Here are the Top 5 Worst NFL Draft Picks from the 2010’s

Published 02/15/2021, 8:49 PM EST


The 2021 NFL Draft is fast approaching. It is scheduled to be held between April 29th-May 1st, 2021, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Urban Meyer-led Jacksonville Jaguars own the 1st overall pick followed by AFC East franchise New York Jets. The Brian Flores-coached Miami Dolphins own the 3rd overall pick.

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There are a number of exciting young prospects to choose from this year. The names include college football stars such as Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Mac Jones, De’Vonta Smith, and others.

With some time left to see how this year’s Draft pans out, let’s take a look at some of the worst picks from the 2010’s.

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Top 5 epic NFL Draft fails from the last decade

  • Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars)

WR Justin Blackmon was picked by the Jaguars in 2012 as the 5th-overall pick. He was undoubtedly the best wide receiver in the 2012 class, but failed to reach his full potential in the big leagues.

He finished his rookie season with 64 receptions for 865 yards and 5 touchdowns. But off-field problems with substance abuse caught up with him in November 2013.

Blackmon only played in 4 games in 2013 and hasn’t played since the end of his rookie year. Not exactly the numbers you’d expect from a Top-5 pick.

  • Johnny Manziel (Cleveland Browns)

Johnny Manziel is back in the news. After being picked by Cleveland Browns as the 22nd overall pick in 2014, the former Texas A&M man endured a swift and abrupt end to his NFL career.

He spent just 2 seasons in the big league before he was waived by the Browns in 2016. The former Heisman Trophy winner’s off-field issues have more or less ended his NFL career for good.

Manziel later featured in the CFL and AAF. The now 28-year-old quarterback was most recently seen in Fan Controlled Football, an upcoming indoor American football league.

  • Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins)

Robert Griffin III was a highly rated quarterback heading into the NFL. The Baylor Bear product finished his final college football season with a Heisman Trophy.

He was expected to be the ‘chosen man’ to lead the Washington Redskins (now Washington Football Team) back to the Super Bowl when they made him the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Griffin enjoyed a stunning debut season with Washington, but his off-field antics resulted in reduced output on the football field. He was traded to Cleveland Browns in 2016 but was released just a year later.

Almost 9 years down the line, Griffin is now without an NFL team after he was waived by Baltimore Ravens in January 2021.

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  • Trent Richardson (Cleveland Browns)

Drafting a running back in the 1st round of the NFL Draft is a rare occurrence (unless it’s someone like Derrick Henry). But Trent Richardson was regarded as the ‘next big thing’ ahead of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was chosen by the Cleveland Browns as the 3rd overall pick.

Critics were quick to compare Richardson with the legendary Adrian Peterson due to the former’s performances while playing at the University of Alabama. But Richardson failed to make an impact during his 4-year stay in the league.

After playing for the Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, and even Baltimore Ravens, Richardson recently signed a short-term deal with Mexican American Football League franchise- Caudillos de Chihuahua.

  • Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago Bears)

After being picked ahead of the likes of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, one must think that Mitchell Trubisky was the undoubted successor to Tom Brady’s throne in the NFL.

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But the 2017 2nd overall Draft pick is now most likely ending his tenure in Chicago with the Bears. Coach Matt Nagy is reportedly done with Trubisky and is ready to promote veteran Nick Foles as a starter in 2021.

The Bears might trade Trubisky in order to acquire future first-round picks, or maybe even Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles. Either way, the future doesn’t look too bright for the former North Carolina man.

Notable NFL Draft flop mentions- Blake Bortles (Jacksonville Jaguars), Justin Gilbert (Cleveland Browns), and Luke Joeckel (Jacksonville Jaguars).

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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