You’ll often hear the adage that the NFL Draft is more of an art than a science. After all, you have to combine a bunch of empirical data (like a player’s height, weight, speed, and strength) with a lot of totally subjective observations (game film, playing style, college scheme), and then use all of that to determine how that player will fare several years from now. That’s why guys like Carlos Rogers somehow end up being drafted ahead of guys like Aaron Rodgers (2005 NFL Draft).
So we decided that we’d go back and look through each NFL Draft and determine every team’s most painful draft regret — the guys that NFL teams went all in on, and totally missed on that pick. Let’s get started with the Arizona Cardinals…
Arizona Cardinals Drafted: Kelly Stouffer (1987)
They tend to get omitted from the discussion because of the stability they’ve had in recent years, but the Arizona Cardinals franchise saw a revolving door of quarterbacks for much of the 1990’s and onwards. It all started when the franchise drafted Kelly Stouffer, who was supposed to be the “heir apparent” to Neil Lomax, in the 1987 NFL Draft. Stouffer was drafted at #6 and missed his entire rookie season due to a contract holdout, and the Cardinals traded him to the Seattle Seahawks.
Could Have Drafted: Rod Woodson
Meanwhile, four picks after Stouffer was taken, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected All-American defensive back Rod Woodson from Purdue University, who would go on to be named to 11 Pro Bowls, win the Defensive Player of the Year award in 1993, and eventually be inducted into the Hall of Fame.