns 19-6.Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport
No team has wasted more first-round picks in this century than the Browns. They sure missed on Tim Couch first overall in 1999, but he’s not eligible for this list — so we’ll settle on the guy Cleveland took first overall in 2000.

Brown was a highly-touted linebacker out of Penn State, winning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. So what did he bring to Cleveland?

How about a whopping 17 sacks and six forced fumbles over six seasons? Seven of the next eight picks went on to have productive careers, including Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher, running backs Jamal Lewis and Thomas Jones, and linebacker LaVar Arrington.

Dallas Cowboys: Moving Up For Morris Claiborne (2012)

ARLINGTON, TX – AUGUST 25: Morris Claiborne #24 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on August 25, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Love him or hate him, Jerry Jones usually makes good use of his first-round picks. Claiborne, however, was an exception.

At the 2012 NFL draft, the Cowboys traded the No. 14 and No. 45 picks to the St. Louis Rams in order to move up for the LSU corner — whom they took sixth overall.

Claiborne spent five years in Dallas but never really came close to reaching stardom. Other first-rounders that Dallas passed on include Luke Kuechly, Chandler Jones, Harrison Smith, Stephon Gilmore, and Fletcher Cox.

Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch (2016)

CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 11: Paxton Lynch #12 of the Denver Broncos passes against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on August 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The Broncos defeated the Bears 22-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Broncos lost Peyton Manning to retirement and planned successor Brock Osweiler went to Houston in free agency. A desperate John Elway traded the No. 31 and No. 94 picks to the Seattle Seahawks for the No. 26 selection so that he could take Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

Elway was known for loving his tall QBs. The 6-foot-7, 244-pound Lynch had the size and physical tools but just never put it together. Denver only needed to see four starts from Lynch over four years before deciding to give up on him.

Detroit Lions: Jeff Okudah (2020)

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 27: Jeff Okudah #30 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after tackling DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals during the first quarter at State Farm Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
The Lions traded Pro Bowler and fan favorite Darius Slay to the Eagles, then tried replacing him by using the No. 3 pick on Ohio State’s Jeff Okudah.

Injuries limited Okudah to 10 games over his first two seasons. He finally stayed healthy and pieced together a solid year in 2022, but the Lions surprisingly gave up and traded him to the Atlanta Falcons for a fifth-round pick.

Green Bay Packers: Jamal Reynolds (2001)

ATLANTA – AUGUST 9: Michael Vick #7 of the Atlanta Falcons is sacked for a seven yard loss by Chukie Nwokorie #90 and Jamal Reynolds #99 of the Green Bay Packers at the Green Bay 36 yardline in the first quarter of the game on August 9, 2003 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Packers defeated the Falcons 27-21. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
The Packers are usually excellent in the early rounds of the NFL draft, but they’d surely like a do-over on their 2001 first-round selection of Jamal Reynolds.

The Florida State defensive end went 10th overall to the Packers, but they didn’t get a good return on the investment. Reynolds recorded just three sacks in three seasons and was out of the NFL by 2004.

Houston Texans: David Carr (2002)

CANTON, OH – AUGUST 5: Quarterback David Carr #8 of the Houston Texans smiles in the huddle during the AFC-NFC Hall of Fame Game against the New York Giants on August, 5, 2002 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
As an expansion franchise, the Texans were awarded the No. 1 selection in the 2002 NFL draft. They used the pick on Fresno State quarterback David Carr, hoping he would serve as the main building block for the franchise.

Carr can’t take all the blame, because the Texans gave him a horrible supporting cast. For example, he was sacked a record 76 times in his rookie season. Carr went 22-and-53 as Houston’s starter over five years and had 59 touchdowns against 65 interceptions.

Indianapolis Colts: Phillip Dorsett (2015)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JANUARY 03: Coty Sensabaugh #24 of the Tennessee Titans brings down Phillip Dorsett #15 of the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Colts signed Andre Johnson and Frank Gore to a prolific offense that already had TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. It simply made no sense to draft another receiver when they had so many other pressing needs.

Dorsett had two underwhelming seasons in Indy before getting traded to New England in 2017.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Blaine Gabbert (2011)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 11: Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 11, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The Jaguars traded up to select Blaine Gabbert 10th overall in 2011. That amounted to five total wins from him over three years.

