While we wind down our best Falcons draft pick ever bracket, we’re going to take a moment to recognize the flip side of that discussion. That would be the worst pick this team ever made, and they have made some terrible picks over the years.
Your choices here are varied, but I would humbly suggest that you consider the following players as you make your selections. All were major stars in college who couldn’t translate it to the NFL level.
- Bruce Pickens. My personal choice every time this discussion comes up, Pickens was the #3 overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft and wound up playing parts of three seasons with Atlanta, appearing in just over 20 games and ending his short career with two interceptions. If you’re going to select a cornerback in the top ten, that’s not what you want to happen.
- Aundray Bruce. The #1 overall pick in the 1988 NFL Draft, Bruce is remembered as a megabust with some justification, and certainly wasn’t worth that selection. He did put up 16 sacks in four seasons with Atlanta and was pretty good as a rookie, at the very least, but he was out of town after those four years.
- Jamaal Anderson. The #8 pick in the 2007 draft class was a solid run defender but a horrendous pass rusher for Atlanta, and considering the Falcons were counting on him to solidify the defensive line and help out the pass rush with John Abraham and Jonathan Babineaux, that was kind of a problem.
- Michael Booker. The #11 pick in the 1997 draft was naht good in the NFL.
We’re not going to do a full bracket—I think we’ve been depressing enough in the last few days—but give us your choice for the worst draft pick in team history right here.