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The Ten Biggest Atlanta Falcons Draft Busts: Tony Smith

In this series of sponsored posts, we'll be looking at the ten worst and ten best Atlanta Falcons draft picks of all time. Let's start with the worst. Today's choice is former running back Tony Smith.

I'm going to level with you: This isn't going to be the last running back on this list.

The Falcons have not had the best track record when it comes to first round backs. Everyone remembers Steve Broussard, who didn't do a whole hell of a lot, and we've already covered Bubba Bean. Yet for all his flaws, Bean is topped by former Southern Mississippi back Tony Smith.

Smith was the 19th overall selection in the 1992 draft, and I was very much sold on his future as a starry-eyed eight-year-old. Unfortunately for me, Smith was unquestionably a complete bust, fumbling nine times in three seasons and managing a mediocre 3.8 yards per carry in on 87 carries in '92. He handled punts for the team for two seasons after that, but he never came close to offering any real value.

What made the pick sting even more is that it's the one the Falcons got for giving Brett Favre to Green Bay. Oof.

I could have put Smith lower on this list given my high expectations for him, but this is probably a fair spot. Offer up your opinion and take a look at our sponsored message after the jump.

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