The next pick? JJ Watt, a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and first balot Hall of Famer. No wonder the Jaguars were a joke for a decade!

Kansas City Chiefs: Glenn Dorsey (2008)

KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 16: Glenn Dorsey #72 of the Kansas City Chiefs stretches prior to a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on August 16, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
The Jets took Dorsey with the No. 5 selection in the ‘08 NFL draft, and boy was that a total whiff. Dorsey had only four sacks in five seasons with the Chiefs, with two of them coming alone in the 2010 season.

Las Vegas Raiders: JaMarcus Russell (2007)

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 19: Quarterback, JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders at the 2007 NFL Players Rookie Premiere on May 19, 2007 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Russell was taken first overall in the star-studded ‘07 NFL draft. We all know what the final result was: a 7-and-18 record over three years, a 52.1 completion percentage and 18 touchdowns against 23 interceptions.

Los Angeles Chargers: Trading Up For Ryan Matthews (2010)

SAN DIEGO – OCTOBER 31: Running back Ryan Mathews #24 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Chargers swung a trade with Miami to move into the 12th overall spot so they could select Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews 12th overall.

Matthews had two 1,000-yard seasons as a Charger, but he didn’t move the needle on offense that much. The Bolts could have used a more impactful player like Brandon Graham, Earl Thomas, Jason Pierre-Paul, Maurkice Pouncey, Demaryius Thomas or Devin McCourty — all of whom were taken after Matthews in round one.

Los Angeles Rams: Sam Bradford (2010)

FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 26: Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up before the game against the New England Patriots on August 26, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Bradford was taken first overall by the Rams in 2010. He pieced together a solid first season, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. But Jeff Fisher’s awful coaching ways, the lack of a supporting cast and the injury bug all prevented Bradford from ever hitting his prime.

Bradford went 18-30-and-1 in four years with the Rams, throwing 59 touchdowns against 38 interceptions before getting traded to the Eagles in 2015. He was out of the NFL after the 2018 season.

Miami Dolphins: The Move Up For Dion Jordan (2013)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 01: Dion Jordan #95 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 1, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
The Dolphins gave up the No. 12 and No. 42 selections to the Raiders so they could get Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan with the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Jordan had a “meh” rookie year and was limited to 10 games in 2014 because of suspension. He missed all of 2015 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He also did not play a down in 2016.

Miami’s trade-up for Jordan yielded three sacks in 26 games.

Minnesota Vikings: Troy Williamson (2005)

SAN FRANCISCO – NOVEMBER 5: Troy Williamson #82 of the Minnesota Vikings drops the ball during the NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers at Monster Park on November 5, 2006 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The Vikings got the No. 7 pick from the Raiders in the Randy Moss blockbuster trade. Suffice to say, it didn’t work out for anybody.

Minny tried replacing Moss by picking the South Carolina product. Williamson lasted just three seasons with the Vikings and never topped 455 yards in a season, and he had just three total touchdown receptions.

New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry (2019)

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 17: N’Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots gestures during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Remember what we said about the Ravens taking Marquise Brown over the many other future star receivers? The Patriots made a similar mistake here by taking Harry 32nd overall in 2019.

Harry’s three seasons in New England amounted to 57 receptions for 598 yards and four touchdowns. Think they might have done better with Samuel, Metcalf, McLaurin or AJ Brown?

New Orleans Saints: Johnathan Sullivan (2003)

NEW ORLEANS – 2005: Johnathan Sullivan of the New Orleans Saints poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Getty Images)
The Saints agreed to a trade with Arizona so they could move into the No. 6 spot in the 2003 NFL draft. With that pick, New Orleans took Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Sullivan.

Well, the hulking Sullivan never put it together at the NFL level. He had a mere 1.5 sacks and 78 combined tackles over three seasons with the club. He was out of the NFL after the 2005 season.

New York Giants: Ereck Flowers (2015)

ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 13: Ereck Flowers #76 of the New York Giants is held by Rashad Jennings #23 in the fourth quarter during play against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 13, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Needing to bolster their o-line, the Giants took offensive lineman Ereck Flowers ninth overall in 2015. Needless to say, it was a disaster from the get-go.

