By Jeremy Martin @Jmartin1982 on April 1, 2014
While every NFL team’s goal is to hit on every draft pick they make, the truth is that's an impossible task. Even the best organizations have their fair share of misses. When it comes to the NFL Draft, teams usually have one of two regrets; either the player they choose or the player they passed on. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the five biggest blunders in St Louis Rams history.
The reason this is not higher on the list is because every NFL team passed on Tom Brady multiple times. But St Louis might regret passing on him more than other teams. Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 199th overall pick. St Louis had the 198th overall pick and they selected safety Matt Bowen. Bowen only played one season with the Rams, while Brady will be in the Hall of Fame one day.
In 2006, the Rams had the 15th overall pick where they selected DB Tye Hill. Hill had a good rookie season, but he could not maintain that success. He was traded by the Rams in 2009. Injuries and poor play forced Hill out of the league in 2010. Some of the DBs St Louis passed on were Antonio Cromartie and Jonathan Joseph.
Sam Bradford has turned out to be the best QB taken in the 2010 draft. Unfortunately, that is not saying much. Some other players who went in the first round were Ndamukong Suh, Joe Haden, C.J. Spiller, Earl Thomas, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant.
In 1996, St Louis had the 18th overall pick and selected WR Eddie Kennison. Kennison had a decent career, but the majority of his best seasons were with the Kansas City Chiefs—not the Rams. With the pick right after Kennison, the Indianapolis Colts selected WR Marvin Harrison. Harrison had a great NFL career and could possibly be in the Hall of Fame one day.
Drafting Kennison over Harrison was not the biggest mistake by the Rams in the first round of the 1996 draft. The Rams also had the 6th overall pick and they took RB Lawrence Phillips. Phillips’ NFL career was filled with injuries and off the field issues. St. Louis could have drafted RB Eddie George, who went on to have a stellar NFL career with the Tennessee Titans.
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