28. Andre Ware (1990, Pick #7)
Andre Ware is one of the poster children for why NFL teams would shy away from quarterbacks who were products of “run and shoot” offenses in college. At the University of Houston, Ware broke many passing records set by his predecessor (fellow NFL Draft bust David Klingler), setting 26 NCAA passing records of his own.
Despite being warned by his own internal scouting directors, Detroit Lions head coach Wayne Fontes made Ware the #7 overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft. Fontes would then spend the next four years doing everything he can to effectively stunt Ware’s development as a passer, shuffling him to and from the bench in a rotation alongside incumbents Rodney Peete and Erik Kramer.
By 1995, the Lions made Ware eligible for the NFL’s Expansion Draft, when he was taken by the Jacksonville Jaguars. But before their inaugural season in the NFL, the Jaguars cut Ware, and he would finish out his career playing in the CFL.
27. Dan McGwire (1991, Pick #16)
Among the many differences between professional football players and basketball players is that unlike in the latter situation, taller isn’t always better in the NFL. Case in point: Dan McGwire, the 6’8″ quarterback from San Diego State University who tantalized NFL teams with his height and size.
The Seattle Seahawks used the 16th overall pick on McGwire in the 1991 NFL Draft, and whether it was because they realized he was outright terrible (evidenced by putting him at 3rd string during his rookie season), or whether they thought quarterback Rick Mirer was too good to pass up with the 2nd overall pick in the 1993 NFL Draft (a disaster in its own right), McGwire ended up playing in a grand total of 13 games in his NFL career.