The Associated Press looks at each NFL team’s best and worst first-round. The players were chosen by AP .
Best: T Jonathan Ogden, UCLA, 1996
Selected with the team’s first-ever pick after the move from Cleveland, Ogden held down the left tackle spot through 2006, was selected to 11 Pro Bowls, and was a star of 2000champions.
Worst: WR Travis Taylor, Florida, 2000
Taken 10th overall, Taylor battled injuries and never became the big-play wideout Ravens envisioned in five seasons in Baltimore.
Best: DE Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech, 1985
that won four straight AFC championships.
Worst: LB Tom Cousineau, Ohio State, 1979
Touted the linebacker selected first overall who neverfor the Bills because of a contract dispute and a better offer from the CFL. He played seven NFL seasons elsewhere and was never selected for the Pro Bowl.
Best: T Anthony Munoz, Southern California, 1980
Chosen third overall, Munoz ended up in the Hall of Fame as one of the top offensive linemen ever. He made 11 Pro Bowls from 1980-92 and helped the Bengals reach both Super Bowls as the primary protector for QB Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason.
Worst: RB Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State, 1995
The Bengals moved up to take him first overall and gave him a then-record $7.1 million signing bonus. Owner Mike Brown called him the team’s “bell cow.” Tore ACL in his left knee on his third preseason carry in Detroit,and starting a career cut short by injuries at every turn. Brown also mispronounced his name as “Ji-Kana” at the team’s preseason luncheon that year.
Best: RB Jim Brown, Syracuse, 1957
He might be the most excellenthistory. The sixth pick overall, Brown rushed for 12,312 yards and 126 touchdowns before retiring at the peak of his career to pursue acting. Brown was a powerful runner with breakaway speed, a rookie of the year, a three-time player, a nine-time Pro Bowler, and a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
Worst: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M;/CB Justin Gilbert, 2014
Enamored of his success in college as an electrifying, the Browns selected “Johnny Football. He was released after two troublesome seasons marred by off-field incidents, including a investigation. The terrible pick was compounded by the Browns selecting Gilbert the same year. He was traded to Pittsburgh after two awful seasons.
Best: S Steve Atwater, Arkansas, 1989
No, not John Elway, who was selected by Indianapolis and traded to Denver. Eight-time Proselection and two-time Super Bowl champion Atwater was chosen 20th overall. Considered one of the hardest hitters in the NFL and one of the more versatile safeties, he also was a leader on defense on a team that featured Elway on offense and now is a Hall of Famer.
Worst: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis, 2016
A month after Peyton Manning retired day as the team continues to search for a worthy successor to Manning, who enters the Hall of Fame this summer alongside Atwater.Bowl 50 triumph, Elway made the biggest blunder of his front-office career. He moved up and selected Lynch with the 26th overall pick. Lynch would go 1-3 in two seasons and twice got beaten out by a seventh-round . His selection haunts Elway and the Broncos to this
Best DE J.J. Watt, Wisconsin 2011
Watt was booed by Texans fans on draft night. It didn’t take him long to win over the fan base and become the most beloved Texan. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2017 Walter Payton NFL Man spent a decade with the team after being drafted with 11th overall in 2011. The fearsome pass rusher was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, 2014, and 2015. He led the NFL in sacks and tackles for losses in 2012 (20½ and 39) and 2015 (17½ and 29). He was also lauded for his humanitarian efforts afterfor Hurricane Harvey relief in 2017.
Worst: DT Travis Johnson, Florida State, 2005
At the 16th overall pick underachieved and was plagued by injuries in four seasons, Houston traded him toin 2009. Started 38 games in four seasons and had only two sacks. They Drew a 15-yard penalty for taunting Dolphins QB Trent Green after Green went low to block him.
Best: QB Peyton Manning, Tennessee, 1998
The choice between Manning and Ryan Leaf turned out to be a no-brainer. Manning rewarded Indy by helping turn the city into aBowl. He also played a vital role in generating support from . Manning retired with two Super Bowl rings, a record five MVP awards, and as NFL’s career leader in yards passing and TD passes. He was a first-ballot Hall of Famer this .
Worst: LB Trev Alberts, Nebraska, 1994
He played only three seasons, finishing his career with four sacks and one interception after going fifth overall. A memorable flare-up between Colts GM Bill Tobin and ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper came after Kiper faulted Indianapolis for taking Alberts instead of QB Trent Dilfer, who started 113 games in 13 NFL seasons and helpedBowl title following the 2000 season.