Draft TBT: 1997, The worst QB draft ever


Final week in the course of the NFL Draft, a truth was talked about that despatched me reeling!

When the Pittsburgh Steelers chosen Kenny Pickett, it marked the newest a quarterback had been drafted since Jim Druckenmiller was taken twenty sixth total again in 1997. 

That acquired me considering, what different QBs had been drafted that 12 months? And had been there any good ones? In fact, I went by means of a retro draft rabbit-hole and found that though it was an honest draft total, it was a awful quarterback draft, fairly probably the worst ever.

Throwback, Woah again to the 1997 draft

The 1990’s-era San Francisco 49ers had some nice groups, culminating in a blowout victory over the San Diego Chargers in Tremendous Bowl XXIX.

As the last decade wore on the crew sought to seek out an inheritor obvious to growing old star QB Steve Younger. Elvis Grbac performed effectively in spurts in 1995 and 1996 however bolted for Kansas Metropolis after they provided him an enormous contract and an opportunity to begin. 

Druckenmiller was subsequent up and he really began the second sport of his rookie season. The Niners received regardless of 10 for 28 passing and three interceptions by Druckenmiller. 

He was inactive for all however two video games the next season and out of soccer by 1999.

Jake the Snake, chief of the pack?

Just like Pickett, who attended the College of Pittsburgh, Jake Plummer was taken by his in-state crew, the Arizona Cardinals, after a starry profession at Arizona State.

Plummer acquired the prospect to play early on within the desert, beginning 9 video games in his rookie season. He even led the NFL in yards per completion that first 12 months. That tendency to air it out additionally led to quite a lot of interceptions. “The Snake” threw 20+ picks in a season 5 instances, 4 with the Playing cards. 

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After six years in Arizona, Plummer signed with the Denver Broncos and loved a resurgence. He completed third in Comeback Participant of the 12 months voting following the 2003 season and was a Professional Bowler in 2005.

In the end, Plummer was most identified for 2 pretty memorable playoff victories. A 1998 wild-card sport upset over the Dallas Cowboys and in 2005, a divisional ousting of the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots. He threw precisely 161 touchdowns and 161 interceptions in his profession. He had some good moments, but when he tops the record, you already know it’s gotta be fairly dangerous.

Better of the remaining?

Danny Wuerffel excelled on the College of Florida however was the sufferer of the ill-fated Mike Ditka comeback with the New Orleans Saints. There was not an entire lot of expertise there and any prospects had been traded away within the disastrous Ricky Williams commerce. Wuerffel was usually clobbered however by some means managed to final six years within the league, though he began simply ten video games. 

Scrolling by means of the remainder of the record, it by some means will get worse. Pat Barnes? Mike Cherry? Chuck Clements? Who the heck are these guys? Now we’re speaking concerning the sixth spherical, not precisely a gold mine for QBs, Brady however. 

Tony Graziani appears like somebody featured in an episode of The Sopranos, really, he was the Atlanta Falcons’ seventh-round decide. Koy Detmer did have one shining second, an 18 for 26, 227 yards, two landing gem in opposition to the 49ers on Monday Night time Soccer. 

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One final a few factors on how dangerous this draft was for quarterbacks. Mr. Irrelevant, the title for the final participant chosen, was Ronnie McAda, a pivot from Military. The Inexperienced Bay Packers took him after setting an Military document for passing with 954 yards?!

It seems that the perfect QB of this class wasn’t even drafted. Jake Delhomme performed 11 years within the NFL, handed for over 20,000 yards, performed in 10 playoff video games, and even began in a Tremendous Bowl. He couldn’t do what Plummer achieved by beating Brady within the massive sport, however, as we’ve discovered, there’s no disgrace in that.

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