#28. Carolina Panthers, Jimmy Clausen (2010)
Never in history has there been a player for with the combination of breathtaking hype and incredible failure like Jimmy Clausen. The most over-recruited player in NCAA history to date, Clausen’s lackluster career at Notre Dame led him to fall to the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
The Carolina Panthers, who selected him, decided to throw him to the proverbial wolves in his rookie year, and Clausen got eaten alive: three touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 games as a starter. He had a huge hand in the Panthers finishing with a 2-14 record, and Carolina saw enough of him in that one year to decide to draft his replacement — Cam Newton — just one year after taking Clausen.
#27. Chicago Bears, Cade McNown (2000)
One of the five quarterbacks taken in the 1998 NFL Draft, Cade McNown was a spark plug quarterback from UCLA who didn’t have the desired measurables which teams sought, but was dubbed with the ever vague “winner” description. In the great folly of quarterbacks that the Chicago Bears have had in franchise history, McNown is right up there with the worst.
After taking McNown with the 12th pick in said 1998 Draft, he showed flashes of promise in his rookie year, but played poorly and dealt with repeated injuries in his second season, finishing with a 1-6 record as a starter. The Bears decided to cut their losses with McNown after just two seasons, trading him away prior to the start of the 2001 season.