Atlanta Falcons — Jamaal Anderson (2007):
A highly-coveted defensive end prospect because of his “ideal measurable” at 6’6 and 282lbs, there was a lot of talk that University of Arkansas defensive end Jamaal Anderson would go among the top five picks of the 2007 NFL Draft. When he fell to the 8th overall pick, many people said that the Atlanta Falcons had gotten great value with Anderson’s selection there.
But instead of “great value,” what the Falcons really got was a badly underperforming — and generally underwhelming — draft bust who recorded 4.5 sacks in his first four years in the NFL. By the end of the 2012 season, Anderson was already out of the league. This pick looks even worse when you consider the Falcons passed on guys like Patrick Willis and Marshawn Lynch in the same draft.