Mike Tannenbaum, Bill Polian, Chris Polian, Gene Smith and Brad Childress weren’t fired as a direct or immediate result of the 2010 draft class, but it certainly hurt each of them. Most notably, Childress’ ship sailed with Brett Favre‘s failings and lascivious texts, while Smith was really hurt by the whole Blaine Gabbert endeavor a year later.
But that draft at the very least hastened their declines. Tannenbaum and Smith were canned this offseason, the Polians in 2011 and Childress midway through 2010, and these fruitless draft classes below gave them little leg to stand on — while helping leave Rex Ryan with a rather hot seat.
New York Jets: Ruthlessly trading away draft picks was a Jets hallmark towards the end of the last decade, and this one reflected that perfectly — only holding four selections. This produced no one seeing significant field time except often-diced Kyle Wilson (first round). It seems as the 2013 NFL Draft rolls around, New York is placing a higher premium on draft picks.
Indianapolis Colts: The final draft of Bill Polian’s esteemed career ended on an extremely sour note, missing badly on edge rusher Jerry Hughes in round one and not coming away with anything else besides Pat Angerer (second).
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyson Alualu (first) looked promising for a hot second, then faded away.
Minnesota Vikings: Everson Griffen (fourth) provides a nice rotational piece, but major whiffs on cornerback Chris Cook at 34th overall and running back Toby Gerhart (51st) doom the draft, especially given the odd choice to draft halfback early with Adrian Peterson entering his prime.
More NFL Draft at Rant Sports: I analyzed which teams got the most and least out of their draft classes from 2012 (most, least), 2011 (most, least), 2010 (most, least) and 2009 (most, least), along with the kings of the draft over that span.