Every team’s biggest quarterback draft bust in the Super Bowl era

JaMarcus Russell was a huge disappointment with the Raiders. [Image Source: Flickr | fmavig]
JaMarcus Russell was a huge disappointment with the Raiders. [Image Source: Flickr | fmavig]

JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, and Andre Ware experienced little success in the NFL.

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Every season, teams that have substandard quarterback hope they have a good enough draft pick in the next year’s draft to select a signal-caller they hope can lead the franchise for the next decade-plus.

In Sports Illustrated’s most recent mock 2020 draft, they have three quarterbacks going in the first seven picks.Three of the first 15 picks in the 2019 draft were used on quarterbacks.

Not every high quarterback draft pick turns out as the team would like though. Here is every team’s biggest quarterback draft bust in the Super Bowl era. The first Super Bowl was played in 1967, so this includes all quarterbacks drafted from 1966 and after.

1

Arizona Cardinals - Matt Leinart: 1st round, 10th overall (2006)

Spending four seasons with the Cardinals, Leinart went 7-10 as Arizona’s starter with more interceptions (20) than touchdown passes (14). Josh Rosen (10th overall in 2018) also deserves mention after a miserable rookie season saw him traded just one year into his Cardinals tenure.

2

Atlanta Falcons - Pat Sullivan: 2nd round, 40th overall (1972)

Sullivan’s ugly career numbers include completing 93 of 220 passes (42.3 percent), a 0-4 record as a starter, and just five touchdown passes compared to 16 interceptions.

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