5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders In Atlanta Falcons History

The 5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Atlanta Falcons History

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The Atlanta Falcons have been either great or really awful in the NFL Draft. With picks like Deion Sanders in 1989 and Claude Humphrey in 1968, the Falcons made the two best picks in their team's history, but the Falcons have not been without some miserable failures.

What were the five biggest NFL Draft blunders in the history of the Atlanta Falcons? Find out here. Some may be obvious while some may make you think again.

5. T.J. Duckett

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5. T.J. Duckett

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Drafted: No. 18, 2002

Out of Michigan State, T.J. Duckett was drafted to be the franchise running back in 2002. Instead of being a starter, Duckett was supplanted by Warrick Dunn and never broke out with the Falcons. Despite scoring 31 touchdowns in four seasons, Duckett never rushed for more than 800 yards in a season. In essence, the Falcons drafted a goal-line runner with a top-20 pick.

4. Michael Booker

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4. Michael Booker

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Drafted: No. 11, 1997

The Falcons selected defensive back Michael Booker with a top-15 pick in 1997 to try to solidify their secondary. Instead, Booker only started in nine games in three years with only three picks. It's amazing to think that the Falcons would reach the Super Bowl the next season after picking this bust.

3. Jimmy Williams

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3. Jimmy Williams

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Drafted: No. 37, 2006

After hitting big with another Virginia Tech defensive back in DeAngelo Hall in 2004, the Falcons whiffed big-time on Jimmy Williams in 2006. This was Atlanta's first pick that year after trading their first for John Abraham. Williams started only seven games in two seasons and was so bad that he had to change positions from corner to safety. Williams only recorded one interception and just 40 tackles.

2. Jamaal Anderson

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2. Jamaal Anderson

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Drafted: No. 8, 2007

The Falcons missed on defensive end Jamaal Anderson. In 44 starts, Anderson only recorded 2.5 sacks. It's a miracle that he actually lasted four seasons in Atlanta. What's worse is that he was picked ahead of elite defenders Patrick Willis and Darrelle Revis. Falcons fans would die to have either of these players.

1. Aundray Bruce

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1. Aundray Bruce

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Drafted: No. 1, 1988

The obvious choice for the biggest draft blunder in Falcons history is Aundray Bruce. He was one of the biggest No. 1 overall busts, collecting 16 sacks in only four seasons with the team. Bruce was so bad as a linebacker that coach Jerry Glanville turned him into a tight end. Out of the 27 first-round picks in 1988, 15 became Pro Bowlers and Bruce was not among them.


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