Per Pro Football Focus, Flowers gave up a whopping 18 sacks over his four seasons with the Giants. He was practically a replacement-level player throughout his tenure in the Meadowlands, though he did enjoy some improvement after a move to Washington.

New York Jets: Trading Up For Sam Darnold (2018)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – AUGUST 24: Sam Darnold #14 of the New York Jets looks to pass against the New York Giants during their preseason game at MetLife Stadium on August 24, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
The Jets completed a blockbuster trade with the Colts to move into the No. 3 slot. Instead of taking future MVP Lamar Jackson or Buffalo superstar Josh Allen, they settled on Sam Darnold.

It took the Jets just three years to give up on Darnold before using the No. 2 pick in 2021 on BYU’s Zach Wilson. Add Darnold to the ever-growing Jets’ QB graveyard.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jalen Reagor (2020)

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 01: Wide receiver Jalen Reagor #18 of the Philadelphia Eagles makes a touchdown reception in the first quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field on November 01, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Justin Jefferson is arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL right now. Know who Philly took right before him? Jalen Reagor in the No. 21 spot in the 2020 NFL draft.

Reagor lasted just two seasons in Philly, tallying 64 receptions for 695 yards and three touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones (2013)

PITTSBURGH, PA – AUGUST 28: Jarvis Jones #95 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sidelines during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field on August 28, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
The Steelers took the Georgia linebacker 17th overall in 2013, but even the club’s top-level coaching staff couldn’t get much out of him. Jones had just six sacks, 130 combined tackles and two forced fumbles over four seasons. He was out of the NFL after that.

San Francisco 49ers: Solomon Thomas (2017)

SANTA CLARA, CA – SEPTEMBER 10: Solomon Thomas #94 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field before their game against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
After trading down one spot with Chicago, San Fran used the No. 3 pick in 2017 on Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas. He had just six sacks in four years with the 49ers, which is awful. Lucky for the Niners, this debacle has been largely overlooked thanks to the Bears’ decision to use that number two pick on Mitch Trubisky.

Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Curry (2009)

SEATTLE , WA – SEPTEMBER 13: Aaron Curry #59 of the Seattle Seahawks gets ready on the line during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field on September 13, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Seattle took the highly-touted Wake Forest linebacker fourth overall in what turned out to be a lackluster 2009 NFL draft class.

Curry was supposed to be the next big thing in his position, but it just never came together for him in the NFL. He had just 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles over his three years with the ‘Hawks.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Barron (2012)

TAMPA, FL – AUGUST 17: Safety Mark Barron #24 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabs a pass during warm ups before play against the Tennessee Titans in an NFL preseason game August 17, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The first round of the 2012 draft featured many stars. Mark Barron, whom the Bucs took in the No. 7 slot, was not one of them.

He lasted just two-and-a-half seasons with the Buccaneers before getting traded to the Rams. The next five guys taken after Barron all became Pro Bowlers: Ryan Tannehill, Luke Kuechly, Stephon Gilmore, Dontari Poe and Fletcher Cox.

Tennessee Titans: Vince Young (2006)

LOS ANGELES – MAY 20: Quarterback Vince Young #10, the Tennessee Titans first round NFL draft pick, plays catch during a break in the action at the NFL Players Rookie Premiere Photoshoot on May 20, 2006 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Spinelli/Getty Images)
After leading the Texas Longhorns to the ‘05 national championship, Young was taken third overall by Tennessee in 2006. Blame Jeff Fisher or the lack of quality receivers if you wish, but Young just never materialized into the star that many envisioned.

Young did go 30-and-17 as the Titans’ starter, but he had 42 touchdowns against as many picks and only completed 57.9 percent of his passes with the club.

Washington Commanders: Selling The Farm For Robert Griffin III (2012)

CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 18: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 18, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In order to get the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Washington sent 2012, 2013 and 2014 first-round picks plus a second-rounder in 2012 to move into the No. 2 spot in the 2012 NFL draft. They selected Robert Griffin III right after the Colts took Andrew Luck first overall.

Griffin had an epic first year, winning offensive rookie of the year honors and leading Washington to a surprise division title. Unfortunately, Washington’s medical staff and coaches showed zero regard for Griffin’s bad knee, and it didn’t take long for injuries to derail his career.

Griffin wound up being Washington’s primary starter for only two seasons before getting released in 2016.

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